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  • Educational Gimmicks

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    21 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Remember when the superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District had big plans to give an iPad to all 640,000 of their students? Well, they have a new superintendent. “I don’t believe we can afford a device for every student,” Cortines told the Los Angeles Times, “Education shouldn’t become the gimmick of the year.” Cortines added that LAUSD had never made a definitive plan for how teachers would have used the iPads during instruction, nor had it planned how it was going to pay for the tablets over time. I’m not sure what he means by education…
  • U.S. Department of Education to End Contracts with Several Private Collection Agencies

    ED News
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Following a review of 22 private collection agencies, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will wind down contracts with five private collection agencies that were providing inaccurate information to borrowers. The five companies are: Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries, Pioneer Credit Recovery, and West Asset Management.
  • Make Your Own College Rankings

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    27 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    Try your hand at The Chronicle's College Rankings Mash-Up Machine.
  • New York City Teachers’ Union Is Closing Portion of Its Brooklyn Charter School

    NYT > Education
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Low student tests scores are forcing the United Federation of Teachers to shut down the kindergarten-to-eighth-grade portion of a charter school it started in 2005.
  • Intelligence & Humour: Are Smart People Funnier?

    Saga Briggs
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Defined by psychologists, a joke is an “incongruity that is recognised and resolved in some way.” But we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us when to laugh. There are countless types of humour, some of which we appreciate more than others, and rarely do we stop to ask why we find a particular joke funny. What if someone told you the reason you found a joke funny was because you had a high IQ? Or, alternatively, because you had a low IQ? You’d probably stop and think about the joke a little harder. The truth is, once you do start analysing the conceptual nature of…
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    Detention Slip

  • Five Star Hotel of London Offer the Top Level of Service of the Guests

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    If you are recently planning along trip to enjoy the vacation with your spouse, then your best destination would be the city of London. This is an ideal city where you may relax and have some extraordinary experience in your life. This city is full of luxury hotels, bistros, and shopping centers. You would never get a dull moment in this city. Thus, if you want to finalize a deal, start searching for a Five Star hotel of London since your partner always deserves. Well decorated rooms in Five Star hotels Most of the 5 Star Hotels of London portrays the striking heritage in a contemporary…
  • Book Manchester Hotels of Low Cost and Get Various Amenities

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:38 am
    Everyone tourist wants to get the most suitable accommodation during any trip. Moreover, every single traveler wishes to enjoy his or her vacation while staying at a cheap hotel, situated at a comfortable site. Particularly while you go to any European city such as Manchester, you may try to get the best one at the least possible rates. It may appear hard to book cheap hotels in Manchester as many of the hotels in this city are Five Star or Four Star hotels. Lot of facilities offered by affordable hotels But with the aid of some good websites you will surely be able to find it quite easily.
  • Hyde Park hotels can give a Wonderful Experience to London Tourists

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:04 am
    If you are wishing to settle in the luxurious of hotels of London city, then Hyde Park is perhaps one of the most preferred sites where you can reside. The area of Hyde Park is, in fact, well known to most of the tourists and almost thousands of travels arrive here every day. If you visit this Hyde Park region, you will discover a number of first class hotels London like the Metropolis London Hyde Park. These lodges can offer you all of the modern services and amenities making it your desired accommodation. Rail station and other tourists’ spots near the hotels As the entire area of Hyde…
  • London Hotels with Various Luxurious Services

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The city of London is just all about superiority and quality. Whether you are enjoying dinner at a café or shopping at any popular malls, you are certain to find quality oriented goods. Even if you go for some small shops in the narrow streets of the city, then you will surely come to realize how much dedication is given to provide best quality of items and everything, which you require. The same face can be observed at the services, which are presented at different luxury London hotels. Such hotels always go one step ahead to give comfort to their visitors. In fact, a lot of popular lodges…
  • Indulge in the Historical Beauty of Bangalore

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Planning to visit Bangalore for your summer vacation? Bangalore is a city of salubrious climate, and always bubbling with life and energy, representing a potpourri of people and culture. Visitors and tourist from all over the world can enjoy the wonderful blend of past and the present that definitely make them interesting throughout their trip. It is the delightful destination that is beautifully decorated with parks, gardens, lakes and fountains. It also serves as a perfect stopover for some very beautiful places nearby including Mysore and the Jog Falls. Check out the following places that…
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    ASCD SmartBrief

  • Report considers curriculum trends in Common Core states

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Educators in states using Common Core State Standards are playing a larger role in curriculum development, according to a rec -More- 
  • 5 trends that are transforming education

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    "In our rapidly changing world, how a school responds to emerging trends often determines that school's future," writes forme -More- 
  • What can schools learn from the most popular education research?

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Educator-directed lessons may be most effective when teaching first-grade math.  -More- 
  • NCLB rewrite could get House vote today

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind.  -More- 
  • STEM competition tests solutions for individuals with disabilities

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    High-school and college students recently convened in Washington, D.C., to present engineering designs aimed at improving the -More- Join us in California for Common Core NOW! Take control of the Common Core! Whether you are at a basic or advanced stage of CCSS implementation, you'll find sessions targeted to your needs. Receive content-specific support for math, ELA, and science, and leave equipped with ready-to-go strategies and fresh energy to achieve the promise of higher student achievement. Bring a team and save!
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Let’s Close the Passion Gap

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

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

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

    Angela Maiers
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Copyright Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York When you tell people they matter, often you don’t know right away – or ever – if they believe you, or are listening at all. Sometimes, you start to feel that maybe you don’t matter. But know this: They DO Believe. They ARE Listening. You DO Matter. In some instances you learn later about the impact you had on someone, and in some instances, you never learn about it. But the fact remains: when you tell, and show, people that they matter, to you and to the world, you change and save lives, to a degree you can only imagine.
  • A Break to Ponder

    Angela Maiers
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Credit: Angie Miller The life of a teacher requires a big investment in the well-being of others. As a teacher, my drive to and from school every day was filled with scenes from the school day and thoughts about whether my students were truly learning. As those concerns grow throughout the year, they could crowd out some brain space. Evening appointments might get missed, and the big picture of what really matters in the classroom might get overlooked. I was always incredibly thankful, then, for the winter break. It allowed me to engage in a process I too often neglected: pondering. To me,…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Bob Greenberg and Brainwaves: Capturing the Best Teaching Practices and Leaving a Legacy (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:56 am
    Bob Greenberg, a veteran educator, inspires other educators through his Brainwaves channel. Bob hosts exciting guests in education . Bob passionately says “Students  are our legacy.” Bob GreenbergPowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Bob hasn’t retired, he has sent himself into overdrive as he records and shares a snapshot of history and educational thought at this moment on his YouTube Channel. What a great story! Listen now to Bob Greenberg Add @bobgreenberg to your PLN @bobgreenberg The Brainwaves Channel Bob Greenberg – Show #85 – Capturing the Best…
  • Free Webinar: Empower students with collaborative writing tools — Feb 26, 2015 (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Vicki will present a FREE Webinar entitled, “Empower students with collaborative writing tools” February 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST / 9:00 pm UTC on the WizIQ platform as part of the Featured Teachers Webinar Series. The host for this event is Jason R. Levine @FluencyMC, the rapping educator who blogs at “It’s FLUENCY MC!” Who should attend? All writing teachers grades 4 and up, curriculum directors, and school long-term planning and policymakers. The Webinar is free and you can join at ->+Join Free Webinar Vicki Davis is a full time classroom teacher and IT…
  • Let the Caged Birds Sing! Giving Special Needs Kids a Voice (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years? “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.” Maya Angelou, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The story is well known now that Stephen Hawking, who many consider the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein, has been able to continue his illustrious career despite a debilitating diagnosis in 1963, due to technology that has assisted his communication. This post is series of…
  • 3 Ways to Be a Better You (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    “Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience,” says Atticus Finch, the stalwart character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Today, I reflect upon three decisions that have made my life — and can make yours — more epic.   (This is an extension of 3 Steps to Make 2015 Epic, I dedicate this to a dear person in my life working to find herself.) As leadership author John Maxwell says in his book How Successful People Think, “you can spend your life any way you…
  • Serious Games: Rethinking Gamification in Education with Cat Flippen (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Cat Flippen talks with Vicki Davis about her dissertation on gamification creating community. She is an ISTE Emerging Leader 2014. Cat argues that game like environments can occur anywhere, not just face- to face, or online, or virtual. Listen now to find out how Cat believes games are a great addition to education. “A lecture online is no different than a lecture in person… you need to enrich the video, and you need to make it shorter.”Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Cat believes that gamification, when applied correctly, can create community, specifically in…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Alice’s Emerging SAPro Journey: Mirrors and Pathways and Questions, Oh My!

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    *There’s a lot on my mind as I write this month’s post. Potential ramble-fest ahead. However this turns out, bear with me. I usually leave my writing of the blog posts for the last minute, and this post is no different. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this month despite having had a lot of experiences worth writing about! Originally, I wanted to take this time to acknowledge all of the support I’ve received on my professional path thus far and, though I will do that at some point, I found myself at a loss for what exactly to write about. I wanted to write…
  • The Joys of Our SA Work: An Intro to the #SAtogether Mini-Series

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I enjoy telling my staff about my time working with AmeriCorps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest from 2009 to 2012. Spending three formidable years in Oregon after undergrad allowed me to do service, learn more about social justice, and think about how it all translates to the field of Student Affairs. While I witnessed drama, experienced failure, and was saddened by stories of the people I helped, I can easily recall the triumphs and successes. Not much has changed in the work I do today. I work as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg,…
  • Dear Student, No rubric can measure what you have learned

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    If you ever want to freak out a classroom full of college students; assign a research project and don’t provide a rubric. The terror on their faces is worth every question and complaint. Every semester, in my Introduction to Leadership class, I choose one assignment, give as little guidance as possible, and let my students know that there is not a rubric to guide them. Then I take it one step further. I also make them evaluate their own work and explain why they deserve the grade they assign themselves. They. Hate. It. I love using rubrics as a way to assess performance but I have begun to…
  • #SAConnects – Escape the Echo Chamber

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Sara and I after experiencing every single ride and show at Disneyland! We are both goal-setters! On paper, Sara and I should not be friends. She is the most logical, rational person I know, and I have been known to tear up at anything remotely emotional. She has spent weeks of her life camping in the backwoods of Montana and that sounds like my worst nightmare. I live for a good burger and she’s been a vegetarian since middle school. Sara has more school spirit than anyone I know, and I find it a little cheesy. We shouldn’t be friends, and yet, because of student affairs, she is one of…
  • A Final Thought on Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Speech

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    This is not going to be a popular article. I know even before writing it. This is not because Student Affairs is not an open-minded profession. That is obviously untrue. It is because we are passionate and sometimes so passionate about things like social justice that we tend to shut others down when they aren’t passionate enough or are passionate in the “wrong” way. This article is written in the spirit of education and in the spirit of having the discussion that should have been had. I have been reading so many articles posted to Facebook about the short acceptance speech…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

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

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

    Dean Shareski
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    10 years ago today I wrote this. Brilliant. Not really but I continue to believe and advocate this kind of a space both as a way to reflect, but to collect. My enthusiasm for this medium early on was a result of discovering what it was to connect and learn from strangers. I spent a great deal of time over the next 5 years in particular trying to get others to share in my zeal.  I assumed everyone would jump in and see the same value I did. I managed to get many teachers and students to create a blog, but few stuck with it.  The last 5 years I’ve had my students create them and have…
  • 2014: My Year in Numbers

    Dean Shareski
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Pretty basic stuff here. I simply copied the keynote template I used for last year, changed the data, replaced the images, tweaked a few builds, exported it to imovie, added some music, published to youtube and voila. Having all this data and doing nothing with it seems a bit pointless. Not that anything gets over analyzed but it’s another means of reflection. In addition, creating ways to visualize and add a little life to numbers is something I think we all could do a bit more with. It’s still not as polished as the original inspiration but it serves a purpose I think. (PS, Dan,…
  • 2014 Year in Photos/Videos

    Dean Shareski
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    It’s just another story caught up In another photograph I found. And it seems like another person lived that life A great many years ago from now, When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life, I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time. Welcome to year 7 of my annual year in photos montage. In case you missed it, here are the previous renditions: 2008 2009 2010 (aka, the year I tried something crazy) 2011 2012 2013 And while there are probably too many jumping,dog, golf and family/friend dinner photos, it’s my life and story. In some ways, very ordinary as the lyrics…
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  • The Internet Reacts to Teens Reacting to the Internet

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:58 pm
    My idea for this remix is likely better than the execution. The FineBros has a brilliant series of Kids React videos where modern youth try to make sense of past culture, toys, and technology. They seem to average like 9 kazillion views per video; I’m lucky if I hit double digits. In some research for internet of the mid 1990s I found “Teens React to the Internet of the 1990s” where they make fun and mock the earnest kids and primitive internet technology of the 1996 vide0, The Kids’ Guide to the Internet The latter video is pretty laughable, with the hair, the dead…
  • Blog Makeover: The You Show Edition

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) “US Navy 110202-N-9268E-007 Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) help build a home for a mother currently raisin” by U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen E. Eifert Heading into a latter (not last, not ending, not over) phase of the You Show, in unit 5 we offer/ask participants to consider how they move a site that looks pretty bloggy into something that might be outwardly facing more like a portfolio or informational web site. As part of this, I have been offering…
  • Conferences By Numbers. And Chickens.

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    cc licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Jitter Buffer Let’s just do some arithmetic. Let’s say the average cost of attending a big conference is say, $1500 (~$400 airfare / travel related, ~$400 registration, ~ $400 hotel, ~$200 food, etc all subject to question where these came from). At a conference say the size of EDUCAUSE, where 7000 people attend, that is over $10 million spent. That is but a number. It’s just math, not a judgement, or a criticism. That money spent does have some ripple effect for local businesses. And there is (likely) value in the conferring.
  • Archeology of Past Presentations

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    My next talk for the TCC 2015 conference (the 20th one) has me digging in the catacombs of web history; I was looking trough my files for what I had from my talks in 1996. I have a fairly complete archive of stuff I did from my stints at the Maricopa Community Colleges (1992-2006) and the NMC Years (2006-2011). All my Maricopa web stuff has been dismantled and I have no idea what’s left on NMC’s sites. But I always kept copies of all my stuff. The oldest is from the July 21-23, 1994 Association for Applied Interactive Multimedia Conference called Providing Structured Multimedia…
  • Rules, Attribution, and Doing The Right Thing

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) cc licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Add to that sign… “NO STEALING OF ONLINE IMAGES.” In my hobbled opinion the problem about reuse of media is copyright. Duh. No not what you think; our framing of what one should use openly licensed content is nearly always framed in something akin to DON’T BREAK THE RULES (or you will get in trouble), e.g.: If you reuse someone else’s media without permission then you are breaking the law, swarms of eagles bearing hungry lawyers…
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  • Post Doctoral Position at UTA

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I’m pleased to announce a new post doc position at LINK Research Lab at University of Texas Arlington (we will be announcing several additional positions in the next month in various topic areas). The first position, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, is focused on assessing labour market data, specifically how the changing nature of work impact higher education institutions. For example, what type of work will we be doing in an age of increasing automation? How do universities identify important trends that require alteration of teaching practices from current models? What will the…
  • I now have a Canadian Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
  • Moving from openness advocacy to research

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Openness in education – including content, teaching, pedagogy, analytics, or any other flavours – is a 15+ year trend that is starting to cross over into the main stream. I’ve been involved in numerous faculty/leadership meetings with different universities and colleges over the past year and openness has become one of those concepts that everyone agrees with, supports, and promotes. In a way, it’s like “diversity”, given lip service, recognition in planning documents and policy statements, but often not reflected adequately in practice. A few weeks ago,…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Nostalgic for factual recall (Scott McLeod)
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Two quotes from today’s article in The Des Moines Register, Iowa Poll: Common Core not so radioactive for Iowans: Ah, the good old days When Iowa Poll respondents opposed to Common Core standards were asked about their objections, some lamented the shift from traditional teaching methods such as rote memorization of facts and formulas to a focus on more critical thinking. Because we’ve learned nothing about teaching math in 50 years Civil engineer Jack Burnham Jr., a 40-year-old independent voter, also has a “very negative” view. “I’ve got a math primer from the…
  • Why would students feel valued at school? (Scott McLeod)
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are generally treated as passive recipients of whatever adults foist on them, have their thoughts and opinions routinely and blatantly ignored or dismissed when it comes to day-to-day operations, and are punished whenever they deviate from organizational compliance structures. The number of schools in which students have significant input into…
  • Workshop responses: Incorporating students’ learning interests and passions (Scott McLeod)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Here are some data from a workshop I did with 80 educators… What would this look like in your school? What could / should it look like? Here are some more positive comments from the participants: We enjoy celebrating out of class interests and talents It’s great to let students choose their own topics based on their own interests for assignments whenever possible Personal Finance class – students put together their own personal finance plans Give choices in reading, math, and writing Allow kids to come up with alternative assessments, as long as they apply to topic at hand…
  • Some students need our help (Scott McLeod)
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    An inner city high school. 95% of the student population receives free or reduced lunch. A dozen amazing students and an inspiring teacher. And a donor that promises to help them achieve a trip of a lifetime. But with just weeks to go (and after months of fundraising), the donor backs out… Read their story, see their travel itinerary and learning objectives, and contribute anything you can. And please spread the word through all of your social media channels. Can we help this English teacher in Milwaukee and her incredible students achieve their dream?  No related posts.
  • 10-day update: Digital Leadership Daily (Scott McLeod)
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Yesterday was the tenth day since I launched Digital Leadership Daily. So far over 440 people have signed up. Woo hoo! Please share this fairly pain-free learning opportunity with your local school leaders! Related Posts The challenges of digital leadership A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily How long has it been since you were really bothered? Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2014 We can do better than this
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • Links for 2015-02-26 []

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Glasgow: Then and Now | On This Spot Welsh Government | Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales Measuring Design and its Role in Innovation - Papers - OECD iLibrary
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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Little Book of IDEO: Values How We Learn What We Learn | Learning Principles & Practice Errol Morris, on Donald Rumsfeld and His New Documentary, The Unknown Known Nanjing International School's Design Centre @nischina - YouTube
  • When there just aren't #28minutes for #28daysofwriting

    Ewan McIntosh
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    In 2007, I posted a picture of me blogging, with a one month old Catriona in one arm, one-handed typing on the other: One year later, I had stopped writing on my blog regularly (until this month) for many reasons: At Channel 4 in 2008, I was so unschool in my work that I felt totally uninformed and uninspired to write about learning - this was daft, since every public service platform I funded and produced had learning at its heart. By 2010, having started NoTosh, I ended up with a crisis of living in two electronic worlds, at a time when many of us were really at the beginning of fathoming…
  • Expectations #28daysofwriting

    Ewan McIntosh
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    This is what they call a "forward" post. I wrote it yesterday, when I had wifi and time, and am posting under today's date. I have a (reasonable) expectation that I will be alive tomorrow, and that this will not, therefore, freak out anyone unduly. In the early days of blogging with my school students, back in 2002/3, I'd use forward posting on the foreign trips we made because mobile access to blogging software on my Nokia was so expensive. At the time I gauged our expectations of living tomorrow high, but was young enough and foolish enough to forget that, should our coach have gone off…
  • Set a clear destination, but prepare to change the route #28daysofwriting

    Ewan McIntosh
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    This morning I set off for Dubai, and on to Hong Kong and Nanjing, before returning for a couple of days in Dubai, and then home in time for tea on Friday. It's a hectic week, with a lot of time in the plane. Something I've noticed over the past year is that flights have become longer. Most of the time, this is because of war and conflict 38,000ft below. Take the initial route to Dubai, for example. Until last summer, this trip took me routinely over Southern Turkey, Syria, Mosul and Basra in Iraq, down the Persian Gulf sea border next to (but avoiding) Iran, and into Dubai (the blue line in…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • What Works For My Kids

    Jose Vilson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The New York Times’ Anna North recently asked me if I was a believer in learning styles, and I’m like, “No.” That’s not my fault, really. As a younger teacher, many of the veteran teachers told me the long list of initiatives that they’d seen come and go in education research, where “education research” is a pejorative, not a compliment. Multiple intelligences. Learning styles. Workshop model. Differentiation. The new math / everyday math. Now? Systems in place. Common Core. Data-driven instruction. Every time an initiative comes out,…
  • Why We Need Black History Month In The First Place

    Jose Vilson
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Recently, PBS Newshour asked for my thoughts on Black History Month. After noticing that even some people of color railed against the idea of such a month, I decided to write a primer on why we needed them and why this matters for our students, all of them: I wanted to give the students a 10-minute lecture on the fact that groups used to lynch people of color for public display, that Emmett Till was around their age when he was savagely beaten and killed for supposedly flirting with a white women, that at their age, I saw Rodney King get beaten on video for trivial matters, and that Amadou…
  • White Administrators’ Guilt

    Jose Vilson
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    “This race discussion doesn’t apply to me.” Whenever we say that racism isn’t just discrimination of one set of people towards another, but a systemic set of power structures that benefits one (white) group over another. This goes double for principals and assistant principals because, when your standing already endows you with more power than others in the building, your responsibility towards being cultural competent is doubled as well. We have racist administrators in our schools, some overtly and some covertly. Our school system has yet to assess for racism because…
  • Rescinding My Invite to Governor Andrew Cuomo

    Jose Vilson
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    First off, Governor Andrew Cuomo is never getting an invitation to my classroom nor would I want him anywhere near my students. The most likely scenario is that he stops in for 10 minutes, listens to me do some math, stares at me coldly with the kids whispering “Who is this guy?” to each other, smirking with an “I told you that I’d drop by” look. Then, he’d ask me for time and I’d shake my head and his people would look at me like, “Come on …” and I’d begrudge it and say, “Make it quick,” and then he’d make a…
  • A System of Ninety Equations

    Jose Vilson
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    I barely know what week I’m in right now. We just finished the second marking period and we’re just starting to get into systems of equations. I went through a few moments of “I can’t believe this is what they turned in” to “Yes, exactly, this this this!” and everything in between. I’ve known loneliness intimately in school, embraced it, and hoped it meant my voice meant more and not less. I went from goatee to moustache to beard back to moustache, and shed as much hair as I’ve shed frustration in the last month. Linear relationships would…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Year-round School Essay

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
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  • Are You a Good Writer?

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    The Grammarly Blog has an article that might help answer that question.  It starts:Have you ever wondered if your writing is any good? It’s a common question most writers have, especially early in their careers. It’s natural to have moments of doubt; you wouldn’t be human otherwise! Here are six signs your writing is on the right track.You can read the article HERE.
  • A Test for Students

    11 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Today I am a student. I am attending the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. This is a chance for me to learn new and sometimes innovative ways to use technology in our language arts class. I will be attending many classes all focusing on different ways that teachers are using technology to help students better learn.This is a test for Reading Workshop students. They are working on an Argumentative Essays about year-round schools. When I come back on Friday, I will see what they have accomplished while I was gone. This is always interesting to me because it shows who is motivated to be…
  • A Good Argument

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Students recently completed an Argumentative Essay Project. The following essay was written by Emma A. She did an excellent job of organization and supporting her opinion.I think parents should limit social media use. I think they should because too much time on social media can put teen’s mental health in jeopardy. Social media can be addictive. Studies show that 63% of people log on to Facebook daily, and about 40% log on multiple times a day.Social media also leads to a higher risk for cyberbullying. Sixty-seven percent of cyberbullying comes from instant messaging. Peer pressure is…
  • Year-round Schools Argumentative Essay Organization

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Reading Workshop students, your task is to write an editorial stating your position on year-round schooling.Be sure to include:• An engaging opening that states your opinion• At least two separate supporting arguments/reasons, with supporting details from at least two sources• An explanation of the other side and your reasoning against it• A conclusion restating your opinion and a call to action (what you want people to do)• Citation of your sources at the end of your essayListed below is an organizational/format aid.Introduction1. Statement of opinion--Students would/would not…
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    I’ve been online long enough to see a lot of negativity. I wear a bracelet that reads “Don’t. Read. The. Comments.” (a gift from Molly Steenson) to remind myself that going down the path of negativity is not helpful to my soul or sanity. I grew up in a geeky environment, determined to prove that I could handle anything, to stomach the notion that “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” My battle scars are part of who I am. But why does it have to be this way? Over the last few years, as the internet went from being a geeky subculture to something that is truly…
  • Baby Boaz

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Boaz Lotan Boyd saw the blizzard coming and knew it was time for him to enter this world. At 4PM on Monday, January 26, a little ball of fuzzy cuteness let out a yelp and announced his presence at a healthy 6 pounds 14 ounces. We are now snuggling in the hospital as the world outside gets blanketed with snow. I’ll be on parental leave for a bit, but I don’t know exactly what that means. What I do know is that I will prioritize existing collaborations and my amazing team at Data & Society. Please be patient as my family bonds and we get our bearings. Time is the hardest…
  • Data & Civil Rights: What do we know? What don’t we know?

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    From algorithmic sentencing to workplace analytics, data is increasingly being used in areas of society that have had longstanding civil rights issues.  This prompts a very real and challenging set of questions: What does the intersection of data and civil rights look like? When can technology be used to enable civil rights? And when are technologies being used in ways that undermine them? For the last 50 years, civil rights has been a legal battle.  But with new technologies shaping society in new ways, perhaps we need to start wondering what the technological battle over civil rights will…
  • Heads Up: Upcoming Parental Leave

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    If you’ve seen me waddle onto stage lately, you’ve probably guessed that I’m either growing a baby or an alien. I’m hoping for the former, although contemporary imaging technologies still do make me wonder. If all goes well, I will give birth in late January or early February. Although I don’t publicly talk much about my son, this will be #2 for me and so I have both a vague sense of what I’m in for and no clue at all. I avoid parenting advice like the plague so I’m mostly plugging my ears and singing “la-la-la-la” whenever anyone tells me…
  • me + National Museum of the American Indian

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m pleased to share that I’m joining the Board of Trustees of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2015.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to help guide such an esteemed organization full of wonderful people who are working hard to create a more informed and respectful society. I am not (knowingly) of Native descent, but as an American who has struggled to make sense of our history and my place in our cultural ecosystem, I’ve always been passionate about using the privileges I have to make sure that our public narrative is as…
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    The Power of Educational Technology

  • 33 Great Ideas For Women In Leadership Positions

    Liz Davis
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I attended a great session today at the NAIS Conference (National Association of Independent Schools) titled: Engendering Leadership: How Independent Schools Support Successful Female Leaders. Thank you to Lindsay Koss, Pearl Kane, Lucy Goldstein, Meera Ratnesar, Frances Fondren, Karen Whitaker and Katie Arjona for all of your sage advice!Here is what I learned:Leadership is a behavior1. Leadership is about doing not about the title2. If your passions don’t align with your institution you have to listen to that and move to a place that fits.3. You need to know the stereotypes that…
  • #MARCHON in remembrance of Martin Luther King

    Liz Davis
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    This week at our middle school we have done a number of things to celebrate and remember the upcoming MLK day on Monday. We started as a whole school learning a little about the history of both Martin Luther King and about non-violent protest in general. We watched the John Legend/Common music video (below) of their song Glory from the movie SelmaAt the end of the video, we are challenged to consider what we would march for and to share that with the hashtag #marchon.  Students created a small #marchon poster articulating what they would march for. We gathered…
  • Another Design Thinking PD Day for Faculty - Reimagining Creative Spaces at School

    Liz Davis
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    Just before Thanksgiving break I led another full day Design Thinking workshop with my faculty. Our goal was to look at our campus and consider what we could do with our physical space to inspire creativity in ourselves and in our students. Because we only had from 8:30 - 2:00pm, I decided to take my faculty through exactly the same processes that we used during our August PD day, which I described in my last blog post, but with a different topic. Since we had already been through all of the steps once, I was able to skip over a lot of the explanation of the how and why and move people right…
  • Using Design Thinking to Reimagine Back To School Night

    Liz Davis
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I am very excited to share that I have started my new job as Director of Curriculum at Keys School in Palo Alto. Over the summer the faculty read the book Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly. As a way to integrate their Design Thinking model into our teacher work week, we are going to use the model to reimagine our Back to School Night. We will have 3 hours on the first day and 1 hour two days later to complete the process. Here is our plan. (I would welcome your suggestions or ideas for improving upon it!) It is based on the Stanford Design Thinking model which is outlined…
  • My Google Teacher Academy 2014 Application

    Liz Davis
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    I am really excited to be applying for the 2014 Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View California this summer. I have wanted to become a Google Certified Teacher for years, but until now, I have not been available on the days the academy was being held. This year I am moving to California just in time to attend the Mountain View Academy at the end of July. (Beginning July 1st I am going to be the Curriculum Director for Keys School in Palo Alto!) Of course, the program has become much more competitive over the years. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be accepted.As part of the…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Video Toolbox: A Good iPad App for Blurring Student Faces (when needed)

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It’s important to obtain parent and student permission before publishing photos or videos online. Of the 610 fourth and fifth graders currently at my elementary school, only 10 parents have requested that their child’s photo NOT be published online. Our secretary is able to run a report directly from PowerSchool and provide that list to teachers. At my wife’ school, they call students who cannot be photographed for online publication “redshirt” students. We both try our best not to photograph or share photos of those students. Despite our best efforts, sometimes…
  • Audio Podcasting with iOS and YouTube

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    In my continuing quest to find streamlined ways to audio record and share conference presentations at professional development events, today I used the free iOS app Voice Recorder Pro to record my three sessions at the Oklahoma EdTechTeam’s Google Summit, as well as Jake Heister’s session (with permission, of course) on Google Search. Normally I would publish audio recordings like this to my “Fuel for Educational Change Agents” secondary podcast channel, and I may still do that, but for now this workflow worked very smoothly and was MUCH less time consuming. It took 38…
  • Tweeting Our Learning in USD 383 – Manhattan, Kansas

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Monday I had a humbling opportunity to share a keynote address with teachers in the school district where I graduated from high school: USD 383 in Manhattan, Kansas. Felix Jacomino (@felixjacomino) shared a fantastic closing keynote at the end of the day, capped off by an amazing original remix of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the movie “Frozen.” Felix wrote and performed on the piano, accompanied by a synchronized video of a contributing singer, “Do You Want to Be Connected?” Synchronized song lyrics were also shown live.  I captured Felix’s…
  • Show What You Know with Media (Feb 2015)

    Wesley Fryer
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Updated 2/20/2015: An audio recording of my keynote is available as a YouTube video. These are my slides for my opening keynote at the February 16, 2015, “Little Apple Tech Fest” in Manhattan, Kansas, for teachers in USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden Schools. The keynote description is: Media products created by students can provide a clearer, deeper and more helpful “window” into their minds. Teachers need to regularly invite students to “show what they know with media.” When students create and share content based on the curriculum, their learning can be…
  • Find & Highlight Duplicates in Excel 2011 for Mac

    Wesley Fryer
    14 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s exciting we’ve received almost 400 registrations for our third EdCampOKC event coming up on February 28th! Yesterday Julie Gathright, who is heading up our registration committee, noticed a few folks had registered twice with the same email address or with different email addresses. Since we want an accurate participant count (we’ve obtained sponsorships to provide lunch this year on-site) we need to remove duplicate registrations. In this post I’ll describe the steps I followed to do this in Excel 2011 for Mac and in EventBrite. The first step was to download…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Eduro Learning: Changing Culture and Minds

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Utecht
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    Photo Credit: mortsan via Compfight cc During presentations the comment: “So you think we should do away with all physical books?” comes up from time to time. Do I? When it comes to non-fiction books I believe at the Middle School and High School level we need to start thinking hard about where we spend our money. On non-fiction books that are outdated before they’re checked out, or take that same money, buy devices, show students how to find quality non-fiction up-to-date information on the Internet within their reading level? I think the latter is a better choice. Now…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Lessons in Time

    Alfred Thompson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    The other day I was microwaving some food to heat it up. Ten seconds seemed like forever. I was actually able to do several other things while I waited. The microwave has changed my perception of time in some ways. As I thought about that I remembered the first time I heard Grace Hopper speak. One of her favorite stories was about explaining to an admiral why there was a delay in satellite transmission. She used a wire “nanosecond” to demonstrate. Light travels about 11 3/4 inches in a nanosecond. She would show the wire and explain that there were a lot of nanoseconds between the ground…
  • Simulations Are More Fun

    Alfred Thompson
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:21 am
    One of my favorite computer science teachers, Judy Hromcik from Texas, posted a link to a video called “The last banana: A thought experiment in probability.” The video outlines a particular statistical problem. “Imagine a game played with two players and two dice: if the biggest number rolled is one, two, three, or four, player 1 wins. If the biggest number rolled is five or six, player 2 wins. Who has the best probability of winning the game?” The video outlines several ways to determine who has the best chance of winning. There are several ways including logic diagrams which are…
  • Interesting Links 23 February 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:39 am
    It's February break for my school. I’m trying to take it easy this week. And catching up with grading of course. I suspect a lot of teachers use so-called vacation time to catch up on school work like grading and planning. I also hope to play with some tools I haven't had time for. With any luck at all I’ll get my new 3-d printer working. And maybe a Kinect project I want to start. We’ll see!  IF you’re looking for interesting things I have a few good links below. I love the suggestions that come fromCS Teaching Tips @CSTeachingTips For example “Give students a caesar cipher to…
  • Today’s BASIC Is Not Your Father’s BASIC

    Alfred Thompson
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    A post at Doug Peterson’s blog (A Different Time) sent me to a site that has a collection of old BASIC programs. And by old I mean the 1970s. I remember many of these programs as I was starting my programming career back then. One could take these programs and type them into their computer and run them. It was fun and we learned a lot. But I’ll tell you the language has changed a lot since then. For example back then a comment was a REM statement. Short for REMARK of course. Today most version of Basic use a single quote to flag a comment. Today variable names can be of any length while…
  • 2015 CSTA annual conference – Registration is Open

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    Registration is now open for the CSTA annual conference. CSTA 2015 is a professional development opportunity for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom-focused information to help them prepare their students for the future. Conference content is peer reviewed and peer or industry led, making it relevant to today's classroom needs. This year we are staying true to being "bigger and better than ever" so we have expanded our conference to span three days, with two days worth of workshops, more exhibitors, along with multiple networking opportunities.
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • Preserving Private School Autonomy a Key Concern with School Choice

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Private schools want to participate in school choice programs to serve needy students, but are wary of regulations related to standards and testing that threaten their autonomy, according to a January 2015 survey from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The concern is not the accountability that test scores bring, but the requiring of certain tests and their effects on school mission and autonomy. Researchers surveyed 954 private educators in Indiana, Florida and Louisiana. All three states contain both a voucher program and a tax credit scholarship program. The survey found that…
  • A proposal that gives charter schools a chance

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    The Editorial Board Washington Post February 24, 2015 MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan (R) has proposed improvements to Maryland’s charter school law, currently the worst in the nation. Teachers union leaders and traditional public school officials are aghast. Lawmakers should look past their over-the-top rhetoric and bring Maryland into line with common-sense policies of other states. The state House Ways and Means Committee is set to hold a public hearing Thursday on Mr. Hogan’s proposals to give charter schools more authority in employment and admission policies and increased public funding,…
  • Indiana Private Schools Could Get Nearly $116 Million in State’s Voucher Program

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Arianna Prothero Education Week February 24, 2015 As much as $116 million in public dollars could be funneled to private schools in Indiana this year, the majority of which are affiliated with a religious institution. The CEEP report says that in some cases, Indiana students from families making 370 times more than the federal poverty level are eligible for vouchers. Indiana also earned top marks last summerin a state-by-state ranking of voucher programs by the Center for Education Reform, a Washington-based research and advocacy group that supports school choice.
  • Casper charter school proponents deliver application to school board

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    By Nick Balatsos Casper Star Tribune February 24, 2015 Tiffany Leary has her fingers crossed. She recently delivered an 870-page application to the Natrona County Board of Trustees that, if approved, would allow her to create the county’s first charter school. The Guild Charter School would be another option for K-8 Casper students who want a challenging learning environment. It would offer individualized learning programs and a unique curriculum, Leary said. Parents who support the school say it could benefit the community by serving a niche of students who score high on IQ tests,…
  • NEWSWIRE: February 24, 2015

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Vol. 17, No. 8 EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY. Since 2011, Arizona’s incredibly popular Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program has grown to cover more student populations, from students with special needs to those stuck in failing schools. Using ESAs, parents have the power to put education dollars towards tuition and resources that best meet their child’s learning needs. Lawmakers are now considering another expansion for Native American families living on one of Arizona’s 22 reservations. Although Native American students made a seven percent gain in reading on state assessments…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Literacies for the digital age: Financial literacy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Program 37: A Day Without Adjuncts / Rewriting (AP) History (Feb. 27, 2015)

    Doug Lederman
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    In one segment of our February 27 program, Stanford University's Roland Greene and the New Faculty Majority's Maria Maisto join Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik and the moderator Casey Green for a conversation about the impact and implications of National Adjunct Walkout Day. And in our other segment, Jim Grossman of the American Historical Association discusses the fight over AP history in Oklahoma and elsewhere. This Week on This Week: A Day of Protest A Day Without Adjuncts Whose History? Click here to sign up to receive each week's program via email. Section: This WeekFile: …
  • Father Hesburgh, leader at Notre Dame and in American higher education, dies at 97

    Scott Jaschik
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:29 am
    Revered figure in American higher education led Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. Editorial Tags: College administration
  • In Error, Kean U. Sends Acceptances to 3,000

    Scott Jaschik
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:17 am
    Kean University sent acceptance notices to 3,000 people this week whom the New Jersey institution did not intend to admit, at least at this time, reported. A few colleges or universities a year seem to make such mistakes, and Kean has apologized for the error. One unusual feature of this mistake was that the 3,000 included some people who should have received a notice that their applications were incomplete. Since some of them had decided not to apply to Kean at all and the others hadn't finished the process, some of those "accepted," had never actually applied.
  • 2-Year Colleges in Michigan Get $50M for Job Training

    Paul Fain
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, this week announced $50 million in grants to the state's community colleges. The money is to be used to buy equipment in high-demand fields, such as welding, health care and robotics. Community college officials in the state said the rapid pace of technology requires investment in technology for academic programs. Ad keywords: communitycolleges
  • A President Unafraid of a Snow Shovel

    Scott Jaschik
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    An Eastern Kentucky University student, responding to quite a bit of snow in the area last week, sent President Michael Benson this message on Twitter: Much to the student's surprise, the president sent a message to ask his address. And then Benson stopped by, with a shovel. At Eastern Kentucky, the president does what it takes to get students to class. Ad keywords: administrators
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part One

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

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

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

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

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

  • UFT Charter School--Another Spectacular Failure for Leadership

    NYC Educator
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    As far as charters go, the UFT has not found the secret sauce. When charter schools showed up, it was important for leadership to show they knew better than anyone else. Turns out, though, that they didn't know diddly squat about how to run a high performing charter.The way to make your charter great is to reach amazing test scores. You do this, of course, by selecting kids who already get amazing test scores. First, you place obstacles to entry, like a lottery, for example. After that, you make requirements for parents, like giving time to the school. That's pretty inconvenient. If I'm an…
  • Why Does Bill de B. Want Mayoral Control?

    NYC Educator
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    In the news, I've been reading that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants mayoral control to be permanent, rather than sunset every three years. Emperor Cuomo opposes this idea, for reasons beyond my meager comprehension. It could just be that he wants to stick it to de Blasio, who after all happens to be a powerful politician who is not Andrew Cuomo. Or it could just be that you can't predict the behavior of malignant narcissistic self-important self-serving sociopathic lunatics.  Who knows what evil lurks in the alleged heart of Andrew Cuomo?Anyway, I know some of you may be eating, so I'll…
  • Look What Bill de B. Found in the Sofa Cushions

    NYC Educator
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Man, when I read things like this I just don't know what to say. Just a few short months ago I was at the New York Hilton with my school's delegates and Punchy Mike Mulgrew was regaling us with tales of how the cupboard was bare and we'd have to wait an extra ten years for the money most city employees had received by 2010. It was the best they could do. Retro pay was not a God-given right.You see, until that point, I'd thought the city pattern was sacrosanct. After all, when we wanted to get a little more than the pattern, we were told we had to give back, and boy did we give back. We gave…
  • To Lobby or Not to Lobby?

    NYC Educator
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    March 4th is Lobby Day for UFT. A whole lot of people are being bused to Albany to talk to legislators. Oddly, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of room on the bus. Our group, the last I heard, only had 15 seats. I’d go anyway, in my own car, if I thought it would make a difference. That’s what I did the first and only time I went.Basically we sat for a rubber chicken dinner in a hotel somewhere, were assigned to a group, and someone who led the group gave the UFT line to legislators we visited. The year I went, Bloomberg was trying to destroy seniority rights for NYC teachers only.
  • The Mental Gymnastics of Some U.F.T.-Unity Positions

    Arwen E.
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    U.F.T. reps have variously spoken in favor of annual standardized testing (for diagnostic purposes) as well as the Common Core.  Strange how they try to sell these points to the rank and file.The task of supporting such positions must be far easier if you, yourself, are not a parent, or your children are not school-aged.  Then, you don't have to deal with children losing their natural love for learning as you spout the company line.  You don't have to deal with the painful choices made to prop up a testing-based system like kissing art and music goodbye.  You don't have to…
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    The Fischbowl

  • Real Leaders Sometimes Lose

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

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

    Karl Fisch
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Michael Feldstein, Dave Cormier (1, 2), Stephen Downes and many others in the comments had an interesting discussion around student learning and engagement that's worth your time to check out. While I agree with Chris Lehmann that perhaps engagement isn't always the word we're looking for, I think the discussion in the above posts is using engagement in the right way; the students aren't just engaging in the activity, but in the learning.You should read the posts (and the comments), but I wanted to pull a few quotes out to highlight and think about.So. In this case, we’re trying to make…
  • What Grade Should They Get?

    Karl Fisch
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    If you've followed this blog for a while, then you're probably aware that I'm not a big fan of grades. I won't rehash the philosophical underpinnings of why I'd like to get rid of grades, but I thought I'd briefly share three recent examples that I think help illustrate why you might want to rethink the way you grade even if you don't agree with me that we should eliminate them entirely.One of the big frustrations I have when discussing grades with others (whether that be teachers, students, or parents) is that the argument frequently comes down to an unfounded faith in percent. The argument…
  • You Keep Using That Word

    Karl Fisch
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Yesterday was our first day back after winter break and we had a faculty meeting (it was one of our few non-student-contact days). We heard from teachers, our principal and our superintendent (which is a nice mix, although I feel compelled to point out that there was at least one important group we didn't hear from: students). A variety of topics were addressed, but I think it's fair to say that "accountability" was a major theme.Both my principal and my superintendent addressed standardized testing and, to be clear, it was very nice to hear from both of them that they believe we are testing…
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    This Week In Education

  • Quotes: SEIU Could Play Decisive Role In Chicago (As It Has In LA)

    Alexander Russo
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Now that we have a runoff, we are going to take a very close, serious look at the race. The neutrality vote we took was a vote in the first round. This is now a different election. --  SEIU Local 1 political operative Jerry Morrison in the Sun-Times (SEIU may join mayor race). In Chicago's case, SEIU would likely join CTU in opposing Mayor Emanuel. In LA, SEIU Local 99 has been an independent player on education issues, joining with and splitting from UTLA depending on the issue and/or candidate.
  • Advocacy: 50CAN Does Reformy Things (Somewhat) Differently

    Alexander Russo
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:27 am
    As you may recall, 50CAN launched in 2010 at roughly the same time as StudentsFirst, but has followed an interesting and somewhat distinct path in the intervening five years compared to other national networks of reform-minded advocacy groups like StudentsFirst and Stand For Children and DFER that all seemed to sprout up around the same time.   Check out the organization's new state-by-state goals Policy Goals, which are largely state-developed rather than predetermined by the national or its funders, and you'll get a sense for what I mean.  I'm also told that the…
  • Journalism: Let's Focus On What Actually Happens -- Not What *Might* Happen*

    Alexander Russo
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    As Politico recently noted, statehouse efforts to turn the Common Core and its assessments back seem to have peaked since last year. The number of states with repeal efforts repeated this year is down from 22 to 19.  "So far, they’ve fared poorly," notes Stephanie Simon. But you wouldn't necessarily know this from reading national education news stories, which tend to focus on the handful of rollbacks that have taken back and the slew of proposed rollbacks that have been proposed, or passed out of committee, or made it out of a legislative chamber.  In other words,…
  • Listen: President Obama Tells Teen He Has "This Strength" Inside Himself

    Alexander Russo
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
      20150227_me_obama_to_troubled_teen_you_have_this_strength_inside_yourself As you might have heard on NPR this morning, President Obama and a teen named Noah McQueen did a StoryCorps interview.  
  • AM News: Newark Supe. Renewal, LA Teachers Rally, Chicago Testing Standoff

    Alexander Russo
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson Gets Contract Renewal District Dossier: Anderson and the state signed a three-year contract last year, but it required both parties to agree to an extension each year. LA Teachers, Union Leaders Rally Amid Stalled Talks AP: The Los Angeles standoff has focused mostly on teacher salaries, class sizes and increasing the number of support staff members like nurses and counselors. The union notes that teachers have gone eight years without a salary increase or cost-of-living adjustment. See also LA Daily News: Teachers rally in downtown Los Angeles.
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    Learning is Change

  • #C4C15: The Positive Teacher: #LoveTeaching

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The positivity from this blog is infectious: I really enjoy the #LoveTeaching hashtag. It is is something that we don’t get to say often enough to one another. I think your “lack of boredom” captures teaching very well. We are never going to be bored if we keep exploring. We will never rest on our laurels or face a new day without knowing that we will do things never done before. It is an immense responsibility and we face it head on. I think your positive outlook is goes a long way to making sure that we don’t get slapped in the face when we do so. via The Positive…
  • #C4C15: Leading for learning: I prefer a 3:1!

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Is a 3:1 program asking too much? Well, maybe: We are connected in more ways than simply through our computers now, and I think it is okay that we accept this so long as we don’t let ourselves think the connections are going to change practice by themselves. The connection in our pocket should be available and leveraged by everyone who wants it. The screen in front of us should allow for conversations that weren’t previously possible. We should touch the screen as if we were touching the person we are collaborating with, in ways that allow them to know that we are a human on the…
  • #C4C15: Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning | Fearless Teacher

    Ben Wilkoff
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Students as professional developers… Brilliant! I love this idea of students being the ones that end up doing the professional development. They are able to explain educational activities so much better than teachers sometimes because they are the ones who actually experience them. Please continue to write about the ways in which teachers are modeling innovative practice for one another. It is so rare that teachers feel comfortable asking the questions about what is going on in each others’ classrooms. This is powerful work. via Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning |…
  • #C4C15: Reflecting for Growth: A Tribute to My GIANT

    Ben Wilkoff
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    A moving story of how we grow from somewhere into our teaching and learning selves: I love this idea of honoring those “Giants” in our lives who have made more difference in our growth than they will ever know. You have painted such a moving picture of who your Nana is, and her heart comes through your words. It is wonderful to think that our learning and leading lives are crafted even before we realize that we have started to become who we will be. It makes me hunger for everyone to have a Nana in their lives, a true advocate for their confidence and their values-based…
  • #C4C15: Are You Applying the Brakes, or Being A Driver of Innovation? | My Classroom, My Kiddos, My Vision

    Ben Wilkoff
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    A good post on our responsibility as teachers and leaders to lead change: There are a few assumptions here that I would want to explore with you. While I do think that many in Instructional/Educational technology were originally teachers, I see many more folks taking on these roles from an IT background right now. This means that they are much more comfortable with the tech skills and much less comfortable with the instructional skills. I think this is probably where the leadership needs to come in from those who have been in the classroom. You are right that there is a great responsibility…
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    Drape's Takes

  • Finding Success in the Midst of Great Difficulty

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

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

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

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

    D Draper
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • SETDA's EdTech Update

    Doug Johnson
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    In the left column of the Blue Skunk Blog, you can now find a small banner that reads "Ed Tech Update" It's a widget that looks like this: I don't know a lot about this project, but I do know SETDA is a reputable organization, and if they are sponsoring the site, it should be pretty good. Here is the dope I got about it: EdTech Update, brought to you by SETDA (The State Educational Technology Directors Association), is now up and running, but will officially launch on February 26th. You can check out the site here: site and newsletter will feature content…
  • The Culturally Proficient Technologist in Ed Leadership

    Doug Johnson
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    "The Culturally Proficient Technologist" my Power Up! column in ASCD's Educational Leadership, March 2015, is now online. Enjoy.
  • Asking the right question about home Internet access

    Doug Johnson
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    Like a number of districts, we need to assess the number of student households that have home Internet access. Knowing the percent of students who can participate in online activities, access online resources, and do independent research online at home will inform our decisions around the practicality of making blended learning a bigger part of our instructional program. But doing a survey simply asking "Do you have Internet access at home?" is insufficient and may not be reliable. In an interesting article that appeared on, polls showed that a sizeable percentage of people said they…
  • New book from RADCAB on evaluating information

    Doug Johnson
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    My colleague, former student, and friend  Karen Christensson has published a new book and poster for her RADCAB series: Little RADCABing Hood: A Cautionary Tale for Young Researchers tells the story of Red driving to Grandma's house encountering the BBWolf, serious potholes, and other hazards which help illustrate dangers of Internet research. It's a clever, nicely illustrated little book that should appeal to elementary students. The accompanying poster explains the acronym RADCAB - Relevant, Appropriate, Detail, Currently, Authority, and Bias - factors to consider when evaluating…
  • 20 (plus) questions about what we did before cell phones

    Doug Johnson
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    I ran across this list the other day... 20 Questions I Have For People Who Were In Their 20s Before Cell Phones & Internet by Samantha Matt on forever twenty somethings How did you make plans? How did you CANCEL plans? How did you know who was calling you before you picked up the phone? How did you get rid of the fear that is calling people? How did you find out information about people before you went on dates with them? How did you find people to date in the first place??? How did you keep tabs on exes? How did you keep tabs on what your entire graduating class from high…
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  • 今年は趣味を見つけたい

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
  • 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

  • Building (Better) Organizational Habits (Bud Hunt
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I become more and more convinced each passing day that learning and culture are habit-based skills1. We either have healthy learning habits, or healthy cultures, or we don’t. # Any organization can improve its habits. But habit formation and cessation aren’t events. You don’t change habits in one-day workshops, or a summer conference. You change habits through long term, intentional planning and execution of the behaviors, choices and experiences that lead to better behaviors, choices and experiences. That lead to better habits. # Why do schools and organizations spend so…
  • Suppose We Just Left Them Alone? (Bud Hunt
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    One thing that never seems to be in short supply in the learning organizations I work with is a steady stream of new priorities, initiatives, and programming.  There’s always an agenda, pet project, new idea, or something fresh, exciting, and game changing that’ll make all the difference for everybody in the organization. # I get it.  I do.  And I’ve created my fair share of acronyms and new work, work that didn’t start necessarily at the end of the old, but work that had to be squeezed into the mix of already happening stuff. # The thing is, there’s an awful lot of priorities…
  • Skating Along (Bud Hunt
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last month, I took my three daughters skating.  They’ve all been to the skating rink plenty of times, and are at different levels of skating expertise.  Ani and Teagan both motor along at their own paces, leaving their four-year-old sister, Quinn, and me behind as they skate it up to whatever loudly pulsating track is pounding through the speakers of the skate sound system.  Ani will even play some of the inevitable games that creep up during a perfectly fine all-skate, limbo-ing her way into the second or third round of competition. # # Quinn, though, until last month’s trip, had…
  • Where’s Your Refrigerator? (Bud Hunt
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    A couple of years ago, when I was doing some regular work for an area art museum, my daughter, Ani, asked me if, on our next trip to visit the museum, it’d be okay if we took along some of her artwork to show the museum. # That was a tricky conversation we had to have then, about who gets to decide what hangs in museums for other folks to look at.  But it wasn’t hard for me to suggest to her that we can make our own display spaces whenever and wherever we have something we’re proud of, something we want other people to see.  And we have them at our house – the piano wire…
  • Trusting People, Who “Will Do Dumb Things,” to Make Their Own Decisions (Bud Hunt
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    I haven’t read A Place Called School.  Yet.  But it’s one of those books that comes up when I talk to and listen to and read folks who talk, listen and write about what schools are and what they might yet be.  And this piece on its author, John Goodlad, who died earlier this month, helped me remember that I need to get that book on my reading list.  Here’s the choice bit: #  The project convinced Mr. Goodlad that education reformers cannot simply take a successful education innovation and ‘install’ it in a new school, he told Education Week shortly after A Place Called…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Wilberforce University: a pioneering institution in African American education

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

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

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

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Introduction, by R. Michael Alvarez Today’s data scientist must know how to write good code. Regardless of whether they are working with a commercial off-the-shelf statistical software package, R, Python, or Perl, all require the use of good coding practices. Large and complex datasets need lots of manipulation to wrangle them into shape for analytics, statistical estimation often is complex, and presentation of complicated results sometimes requires writing lots of code. To make sure that code is understandable to the author and others, good coding practices are essential. Many who…
  • #Force2015 – back to the future of scholarly communications

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Oxford University Press is delighted to co-sponsor this year’s Force2015 conference which takes place in Oxford’s new Mathematical Institute on 12-13 January 2015. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for a global audience. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the scholarly journal, as recorded by the first publication of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions in 1665. In a dedicatory epistle to the Society’s Fellows and the Introduction, editor Henry Oldenburg set forth its purpose to inform the scientific community of the latest and most valuable discoveries.
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    Educational Discourse

  • #saskedchat Feb26, 2015

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

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

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Photo credit — matt hutchinson creative For years I was a painter — I put myself through university and spent a few years afterward running my own company painting houses and commercial properties. At one point, the company had 20 summer students and 3 full time people besides myself. Like many ventures, what started off as a way […]
  • School Change – Breaking Free

    14 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Despite the massive amount of changes taking place in society, schools continue to resist. However a small number break free of the traditional classrooms, halls and desks to embrace different designs that permit students to engage and embrace learning and allow creativity, imagination, and collaboration to gain an equal footing with the traditional reading writing […]
  • #saskedchat Feb12th, 2015

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Our last #saskedchat focused on mentorship and the role it plays for teachers especially in regards to new teachers and internship. The chat was very lively with many of the contributors willing to share ideas and insights about the importance of mentorship for new teachers and interns but also for themselves as veteran teachers. That […]
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • Good StoryCorps Episode With President & Teen

    Larry Ferlazzo
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    You may, or may not, have heard NPR’s StoryCorps episode yesterday with President Obama and a teen with “My Brother’s Keeper,” a program for young men of color. It’s a good one. You can listen to it here and read the transcript here. I’ve also embedded the extended interview below (the StoryCorps episode is only a four minutes long). I’ve previously posted a number of times about audio and video StoryCorps episodes and how I use them in class.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Is In About Two Weeks – Here Are Related Resources

    Larry Ferlazzo
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    © 2011 Faith Goble, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon. You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (& April Fools Day).
  • Watch 41 Clips From Dan Pink’s TV Show, “Crowd Control”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    I’ve previously written posts about Dan Pink’s great National Geographic series, Crowd Control. You can now watch forty-one short clips from the show on National Geographic’s YouTube Channel. Here’s one sample: They’re excellent for use in many lessons, particularly for IB Theory of Knowledge when we study human sciences.
  • Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

    Larry Ferlazzo
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:34 am
    © 2010 Paul Townsend, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here’s the latest edition of this every-weekend feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they have originally been published on an earlier date). You might also be interested in My Most Popular Posts In 2014 and Eighth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? Here they are: 1. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom 2. “Socratic Smackdown” Looks Fun & Interesting – If…
  • Firefox Releases Free Video Calling System Built Into Browser

    Larry Ferlazzo
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Firefox has unveiled “Hello,” a video-calling system that is built into its browser. No registration is necessary. All you have to do is easily “create a conversation,” name it, and send the url link to the person with whom you want to talk. You can also create a contact list. They can use other browsers, like Chrome, and still use the link to the video call. Unfortunately, it appears to me that you can’t have group video chatrooms — in other words, it appears that you can just have two computers using the url address (let me know if I’m wrong on…
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  • Snow Friday

    Ed Darrell
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    It was clear this morning, but the snow started just before 9. It’s predicted to warm up enough that the stuff from the skies will be wet, but the ground will be stay frozen. Ice storm. Businesses and schools shut down about noon. Something about snow makes the birds hungry.  A tube feeder we filled […]
  • Founders on education standards: James Madison

    Ed Darrell
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Madison said nothing against a federal role, but much which supports Common Core standards, and everything in support of public schooling (spellings and other longhand affectations of Mr. Madison left as they were in the letter; emphases added here): Letter to William Taylor Barry James Madison (Aug. 4, 1822) Dear Sir, I received some days […]
  • Quote of the moment: FDR on government shutdowns

    Ed Darrell
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    One wag, who didn’t want to discuss things after all, referred me to President Franklin Roosevelt’s message to the National Federal of Federal Employees (NFFE), of August 16, 1937 (from the American Presidency Project at the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB)).  The wag asked me to confess that FDR was anti-union, and that […]
  • 70 years ago today, U.S. flags rose on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima

    Ed Darrell
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    February 23, 1945. It’s a date that will live in famous heroics, war brutality, photography, and bronze. On the morning of February 23, U.S. troops raised the U.S. flag on a hill known as Mt. Suribachi, on the island of Iwo Jima — a visual signal to U.S. troops that the high ground had been […]
  • Misquote of the moment: Magellan didn’t say it, but it’s still brilliant, “shadow on the Moon”

    Ed Darrell
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    From Wikiquote: The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church. This quotation is often found on the internet attributed to Magellan, but never with […]
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  • Competing Visions - @TCEA #TECSIG #txed #edtechcoach

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Image Source: #4 - Competing Visions for Instructional Technology"Do you think technology integration has failed?" I asked a colleague. His response was less than hopeful. For many of us across the State, Instructional Technology suffered a crippling blow when the state technology allotment was cut. These positions at the district and campus level exist only by the grace of habit or current leadership. A new model is needed that we can all join together and support. To that end, I commit to inviting TEC-SIG members and others to develop a model for…
  • Participant-Driven: Unconference Meetings for #TxEd #EdTech Leaders

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With the new technologies that connect us, why rely on traditional organizations--TCEA and CoSN--to setup the venue and curate the conversations? It's a dangerous question and one that many technologists are already considering as edcamps and "unconference conferences" gain in popularity.Image Source: technology professionals in Texas are already agreeing to work through a variety of topics on their own, organizing their own "unconference" meetings. Instead of post-its on a wall, though, agendas grow organically as tech…
  • Building Partnerships - @TCEA #TECSIG #txed

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Image Source: #3 - Vendor Interactions"Why are they doing this to us?" asked on irritated technology director. She was referring, of course, to the plethora of digital textbook adoptions, each of which had a different username and password convention. Like others across Texas, I found myself spending precious hours trying to get the right username and password combination setup for students and staff at campuses in my district. For smaller districts, the challenge is no different than large districts--inconsistency, no voice or way of making…
  • MyNotes: Unit 1 - Coaching Digital Learners #CDL_MOOCEd

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    How exciting to be joining in on the MOOCEd for Coaching Digital Learners! There is so much awesomeness in Unit 1, it's hard to know where to start (well, unless you decide to follow the outline!)Source: Unit 1 - Stewarding the Future of Digital Learning & Teaching, Coaching Digital LearnersMyNotesAn approach to professional learning in job-embedded supportShould not be a part of the evaluative processBuild trust and relationshipShare your expertiseIT Coaches share their competences in 3 distinct areas:Tech integrationlesson designcoachingFocus on pedagogy and the learning objectives...a…
  • That Old Time Religion: Back to EdTech Basics #edtechcoach #educoach @mray29 #edtech

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Image Source: the last few years, I've watched the erosion of instructional technology core principles and concepts with a bit of trepidation. Ask a young whippersnapper campus instructional technologist how to integrate technology into the curriculum, and they'll likely start spouting some nonsense about app smashing, using Google as an LMS, getting connected to a PLN, etc.The Technology Coach Handbook by Deborah Lowther, Michael Grant, Eric Marvin, Fran Clark and Blake Burr in 2003Isn't it time we got back to that Old Time Religion, the OLD way of…
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  • Pat Farenga's "Starting to Homeschool" Webinar Series Starts on Friday

    Steve Hargadon
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    "Starting to Homeschool" is a series of six Webinars for those interested in starting the journey to homeschooling, or just learning more about homeschooling. The Webinars are held using Google Hangouts on Air, and shouldn't require any special software. Each Webinar will be a half-hour presentation by Patrick Farenga, followed by a half hour of questions and answers with attendees. Each is free to attend live and to watch in recorded form for the next 24 hours.Are you wondering if homeschooling can work for you?Do you know that you don’t need to be a certified teacher in any state in order…
  • Events Newsletter - Library Negotiations (Today) - Reinventing Education - OZeLive - Open Licensing - Google in Ed - ISTEunplugged

    Steve Hargadon
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    February 23rd - March 9th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, February 23rd at 3pm Library 2.0 Webinar Series: Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers: How to make the most out of what you have and get what you need", Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers…
  • Library 2.0 Webinar - Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers"

    Steve Hargadon
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    We're excited to announce the Library 2.0 Webinar Series, a year-round discussion about the future of libraries.Monday, Feb. 23rd at 12pm PT / 3pm ET(link to show other time zones)Richard Hulser presents:  "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers: How to make the most out of what you have and get what you need"Description: Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers present challenges to today's information professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or just…
  • Events Newsletter - ISTE Unplugged News - Come to AERO - Online Google Summit - Reinventing Education AVL

    Steve Hargadon
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    February 16th - March 2nd, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!We have some fun announcements this week. The plans for are getting underway, and in addition to our all-day Saturday "Hack Education" unconference/party and our Sunday Global Education day, we're going to do "Maker Day" on the Friday before ISTE. More on that below, as well as information on our newly announced second Online Summit featuring…
  • Events Newsletter - Reinventing Education Speakers - New Library 2.0 Webinars - Starting to Homeschool Series

    Steve Hargadon
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    February 9th - February 23rd, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight | Final Notes To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, February 9th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate. Saturday, February 14th at 12pm CR20 Weekly Show: LucidPress with Andreas Johansson, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the…
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    Assorted Stuff

  • Not in the Education World

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    I’m not sure if this story is a reflection on the political nature of education reform or on the superficiality of MOOC. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering three MOOCS — massive open online courses — with “convenient, self-paced modules to accommodate busy schedules” to help you do more to “advance and effectively implement trending reforms.” So, who are the wise and experienced educators leading these courses? Along with [Joel] Klein, the former chancellor of New York City public schools, and [John] King, the former New…
  • Educational Gimmicks

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    Remember when the superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District had big plans to give an iPad to all 640,000 of their students? Well, they have a new superintendent. “I don’t believe we can afford a device for every student,” Cortines told the Los Angeles Times, “Education shouldn’t become the gimmick of the year.” Cortines added that LAUSD had never made a definitive plan for how teachers would have used the iPads during instruction, nor had it planned how it was going to pay for the tablets over time. I’m not sure what he means by education…
  • Lacking Leadership

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Here in the overly large school district we are having a big argument over the use of Chromebooks. But the merits of that particular device is a discussion for another post. This particular rant concerns the huge leadership vacuum we have around here when it comes to the larger issue of instructional technology. The Chromebook conflict involves our little group in the instruction department, many of our school-based trainers, and some of our principals versus the IT department. And, as is usually the case in conflicts like this, IT prevails. Not because they have solid research or…
  • More Than a Mission

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    Lots of companies and organizations have mission statements, the people at Automattic, the company behind, have written a creed for themselves instead. I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of…
  • Twitter Droppings

    8 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Being a small collection of links from my Twitter posts of the past week that deserve a few more than 140 characters. Last week Google announced that HTML 5 would be the default format for all videos on YouTube. Most YouTube have no idea what that means (or the explanation in the post) but in the larger picture of the web, it’s good news. And one more sign that Flash is dying as a media distribution format, which can’t come fast enough for those who do understand since the technology is still buggy after all these years, not to mention a major security hole. After last weekend’s…
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    iterating toward openness

  • The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

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

    2 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Cross-posted from the Open Education Group website. At #OpenEd14 John Hilton presented a summary of all the empirical research on the impact of OER adoption that we could find. The presentation was extremely well received, and John has turned it into a nice journal article which is currently under review at a journal which shall remain nameless (for the time being). By the time the article appears, however, it will almost certainly be out of date. As a service to the field, we’ve published an abstracted version of John’s article on the OEG website under the label The Review…
  • Open Pedagogy: The Importance of Getting In the Air

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Parable of the Restrictive Roads Once upon a time there was a pastoral country of beautiful fields and rolling hills. The simple people there enjoyed a relaxed pace of life, part of which included a good deal of walking. CC BY photo by Marina del Castell One day, a young lady announced a remarkable invention. She called it an automobile. The people had never seen anything like it, and everyone was immediately smitten with the speed and comfort of travel it provided. Trucks soon followed these first cars, as did motorcycles, and then four-wheelers. But before long, these remarkable…
  • Bloom is Brilliant

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Rereading Ben Bloom’s 1968 “Learning for Mastery” I am once again impressed and humbled by his ability to cut straight to the absolute core of the issue. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard these points made more clearly or more persuasively. Absolutely inspiring. If students are normally distributed with respect to aptitude for some subject (mathematics, science, literature, history, etc.) and all the students are provided with the same instruction (same in terms of amount of instruction, quality of instruction, and time available for learning), the end result…
  • Adopting OER is Better for Everyone Involved

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    I’m continuing to learn an incredible amount as I work with Lumen Learning, supporting institutions as they go through the process of replacing traditional textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER), and as I simultaneously continue my work with the Open Education Group conducting empirical research on the effects of OER adoption by faculty. While I’m learning many things down “in the weeds” of implementation, at a higher level I’m understanding more deeply and appreciating more thoroughly how the adoption of OER in place of traditionally copyrighted…
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    Graham Wegner - Open Educator

  • Data As Tool, Not As Weapon: Part One

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

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

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

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

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

  • Breaking: Feds Issue Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy #StudentPrivacy

    Jim Gerl
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The United States Department of Education announced on its blog today that it has issued new guidance on protecting student privacy while school districts use online educational services and apps.  The guidance was issued in the form of a You-Tube video.OK I am at serious risk for sounding like the cantankerous old-timer here, but I remember when the feds did not have a blog and couldn't find You-Tube to save their lives.  Ah, the times they are a changin'. (Please tell me that you know who Bob Dylan is young-un's.) You can read the blog post here.  The guidance on…
  • State Complaint Procedures - The Other White Meat

    Jim Gerl
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:18 pm
    I recently became a state complaint investigator for two state education agencies: the South Dakota Department of Education and the New Mexico Public Education Department.  I don't think we talk enough about state complaints here.  Most of the caselaw in this fast-growing field of law deals with due process hearings, but state complaints remain an important procedural safeguard for parents and non-parents, and the only sure way to test systemic issues.  Time for a refresher course on state complaints.  So this post provides some basic information about state…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    As we wind down our series on bullying of kids with disabilities, have you found the series to be helpful? What other series would you like to see in future posts?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Tech Issue Revisiter; Zemanta,R.I.P #SpecialEdLawBlog

    Jim Gerl
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    So I tried just not using the Zemanta images/photographs, but a couple readers said that the problem persisted. Apparently some readers, especially those who open their subscription emails with MS Outlook, suffered through excruciating delays and redirection to Zemanta or other websites. You can read more about the issue here.  Some readers had suggestions, but nothing worked. So I contacted Zemanta and requested technical support, but they ignored my request.  So I stopped using the images, but that didn't work.  So OK now I have removed the Zemanta extension from my browser;…
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - P.S. VI: TK-II

    Jim Gerl
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The TK decision which we featured in our recent series on bullying is the leading case on bullying and which I think articulates a new FAPE BULLYING standard came back to the District Court  The case came back to the District Court after having been remanded to the State Review Officer, and the court issued its decision in late July, 2014. For clarity, I'm calling the remand decision TK II. On remand, the SRO found that the parents had not shown that the bullying substantially affected the student’s educational performance and denied reimbursement for a unilateral…
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  • Too cool for school?: The effects of gamification in an advanced interdisciplinary course

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Gamification is a subject of a great deal of conversations and advocates believe that the familiarity of gaming to the current student population gives it considerable potential to transform teaching and learning. The research literature presents a more ambiguous view and it remains to be seen whether or not gamifying instruction can significantly strengthen student learning outcomes. This question forms the basis of the current study, which focuses on an extensive gamification exercise applied in an upper-division interdisciplinary course. To phrase it colloquially, this research asks…
  • A Systematic Review of the Socio-Ethical Aspects of Massive Online Open Courses

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer learners across the globe unprecedented access to education. Through sophisticated e-learning technologies and web approaches, MOOCs attract massive scale participation and global interest. Some commercial ventures place social equality at the heart of their missions, claiming to empower communities by making education accessible and affordable. In reality, the socio-ethical impact of MOOCs has not been investigated fully, so it is not clear whether they meet these aspirations. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic literature review to…
  • Open informational ecosystems: The missing link for sharing resources for education

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Open educational resources are not available “as such”. Their provision relies on a technological infrastructure of related services that can be described as an informational ecosystem. A closed informational ecosystem keeps educational resources within its boundary. An open informational ecosystem relies on the concurrence of independent stakeholders that jointly provide (meta-) information also beyond its boundaries. Mechanisms of open informational ecosystems are described and how they contribute to the delivery of educational resources and to opening education. The paper describes the…
  • A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality and openness, both in face to face and distance education. The goal of this research is to map publications related to OER, dating from 2002 to 2013, and available through the Web of Science and Scopus scientific databases as well as in the OER Knowledge Cloud open repository. Data were used to explore relevant aspects related to the scientific production in OER, such as: (i) number of publications per year; (ii) most cited…
  • Role of e-learning in capacity building: An Alumni View

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The concept of knowledge sharing has now expanded because of sophisticated communication tools. A common consensus has been generated for spreading knowledge beyond boundaries and making collective efforts for the development of individuals as well as nations. E-learning has proven its authenticity in this regard. In developing countries, access to and quality of education are being addressed by e-learning strategies; being served as a tool of capacity building, this study is an attempt to explore the role of e-learning in capacity building of students in Pakistan. An on-line survey was…
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Students

  • Using The Building of Robots to Engage Students in Learning

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    Fundi bots has a mission to use robotics training in African schools to create and inspire a new generation of problem solvers, innovators and change-makers. I believe strongly in this type of effort. We waste so much human potential by killing students design to learn. Instead we need to create systems that not only don’t kill that desire but allow it to flourish. Fundi Bots focuses on the technological process of building robots as a way for students to look at the world around them from a practical, solution oriented perspective. By guiding students through problem identification,…
  • 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…
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » K-12

  • Using The Building of Robots to Engage Students in Learning

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    Fundi bots has a mission to use robotics training in African schools to create and inspire a new generation of problem solvers, innovators and change-makers. I believe strongly in this type of effort. We waste so much human potential by killing students design to learn. Instead we need to create systems that not only don’t kill that desire but allow it to flourish. Fundi Bots focuses on the technological process of building robots as a way for students to look at the world around them from a practical, solution oriented perspective. By guiding students through problem identification,…
  • Math Education Results Show China, Singapore, Korea and Japan Leading

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The most comprehenvise comparison of student achievement in math and science around the globe undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) focuses on math understanding of 15 year olds (the 2014 report will focus on science). The 2009 report focused on the results of science education student achievement around the globe. 2012 results for the math portion (rank – country – mean score)(I am not listing all countries): 1 – Singapore – 573 2 – Korea – 554 3 – Japan…
  • 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…
  • Given Tablets but No Teachers, Kids Teach Themselves – Having Never Seen Advanced Technology Before

    3 May 2013 | 3:28 am
    In a repetition of an experiment I have posted about here on the Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog before (Letting Children Learn – Hole in the Wall Computers): Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves The experiment is being done in two isolated rural villages with about 20 first-grade-aged children each, about 50 miles from Addis Ababa. One village is called Wonchi, on the rim of a volcanic crater at 11,000 feet; the other is called Wolonchete, in the Great Rift Valley. Children there had never previously seen printed materials, road signs, or even…
  • Promoting Innovation in Sierra Leone

    13 Dec 2012 | 5:58 am
    Another inspirational kid that shows that the potential for human good is much greater than the talking heads and politicians that litter the TV screen so often. In the video Kelvin says, “That is my aim: to Promote Innovation in Seira Leone, among young people.” See another video as Kelvin explains his homemade battery. Support these young engineers in Sierra Leone via innovate Salone. Related: Inspirational Engineer Build Windmill Using Trash – Supporting the Natural Curiosity of Kids – What Kids can Learn If Given a Chance – I was Interviewed About Encouraging…
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  • Only the Dead by Vidar Sundstol

    Ted Nellen
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Only the Dead by Vidar Sundstol, Minnesota Trilogy 2, puts me in Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior, a place I will be heading to this summer.  No sooner have I begun this book than I’m reminded of the last book with a moral conundrum: “ This knowledge has transformed Lance into a corrupt police officer who is protecting a family member from the law.” (p 37) By the time we learn this, we know this, or at least should be suspecting it. Two brother hunters in Ojibwe country in Minnesota on Lake Superior is the setting.  Murder becomes the focus as we often see in stories…
  • How to be Both by Ali Smith

    Ted Nellen
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    --> How to be Both by Ali Smith is an adventure in being here and there, alive and dead, as George navigates the recent death of her mother. Yes, ‘her’ mother is dead. Yes, George is a girl. Maybe being both starts in a name. “This will be the first year her mother hasn’t been alive since the year her mother was born. That is so obvious that it is stupid even to think it and yet terrible that you can’t not think of it. Both at once.” (P 4)  This is a story of a girl remembering her recently deceased mother and the trip they took to Italy and fell in love with a painting by…
  • Bridge by Robert Thomas

    Ted Nellen
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bridge by Robert Thomas is a tale of wonder, the mind, and a rabbit hole we go in with a girl named Alice. This book is loaded with great insight into the human mind as viewed through a patient in a psycho ward in SF. “That’s the worst isn’t it? To take the one thing someone does well, the one wildflower that barely survives in the shadow of their mountain of mediocrities, and tell them that’s it, that’s what I hate about you.” P 49 Alice chats with us, though she tells us she hates chatting, about everything as if we are her shrink. It’s cool and scary. “And I wanted David to…
  • The Chessmen by Peter May

    Ted Nellen
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Chessmen by Peter May returns me to my Scottish roots via Inspector Fin Macleod on the Outer Hebrides that involve the Lewis chessmen. Last time we saw Fin was after he solved a case in his hometown, Uig on Lewis. He had been a detective in Edinburgh and the case brought him home when he retired after that case. He also discovers a son he didn’t know he had from his high school sweetheart. They are now living together. His retired life finds him as head of security for an estate that wants him to rid it of poachers. One of the poachers is an old friend from high school, Whistler.
  • Shark by Will Self

    Ted Nellen
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shark by Will Self follows Umbrella and is the second in the trilogy.  Self takes starting in the middle of things to an extreme; as this novel begins with a lower case letter and in the middle of a sentence and ends pretty much the same way. Then the roller coaster ride, nurse sharks, through prose forests, verbal valleys, rhyming rivers, and subtle and blatant innuendos very reminiscent of Virginia Wolff begins. Just as in life, there are no stops, here, we just keep on going, The reader rests at self chosen points and picks up by overlapping and then getting back in the race. She came…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • How responsible lenders are tackling the student loan debt crisis

    Sameer Kamat
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    When an internationally reputed university has admitted you into their top ranked MBA program after a grueling admissions process, why don’t international student loan providers keep […] The post How responsible lenders are tackling the student loan debt crisis appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How your pre-MBA entrepreneurship experience in India can help

    Sameer Kamat
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Several Indian MBA applicants who work with us have dabbled in entrepreneurship in some form or another. Some do it on a full-time basis either because […] The post How your pre-MBA entrepreneurship experience in India can help appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • How to improve your GMAT score

    Sameer Kamat
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Across the admissions offices of the top international MBA programs in the world, the expectations on getting a good GMAT score from Indian applicants has almost […] The post How to improve your GMAT score appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Why hiring executives from one year GMAT MBA programs in India is a good idea

    Sameer Kamat
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:24 pm
    It’s not just the students who are confused about difference between a regular 2 year MBA in India for freshers and a GMAT-based MBA for executives. […] The post Why hiring executives from one year GMAT MBA programs in India is a good idea appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Top MBA in USA without work experience for freshers

    Sameer Kamat
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Most Indian MBA applicants planning to study in MBA colleges abroad know why work experience is necessary for MBA programs abroad. Those who’ve done their research […] The post Top MBA in USA without work experience for freshers appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • What are you living for?

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Every living critter under and over you, in and around you, has a lineage just as long as yours, stringing back billions of years, with the same basic daily goals and needs as you.Except most of us in our culture have forgotten what those goals are. We've also forgotten (or spend our hours trying to forget) our mortality.When was the last time kids in your classroom discussed "what are you living for" with a reasonably rational adult?Lazy ass jelly fish lolling in the Delaware Bay at dusk.Animals (besides humans) never plan for the future beyond taking care of the business that needs to be…
  • Whose stories are we teaching?

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    For part of  chilly February afternoon, a chunk of the frozen bay perilously perched itself by the edge of the sea.It held my attention, this lifeless form, a half ton of water balancing on a small pedestal.Our minds create stories upon stories, stories that help us survive, help us live, but stories are just that, and the intensity of my interest at this random block of broken berg makes little sense.Rationally, I know that this is just chunks of ice from the fresh Delaware River above, coalescing from the forces of the tides, but it became my altar of unhewn stone, an evanescent…
  • Daphnia dance while the children cry

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    The anger, the sadness, the tears of students are real.It's been a long February, but it's more than that.I spent some time yesterday gazing at a colony of daphnia dancing among the elodea in the last hour of sunlight angling through the glass world they live in. Bubbles of oxygen streamed up from the plants, bubbles made up of broken water molecules, slashed by the sun's energy, now used by the same daphnia as they go about doing whatever daphnia do.Paul Hebert at the Public Library of Science, via wikimedia (CC)Eat, rest, move, have sex, make more daphnia, and sometimes (so it…
  • Culling the hearts of children

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
     (First posted last March, but as I see more and more children falling part, worth posting again.)Anomie.A total of 13%–20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year, and surveillance during 1994–2011 has shown the prevalence of these conditions to be increasing."Mental Health Surveillance Among Children — United States, 2005–2011"One in MMWRMay 17, 2013 / 62(02);1-35  Children at Risk Foundation (CARF), via CCOne in 6 children "experience a mental disorder in a given year." We know something is wrong.The brain we have, the one that…
  • Clamming in February--A Teacher's Tale

    8 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Dr. Harrison had opened a quahaug a moment before our arrival. it was lying in the half shell, pink-and-white and inviting, on his laboratory table, adjacent to an apparatus of moderately complex appearance. "This is the heart."Dr. Harrison said, extracting a bit of something deftly with a pair of tweezers. The muscle he showed us was smaller than the nail of a child's little finger. He placed it in a small bowl of sea water. "If this quahaug is like other quahaugs, and I presume that it is," said Dr. Harrison, "the heart will continue to beat for about two days after being removed from its…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • 7 Ways Video Games Enhance Learning

    EdTech Guy
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    February 28, 2015 If anything, video gaming provides researchers and cognitive scientists with a huge repository of raw data on the dynamics of learning. Watching and analyzing how people play games... more Read More......(read more)
  • EDexpo 2015 The Top 10 Teacher Blogger Products

    Tiffani Mugurussa
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    When EdMarket invited me to be a part of the EDexpo2015 I was really excited. I was one of fifty bloggers invited to attend the EDexpo2015 in Atlanta Georgia. Our task was to visit all the vendors booths looking for the products we felt were the best...(read more)
  • 2192. Walking in the rain

    Fernando Díez Gallego
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    I see it in my adult students: they use learning strategies and ploys to learn, and also to acquire English, because 90% or 95% of the class is in the target language, so we create an atmosphere where English is the language vehicle to communicate amid...(read more)
  • Why We Teach Blog Hop!

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Thanks for hoppin' by to read the story of how and why I started teaching! I love to hear other teachers talk about what inspired them to pursue a career in education. I'm happy to join in with my story, too. Once upon a time, I went to school to be a...(read more)
  • Dyslexia Glasses

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
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    Eric Stoller » Higher-Education

  • Blogs, Stats, Twitter, and Higher Education

    Eric Stoller
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    If you were ever wondering if Twitter was the tip of the iceberg for connecting short bursts of 140 characters to longer form blog content, look no further. A quick check of web stats for this blog shows an amazing number of college and university IP addresses for visitors who have visited after clicking on links from tweets. These schools are from today…not too bad: Valparaiso University, SUNY Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Oregon State University, Miami University, The College of New Jersey, Hofstra University, University of…
  • Consulting, Speaking, and Writing in the United Kingdom

    Eric Stoller
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Thrilled to be able to announce that I am now able to work in the United Kingdom as a higher education consultant. My wife and I relocated to London and are loving life in a new country/city. Looking forward to continuing to work with clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Higher education in the United Kingdom is in an interesting place when it comes to social media / digital identity and I hope to continue building upon the work that I’ve been doing in North America for the past decade. Officially "here" in the UK and ready to get consulting for the UK higher ed…
  • 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
    Update: I’m giving a webinar on Wednesday, February 18th, 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…
  • 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.
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Nothing in Common

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

    Guest Blogger
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    By Joy C. Dingle Joy C. Dingle is an independent K–16 education consultant in the Washington, DC, area. She can be reached at  Recently, a colleague and I had a fascinating conversation about education and exactly what a meaningful, well-balanced US education should include.  My adopted city of Washington, DC, and our nation are […]
  • Want to Build Knowledge, Skills, and Grit? Assign History Research Papers

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    By Samantha Wesner Samantha Wesner is the managing editor of The Concord Review, which publishes high school students’ research papers. As a junior in high school taking American history, my class had two options for the final project: a PowerPoint presentation or an extended research essay. To many it was a no-brainer; the PowerPoint was […]
  • “Et tu, Mrs. McCarthy?”

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    By Bridgit McCarthy Bridgit McCarthy teaches third grade at New Dimensions, a public charter school in Morganton, North Carolina. Today in social studies, we assassinated Julius Caesar! My students’ faces registered shock, sadness, and a sprinkling of outrage, all nicely mixed with understanding. “How mean!  Why would anyone kill their ally? I bet his wife […]
  • For Equity, for Kids, for Democracy—Let’s Create a Model District with a Well-Rounded Curriculum

    Lisa Hansel
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Last week, I shared that the Core Knowledge Foundation is seeking a courageous district to partner with. A district that will push back against pressure to teach to the test, and instead commit to a content-rich, coherent, cumulative curriculum (including art, music, civics, and all the other important things that are too often neglected) in […]
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    ABCTE | American Board » Latest News

  • A Common Curriculum & Standardized Testing: A Winding Road to a Worthy Goal

    7 Feb 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Those who have followed education policy and improvement efforts in the United States for at least the past 15 years know that two of the major points of debate have surrounded curriculum and assessment. Policy makers, business leaders, educators, and … Continue reading → The post A Common Curriculum & Standardized Testing: A Winding Road to a Worthy Goal appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water: Differentiation Works, for Those Who are Willing (1/24/15)

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The current era of accountability in education has placed increased demands on every level of the public school hierarchy in the United States. As a result of the focus on the measured performance of all students, pressure at the classroom … Continue reading → The post Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water: Differentiation Works, for Those Who are Willing (1/24/15) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • Writing a Good Complaint Letter

    Dr Davis
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    We’ve been reading on complaint and praise letters this week (despite the snow days). Then I saw this post from on a 1750 BC Customer Service Complaint. That is so cool. I’m going to email it to my students. “Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.” Note: He does owe the guy a mina of silver. But if that were the problem,…
  • Waiting to Hear

    Dr Davis
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:56 pm
    One of the hardest things as a professor is waiting to hear whether or not someone is going to accept our work. We’ve written it. We’ve wrestled with it, struggled with it, carried it up and down metaphorical (and sometimes actual) mountains, and then we’ve sent it off to someone else. After waiting hours, days, weeks, months, and sometimes years, we hear back. With one chapter, which had a return deadline of Jan. 15, I was nervous. I spent the time I should have also been working on an R&R to get that chapter done on time. I didn’t hear anything by Jan. 15. Then…
  • Medieval Misconceptions

    Dr Davis
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    io9 has 10 Worst Misconceptions about Medieval Life You’d Get from Fantasy Books… What were inns? “Once your neighbor opened up a fresh batch of ale, you might go to their house, pay a few pennies, and sit and drink with your fellow villagers.” Equality in the Middle Ages? In England, a widow could take up the trade of her dead husband — and Mortimer specifically cites tailor, armorer, and merchant as trades open to widows. Some female merchants were actually quite successful, managing international trading ventures with impressive capital. Women engaged in criminal…
  • CFP: The Sci Fi Project

    Dr Davis
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    Wednesday 5th August – Friday 7th August 2015 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Presentations: From the 10th century’s The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, to 19th century classics like War of the Worlds, to the universe of superheroes that populated comic books of the 20th century, to post-war television series like Star Trek TOS, to contemporary multi-media franchises including the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series and the A Song of Ice and Fire series, science fiction and fantasy have been a cornerstone of culture. The enduring popularity of these genres as a…
  • CFP: Speculative Fiction

    Dr Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    We seek articles that respond to the CFP below by April 30, 2015 for Vol 2 Issue 1 of Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry The term speculation has, among others, two specific strands of meaning: thinking/narrating the realm of the possible and describing a form of economy that borders on the fluctuations in the material value of a marketable good. In both the strands, speculation is largely based on what constitutes the material. As Ursula K. Le Guin writes, Margaret Atwood’s fundamental resistance against terming her work ‘science fiction’ is the anticipated…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • How were fossil tracks made by Early Triassic swimming reptiles so well preserved?

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of California - Riverside) That swim tracks made by tetrapods occur in high numbers in deposits from the Early Triassic is well known. What is less clear is why the tracks are so abundant and well preserved. Paleontologists at the University of California, Riverside have now determined that a unique combination of factors in Early Triassic delta systems resulted in the production and unusually widespread preservation of the swim tracks: delayed ecologic recovery, depositional environments, and tetrapod swimming behavior.
  • UT Arlington study shows employees become angry when receiving after-hours email, texts

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas at Arlington) People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not and that can interfere with their personal lives, a new study from a management researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington shows.
  • The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education honors new awardees

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (The Gerontological Society of America) The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education -- the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America -- is proud to announce its newest awardees. The presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE's 41st Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from February 26 to March 1 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Miami) The new study shows that these songbirds achieve precise coordination by adjusting the period between two consecutive phrases (inter-phrase intervals), depending on whether their song is answered, the phrase type used in the duet and the position of the inter-phrase interval within the duet.
  • What makes carbon monoxide so deadly? (video)

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Chemical Society) It's colorless, odorless and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide is no joke, especially in the winter when people will do just about anything to warm up. Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why carbon monoxide is so dangerous, and how you can stay safe, in the latest episode of the Reactions series Get To Know A Molecule. Check it out here:
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    doug --- off the record

  • Exploring and Wasting Time

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    For me, it started yesterday by checking my Facebook timeline.  A high school friend had posted this article “What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?”  (Choice of words theirs…) I looked at it – yellow and white, what’s the deal – and then moved on to do other reading.  I flipped on the morning news as I’m reading my Twitter timeline and this thing had gotten out of hand.  The story was everywhere and, in fact, trending on Twitter.  I walked the dog and came home and the talk was still going.  This is weird.  The current wisdom was that those that…
  • OTR Links 02/28/2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    vhf/free-programming-books · GitHub Free Programming Books via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) February 28, 2015 Free Programming Books via @Firefox tags: IFTTT Twitter Bill Sienkiewicz on Twitter: “The world just got a little less logical today. R.I.P. @TheRealNimoy” RT @sinKEVitch: The world just got a little less logical today. R.I.P. @TheRealNimoy — Doug Peterson (dougpete) February 28, 2015 RT @sinKEVitch: The world just got a little less logical today.
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s another Friday and an opportunity for me to celebrate some of the wonderful pieces shared by Ontario Educators recently. 3 Ways I’ve Used Google Apps to Help my School Run a Bit Smoother As I mentioned in my post last week, the Google Apps community is great for sharing the good things that they’re doing with Google products.  In this example, Jason To talks about using the technology to streamline things at his school. Jason calls the examples “modest” but I would think that anytime you put together something that makes even the most routine tasks easier is…
  • OTR Links 02/27/2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun – — Doug Peterson (dougpete) February 27, 2015 tags:IFTTT Twitter Jon Stewart Pulls Out The Big Guns, Unveils ’50 Fox News Lies In 6 Seconds’ – via @Firefox Jon Stewart Pulls Out The Big Guns, Unveils ’50 Fox News Lies In 6 Seconds’ – via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) February 26, 2015 tags:IFTTT Twitter St. Clair…
  • In Case You Missed It

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Unlike certain of my family members, I don’t sleep with my phone.  That saves me from the onerous task of turning the sound down or off if you leave it in your bedroom.  I can’t imagine a smartphone disrupting a good sleep. A couple of days ago, I installed the Twitter client and told it to give off “Chirps” when a notification comes from Twitter.  That’s about how deeply I dug into it for the moment.  For the most part, I get a chirp every now and again and I take a look at it when I can. Today, I’m going through my morning learning routine.  Doing…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • GMAT Tip of the Week: The Dress is White and Gold and Your GMAT Score Can Become Golden

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “The Dress” is white and gold, as all reasonable people can certainly agree. But a sizable, misguided percentage of the internet vehemently disagrees with that fact, proving two major points: 1) You can’t trust what people say on the internet. 2) Your five major senses can deceive you, so you can’t rely on them when approaching GMAT Sentence Correction problems. If you want to avoid leaving the GMAT test center black-and-blue, beaten up by tricky Sentence Correction problems, make sure you do better than trusting your ear. Much like the powers that launched The Dress…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Timing on the GMAT

    Veritas Prep
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    The GMAT presents several challenges for test takers. For many people, the issues are focused around aptitude and the ability to simply get answers right. For others, timing is a big challenge. The GMAT is as much a test of mental endurance as it is an aptitude test. With over 90 questions in 3+ hours the GMAT requires test takers to not only answer questions correctly, but to also do so quickly. In a vacuum many test takers could answer most GMAT questions correctly under normal conditions but the time constraints imposed by the GMAT make this one of the toughest standardized tests…
  • The High School Transition: 3 Tips for Success in College

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    The great leap is upon you! So far you have been a star pupil in High School and there is no reason to believe that college will be any different, right? Right?! You begin to panic in the way only the young have really mastered, imagining the hundreds of pages of reading you’ve heard about, the “weed out” classed where half the students fail, and distracting the frat parties, how can a person NOT fail in this crazy environment? This is an inevitable, and not wholly unproductive, question. The truth of the matter is that success in College sometimes requires different skills than…
  • 4 Factors to Consider When Determining if Your GMAT Score is High Enough

    Veritas Prep
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    The most common apprehension many candidates have during the application process concerns the GMAT. For many applicants the GMAT can be a serious roadblock to reaching their dreams of admission to their target programs. It can be downright confusing to determine if you can stop taking the GMAT and move on to other equally important aspects of the application process. Of course the highest score possible is what most candidates strive for but with considerations like time and resources, decisions have to be made. Now there is no real science behind determining if your GMAT is high enough but…
  • Identifying the Correct Answer on GMAT Quant Questions

    Veritas Prep
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    One way in which the GMAT differs from most tests is that you only need to find the correct answer to the given question. There are absolutely no points for your development, your reasoning or indeed anything you decide to write down. This is completely contrary to much of what we learned in high school and university, where you could be rewarded for having the correct algorithm or approach even if you didn’t get the correct answer. On most math problems, if you got the wrong answer but demonstrated how you got there, you could at least get partial credit, especially if your approach was…
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    Certification Map

  • Plan the Perfect Field Trip: 5 Key Steps

    Cathy Vandewater
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Got a genius idea for a field trip? Here’s how to take it from an idea to a memorable experience for your students. Get approval Much like applying for a grant, you need to know where a trip fits into your curriculum to get approval from your school’s principal or administrator. Maybe a visit to Salem, Massachusetts is a good companion to your unit on The Crucible, or an afternoon at a planetarium is the perfect illustration for your lesson on constellations, but take it one step further. What special knowledge can a student get out of visiting these places that couldn’t come from a…
  • Why You Should Still Care About the Common Core Standards

    Certification Map
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Barely five years old, the Common Core Standards Initiative is the largest-ever national attempt to set unified expectations for what students in grades K–12 should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. In short, they’re designed to ensure that every student in every state is on the same page. Supporters say the standards are a collaborative effort that will better prepare students for the future. Some critics feel they came from nowhere and interfere with a state’s rights to determine and define education standards. Opinions aside, the Common Core Standards…
  • Teachers’ Guide to Proposal Writing

    Cathy Vandewater
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    The trouble with big, brilliant ideas for your classroom is that they tend to cost money. Maybe you’d love to have a school garden, or a set of class iPads to flip your classroom with. Maybe you want better microscopes for your science classes, or a trip to Salem, Massachusetts for your English class’s unit on The Crucible. You just know the money would be so worthwhile to your students, if you could get it. Well, you may be in luck. If you’re a teacher, you’re in a great position to apply for a grant. What’s a Grant? A grant is money! Well, it’s not quite as simple as that.
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    Boarding School Blog

  • The Boarding School Community: Its Power Is Real

    Brian Fisher
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    We talk about community and the power of community a lot in boarding schools; what community does well; why it’s healthy; how students learn an grow from being in a community. via Proctor Academy But, we don’t often take it apart an look at the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ behind the power of our school communities. Alumni, students, faculty, and parents talk about the strength and benefit of community. But how, what’s underneath it? Proctor Academy’s The Buzz blog published a piece Tuesday, Academic Lens: Allowing Vulnerability, that seems to get close to the heart of why boarding…
  • How Private Schools and Families Connect: Modern Tools But Relationships Stay Fundamental

    Brian Fisher
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    All of us on the boarding/private school side of the admissions equation ask year in and year out — how do we meet more families? How can we connect with and reach more families with students who might fit our school? These questions and the efforts of admission professionals are the lifeblood of our schools. No town, city, neighborhood, or group of families can, or will, populate a school forever. New families, new kids, the ebbs and flows of life, mean that those of us on the admissions side must continually refresh older, and build new, relationships. The admissions process is all about…
  • Parents, beware the mid-winter school blues

    Carolyn Hines
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    For many students, today is the official 100th day of school. Here at Aspen Country Day, our Lower Schoolers are doing show-and-tell with the collections they brought from home: 100 rose petals, 100 Legos, and even (clever!) 100 drops of water. After lunch, we’ll light 100 candles on a cake to celebrate this mini-landmark in the school calendar. At most boarding schools, thanks to the seven-day school week, the 100th day went by ages ago. This is the long, dark stretch – from winter break through to spring. Roommates, no matter how compatible, get on each others’ nerves. Classes, no…
  • Moses Brown Closes School with “Let It Go” Parody

    Brian Fisher
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    As our friends in the northeast prepared for the blizzard that did, or didn’t arrive, Moses Brown School (Providence, RI) head Matt Glendinning and performing arts chair Justin Peters combined to announce Moses Brown’s snow day closing via a hilarious parody of “Let It Go” from Frozen. Glendinning lip syncs over Peters’ (really good) vocals imploring: “…Stay at home and sleep tight…Today, no Moses Brown for me…I’m free…” New Englanders, enjoy the day; stay safe. The post Moses Brown Closes School with “Let It…
  • Families Believe in the Private School Financial Aid Process

    Brian Fisher
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School Information Services, SSS by NAIS published an interesting piece last week – More Families Receiving Larger Financial Aid Packages to Afford Private School – highlighting results from studies about how families are feeling, and thinking, about their private school financial aid awards and their financial aid processes. While Mark’s intended audience is the school administration side of the financial aid equation, there are some highlights in the piece that I think some families might also find interesting and beneficial. Beyond the size of…
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    YouTube: Education

  • Historically Accurate Disney Princesses

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Historically Accurate Disney Princesses What Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Aurora, and Tiana would have actually looked like if they were historically accurate. Read more about the incred... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2517706 54514 ratings Time: 03:14 More in Entertainment
  • The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2)

    CGP Grey
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2) LotR Wallpapers: Official discussion at: From: CGP Grey Views: 2571749 50941 ratings Time: 04:55 More in Education
  • 10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit!

    Matthew Santoro
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit! Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): Facebook (Follow): From: Matthew Santoro Views: 2854527 98593 ratings Time: 10:06 More in Education
  • Brain Tricks To Fool Your Friends

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Brain Tricks To Fool Your Friends Can you beat these? Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! MUSIC Hipster Majestic Licensed via Warner Chappell Production ... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 1696136 39245 ratings Time: 02:12 More in Science & Technology
  • 209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this. Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! MUSIC Robotix L... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 4771357 73983 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Science & Technology
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  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:50 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:Best Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecureExecutive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackNew Strategies for a New World of IT: Are You Ready?Request Free!
  • Inventory & Asset Tracking System Case Study: University of Hawaii Saves Time and Money

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

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A goal with no plan is just a wish.—Antoine de Saint-ExuperyYour university and college blog and social media channels make up a crucial part of your marketing and communications strategy. Please use this calendar and ebook to outline or enhance your content strategy and keep on top of your marketing goals for the new year.Request Free!
  • Career Success

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

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

  • I Was a Total Hermit and Didn’t Even Know It

    Enoma Osakue
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Most of my days in high school went a lot like this: I went to school in the morning, faithfully participated in my extracurriculars, and then went straight home to do homework right after. I’d crawl out of my house on Sundays for church and youth group, but then it was right back home to do more homework and get ready for school. So I wasn’t a hermit in the literal sense of the term but for a while there between classes, homework, and debate, I never thought to do anything with my free time. In fact it wasn’t until my junior year that I realized I didn’t know anyone I didn’t have…
  • Everything I Wish I Knew About Financial Aid

    Enoma Osakue
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    My first time completing FAFSA was tumultuous to say the least. Everything that seemed to go smoothly for my friends went wrong for me. Applying for financial aid my senior year was a big eye opener into just how clueless I was about the process. Just so you don’t stumble blindly into your financial aid application like I did, here are some things I know now that I wish I knew before I started. FAFSA Isn’t Guaranteed to Give You Anything I think my friends and older siblings did a great job of explaining to me the two kinds of aid FAFSA provides. I was fully aware that I probably…
  • 4 Reasons Why It’s Actually Easier to Be a Junior

    Enoma Osakue
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    A lot of my friends and former classmates loaded their schedules junior year in order to make their senior year light and easy. I personally didn’t go that route but I found that many of my friends who did still share my sentiments that senior year was crazy busy and stressful. In case you’re bubbling over with anticipation for your senior year and it’s all you can think about, you may want to hold your horses. There are plenty of reasons to stop and smell the roses during your junior year. 1. There are fewer distractions. There are many doors and opportunities both in school and out…
  • How I Got Over the Winter Break Blues and Got Back to Work

    Enoma Osakue
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    After a few days of sleeping in and having fun with my friends I’m never quite ready to go back to school yet – and it shows. There’s this zombified state some of us students take on after the winter break. It’s the “I don’t want to be here. Everyone stay away. What? Homework??”, mood that is usually accompanied by less than impressive wardrobe choices. But the semester must go on! I do four things every year to help get back into the swing of things second semester: 1. Get New School Supplies It’s always the little things that get me. Having a new…
  • 12 Things I Went Through While Doing College Applications

    Enoma Osakue
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    All of high school tells you that your goal is to ace the college application process. No matter how much information you look up and how many schools you research, something always catches you by surprise. From August until February, you courageous college bound seniors will brave these scenarios. Kudos to y’all! When I sat down and made a complete list of my awards and clubs for the first time… via Tumblr I thought I was really something. Then I got started on my first application. via Tumblr Nothing humbles you like seeing all the spaces you don’t have anything to fill, but the…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Are You Giving Out Lots Of Warnings? Here’s How To Fix It

    Michael Linsin
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Here at SCM we maintain a long list of article requests. We don’t, however, typically choose from the top of that list. The way it works is that when we receive a request, we first check to see if anyone has made a similar one. If so, we place a check mark next to that […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing it?

    Michael Linsin
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    “Why on earth would you want to do that?” “What? That doesn’t make any sense.” “Where in the world did you get that idea?” They are comments that roll off the tongue without second thought. They’re a gut reaction to a private question or idea from a student that we can’t wrap our head around. […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

    Michael Linsin
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    Requiring students to raise their hand before speaking is good classroom management practice. You can’t very well control the flow of learning and discussion while being interrupted every few minutes. Inspiration will sag. Trains of thought will vanish. Boredom and inattentiveness will pervade your classroom like a Golden Gate fog. It’s also impolite to call […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • Why You Should Never Give Choices Instead Of Consequences

    Michael Linsin
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here at Smart Classroom Management we hear from teachers and administrators from all four corners of the globe. And one of the more perplexing trends in classroom management is to give students choices instead of consequences. For example: Let’s say a student named Jason is up and walking about your room while the rest of […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • 2 Simple Strategies To Improve Listening

    Michael Linsin
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Listening is a topic we return to again and again here at SCM. Because it’s that important. The difference in learning and behavior between a class that listens well and one that doesn’t is monumental. It’s also an area many teachers struggle with, as evidenced by the scores of emails we receive each week. The […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

    Melissa Taylor
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet — which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories […] The post New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • David Wiesner’s New Wonderlandish App Spot

    Melissa Taylor
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Three time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner‘s newest creation, an app called Spot, is an app for kids unlike any other. It’s neither a book nor a game but something more Wonderlandish — it’s a fanciful narrative full of creative possibilities. Discover worlds with worlds — dive into the spot on a cookie and discover ants at a […] The post David Wiesner’s New Wonderlandish App Spot appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

    Melissa Taylor
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that — they tell a story that makes it seem like you’re reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book […] The post Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

    Melissa Taylor
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author’s answer to children about the writer’s journey — how to get ideas for a story. It’s an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. […] The post Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Photo Story Starter Idea for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    I have the easiest writing idea for you to use with your kids . . . take photos of dolls or figurines for a story starter idea! It all started when my daughter said, “What should I do, mom?” I replied, “Why don’t you take those Easter chicks and make up a story. Take photos and then […] The post Photo Story Starter Idea for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

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

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

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

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
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    {the missing teacher}

  • Interviewing for a Waldorf teaching position

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

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

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

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

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

    amy mascott
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
        On an off for years now, we’ve played Bunco with our family. At family gatherings, after the little ones had gone to bed, the adults rocked out a little Bunco fun. Complete with crazy prizes a la our fun Bingo bonanza, the adults laughed and rolled dice and played Bunco late into the night. Now that Maddy, Owen, and Cora are older, though, we’ve introduced them to the fun of Bunco. Bunco is a simple dice-rolling game that leaves little to skill and all to chance. It’s fun–and easy enough for families with mixed-age kids to play.  There’s counting…
  • best bunco game night snack ideas

    amy mascott
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
        I lied when I said that the best thing about Bunco was that it was an easy game to play while catching up with friends. Really. I lied. It’s not 100% true. The best thing about Bunco is the snacks. There. I said it. Bunco snacks are awesome. But if Bunco isn’t your game and something else is–Scrabble? Phase 10? Pokeno? Yahtzee?–whatever it is, snacks are a fun part of game night. And though I am kidding, I’m also kind of not kidding. We all need good snacks to round out a fun night with friends. Here’s the skinny. . . Best Bunco Game Night…
  • how to play bunco: super fun gno (girls’ night out)

    amy mascott
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
          This month has been dedicated to spending time with friends–cultivating old friendships, spending time with current friends, and appreciating all the great people in my life. Spending more time with my spouse and more meaningful, quality time with my kids. One of the things that I did this month with friends was to re-start a Bunco group for my girlfriends. Bunco is the ultimate girls’ night out activity because it’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s essentially pretty mindless. You can play and chat and not worry about using your brain all that…
  • Future City: middle school competition inspires future engineers

    amy mascott
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
          For the past two years, we’ve been invited to attend the Future City Competition here in DC. Last year, only Maddy and I attended (It was the very same day our chicks hatched! Ahhhh, memories–), but this year, the whole family got in on the fun. Future City is a middle school engineering competition; this year over 40,000 students from around the world competed. It’s really a super-cool event that I love attending with my kids. And I’d love to see more families encouraging their schools to get involved because it’s easy for students of…
  • YouTube dances for kids: fun indoor moving and grooving to get the wiggles out

    amy mascott
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We just got another boatload of snow, so on Sunday morning, when we were snowed in and couldn’t even get out of our house to make it to mass, we got our dance on. Because why not? Turns out that Cora and Owen’s awesome teachers for the past few years had often put on short little YouTube dances for them when they need to get the wiggles out. We found most of Cora and Owen’s faves, and we found some more. Not only does moving mid-day help increase concentration and focus (for everyone–not just kids!), but learning and practicing these dances will mean that our kids will…
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    Socrato Learning Analytics

  • HiSET and TASC Compete to Replace GED High School Equivalency Test

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

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    One of the best ways students prepare for the SAT is by first taking the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Students tend to take the SAT in the spring of junior year and fall of senior year, and the PSAT in sophomore or junior year (although scholarship competitions only use PSAT scores from junior year). Key benefits of taking the PSAT include practicing for the SAT and determining what skills to focus the most study time on. Big news on the SAT has been the announcement of a redesigned test that will be administered starting in spring 2016. Naturally,…
  • Smartphone/Digital Apps for SAT/ACT Preparation

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    In recent years, a growing number of mobile and digital Apps have been developed to help students prepare for SAT and ACT tests. These include Apps that play like games, Apps for online tutoring, and Apps that allow students to answer practice questions and compare scores with other users. The many options vary in content, price, and availability for iPhone, iPad, Android, and computer. The following breakdown may help students decide what Apps to try out first. App Test Platform Content Price Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab SAT Android, iPhone Tests student vocabulary with hundreds of words and…
  • Interesting Discussion on NEW SAT 2016

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious? From – December 9, 2014 2:48 PM The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a… Read More Are you ready for new SAT – it”s coming! Deconstructing The New SAT From – December 9, 2014 2:55 PM If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better com, where is justin bieber boyfriend now and Selenium met the New Year together and not finally realized that…
  • Old SAT vs. New SAT

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Students know the SAT as one of the primary standardized tests they must take for college admissions. They also know that colleges treat their scores with an importance that rivals their GPA, which can make preparation a big source of worry even for students who usually receive high grades. For this reason the content, format, and testing policies of the SAT have always been subject to intense scrutiny by students, teachers, parents, and test makers. The fact that the SAT is often redesigned periodically adds to the amount of attention it receives, in part because students may perceive…
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  • AIEA Conference Presentations: Impact of Internationalization and Retention of International Students

    12 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I will be presenting two sessions at the upcoming AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Conference in Washington, D.C. More than 800 international education professionals are expected to join the conference. Here are the details of my presentations: The Role of the SIO in the Retention and Engagement of International Students Monday, February 16 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m Increased enrollment of undergraduate international students in the US calls for focused student engagement, retention and campus integration. This session will unveil the latest research related…
  • Success with global engagement strategies requires a systemic integration of diverse university elements, says Webster University President

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble President, Webster University  Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble was named President of Webster University in 2009. She leads Webster University's mission as a worldwide institution transforming students for individual excellence and global citizenship. She has expanded partnerships locally and globally has strengthened the university's reach and impact in the 60 cities, eight countries, and four continents students call home. Dr. Stroble has received numerous awards for leadership, community relations and international development. Stroble received her…
  • Data-driven international student enrollment strategies

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Interest in recruiting international students is growing among many institutions, for reasons ranging from reputational to financial. However, strategies translating intent into action are often devoid of research and insights. This lack of thorough examination before designing strategies often results in inefficient, expensive, and unsustainable enrollment strategies.  Often, institutions underestimate the importance of research in facilitating the understanding of international student decision-making processes in informing enrollment strategies. The key is to know more about…
  • New book offers strategies on increasing international student engagement

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The issue of enhancing international student experiences and engaging them with the campus communities have been gaining more traction in US universities and colleges. A timely book entitled, "International Student Engagement Strategies for Creating Inclusive, Connected, and Purposeful Campus Environments" provides several examples and cases that can be adapted to diverse institutional contexts. - Rahul Choudaha  Chris R. Glass takes a social psychological approach to researching issues in American higher education, with an interest in how the presence of others…
  • From Quick-fix to Sustainable International Student Enrollment Strategies

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    What can Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon teach higher education leaders about international enrollment sustainable enrollment? A recent ranking by the Harvard Business Review identified Bezos as the Best-Performing CEO in the World based on long-term results. Bezos demonstrated his passion in a 1997 letter to Amazon shareholders when the company went public. “Because of our emphasis on the long term, we may make decisions and weigh trade-offs differently than some companies,” Bezos wrote. The recession has fuelled short-termism among higher education institutions in terms of…
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    Declaration of Interdependence

  • Skills Mismatch: A Quest for Truth

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

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

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

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

    Mallory Bower
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    “I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I had to see if I could make myself sink.” My mother had just come back from her first (and probably last) flotation therapy experience. The whole point is to, well, float… and relax. But coming from a long line of high-strung overthinkers, I could empathize. Those nagging thoughts keep rolling in until you find yourself trying to triumph over a Dead Sea-like swimming pool. “Let’s see if I can get to the bottom of this.” Despite good intentions to take care of myself, I’m also pretty horrible at…
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    Intelligent Mag

  • Elefun & Friends Mouse Trap from Hasbro

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    In Elefun & Friends Mouse Trap, players try to be the first player to trap a mouse. Once the game board is assembled, players place their mouse friends at start. Then, players take turns spinning the cheesy spinner and moving their mouse friend to the next space that matches the color the spinner points to. If your mouse lands on a space with a red boot on it and there is a mouse in the cheesy trap area of the board, you get to launch the trap. Push down on the red arrow to make the boot kick the bucket and set off a chain reaction across the game board. If you trap a mouse, you win. If…
  • Barbie Iron – On Style Doll

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s in the Box? Barbie doll wearing three-piece fashion and accessories, no-heat iron, dress form, two additional tops, one additional skirt and three sticker sheets Features: Design your own printed t-shirt and other clothing with the Barbie Iron-On Style Doll! Customize with a few simple steps and a few simple tools Select a decal and apply it to the garment with the no-heat “iron” Choose from a variety of decals (more than 30!) and multiple fashions Includes Barbie doll, fashions, decals, iron, garment board and accessories
  • Barbie Sisters Safari Fun Skipper and Chelsea Doll 2-Pack

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    The only thing that beats an exciting safari is having your sister share the adventure with you! And the only thing that beats that is making a new animal friend together! This two-pack celebrates that excitement and sisterly bond. Join Skipper and Chelsea dolls – along with their new zebra pal – as they get ‘wild’! Dressed in adventuresome animal looks of their own, these sisters are as likely to get as much attention on safari as the ‘mane’ attractions. Skipper and Chelsea dolls wear animal print outfits of pink and purple. Skipper doll’s shorts are…
  • Frankie Stein – Monster High

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
        Frankie Stein is a 2010-introduced and all-around character. She is a simulacrum, specifically the daughter of Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, and a student at Monster High. Having been born as a 15-year old only recently, Frankie may have the intelligence and physical capabilities of her born-age, but she does not have the appropriate life-experience. She has been rapidly gaining ground, though, mostly with the support of the close group of friends she created around herself. In everyday life, Frankie has an unrelenting positive disposition, which allows her to…
  • Maya The Bee ‘Maya’s Beehive’ House Playset

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Maya is a young bee who has left her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature. Maya explores the meadows, meets other insects and shares her joy with her friends. Browse our range of Maya the Bee figurines and plush toys.
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • HiSET and TASC Compete to Replace GED High School Equivalency Test

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

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    One of the best ways students prepare for the SAT is by first taking the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Students tend to take the SAT in the spring of junior year and fall of senior year, and the PSAT in sophomore or junior year (although scholarship competitions only use PSAT scores from junior year). Key benefits of taking the PSAT include practicing for the SAT and determining what skills to focus the most study time on. Big news on the SAT has been the announcement of a redesigned test that will be administered starting in spring 2016. Naturally,…
  • Smartphone/Digital Apps for SAT/ACT Preparation

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    In recent years, a growing number of mobile and digital Apps have been developed to help students prepare for SAT and ACT tests. These include Apps that play like games, Apps for online tutoring, and Apps that allow students to answer practice questions and compare scores with other users. The many options vary in content, price, and availability for iPhone, iPad, Android, and computer. The following breakdown may help students decide what Apps to try out first. App Test Platform Content Price Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab SAT Android, iPhone Tests student vocabulary with hundreds of words and…
  • Interesting Discussion on NEW SAT 2016

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious? From – December 9, 2014 2:48 PM The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a… Read More Are you ready for new SAT – it”s coming! Deconstructing The New SAT From – December 9, 2014 2:55 PM If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better com, where is justin bieber boyfriend now and Selenium met the New Year together and not finally realized that…
  • Old SAT vs. New SAT

    Socrato! Writing Staff
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Students know the SAT as one of the primary standardized tests they must take for college admissions. They also know that colleges treat their scores with an importance that rivals their GPA, which can make preparation a big source of worry even for students who usually receive high grades. For this reason the content, format, and testing policies of the SAT have always been subject to intense scrutiny by students, teachers, parents, and test makers. The fact that the SAT is often redesigned periodically adds to the amount of attention it receives, in part because students may perceive…
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  • Standoff over new state school test continues

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    All Illinois school children are supposed to take a new state test just a few days from now, but those enrolled in the state’s largest school district remain caught in a political standoff.The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is replacing the old ISAT statewide exam. But public backlash against the new test and its corresponding standards – called the Common Core – has gotten louder than ever.Chicago Public Schools is defying a state mandate that all schoolkids be tested. The district has declared that only 10 percent of city public…
  • A safety net for dropouts catches others

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In 2012 Chicagoans got some harsh news: there were 56,000 high school dropouts under 21 – enough to fill Soldier Field.“At the time, we had 5,300 seats to serve them,” said Jennifer Vidis, the head of alternative schools for Chicago Public Schools.  Over the last two years, the district brought that number up to 12,000. It is the largest expansion of alternative schools ever done here. Most of that expansion has been in schools run by for-profit companies, many that offer half-day programs, with mostly online instruction.There is a case to be made for letting older…
  • Same diploma, different school

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Updated Friday, February 20One of the biggest success stories out of Chicago Public Schools in the last decade is the skyrocketing graduation rate.Facing re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising to take it even higher in the next four years—from 70 percent to 85 percent.To get there, Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are contracting with for-profit companies to give teenagers a new way to earn their high school diploma in a fraction of the time.In 2011, the district commissioned an outside group to do an analysis and found Chicago had 56,000 out-of-school youth. Jennifer…
  • Fallout over College of DuPage spending could hurt students

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The other day in a College of DuPage cafeteria, student Rachel Fatigato told me she is not getting help from her parents to pay her tuition.“They can’t afford it,” said Fatigato, 20, who grew up a few miles north of the Glen Ellyn campus. “I pay for school myself so I don’t currently have any money and I’m running low on funds for school.”Fatigato, a television production major, is struggling to become the first member of her family to earn a college degree. So it bothers her, she said, to see how the college is spending its money.“The PE…
  • Under mounting debt, Munster schools forced to make tough decisions

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    On a recent weeknight, about 200 parents braved cold temperatures to gather at Munster High School in Northwest Indiana. They were there to watch a documentary about the threat to public education in Indiana.Kate Robinson, who moved to Munster five years ago with her husband and three young children, was in the crowd.“We were in Chicago before we were in Indiana and moved specifically to Northwest Indiana and picked Munster because of the reputation of the school system. It’s been fantastic,” Robinson said. “It’s a very supportive community. Everybody is here for…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Introducing Seven New Knerds

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

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

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

    Joanna Bersin
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The transition of education products from print to digital is complex. There’s much to consider in creating, developing, and marketing innovative education products that are both technically and pedagogically sound. It’s for this reason that we’re so excited about our partnership with digital solutions company Young Digital Planet (YDP), a Sanoma Learning Company. YDP helps education companies of all sizes build effective digital learning applications. Building a digital learning product isn’t easy: companies often have to create new interactive content, design an engaging user…
  • Making Differentiated Learning Doable: The Teacher Perspective

    Josh Gordon
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my time as a teacher, differentiation was the single greatest predictor of classroom outcomes. Simply put, when I made sure that each of my students had a set of diverse instructional options to chose from when learning a new topic, they were more successful. Students don’t all learn in the same way. If you haven’t spent time in a high school classroom since, well, high school, just think of trying to explain an unfamiliar topic to a friend or relative. When I set out to explain social media to my grandma and her friends, each one needed a different tactic to help the idea really…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Why Travel Cousellors Still Matter

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

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Career Fairs are an excellent way to meet with local employers in your field. Whether you're a student looking for full time employment after graduation, a professional looking for a change or even if you are just considering going back to school and want to know more about job opportunities in your city, Career Fairs present the perfect opportunity to network with people who are recruiting.  Many of these recruiters can also provide valuable insight into the current job market or the skills that are most in demand.  For these reasons, you will not want to go unprepared!Use the…
  • 6th Annual Robertson College Winnipeg Career Fair

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Get a head start on your job search at the 6th Annual Robertson College Winnipeg Career Fair!  Career Fairs are great opportunities to meet with many employers face to face and to gain valuable insight into your field.  Whether you're in Health Care, Business or IT, don't miss out on this opportunity to meet and network with these recruiters!On the fence about coming?Whether you're a current student looking to set up full time employment after graduation, an alumni looking for a change or someone who is looking to go back to school but unsure what direction to take, drop by and be…
  • Open House at our Edmonton Campus

    3 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    This Saturday, February 7th is the Open House at our Edmonton Campus. Bring your family and friends and discover what Robertson College has to offer!Drop in anytime between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to gain insight on the career programs we offer and learn more about the opportunities available to you in Health Care and Business in Edmonton and surrounding areas.  You will have the chance to speak with our Career Counsellors, Financial Aid Officers and explore the facility and the services we offer here at our campus.Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation: 10115 -…
  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
     Now that it is 2015 - are you ready to kick off the New Year and take your career to the next level?If you have been considering going back to school or upgrading your career in 2015 - why not start the year in the right direction by attending our Open House at our Calgary campus, taking place Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015?What to ExpectEducation is quite a significant purchase and is definitely an investment you make for your future.  We understand that there are lots to consider before you commit, so we want to make the process as transparent and simple as possible for all of our…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Top Udemy Instructor Course Earnings

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    More than 12,000 everyday experts share their expertise on Udemy with more than 5 million students around the world. Today we’re excited to announce that the courses taught by our top 10 instructors have reached $17 million in earnings, demonstrating the growth of online education and the potential of our marketplace model. Three of Udemy’s top instructor achievements include: Rob Percival’s courses have reached nearly 120,000 students and exceeded $2.8 million in total earnings. Victor Bastos has reached more than 52,000 Udemy students with his courses, which have earned nearly…
  • Udemy Hosts Xcode Mobile Design Workshop

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    In celebration of the new Udemy course Xcode for Designers, instructor Chris Slowik led a live Xcode Mobile Design workshop at Udemy HQ last week. Organized with the help of Design&Startups, around 25 designers joined Chris as he discussed the fundamentals of creating a mobile design experience using Xcode by Apple. Xcode, a toolset for designing and building iOS software, is an integral instrument for those looking to become an expert at designing engaging mobile apps. Chris walked attendees through the content explored in his course with Scott Hurff – the basics of Xcode 6…
  • Guy Kawasaki Launches Udemy Course on Entrepreneurship

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Guy Kawasaki, renowned Silicon Valley evangelist, advisor and investor, takes his entrepreneurship expertise to Udemy and launches The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship by Guy Kawasaki. Guy has more than 30 years of real world experience and 12 published books on what it takes to create a successful business, starting with getting your idea off the ground. His wisdom comes to life in this course where he shares perspective into both the entrepreneur and the investor’s point of view on everything from building a business plan to pitching investors to marketing and evangelizing the brand.
  • An Evening of HR Innovation: Build the Leaders of Your Organization

    13 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Udemy for Business team hosts quarterly HR Innovators events to connect HR leaders and professionals at the Bay Area’s best companies, and share best practices for building and maintaining happy teams. This week was the fourth event of the ongoing series, and the biggest event thus far. More than 200 attendees joined us at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco for drinks and appetizers, networking, and an engaging panel discussion. Guests flew in from around the country to partake in the conversation centered around challenges and solutions for new manager training – a hot topic for…
  • Second Phase of Udemy International Pricing

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    On the heels of announcing our first phase of international pricing updating Udemy’s mobile apps, we’re excited to share that the second phase is here: the introduction of British Pound Sterling. Now all students in the United Kingdom (as designated by IP address) will see Pounds Sterling as the default currency for Udemy courses on both their desktop and mobile apps. The course price is composed of the converted amount plus local tax. All instructors will also have the option of selecting the price of their course in Pound Sterling. All other students not in the UK will continue to see…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Union govt gives its nod for flexible electronic center at IIT Kanpur

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    The Union government has granted its approval for a flexible electronic center to be set up at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) . The center will provide the platform for research activities, with focus on electronic gadgets such as Televisions (TVs), Liquid Crystal Display (LCDs), etc. According to officials of IIT Kanpur, the proposed center will be the first-of-its-kind in India. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 133 crore. Of this, Rs 113 crore will be awarded by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology at the Center. IIT Kanpur..
  • BITSAT 2015 slot-booking to start from March 6; test pattern

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Candidates who have registered for the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (BITS Pilani) conducted BITS Admission Test 2015 (BITSAT 2015) need to note that the slot-booking will start from 10 am on Friday, March 6, 2015 . Registered candidates can also check the application status and center allotment online. BITSAT is held for admission to Integrated First Degree programs of the BITS Pilani campuses at Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. BITSAT 2015 will be held from Thursday, May 14 to Friday, May 29, 2015 . BITSAT 2015 Test Pattern: BITSAT is a computer-based..
  • Indian School of Mines Invites Applications for M.Sc Programs 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    Applications are invited by Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad for admission to 2 years Master of Science (M.Sc) in Applied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing and 3 years M.Sc Tech in Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics program for the session 2015-16. Eligibility Criteria for  ISM, Dhanbad: For M.Sc Tech in Applied Geology Program : Candidates should have B.Sc degree (3-year) with Geology as honours/ major/ main/equivalent subject and any two subsidiary subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. For M.Sc Tech in Applied Geophysics Program..
  • IFMR achieves 100% placement with average salaries rising

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    The Chennai-based Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) has achieved 100% placement for its students of the 2013-15 batch, with average salaries rising. More than 67% of the batch received offers from the Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) sector for diverse profiles, including Risk Management, Equity Analyst, Business Analyst, etc. An increased number of recruiters offered higher salary packages, with many regular participants revising last year’s compensation packages. The average salary increased from Rs 7.51 lakhs last year to Rs 8 lakhs..
  • Pondicherry University B.Tech 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Semester Results 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    Pondicherry University declared the results of B.Tech 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semester examination. The examination was held in the year 2014. Pondicherry University Exam Results 2014: Pondicherry University declared the results of B.Tech 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semester examination today on Friday, February 27, 2015 . Candidates can check their results on the official website - Pondicherry University . About Pondicherry University: Pondicherry University, Puducherry was established in 1985 by the Government of India through an Act of Parliament...
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    Robertson Reader

  • Why Travel Cousellors Still Matter

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

    Robertson College
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Career Fairs are an excellent way to meet with local employers in your field. Whether you're a student looking for full time employment after graduation, a professional looking for a change or even if you are just considering going back to school and want to know more about job opportunities in your city, Career Fairs present the perfect opportunity to network with people who are recruiting.  Many of these recruiters can also provide valuable insight into the current job market or the skills that are most in demand.  For these reasons, you will not want to go unprepared!Use the…
  • 6th Annual Robertson College Winnipeg Career Fair

    Robertson College
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Get a head start on your job search at the 6th Annual Robertson College Winnipeg Career Fair!  Career Fairs are great opportunities to meet with many employers face to face and to gain valuable insight into your field.  Whether you're in Health Care, Business or IT, don't miss out on this opportunity to meet and network with these recruiters!On the fence about coming?Whether you're a current student looking to set up full time employment after graduation, an alumni looking for a change or someone who is looking to go back to school but unsure what direction to take, drop by and be…
  • Open House at our Edmonton Campus

    Robertson College
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    This Saturday, February 7th is the Open House at our Edmonton Campus. Bring your family and friends and discover what Robertson College has to offer!Drop in anytime between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to gain insight on the career programs we offer and learn more about the opportunities available to you in Health Care and Business in Edmonton and surrounding areas.  You will have the chance to speak with our Career Counsellors, Financial Aid Officers and explore the facility and the services we offer here at our campus.Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation: 10115 -…
  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    Robertson College
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
     Now that it is 2015 - are you ready to kick off the New Year and take your career to the next level?If you have been considering going back to school or upgrading your career in 2015 - why not start the year in the right direction by attending our Open House at our Calgary campus, taking place Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015?What to ExpectEducation is quite a significant purchase and is definitely an investment you make for your future.  We understand that there are lots to consider before you commit, so we want to make the process as transparent and simple as possible for all of our…
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  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 6

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about work-life balance at the 2013 AMTA national conference, which turned out to be an informative and wonderful experience for everyone in attendance. It also made apparent just how great the need is in our field for more resources related to this topic. After the presentation ended, one of the attendees came up and introduced herself. We talked about both of our struggles with work-life balance and how it has nearly led to burnout. We exchanged contact info and kept in touch after the conference — and now I’m so happy to have Laura…
  • Shake Those Bells!

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Sometimes I come across a song I wrote YEARS ago that just needs a little facelift. Bells are for Shaking is definitely one of those songs, because it’s such an effective one for hitting so many different targeted objectives. When I sing this song with my kiddos, I’m working on following directions, motor skills, identification of left and right hands, and attention to task. As far as they are concerned, they’re just playing bells and having fun (isn’t this the case so often in music therapy!?). I dug this song out of my archives for the latest session of Listen &…
  • 10 *MORE* Songs That Make Me Feel Good

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back in the summer of 2011, I put together a list of 10 songs (current and not-so-current) that I was digging at the time. Since almost four years have passed since then, I thought it was high time that I post an updated list. I have my students, son, and Pandora to thank for the random assortment of music that is currently helping me beat the wintertime blues: “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen – I heard this song before I ever saw the movie, because I had a couple of students request it. Now that my toddler is a little obsessed with Frozen, I hear it several times a…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 5

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meryl and I met way back in the day, as grad students in the music therapy program at Illinois State University. We’ve served on the board of the Illinois Association for Music Therapy together, swapped business advice, and been a listening ear to each other when it comes to all things motherhood and work-life balance. Meryl openly shares her struggle with postpartum depression, how she completely rebuilt her private practice after recovering, and the steps she took to successfully prevent PPD after the birth of her second daughter in Episode 5 of the Guitars & Granola Bars…
  • Balancing Work & Life (Or Not)

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    I’ve been thinking about work-life balance a lot lately. It’s a topic that I discuss on a weekly basis with guests on my new podcast, and it’s at the forefront of my mind as I start preparing for the arrival of baby #2 in three short months. I’ve been emailing back and forth with a new friend (hi Amy!) who has followed my blog for a long time, and our conversation has been centered around — you guessed it — juggling the responsibilities of a career, owning a business, and being a mom. Amy posed some questions about how I divide my time and keep all the…
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  • Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create patterns. Practicing these skills can give your child a solid base for more challenging math.Here are five simple Read more...
  • The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if they worked longer on their lessons. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Sports help children develop physical sk Read more...
  • Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines:Singer Bill Harley has a great song for children called “Down in the Backpack.” Do you wonder what’s in your child’s backpack? Are you alm Read more...
  • Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health analyzed the results of the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey t Read more...
  • Time for a Midyear Progress Check

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I mean:Acknowledging that your child has met or exceeded expected benchmarks for his age and grade.Or if he is working below grade level, setting goals Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • PTO Today Expo in MA: Counting the Days Until We See You!

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    We are all so done with this winter! PTO Today Expo season is about to start and we are looking forward to seeing you at our March 10 Expo in Marlboro, Mass! Our founder Tim Sullivan has a little more to share about it in the quick video below. And if you haven't registered for one of our Expos yet, head over to our registration page.  Read More
  • Want New Recruits For Your PTO or PTA Board? Open Up.

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    We'd all agree that PTO and PTA leaders want parents to step up and join the board, right? Often, parents hesitate because they don't understand what the board does. So, pull the curtain back and let potential leaders really see what you do. Not sure how? Get some tips from our editor in chief Craig Bystrynski on making your board more open.  Read More
  • Election Season Tips To Ease Officer Transition

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Before the end of the school year, many groups will hold elections that either will usher in a brand-new lineup of leaders or bring in a just a few new faces. Either way, it helps to take steps now to ensure that the transition to a new board goes smoothly. Here are some key questions to consider: 1. Where do you stand? If you are a board member now and your term isn’t up, have you taken the time to decide if you want to stay on? If you are excited about another year, that’s terrific! But if you’re ready to move on, it’s best to let your team know as soon as possible.  2. Is your…
  • Tim's Tip: Small Groups Can Accomplish Big Things

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    Ever feel like there are just a few of you and your group is kind of barely surviving? You are not alone. While there are certainly many thriving groups out there with lots of volunteers, the more typical group is like yours -- a few dedicated volunteers doing the best they can and getting tired and making mistakes. The good news: You are likely still doing great work, and -- if you are not -- you certainly can. We have this great new feature on small groups achieving big things. My simple advice to small groups is to tackle just one or two things and make them great. Whether it’s…
  • Family Movie Nights: Pass the Popcorn and Build a Community

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    A comedian recently said he didn’t like it when people applauded at the end of a movie because they are basically clapping for the projector. Funny, I actually love it when people clap because it makes me feel like I’m part of a shared experience. For a brief moment, everyone is connected and agreeing that something was awesome.  That shared-experience feeling is what makes Family Movie Nights such a great way for you to build a sense of community at your school. Gather up a bunch of parents and kids to watch something like Disney’s Frozen, and chances are there’ll be a…
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    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

  • 7 Ways Video Games Enhance Learning

    EdTech Guy
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    February 28, 2015 If anything, video gaming provides researchers and cognitive scientists with a huge repository of raw data on the dynamics of learning. Watching and analyzing how people play games... more
  • A Comprehensive List of Education-related Twitter Chats for Teachers

    EdTech Guy
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:34 pm
    February 28, 2015 Since its introduction a few years ago, hashtag has absolutely transformed the micro-blogging sphere allowing users to create communities around content. Twitter now is teeming with... more
  • New- You Can Now Trim YouTube Videos on Android

    EdTech Guy
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    February 27, 2015 Google released today a new interesting feature for its YouTube app on Android. When you upload a video on Android YouTube app, you will be able to trim your videos and select the... more
  • Excellent Tool for Accessing Multiple Search Engines with One Click

    EdTech Guy
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    February 27, 2015 Search All is a cool web app that allows you to conduct a quick search on different search engines. With one click you can search for the same topic on a wide variety of search... more
  • Get 500 Free Books on Coding

    EdTech Guy
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    February 27, 2015 Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only... more
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    Clif Mims |

  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

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

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

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

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between dual degree and double major

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    The academic step that comes after high school is the pursuing of an undergraduate degree or as some people commonly refer to it, a bachelor degree. There are countless disciples in which people do... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between convection oven and toaster oven

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    Over the centuries, ovens have served many men and women’s passion of cooking. In their different forms, they have been traditionally used for baking, heating, drying and various other purposes.... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between After and Afterward

    Aaron Hutchinson
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    What is the difference between after and afterward? In the dictionary, the words are synonyms of each other. However, the difference lies in the grammar, and they cannot always be interchangeable.... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differences Between World War I and World War II

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    Literature over-view Two political events, World War I from 1914 to 1918 and World War II from 1939 to 1945 are so far the largest military conflicts in the history of the world, and their... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Ribose and Deoxyribose

    Maitreyi Naigaonkar
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am Ribose and deoxyribose are both forms of simple sugars or monosaccharides that are found in the living organisms. They are... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Are Your Employees Safe in the Workplace?

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Safety in the workplace is a critical concern for companies in all industries. No matter whether your team works in a office or at a construction site, knowledge of safety and first aid can save lives and improve working conditions. As a manager, it's your responsibility to make sure your team studies up on safety and is ready to take on challenges from fire situations to first aid emergencies.    We're featuring safety courses this week, especially designed for a variety of environments and workplaces. Keep your team safe today!   This quick, three-minute video is perfect for giving your…
  • Are You Always Out of Time?
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    We live in a world of limited resources, and the most limited of resources is time. Easily wasted and impossible to get back, time is the only resource required for every aspect of your life. February is Time Management Month, so we’re doing a lot of thinking about we manage our time! Unfortunately time management isn’t just a nice sounding buzzword for your resume, it’s a very necessary skill for both work and personal life. Time management is the ability to plan and control how you spend the very limited hours in your day. Having excellent time management skills helps you prioritize…
  • The Innovation Desk: How Autodesk Inventor is the Key to Innovative Success
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Thomas Edison said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” but he sure didn’t have Autodesk Inventor. In honor of today being Innovation Day, we’re shining the spotlight on Autodesk Inventor and how this software can work for you! This 3D Mechanical CAD software is excellent for creating 3D prototypes of just about anything and can turn your imagination into reality. With modern technology, it’s easy to get rid of that 99 percent perspiration and create genius products easily and seamlessly. In fact, Inventor includes an integrated motion simulation and…
  • Course Development Management for eLearning Teams: The Software Advantage

    Maricel Rivera
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    For elearning teams, course content development requires a high degree of organization, more so if you’re outsourcing certain specialties, like the creation of multimedia simulators. To ensure collaboration and balance between course quality and quantity, a project collaboration solution is well worth considering, as the creation of digital learning products involves tasks and activities beyond developing learning content, such as resource scheduling and management, task fragmentation and tracking, and approvals. Course development – the challenges As in any team-based projects, course…
  • OpenSesame Named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon!

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As OpenSesame’s Community Manager, I’m very excited to announce that OpenSesame has been selected as one the the Top 100 Companies to Work for in Oregon for 2015 by Oregon Business magazine! We’ve worked hard since our founding in 2011 to build a strong company culture and are so proud to be recognized for our efforts.   Ensuring we have an open and fun culture in which employees thrive is so important to us here at OpenSesame, we have bi-weekly “Culture Club” meetings to discuss issues of culture, hear from our team, and get everyone on the same page about goals. It’s wonderful…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Vowels: Complete the Word Printable

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    With this printable activity, kids practice vocabulary and the Spanish vowels. The words on the printable are introduced in the free video Los juguetes del mercado and used in the Spanish Playground toy app for iphone and ipad. Watching the video and playing with the app, kids hear the words pronounced correctly. The video and app are a good way to prepare to do the printable activity. The video and app also teach the verb form veo which is used in the rhyme on the printable. You can also download free vocabulary picture cards for the words used in this printable activity, the video and in…
  • Spanish for You: Mi Vida Package

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    This fall Spanish for You! released a new themed content package called Mi Vida. If you are looking for a program for elementary or middle school classes, you will want to consider this curriculum. You can find lots of specific information on the Spanish for You! website. These are a few of the features that make Spanish for You and the Mi Vida package work in the classroom: The new Mi vida package gives kids vocabulary to talk about their house, room, family and friends, activities and classes. It is a great place to start learning Spanish! Like the other Spanish for You! books, the Mi Vida…
  • Spanish Math Books Free Online

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Secretaria de Educación Pública (SEP) of Mexico makes many government textbooks available free online. These books in PDF format to download and print are a wonderful resource for teachers and parents. There are many subjects available, including math. Spanish math games and activities can be an excellent source of language. Working with math concepts exposes kids to all kinds of Spanish. As they play Spanish math games and do different types problems, children learn vocabulary and structures in context. Many activities are supported by visuals, giving language learners the support they…
  • Pattern Games: Creating Context

    18 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Sequences, or patterns, of objects or shapes are a simple, fun task that can be done on paper or with physical items kids can manipulate. If you create a context for pattern games, they are also an opportunity to use verbs and vocabulary in sentences and in situations that make sense. Of course, just talking about a pattern and what comes next can also be an effective way to work with vocabulary and introduce language used to talk about sequences. For sequence vocabulary and lots of ideas of different pattern games for Spanish learners read Spanish Vocabulary with Pattern Activities. Adding…
  • Spanish Story: Bienvenidas las Raras

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Delia Berlin writes dual language books for children. Her new Spanish story, Welcome the Weirds/ Bienvenidas las Raras has just been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon. There is English and Spanish text on each page, but I’ll focus on using the Spanish story with language learners. Welcome the Weirds/Bienvenidas las Raras is the story of two sisters who do things their own way, based on their own logic. They are happy, fun-loving people who are kind to each other and enjoy each other’s company. This book is a good choice for children learning Spanish who have…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Creating Memes to Explore Themes

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

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

    Catlin Tucker
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    Every English teacher has experienced the frustration of introducing a writing skill, like how to write a thesis statement, over and over again without it “sticking.” Three years ago, I began “flipping” my writing instruction, so students watch videos on my YouTube channel, take Cornell notes, then come prepared to class to do the actual writing. I love this approach to teaching writing! Students can watch my explanations as many times as they need to over the course of the year. Plus, I get to support them as they write in class. (See my post on synchronous editing).
  • Favorite Chrome Extension for Writing: Grammarly

    Catlin Tucker
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! Editing your own work is one of the biggest challenges that any writer faces.  It’s exponentially more challenging to identify and correct your own grammatical mistakes. As you edit, your eyes miss errors because your brain knows what you meant to say and skips right over the mistakes. So, how can we help students to see their mistakes so they can correct them?
  • Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

    Catlin Tucker
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! I’m always on the look out for great resources to support reading. While leading a training in Alaska this weekend, a participant mentioned The Smithsonian Tween (& Teen) Tribune. This free resource is a great place to grab informational and nonfiction texts written at various Lexile levels to support a wide range of reading abilities. Create up to 9 classes!
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    Punya Mishra's Web

  • EPET at SITE 2015

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

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

    Punya Mishra
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Ambigram for the word “Theory” by Punya Mishra My first real research study was one that I conducted back when I was a graduate student under the mentorship of Bill Brewer. It was designed as a classic educational psychology memory study and though I have done little along those lines recently, it is a study that I am quite proud of. For one reason or another I had not posted it on to my website and when I came across it today, while chatting with a doctoral student, I felt it was time to dust it off and offer it to the world, once again. Here is the reference and abstract and a…
  • Mobile Technology in Teacher Education, Conference Galway 2015

    Punya Mishra
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
    I was recently invited to keynote The First International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE 2015). The conference was organized by the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway. Kudos to the organizers (main point of contact being Seán Ó Grádaigh) for a great conference. I had a wonderful time, making some new friends and engaging in some great conversations. Here are some links, recently shared by Seán, for those who want to get a sense of how the conference went. You can see the MiTE Program Booklet and/or browse the photo gallery, or…
  • R. K. Laxman, RIP

    Punya Mishra
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    R. K. Laxman(24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015)
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    Online Colleges Universities

  • Traditional college degrees are facing ‘serious competition’ as online degrees become more popular

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:26 am
    Colleges that offer online education are creating higher standards for its course offerings that might pose a threat to the traditional college degrees, according to the Brookings Institution’s Techtank. Coursera, a leading online education firm, and a pioneer of Massive Open Online Courses, has partnered with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some tech experts are calling “microdegrees”. A Microdegree is a set of online courses with a hands-on capstone project designed in partnership with universities and high-tech firms, according to Brookings.
  • Why 2015 is the year to start your Online Degree

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Let’s be honest, you know you need the qualifications and education offered by many online colleges to finally get your life in track and find a job you love and enjoy. You have probably put off the idea of going to school because you might not have time for it, or because you think is too expensive, here are some reasons why 2015 should be the year you start your online education. 1. Technology A few years ago when Online Schools became popular the technology was ok for audio and chat courses, but now with great video resolutions, fast internet speeds and portable devices it is easy…
  • The Best Tips To Get You Through The College Years

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for college, but it will still hold many surprises for you! This article will offer you some sound advice on how to get through classes, campus life and all the other obstacles that you will encounter in your efforts to reach graduation. Be sure to prepare well for college with a complete list of necessities. It is better to go school prepared instead of having to call your parents for things you need every week. This is especially important if you’ll be far from home. You should not consider going to college unless you have a good idea of…
  • How one Online School might Have the Solution to the Student Debt Problem

    28 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Millions of Americans live with the burden of Student Debt even years after they graduate from College. An Online school might have a smart solution to combat this problem that keeps many youngsters to solving their debt problems. I feel as if I am sitting in the front row of class on a day I haven’t done the reading and the teacher just caught me checking Facebook. Stephen Kosslyn, founding dean of the Minerva Schools at KGI—a new liberal arts and sciences college that’s seeking to upend everything we know about the undergraduate experience, and what we pay for it, too—just proposed…
  • Missouri State Has been nominated as one of the Best Online Schools for 2015

    24 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Missouri State University has been named one of the best online colleges for 2015. It was the only higher education institution in Missouri to crack the top 50 on the list put out by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, which looks at affordable high quality programs and the flexibility of distance learning. Only three Missouri colleges made the list. Missouri State was ranked No. 25, the University of Missouri-St. Louis was No. 56 and Columbia College, in Columbia, Mo. was No. 73. “When it comes to online learning, these schools are the best of the best,” said Dan Schuessler,…
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  • Wearable Tech Could Attract Girls to STEM Careers

    Jean Riley
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Technology is important for innovative design, including fashion, thus wearable tech could attract girls to STEM careers. Melissa Saelzer has begin to work on a […]
  • How Black History is Taught Today

    George Miller
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teachers and historians are evaluating how black history is taught today.  While textbooks and class materials are more inclusive than they have been in the […]
  • March is Read Aloud Month

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Babies are born learning and parents are a child's first and most important teacher. That is why the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES March campaign wants […]
  • Moving Salad Bars To Schools

    Jerry Selivonchic
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    An event at an elementary school in Baltimore celebrated moving salad bars to schools by commemorating the 4,00th salad bar in a school under the […]
  • World Language Requirements For Graduation

    Susie McDonald
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    High school students will soon have to meet world language requirements for graduation if some state legislators have their way. In Utah, a bill currently […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Legislators want Minnesota’s education programs to publicly disclose how well they’re preparing future teachers

    External Resource
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    By Beth Hawkins – Under pressure on multiple fronts, Minnesota’s teacher training programs are facing a new push to begin publicly reporting how well they prepare future educators.  Additional Resource: A bill under consideration at the state Legislature — House File 244 — would require the programs to release such information, including how many of their students graduate, and how many are granted licenses and go on to actually teach. The schools would be required to release data both on teacher candidates and those studying to be school…
  • Why Do Democrats Hate Asian-Americans? Because They’re Smart and Successful

    External Resource
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    Michael Walsh – This piece appeared in the Los Angeles Times recently, and it deserves a lot more notice from conservatives than it’s received so far. It’s not that it doesn’t tell us things we didn’t already know — it’s that the Left is so blatant about its prejudices, and so determined to tear down any semblance of meritocracy regarding college admissions. And, mostly, it reminds us that Asian-Americans need to recognize who their enemies are: A good question. In a country ostensibly devoted to political equality, inequality is the order of the day from the Left, which…
  • Father Ted Hesburgh Passes Away

    External Resource
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    by Matthew Ladner - A great man has been lost to us. Long time readers of JPGB will recall the passionate letter Father Ted sent to Senator Durbin and Secretary Duncan along with Father Jenkins and Father Scully during the attempt to destroy the Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in the early days of the Obama administration. Dear Senator Durbin and Secretary Duncan, Warmest greetings from the University of Notre Dame.  We hope this letter finds both of you well, and that the new year has been filled with grace and blessings for you and your families. We write today because we…
  • Addressing the Reading Crisis in Texas Public Schools: An Agenda for Success

    External Resource
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends . . . Any child who doesn’t learn to read early and well will not easily master other skills and knowledge, and is unlikely to ever flourish in school or life. — American Federation of Teachers, 1999 When it comes to teaching children how to read, Texas is failing. According to 2013 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 28 percent of the 4th graders and 31 percent of the 8th graders in Texas public schools are proficient readers. Moreover, there has been little improvement…
  • NEA’s Jane Chu visits L.A. arts programs, calls for focus on education

    External Resource
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    Amid a national conversation about the decline of arts education, National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu came to Southern California this week and visited area arts programs including one at the Colburn School focusing on low-income sixth- and seventh-grade musicians. Appointed by President Obama eight months ago, Chu said she brings to the position the experience of being the daughter of Chinese immigrants — something that informs her perspective on arts education. “With the shifting demographics of America, this is a great opportunity for the arts to be at the…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Are You Ready for NEA’s Read Across America Day?

    National Education Association
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    By Anita Merina, National Education Association (NEA) More than 45 million participants are expected to join the National Education Association’s 18th annual Read Across America Day celebration this year on Monday, March 2.  Here’s a rundown on activities taking place and ways you can help us spread the word about the nation’s largest reading event. Visit to share your events and see what’s happening around the country and you’ll find free downloadable materials and activities at Cat-a-Van Reading Tour 2015:  NEA’s RAA…
  • Privileged to Follow in Legendary Footsteps

    AASA The School Superintendents Association
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA: The School Superintendents Association In preparing for the celebration of AASA’s 150th anniversary, I read the copy of “AASA, The Centennial Story,” written by Arthur Rice in 1964, which sits on the bookshelf behind my desk. What a fascinating read. In this column, I draw liberally from the information provided by Rice, a professor of education at Indiana University. It was on Aug. 15, 1865, in Harrisburg, PA, at a meeting of the National Teachers Association, that a group of superintendents created the National Association of School…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: David Adkisson

    Get It Right
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    In this podcast, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce CEO David Adkisson discusses why Kentucky’s business community supports college- and career-ready standards and how they have partnered with schools and community organizations to support thoughtful implementation. Download as MP3
  • I Teach Children

    The American Federation of Teachers
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    By Amber Chandler, American Federation of Teachers member and 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, NY Teaching is my calling. I can’t give directions without teaching them to you. Sometimes, depending on your learning style, I will draw you a map on a napkin. Other times, I might get you to Google Maps and have Siri talk you through it. Occasionally, I’ll give you only the landmarks—“Go past the 7-11, until you see a Tim Horton’s on the right. It is directly across from there.” There are teachers who teach a subject, and teachers…
  • Getting to a Common Vocabulary in School Improvement

    Cheryl S. Williams
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    I’ve been reminded over the past weeks of the importance of language in arriving at agreement on what needs to happen for the public education experience to be successful for all our students, regardless of their background and socioeconomic condition. The use of language and its different translations/meaning for different citizen groups was brought home during recent debate over proposed changes in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education bill that is now before Congress. A few examples: Accountability – From my standpoint, accountability just means assessing the progress of…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in March 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    Apply for College Scholarships This month there are several scholarship opportunities available for high school students in any grade, including scholarships for musicians, leaders, volunteers, children of veterans and women interested in technology and engineering. Read on to see eight college scholarships with deadlines in March 2015. Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation Peace Scholarships: High school seniors and college freshmen can apply for this scholarship. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership or personal initiative in activities involving…
  • It’s Time to Start Applying to Pre-College Summer Programs

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Deadlines for Pre-College Summer Programs In the middle of winter, you might not be thinking about summer just yet, but colleges across the country are. Many pre-college summer programs have already begun the registration process for this summer. In many cases, they accept or enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll want to register or apply for the program ASAP. Here’s a list of a few pre-college programs by the month of their application deadlines. March Deadlines California College of the Arts Pre-College Program: Study art, architecture, design or creative…
  • Apps to Help Write College Application Essays

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Apps to Help Write College Application Essays The most difficult part of writing any essay is finding a good idea and getting started. If you’re having difficulty crafting your college application essay, consider using one of these mobile apps to help you get started. All College Application Essays (iTunes; Google Play) This free app has application prompts for more than 750 colleges, including college essay prompts on the Common Application. The app can help you figure out what you need to write for each college you’re applying to, how to submit each essay and how you can manage your…
  • 50 College Admissions Offices on Twitter

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    College Admissions Offices on Twitter In the last decade, the number of colleges and admissions offices on Twitter has surged. More colleges are tweeting to engage current and future students (you!), showcase photos of student life and tout news about the school. So, what can Twitter tell you about a college? A college’s Twitter account can help you learn more about the school, the activities that happen on campus and more. Plus, if you have questions, you can tweet the admissions office to get an answer. Check out these 50 college admissions offices that tweet regularly. Agnes Scott…
  • How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:17 am
    How Many Colleges to Apply To Some students apply to more than a dozen colleges, while others apply to one or two. But how many colleges should you really apply to? Well, there is no magic number when it comes to applying to colleges. However, many experts recommend you apply to about five to ten schools. Consider these tips to narrow your college options and choose the right number of colleges to apply to for your situation. Narrow your college choices. If you hadn’t already noticed, dozens of colleges will send you brochures or e-mails. Do your research early, find out which ones interest…
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  • The Case for Changing the Educational Hierarchy. 8d Teachers

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

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

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When there is a right to work law, somehow that translates to weak teacher unions or advocacy groups. In many ways, school districts in such states have determined local municipalities deserve a significant role in school policy and are capable of acceptable standards of conduct, hiring, educational decision making and honorable behavior. Self governance with inadequate deference to expertise. Many, if not the large majority of school districts have in place policy whereby teachers who attain a masters degree in education receive annual bonus of $500-$1,000. In the meantime, teachers who…
  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy 8b School Board Members

    7 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    As a career educator I lack expertise regarding the duties of School Board Members so my thoughts are based on conjecture. I presume people run for the school board out of a sense of civic responsibility and concern about the children, although in recent years I have come to recognize some have ulterior motives. It is important to recognize that school board members are elected without a prerequisite qualification requirement. This being the case it is extremely important that these elected officials recognize that there are educational decisions to be made that they are qualified to make and…
  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy. Ex. 8a The parents of students

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    As I understand it, there are four decision making bodies in public education; parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members. Each has a role to play, but in many cases it is no longer appropriate to qualifications and reasonable expectations. When children arrive at school and lack social skills the burden almost always falls on the classroom teacher. Somehow, many parents believe this is an appropriate expectation. It is not. A teachers main responsibility is to teach, not socialization training. When even a few parents neglect their responsibilities regarding training their…
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  • Tax refund? How will you use it? (Debbie Johnson)
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (Photo by Mikhail Popov) Most of us know Benjamin Franklin’s saying about death and taxes. We also know that neither is very pleasant. But, many taxpayers will see a refund this year and will have to decide what to do with their sudden windfall. Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension. He has a few suggestions about how to put your refund to good use.     Missouri Taxpayer Education Get Your Free Credit Report
  • January went from bitter cold to mild temperatures (Debbie Johnson)
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    “Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.” ~ Author Unknown (Photo by Aureliy Movila ) Temperatures in January were a pendulum swing for Missouri.  While there were many bitter cold days, unlike our neighbors in New England, the Show-Me State saw very little snow. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. Missouri Climate Center
  • Living Apart, Together – A choice that’s working for older couples (Debbie Johnson)
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
    “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” ~ writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Photo by Mike DelGaudio) Some older adults are finding traditional marriage a less desirable choice for later-in-life relationships. Jacquelyn Benson, a University of Missouri Extension gerontology specialist, has been studying older adults in Living Apart, Together, or LAT relationships. For LAT couples, each partner maintains their own home, but they are in a committed, intimate relationship. Today’s guests are researcher Jacquelyn Benson and Robert…
  • Businesses using health reimbursement plans could be in a pickle (Debbie Johnson)
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” ~ comedian Chris Rock (Photo by Levy Choi) A Department of Labor decision in November last year declared that employers who do not offer health insurance but instead reimburse employees for the cost of acquiring health insurance have essentially established a “group health plan.” These plans would then be subject to ACA market reforms and be deemed non-compliant because the accounts impose limits on the amount of reimbursement and may not cover all required health benefits. This decision was made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. Non-compliance…
  • 2015 sign-up deadline for Affordable Care Act marketplace fast approaching (Debbie Johnson)
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    “Your body is your most priceless possession…so go take care of it!” ~ Jack Lalanne (Photo by Robert Linder) If you’re planning to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, time is running out. You only have until February 15. This is the first year there is a fee if you didn’t have health insurance in 2014. There are many exceptions to avoid the fees. Graham McCaulley and Brenda Procter, both associate professors of family finances for University of Missouri Extension, explain these fees and the exemptions.     MU Extension Health Insurance…
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    FACS Alive: Today's Family & Consumer Science News

  • Ideas to celebrate and promote FCCLA week

    LZX Team
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Today is the first day of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) week. Here’s an outline of the various activites and themes from the FCCLA site. As you’ll see some great ideas to celebrate and promote FCCLA week! Monday: Media Blitz  (Together We Are…Making Headlines) Resources: Template op-ed for chapters to send to local media; talking points for media interviews (highlighting 70th anniversary, famous alums?, milestones and accomplishments); Template script for chapters to record own PSA); Media pitch tips for landing an interview/media presence at chapter event.
  • Keeping FACS Alive: From the family farm in Idaho

    LZX Team
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! I am a product of an Idaho potato farm. I am a product of a loving family. I am a product of FCCLA. I am a product of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. I was fortunate to be taught life skills and character development while working on the family farm,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Developing teachers in Kansas

    LZX Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:55 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”! FCS is extremely relevant! I can’t express enough how important these skills are. My students, as well as the students of my fellow FCS teachers, are learning skills that I know will serve them well both now and as they graduate high school and strike…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: New Jersey Needs More FACS

    LZX Team
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:16 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 one of the few Middle School FCS teachers in New Jersey. I have the opportunity to teach 8th grade students an introductory course that includes career exploration, job search skills, product development through child development and…
  • Sonja Parr speaking on Global Justice: Ethical Fashion

    LZX Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    We are pleased to host a training with Sonja Parr on Global Justice: Ethical Fashion in Texas today. Sonja is a fellow Minnesotan who has made it her job and passion to promote justice through ethical fashion. That doesn’t mean foregoing fashion – it means taking the time to learn about the materials and labor that goes into the clothing you choose. Want a sneak preview of her talk? Check out some of the handouts below: Behind the Labor Worksheets Consumer Care Activity Textile Lab Worksheets Where the Money Goes Activity   Global justice final from Learning ZoneXpress
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  • Success Story! Application Musings Part 2 – “Fit, Frame & Faith”

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:01 am
    Here’s the wrap-up post containing very practical advice offered by a successful Brave Supplicant – you can catch up with Part 1 on “Fundamentals” if you missed it. Fit Attending business school is a big decision that deserves a fair amount of primary research. Rankings and guides are a fine place to start, but to really get a feel for a school’s culture, talk to current students and alumni. Evaluate how responsive they are, how enthusiastic they are about the school, and if there’s a broad commonality they share. These are the people that you’re going to be…
  • ($) Asians and admissions continued

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Back to our question that we first posed yesterday: Are Asians discriminated against in college and bschool admissions? We would not phrase it that way, but we certainly understand the perspective. We have no idea of the numbers, but if, say, 30% of your applicant pool (we’re just tossing that figure out there – again,… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • ($) Are Asians discriminated against in admissions?

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    “Discrimination” is a very big word and we have titled this post this way intentionally. From the perspective of an Asian candidate, we totally appreciate that this is how it may seem. That’s the gist of this article in the LA Times recently, about college admissions and how darned competitive it is from certain demographics… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • More GMAT advice

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    We’ll continue with some GMAT test advice again today. This stuff is important, and we hope you’ll listen. Very often, we see people coming to us in September, ready to submit their app to a Top 10 school, and they share their profile with us and they took the GMAT back in the Spring and the score was kinda meh. And they had all this time ahead of them but they just settled. And we’re like, “Doh!” And we think to ourselves, “What is UP with that???” So here we are today, telling you now that settling is NOT a good approach to life. Not for a…
  • Sorry but this is ridiculous: Predicting your chances based on profile stats

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    We were foolish enough to wander over to one of the MBA forums recently (why does the blood boil so much whenever we do that?? oh yeah, because of all the misinformation dripping out from every corner) and we came across a site that professes to tell you what your chances are in getting in… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • How to check if your kid actually understands what you just said

    Rebecca Zook
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wait. Does your kid REALLY understand what you just said? Here is a super simple way to check if your kid understands what you’re explaining to them. After you demonstrate a math problem, just ask them to teach it back to you like they’re the teacher and you’re the student. This gives the student a chance to be an even more active learner. They have to take more initiative than they would if you were just explaining it to them, or even if you were doing it interactively together. It reinforces what you just explained at a deeper level! And it helps you get clear on whether or not they…
  • The secret ingredients of true math mastery

    Rebecca Zook
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I tell people that I have two parallel, seemingly unrelated careers – one as a math mastery mentor/joyful learning expert, and the other as a bad-ass cello diva and pioneering performer – it’s not uncommon for their eyes to light up and for them to exclaim, “OF COURSE! Math and music are SO connected! That makes so much sense. It’s normal if you’re good at one to be good at the other!” But… to be totally honest… the ways I experience math and music, they’re so, so different from each other. And I spent a LOT of my life in environments where I didn’t think I…
  • What to do when your kid’s math terrifies you

    Rebecca Zook
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “This is terrifying,” my student’s mom confided in me as we discussed my student’s taking one of the most advanced math classes you can take in high school. “What my daughter is doing is way beyond any math I’ve ever attempted.” Does this sound familiar? Your kid is doing math that, if you needed to explain it to them, you would have a panic attack? mental meltdown? total and complete incomprehension? This is a situation that I face all the time. Sometimes a kid’s math will cross the “parental capability threshold” in elementary school. Sometimes it’s middle school.
  • What to do when you get spaced out about math [study tip]

    Rebecca Zook
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a super powerful and easy study tip that you can use anytime. I’ve been using this study tip since I was in college, and continue to do this to this day. Are you studying … practicing your math … and you start to get spaced out? You feel like your brain is full? You’re having trouble concentrating? Maybe even getting a little frustrated? It’s time… for a solo dance party! Yes! It’s time to DANCE! I’ve found that even just taking a break to dance to ONE song can be enough to get me refocused. Sometimes I need like a three-song-long dance party. Taking a break to have a…
  • How I got my full tuition scholarship

    Rebecca Zook
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I haven’t shared this story before with many people. But I recently shared it with one of my clients, and it had such a big impact on her that I realized it’s time for me to share it with you, too. It’s the story of how I got my full tuition scholarship. Ironically, it starts with a traumatic experience! The summer before my senior year, I went to a summer program (Virginia Governor’s School), which I attended as a cellist. And while I was there, I decided I wanted to go to college for music. So when I got back home and went to see my cello teacher for the first time that fall, I told…
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    MindShare Learning

  • Exclusive Podcast with Dr. M. S. Makhanya, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dr. M. S. Makhanya, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa, speaks on the evolution of UNISA post apartheid challenges and opportunities through online learning.      
  • MindShare Learning Moment with Terry Godwaldt

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Exclusive podcast with the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Education Edmonton School District Terry Godwaldt.  
  • QUIO Product Review

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    by Timothy Gard Assessment regimens, philosophies and expectations, and the endless dialogue that is interwoven through these mazes of thought and discourse would make a non-educator cringe. To be sure assessment is a ‘hot topic’ today in education, perhaps it always has been, however there is no reason an educator today should be without the knowledge or the tools to do assessment well, especially in light of the global impetus to improve education seemingly at all costs. We have the means, but do we have the professional will to change current practices and adopt new and powerful…
  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    While we like to celebrate successes, it’s important to recognize failures and learn from others as I like to do. While Google gave it the old “College try,” some things are just not meant to be!  Here’s an article from Harvard School of Business that provides insights for budding inventors. The truth hurts: Google Glass Failed Because It Just Wasn’t Cool. People on the move! Congratulations to  MindShare’s friend John Malloy, former Director of the  Hamilton Wentworth District School Board , who was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Education in the Ontario Ministery of…
  • Exclusive Podcast with Legendary EdTech Bloggers at FETC

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
     Mindshare Learning moment with two global edtech bloggers and co-authors of The Relevant Educator, Tom Whitby(@tomwhitby) and Steven Anderson (@web20classroom).  
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    Edtechvoice » Ed Tech Blog

  • Learning Istopmotion and Imovie to Create A Video Project

    marc dubeau
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Stop Motion is a very engaging and powerful tool to use in the classroom.    Below I have included a sample lesson which shows many of technical steps required to combine both  Istopmotion app(9.99 on IOS), and Imovie (Free on IOS) to create a cool video project.   Instructions showing how to use Google Drive IOS are also included.
  • Must Use Tool: Lucidpress

    marc dubeau
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Looking to create great brochures or high-quality posters for your school or class?   Not interested in learning a highly complex program like Adobe Indesign?   Need a powerful cloud-based solution for desktop publishing (Unlike Microsoft Publisher which only runs on your desktop).   Lucid press is the tool you need.    Lucidpress allows you to create Business Cards, Pamphlets, Newsletters, Magazines, Brochures etc.    Alos, this third party tool works great with Google drive and with the click of a button you can set it up to sync with your Google Drive(tutorial below).    Here is a…
  • Must Use Mobile App: Feedly

    marc dubeau
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    Reading On the GO! As a follow-up to our last post on Feedly, I wanted to talk about the power of setting up Feedly on your mobile device.   The main advantage of using RSS feeds or subscribing to blogs of interests to your student is the ability to access them where ever they go.    Feedly for IOS, and Android is a great app that syncs up all the latest news stories when students device is connected to Wifi or Internet.     It is an excellent tool because even if students are not able to connect to WiFi, their Inbox will still contain all the news articles or feeds from the last time…
  • Must Use Tool: Make Your Students READ.

    marc dubeau
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Find Interesting Things to Read on the Internet! As a classroom teacher, I always feel that reading is an important and essential activity to incorporate in my classroom.   There was a time that accessing relevant and interesting content for students was a challenge, but in the BYOD classroom, this is no longer an issue.     Armed with a cell phone and a few important website to find content, students can access all the content they want. First Problem: Finding the content. My favorite tool to find the most read and relevant blogs was called Technocrati but recently this web site has…
  • Power Up your Classroom: Using Google Forms With Mobile Tablets

    marc dubeau
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:42 am
    One of my favorite ways to use Google Forms, is to encourage students to upload their digital content and create a form to collect information from other student respondents.    Students will include their media in the Form and include an open-ended question to allow students to provide direct feedback on students content.   This is very flexible because students can include images, text, video or whatever digital creations you have used.  For the setup, students will upload their completed their form and then print of a shortened URL or QR code to allow students to scan them with their…
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    Clif Mims |

  • Bookmarks for 02/20/2015

    Clif Mims
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Using Technology vs. Technology Integration A handy chart for teachers. tags: EdTech Technology-Integration Educational-Technology IDT7078 IDT7061 IDT7064 Lesson-Plans Curriculum-Integration Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.Related PostsBookmarks for 10/02/2012 Bookmarks for 12/12/2012 Bookmarks for 04/23/2012 Bookmarks for 12/16/2012
  • A New Paradigm for Education from Sir Ken Robinson

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

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

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

    Clif Mims
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “Boss Level, a special time built into the school schedule at Quest to Learn, enables teachers to plan project-based learning units that can happen outside of the classroom. For students, Boss Level is an opportunity to participate in a design challenge while taking on the role of an artist, filmmaker, chef, or any number of other real-life jobs. “And for teachers, Boss Level allows us to bring our own interests and passions to the job. I’ve been a mathematics educator in New York City’s Department of Education for ten years, and I joined the Quest to Learn staff three…
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    Teachers At Risk

  • Some strategies I use that work to help motivate students who are reluctant writers (Elona Hartjes)
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    If you’re anything like me, you probably have students who are very reluctant to do any journal or creative writing. I have to confess, at times, I fall into the category of reluctant writer as well. But, never mind. That discussion is for another time. Over the years, I’ve tried different strategies to motivate my reluctant writers. There’re a couple of strategies that I combine that make my students less reluctant to do their journal entries or their creative writing assignments. Perhaps these two strategies combined will work for you too. First, I provide my students with…
  • A simple strategy for getting things done. (Elona Hartjes)
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I’ve been talking and talking and talking  about writing a book based on my blog but that’s all I’ve been doing is talking about writing my book. Writing’s not a problem. I did a lot of writing while completing my MEd and liked it. I did a lot of writing for my blog over the eight years and liked it. Well, to be honest, I haven’t been writing many blog posts lately. It’s not writing that’s the problem.  The problem is I just can’t seem to get started. When I was really busy teaching in the classroom, I used to set aside a time to write my blog…
  • I resolve to live a more authentic life, not disconnected from what I value (Elona Hartjes)
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    For me. living an authentic life is living a life that honours what I value. Shakespseare said it best when he said ” Know thyself and to thine self be true”. By now, I have a pretty good idea what I value in life. I also know that if I do not live my life according to what I value, life soon starts to suck. For the most part, I love teaching. But, every once in a while I start to hate it. When I realize I’m starting to hate teaching, I’m always surprised.  I love teaching, especially teaching the academically at risk students I usually teach, so why am I starting to…
  • What’s it take for good teaching to happen? (Elona Hartjes)
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What’s it take for good teaching to happen?   I think good teaching happens when teachers connect to their students and when teachers get their students to connect to the subject matter (Parker J. Palmer, 2007). For me my best teaching moments happen when my students and I connect on a person to person level. Let me explain what I mean. As some of you might know, I’ve been a special ed teacher for a long, long, long time- some days it seems longer than others.  Quite a few semesters ago I had these two young lads (I’ll call them Sam and Dwayne)  in my grade nine learning…
  • One way of creating a positive classroom climate (Elona Hartjes)
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    I think it’s crucial to have a positive classroom climate so that I can do my best as a teacher and my students can do their best as students. For the moment, I’m going to set aside the question of what is it that teachers and students are supposed to do in the classroom. I’ll explore those questions another time in another post. I have seen many different types of positive classroom environments. I’ve come to the conclusion after all these years a positive classroom environment is a function of the teacher’s personality and the students’ personalities;…
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2-3, 2015

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

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

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

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
  • Have You Explored Ello an Ad Free Social Network Environment?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Ello is a social network that is just simple, ad free and hence cultureless. It is created by small group of designers and artists who promise not to sell your data to third parties. To remain ad free Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). It works on mobile devices through web browser.                 The clutter offered in the updates of various social networks can be easily got rid of by choosing your connections between the options ‘friends’ and ‘noise’. This will enable you to view your friends’ updates easily and not having to search among…
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • How Scrivener is Helping Me Rebuild My Dissertation

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    eduhacker.netby Steve Thomason, Deep in the Burbs:  I made a bold step today and dismantled my dissertation. My advisor said that the current draft is like a jigsaw puzzle. I have most of the pieces, but they need to be rearranged.I am a visual thinker, so the best way that I can think of dismantling and reshuffling a document is to use Scrivener.That means I had to strip the beautifully formatted Word document in order to bring it into Scrivener (keep in mind, this is a fully-formatted document with front…
  • A Learning Typology: 7 Ways We Come To Understand

    Dr Robert Muller
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
    by Stewart Hase, Heutagogy of Community Practice, Teach Thought: typology is an attempt to redefine how we think of learning in the 21st century context.Current definitions of learning focus on performance rather than holistic growth, and on what the learner can do after a learning experience. Gagne is perhaps the most notable exception. General dictionary definitions of learning refer to learning as the acquisition of knowledge. (Also, see TeachThought’s 21st Century Learning…
  • Where Does A Freed Mind Go?

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    by Terry Heick, Teach Thought: Education is a system, but teaching and learning are not systems. This presents a challenge. II. First, education. As a system, it is made up of parts, and these parts can be conceived in any number of ways. That is to say, they are subjective because we, as individuals are subjective. III. We only become objective under strained scrutiny from others, and even then that objectivity is temporary. Once we move from an object of study to something familiar - from a being to a person - the objectivity…
  • How to Do a PhD: Top 10 tips

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    thegradstudentway.comby James Hayton, PhD: 1. Choose who you work with carefullyWhen applying for a PhD, many students think only about whether or not a particular institution will accept them into a PhD programme, but you must also consider whether the institution, research group and supervisor is right for you. Who you choose to work with will have a huge effect on your PhD experience and your chances of success. 2. See yourself as a beginnerMost people who do PhDs will have done very well during the preceding stages of their…
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies" by Miriam E. David

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:27 pm
    by Katherine Williams, Impact of Social Sciences:, Gender, and Universities celebrates the way in which feminism has forever changed the terrain of higher education whilst examining the impact that the movement has had on the lives of women engaged in teaching others, writes Katherine Williams This review originally appeared on LSE Review of Books Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and…
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  • How to Use Reduce Procrastination: Reverse Engineering

    Dustin Le
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, as in the classroom, there are often complex projects that are not as simple as a sheet of math problems that are due over the weekend. More often than not, projects have deadlines that are weeks, if not months, away. And we all know what happens when deadlines are far away. […] The post How to Use Reduce Procrastination: Reverse Engineering appeared first on Edudemic.
  • What Really Gets Kids Reading?

    Sarah Muthler
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Children are increasingly setting aside books to spend time with tablets and cell phones. Still, fanfare over the Hunger Games and the Divergent series as well as the continued popularity of the Harry Potter franchise suggests that many kids remain eager readers. Research backs this up. Elementary school children have made gains in reading proficiency […] The post What Really Gets Kids Reading? appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How to Make the Most of SXSWedu 2015

    Amanda Ronan
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    While many Austinites are busy planning their spring break getaways, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the best event to come through town. That’s right. I’m talking about South By Southwest…edu. In 2011, the wildly popular SXSW festival featuring music, film, and interactive technology, expanded to include an educational conference. Since its inception, the SXSWedu […] The post How to Make the Most of SXSWedu 2015 appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting

    Kristen Hicks
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Google’s no stranger to the education space. Teachers have been benefiting from the tools they create for years. Every time Google adds a new product or tool to their offerings, teachers get to work figuring out creative ways their students can benefit from it. Whether or not you’ve been using Google tools in your classroom […] The post 5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting appeared first on Edudemic.
  • How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech

    Nicole Comforto
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We often write about how technology can help teachers, but sometimes it’s useful to take a step back and consider how teachers influence technology. As with other subjects, the knowledge and enthusiasm that teachers show for technology in the classroom will have long-term effects on students, and the nation as a whole. A tech-savvy nation […] The post How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • John Witherspoon Team Wins New Jersey Regional Science Bowl

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
      The John Witherspoon Middle School Science Bowl team won first place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 20 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The team will go on to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. from April 30 to May 4. The Witherspoon team, coached by science […]
  • Copperwood Added to Princeton FreeB Shuttle Route for 4-Month Trial Period

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Beginning on Monday, March 2, the freeB shuttle will make an additional stop at the Copperwood senior apartments on Bunn Drive. The change will be part of  a four-month trial to determine if there is sufficient ridership to warrant making the Cooperwood a permanent stop on the freeB route. Scheduled bus times have been adjusted […]
  • CDC Panel: Use Meningitis Vaccine Only for Outbreaks, High Risk Groups

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    ACenters for Disease Control panel unanimously voted today in favor of recommending meningococcal group B vaccines for use to vaccinate only high-risk groups in the United States, for example people immune-deficiencies or people potentially exposed during an outbreak. Novartis, the pharmaceutical company that  manufactures Bexsero, argues that the decision still leaves many college students and […]
  • Letters: Why Black History Month?

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Understanding Black History is important because we must understand the past in order to guide our current and future actions – both as individuals and as a town. African Americans in Princeton have had a particularly difficult history, although the town has had some achievements in race relations along the way. Blacks did much of […]
  • Lawrenceville School Students Raise More Than $12,000 to Fight Pediatric Cancer

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
      February in New Jersey – what better time to shave your head? For some students at the Lawrenceville School, no time is the wrong time when it is for a good cause. More than two dozen students, faculty members, and children of faculty members had their heads shaved today to raise money for childhood […]
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  • You Should be Using: LinkedIn for Higher Education

    Tori Reid
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    For any student who’s looking to transfer or apply to grad schools, LinkedIn’s higher education tools are exactly what you need to find the perfect school for you. LinkedIn uses its expansive user data to make personalized, intelligent suggestions to students. LinkedIn has three tools many students still don’t know of. It uses user statistics to help students find the right college for them. Here are the tools and how they work: The Decision Board is like Pinterest. Students create boards and pin colleges to them to compare. It’s a social board and advisers and other students can…
  • Career Trends Students Should Be Watching in 2015

    Katie Dwyer
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The career landscape is changing, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s mostly a good thing. The job market students face today is new and dynamic, making use of social media and reflecting the new reality that most employees “job hop” and do not retire from their first-ever job. Students Need to Pay Attention to Broader Trends, and Get Ready. For better or worse, the post-college world is changing. According to a variety of analysis sites, including Forbes, Time, and Bing Predicts, more and more of the workforce will be impacted by increased entrepreneurship, freelancing,…
  • Why Every Student Should Take a Philosophy Class

    Lauren E. Mach
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I am a philosophy major.  When meeting new people, I am often asked what I plan to do with a philosophy degree.  My favorite response is, “I want to ask why you want fries with that.”  In all seriousness, I expect my philosophy training to serve me well. The study of philosophy—whether an entire degree plan or just one course—would serve any student well, and here’s how. A Philosophy Class Will Force You to Think. Epistemology will have you considering whether you can know anything and the entire process of the mind interacting with the senses and outside world.  Metaphysics…
  • How to Get a Year’s Worth of College Credit for $275

    Emina Dedic
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Just a few weeks ago, a friend of over ten years came to me in despair. We went to middle and high school together, after which, I moved on to college, and he went into the workforce. Now at 25, here he was on my couch, lamenting about how his dream of being in IT or in the gaming world was highly less probable. Why?  Because he didn’t have a four-year degree. He was ready to make a change, however, but he needed help with doing so.  This is not an uncommon narrative. “I don’t want to go to college right now,” is one of the phrases virtually no parent ever wants to hear from their…
  • You Should be Using: AutoMath Photo Calculator to Help Understand Tough Equations

    Tori Reid
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    What if you could take a photo of a math equation and instantly receive not only the answer, but a step-by-step tutorial on how to solve it? With AutoMath Photo Calculator you can do just that. Many of us have a love-hate relationship with math, and the hate typically stems from the equations we just can’t crack. AutoMath is easy: just hover your phone over the equation like you’re taking a picture, crop close around the equation, and snap the photo to scan the equation in. You’ll see the answer almost instantly and a step-by-step tutorial showing you exactly how to get the answer is…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Out-of-school children: a promise yet to be fulfilled

    Quentin Wodon
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Today, as the Millennium Development Goals draw to a close and the development community is thinking of new development targets, many children are not learning in school. But, in addition, more than 120 million children and young adolescents still remain out of school. That is almost one in ten children of primary school age, and one in seven children of lower secondary school age. For these children, the right to education remains a distant dream.
  • Don’t give up on student loans: The changing patterns of returns to schooling and policy implications

    Harry A. Patrinos
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    The latest evidence on the private rates of returns to schooling shows that the returns to primary education are no longer the highest, having been surpassed by tertiary education. In my blog, Make the Rich Pay for University: Changing Patterns of Returns to Schooling, I argue that this suggests three things:
  • The PISA for Development initiative moves forward: Have my wishes been fulfilled?

    Marguerite Clarke
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog about the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) PISA for Development initiative.   Most of us are already familiar with the OECD’s PISA exercise, which is a test that assesses the reading, mathematics, and science competencies of 15-year olds around the world. The aim of PISA for Development is to identify how PISA can support evidence-based policy making in developing countries that, until now, have been unable or unwilling to participate. The expected outcome is to produce a set of enhanced student assessment…
  • The Impact of Education Management Information Systems: The Case of Afghanistan

    Samantha de Silva
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    In some fragile states, where the education sector has faced direct attack, physical monitoring of development programs becomes a hugely complex and dangerous task. In this context, Afghanistan is an excellent example of how investment in Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) can strengthen overall monitoring systems in a country.  In some provinces, there has been an improvement in accountability and transparency but challenges remain    
  • The Great Challenge in Tertiary Education: Is it really just about the fees?

    Francisco Marmolejo
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    The title of the recent blog written by my colleague Harry Patrinos couldn’t be more direct and clear: “Make the Rich Pay for University”! This is an idea that makes sense. However, is this idea as easy to implement as it sounds? Are there any disadvantages or limitations? What is the rationale used in countries that have opted for the opposite direction?
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    Classroom Aid

  • Ten Things I Believe About Workplace Learning

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tom Spiglanin is a rocket scientist and helps other rocket scientists learn. The people he works with carry out research for the US space programs,  for the US Government, NASA and NOAA. About himself, he said: For over eighteen years, I’ve been developing learning strategies, educational products, and instructional designs for the Aerospace Institute, the educational... Read More ›
  • Mobile Pedagogy for English Language Teaching: A Guide for Teachers

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The 46 page research report on ‘Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching and learning: a guide for teachers’ is a practical and informative report. It was written by experts (Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris and Jim Donohue) in the field that combine a strong theoretical background with experienced practical projects. Introduction The ideas in this guide are... Read More ›
  • The Really Useful #EdTechBook

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Really Useful #EdTechBook is a book gathering experiences and thoughts from 16 educational technologists in online education, mobile learning, and technology enhanced learning. Its introduction, as below, is from the editor’s (David Hopkins) blog. Book description: Technology has invaded our working and recreational lives to an extent that few envisaged 20 or 30 years ago. We’d... Read More ›
  • Evolution of Learning Technologies [Infographic]

    Tess Pajaron
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Evolution of Learning Technologies | Open Colleges
  • Bad Practices in Mobile Learning

    9 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This updated summary of “Bad Practices in Mobile Learning” from EduTech blog of The World Bank (by Michael Trucano)  is more schools than enterprise, but these are common mistakes observed in multiple initiatives and in multiple places, and seem to repeat over time with only slight variations. In no particular order,  and with specific reference to common realities in middle... Read More ›
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  • What You Need To Know About High-Performance Business Laptops

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:26 am
    Do you mean business? If so, then you’ve got to invest in computers that mean business, too! When shopping for a workstation laptop, there are a host of questions you’ve got to consider to make the most of your investment. What do you need your laptop to do? What security features are absolutely necessary? What…
  • CCNA- Everything that Cisco wants you to know

    Simon Hopes
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you are a recent graduate in IT domain then you’d probably understand how crucial CCNA, an acronym for Cisco Certified Network Associate, stands for you. Having a CCNA certification is by far but most sought after courses in the present epoch, which has laid down a comprehensive assortment for understanding the world of networking.…
  • Low Cost Launch: Inexpensive Packaging Ideas for Struggling Startups

    Simon Hopes
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:07 pm
    When you’re a startup, you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Yet, at the same time, it seems like everyone is telling you to increase your burn rate and squeeze the budget for all its worth. Fortunately, when it comes to product packaging, you don’t have to do this. Here are some inexpensive…
  • Simple Lead Tracking: Should You Use a Blanket Software Solution or Several?

    Simon Hopes
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Say the words “lead tracking” to any business owner and you’re guaranteed to get one of two looks. Either the business owner will know what you’re talking about or he (or she) won’t. There’s not a lot of middle ground on this issue. But, for those that do know, many still don’t know whether they…
  • Modern Inventory Management: Push Vs. Pull Practices

    Simon Hopes
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    For years, inventory managers have argued over whether a push or pull approach to inventory management is more useful. In truth, simply having an inventory management system is going to help boost a company’s profits and improve customer satisfaction. Which particular strategy a company uses should be based on a careful analysis of the company’s…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • Email Marketing Guidelines for Small Business Entrepreneurs

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    One challenge facing small business entrepreneurs is the difficulty and expense of communicating with prospects and customers. Although a great deal of attention is focused on the “shiny penny” of social media marketing, don’t forget the effectiveness of that old stand-by – email marketing. A well-curated list and consistent communications go a long way towards engaging prospects and building relationships. As evidenced in a survey conducted by Ascend2 and its research partners on, marketers continue to rate email the most effective digital marketing tactic. It…
  • Discover Your February Financial Aid Options

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    With deadlines rapidly approaching, it’s time for high school seniors and their parents to check off more items on their college financial aid to-do list. Very soon you will be reviewing the financial aid offers you receive from potential colleges and trying to make the best choice for your family and your student. Here are some things you can do in February to make that decision easier: • Take a Moment: First, just breathe and relax. You have come a long way in a short time, and should be very proud of what you have already accomplished. Don’t put more focus on what has yet to be done…
  • Don’t Let Senioritis Sink Your College Plans

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    As a high school senior, let’s face it – it’s been a tough few months. You had to figure out the college application process, sweat out completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and even participate in a few hair-raising college interviews. But now all of that is behind you, so it’s time to sit back and have some fun in your last few months at high school, right? Well, not exactly. If you feel a sudden urge to skip homework assignments, drop out of after school activities, and generally just “sit back and have some fun,” you could be suffering from a…
  • Discover Your Financial Aid Options Now with #JustAskJodi

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Where can you turn for answers you can trust about financial aid? College Financial Aid Advisors (CFAA) is happy to announce that our founder and financial aid expert, Jodi Okun, is making herself available to answer all your college and financial aid questions. It’s easy to ask Jodi anything about this sometimes perplexing topic – simply submit a question on Twitter to #JustAskJodi. Even better, you can join Jodi for a LIVE Facebook Question and Answer Session: #JustAskJodi LIVE Facebook College Financial Aid Question & Answer Session Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 12:00 noon…
  • What is a Student Aid Report?

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Once you have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the next step is receiving a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education that summarizes the information you provided and lists your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is compared against the Cost of Attendance (COA) at each college to determine the amount of financial aid that is required. This is an important document that will be used by various colleges to determine the amount of financial aid your child might be entitled to receive. If the information accurately reflects your current…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Send out recommendation thank yous

    Dana Fulton
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    This fall was likely full of tests, applications, and essays of all sorts. And that doesn’t even cover your school-work. College and scholarship applications not only took up a lot of your time, however: there were all of those recommendations that you needed. To all of those trusted teachers, mentors, parents, counselors, or coaches that took time out to help you with your application, this is a good time to say thank you. Each recommendation letter can take an hour or two to write, and is something they had to do in their off-hours on evenings or weekends. Thank yous can come in many…
  • Get your students ready for college acceptances

    Dana Fulton
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Early acceptance letters are already trickling out, but soon a flood of acceptance letters will be sent to your high school seniors. Once your students have received their acceptance letters, what happens next? It’s the perfect time to help them figure out what they’re looking at and get a jump on planning for the year ahead. Start budgeting. While your student may not have a financial aid package in hand just yet, it’s not too early to start making a college budget. Many students are not familiar with the budgeting process, so help them get started with a basic budget worksheet. Review…
  • What do college admissions officers look for?

    Dana Fulton
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As you are looking at colleges and determining what you want in a college, you will also want to consider the other side of the relationship: what will the college want to see from you? Every college admissions office receives a flood of applications each year, and each has developed their own method for sorting through the applications. Essentially, every college is trying to find a student who will succeed academically on their campus, and contribute to the vibrant life of the student body. How can you communicate these points to the college through your application? Start with your…
  • The Power of Your Credit Score: How its value exceeds your GPA

    Jason Vasquez
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    An interactive website offering information on how to build and imporove credit. Your grade point average (GPA) may have been the single most important score that teachers, academic institutions, and companies used to determine your ability to learn and take responsibility. Because there was such value placed on your GPA, you probably know all the ins and outs around how to build it, how to improve it, and how to maintain it. But if someone asked you about your credit score, would you be able to share with that person your strategy to get your score higher? Much like your GPA reflects your…
  • Your student has gotten early acceptance—now what?

    Dana Fulton
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Applying for early acceptance to college is a great way for students to lock in on the school they’re certain about. If your student has achieved early acceptance, what happens next? It’s the perfect time to help them get a jump on planning for the year ahead. Following are a few ways to get started: Get finances in order. With the college decision out of the way, you and your student can focus on preparing financially for the next year. This is the time to ensure your student has the right financial tools in place, including a checking account with a debit card attached. Getting this set…
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    African Scholarships, Financial Aids and Youth Development » Learn about Online Learning Opportunities

  • Top 22 Platforms to take Free Quality Online Courses with Certificate – Upgrade your Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Online learning is becoming increasingly popular among African students and learners. With Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs and OpenCourseWare – OCW, the chasm to quality education has been bridged. As new populations in Africa and Asia come online, the market for online education has defiled all boundaries. Anyone from any part of the world […] Continue reading Top 22 Platforms to take Free Quality Online Courses with Certificate – Upgrade your Skills, Knowledge and Expertise
  • Free Online Course by British Council to Learn How to Teach English as a Foreign Language

    After School Africa
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    University of Southampton and the British Council has develop a free online course – Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching – for graduate students who want to learn English as a foreign language. An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages, this online course draws from their new joint online […] Continue reading Free Online Course by British Council to Learn How to Teach English as a Foreign Language
  • “Understanding the Ebola Virus” Global Education Platform launches Free Online Course on Ebola Awareness

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

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

    After School Africa
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    Deadline for entries: June 30 2014 The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international program launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities. Everyone has the potential to become an entrepreneur. You do not […] Continue reading How to Apply for Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship 2014 Competition – anyone with the Desire can Become an Entrepreneur
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    DRPF Consults

  • 7 Current Events In Education And How They Affect Children

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more Current events in education are a crucial part of every person’s day to day activities. However the education world has its advancements in line with the rest of the world changes. Various current events in education have come to be in the recent years. Some are detrimental whereas others are a boost for better education to the children and the young adults. 1) The education world has been greatly influenced by the online influx into the world. Various exams and classes can now be taken online without the physical…
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  • 5 Things to Do Before an Interview to Impress a Hiring Manager

    Tony Armstrong
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Feeling nervous before speaking in public is often the result of insufficient preparation. You take the stage, scan the crowd and suddenly realize that you haven’t practiced as much as you should have. And that’s when the butterflies kick in to high gear. We’ve all been there. Job interviews are no different. The more insight you have in to your position and the company for which you’re interviewing, the more poised you’ll be during your talk with the hiring manager. Doing your homework before the big day will help you reach that peak level of confidence. Here’s a look at five…
  • When Is My FAFSA Deadline?

    Alexandra Rice
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is one party you’ll want to get to on time. Filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, promptly is one of the most important steps to receiving the biggest financial aid package possible. Generally, the earlier you submit your FAFSA, the more aid you are eligible to get because in most states the money is first come, first served. In other words, the closer to Jan. 1 — when the application opens — that you file your FAFSA, the better. So pause your Netflix and get started finding money for college. Not sure which forms you need to fill out your application?
  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Job Search

    Tony Armstrong
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you start out trying to land a job, it can feel as if you’re climbing a mountain whose summit you can’t even see. Once you start moving, though, you’ll realize that it’s totally doable. Better yet, you’ll discover that there are no big secrets to tackling the job market. You just need a well-organized and structured plan to guide you through the process. To get you going, we asked several career experts to weigh in on the best ways to organize your job search. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Keep your information in one place Maintaining a clear overview of the jobs you’ve…
  • 4 Simple Resume Tweaks That Will Get You Noticed

    Emily Starbuck Crone
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you’re a college student or recent graduate, you’ve likely already heard all the generic resume tips, such as using a standard font, creating consistent formatting and avoiding fluff words. But what should you do if you’ve tried the obvious and still aren’t getting any bites? We asked career experts to shed light on easy ways for those new to the job market to take their resume from average to eye-catching. Make some of these simple but powerful resume adjustments to improve your chances of scoring an interview. 1. Go beyond spellcheck to catch errors. Running a spellcheck on your…
  • The Best Money Moves for Students in February

    Tony Armstrong
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the spring semester kicking into high gear, chances are good that your to-do list is growing longer by the day. In those rare instances when you’re not laboring over a paper or attending a club meeting, consider taking some time to get into better financial shape. It doesn’t have to involve a lot of work, and it can set you up for success down the road. Here are four straightforward money moves to get you started. Look for a summer job or internship A summer job or internship supplements what you’ve learned in the classroom with real-world experience. You’ll not only gain more…
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    Studying Law

  • Stepping into the unknown

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    I began this blog because I felt out of place in the legal sphere. I felt like it wasn’t open to people like me. At Clifford Chance, I didn’t feel at all like this. They allowed me to feel like I belonged there.On 29th January, I was invited to Clifford Chance for an interview for the First Year Springboard Vacation Scheme. I can honestly say setting foot in a leading international law firm is as fantastic as it sounds! My experience of Clifford Chance was incredible. Everyone I met was exceedingly kind, welcoming and helpful. I felt immediately at ease: something I did not…
  • Ethnic Diversity

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Happy New Year! I’ve been looking into ethnic diversity in law firms, as the beginning of a new year has provided us with up-to-date statistics to evaluate 2014.In order to make best sense of the figures, I’ll quickly run through the general structure of a law firm. There are three levels of solicitors in a firm:1) Partners - business directors and owners, most firms have a two tiered system: ‘equity partners’ have a stake in the firms profits, whereas ‘non-equity partners’ usually have a fixed salary. Also, non equity partners are likely to have more…
  • The Interview

    Aaron Marchant
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    With deadlines drawing ever nearer, potential lawyers will be anxiously waiting to hear about interviews. With this in mind, here are some tips to make sure your interview is the best it can be.Know the firm inside outGraduate recruiters aren’t just looking for potential lawyers, but candidates who want to work at their specific firm. If you want to get that vacation scheme or training contract, make sure you thoroughly research the firm. Find out about their strongest practice areas or their latest achievements. Show that you understand their core values, and think about ways in which you…
  • My Christmas Wish has come true!

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
  • Women in law

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
        We may not be quite as glamorous as our movie counterparts, but myself and Billy (my chihuahua) could be likened Elle and Bruiser in some ways!    Equality for women in careers is constantly being discussed in the media. Just this week the BBC reported that the International Labour Organization (ILO) found a substantial, and unjustified, gender pay gap. It claims that women ‘may be better educated or work harder than men’ yet are paid much less. Here’s the link: a look at Lady Justice…
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    Curriki's Blog

  • 10 Time-Saving (and Free) Math Worksheets for Grades 6-8

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki As teachers, we never have enough time for everything we need to accomplish in a day, whether it be lesson planning or grading. Here’s a secret you can share with other teachers: Curriki offers more than 59,000 free, high quality resources that you can download, customize and share. Why not take a short cut and try out a few of these classroom-tested math worksheets? Here are just a few of the many worksheets available for middle school math students. (Similarly, you can use the Curriki Advanced Search feature to find games, videos, webquests,…
  • Increasing Student Engagement in the History Classroom

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    By Curriki Guest Blogger Amy Scheuer Amy Scheuer, Social Studies Content Curator, Curriki Teachers are often faced with the challenge of making teaching and learning history more engaging. Here are some techniques to increase engagement in the history classroom, paired with resource suggestions from a newly curated American History collection on Curriki that is comprised of materials spanning from colonial America to the modern era! 1. Treat history as the opportunity to tell a greater story and convey a narrative, rather than the relaying of disjointed names, dates, and events. The use of…
  • Education of Women: A Global Overview

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki There is a wonderful infographic summarizing the status of education around the world for women. It was published by UNWomen at the beginning of this month. It is shown below, and you can find it at this URL: Here are some key points made in the infographic: Adult literacy rates are 89% for men and 80% for women across the world. In developed countries the literacy rates are 99% for both sexes, while in developing countries, men’s rates are higher at 86% vs. 75% for women. In the least developed, poorest countries,…
  • Computers or Cursive? – What would You do?

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:58 pm
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki In 2012 I wrote this: “Cursive versus typing?   Is cursive writing part of a 21st century skill set? With touch screens, cell phones and tablets, the future of cursive writing seems uncertain. So we used the polling game Wayin to ask our community:  “Should schools still teach cursive writing?” The votes were overwhelmingly in favor of continuing cursive, yet the opponents were much more vocal. While not a statistically valid poll, 83 percent said “Yes,” we should continue with cursive, while 17 percent answered “No.” “…
  • Do I HAVE to Read a Book?

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Why aren’t kids reading more today? Are they too busy with their electronic gadgets and games? National Reading Day (Friday, January 23) is an annual event which encourages reading by younger children and is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo,  writes engaging stories that she hopes will inspire young adults to read! She recently wrote a great post with some practical tips and advice on getting reluctant readers to read. Definitely worth checking out! Here are…
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    Used Books in Class

  • #Poetry Friday: Longfellow “Gets” February

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    One of my favorite things to do when I taught a poetry unit was to select a poem I had not ‘prepared” to teach and then ask students to give me their impressions. A selection like this always brought interesting discussions because there was no prescribed agenda; we read for meaning together. One of the “go to” poets in such classroom experiments was the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My students were already familiar with his Paul Revere’s Ride. They were also familiar with some of his acquaintances including the authors Nathaniel Hawthorne…
  • Testing a Thousand Madelyns

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:57 pm
    My niece is a beautiful little girl. She is a beautiful girl on the outside, the kind of little girl who cannot take a bad picture. She is also beautiful on the inside. She is her mother’s helper, fiercely loyal to her older brothers, and a wonderful example for her younger brother and sisters. She is the gracious hostess who makes sure you get the nicest decorated cupcake at the birthday party. She has an infectious laugh, a compassionate heart, and an amazing ability “to accessorize” her outfits. For the sake of her privacy, let’s call her Madelyn. Two years ago,…
  • Carver’s “Popular Mechanics” in the AP Lit Classroom

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    In a well organized essay, explain how the author conveys his meaning. Be sure to consider structure, diction, setting, and point of view. Above is the prompt I used when I taught Advanced Placement English Literature (APLit) for all kinds of literature. This was before the Common Core’s “close reading” dictums; APLit students read and looked for author style and purpose because that was the focus of the course. Tonight (2/22) there is a Twitter Chat #aplitchat on Raymond Carver’s short story “Popular Mechanics”; across the nation, APLit teachers will…
  • Teachers Creating #TasksMatter for Connecticut Writing Project

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    Finally catching a break from the weekend snowstorms that have plagued Connecticut this winter, the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University hosted a session of the Assignments Matter National Task Jam on Saturday, February 21. The CWP morning seminar gave 25 educators a chance to collaborate and to design high-quality, engaging writing assignments for the Assignments Matters Google+ Community  Their created tasks will be posted alongside the assignments by already created in January by 475 middle and high school educators throughout the country. This National Writing…
  • #Poetry Friday: Why Students Cannot Appreciate the Winter of 1778 When They Live in San Diego

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:48 pm
    During a pop-in visit with the 8th grade social studies teachers last week, the discussion turned to the growing number of interruptions to the school calendar because of the snow cancellations and delays we are experiencing here in Connecticut this winter. The teachers were grumbling, frustrated that they were not able to cover the content in the curriculum units. “There are some advantages to ice and snow this winter,” I suggested. They looked at me skeptically. “Our students are feeling the same conditions that the Continental Army felt that winter at Valley…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Surviving Being Teetotal at University

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  JeepersMedia  For many of us, being teetotal at university sounds like insanity. After all, how are you supposed to make friends with all the terrible people on your course without a little alcohol in your bloodstream?! Plus, no one … more... The post Surviving Being Teetotal at University appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Student Energy Solutions That AREN’T Coffee!

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  clemsonunivlibrary  Faced with yet another all-nighter to reach a deadline that has creeped up on you out of nowhere, your instinct may to be to reach to the nearest mug and whatever basics brand of coffee your budget has … more... The post Postgrad Student Energy Solutions That AREN’T Coffee! appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Building the Perfect Postgrad Studying Playlist

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  kohlmann.sascha  The iPod shuffle function is one of the most useful tools ever created, but there are two definite situations it should never be used in: revising or having sex. In both scenarios, a run of songs that have … more... The post Building the Perfect Postgrad Studying Playlist appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • What If You Don’t Get Along With Your Housemates?

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  smile_kerry  Jean-Paul Sartre famously said ‘hell is other people’, meaning he’d clearly shared a house with three other students at some point. Get four people in a cheap and shabby house, add mountains of work pressure on them all, … more... The post What If You Don’t Get Along With Your Housemates? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Careers: When it Doesn’t Work Out

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Kashirin Nickolai  We all have high hopes when first entering into university. In most cases, our dreams can become a reality in only a few short years. However, it is no secret that the world is far from perfect. … more... The post Postgrad Careers: When it Doesn’t Work Out appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Bookshare Member and Accessible ebooks Shine at TCEA and SXSWedu

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    “Learn Anywhere” was the theme of this year’s Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference, held February 3–6 in Austin. TCEA is one of the largest regional EdTech (educational technology) events in the U.S., and Benetech’s Accessible Books for Texas (ABT) team was on hand to demonstrate tools that help Bookshare members read accessible ebooks anytime, anywhere. Austin eighth grader Ben Cooper shows Texas Education Agency staff how he reads accessible ebooks from Bookshare quickly and easily on his iPad. Texas educators, administrators, school librarians, and school IT…
  • Full Steam Ahead at CSUN 2015!

    Bookshare Team Member
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
      The 2015 CSUN Conference is less than a month away, and we’re excited to be there to share all the great news and developments from Benetech and Bookshare, including product updates, accessible math, 3D printing, accessible images, publishing and more! Join us for these can’t-miss events! The Poet Image Description Training Module, Thursday, March 5, 9:00 AM, La Jolla AB, 2nd Floor, Seaport Tower. Bookshare User Feedback Meeting, Thursday, March 5, 12:00–1:30 PM. The location of the room for the event will be announced on March 4. Space is limited, please RSVP to reserve you…
  • Benetech Wins All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Grant to Improve Literacy for Primary School Students with Disabilities in India

    Kristina Pappas
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Young boy who is blind reading with a portable device. This article was originally posted on Benetech’s blog on February 5, 2015. We are delighted to share that USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government awarded Benetech a 2015 grant to improve literacy for primary school students who are blind in India. The new grant, under the three partners’ All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development literacy innovations competition, funds our proposed winning project to provide Indian students who are blind with mother tongue instruction and reading materials through…
  • NEW Bookshare Academy! Essential Training Resource Has The Answers!

    Kristina Cohen
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    Educators learning together seated at a table. Are you looking for video tutorials or webinars to help you use Bookshare better? Do you need materials to train your school staff, parents or volunteers? Do you want to learn and earn continuing education credits? Bookshare Academy has the answers and resources for you! The Bookshare Academy is our new learning and training platform. It’s packed with information and learning opportunities for Bookshare members, teachers, parents, community service providers and trainers. What can you find in the Academy? Online learning – take online courses…
  • Bookshare and Benetech Take Center Stage at LDA 2015!

    Bookshare Team Member
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
      We are very excited about the upcoming Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 2015 Conference in Chicago. Why? Because we get to meet you, our members and supporters! Make sure that you attend these must-see events: Hear Betsy Beaumon, President of Benetech, Bookshare’s parent nonprofit, deliver the opening keynote titled Will the Current Tech Revolution Usher in a Golden Age for All Learners? on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 AM. Learn how to increase collaboration by attending the Bookshare session, Parents and Schools Working Together for Accessible Content, on Wednesday,…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Employability Lesson Plans That Make Your Students Shine

    Sarah Layton
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton We get a host of questions centered on “How can I make employability lesson plans engaging and age appropriate for middle and high school students?” What are important employability characteristics? Before we can begin to find employability lesson plans, we first need to be clear on what employability characteristics are critical right now. The National Associations of Colleged and Employers, NACE, recently published the skills and qualities that employers are looking for in college graduates. In the report, NACE states: “Employers considering new college…
  • How to Retain CTE Teachers in Health Science Programs

    Sarah Layton
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton This past week, a CTE director in a large district in Texas was looking for ways to address an issue for them: how to retain high-quality CTE teachers and reduce teacher turnover in their programs. This is a challenge in the Health Science Career Pathway because the best qualified health science CTE teachers are those that have had practical work experience in the medical field. A lot of those jobs pay very well, so there’s a challenge to attract them to and keep them in the teaching field. And of course, if this is an issue for CTE administrators, it’s also on our…
  • Help Your Students Prep for MOS Certification Tests

    Bri Stauffer
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We cover many Microsoft Office applications in our curriculum, and we often receive the question “How can I prepare my students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013 Exam?” Though we may not cover every bit of content your students need to know in order to become a Microsoft Office Specialist, we can certainly help them prepare. When searching for resources and curriculum to help prepare your students for the MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013 Exam, it’s important to understand the difference between test preparation material and a full curriculum framework. Test Preparation…
  • Review of LearnKey Online Microsoft Office Curriculum

    Bri Stauffer
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Bri Stauffer We’ll be the first to admit that we may not be the best fit for every teacher or every circumstance. And when we’re not, we like to be able to recommend something that might be perfect for you. Likewise, many teachers and administrators ask us about products that are of interest to them. LearnKey online is one of those products. Here’s our take on what you’ll find with LearnKey. How LearnKey Online Works for Schools When students begin with LearnKey online, they’ll start with some pre-assessment questions. These questions are aimed at gauging…
  • Teacher Sick Days: Substitute Teaching CTE Lesson Plans

    Sarah Layton
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton I recently met a teacher friend for dinner along with a couple of her friends I’d never met. Turns out they were both teachers, as well. Conversation inevitably turned to work. On this specific occasion, these teachers were focused on the pain of teacher sick days. Teacher Sick Days Ironically, I’m writing this from home, while taking a sick day myself. But I can’t get that conversation out of my head. As I sit here in my pjs with a cup of tea and a space heater, confident that my colleagues are chipping in to cover for me at the office, I can’t help…
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  • Here’s Your Guide on How to Apply for EAD for H4 Visa – Effective Date May 26, 2015

    Raghuram Sukumar
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Long wait for H4 Visa holders is over. EAD for H4 Effective Date was announced today. Here’s your guide on how to apply for EAD for H4 Visa. Here’s an excerpt from the Press Release USCIS Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United…
  • HSB 009 : A Day in the Life of An Graduate Student, ISA President and Graduate Assistant in America

    Raghuram Sukumar
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Have you wondered what it means to be living in U.S.A as a student? Do you like to get deeper  insights about day to day life of an Indian  student? That’s what you will learn from this interview with Venu : Graduate Student from University of Texas at Tyler ISA Student President Graduate Assistant at Graduate School Doer of All good things in general He decided to study in UT Tyler after watching to an interview here in the blog, about two years back. Now, it time to share his experience. We dive deep into his mind to learn about some of personal aspects of  his life. This is…
  • Desi Consultancies are Necessary Evil in the Job Market – Agree or Disagree?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
      It’s H-1B Visa time and people going bonkers trying to find Desi consultancies who can apply for H1B Visa. People are very well aware of consequence of getting H-1B Visa via Desi consultancies. But, in-spite of that  why do think thousands of people that want to pay money to Desi Consultants to apply for H1B Visa? Listen to the Show: That’s  the topic for  this Podcast Episode. H-1B visa season is here. Which means, it’s  DESPERATION Mode. Desperation Mode for people trying to find H-1B Visa consultants to process and apply for H1B Visa visa so called Desi…
  • HSB 007 – Q&A, Productivity Tools, India vs Pakistan and Valentines Day

    Raghuram Sukumar
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Welcome to another brand new episode HSB 007. I cover bunch of topics in today’s show and it’s going to casual and fun. I’m not doing any heavy hitting with today’s show. Here’s the list of topics Covered in this show : India vs Pakistan Cricket Match How I manage Emails How I use Evernote for Podcasting What Gift I gave for my wife on Valentines Day Outlet Mall Shopping My favorite chicken dish Most Popular Episode till date New Q&A page in the blog New Comments Policy This is the longest of all podcasting episodes till today. Speaking non-stop for 23…
  • HSB 006 : Is It Not Risky to Study in USA When H1B Visa is Not 100% Guaranteed?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    Is it risky to study Masters Degree from USA when H1B visa is not guaranteed due to H1B Visa Lottery? That was the question from Naveen. Here’s the actual question With the lottery system of H1B, how can we take a bold step and pursue Masters Degree from America? I am confident that I can perform well in a job interview and get a good job and good grades. But if H1B is not confirmed then we can effectively work only 29 months. Why then are people going forward with MS in USA? Making me rethink my MS plan totally. Please offer some perspective here. Isn’t it risky? Risk vs H1B…
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    Fractus Learning

  • When To Say No To #EdTech

    Laura Bates
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I love to write about adapting technology to almost every area of the classroom and am a firm believer in its wonderful benefits across a wide range of subjects and situations. Having said that however, I am also keenly aware of the potential pitfall of trying to shoehorn technology into every single educational moment. An over-excitement with new technology can occasionally tempt teachers to include it where old-fashioned methods would actually be more effective. Here are 5 situations where I think edtech should be given a miss…. When closer guidance is needed… One of the best uses of…
  • Famous Quotes to Inspire your Students

    Laura Bates
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    We’re in the middle of that dreary time of year, when the excitement of the new term has faded away but the Easter holidays are still too far off to contemplate. The days are cold and grey and settling back into the school routine for another year can feel a bit too much like hard work. So there’s no better time to inspire your students with the multitude of connections to inspirational stars past and present that are helpfully provided by the internet’s obsession with famous quotes! Stick one on your class blog, put them up on the classroom walls, or pop one in your students’ books…
  • Classroom Space Exploration with the Amazing Star Chart App

    Lisa Blessington
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Overview It’s often the smallest spark that ignites the flames of inspiration and lifelong learning. The right balance between fascination and education, Star Chart is the perfect example of an app that can provide that spark for students. Overlaying a stunningly detailed view of the night sky on students’ phones or tablet devices, the app can become your classes virtual telescope to explore the whole visible universe. Name: Star Chart Pricing: Free Compatibility: iOS / Android Access: No signup required Privacy: Standalone app   A Quick Look   In…
  • 6 Tips for Quality Student Blogging

    Gary Johnston
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    “Gary, so much of what students blog about is crap and not worth reading. It seems like the emphasis is on creating content, but not quality content.” my coworker Tara commented last week. Her point is so important, and one that educators are struggling with around the world. As schools are moving towards student blogging platforms such as kidblogs, edublogs and WordPress, the question is: “How do we use blogs to compliment classroom activities and serve as a portfolio of learning?” The war cry of 21st century educator is that students be content creators. While I…
  • The Importance of Creativity in Our Schools

    Wade Gegan
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it. Sir Ken Robinson What is so concerning and frightening about this quote from one of education’s most inspired thought leaders is that we all know how true it is. Not only is creativity being left behind in mainstream curriculums, it is often actively discouraged and overlooked. In an effort to highlight this problem and to curb our approach to classroom creativity, another leading voice in education Jackie Gerstein has put together the below slides to…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Share Your Ideas for Cash!

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

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

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

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Hey teaching friends!  Need a little something extra fun for February?  I made a fun freebie for you for next month!   Groundhog Calendar Cards! Now - you don't have to just use them for your calendar!  Print off an extra set for one of the following ideas: Pass out to students randomly and make cooperative learning groups easily.  Students group together based on the character on the card - or by number (evens/odds, multiples of 3, 4, 5, or none, etc.) Pass out the cards randomly and have students play "war" with them.  They partner up - the higher card wins and that child gets both…
  • To Do List: Washi Tape Style

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Hey teaching friends and Happy 2015!  I know it has been a while and I have had some much-needed time off to focus on family.  Now that it is 2015, I have been doing some brainstorming and I have some fun ideas to help you in the upcoming year!  YAY! Nothing life-altering today, but I really thought this was a fun way to spruce up a to-do list or a planner.  If you are a planner junkie like me, this will make you extremely happy.  :) Grab your hole punch, some washi tape, and your favorite planner, calendar, or notepad.  In this case, I have been hanging on to some plain stationery and…
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  • 6 ideas to help build children’s social skills

    Ross Mountney
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Developing social skills is an important part of education. It is also an issue often raised in connection with home education. It’s commonly assumed that children gain social skills from being in school. But this is not entirely the case; mature social competence is learned from being around mature social adults as well as other children, in a variety of settings. We also need to be clear about what we mean about social skills. I imagine most parents want their youngsters to be able to function confidently in social situations, be liked and have friends, know what behaviour is appropriate…
  • Teaching computing: Can the technology giants help?

    Ellie Bird
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In September 2014, the new schools curriculum brought in computing as a required subject. Children, from as young as the age of five, are beginning to explore, investigate and learn computer science concepts and skills such as writing code. Whatever you feel about the curriculum changes in general, it can’t be a bad thing to develop vital computer skills and understanding in all our children. Young people need to be properly equipped for the workplace – and may now have a better chance to become the whizz-kids of future technological development. As Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said…
  • The rise in pre-exam unconditional offers

    Mike James Hansford
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Picture this: you work incredibly hard for your first year and get your AS results.  You begin the long-winded process of applying to universities through the UCAS system and begin the long hard slog through your A2s… Eventually, your UCAS is submitted and you begin that long wait.  Then, joy – you get that lovely email from UCAS saying that something has changed on your account.  And so you log on, curious to see what’s happened.  The result will determine a great deal of things for you – all will eventually shape your choice of university. All you have to do is…
  • In the news: celebrity home schooling

    Ross Mountney
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The subject of home education has been in the news again recently with the decision of the actress Emma Thompson to educate her daughter out of school. Gaia has been withdrawn from school at 15 to continue her study at home because she doesn’t like the ‘sausage factory of formal education’ her father Greg Wise told the Telegraph. Their approach may differ from the majority of home educating families in that the family have built a ‘classroom’ at the bottom of the garden and will employ a tutor to help her study. But their common concerns for the welfare and education of their…
  • Did London just break the dominance of Oxbridge?

    Mike James Hansford
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Strangely, universities are seldom ranked primarily on their undergraduate experiences and reputation – there’s a bit more to it than purely how students get through their three or two hours before donning the mortarboard hat.  Nowadays, the government’s big drive to make the UK a world-leader in research is beginning to make in-roads into institutions – many are now jockeying for position to secure valuable funding that could not only alter their fortunes, but also change the world in some way. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has released its annual analysis…
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    K12 Insight

  • A Tale of Two Districts

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear K12 Insight Partner, Today, we would like to share with you the case of two districts — one big, one small, one in the Midwest, one in the South. Geographically and socioeconomically, these school districts couldn’t be more different. And yet, as systems committed to the future of our children, they have everything in common. The Alief Independent School District serves more than 47,000 students in southwest Houston and Harris County. The district is big in size. It also boasts pretty heady academic standards. Alief ISD graduates an impressive 94.7 percent of its students, far…
  • In Alief, Giving Students a Voice

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    School district communications is locked in a perpetual cycle of improvement. Administrators know they must do a better job of including parents in conversations about reform. Teachers want — and, by all accounts, should have — more input into district decisions. Taxpayers foot the bill for the school system, which entitles them, like it or not, to a seat at the table. But, amid all the jockeying for influence and say so, one key group of stakeholders is often overlooked: students. At the Alief Independent School District in Texas, administrators have made a concerted effort to bring…
  • In Deerfield, Using Community Feedback to Stay a Step Ahead

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    School district leaders know the importance of connecting with stakeholders, particularly parents, students, and teachers. Imagine how much different our decisions would be if we could effectively take the pulse of our community, they say — and they’re right. But, as Cathy Kedjidjian, coordinator of communications and community relations for the Deerfield Public Schools in Illinois can attest, there’s a difference between wanting something and having the resources, and the time, to make it a reality for your district. Limited resources are something Kedjidjian and school system…
  • Want to Know What’s Happening in Your District? How to Listen the Right Way.

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Social media has created its share of turbulence for K12 school leaders. There’s no predicting what will happen when members of the vocal minority step onto their social soapbox — whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook or some other emerging forum — to sound off about unpopular or sometimes controversial school district decisions. But what happens when mounting public backlash boils over, crossing the proverbial threshold from manageable annoyance to crippling public relations disaster? This is one of several questions confronted by the authors of a new Kettering Foundation report. The…
  • Don’t Discount the Positive Power of Negative Feedback

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    As a school district administrator, you know the challenges of social media. The very thought of a parent or other stakeholder logging on to Twitter or Facebook to disparage recent budget projections or question a tough policy decision is enough to get you pacing the floorboards at night. As superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Michigan, Scott Menzel doesn’t lose sleep over criticism — he embraces it. “I actually want to know what dissenters in the community have to say and why they are unhappy,” says Menzel in a recent video interview. “Perhaps there is…
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  • Vocabulary Review for the SAT

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Overview Students develop a good vocabulary as one of the advantages of going to college. It is a result of reading scholarly texts, writing papers and essays, and listening to professors expound on a myriad of subjects. The SAT tests vocabulary directly through sentence-completion and reading-passage questions, and indirectly through appropriate word choice in the essay and writing sections. Why Vocabulary? By the time students are in high school, they are adept at using many different styles of communication. Many of the words, slang phrases, and idioms used when hanging out with friends…
  • Math Review of Volume and Surface Area

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Overview Solid objects have both volume and surface area. Formulas for calculations can be expressed using algebra, especially if the measurements of sides are stated by variables. The ratio of volume to surface area is important in applications in chemistry and biology. Measurement of Volume The volume of a solid is the amount of space that it contains. For example, the volume of a rectangular prism is measured as its length times width times height. In math language, V=lwh. The volume of a cylinder is π times the radius squared times the height of the cylinder, or V=πr2h. The volume of a…
  • Math Review of Trigonometry and Navigation

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Overview Trigonometry in the form of triangulation is at the heart of navigation, whether it is by land, sea, or air. GPS systems use triangulation to find and fix positions, extrapolating what is unknown from what is known. Triangulation is also used to measure the distances between earth and distant stars and galaxies, thus aiding future space travel. Trigonometry on Land The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and other ancient civilizations developed methods to measure triangles accurately. The Egyptians used principles of trigonometry to build the Pyramids, while the Greeks developed extensive…
  • Math Review of Triangle Inequality

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Overview Students can connect algebra to geometry by expressing geometric inequalities in compound inequality form. Since the sum of the lengths of any two sides of a triangle is greater than the length of the third side, there are three inequality statements. All three inequality statements must be true for three line segments to form a triangle. The Triangle Inequality The perimeter of any polygon is the sum of the measurements of its sides. Therefore, the perimeter of a triangle is the sum of the measurements of its three sides. Suppose a triangle has 3 sides with measurements a, b, and c.
  • The Physics of Spinning Objects

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Overview Any spinning object rotates around a central point called an axis. Tops, dreidels, gyroscopes, and spinning eggs rotate, rise, and seem to defy gravity, as long as they are moving. When they stop moving, they fall. Angular Momentum Angular momentum refers to movement in a circle rather than a straight line. Imagine the movement of one dot on the spinning object as it twirls (such as one dot above the right of the Hebrew letter shin). Its path could be described by angular momentum around the axis through the point of support. The equation that describes angular momentum L takes into…
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  • July Internship Program Deadlines Extended

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    API is pleased to announce that the deadlines for the following July internship programs (summer session 2) have been extended to March 15, 2015: Barcelona, Spain Buenos Aires, Argentina Dublin, Ireland Santiago, Chile Seville, Spain Note: API also offers flex date internship options throughout the year with start dates offered twice per month. Application deadlines for these flex date internships are 4 months in advance of the intended start date.   More information on API’s International Internships may be found at Applications for these…
  • Edinburgh: You’re A Wizard, Harry

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    I visited Hogwarts this week! I walked up and down the streets of Diagon Alley, I saw the cemetery where Lily and James Potter are buried, I saw pictures of the Hogwarts Express, and I even saw the school sitting up on the hill! Okay, okay… I saw J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for it all, at least! Edinburgh was a magical city filled with so much history. Walking down The Royal Mile, the main street, you really did feel like you were taking a stroll down Diagon Alley, walking past all the magic wand shops, owl pet stores, and wizarding hat emporiums. I visited the Café where Harry…
  • The Adventures of Studying Abroad

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:55 pm
    To say that studying abroad is an adventure would be an understatement. Students that are studying abroad are living in places that people hope to visit in their lifetime, and are surrounded by landmarks and attractions that people hope to see one day. We not only live in places such as these, but have the opportunity to travel to other places that possess these same exact qualities. Therefore, I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to spend 4 months studying abroad in a place as beautiful as Barcelona. Even though Barcelona is essentially paradise, I feel it’s important…
  • I amsterdam

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I took a huge step this past week; I made my first international excursion without the aid of my parents! Now, I didn’t say the trip went entirely without a hitch…. I accidentally left my passport at the hostel on the journey back to Ireland and didn’t realize it until an hour and a half later when I was at the airport. Needless to say, I missed my flight and had to pay a hefty price for a new one, but hey, lesson learned. I will now always check to make sure I have that little blue book before I leave. It could have been worse, I could have lost it! 
 In just 3 days, the…
  • Truly Being a Foreigner

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    This past weekend, the Seville API group hit the road for an international excursion, Lisbon, Portugal! This was my first time to Portugal and I had no idea of what to expect when we arrived, but by the time we left, my friends and I had fallen in love with the city we explored for the weekend. Normally, we leave for trips on Friday (since classes go Monday through Thursday) but since we were traveling so far, we left Thursday afternoon to take the 6 hour drive. Once we settled in our rooms (which had the most comfortable beds!) a bunch of the group went to a restaurant that had traditional…
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  • What’s in a Genius? How Popular Notions of Intelligence Are Holding Us Back

    Saga Briggs
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The word “genius” has come to dictate the way we think about intelligence, and not always in the most accurate of ways. Traditional notions of the concept date back to Plato’s understanding of artistic creation, and define it as a state of being rather than a type of person: “God takes away the minds of these men,” he said of poets, presuming that they must be in the “grip of something divine” while composing. We now think of “a genius” as an exceptional individual whose talent arises from inherited skills or random genetic distribution.
  • Intelligence & Humour: Are Smart People Funnier?

    Saga Briggs
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Defined by psychologists, a joke is an “incongruity that is recognised and resolved in some way.” But we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us when to laugh. There are countless types of humour, some of which we appreciate more than others, and rarely do we stop to ask why we find a particular joke funny. What if someone told you the reason you found a joke funny was because you had a high IQ? Or, alternatively, because you had a low IQ? You’d probably stop and think about the joke a little harder. The truth is, once you do start analysing the conceptual nature of…
  • 15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

    Saga Briggs
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn. Below we list fifteen steps toward a better brain: 1. Laughter boosts brain function. Pam Schiller and Clarissa A. Willis, both PhD authors, speakers, and curriculum specialists, note that laughter not only increases one’s capacity to remember the humour, but also provides a feeling of security and contentment, both of which enhance learning and retention. Learn more about comedy in learning. 2. Personality is…
  • 25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

    Saga Briggs
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    “In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” –Carol Dweck What if your true learning potential was unknown, even unknowable, at best? What if it were impossible to foresee what you could accomplish with a few years of passion, toil, and training? According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, this isn’t some hypothetical situation, dependent on any manner of factors from genes to environment. It’s a…
  • Personalised Learning: What’s Coming And 10 Trends Every Educator Needs To Know About

    Saga Briggs
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Personalised Learning is the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environment to meet the needs and aspirations of individual learners. In a personalised learning environment, learning starts with the learner, not the instructor. The learner understands how she learns best, so she is active in designing her learning goals. The learner has a voice in how she will access and acquire information, and a choice in how she will express what she knows. When she owns and takes responsibility of her education, she is more motivated and engaged in the learning process.* Many educators…
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  • Don’s Roundups: What You Need to Know About Letters of Recommendation

    Don Osborne
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Letters of recommendation are a big deal. They serve as a secondary source for all your strengths as a student so they provide the admissions committee with a look as to how capable you are in the classroom. Therefore, you need to be able to ask your professor as the
  • Don’s Roundups: The Medical School Personal Statement

    Don Osborne
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Writing your personal statement is hard work. You won’t get your greatest work until after a few drafts and even then you need guidance to ensure you put out your absolute best. Your personal statement is the best way to humanize yourself in a very standardized application — it needs
  • Don’s Roundups: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the MCAT

    Don Osborne
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I spend a lot of my time working with students on medical school admissions. It certainly does show on my site because there is a large collection of material for students that need advice on everything relating to getting into medical school — especially the MCAT. To make life a
  • Product Review: My “Self-Assessment” Program — What Are Your Chances?

    Don Osborne
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    OK, let’s pretend you’ve sent your application in and now you’re nervously waiting for a response. Could this have been less stressful? Is there something you could’ve done to have some idea if you’re going to be accepted or not? Every year, pre-med students go through a nervous panic. You
  • Product Review: Is “How to Write Your Medical School Secondary Application” Worth Buying?

    Don Osborne
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Secondary applications are usually taken as a sign that you’re on your way to being accepted. You’ve finished writing the personal statement, you’ve sent in your AMCAS application … and you feel like, “wow, that was so much work. But at least now I can rest.” You might believe that
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    Online Cultus

  • The movement

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
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  • Why tech tools are must for 21st century students?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:55 am
      Over the past decades technology has completely transformed the educational system . Now in the place of pencils and pens, students are using their fingers tips to jot down anything they want. With the growth in educational technology, educational organisations are also allowing advanced gadgets in classrooms. If you’re a 21st century student who... The post Why tech tools are must for 21st century students? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 4 Tech tools that boost learning Learn with modern technologies to achieve better results How blended learning develops 21st…
  • 3 Steps in preparing to start your career and first job

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Having an established career Going to a university and graduating is the first chapter in your life, it teaches you so many things that you just simply get to be overwhelmed and surprised. From academic and professional teachings to lots of emotions and challenges, it is a roller coaster ride that a student once graduating... The post 3 Steps in preparing to start your career and first job appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Secure your career: top 4 tips for LinkedIn use in 2013 4 Strategies for boosting up career 4 quick healthcare certifications to start your career right away…
  • What is change?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:04 am
    change The post What is change? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: What does change bring? What is change? If you change the way…. Change your life How studying Pharmacology will change your life?
  • Words and works

    Aleksandra Arsik
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:46 am
    The post Words and works appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Edutopia: What works best in education? The good, the words and the knowledge 11 words that you can not translate into English What is the difference between words that sound alike? 12 words a pre-schooler finds funny to learn
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  • Charitable investment in global education gives communities worldwide the keys to success and new opportunities

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
      Education and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Both are key parts of the foundation for change and contribute to enriching lives, instilling a sense of wellbeing, and investing in the vision of a better world for future generations. Most philanthropists make these charitable efforts domestically in the form of endowments and scholarships, but many have recognized the disparity between the wealth of natural resources and the education of the people in developing nations and put their funds into programs that bridge that gap. Several philanthropists, including Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helú,…
  • How To Educate A Nurse For Perfect Healthcare

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
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  • Is it Time for Financial Education in Schools?

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The average American household carries more than $7000 in credit card debt. Some carry none at all, but when considering only those households that carry balance, that number totals over $15,000! This is not to mention other debt in the form of hospital bills, student loans, car payments, and mortgages. It isn’t hard to see how many of these families’ financial lives are spinning out of control. It is especially difficult for people growing up in financially challenged homes. They aren’t able to observe the proper handling of money and, when they become adults themselves, they have only…
  • IIM-K announces admission for Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP)

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    New Delhi / Kochi, November 14, 2014: The Kochi Campus of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) has announced the admissions for their Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP). The executive education programme is the perfect platform for working professionals and executives to enrich their skills and strategies to take their organizations to the next level of excellence. In the year 2001, IIMK conceived a new model of management education for working executives. Executive Management Education Programme (EMEP) marked the beginning of IIMK’s Executive Education activities and IIMK…
  • 10 tips on how to build a successful career.

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Are you dreaming about how to change your life for the better and start looking for new jobs in Delhi or in any other part of the country? Most of us are afraid of such abrupt changes, forcing ourselves to walk every day to unloved job. In fact, there is nothing bad in changing of occupation. The main thing is the right approach to this issue. Our tips on how to build a successful career will help you in this. It is never too early to think about the possibility to start everything from the beginning. Many of us are realizing that they do not get pleasure from their jobs, but keep going in…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • LAUTECH Extends Postgraduate Application 2014/2015 Deadline

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    This is to notify the General public that the sale of forms for the 2014/2015 POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME has been extended The online application forms can be obtained here: The new application closure date is 31st March 2015. Best Regards LAUTECH Extends Postgraduate Application 2014/2015 Deadline is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog LAUTECH Extends Postgraduate Application 2014/2015 Deadline is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post LAUTECH Extends Postgraduate Application 2014/2015 Deadline appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • APC Campaign Intensions on Education In Nigeria

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Fully implement and enforce the provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act with emphasis on gender equity in primary and secondary school enrollment whilst improving the quality and substance of our schools; Targeting up to 15% of our annual budget for this critical sector whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels […] APC Campaign Intensions on Education In Nigeria is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post APC Campaign Intensions on Education In Nigeria appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • LASU Refunds N209million School Fees Back to Students

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Lagos state government has refunded N209m to students of the Lagos state University following the reversal of school fees by Lagos State University, LASU. At a ceremony held at the Main auditorium of the Ojo campus of the school yesterday February 26th, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Fatai Olukoga who represented […] LASU Refunds N209million School Fees Back to Students is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post LASU Refunds N209million School Fees Back to Students appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • 6 Mentalities Candidates Must Exibit to Scale Through 2015 JAMB Exam

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    It is really funny how so many people can become successful failures when it comes to examinations. Some people virtually fail every exam they have ever written in their lives. Back in the 90’s, I used to have a friend who literally wrote and failed JAMB 9 (nine) times, and believe me it was not […] 6 Mentalities Candidates Must Exibit to Scale Through 2015 JAMB Exam is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post 6 Mentalities Candidates Must Exibit to Scale Through 2015 JAMB Exam appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • YSU Admission Letters For New Students

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    The management of Yobe State University (YSU), Damaturu wishes to inform all candidates that have been offered provisional admissions into various undergraduate degree programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session in the institution, that distribution of admission letters will commence on Tuesday 3rd March, 2015. The admission letters will be given to candidates that were admitted via […] YSU Admission Letters For New Students is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post YSU Admission Letters For New Students appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Top 7 Smartphone Apps for Aspiring Architect and Artists

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

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

    Karen Kesteloot
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Taking college tours in different art schools for students is very important. During college tours, students can get the feel of their dream art schools and even get to sit-in and try out some of the classes. Visiting different colleges is worth your while. This is a way of getting a first-hand view of the colleges you have in mind. Going to a college tour may sound fun for our future college students. But before you go to the first college of your choice, there are a few things that you need to prepare. PortPrep’s Karen Kesteloot got the privilege to talk the Vice President of admissions…
  • Art Teachers Teach Not Because They Can’t Do!

    Karen Kesteloot
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Teacher or professors teach, they instruct and educate their students in school. But do you agree that there are some who teach art because they can’t do it themselves? We at PortPrep disagree with it. Karen Kesteloot said, “How else can anyone impart anything of value if they themselves can’t do it?” There are professors who want to teach because they consider it as their calling, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t good with it and stopped creating art for that matter. In fact, there are also teachers who are good in both teaching and creating art and choose to do both. Any…
  • Best Study Techniques That the Worst HS Seniors Should Try

    Karen Kesteloot
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Graduation is just around the corner and you’ve been dreaming of going to an art school in college. Every single year, hundreds of hopeful students just like you apply to the most sought after art programs in various art schools resulting to a very tight and competitive application process for every student who sends in their application. It will take more than creativity, amazing portfolio and talent to pass the said process and get in. Some would say that creative people usually are not the strongest when it comes to academics, but you have to know, that high average in school could…
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    17 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
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  • Happy Day at Confluence

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Today, 14th of Feb, 2015, day was amazing, counselled various students for study abroad, few are very inspiring and learnt new areas under power engineering, these students are really brilliant looking for unique programs, have great capabilities to achieve desired goal with constant efforts, determination, at Confluence excited to serve students towards greater heights, it’s […]
  • PTE Training in Hyderabad

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    11 Feb 2015 | 10:19 pm
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    emmanuel obasi
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    The strategies of stress among office managers in which, work stress is recognized world-wide as a major challenge to manager’s health and healthiness of their organizations. Managers who are stressed are also more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less performance and less safe at work. Their organizations are less likely to be successful in a competitive market. However, stress can be brought about by pressure at home and at work. Managers cannot usually protect stress arising outside of work, but they can protect the stress that arises through work in the organization. The…

    emmanuel obasi
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    The practice of cooperative is safe guided by cooperative rules, laws and principles. The principle of autonomy and independence is the fourth principle of cooperative which explain how cooperatives are autonomous, self help organization controlled by their members. If they enter into agreement with other organization, including government, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their cooperative autonomy (I.C.A, 1995). The principle of autonomy means freedom from external control, while on the other hand, independence means relying on…
  • Effect of Insourcing or Outsourcing Decision on the Productivity of Organizations

    emmanuel obasi
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    The Insourcing and/or Outsourcing decision is referred to in purchasing as sourcing policy decision and it is one of the most important decision points for any organization because it has a multiple and web like effect on the life of the organization. Managers of businesses most especially manufacturing organizations faces a series of important and determining questions which must be answered correctly if the organization is to succeed in midst of competition. The Purchasing Manager must first address the question of which product or service best fits the needs of the organization and should…

    emmanuel obasi
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    School indiscipline has been, overtime an issue of concern for educator and we can even state that it has become a huge concern among educators, policy makers and public opinion in general, owing to the outbreak of aggressiveness among peers, violence with teacher-student relationship and vandalism, as well as. Indiscipline behavior is a behavioral disorder that is classified as an act of delinquency just like, lying, stealing and playing tyrant or running away from home. It is often the cause of a lot of mental, emotional and also physical damage such as damage to property in homes as well…
  • Time Management and Its Effect on Materials Availability in an Organization

    emmanuel obasi
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    CHAPTER I: Introduction 1.1            Background of the Study Time is a sort of capital to be spent and use in the most effective and efficient manner. Time is crucial to every business concern, the concept of time state that all activities of business must be undertaken when they are supposed to be, time means productively and efficient which translates into more money, successful entrepreneurs are those who plan well and accomplish in one day what others cannot. It is essential that organisation must properly manage its time in order to attain its set goals and objectives such…
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  • GED Classes in Downtown Los Angeles

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    Taking GED classes is the best way to get prepared to pass the GED exam with less stress. Expert instructors will guide you through the lessons you need to master the test subjects and most of these services are offered for free. The GED is the most widely-recognized substitute for a high school diploma. Getting a high school education can prepare you for a brighter future with a new job, a change in careers, or even college.Los Angeles Trade Technical College400 Washington Blvd.Ground Level Mariposa: Assessment CenterLos Angeles, CA 90015213-763-5576 Los Angeles…
  • GED Classes in Bronx, NY

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The GED diploma is recognized by 97% of employers and educators as the most acceptable alternative to a traditional high school credential. Getting a GED can be a lot easier after you take an adult education class or GED test-prep course. There are tons of resources out there for test-takers to use, and most classes can be completed for free. Here are some of the most popular GED classes in the Bronx.Mercy Center377 East 145th St.Bronx, NY 10454718-993-2789www.mercycenterbronx.orgThe Mercy Center is based in the South Bronx and offers comprehensive adult education services. For English as a…
  • GED Classes in Brooklyn, NY

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Taking GED online classes will help you get the score you need to pass the test on your first try. As the most widely-recognized alternative high school credential, the GED can land you a better job, qualify you for vocational training in a new career, or get you headed in the direction of a college degree. There are so many resources available for GED test-takers. Most adult education classes are offered for free or with a small tuition. Find out how you can get ahead in your education through one of these programs in Brooklyn.The Hope Program One Smith St.Brooklyn, NY…
  • Skills you Gain from a High School Education

    28 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Besides basic math and reading skills, there are a lot of skills you gain from a high school education. High school dropouts stop going to class because the stuff they’re learning seems pointless or there are more important things in their lives to deal with. But it’s not just algebra and geometry that make math useful, it’s the way it helps our brain process. The same goes for reading and writing. It’s not just about good grammar and sentence structure, it’s also about the way we think and communicate. Here are some skills that your high school education will provide that are more…
  • Career Benefits of a GED Degree

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    Education is the key to a better career and the GED is the first step to improving your job opportunities. The career benefits of a GED become apparent to anyone who has completed it within the first year of passing the test. Over 98% of employers and educators consider the GED to be an acceptable replacement for a traditional high school diploma, so there’s no reason to think it’s too late to finish your high school education. The sooner you invest time in your education, the sooner it will pay off in your career.Better WagesThe most basic reason you should get your GED online is to make…
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  • GK Quiz for 28 February 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:16 am
    GK Quiz for today :- 1. To build and implement the Andhra Pradesh Enterprise Architecture Programme, Andhra Pradesh signed an agreement with which company ? 2. Who awarded with Doctorate of Automative Engineering by Clemson University, South Carolina, USA ? 3. Name the six Indian women who placed in Forbes Asia’s 50 Power Business Women List ? 4. Who is the CEO of ICICI Bank Ltd. ? 5.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Facts about Union Budget in India

    Ramandeep Singh
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:36 am
    Facts about Union Budget 1) First budget in India was presented on 7th April 1860 by James Wilson East India Company 2) First Budget of independent India was presented on 26th November 1947 by R. K Shanmukham chetty 3) First budget of republic India was presented on 28th Feb 1950 by John Mathai 4) Morarji desai has presented the budget maximum number of times (10 ) and he is the only person... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Union Budget 2015 - A Budget for Big Corporations

    Ramandeep Singh
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Today Finance minster Arun Jaitley presented Union Budget. There was nothing for common man. Yoga exempted from Service tax and corporate tax reduced to 25%. So it is a win-win situation for Ambani's, Adani's and Yog guru Ramdev. It was a budget for "Big Corporates". There was nothing special for "Middle Class Aam Aadmi" who was expecting revision in tax slabs and 80C limit. I don't really... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 28 February

    Ramandeep Singh
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Former CM of Haryana Hukam Singh diedHukam Singh, the former Chief Minister of Haryana, died on 26th February 2015. He was remained Chief Minister of Haryana in the year 1990-91 (total 248 days).  IBM Corporation tied-up with Tech Mahindra Ltd.IBM Corporation tied-up with Tech Mahindra Ltd. on 23rd February 2015 to accelerate Global Hybrid Cloud... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GK Quiz for 27 February 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    GK Quiz for today :- 1. 3rd Tortoise Festival organized on 21st February 2015 in which State of India ? 2. Abdul Jabbar sentenced to life imprisonment for which crime ? 3. Which is the most prestigious literary honour in India ? 4. Who awarded with Jnanpith Award 2014 ? 5. The first meeting of NITI Aayog was held on ? 6. What is the full form of ASEAN ? 7. Who is the President of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • MSB Health Careers Association Collects Books for Children’s Hospital

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Running through the first few weeks of this new quarter, an empty barrel was placed at the bottom of the stairs at Minnesota School of Business-St.Cloud. The goal, set forth by the Health Careers Association, was to fill the barrel with children’s books to be donated to the St. Cloud Hospital Children’s Center. Dropping off books to the Children’s Center The Health Careers Associations is comprised of students in the medical assistant, health care management and exercise science programs. The current president is Michael Dase, medical assistant student. The associations…
  • Annual Shiver Elk River Event Provides Opportunity to Give Back

    Nicole Rasmussen
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The Annual Shiver Elk River, hosted by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce (ERACC), was recently held. Minnesota School of Business-Elk River was a sponsor of the event and Community Manager Nicole Rasmussen assisted the 5K committee and participated in the events that weekend. Nicole Rasmussen presenting the donations to David Monroy for “The Great Aloha Plunge” Shiver Elk River, or the Most Fun You’ll Have All Winter, is a fundraising event for the ERACC and other local nonprofits. The event includes hockey, a 5K, food, kid’s games, and an icy plunge in Lake Orono. The…
  • The Library Website: Help Where You Need It Most

    Nicole Rasmussen
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    How do you spell “trouble”? Many students spell it as headers, margins, in-text citations, or reference pages. We are at, or are quickly coming to, that time of the quarter when written assignments are coming due and many students are becoming nervous about these deadlines. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Michael Schneider, Minnesota School of Business-Elk River campus librarian, to get the lowdown on the MSB/Globe Education Network (GEN) Library and how it can help ease the stress that comes with making sure your paper is formatted and cited properly. Where can students…
  • Stayin’ Alive: Nursing Students Teach Expectant Parents Life-Saving Lessons

    Stacy Severson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Written by Kendra Saal, Dean of Nursing  Jon Methner and Cathy Smith, nursing students at MSB, teach infant CPR to new parents Students in the Care of the Child Bearing Family class, part of the B.S. in nursing program at Minnesota School of Business (MSB), recently partnered with Babies R’ Us to use their education to teach a multitude of topics to the public, as part of the Babies R Us free education program for new or soon-to-be parents. One of these topics included “Stayin’ Alive.” “Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re…
  • Not Another Group Project! Overcoming the Most Common Challenges of Working in Teams

    Stacy Severson
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    As we cross the threshold of mid-quarter, students and faculty alike at Minnesota School of Business (MSB)-Richfield sigh in relief that those exams and projects have come to a close and grades have been recorded. In just a few weeks, however, we’ll be wrapping up another term and a slew of assignments and projects will be due. The often feared and highly complained about group projects tend to happen during the final weeks of the term. While many students assume group work is assigned as cruel and usual punishment, and feel it is a grave injustice to have their ability to collaborate with…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • Making Money on Teachers Pay Teachers: 5 Steps to Faster Success

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

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

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

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    At the elementary level, bullying really comes down to children picking on differences in each other. It’s inevitable that this will occur shortly after the beginning school year and I think that’s an ideal opportunity for a pre-emptive of strike against bullying in my classroom. Teaching tolerance is really about celebrating differences Invariably, close to the beginning of the year a “teachable moment” will arise where one of my students points out something is different about somebody else. I always wait for it to happen because it provides a perfect opportunity to…
  • Using the Magic Checklist for Student Assessments

    23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are few things as underappreciated in the modern classroom as the lowly checklist. I personally think that combining a checklist with a clipboard gives you a mobile assessment system that is hard to beat! Keep it simple The kind of checklist I’m talking about is simple. It has student names down the left and the standard across the top. Like this: These happen to be from my End of Year Math Review product, but you can easily create your own with some graph paper. Fill in any standard you like across the top. You’ll notice that there are multiple chances for each student to show that…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • How to Help Shy Kids Break Out of Their Shell Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    How to Help Shy Kids Break Out of Their Shell Infographic As your children grow up, you want them to be able to grow into their own skin and explore the world around them so that they can become well-rounded individuals. However, this can sometimes be tough, because children will naturally shy away from new situations that they find uncomfortable. What can you do to help your son or daughter break out of his or her shell? The How to Help Shy Kids Break Out of Their Shell Infographic provides a few tips that will help you learn more about your child’s shyness so that you can relate and…
  • Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic While educators have been busy trying to understand and teach to Millennials and Generation Y over the past several years, a new generation of mobile natives has been growing in the background. Generation Z, which includes those born after 1995, now fills our K-12 classrooms, and they’ve brought their mobile habits with them. The Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic will give you a better understanding of the Generation Z students, including the role mobile devices play in their home and school lives. Mobile Trends around the World…
  • Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic Neuroscience of learning has created a wealth of great tips to make L&D more effective. The Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic shows how knowing about the brain helps L&D people train. How Neuroscience Can Boost L&D Learners Become More Engaged Better Training Creates Cost Savings Fewer Staff Leave Training lmpresses Learners You Can Increase Your Confidence and Credibility as a Practitioner Trainers Can Confirm Hunches About What Makes L&D Effective The Field Opens Up Other…
  • What is Blended Learning Infographic

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    What is Blended Learning Infographic Blended learning is now the strategy of choice for most major employers across the world – but few are taking full advantage of the opportunities it presents. Blended solutions can be so much more powerful than just simple combinations of classroom and eLearning, instead assisting the employee on every step of their learning journey. The What is Blended Learning Infographic provides a broad-ranging, contemporary description of blended learning as defined in the book More Than Blended Learning (Clive Shepherd, 2015). More Than Blended Learning (>BL)…
  • Financing a College Education Infographic

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Financing a College Education Infographic You got accepted into the school of your dreams, you’re moving out of your parents’ house, everything is lining up perfectly, and the last thing you want to talk about is money. Let’s be honest, everyone knows college can be expensive; however, not a lot of people know how to prepare a budget to be able to overcome the financial burdens of going to college. Luckily this infographic will give you a step-by-step rundown on managing college expenses, so you don’t have to survive on $0.50 packs of noodles and powdered drink mix for the next few…
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    Talk in French

  • Discover the French Education System (Part 3) Podcast #46

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Here is the 46th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: French School System Part 3: Le collège (Middle School) Why you should pronounce English words with a French accent in France. Some French Words and ex... The post Discover the French Education System (Part 3) Podcast #46 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 10 Child-Friendly French Movies + Where to Watch these Movies Online

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It can be challenging to motivate kids to want to learn a language– until you give them some popcorn. Encourage the kind of dedication your kids need to learn French by curling up in the evenings with a good French movie. French movies have a bad reputation for being strange and hard to grasp.... The post 10 Child-Friendly French Movies + Where to Watch these Movies Online appeared first on Talk in French.
  • From Francs to Euros / + How to practice your French daily: 10 Tips for you (podcast 45)

    14 Feb 2015 | 1:39 am
    Here is the 45th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: What was like it to switch from Francs to Euros. How to practice your French daily: 10 tips for you Some French Words and expressions. Right click here... The post From Francs to Euros / + How to practice your French daily: 10 Tips for you (podcast 45) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Mardi Gras and Carnival in France – Podcast #44

    8 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    Here is the 44th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: - Discover Mardi Gras and some cool Carnivals in France. – How to improve your listening skills. I shared with you some tips and advices. - Some French... The post Mardi Gras and Carnival in France – Podcast #44 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Discover the French Education System (Part 2) Podcast #43

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Here is the 43rd session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: – The French Education system Part 2: L’école primaire(Primary School). To listen Part 1 (pre-school) click here – Why reading is a good le... The post Discover the French Education System (Part 2) Podcast #43 appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Egomaniac Bosses Damage The Companies that Employ Them

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    Poor managers thwart organizational growth and alienate employees. If you have ever worked for a manager with an attitude you might become acutely aware of the damaging impact a personality can have on a department. According to a study in the Academy of Management Journal such mangers are protecting their fragile egos by silencing the suggestions of their employees (Fast, Burris & Bartel, 2014).Managers with low self-efficacy don't feel that they have the ability to meet new management expectations. They are overwhelmed and concerned about being successful. In order to thwart any…
  • Shakespeare's Rare Book is Coming to San Diego

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Shakespeare is coming to town! Thanks to local universities, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and KPBS Public Broadcasting the Old Globe Theater in partnership with the San Diego Library won a bid to bring "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” to town.  It will be the only location in California where the book will be hosted.Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein elaborates “This volume is one of the most important ever published, and the plays printed in it—the plays that are the lifeblood of The Old Globe—are cornerstones of our language, our worldview,…
  • Call for Papers: Conference on Sustainable Development in Business Tourism and Sciences at Boston

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Dates: 11th to 13th June 2015 Boston, United States of America Website: to ICBTS2015 the best workshops for academic researcher Lecturer student in presenting discussion share idea in new research for development our works focus on business marketing finance banking tourism hospitality social science & technology Paper Submitted to :    Full-length papers, topics of paper, reviews, research-in-progress papers, case studies and /or abstracts,  relating to all areas…
  • Protecting San Diego Coasts

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Coastal Days by Murad AbelThe ocean coastline is one of the most important assets of San Diego and California in general. It is such a popular natural resources that much of San Diego was developed off of this coastline. Warm weather, sunny beaches, and clean coasts draw around 33 million visitors a year, $8.4 billion in spending, and $388 million in taxes annually (1).  With such a valuable asset each person has a responsibility to respect and protect the environment.If you have ever walked on the beach, surfed in the middle of day, threw a line off one of the piers, or sun tanned at…
  • The Multiple Benefits of Learning Dancing for Fitness and Fun

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Dancing is a past time that is fun and can help you lose weight. Many people don't take dancing classes or consider the merits of including this activity in their fitness routines. Beyond helping you lose weight through burning calories it is possible that you may also consider the social benefits of dancing. There are many different types of dancing that range from ballroom to contemporary.Salsa is one of my favorites because it has lots of flare but also is social by nature. If you ever attended one of the many salsa events in San Diego you would soon come to notice that you can dance with…
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    On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog

  • Thoughts Behind Habits of Famous Writers [Infographic]

    Mike Hanski
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    ‘There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.’ Famous authors attract enormous attention. Sometimes daily rituals, habits and customs of famous writers are quite weird indeed. Fans are trying to copy out the behavior of their idols, their wardrobe, and even make numerous plastic surgeries to become one step closer to the […] The post Thoughts Behind Habits of Famous Writers [Infographic] appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years

    Mike Hanski
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    UPDATE Our international essay writing competition has come to an end! Hundreds of students and young writers from all over the world sent us their works and got a chance to become the Bid4Papers’ best essayist and the owner of our main prize – $500. We must confess that it was not easy for our […] The post Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • 48 Ideas on How to Improve the US Education System

    Mike Hanski
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:20 am
    Quick navigation: → South Korea education performance [Infographic] → Expert roundup: how to improve the education system in the US? → From the student’s point of view Pearson, an education assessment service, recently released The Learning Curve 2014. With information gathered by The Economist Intelligence Unit, extensive desk research and interviews with several of the […] The post 48 Ideas on How to Improve the US Education System appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic]

    Mike Hanski
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    It usually helps me write by reading – somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear. – Steven Wright Reading is a new fashion. Again. And it’s cool. We bet, you all can find and cite many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person […] The post Want to write better? Start reading, a lot [Infographic] appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • How to Write a Critique of a Novel

    Mike Hanski
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    When your teacher gives you an assignment to write a book (novel) critique, the first thing you should do is making sure you understand the specificity of this task clearly. Keep in mind the fact you were asked to write a critique, not a simple review of a novel. What is the difference? A book […] The post How to Write a Critique of a Novel appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • 3 Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

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

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

    William Campione
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    While President’s Day is typically associated with Washington and Lincoln, the holiday lends itself well to lessons and projects on our Founding Fathers. Try some of the examples below and pair them with some of Help Teaching’s graphic organizers and printable worksheets for the full presidential treatment. Presidential Puppetry All you need is a Popsicle stick and a printed head shot of any number of presidents. Ask your students to write a script around an important concept or theme in American History, such as the writing of the Constitution, the debate over slavery, or even a silly…
  • 5 Ways a Classroom Blog Will Challenge Your Students

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Your students live in a world where newspapers are going out of business and citizen journalists are cracking cases on Twitter and writing about it on their WordPress site. Incorporating lessons on how to be a part of this world is critical to improving their chances for success as they move through school and into the working world. One way to prepare them is to teach them how to blog. See how this new tool will challenge your 21st century students. Following Directions Give your students their first assignment: set up their own blog. Learn how to do it yourself – you can set up a…
  • Top 100 Free Education Sites

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Last year, Help Teaching brought you our Top 100 Free Education Sites. Since technology and new websites are always being discovered we decided to update our list with some awesome new websites and new categories. Oh, and did we mention that they’re all free? No time to go through the whole list? Just use “Quick Links” section to jump straight to the section that interests you and bookmark this article for a reference later. QUICK LINKS: 10 Awesome Sites Reading Science Arts Lesson Planning Classroom Management Writing Math Music Social Studies Educating Yourself new!
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • How Can You Build a Strong Career in Internet Marketing? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    In this new internet era, many people are using the web as their medium of communication. If you have the zeal of communicating your creative thoughts to the world you may choose internet marketing as your career. The post How Can You Build a Strong Career in Internet Marketing? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to stay motivated as a student during the exam period (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    You may have had better concentration at times. But, will you able to deal assignment after assignment with equal efficiency? Yes, you can if you’re willing to. You don’t have to chase the clock for that. Just keep your writing in tune with it. The post How to stay motivated as a student during the exam period appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Write an Assignment in Time (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    You may have had better concentration at times. But, will you able to deal assignment after assignment with equal efficiency? Yes, you can if you’re willing to. You don’t have to chase the clock for that. Just keep your writing in tune with it. The post How to Write an Assignment in Time appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Make a Bright Career in Dental Niche? (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:17 pm
    How to Make a Bright Career in Dental Niche? The post How to Make a Bright Career in Dental Niche? appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How the Internet Could Change the Future of Higher Education (Both Negatively and Positively) (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    How the Internet Could Change the Future of Higher Education (Both Negatively and Positively) The post How the Internet Could Change the Future of Higher Education (Both Negatively and Positively) appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Maryland Governor Seeking Charter School Revisions

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

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

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

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    What is dynamic leadership?  How do you know if you have it or not? Why is it important?  School leaders continue to take on a range of daily responsibilities. Dynamic leadership may be the singular approach that allows schools to meet with success.  Our students and teachers cannot afford to be led by those who lack the skills to ensure that every minute of their day is spent meaningfully.  Are you a dynamic leader?  Let’s look at the arguable qualities that make a leader dynamic or not. Dynamic​​​                           Not Fearless              …
  • Advice from A Great PLN!

    2 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    The topic for #mdeschat last night was looking toward the New Year.  While the challenges of teaching and leading are many, it was reassuring to hear the hope and energy expressed by many in last night’s chat.  The last question was “fill-in-the-blank” and the answers are a good example of the power of positive thinking. “2015 will be a great year because… @WalterReap …I will continue to avoid “the box” and create an environment where creativity is valued.” @BarbaraGruener …I am surrounded by passionate educators who uplift, encourage, empathize, understand, care,…
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Writing a Draft

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Easter is just around the corner and you are probably looking forward to the final write-up of your dissertation. Have you got a complete draft yet? How does it transform from this to a final, polished essay? Read on to find out! What To Do With Your Draft First things first, get the thing written! Don’t procrastinate for ages, just get on and start writing. Remember that you can always improve it and that your first draft is only ever going to be a rough sketch of the final essay. If you think that your first draft is all you are going to need- think again! The whole point of…
  • Using Acronyms

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Often in academic writing, you will need to use an acronym. We often see these being used improperly, especially the first time they are used in an essay. So, how can you avoid using these incorrectly? What is an Acronym? An acronym is a word formed from the first letter or letters of an organisation or phrase, instead of its full name, for example ‘UNESCO’. People often think that if an acronym is very well known there is no need to explain it- in fact, many people would forget that an acronym as common as ‘UNESCO’ even stands for something in full. It’s almost…
  • What Should We Write Next?

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    We’d like to know what sort of things you want to see on our blog! Do you need advice on how to write a thesis abstract? Perhaps you need help with your grammar, or with distinguishing between similar words? Let us know by taking this short survey and we will reward you with 20% off any document you submit to us in the future! Thanks for your input! The PME Team   The post What Should We Write Next? appeared first on ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog.
  • Word Choice: Coarse vs. Course

    15 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It can be very difficult to know which is the right word to use in different contexts, especially when there are so many homophones (words that sound the same) in the English language. It can take time to learn all of these, so it’s always a good idea to get your work checked before submitting. Today, we will look at two homophones: ‘coarse’ and ‘course’. Coarse The word ‘coarse’ is an adjective, meaning ‘rough’. If used to describe a person, it means ‘rude’ or ‘vulgar': Sandpaper has two edges, a coarse side and a…
  • How to Use the Word ‘About’

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many students who speak English as a second language have difficulty using the word ‘about’. What does it mean, and how should it be used in context? If you are unsure how to use it, read on to find out! About the Word ‘About’ The word ‘about’ is a preposition which means that it is a word used to link nouns and verbs. There are several different ways of using it, each subtly different. I am going to walk you through its several meanings here. About: ‘Concerning’ ‘About’ can be used to mean ‘on the subject of’, or…
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    The Edvocate

  • Mississippi K-12 Education on its Way Up?

    Matthew Lynch
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Last year Carey Wright was named Superintendent of Education in my home state of Mississippi. With a long list of qualifications, including a consulting gig with the Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard University, Wright brings a lot of expertise and knowledge to a state whose school system consistently ranks as one of the lowest in the nation. Before being named to this newest position, Wright worked in high-level educational positions in Maryland and the District of Columbia — both areas with different educational struggles and demographics than Mississippi. So what will…
  • Should Bi-Lingual Learning be Required?

    Matthew Lynch
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. Foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation and are also part of most arts-based college degree programs. Along with Spanish, languages like French and German are common options for students. But just how “foreign” is Spanish in today’s society? The U.S. Census estimates that there are 50.5 million Hispanic people living in America, and another 3.7 who are residents of Puerto Rico. This number represents a 43 percent increase in the recorded Hispanic…
  • School Closures Need More Consideration

    Matthew Lynch
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    It’s been a rough couple of years for public schools on the chopping block for closings. Parents, students and communities as a whole feel targeted, even if school board members are quick to blame unbiased numbers. So who is right? The self-proclaimed objective board members and politicians who say students will attend better-performing schools and that the money saved will go to other educational initiatives? Or the parents, teachers and students that say there shouldn’t be a price tag on quality education? Each of these districts, and many others around the nation, have individual…
  • President says he will veto newest NCLB bill

    The Edvocate
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    A Republican bill to revamp No Child Left Behind could make its way to the U.S. House of Representatives as early as next week, but President Obama is already vowing to veto it, according to an Associated Press report. The overhaul of the controversial education legislation seeks to give more power to states and remove much of the federal oversight that exists today. This is a red flag for the current administration that has made it overtly clear through policy and public comments that it believes federal oversight is mandatory to encourage states to perform at their highest when it comes to…
  • College Football Obsession: Sending the Wrong Academic Message?

    Matthew Lynch
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:54 am
    This past weekend was the kickoff for the college football season. It seemed that every social media newsfeed was full of people cheering on their alma maters or sending shout outs to their favorite college mascots. The start of football season on the professional level and every tier below it has become an iconic fall tradition of American culture. This glorification of a sport, particularly in the case of college athletes, put priorities in the wrong spot though. Does our collective obsession with college football and other collegiate sports give K-12 kids the wrong idea about the purpose…
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    CTET Preparation

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

    NIIT Litmus
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development Stage  Characterised by  Sensori-motor   (Birth-2 yrs)  Differentiates self from objects Recognises self as agent of action and begins to act intentionally: e.g. pulls a string to set mobile in motion or shakes a rattle to make a noise Achieves object permanence: realises that things continue to exist even when no longer present to the sense (pace Bishop Berkeley)  Pre-operational   (2-7 years)  Learns to use language and to represent objects by images and words Thinking is still…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 10 Fun Good Behavior Games for Preschoolers

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

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

    Lynda Way
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born just ten days apart with Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1732 and Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1809. Today, in the United States, we celebrate both presidents’ birthdays on the third Monday of … Read More The post Creative Craft Ideas to Help Children Honor President’s Day appeared first on .
  • Top 10 Valentine’s Day Special Crafts Your Child Will Love

    Lynda Way
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Having fun with the little ones on Valentine’s Day just got easier. These simple crafts are both fun and easy to make. Here are top 10 Valentine’s Day special crafts that your child will love: Funny Valentine – Cut a … Read More The post Top 10 Valentine’s Day Special Crafts Your Child Will Love appeared first on .
  • How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Fullest Potential in School

    Lynda Way
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you want to help your kids reach their fullest potential, the best way to achieve that goal is to show an interest and be there for them. Attend their programs, conferences and any activities that will prove to them you … Read More The post How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Fullest Potential in School appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding

    Angela Stockman
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Fist to five, tickets out the door, and think/pair/share are some of the more common ways I watch teachers check for understanding. This is important work, and when we choose our strategies purposefully, the results better inform our practice. Here’s what I’m wondering today, as I lead conversations about checking for understanding on the ground, [...] The post Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Make it Quick: A 3-Step Approach for Over-the-Shoulder Feedback

    Angela Stockman
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane Conferences are intended to foster growth. Here, the student and the teacher come together one on one in order to move their work and their learning forward. Definitions of quality are considered, and criteria specific feedback is provided. As a teacher, I’ve always felt that this is where my most important work is accomplished. I [...] The post Make it Quick: A 3-Step Approach for Over-the-Shoulder Feedback appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • The Danger of Prescriptive Grading

    Reed Gillespie
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane   Over the past several decades legislatures have enacted countless laws that have strangled teachers’ creativity, flexibility, and ability to respond to the needs of their students. Far too often, instead of being valued, policy makers devalue us and view teachers as replaceable cogs. Four states, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina, have even gone beyond [...] The post The Danger of Prescriptive Grading appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • The Not-So-Common Common Core

    Mark Barnes
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane The concept seemed surprisingly simple, even remarkable to some educators. The Common Core State Standards would eliminate the evils of individual curricula across state lines, giving every teacher the same set of objectives to teach their students. Even better, the founders of CCSS would create identical tests, so students could be compared across the U.S. [...] The post The Not-So-Common Common Core appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Traditional Teachers Send the Wrong Message to Students

    Mark Barnes
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane This post appeared on another blog years ago, when I first started transitioning my class from traditional to student-centered practice–a class I called a Results Only Learning Environment. Today, we rehash the post, wondering if classrooms are changing, despite the stranglehold standardization and high stakes testing may have on them. So, let’s rewind briefly. Then, please share [...] The post Traditional Teachers Send the Wrong Message to Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Upper Elementary Visits St. Augustine

    Montessori Tides
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    The Upper Elementary students visited St. Augustine in early February to learn more about the area’s history. Following their field trip, the students completed a writing assignment that detailed their favorite parts of the visit. The papers provide a glimpse of their trip back through time. From Cady: My class went on a field trip […]
  • Rhythm & Movement in a Montessori Classroom

    Carrie Lee Ferguson
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Remember the fun we used to have as children playing and singing- Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack All dressed in black, black, black… or Down, down baby, down by the roller coaster… We thought we were just playing. We didn’t know that we were wiring neural pathways in our brain that would make learning easier. […]
  • Room 4 Toddler January News

    Hillary Hoxie
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Dear Parents, I hope you have had a fantastic holiday break! Time flies when you are having fun, but now its time to get back to school. We are welcoming Ms. Meghan to our classroom as the new room 4 assistant. She spent a few days with us before the break getting to know the […]
  • Lower Elementary Visits Tree Hill Nature Center

    Montessori Tides
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    The Lower Elementary students visited Tree Hill Nature Center in Arlington on Monday. Students had an opportunity to learn about several animals, including opossums, alligators and snakes. After a short walk on the trails, the students toured the area housing an alligator, chickens, a barred owl and goats. The touch tank with fish and turtles […]
  • 2014 Annual USO Food Drive

    Montessori Tides
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    What do you get when you ask the Montessori Tides community to donate to the school’s USO food drive? You get elementary students cruising the aisles of Publix and then delivering almost $840 worth of groceries to the USO to help military families this holiday season! Upper Elementary students and third-year Lower Elementary students broke […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • Jimmy Sawgrass Visits IHM

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    What a phenomenal time our students had at a recent presentation by Jimmy Sawgrass! Stories and dances, buffalo rugs and bear hugs! Such a great learning experience! Watch the Presentation Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. Native American Festivals Be sure to check out upcoming Native American Festivals that Jimmy Sawgrass will […]
  • Music All Around This World

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Indian Harbour Montessori 3rd & 4th grade students are currently studying a unit in Music called Music All Around This World. Each week, we travel to a new country in South America and learn about the culture and music of the people who call that country home. The first week we learned about the Cueca, […]
  • IHM invites you to: Jimmy Sawgrass

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    All children ages 3 years – 6th grade will participate in our Jimmy Sawgrass assembly in the gym. Parents & grandparents are invited and encouraged to join us for this educational, exciting presentation and demonstration. Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:30 am There will be face painting, historical story telling, and traditional demonstrations in the […]
  • 2014 Community Service Project

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Our students and families collected pet supplies, food and toys for local pets that will be donated to the Humane Society of South Brevard this holiday season. On Monday, December 1st parents and children loaded up the vans with pet supplies, food and toys. The children also sang our school song before loading up the […]
  • Elements in the Extraordinary Role of the Montessori Teacher

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anne Burke Neubert, in A Way Of Learning (1973), listed the following elements in the extraordinary role of the Montessori teacher: Montessori teachers are the dynamic link between children and the Prepared Environment. They systematic observe their students and interpret their needs. They are constantly experimenting, modifying the environment to meet their perceptions of each […]
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    Country Day For Children Montessori

  • Montessori and Scientific Research

    Country Day For Children
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Montessori classroom offers developmentally appropriate “hands-on” materials and activities which allow for the possibility of the development of the child’s full potential. Evidence of “Best Practices in Contemporary Education” can be seen in the Montessori Prepared Environment. Order: “The order of the universe is reflected in the classroom.” There is a place for everything […]
  • 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

    Cynthia 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 […]
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    Suntree Montessori School

  • The Montessori Materials

    Suntree Montessori
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Montessori Materials are carefully designed didactic apparatus that aid the child’s psychic development toward functional independence. Children who are “functionally independent” are happy, well-adjusted children that can think for themselves, do for themselves, and are disciplined enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Dr. Montessori developed the Montessori Materials over 100 years ago. In 1907, in the first Montessori Children’s House, she began experimenting on the effective use of the materials by allowing the children to freely explore with…
  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

    Suntree Montessori
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    The kindergarten year of the Montessori program is essential for unlocking a child’s full potential. The primary Montessori curriculum is a 3-year cycle. The third year, or kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social…
  • The Montessori Primary Curriculum

    Suntree Montessori
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are 4 major areas of the Montessori curriculum in the Primary classroom: practical life, sensorial, math and language (including the cultural subjects of geography and science). Below is a brief description for each area. Practical Life The exercises of the Practical Life curriculum are designed to foster independence, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self control, characteristics that play a critical role in subsequent intellectual growth. Color-coded items and their location on the shelf help categorize the materials needed for real tasks of everyday living for the child. These tasks…
  • Self Discipline: Ten Tips

    Suntree Montessori
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Being a parent of a young child can be hard work. You want your child to be happy, healthy, and socially adjusted, not only at home but also with others. Helping your child learn what behavior is expected and begin to control her impulses can be easier if you keep in mind her basic needs. She wants to understand the world around her, the routines and rhythms of daily life. She more easily learns to control her body when she has been allowed movement opportunities from birth. As she grows, her need to move can be met by including her in daily activities that have a real purpose in her life and…
  • 101 Things Parents Can Do to Help Children

    Suntree Montessori
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    by Barbara Hacker 1. Read about Montessori education and philosophy and how it applies to your child. 2. Purchase a copy of The Michael Olaf Catalog(s). These wonderful publications are a clear introduction to Montessori for parents as well as a source book of ideal toys, materials, books, etc. for the home. 3. Take the time to stand back and observe your child carefully and note the characteristics he/she is displaying. 4. Analyze your child’s wardrobe and build a wardrobe aimed at freedom of movement, independence, and freedom from distraction. 5. Make sure your child gets sufficient…
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • Educational Horizons Strengthens Literacy Skills

    Cheryl Turner
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida’s students have accomplished over the past decade. We also take the opportunity during the week to encourage our students to keep reading and improving their skills. We know that if Florida’s students are […]
  • Educational Horizons Charter School to Celebrate National School Choice Week

    Cheryl Turner
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    During the week of January 28-30, 2015, Educational Horizons will participate in National School Choice Week 2015 with an Open House each day. The Open House, which will take place from 9:00-11:00 each day at the school. This is a great opportunity for interested parents to visit the school, meet our teachers, as well as […]
  • 2013-14 ESEA School Public Accountability Report

    Educational Horizons
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    The 2013-14 Elementary and Secondary Education Act School Public Accountability Reports (ESEA SPARs) are now available. The SPARs meet the ESEA’s requirement for schools and districts to provide parents with an annual status report at the beginning of each year. Educational Horizons Charter School reports can be found here. Please contact us if you have […]
  • 4th Grade Butterfly Garden

    Educational Horizons
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently our 4th grade students worked hard to build a butterfly garden in our front courtyard. The students chose specific native Florida plants based on factors such as: color, the type of butterflies it attracts, cost, and availability. Students called local nurseries and totaled the cost of their proposed order. Watch the Students Prepare the […]
  • 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 […]
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Daily Current Affairs 13th February to 21st February 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    We have included the current affairs of 13th February 2015,current affairs of 14th February 2015,current affairs of 15th February 2015,current affairs of 16th February 2015,current affairs of 17th February 2015,current affairs of 18th February 2015,current affairs of 19th February 2015,current affairs of 20th February 2015 and current affairs of 21th February 2015. Enjoy the article and comment below if you have... The post Daily Current Affairs 13th February to 21st February 2015 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • What causes thyroid problems?

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    What causes thyroid problems?  Thyroid Problems include overactive thyroid and underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland makes hormones to help regulate body’s metabolism and person’s growth. You will get to know here what cause thyroid problems. An overactive thyroid causes uneven weight loss, makes a person feel anxious, where as hypothyroidism may lead to weight gain, make a person feel tired... The post What causes thyroid problems? appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Function of thyroid gland

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    Function of thyroid gland Thyroid gland is one if the important gland of the endocrine system. Majority of the population are unfamiliar or uninformed of it, and you might also be one of them? But you will not be uninformed here! What is thyroid? Before letting you know about the function of thyroid gland, it’s quite important to know about... The post Function of thyroid gland appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Natural remedies for hypothyroidism

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Natural remedies for hypothyroidism “Hypothyroidism”, what kind of disorder is it? Well don’t worry because in this article you will get to know it including the natural remedies for hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism defines a condition where the thyroid gland is incapable of producing thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) or the thyroid gland is underactive, which indicates the imbalance of thyroid levels.... The post Natural remedies for hypothyroidism appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Foods to avoid with hypothyroidism

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    Foods to avoid with hypothyroidism “Food”, hearing this name only creates a sense of lust on the tongue isn’t it?  It would not be troublesome for those who are free from the symptoms or problems associated with hypothyroidism, but there are certain foods to avoid with hypothyroidism on the favor of those people who are sufferers of this underactive thyroid.... The post Foods to avoid with hypothyroidism appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    I Love Learning

  • Online Cooking Learning Resources

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Cooking is an essential skill that not everyone will grow up learning. Being able to cook even simple foods allows you to save money and have greater control over your diet and what nutrients you take in. You can share cooking as a flat or family to cut down on cost, as well as to share the work throughout the week. Cooking for yourself means you can choose organic ingredients and adjust recipes so that they contain more of the foods you like and less of the ones you don’t. There are a number of online resources for learning to cook, which make it easy to replicate the techniques in…
  • Online Studying Resource – Open Study

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Open Study is a website dedicated to providing a free and comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to learn or is currently learning. It understands that people lead busy lives, and can’t always find time to dedicate to long periods of study – that’s why rather than creating courses and long term study plans, it operates around a study group system in which you can ask questions and meet other people learning the same subject as you. Learning socially is a great way to pool knowledge from lots of different sources, and you can make friends from all around the world…
  • Best Free Online Drawing Resources

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    It’s never too late to learn to draw – whatever your study or working situation, learning to draw can be as simple as a few exercises every day. The important thing is that you enjoy it and genuinely want to improve – as long as you have the desire, drawing is fun and satisfying as you watch your progress. Some people thrive in classes, but many actually do better working at their own pace and just drawing the things that interest them. There are a number of free online drawing resources that are designed to provide you with a challenge and structure, but also give the…
  • Finding Time For Learning As An Adult

    30 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Finding the time to continue your learning as an adult can be difficult. Unless you are setting aside large amounts of time to focus on it or living off savings, it generally needs to be fitted around whatever full time work you do – and this can be on top of taking care of a family, house, and of course yourself. Therefore finding time to learn – an activity that can also be mentally draining in itself – can be difficult. However it’s an important thing to do whether you want to add a new skill or simply just find out more about a certain topic. In order to find time…
  • Online Learning Resources For Teachers

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Even for teachers, it’s necessary to continue learning throughout your life and career. Finding more efficient methods of teaching, designing coursework, keeping students attention, testing and even the fundamentals of teaching theory equips you to get even better results from your pupils. Some teachers decide to go back for more formal education, but even without this there are self-directed things you can do to improve your teaching technique and continue adding value to your skillset. These range from reading relevant materials and blogs to exercises and sample coursework. Many are…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Story Line for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Express your stories with our amazing Story Line ready to use presentation. The presentation you download contains shapes and connectors, just fill the shapes with your pictures and type in your text. You get two presentations one with auto play animations and the other with on click animations. Duplicate slides as many as you like and create your own story with your creative ideas. Down below is an example of the presentation you download: The presentation is version compatible and works in all PowerPoint versions. Download and get started with your story telling. Download Story Line…
  • Valentine’s Day Photo Album for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Celebrate this Valentine’s Day digitally with PowerPoint and with your memorable moments. Recently we’ve made a presentation that expresses your feelings to your beloved, and today we are inputting a whole new idea that allows you to add your memorable moments, and export them as a PowerPoint show or a video, even better print or save it as pictures.  See the below figure — this one of the slides from the actual presentation that you are about to download. Coming to Do’s and Dont’s — you can use this presentations as you like, there are no restrictions on usage. The presentation…
  • Be My Valentine – Valentine’s Day PowerPoint Presentation

    FPPTP Admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    Isn’t it a good idea to use a romantic song(that expresses our feelings) in a presentation and add slides in such a way that they go along with the song and showcase your moments with your beloved? Well! to explain these words in visual we created this presentation using a small music clip “Don’t Let Me Fall by Lenka” and couple of ideas on slide. We are giving this Valentine’s Day Greeting Presentation for free – you can edit the slides(excluding the transition timing) , Insert your own pictures in the picture placeholders, change the slide backgrounds with your own pictures and…
  • How to Design an Animated Networking Template for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    In this video we will walk you through the amazing animated networking slide. The concept is very familiar to you and its quite interesting to work out in PowerPoint using native shapes and animations within PowerPoint. You can download the sample presentation here for free, to use just replace the picture fill with the pictures of your. Download Free Animated Networking Template for PowerPoint The post How to Design an Animated Networking Template for PowerPoint appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Christmas PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    Few more days to Christmas and following our free download tradition, this week we are enlisting a 6 slide layout Christmas Themed PowerPoint Template. Its a basic PowerPoint with Christmas graphics embed in the masters. You can change the color of the slide background and use it as required. Create amazing Christmas PowerPoint presentation using this template. Do note that this template is for widescreen use only, we will be embedding the standard version in upcoming posts. Download Free Christmas PowerPoint Template The post Christmas PowerPoint Template appeared first on Free PowerPoint…
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • Iris Reading Review – The 2015 Guide

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

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

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

    Mark Ways
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Increase your vocabulary for effective language proficiencyThere are more than one million words in the English language. Most people, however, use about 2,000 words to handle their everyday communication. And, even though we won’t be able to learn them all, we do judge people by the words they use.We review four of the top vocabulary software to help improve your communication, writing and reading skills and of course career options. We looked at various products such as cloud software, online tools or CD-sets that cover different learning styles.Most popular vocabulary builder…
  • How to speed read

    Mark Ways
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    No speed limit! 6 effective techniques to learn to read fast. Now.Click to open infographic | Source: mindflash.comReading is a universal activity but speed reading is a skill and certainly one of the most important ones. But don’t worry, anyone can learn how to speed read. It’s a powerful skill that can boost your career, increase your knowledge and improve your learning experience. This post will show you how to comprehend more while getting faster. Enhance your skills by merely understanding the powerful yet simple combination of techniques that accelerated reading has to…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Job Posting Administration Queens

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

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

    John Russo
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Five years as a Principal Five years as a Principal of a Middle School of 1000+ students is often regarded with a gasp and a look of utter condolences by […] The post PD School Partners appeared first on CITE.
  • CAS in Mental Health Counseling

    John Russo
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Who gets a CAS in Mental Health Counseling? Well, a Certificate of Advanced Study in MHC opens a lot of doors. watch this quick video:  So, what question can we […] The post CAS in Mental Health Counseling appeared first on CITE.
  • Weather update

    John Russo
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
      Currently all classes are scheduled to run this weekend. In the event of bad weather, please email This email address has an auto-responder with updates on cancellations or […] The post Weather update appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University | DU Khabar

  • It’s time to realize the importance of ‘She-roes’

    Ayushi Golwara
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    THE EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL STEREOTYPING OF FEMALE   BEGINS WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS, IT’S A GIRL. Throughout many decades women have been trying to be equal to men both in their personal domain and in their work place.  As children, we are taught to adapt to specific gender role which is totally different for the two ... It’s time to realize the importance of ‘She-roes’ is a post from: Delhi University | DU Khabar The post It’s time to realize the importance of ‘She-roes’ appeared first on Delhi University | DU Khabar.
  • Balancing the Bucks!

    Nidhi Saxena
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    So it’s been quite a time since I, an out-and-out outstationer, ACTUALLY started learning practical life lessons in this outlandish Delhi. Well honestly, this place doesn’t seem anymore unfamiliar to me. Although I haven’t roamed around all its length and breadth, in a way of saying, I’m settled now. And yeah, when I talk about ... Balancing the Bucks! is a post from: Delhi University | DU Khabar The post Balancing the Bucks! appeared first on Delhi University | DU Khabar.
  • Feeding India

    DU Khabar
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    We all know what’s happening. We all know it’s wrong. We all know what to do. But, WE JUST DON’T DO IT. Feeding India is a social enterprise founded by the youth to tackle two rampant and interconnected problems in India, that of Food wastage and Hunger. This is done by helping the needy get ... Feeding India is a post from: Delhi University | DU Khabar The post Feeding India appeared first on Delhi University | DU Khabar.
  • The Big City

    Anushka Bajaj
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    22nd July,2014  11 p.m. Dear Diary, This morning was more peaceful than yesterday’s as our time tables were still not ready so no classes were scheduled for the day. I continued to sleep till mom rang with the hope that I was in college. But here I was, and like a boss I answered “No ... The Big City is a post from: Delhi University | DU Khabar The post The Big City appeared first on Delhi University | DU Khabar.
  • Kirdaar 2015: The Stage play fest of IPCW

    Tahira Noor Khan
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde The fifth edition of Kirdaar – the stage play fest of IPCW was held on 13th February ... Kirdaar 2015: The Stage play fest of IPCW is a post from: Delhi University | DU Khabar The post Kirdaar 2015: The Stage play fest of IPCW appeared first on Delhi University | DU Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • Quality Teachers: The Government’s Plan To Improve Graduates Classroom Readiness

    Shaun Killian
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Last week, the Australian Government released its response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers. The Government commissioned the report to inform the strategies it will adopt to improve the quality of future teachers. Both the report and the response have noble intentions to produce quality teachers, and they touch on the right areas.   However, I fear the Government’s plan will not be followed. Here is a quick snapshot of the report, the response and the reasons why I believe it is doomed to fail. I hope I am wrong.  …
  • 7 Things A School Principal Can Do To Boost Student Results

    Shaun Killian
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
      We now know that teachers have more impact on school results than home or school-based factors. However, can principals make a real difference in how well students do at school? The short answer is yes. Yet, not all principals do. The reality is there are certain actions that a school principal can do that have a significant effect on student achievement, while other actions have little, if any, impact at all. After reviewing the research, here are 7 proven things you can do to improve student results.   Focus Focus your leadership: Principals have so many demands on their time…
  • Audit Results Released: A Snapshot Of What Is Wrong With Teacher Training

    Shaun Killian
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Early this year, while most teachers were still enjoying a well earned break, the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards released a damning report about teacher training. In short, the report found that many university courses: Fail to adequately prepare future teachers with the practical skills they need to teach well. Mislead future teachers by promoting unproven theories, while ignoring the research on what works best in schools. Given the huge impact that teachers have on students’ success (or otherwise), the magnitude of insight cannot be overstated.   Finding…
  • 10 Proven Ways To Improve School Attendance

    Shaun Killian
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Common sense tells us that students can’t learn if they are not at school. Research confirms that school attendance affects student achievement, especially absences not due to illness. Sadly, too many students skip classes, especially in secondary school.   Why Some Students Miss Too Much School There are many things that affect school attendance. Students are far more likely to have poor attendance rate if they: Are anxious when at school Have social issues Are performing poorly Lack the drive to do well at school Another key factor that affects school attendance is parents who…
  • NAPLAN 2015: What Every Teacher Should Know

    Shaun Killian
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    NAPLAN is a nation-wide series of tests and tasks that assess students’ basic knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy. The term NAPLAN actually stands for National Assessment Program: Literacy & Numeracy, which is administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Authority (ACARA). The tests and tasks include a: Reading test Writing task Test of basic grammar, punctuation and spelling Numeracy test   NAPLAN 2015 will take a total of 3-4 hours, spread out over 3 days. Every year since 2008, all Australian students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 undertake these tests…
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    ICT in Practice

  • Submit your articles to ICT in Practice Spring 2015 issue by April 15th

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Submit an article to ICT in Practice Spring 2015 issue and be part of our educational technology community.  The deadline for submitting your The post Submit your articles to ICT in Practice Spring 2015 issue by April 15th appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
    This corner is allocated to an inspirational person who has contributed to the educational technology community to tell us about themselves. Please The post PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED US! appeared first on ICT in Practice.
  • Alessandro Bogliolo

    17 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    Alessandro Bogliolo is the coordinator of the School of Information Science and Technology of the University of Urbino, in Italy ( He The post Alessandro Bogliolo appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    by Lisa Whittaker, teacher at the WOW Zone Placing emerald blocks, crafting tables and using a furnace are not ordinarily things that The post MINECRAFT- LEARNING BRICK BY BRICK appeared first on ICT in Practice.

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    by Yasemin Allsop I am aware that the computer science aspects of the new computing curriculum creates extra work for some teachers The post PROBLEM SOLVING USING SCRATCH appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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    Kids Play Box

  • 40 Dramatic Play Ideas

    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dramatic play/ role play whatever you want to call is the pinnacle of play based learning. There is so much learning involved while playing .These posts on Scholastic and on Crayon Freckles  sum up clearly the importance and benefits of role play. Here we have gathered a number of general role play ideas which have many elements to encourage reading, writing, doing simple math. Under each general idea we have collected numerous ways to set up the same dramatic play. Choose the one which appeals to you and surprise your child with a fun role play setup. The reason for including many links…
  • St.Patrick’s Day Art : Fizzing Color Mixing Shamrock Art

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    St.Patrick’s Day Art : Fizzing Color Mixing Shamrock Art This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. Color mixing science and acid-base reactions are used in creating this beautiful St.Patrick’s Day Art.  Shamrock art project couldn’t get easier. Materials {affiliate links below for your reference} Watercolor Paper {or} Card Stock AmeriColor Gel Food Color Baking Soda Vinegar Art and Craft Brush Set Glitter Using a shamrock printable or a die-cut machine cut out a bunch of shamrocks on thick white…
  • Engineering for Kids : Build with Pasta

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Engineering for Kids : Build with Pasta This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Engineering for kids can simply be a kids activity that is as simple as colorful pasta combined with rainbow playdough. Materials { Affiliate links included below} Play-Doh Rainbow Starter Pack Penne Pasta Rotini Pasta Farfelle Pasta Rotelle Pasta AmeriColor food color What can I say, the invitation to play and build was pretty vibrant, hopping and exciting as it is. Well, all rainbow activities for kids are and we have done plenty of them.
  • Fine Motor Activities with Rainbow Pasta and Playdough

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Fine motor activities for kids : Build a rainbow with playdough and pasta This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  A wonderful kids activity with a big dose of fine motor exercise. All while building a happy rainbow with pasta, playdough and pipe cleaners. Rainbow activities for kids are fun and makes everyone happy, right? Not to mention they are the perfect St.Patrick’s Day activity for kids. So when all these happy activities turn into a fabulous fine motor activity and a color matching, wouldn’t you be…
  • Engineering for Kids : Build rainbow marshmallow structures

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    Engineering for Kids : Build rainbow marshmallow structures Remember those colored marshmallows we have? We did something beautiful and fun with them. Head on over to The Imagination Tree to read about our marshmallow structures. Follow us on Pinterest for more engineering for kids Like us on Facebook for fun kids and family friendly ideas
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    The Music Workshop

  • Taking Care of Your Piano: Proper Humidity

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

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

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

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The worst things about playing the piano, can range from a slip-up while moving to being asked for every request under the sun. If you’re a pianist, you’ll know. Playing the piano definitely has it’s benefits but it also has it’s share of hassles. Some of the following you may […]
  • Great Show to Check Out: the Piano Puzzler

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Hey everybody! Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far and enjoying lots of music, piano and good times with the people you care about. For me, it’s been a great season, playing lots of music, performing and filming new lessons. I had the wonderful privilege of […]
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  • Incineration Plants (George John)
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    A waste treatment technology, which includes the combustion of waste for recovering energy, is called as “incineration”. Incineration coupled with high temperature waste treatments are recognized as thermal treatments. During the process of incineration, the waste material that is treated is converted in to IBM, gases, particles and heat. These products are later used for generation of electricity. The gases, flue gases are first treated for eradication of pollutants before going in to atmosphere.
  • Refrigeration Tutor (George John)
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Objective of this mechanical project is to perform test on the refrigeration tutor to determine different COPs and other performance parameters.
  • Piping and Transmission of Power - Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions (George John)
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Frequently asked Transmission of Power, Piping and Piping layout mechanical interview questions and answers for freshers and experienced on type of belts, gears, bearings, cams, coupling etc.
  • Metrology and Precision instruments - Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions (George John)
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Metrology and Precision instruments Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions and answers for freshers and experienced on standard sizes, tolerance, caliper, micrometer, Gauges, template, Fits etc.
  • Steam Boilers and Engines - Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions (George John)
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:17 am
    Mechanical Interview Questions and answers on Steam Boilers and Engines for freshers and experienced on Boiler Classification, Valves, Pistons, Pumps etc.
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • Sexual Assaults and Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

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

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

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

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Last month the Obama Administration unveiled its long-awaited and much-criticized plan to rate colleges and universities.  While the overall intent is admirable, the details are causing much consternation among college and university administrators and trade union representatives.  However, students, consumer groups and critics of higher education have applauded the Obama Administration for proposing the new college-ratings system.  The idea for the plan was first announced by President Obama in his State of the Union address three years ago.  He put colleges and…
  • New Sports-Leadership Center: The Answer to the Problems in College Athletics?

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    What a great idea!  A new center focused on examining the problems in college athletics and hopefully identifying and testing some viable solutions.  I say hopefully, because I am a bit skeptical.  On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, William Powers, Jr., President of the University of Texas at Austin, announced the opening of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation to “help coaches instill strong character in high school players and teach college athletes how to manage their money better” (Chronicle of Higher Education on-line, 12/17/14).   More universities should…
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Create Table of Contents Using JavaScript

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:08 pm
    #TOC {border:solid black 1px; margin:10px; padding:10px;} .TOCEntry{font-family:sans-serief;} .TOCEntry a{text-decoration:none;} .TOCLevel1{font-size:17pt; font-weight:bold;} .TOCLevel2{font-size:16pt; font-weight:bold;} .TOCLevel3{font-size:15pt; font-weight:bold;} .TOCLevel4{font-size:14pt; margin-left:.25in;} .TOCSectNum{display:none;} window.onload=function(){ function
  • How to Select Document Elements Using JavaScript?

    Shuseel Baral
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:14 pm
    You have to select the document elements for manipulation of elements of document to complete any task for the document design or action of the document using JavaScript codes. There are number of ways to select elements to query a document for an element or elements in order to manipulate elements of the document, to obtain or select the element objects that refer to those document elements.
  • How to Show Pop Up Window Using JavaScript

    Shuseel Baral
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
    You can show pop up window By using JavaScript method which loads specified URL into a new or existing window and returns the window object that represents that window. The method takes four optional arguments which are URL of the window, Window name, attributes of window, the boolean value to replace or not the current window. Syntax:"
  • How to go Back Browsing History Using JavaScript

    Shuseel Baral
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    The history property of the window object refers to the history object for the window. Using history in JavaScript you can go back to the previous browsing history.  The history object models the browsing history of a window as a list of document and document states and the length property of the history object specifies the number of elements in the browsing history list. The history object
  • How to Click Button Using JavaScript?

    Shuseel Baral
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:43 am
    Buttons on a web-page allows users to submit data or to do any action on it and generally the actions are performed by clicking on it. Different types of buttons are used on web-page and they may be inside a form or outside a form for certain action to be performed. Buttons used within a form may be Submit Button, Reset Button, Browse Button etc. You can set the actions performed by submit
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    Mathematics Realm


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

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

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

    Math Realm
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThe picture above is also taken at The Technohub in Quezon City, Philippines. It portrays the use of spheres as part of the facade of the park. They add more mathematical aesthetic together with the curvature formed by the establishments around it.The spheres used vary in sizes. Can you approximate the diameter of each? How about their volumes?Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the comment box below.Thank you and God bless!

    Math Realm
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThis is a photo taken at The Technohub located near the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.We met our friends here just for a hangout, sharing stories and laughters, just like the old times.The photo shows a balance between the use of curved lines and straight lines. The harmony of lines and their symmetry created a beautiful facade. A facade that shows how beautiful mathematics is.Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. You may write them in the comment box below.Please don't forget to like and share, Thank you and God bless!
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • CourseHorse Insights: How Students Make Purchasing Decisions

    Peter Cooper
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    At Coursehorse, we’re constantly exploring why and how students go about their journey to learn something new. So we figured, what better way than to ask them? Below, you’ll find an infographic based on the results of a comprehensive survey we conducted in order to explore how students making purchasing decisions about classes. Enjoy, and please let us […]
  • CourseHorse Partners with Chicago Magazine To Create New Classes Vertical

    Evan Fain
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Today, we’re thrilled to announce “Chicago Magazine Classes”, a new partnership with Chicago magazine! One of our favorite publications, Chicago magazine is a true authoritative voice for the best in arts, dining, urban life…and now classes in Chicago. And we can’t wait to help their readers reach their career and personal goals through education. Since launching in […]
  • See What These Tastemakers Are Learning in 2015

    The CourseHorse Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are unlimited learning possibilities for 2015. With January coming to a close, we're kicking the rest of our learning goals into gear. To start, we checked in with some of the best bloggers across the country to see what they're learning this year and what subjects they're following on CourseHorse.
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Rebecca Gallop, A Daily Something

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Northern Virginia-based prop stylist and creative director, Rebecca Gallop started A Daily Something in 2011 as a place to share something inspiring every day. Browse and you’ll find everything from DIY projects and beautiful photography, to posts on gatherings with loved ones  and posts on thrifting adventures. We love the time Rebecca takes to find […]
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Natalie Broulette, The SoHo

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Southern native Natalie Broulette started The SoHo in 2008 when she was unhappy with her job and needed a creative outlet. It remains her outlet today where she shares words and photographs, tries out recipes, seeks out unique things, and connects with people. We especially love her i heart new york posts from her 8 […]
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    Republic 3.0

  • Climate of incivility

    Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Climate McCarthyism is wrong, whether Democratic or Republican. The post Climate of incivility appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Reason triumphs over Common Core opponents

    Anne Kim
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Common Core opponents are losing the fight - a hopeful sign that sound policy can trump ideology. The post Reason triumphs over Common Core opponents appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Let’s take a bipartisan path to economic growth – with trade

    Rep. Dave Reichert
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Trade Promotion Authority will clear the way for job-creating trade agreements. The post Let’s take a bipartisan path to economic growth – with trade appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • To grow manufacturing in America, look beyond our borders

    Linda Menghetti Dempsey
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Ex-Im Bank and Trade Promotion Authority are essential for U.S. global competitiveness. Congress and the administration need to recognize it, and act. The post To grow manufacturing in America, look beyond our borders appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • How U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on trade agreements

    John Murphy
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    U.S. factory workers see brighter prospects, higher pay thanks to trade. The post How U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on trade agreements appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • Spot Admission to Study in Ireland. Register Now

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:21 am
    Want to Study in Ireland?If you're the one want to Study in Ireland based Universities / Colleges? Then, utilize this wonderful opportunity!Spot admission at Chennai on 12th February 2015.Register today!For further information, please call us at +91-9790950111
  • Get Ready for JCU Singapore Scholarship Test 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Very glad to share that JCU Education Fair 2015 that held in Madurai was a great success. Lots and lots of students participated in the fair and made it a remarkable and memorable one. We couldn't see such a huge crowd so far.Thanks a lot to all dears who participated in the fair :)The next round is the JCU Scholarship Test 2015 that would be held at Chennai on Saturday, 7th February 2015. So, be well prepare for the JCU Scholarship Test and avail on-the-spot offer.Hurry up guys! BTW, do share and spread this news to all your nears and dears as much as possible and this is the last chance to…
  • Time to say Many Thanks to Candidates Who Joined in JCU Education Fair 2015

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Broadmind would like to say heartfelt gratitude to the students who participate in JCU Education Fair 2015. Thank you so much for your interest shown in this wonderful event. BTW, please revert back the following details to asap so that we can make the necessary arrangements towards your participation,Details:Name                    :Surname               : Phone Number     : Email Id               :  City    …
  • JCU Scholarship Test 2015 Postponed to 7th February 2015

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Hello Candidates,This is to kindly inform you all that JCU Singapore Scholarship Test 2015 has been scheduled on 7th February 2015.Pre-requisites:Application should be made before attending scholarship testCandidates are required to bring their hall ticket to the venue60% above in 12th Std / Bachelor Degree should be an entry criteria for enrolling in this testPhoto identification card will be neededFor further assistance, please call JCU Singapore representative, Broadmind Consultant at +91-9790950111 or send your queries to contact@broadmindgroup.comApplication should be made before…
  • Happy Pongal 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    Broadmind wishes all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Pongal 2015 :)Happy Pongal 2015May this Pongal 2015 bring you ample happiness, wealth and health to your entire family!
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    Learn U

  • An Online Mathematics Degree Is A Breeze For 10 Year Old UK Girl

    Nina Bourne
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Esther Okade isn’t just any 10 year old little girl from the United Kingdom. She also happens to be a 10 year old little girl who is also a whiz with numbers and is currently earning an online mathematics degree with Open University. Little Esther doesn’t plan to stop there either as she aims high for a PhD and aspires to run her very own bank some day. She’s off to a good start, too as she’s already acing her tests with perfect scores. The apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree in this bright family. Esther’s mother, Omonefe, just so happens to be a…
  • Photographers! Kim Kardashian May Pay You 100K For Your Photoshop Skills

    Nina Bourne
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Photographers out there may want to brush up on their photo retouching skills and apply for a job in the Kardashian camp. Why? Well, new reports from OK! Magazine have stated that Kim drops $100,000 on professional photoshopping for her selfies of all things. That’s a pretty penny considering the insane amount of selfies Kim takes and the fact that they are just being posted to social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. An unnamed “source” told OK! Magazine, “Kim used to ask a friend to fix up photos, but it would take hours. She finally decided to hire a pro who can be on…
  • Students Loans May Make It Harder For Young Adults To Buy Homes

    Nina Bourne
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Students loans are now posing an even bigger issue to young adults when the time comes to purchase a house even if it’s been many years since they were in school. A recent study from the New York Federal Reserve shows that the amount of student loan in default saw an increase from 11.1% to 11.3% from October to December of 2014. The rate of loans in default has fluctuated within the last couple of years, but that does not negate the fact that it is still nearly two times as high as it was a decade ago. The immense struggle many young graduates experience paying off their loans is…
  • Writers Can Learn A Lot From Writing Tips Offered By Stephen King

    Nina Bourne
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Horror writer extraordinaire, Stephen King, has been around the proverbial block more than enough times to know what it takes, what works and what doesn’t when it comes to being a writer. He was kind enough to share some of his experience and insight into the profession in his 2010 memoir, On Writing. There are a ton of invaluable tips and tid bits of advice for writers and it was nearly impossible to pick just a select few to cover today. After much consideration we were able to narrow down what we found to be incredibly useful information for our writer readers. In his book, King said…
  • Apple Jobs Could Get A Boost If Robots Are Next On the Product List

    Nina Bourne
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Apple’s ever expanding product base has many industry insiders excited and wondering what’s next. The company even has some thinking that their next move could be towards robotics. Delving into a new tech market could also mean a boost in the available Apple jobs and of course bring in even more revenue. Now back to the robots. Yes, that’s right…robots! Apple has pretty much cornered the technology market with their smartphones, mp3 players and computers. There’s likely to be another home run on the horizon as the launch of the new Apple Watch approaches. There…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Awesome DIY Desk Organizer Ideas

    Shanon Gilborg
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rack up Skills You have probably wondered many times how to struggle with the mess in your room and how to arrange your furniture and items in the most appropriate way. If you want to ensure your successful studying as well as your effective working process, you should definitely pay attention to one particular corner of your room – the desk. Most desks […] The post Awesome DIY Desk Organizer Ideas appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Houzz

    Rack up Skills
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Rack up Skills We are a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. The post Houzz appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Johnson & Wales University

    Rack up Skills
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Rack up Skills The Johnson & Wales University School of Online & Continuing Education offers the same high-quality, professionally focused degree programs that have defined our 100-year history. As a student, you’ll benefit from competitively priced tuition, small class sizes, personal advising, financial assistance options, flexible credit transfer policies and the opportunity to learn from highly credentialed faculty who bring years of expertise, […] The post Johnson & Wales University appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • New England Culinary Institute

    Rack up Skills
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Rack up Skills Small classes, hands-on learning and personal attention — for over 30 years this unique apprenticeship model has been the New England Culinary Institute’s recipe for success. With over fifty faculty members serving a student body of less than 300 students in residence, NECI students receive a level of personal attention and instruction that inspires them throughout their careers. Since 1980 […] The post New England Culinary Institute appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Le Cordon Bleu

    Rack up Skills
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Rack up Skills Over the last century Le Cordon Bleu has seen revolutionizing change as we have evolved from a Parisian cooking school to an international network of culinary arts and hospitality institutes. Our philosophy of achieving excellence through constant practice and refinement remains the same, even as we grow to meet the needs of the contemporary culinary and hospitality industries. In less […] The post Le Cordon Bleu appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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  • Reading is vital to increasing your employee productivity and satisfaction

    Bryan Green
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    At any given time within a workplace environment there are numerous projects and tasks that need to be completed by employees. Managing multiple tasks can be daunting and completing them in a timely manner is vital to maintaining client relations. How can employees effectively increase productivity and establish a solid routine for completing projects? The key lies in increasing your reading abilities. Reading increases your ability to move through projects faster The never-ending barrage of assigned projects you deal with in your workplace is an accepted part of 21st century employment. Your…
  • 3 Reasons Why Speed Reading Will Make You a Better Employee

    Bryan Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If it’s one thing that employees at small businesses or big companies hope to achieve at work, it’s productivity. Improving your productivity in the workplace has been associated with increased job fulfillment, as well as the likelihood of being promoted. One skill that is well within each person’s capability of accomplishing is speed reading. People who spend even just a little time each day striving to improve this skill can usually double their average reading speed within a matter of weeks. Learning to speed read will quickly become linked to your work productivity, and here are…
  • 7 Reasons to Read Daily

    Bryan Green
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    A little over a year ago, The Huffington Post conducted a poll to gauge the amount of reading that Americans engage in on an annual basis. What they found might surprise you. They discovered from a sample of over 1,000 respondents that 28% of individuals did not read a single book during the year. There are myriad benefits that come from reading. Here are several reasons to read daily. Increase Your Vocabulary This is kind of obvious, but the more you read, the more exposure you receive to new words. These words have a way of finding their way into your everyday parlance. Expanding one’s…
  • 4 Effective Homework Tips for College Students

    Bryan Green
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For most, college is anything but easy. Sure, there are loads of social events and opportunities to meet new people and hang with friends; however, the academics require a lot from students! One thing is certain, college students are often bogged down with more homework than they know how to handle. Here are 4 effective homework tips that can help any college student get a hold of the curricular workload. 1. Schedule a regular study time Often times college students neglect to make regular time to study for their classes. Instead, they try to finish large assignments or study for big tests in…
  • 3 Books to Read (Quickly) Before They Become Movies in 2015

    Bryan Green
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    We’ve all heard the popular mantra that “the book is always better than the movie.” Well, if you have any intention of seeing some of the most anticipated films based on books in 2015, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on these books and read them quickly before you see their film adaptations. American Sniper by Chris Kyle This non-fiction, autobiography of Chris Kyle—the most deadly sniper in American military history—promises to keep readers turning the pages. There’s a reason why acclaimed actor and director Clint Eastwood picked this story up to film. It’s…
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  • How to Teach Business with Top Hat

    Matthew Baggetta
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    Business is one of the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide. Business graduates are in high demand across the globe, and business touches nearly every aspect of modern human society. Not to mention, careers that require a business degree are diverse and often highly paid. Teaching business can be as rewarding as it is difficult. Class sizes (not to mention students’ expectations) are increasing, and the tools and strategies to get the job done are dizzyingly limitless. But grooming tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and captains of industry is reason enough for many business…
  • Top Tools for Teaching Business

    Matthew Baggetta
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Business studies are often more complex and extensive as new successful startups are emerging every day, traditional business theories are being challenged, business success stories are being created by following innovative and non-conventional mechanisms and the whole business landscape is undergoing a constant transformation. Here are a few interesting online business teaching resources that will help you present the latest case studies, discuss evolving business scenarios, prepare interesting assignments and share exciting visualizations with your students. MIT OpenCourseWare – Sloan…
  • Business Professors – What Do You Think is the Most Important Element of a Business?

    Alyssa Atkins
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    [Shareable – photo only] The post Business Professors – What Do You Think is the Most Important Element of a Business? appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • Using Top Hat to Teach Engineering…and just about any other type of class

    Alyssa Atkins
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Put simply, Professor John Schlup’s class is unique. He teaches a large number of students, about 180, who are either required to take his class or are taking it as a preferred elective. The structure of this class is probably unlike anything you’ve seen or heard. He starts the semester with 180 students and for about five weeks they cover common and overarching material. This is where it gets interesting. After the 5 weeks, they start a second course which also goes for 5 weeks, and is all mechanical and industrial engineers. The third session is then largely electrical and nuclear…
  • What do you say Engineering professors – is this true?

    Alyssa Atkins
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    [Shareable – photo only] The post What do you say Engineering professors – is this true? appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
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  • This snoring dormouse is the cutest thing you’ll see all day [video]

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Did you know a dormouse can snore? Of course it can, anything with nostrils can. Ok, that might not be true, but it sounds right. But of all the snoring creatures, the dormouse is the cutest. The post This snoring dormouse is the cutest thing you’ll see all day [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 5 dating profile hacks that work (and why it’s not worth it) [video]

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like anything in life, online dating can be hacked. Here are five ways you can hack an online dating profile picture, and here are also some reasons why you don't want to do that. The post 5 dating profile hacks that work (and why it’s not worth it) [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Leonard Nimoy explains origin of the Vulcan greeting [video]

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Even if you don't count yourself a diehard Trekkie, you're familiar with the Vulcan greeting popularized by the late Leonard Nimoy. Yet, what you probably don't know is that the inspiration for the pop culture symbol is religious in origin and came from Nimoy peeking when he wasn't supposed to. The post Leonard Nimoy explains origin of the Vulcan greeting [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • If men acted like dogs [video]

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A significant portion of our readership will likely say men already do act like dogs. But this video takes things one step further. Here's what it looks like when men actually do act like canines. The post If men acted like dogs [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Professional baker taste tests crummy (ha!) doughnuts [video]

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Take a minute to get over that amazing pun in the title. Ok, but seriously folks. here's a professional baker putting lame, mass-produced doughnuts to the test. The post Professional baker taste tests crummy (ha!) doughnuts [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • How to Make a Language Exchange Work For You!

    Lindsay Dow
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:34 am
    Editor’s note: Lindsay – the author – is a language tutor, blogger, and video maker. She has learned 7 languages and knows a lot about language learning. Many people on Speaky are new with language exchange and that’s the reason why we invited Lindsay to share her insights on how to choose the perfect language exchange partner and make a language exchange work for you… Enjoy! Speak more! This is what I’m constantly telling myself as a language learner. And I’m sure you’ve had similar conversations with your brain too, right? So why is it so…
  • The Secrets of Motivation While Learning a Language

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    “I want to learn Spanish” “Today I will start” “No matter what happens, I won’t quit till I´m fluent” “Today I worked a lot, I probably better rest…” “Hmmm there is this good movie tonight, I will learn vocabularies tomorrow” “Actually, I am not in the mood for extra learning today” “I will still survive without it…”   You probably have experienced a situation like this before. At the beginning we are all motivated and sure about the new language we want to learn. But to be honest, the most difficult is to stay motivated and make room for a new…
  • 7 Language Learning Bloggers You Should Start Following Right Away

    Ludovic Chevalier
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:34 am
    If you are learning a language at the moment and seeking to better your learning skills, there are no people in better position to give you real advices than those who went through the entire process several times. Therefore this article is all about great language learners, polyglots, linguists or all three at the same time that create awesome content and valuable insights to help us during our learning process. #1 Benny Lewis from “Fluent in 3 months” Also called the Irish Polyglot, Benny is the most prolific language learning blogger on the World Wide Web at the date of today. Every…
  • 7 Astonishing Facts about Languages (infographic)

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    Languages are part of our everyday life. Millions of people are studying different languages and trying to improve their skills. We all agree that it is important and a good effort to learn a new language. But besides that – there are also some really interesting facts about languages in general. Did you know that Ziad Fazah claims to speak 59 languages and tried to prove it several times on TV shows? Or do you know which country has the most official languages in the world? Take a break from your studies and check out our “7 Astonishing Facts about Languages” infographic – you…
  • What Language Should You Learn?

    Yohana Petrovic
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    Language is a necessity of life. It is the glue that holds us together – that connects people of different backgrounds and interests. Without language, we can have no communication with other people beyond charades. But, learning a new language is also a long and time consuming journey! So, you might ask yourself “what language should I learn?“. Before giving you some hints, let’s imagine a scenario: Imagine that you are going in for an interview with your dream corporation for your dream job. This job will even give you the opportunity to travel overseas. You walk into…
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  • Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance

    VoicED Admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance: New research published by Salford University has suggested that the layout, construction and design of classrooms has a significant impact on achievements in reading, writing and maths. Well-designed classrooms boost pupil performance The researchers stated that among the most important elements within the design of a classroom were natural light, air quality, temperature and having individualised classroom designs. According to the study, whole-school factors, such as the size of the school itself, or the facilities provided, had less impact…
  • LGBT Students Leaving Higher Education Due To Bullying

    VoicED Admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:05 am
    LGBT Students Leaving Higher Education Due To Bullying: Research by Sheffield Hallam University, which looked into the overt problems LGBT students across the United Kingdom have to deal with, has found that a proportion of LGBT students within higher education are dropping out of their courses as a result of bullying. LGBT Students Leaving Higher Education Due To Bullying The issue was raised in a presentation by the Society for Research into Higher Education, which focused on Sheffield Hallam’s research, and was supported by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer…
  • Muslim Pupils in England and Wales Double Since 2001

    VoicED Admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Muslim Pupils in England and Wales Double Since 2001: According to data from the 2011 Census, one in 12 school children in England and Wales were Muslim, whilst the total number of Muslims in the UK increased from 1.55m in 2001 to 2.7m in 2011. The report also suggested that the number of British Muslims had increased rapidly between 2001 and 2011 – with around a third being aged 15 or younger at the time of the census. Many of this younger generation live in London and other large cities in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West. Muslim Pupils in England and Wales Double Since…
  • Poll Shows Children Admit to Taking Online Risks

    VoicED Admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:17 am
    Poll Shows Children Admit to Taking Online Risks:  A new poll of 2000 11-16 year olds carried out for BBC Learning has found that almost three in five (57%) have done something ‘risky’ or anti-social whilst online. In addition, almost two in three (62%) said that they felt under pressure from peers to act in this way on the internet. The research was released to coincide with Internet Safety Day, which takes place on February 10th and utilised a combined CATI and online methodology. In terms of accessing the internet, all those surveyed were active internet users. 94% accessed the…
  • Quarter of LGBT Teachers Hide Sexuality

    VoicED Admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:40 am
    Quarter of LGBT Teachers Hide Sexuality: New statistics released as part of NASUWT research at the LGBT Teachers’ Consultation Conference has found that only a third of teachers agreed that they can be open about their sexuality in school and be safe, with one in four feeling that they have to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity within their professional life. In addition, of those attending the Conference, more than half had experienced homophobia, bi-phobia, or trans-phobia as part of their career in education. Quarter of LGBT Teachers Hide Sexuality Despite UK-Wide Repeal of…
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    Next Scientist

  • How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

    Julio Peironcely
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your plate, like those that “never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday“? That was me 3 weeks ago. Walking Towards PhD Burnout Having a PhD burnout is rather common. In fact, several factors make stress, burnouts and mental illnesses a sad reality in Academia. Projects were not…
  • Your PhD Matters

    Julio Peironcely
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… Your PhD Matters People often wonder why I still write in Next Scientist. This is a blog for PhD students and young scientists and I have been away from Academia for 2 years. Why should I write for academics if I am long gone from Academia? Two reasons: I like to write and I want to help PhD…
  • 5 Hacks To Submit A Scientific Paper In 4 Weeks

    Olga Degtyareva
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Have you been intending to write up and submit a scientific paper of yours for weeks or even months? You’ve been wanting to draft the first version or work on the existing draft, but somehow it just does not get done. Your day seems to be very busy and there is no time to sit down to write. After all, there are group meetings to attend, lab work to do, other projects to take care of…When at your desk and looking at the paper, you find it difficult to focus: a chat with a fellow student, a noisy office atmosphere and your favourite internet sites, all of these add to distractions and…
  • 12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

    Dora Farkas
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and time when they were all available. After my 45 minutes presentation at this meeting a heated debate ensued among my committee members regarding the interpretation of my data. After a long discussion, my committee agreed to give me the green light to defend my thesis. Unfortunately, the…
  • How to write a PhD thesis your committee will NOT approve

    Dora Farkas
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Sometimes it takes 7 years to get back to square one… Jesse was a bright and ambitious student in a Biochemistry PhD program. She was always ready to learn new techniques, and she diversified her skill set by working in the animal facility, cell culture room, and also in a mass spectrometry lab. Her supervisor picked up on Jesse’s talents, and he frequently assigned younger students to shadow her, and he also volunteered her to work with collaborators on joint projects. As the years went on, Jesse was spread thin between her own PhD thesis project, mentoring, and collaborations.
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    Sugoi Teaching

  • Readworks is an amazing resource for Reading Instruction

    Michael Yardley
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    Readworks.orgOne of the big challenges we face in reading instruction is finding great materials to read that are aligned with our students ability level, aligned with the core, and that do not have copyright issues.  Readworks has a great collection so far and continues to grow rapidly.  What exactly is read works?  “The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation’s reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.ReadWorks provides research-based units,…
  • The 1 Sentence Makeover

    Michael Yardley
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I did an amazingly successful lesson today that I like to call the one sentence makeover.  I first demonstrate by writing a basic sentence on the board for example, "It is snowing."  Then we discuss the importance of using vivid descriptive words in their writing, and I rewrite the sentence.  The frigid North Wind drives the tiny shapeless snowflakes into waist deep mountains and bare valleys of drifted snow.  I then wrote another basic sentence, "I went up the mountain." and gave the students 5 minutes to work on making the sentences amazing.  They were instructed to…
  • What is #favral?

    Michael Yardley
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I'm trying an experiment mostly because I'm always interested in finding great books to read to my students, but partially because I like science.  I am in the process of trying to start a new Twitter tag called #favral.  #favral stands for Favorite Read-a-Loud.  I would like for teachers to share when they come across a great new book that is ideal for reading to students or children.  It could be anything from a shorter picture book to a novel.  It should involve a great story that lends itself to class discussion.  Is it possible for me with fairly few…
  • Why I decided to be a teacher? #youredustory

    Michael Yardley
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    When I graduated from High School I was very interested in theater arts.  While I wasn’t much of an actor, I loved the technical site like lighting and stage design.  In my freshman year of college I signed up as a theater major, and by the end of my freshman year it was clear that would not be my major when I graduated.  I still loved the work, but the schedule and lifestyle it would entail was just not for me.After my freshman year I took a two year break from school to serve a mission for my church in Japan. As part of that service we taught free english conservation…
  • Inspire your Students with Challenges

    Michael Yardley
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Many of her students are very well aware of the disabilities and challenges that they face. Unfortunately, these challenges can get in the way of the child finding their strength. I believe that sharing examples of people that had significant challenges, yet with time to do amazing things, is a great way to get students with challenges thinking about their strengths and how they can build on them.Harrison Craig is a great example of overcoming challenges. From the time he learned to speak he had a significant stutter. Up until today this disability still impacts his life. As a child he was…
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  • The Basic Education Information System User’s Guide

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    The Basic Education Information System (BEIS) is the primary MIS of the Department of Education. The BEIS processes data required for budget preparation, resource allocation and performance monitoring. The BEIS is currently composed of the following modules which cater to the different needs of the Department: School Statistics Module – Used to enter data from the Monthly Report on Enrolment ... Read More The post The Basic Education Information System User’s Guide appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Deped Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits to Teachers

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    1. In line with the policy of this Office to periodically review existing rules and regulations with a view to improve the delivery of education services, the various issuance’s on the grant of vacation service credits to teachers on teachers’ leave basis are hereby updated and consolidated as follows: a. Statement of Policy The basic policy in the grant of ... Read More The post Deped Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits to Teachers appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • DepED Learner Information System User’s Guide

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Table of Acronyms 1. Getting Started 1.1. Logging in and out of the LIS To access the LIS, type at the address or location bar of a web browser, then press Enter. This will connect you to the LIS login page as shown in (Figure 1.1-1: Login Page). Enter your username and password, then click the “Sign In” button. A successful ... Read More The post DepED Learner Information System User’s Guide appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • DepED 2015 Graduation Rites

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    February 26, 2015 Deped Order No. 3, series of 2015 To: Bureau Directors Directors of Services, Centers and Heads of Units Regional Directors Schools Division Superintendents Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools All Others Concerned 1. The 2015 Graduation Rites shall focus on the theme Saktong Buhay: Sa De-kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday. This theme highlights the importance of ... Read More The post DepED 2015 Graduation Rites appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • PNoy’s Speech at EDSA Shrine (English Translation)

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:59 am
    There is an image from the EDSA People Power Revolution that has been branded into our national consciousness: Nuns on their knees, who despite being worried at the sight of guns, continued to display faith and compassion. Through the rosaries and flowers we handed to armed soldiers, through the human chains we formed to stop the advance of tanks, we ... Read More The post PNoy’s Speech at EDSA Shrine (English Translation) appeared first on TeacherPH.
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  • #EdAppHack Sharing our work for our youth hackathon!

    Mr. Zoras
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Well its been a busy few months after #EdAppHack and school has been going well.  Since #EdAppHack in October a bunch of amazing organizations have released information about the day.  Our Hackathon playbook has hit Mozilla that we created with MaRS and just last week we were published in the Ontario College of Teacher’s magazine Professionally Speaking.  I just wanted to share some of those things with the world! Complete list in doc click here:  Ontario College of Teacher’s: Professionally Speaking Orion: Watch Students Innovate at EdAppHack MaRS: Youth Hackathon Playbook…
  • TDSB STEM Showcase: Using VROC and Video Calls for #STEM Learning

    Mr. Zoras
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Friday was a great day of STEM learning! It goes to show how many awesome, dedicated and willing to share teachers there are in the TDSB. With the hard work of the STEM central team the day was a success! To get a better understanding of STEM we need to define it and how it will work for our board. We can not just use the definition used in the United States but one that works for us. The team centrally has come up with a definition which I really like: “STEM is a trans-disciplinary approach to inquiry and problem-based learning that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation in…
  • TDSB Google Camp 2.0 – my session on STEM and Google Apps for Education

    Mr. Zoras
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Teaching and Learning with Technology team put together another AMAZING Google Camp!!! Keynote by Julie Millan was awesome! It was great hearing from “one of us”. It is nice on occasion to have the celebrity keynote but what is really inspiring is someone in our board who is doing amazing work and someone we can connect with.  Julie’s message was really about how technology has been changing, what learning looks like is changing and that teachers need to embrace that.  She encouraged teachers to #TryOneThing! I found there was way more…
  • Literacy with Actively Learn! Not just for English class! #EdTech

    Mr. Zoras
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Check out Actively Learn: Click here  Reading is not just for English class!  Actively Learn has a place in all subject areas.  Being a science teacher I strive to have scientifically literate students by teaching the concepts of science but more importantly what is happening in the world around them. By using Actively Learn, I can assign readings to my students from the curated content to articles I find online and see how my students are understanding.  The content already in the database is high quality with categories and notes already loaded by Actively Learn and other teachers.  A…
  • EdAppHack: Educational Hackathon at MaRS Discovery District #EdAppHack

    Mr. Zoras
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    Its been two weeks since EdAppHack and been meaning to write a blog about the day but its been very busy at school. So a 5 am wake up and were we go! Check out The event couldn’t have gone off any better (ok maybe there could have been a few improvements)! It was all the dedicated people that made this completely free youth driven, educational hackathon a success! So thank you to all the planning members, sponsors, teachers, mentors, Humber students and most importantly the high school students for making this event awesome. There were way too many photos to choose…
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • How to Use the OneNote for iPad Drawing Tools

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Recently, Microsoft updated OneNote for iPad to include the one thing that iPad users were missing most from their Windows versions of OneNote – Draw tools. Given the touch capabilities of the iPad, this is a very useful addition. For the classroom this means students and teachers have the option to use handwriting in OneNote, […]
  • Creating Interactive Presentations on Keynote for iPad

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I was contacted recently by someone who wanted to create an interactive presentation on the iPad. Well, there are lots of ways to do that, but I wasn’t sure exactly what they meant or what they wanted to achieve over and above a standard presentation. Polls? Quizzes? Videos? Live broadcasts? As it turned out, it […]
  • Flipboard Launches a Brand New Version for the Web

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Flipboard has long been a staple on mobile devices, but last week it expanded its reach even further to add a web version. So, if you don’t have access to your favorite mobile device, or you want a break from a small screen, you can quickly and easily access all your favorite articles online via […]
  • 10 Alternatives to InfuseLearning for Assessments

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Yesterday, it was announced that InfuseLearning, the popular, free online formative assessment tool, will be closing its doors for good on April 3, 2015. Those that have used it know that it was a great tool for teachers who were looking to gather data on their students to help inform future instruction. However, of late, […]
  • Google Makes TeleStory & Toontastic Free for Everyone

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:37 pm
    In surprising news today, Launchpad Toys announced that they had been acquired by Google. Ordinarily, this may not be of much interest to educators, but as of today, Toontastic and TeleStory are completely free for iOS devices and that includes all the in-app purchases that were previously a paid upgrade! Both apps are great storytelling […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • 054: Conversation with Herb Titus, Constitutional and Common Law Scholar

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    We all have grown up the notion that public school was just a given. We have come to expected them to be available  just like our fresh running water from our sinks; services provided by an altruistic  government for the benefit of the people. But was it constitutionally permissible in the first place?  Is it now constitutional? Was it the parents, the state or the federal government responsibility?  What about Common Core? What did President Thomas Jefferson say about forcing parents to support ideas and opinions that were…
  • 053: Conversation With Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Why does the average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh-grade level, according to an educational assessment report? How have we gone from Noah Webster's public school system to a socialist/progressives taken over the public school system? What happened to the proper teaching of phonics? How does Common Core fit into the current scheme of things? This and more with my conversation with Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld in episode 53. Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld was born and educated in New York City. Dr. Blumenfeld graduated from The City College of New York in 1950 and worked for ten…
  • 052: Conversation with Dr. Ken Calvert-Hillsdale Academy

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week I discuss the several topics including the current educational climate, Common Core, liberal arts, Hillsdale Academy, and the educational reforms Hillsdale is proposing and offering to anyone for free. If you are looking for a classical liberal arts educational plan our founding fathers would have recognized, then look no further. Dr. Calvert arrived at Hillsdale College in 1996 from Miami University of Ohio where he had completed his Ph.d. in Ancient History.  Dr. Calvert earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College as well as Masters Degrees from…
  • 051: Psychological Consequences of Common Core

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    How does Common Core and its associated assessments affect students? It's a major psychological issue for many. Join this weeks' guest, Mary Calamia, a licensed psychotherapist who has witnessed first hand the mental burdens placed upon New York students and the results thereof. Mary Calamia is a psychotherapist practicing on Long Island. After testifying to the New York State Assembly Forum on Education about the mental health consequences of the Common Core, Mary took on a leadership role in the grassroots fight against the controversial CCSS initiative. Mary speaks at…
  • 050: Common Core Need Not Apply At Shimer College

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you looking for a college that doesn't use the Common Core aligned SAT or ACT as part of their entrance requirements? Well then you will want to listen to this week's conversation with James Bowers, Admission Director of Shimer College for they do not care what Common Core architect David Colman thinks. James Bowers grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. He earned his BA from Duke University, worked in professional school admission for Duke, and then earned a law degree from Duke as well. After spending almost a decade in New York City practicing law, he…
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  • Get Free Ebook – Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    New Horizons Dubai
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing – by series editor, Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, and Uma Mahesh Mudigonda. Introduction As businesses move more toward cloud computing, one important factor for success is adopting multi-tenant software-defined networking (SDN) solutions in data centers. Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) is a key enabler for a multi-tenant SDN solution and is essential for implementing a hybrid cloud environment where tenants can bring not only their own IPs, but their entire network topology since the virtualized…
  • VMware Network Virtualization certification for Cisco certification holders

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    What’s the deadline for earning a VMware Network Virtualization certification holding a Cisco certification?   Due to its popularity, we have extended this program until January 31, 2016. You can earn your VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) certification without attending a course (although I recommend it) if you hold any of these current Cisco certifications: CCNA Data Center CCNA Routing & Switching CCNP Data Center CCNP Routing & Switching CCIE Data Center CCIE Routing & Switching You can earn your VMware Certified Implementation Expert –…
  • Getting Started with #Microsoft #PowerPoint 2013 (Beginner)

    New Horizons Dubai
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Date: 3/11/2015 TIME: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm GMT PRESENTER: Andrew Reed, Sr. Training Specialist – Microsoft This webinar is designed for the newer user of Microsoft PowerPoint, who would like a better understanding of when, how and why to use Microsoft PowerPoint. Attendees will learn to start with a blank presentation and create a slide show that conveys a message by using the tools for formatting slides, the uses of differing views, simplifying content, and delivering a finished presentation. For Registration Visit…
  • 20 Useful Microsoft Windows 8.1 Tips & Tricks

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
  • Resolving Cisco Switch & Router ‘DHCP Server Pool Exhausted-Empty’ Error – Client IP Assignment Failure

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
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  • Reading and Writing in Middle School

    Kai Kleinbard
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    Reading and Writing in Middle School Recently, I discussed reading and writing with a parent.  We brainstormed some ways that might support her son’s gtowth as a reader and writer. Here are some of the thoughts we came up with: reading and writing brainstorm: Motivation to read classics could be created by “gamifying” the reading process.  Giving points for chapters read. Finding a reward system that is exciting, such as a camera, bike, building a course, etc. maybe you can read the same books. Here’s a list of middle school…
  • Organization in the body, mind and kindness

    Kai Kleinbard
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    Organization in the body, mind and kindness Efficiency is an important element of what I seek to teach: How to get from point A to B in the most precise way possible. The idea of efficiency is seen in how one organizes the body and how one organizes their academic work (or job). Organization plays a key role in how people can be efficient. THE BODY Being able to move from point A to point B without wasted energy is a principle in graceful, effective movement. What differentiates a great player such as Michael Jordan from a mediocre player? It’s not about the “moves” he can…
  • “Mapping a Moment” recap: a map-building art workshop taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro

    Kai Kleinbard
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    “Mapping a Moment” recap: a map-building art workshop taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro We were honored to have arts educator, Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro join us at the bodyLITERATE to teach a free arts workshop on creating maps. Particapants made individual maps of their lives, mine-craft worlds, wishes etc. Later on, attendees collaborated to make interconnected maps. The post “Mapping a Moment” recap: a map-building art workshop taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro appeared first on bodyLITERATE Research Initiative.
  • Getting out those ideas in writing

    Kai Kleinbard
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    In the writing process young learners will benefit from learning to begin their writing by using a free-write or brainstorm process.  This type of uninhibited timed writing period, allows the writer to get all of his ideas on the page. In a recent MOOC, I came across a website: [] “Write or die” is the “gamification” of the writing process. It sets a timer and a word limit and does not allow the writer edit her work, until after the timer has gone off. This is a great way to get through writers block and get out those ideas! Also a great tool for…
  • Learning How to Learn: Techniques for efficient learning

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Learning How to Learn: Techniques for efficient learning Focused vs. Diffuse Learning Diffuse learning is loosely thinking about a particular subject matter.  Instead, of intense concentration, where the entire mind shoves itself into the limits of one concept, diffuse learning is reminiscing about a particular idea–more of a daydream–allowing the mind to wander through a field of ideas.  Through diffuse learning we can be more creative with our learning and allow knowledge to make more connections in our brains.  Focused learning can be great for trying to learn a specific…
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  • SAT Essay Writing Strategies: Are You Ready?

    Z Prep!
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The SAT essay is changing beginning in 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the new essay section of the test and how to prepare for it. Important changes to the SAT essay in 2016 The essay will now be optional instead of required. You will now have 50 minutes to write instead of just 25. The essay will be given at the end of the three-hour test instead of the beginning. The essay question will now require you to analyze a passage and explain how the writer proves his or her point. In the past, the essay involved developing an opinion essay. Who should take the SAT essay test?
  • So you want to go to Law School

    Z Prep!
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You’ve made a decision to get your law degree. With a wide range of specialty and career choices available to law graduates, this is a great career choice. Law graduates may follow a number of different paths after graduation. Of course, law graduates also face many challenges, including a high price tag for law school, passing the bar exam in their state after graduation, and sometimes limited opportunities for entry level positions in established law firms. Then there’s the challenge of getting into law school itself, a fitting challenge for a student with high aspirations to enter the…
  • Watch our Video for Quick Tips for Test Prep for SAT and ACT

    Z Prep!
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    If you’re about to take the SAT, ACT or another college entrance exam like the GRE or GMAT, you may be wondering how to get started. You know there’ll be some studying involved, but how do you get organized so you feel you have it under control? All you need is a plan, some determination and maybe a bit of help. That’s why we made this video. Take a quick look and get inspired to start your own test prep study program today. And remember, when you’re getting ready for a big test and you’re worried about your score and things seem overwhelming, Z Prep! can help. The post Watch our…
  • ACT or SAT? Which one is best for you? Use our Infographic to Find Out.

    Z Prep!
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    A lot of students wonder whether they should take the SAT or the ACT. While we encourage students to take both the SAT and the ACT early in their sophomore or junior years, when it comes down to it, students will usually find they have a preference for one test over the other. Once you know that you have a preference for either exam, it’s easier to focus your study efforts on that test when you take it again in your senior year, when it really counts. So how do the exam styles of the ACT and SAT break down? How are they different?  We’ve compiled this useful infographic to help…
  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Preparing for the GMAT

    Z Prep!
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some helpful GMAT tips If you’re headed for business school, you may be planning to take the GMAT. This exam is a broad-based test of skills you will use as a manager in business – communication and analytical skills, and your ability to reason, make decisions and solve problems. Preparing well for an exam like the GMAT takes time and a plan. Here are a few tips to consider as you plan your GMAT study program: Do: Set a minimum score goal that you focus on throughout your preparation – what school do you want to attend? What’s their GMAT score requirement?  What’s your…
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:42 am
    Good morning from the world headquarters in sunny Woodstock, Maine where the thermometer currently reads -9F. In other words, it is a great morning to snowshoeing with my dogs. (They don't wear snowshoes). While I'm out snowshoeing my thoughts will surely wander to the next few weeks of conferences at which I will be presenting. This coming week I'll be in North Carolina for #NCTIES15, the following week I'll be in Sydney for the Future Schools Expo, and then I'll be at ASCD's annual conference in Houston. If you're going to be at any of these events, please say hello.
  • Customize Your Wikispaces Navigation With Favorites

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Wikispaces has long been a favorite tool of mine for students to use to create resource pages and digital portfolios. Over the years Wikispaces has continuously evolved by adding handy little features to their service. One feature that I wasn't aware of until reading yesterday's Wikispaces blog post was the option for members of a wiki to customize the favorites navigation in their views of a wiki. To add a page to your favorites in the navigation you simply need to click star icon in the upper left corner of a page in your wiki. Wikispaces offers screenshots of the process here. Applications…
  • Lesson Plan - How Expensive Are Payday Loans?

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Econ Ed Link is a good source of comprehensive lesson plans for teaching economics lessons. How Expensive Are Payday Loans? is one of the featured lesson plans for use with ninth through twelfth grade students. The lesson is based upon a Federal Trade Commission video explanation of the costs of payday loans. The video in conjunction with the lesson plan teach students how to calculate the total cost of loan after accounting for finance charges, interest, and loan origination fees. The video is embedded below. Applications for Education How Expensive Are Payday Loans? could be a great…
  • 5 TED-Ed Lessons on How the Human Body Works

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    This morning I visited TED-Ed's Lesson catalog and saw a new lesson about the pancreas. Seeing that video prompted me to look for other TED-Ed videos about the human body. I came up with four more and put them into a little playlist on YouTube. The five videos cover the pancreas, kidneys, lungs, heart, and liver. The playlist is embedded below. Applications for Education Earlier this week I shared five good apps and sites for learning about how the human body works. These TED-Ed lessons could make good companion lessons to using those apps. Like all TED-Ed lessons they're not thorough…
  • How to Search for Old Newspaper Articles in the Google News Archive

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    When I talk about search strategies in my workshops I stress the importance of getting students to utilize more than just the default search engine. One of the ways to do that is to introduce students to resources like the Google News Newspaper archive. In the Google News Newspaper archive you can search for a specific newspaper, search for article titles, or as demonstrated below you can search for a topic. This is one of the resources that we will explore during my presentation Teaching With Technology and Primary Sources next week at #NCTIES15 in North Carolina. This post…
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  • A Complete Guide To Clothing And Style For Men Of All Ages

    The Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    This is the article you need to print out and carry with you to the clothing stores as you begin shopping for a new wardrobe. Headwear Hats and headwear can add dimension, volume, and additional shaping to your head. Use them wisely to instill a sense of higher value and mystique instead of becoming the court jester. • Beanies can be used to accentuate your hair and your face, while adding volume to your head. Fedoras are used to add a sense of style and class. Tilt it for a movie star / mysterious effect. Tilted caps are often used by frat boys to instill a sense of coolness. Be careful…
  • Basics Of Style And Fashion For Men

    The Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    A lot of things that I’ll go over in this article are pretty basic, but you would be surprised at the number of guys who don’t do these things. My female friends complain to me all the time about guys who smell bad or have hair growing in weird places. Remember, when it comes to style, the details matter. Please be sure to go over this article, and make sure that you have everything covered before you even think about stepping into a clothing store. The topics I will be covering in this article are: Smelling Fresh, Keeping Your Hair Tamed, and Staying Fit. Smelling Fresh Have you ever…
  • Common Fashion And Style Mistakes To Avoid

    The Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    let’s look at the some common mistakes that guys make when it comes to style, and how they can be avoided. We’ll use as an example a hypothetical guy who has no sense of style (let’s call him Mr. Unstylish). To personify Mr. Unstylish, I am going to breakdown some of his habits and thought processes. Mr. Unstylish has 8 reoccurring tendencies in his personality: Style Mistake #1: He often is dirty looking or poorly groomed. “I didn’t shower this morning, so what?” The interesting thing about comfort zones is that people who are dirty or poorly groomed rarely even notice it.
  • How Your Style Can Help You Seduce More Women

    The Writer
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:16 am
    In this articles I want to go beyond the basics, and introduce you to the concept of Style Attraction Switches (SAS). The basic premise behind SAS is that style can actually be used to trigger sexual attraction in the opposite sex. We learned earlier that style is communication, and you can use it to convey to women that you are a sexually desirable and attractive guy. Before I go into SAS in depth, you must understand that style isn’t just used for sexual attraction. It is also used as a social symbol or a sub-communication of a certain message stream. For example, the FBI officer’s…
  • I Am Going To Unveil The Ugly Face Of Social Conditioning

    The Writer
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    Social conditioning is the process through which individuals inherit the grand beliefs and behavior of their society; in other words, it is the way they learn to believe what everyone else around them believes and to act accordingly. It is about the influence that causes people to non-consciously conform to the prevailing attitudes, standards, and practices of society. Most of us are aware that we are influenced by people such as our parents during our formative years and even that we are influenced by our peers throughout our lives, but few are aware of the extent of this influence,…
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  • Two techniques that will bring spectacular results

    Robert Mathew
    14 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    “Focus on being productive, instead of busy” – Timothy Ferriss Most of us complain about, not having enough time. We are worried about works that are still pending. So most of us don’t try to learn or experiment new things. And that is the main reason we are stuck at certain points of life. But do you ever wondered how great people manage time? These are the two techniques, most of the creative people are using to get things done. 1.  80/20 rule or Pareto’s principle This rule is named after Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist. It states that “80 percent of the outcomes…
  • How this deaf boy starts using sign language will bring tears

    Ebin Babuji
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    This video will remind us how lucky we are. Patric is deaf from birth. Patric never had a conversation till age 15, since there were no schools for deaf students in his region. At last Raymond who is a sign language teacher, teaches Patric along with other children to use sign language. And it brings the smile to Patric’s face. The post How this deaf boy starts using sign language will bring tears appeared first on Odd Traveller.
  • Two amazing TED talks about learning

    Ebin Babuji
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    “We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”- Ken Robinson Even though we are very much advanced in every field of life, we still follow a primitive learning system. A learning system which was actually designed to make clerks and industrial workers. A learning system which only feeds mathematical and verbal intelligence. A learning system which prevent people from becoming geniuses. Sir Ken Robinson, one of the bestselling author, speaker and education expert…
  • Learning

    Ebin Babuji
    7 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Think of a newborn baby. What will he do first? He will start making sounds. He will find out how to drink milk. In short, he will start learning. Learning is the act of acquiring knowledge, behavior, habits, preferences, skills etc. Learning is basically for our survival, exploration of physical and mental capabilities and for mental satisfaction. “You are what you learn.” Recent scientific researchers broke most of the assumptions about human capabilities. We are smarter than we think. Our brains can learn 7 facts per second. Even we are learning 7 things per second for the rest of your…