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  • Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like

    Dan Meyer
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Here is the talk I gave at CMC-North last weekend: Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like. Students generally prefer video games to our math classes and I wanted to know why. So I played a lot of video games and read a bit about video games and drew some conclusions. I also asked my in-laws to play two video games in front of a camera so we could watch their learning process and draw comparisons to our students. These are the six lessons I learned: Video games get to the point. The real world is overrated. Video games have an open middle. The middle grows more…
  • Practical Tips for Parents of Reluctant Readers

    Curriki's Blog
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    This week, we’re pleased to feature a guest blog from Young Adult Author Brenda St. John Brown, who recently published the popular novel Swimming to Tokyo. Read her advice to parents of Reluctant Readers (RR) and please let us know what you think! Author Brenda St. John Brown Dear Parents of Reluctant Readers: The last thing on the planet you want to do is sit here and have someone tell you how important reading is and how you need to get your kid to put down that iPod and crack open a book. You know they’re supposed to be reading, but between fights over homework, wrangling them…
  • 5 ways to engage students through gamification

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    Alyssa Atkins
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Learning used to be fun as a kid, because you didn’t realize you were learning. Learning was something that happened accidentally or as a by product of exploring. You didn’t sign up to learn; you just explored, played, tried things, asked questions, and in the process you learned. Learning was a game and its intrinsic rewards kept you playing. Then at a certain point in your life this process was interrupted and learning became mandated. It became structured, formulaic, and linear. It made the education experience more efficient perhaps, but simultaneously caused learning to lose its…
  • Can math be a sanctuary?

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    Rebecca Zook
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I went on an adventure this week. I did my first recording session with my cello. Me and one of my best friends went to my “power place,” this magical, beautiful tunnel in Central Park covered in beautiful mosaics that has amazing acoustics. We purposefully went late at night so it would be quiet. Walking through the park, I saw that a film shoot was set up next to the tunnel, with this huge floating dirigible light and all this film equipment. And I was afraid that they would kick us out or tell us to not make any noise. I thought, OK, well, the worst thing they can do is tell us to…
  • Difference between NHL 10 and NHL 11

    Difference Between
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    In the world of video games, the level of hype and craze soars to greater heights every year when the latest version of a particular game is released. Fortunately or unfortunately, the world we live... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Detention Slip

  • Fascinating Places to Visit in Venice

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Venice is one of the fascinating must see cities in Italy that has something for everything. There are lots of good reasons to visit Venice as you will lose yourself in the city’s charm. Venice holds many free sights and attractions for the tourist and one of the best things to do in Venice is just walk around, strolling along the canals and admiring beautiful squares and buildings. Here are some of the top things to do and see that you shouldn’t miss on a visit to Venice. St. Mark’s Square St. Mark’s Square is one of the must places that must not to be missed when you plan a…
  • Unbeatable Places to Visit in New Zealand

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Are you looking for the places which offer you unbeatable changes for adventure and exploration? New Zealand is the perfect choice for you to be. The fascinating New Zealand offers you everything that you expect that includes outstanding scenery, pristine environment, untouched nature, and pleasant climate and much more. New Zealand is pristine and heavenly, the island nation has something for everyone, – Well, the following are some of the most interesting places that must be in the plans of anyone when touring New Zealand for the first time. Queenstown Attraction Queenstown attraction…
  • 4 Reasons to Consider A Holiday Season Getaway

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    A relaxing escape is something all of us need every now and again in order to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. But whereas most people might be put off the idea in considering the expense, planning time, logistics and overwhelm of choice, a holiday season getaway needn’t impact any of those in the ways that most people think. Still need more convincing? Here are four reasons to consider leaving it all behind this holiday season and get some much needed time to recharge the batteries. If it helps, show this to any discerning voices too. You never know, it might…
  • Places to visit in Coorg

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Coorg is one of the fascinating places that must not to be missed when you plan a visit to Coorg. The fantabulous city the Scotland of India is famous for its lush green valleys, misty hills, sprawling coffee and tea plantations, orange groves, fast flowing streams and dazzling waterfalls. Coorg offers a magnificent old world charm with a laidback experience and a relaxing ambience. The place also holds excellent opportunities for adventure activities like trekking, angling and river rafting can also be done here. Well, here are some of the fascinating places that must not to be missed when…
  • Best wonders in Turkmenistan

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Turkmenistan is the best spot to see the architectural epics and historical evident. The Turkmenistan is the must see spot for those who wants to enjoy their life in the historic region with the great monuments. Now read this review to know how to explore the Turkmenistan via region vice. Ashgabat: Many of the people usually like to begin their trip from the capital city or the particular place, in the same line Ashgabat is the capital city of the Turkmenistan, where you can find the important archeological site in the name of Gonur Tepe. The Gonur Tepe is a complex of many secrets of the…
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • Neolithic Classroom Habitudes

    Angela Maiers
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    This is a guest post from Debbie Stephens, a sixth grade teacher of reading and social studies at Woodward Academy, North campus, in College Park, GA.  People have always asked how in the world I could find the time to include Angela Maiers’ Classroom Habitudes in my lesson plans. I ask, “How can I not include the most valuable lessons for my children?” I realized years ago that ancient civilizations sounded like a tough sell for sixth graders, but I thought, what if we could really get to know the people of those distant times? I looked at my to-do list of civilizations and…
  • Student Geniuses Stand Up in Grand Island

    Angela Maiers
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Spreading the message of mattering Credit: Barrett Stinson What happens when you ask genius to show up? It usually does, right on time. Two weeks ago, it showed up in droves. 2,300 high school students heard the Choose2Matter message that the world needs their genius. The leadership at Grand Island Senior High believes that students should see themselves as much more than the sum of their test scores and extracurricular achievements. They want their students to believe they can change the world—not next year or after graduation, but today. I was joined by John Michel, a US Air Force…
  • The Sandbox Manifesto

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

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

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

  • Teaching Girls STEAM in Middle School (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Vinnie Vrotny talks with Vicki Davis about teaching STEAM to his students. He uses a makerspace and Mindcraft. Listen now to find out more about using these with students. Listen to Vinnie Vrotny Add @vvrotny to your PLN @vvrotny Multi-faceted Refractions Vinnie Vrotny – Show #62 – Teaching Girls STEAM in Middle School Vinnie is the Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy in Illinois. He teaches STEAM courses to girls at a private school. He transformed the computer lab into a makerspace and redesigned the middle school curriculum to include the STEAM courses he now teaches.
  • Can Ipads, Nooks and Kindles Motivate Students to Read More? (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    Dr. Craig Union talks with Vicki about using Nooks with primary students to engage students in reading. His research found that students can be motivated by using technology to read and raise reading scores. Listen to Dr. Craig Union Add @craigunion31 to your PLN @craigunion31 Dr. Craig Union Listen to Dr. Union Dr. Craig Union – Show #80 – Can Ipads, Nooks and Kindles Motivate Students to Read More? Dr. Craig Union researched how e-readers can be used with primary students to raise their reading scores. He found students were motivated to read outside of the classroom and to use…
  • How to Make a Table of Contents in Evernote [Video] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Take several notes and make a table of contents note that links to them all. This is a fast way to organize notebooks, projects, and topics. For example, when you scan your student rubrics or work samples into Evernote, it is best save them as individual notes. This way you can share the note with an individual student or parent if they have questions. I’ve found that you can access it faster as well. But what if you want a quick index of all of the rubrics from one assignment? In today’s 2 minute tip, you’ll learn to make a table of contents notecard with a click. Other…
  • YouScience: The Science of Talent, Interests, and Career [Video] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    YouScience is an online research-based program to help an individual understand their personal aptitudes and where they overlap with interests.  The College Success Profile generated by the YouScience program works to tackle these common problems: Why should students go to college knowing so little about their talents? Why do we spend so much money to go into one major without doing any real research on a student’s likes, dislikes, and talents first? Why do we wait until we’re older to find out what we really love? If someone wants to change careers, how can they save time and…
  • Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years [Book] (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller (Thomas Nelson, 2009) So, what if you could edit your life — what role would you give yourself? In this book review of a A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story I share why this book is epic and unsettling. It is also one of my best reads of 2014. When Michael Hyatt said  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story was one of his favorite books of all time, it sounded odd. Written by the same author of Blue Like Jazz, this book challenges you to look at…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • So What Now? Self-Care In The Wake Of Ferguson & Workplace Toxicity

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to find the right words to address the occurrences in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and a host of other police killings that have taken place over the last few months. More specifically, I’ve been curious about how we talk about the micro and macro impacts of these situations on campus life for students and professionals. Many of our Student Affairs colleagues have spoken and written at length about the connection between these off campus situations and the experiences that many students and staff members endure on and off campus. The…
  • #SAReflects Letting Magic Change You

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    December has long been a month of reflection for me. Usually, I spend the three weeks I have off from school reading the stack of books on my bedside table, journaling about what will come in the next year, and spending time with my family. This is the first year where I don’t have time off. I get Christmas Day and New Years Day, but that’s it. Otherwise I’m working, seeing students who are finally taking the time to come see an advisor now that classes are done, and potentially working on some projects. It’s going to be a weird few weeks, as I have a lot of reflection I’d like to…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 12/18/14 – Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution . In this week’s chat 149 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 722 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Lisa Endersby Top Contributors Kimberly A. White Karyn Dyer Becca Obergefell Dan Taylor Derek Bundy EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 791 tweets 63 contributors Transcript MOD: Alex Fields Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Paul G.
  • #SACareer – Perfecting the Balancing Act: Wearing Multiple Hats

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Most student affairs professionals’ jobs consist of multiple roles and responsibilities (i.e. “hats”). When I assumed my role as an advisor for psychology students at Kent State University in July last year, I knew that I would have several responsibilities and thus rely on my multi-tasking skills. Admittedly, though, I was not prepared to juggle the multiple “hats” I was given and those that I had also chosen for myself.  I felt like I was struggling to keep my head above water, so to speak. There are disadvantages and advantages of wearing multiple “hats”. I want to highlight…
  • #SAReflects: An Amazing Race of 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    I know I am not alone in asking, “Is this year really almost over?” It’s hard to believe, but yet again the New Year is just days away. I have come to accept that New Year resolutions are not my thing. However, an end of year reflection is more of my thing and helps me feel accomplished as I look back at the past year. Rather than make myself think I will accept a new task of losing a few pounds, reading more, or accomplishing something on my bucket list, this year I am looking back on an amazing race I completed. Not only did I complete my first 5K this year, I made a lot of steps…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Future Ready is Overrated

    Dean Shareski
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    “Future Ready” is a theme I’m hearing more and more in our schools. The idea that schools is about preparing for the future and getting kids ready for adulthood. It’s important stuff and certainly schools need to be in this business. And yet…. Mindfulness has been and continues to be something I try to practice and live daily. The stress that so many of our young people experience as well as adults concerns me. I worry that this stress is partly the fault of schools and the overt and subtle pressures we place…
  • The Problem with Exemplars

    Dean Shareski
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am Years ago while working on new curriculum, I spent a great deal of time with colleagues collecting and identifying exemplary work. Usually attached to rubric, these artifacts were intended to showcase the highest quality of work and present students with something to aim for. We often would reference these with students to the point where these became more than guides but the ultimate goal. It’s one the problems with rubrics. But it’s not just within curriculum where exemplars can be an issue, it happens all the time. There’s…
  • Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

    Dean Shareski
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Cross posted on The DEN blogs It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host several evenings across Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in their professional or personal lives. These 5 minute talks take a great deal of work to develop and while short in duration, impact folks for long after the event. Porter shares some DEN love This past week we hosted one in Vancouver and once again I was…
  • When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

    Dean Shareski
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    My favorite shot in golf is hitting a long iron on the green. For most golfers, even pros, hitting the ball on the green from over 200 yards is a difficult shot. When you pull it off there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I was playing by myself a few weeks back on a lovely golf course and came upon a long par 3 measuring 170 yards from the tees I was playing. I noticed the back tees behind me were about 220 yards and required a long carry over water. Since there was no one behind me I decided to give it a shot. I hit my first 3 iron right in the water. Hit my second poorly and was…
  • Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

    Dean Shareski
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I had an idea on a flight today. Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas. Thanks.    
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  • Poetic Genius on The Other Path

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Some of most jaw-dropping breath-stealing moments are when I see/hear how someone has used a tool, medium I have had in my hands many times, and completely does something I never even imagined possible. Creating within constraints is some of the best stuff you can try. The other day, Bryan Alexander tweeted a link to something from Barbara Ganley. Another gorgeous multimedia meditation from @bgblogging : . #digitalstorytelling — Bryan Alexander (@BryanAlexander) December 19, 2014 That means I have to stop whatever I thought was important and see it. Before I say…
  • Klowning Around to WordPress

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Woah, this ice is slippery! I don’t know how to skate! Can I use an exclamation mark in every sentence, even a question?! cc licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by cogdogblog: This, alas, is a second weakly veiled attempt to post to both my known site and maybe twitter too but specifically to the Dog Blog. Tim has tweaked some server things (the last time it posted to everywhere but known, which is kind of the point). Wheeeee!
  • Not One of Those Emails

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I know that marketers et al do not really look at my web site when they email me offering all of the great information “my readers” would enjoy. I can practically see the variable names in the spam bot template where my web site name and URL get inserted. No I do not do guest posts. No I do not do link exchanges (sometimes I reply telling them my rate os $10,000 per link per day, 7 days payment in advance). No I do no blog about dog products. Sometimes I write back and refer them to my policy. Sometimes they are just asking for The Treatment. That’s what Maxine was asking me…
  • A Visit to The “X”

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    One of the first buildings I noticed upon arrival at Thompson Rivers University was seeing right across the street from where I am housed is the home of campus radio station CFBX (note the synchrnocity of their cable frequency). I spotted it even more when I got set up in my [barely used] office space next door in House 9. That photo above was one I took when I was experimenting with Wikishoot, and interesting component to Wikimedia Commons that identifies places nearby that lack photos in the commons. CFBX was the closest one. Boom. I thought about knocking on the door, but I am a wee bit…
  • Federated Wiki in Motion (like a bent fork)

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    I’m super impressed with the methods and efforts Mike Caulfield is doing for the FedWikiHappening – a bunch of folks are trying to hang onto the flying lines of understanding of the Smallest Federated Wiki. What he is taking us through feels much more effective that all of his demos, blog posts, and workshops combined. Learning be doing. You can even see it in the punchiness of his last video (probably from spending all day addressing our “Why is it yellow”? “What happened to my edits?” “Why can’t I use Papyrus Font?” I’m only…
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  • 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,…
  • What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

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

  • #WhileWalking 44: Blogging doesn't have to be text

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    A while back I promised myself I'd start sharing my #WhileWalking vids here too. Thanks to a gentle push from my friend @amyburval I've begun ...
  • How Much Homework Is Enough?

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The short answer is: It depends? The Council of Ministers of Education Canada started publishing Assessment Matters! in 2013. These are a series of short summaries of specific educational issues that emerge from four different national or international assessment tests:      • The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP)      • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)      • The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)      • The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) The…
  • Digital Citizenship Using Visual Metaphors

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While Digital Citizenship Week has come and gone it's important to keep the conversations going. If you missed Digital Citizenship week it's never too late to get started. Here's a practical hands on tool kit shared on Craig Bandura's blog he calls The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit. It's an excellent way to use physical prompts and metaphorical thinking to help kids understand how to behave ethically online. While Craig uses this kit with students in kindergarten through Grade 8 it'll work well with students of any age. I've included Craig's original list of items and a few other…
  • Assessment Rocks and Sucks!

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

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

  • What are we calling ‘rigorous’ learning? (Scott McLeod)
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Asking students to do even more low-level factual recall and procedural regurgitation work is not ‘rigorous’ learning. And it surely isn’t vigorous learning either. Related Posts Educational technology should be about learning, not control Assessing messy learning A Japanese approach to Khan Academy Blab schools Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry
  • We need schools to be different (Scott McLeod)
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As Clay Shirky has noted, we currently are living through ‘the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history.’ We no longer live in a world where we passively receive information that is broadcast out to us by large, centralized entities. Instead, we now live within multidirectional conversation spaces in which 12-year-olds can reach audiences at scales that previously were reserved for major media companies, large corporations, and governments. We all now can have a voice. We all now can be publishers. We all now can find each other’s thoughts and ideas and can share,…
  • Option B (Scott McLeod)
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Option A: students complete a paper (or electronic) worksheet of low-level knowledge and/or procedural skillsOption B: something else Option A: students read pages from a dry-as-toast textbook and then answer publisher-provided regurgitation questionsOption B: something else Option A: students sit quietly and take notes while a teacher lectures from her PowerPointOption B: something else Option A: students do 15 more practice problems on material many of them already knowOption B: something else  Option A: students complete a word search or word find to ‘learn spelling’ and/or kill…
  • With great power comes great… opportunity (Scott McLeod)
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The oft-quoted line from the Spider-Man movie is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But maybe instead it should be, “With great power comes great opportunity.” Now that mobile computing devices connected to the Internet are becoming ubiquitous, we have unprecedented power at our educator fingertips. How many of us have stepped up to the opportunity? Image credit: Meeting Spider-Man, Loren Javier Related Posts Holding back our children 5 videos on connected learning from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub [VIDEOS] What’s your vision for…
  • Questions for student retention advocates (Scott McLeod)
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Here are a few questions that we can ask folks who advocate for student retention… In John Hattie’s highly-influential research compilation, Visible Learning, retention is one of the few factors – along with summer learning loss, student mobility, and excessive TV watching – that actually negatively impacts student learning. Why should we implement a practice that we know sends students’ learning in the wrong direction? Why should a very small handful of reports from ideologically-biased think tanks outweigh the hundreds of peer-reviewed scholarly studies over 4+…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

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    The Jose Vilson

  • The Race Discourse (So Hopefully You Won’t Have To Go Through That)

    Jose Vilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    I wanted to write this piece as a bit of a year in review, but, in light of so many recent events, I prefer to let these cats out of their collective bag now. It seems, in the last few years, I’ve developed a reputation for having hard discussions with folk who have lost touch with other people’s humanity. Just last week, someone accosted Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis and me over her Ivy League, National Board Certified, double-mastered credentials. After asking questions and presenting facts in a professional manner, and getting little out of the other person…
  • Teacher Barely Notices Mannequins In A Classroom Prank

    Jose Vilson
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    In today’s news, a prank goes horribly wrong when a group of students replaced themselves with mannequins only to notice the teacher kept teaching. “It was supposed to be a childish prank, but, when we looked through the classroom door, she just kept teaching like we were there,” said Juan Gomez, a student in her class. The school, under the city’s official department website, is classified as 90% free or reduced lunch with 70% of the students in the lowest-third in reading and math classes and 50% English language learners, all euphemisms for serving students of…
  • Don’t Choke Our Kids

    Jose Vilson
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    It was the kids who told me that Daniel Pantaleo, Eric Garner’s choker, wasn’t indicted. Outside at around 2:40pm, the kids approached me from the grocery store, coming back into the school, and said, “Mr. Vilson, they’re getting away with it.” Unlike my generation, there’s no delusions of racism being isolated to the South, no nuanced understanding of the role police undertaker, and no after-school specials telling us it’s going to be OK. For them, the idea of a Black president not preventing institutional racism will linger there, with less language…
  • Educators Say The Darndest Things About Kids of Color

    Jose Vilson
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    “He deserves to have been shot.” When I logged into Facebook for the umpteenth time last week, I should have expected to read this. At any given moment, I’m reminded that we shouldn’t ever be desensitized to injustice and inhumanity, yet, I’ve grown so used to it that I deflect it, block it, or respond to it swiftly and concisely in the hopes that I don’t drain my energies that I could be using to lift up so many others doing great work. But I didn’t do any of that, but instead kept reading the thread, exalting the virtues of former officer Darren…
  • Week 13: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See

    Jose Vilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This morning, I woke up in a haze. After attending the Teachers for Social Justice curriculum fair in Chicago this weekend, I felt empowered to move students in a direction that continues to empower them. On Monday, my mind felt less optimistic about my day at school, in dealing with both students and adults. After school, and for the last 100 days, I knew that there would be no indictment, not because I thought people would misuse the system, but because this is the way the system is set up. Justice assumes that everyone is human; our system doesn’t assure justice. My fingers quaked…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Teamwork Informational Report

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    Steps for writing an informational report1. Make a plan for the process. Think about the topic and what main points will be stressed.2. Conduct research and take notes. Use a range of resources — from essays, articles, videos, and the Internet to do this. Take notes without copying word-for-word to reduce the risk of plagiarism. Be sure to copy websites and titles of articles so you can cite your sources.3. Organize your paper using an outline. Decide which research and information fits best and where it should go in the essay.4. Write the first draft of the report. Use the outline as…
  • Spurs Teamwork Drives Success

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    An article in The Daily Texan talks about teamwork at the highest level with NBA champions, San Antonio Spurs. The article begins:This summer the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, crushing the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals four games to one. The 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs are one of the great championship teams in NBA history, and their recent victory further solidified the Spurs as perhaps the best franchise in professional sports. This year’s team also personified the sacrifice of individual acclaim for a greater goal, a characteristic increasingly rare in…
  • Teamwork

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    An article, Benefits of Teamwork in Sports says:No sports team is successful without working together to reach a common goal. Teamwork is essential to a good performance from any sports team, professional or not, and is a great way to teach children certain life lessons, such as cooperating well with others and taking responsibility for actions. Such lessons are applicable to life outside of sports and can be applied to work or school, such as focusing without interruption on the school paper that needs to be written or working with a less-than-pleasant colleague on a project.You can read he…
  • Pond Informational Report

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
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  • Informational Report--Science and L.A. Project

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Reading Workshop students are working on an interdisciplinary unit in science and language arts. They are finding the volume of the classroom pond in the science class determining how many liters of water will be needed for this new and improved home for the class turtles.In language arts, students will be writing an informational report detailing the process, and what they discovered. Essays will be scored based on the PARCC rubric below.
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • 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…
  • What is Fairness?

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    What is “fairness”? And what happens when technology decides? Fairness is one of those values that Americans love to espouse. It’s just as beloved in technical circles, where it’s often introduced as one of the things that “neutral” computers do best. We collectively perceive ourselves and our systems to be fair and push against any assertion that our practices are unfair. But what do we even mean by fairness in the first place? In the United States, fairness has historically been a battle between equality and equity. Equality is the notion that everyone should have an equal…
  • My name is danah and I’m a stats addict.

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love data and I hate stats. Not stats in abstract — statistics are great — but the kind of stats that seem to accompany any web activity. Number of followers, number of readers, number of viewers, etc. I hate them in the way that an addict hates that which she loves the most. My pulse quickens as I refresh the page to see if one more person clicked the link. As my eyes water and hours pass, I have to tear myself away from the numbers, the obsessive calculating that I do, creating averages and other statistical equations for no good reason. I gift my math-craving brain with a…
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    The Power of Educational Technology

  • 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…
  • Passion Driven Professional Development - Teachers Unplugged at NAISAC14

    Liz Davis
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:44 am
    This morning I helped facilitate our second (annual?) Teachers Unplugged session at the NAIS conference. This is an Edcamp style unconference that allows the participants who show up to define the conversations that they want to have. Among a sea of stand and deliver presentations, Teachers Unplugged is a chance to connect with other independent educators attending the conference and discuss issues that we are all grappling with.This is something you can run inside your own school at a faculty meeting with teachers or in a classroom with students. A number of participants asked me to list out…
  • California Here I Come...

    Liz Davis
    10 Dec 2013 | 11:03 am
    Andrew Vorzimer / Creative Commons licenseI am excited to share that my family and I are moving to California this summer. I am looking for a job at an independent school in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am open to both teaching and administrative positions, particularly as a curriculum director/dean of studies or as a middle school teacher. If you know of any openings or can give me any advice for my search, I would greatly appreciate it. You can find my resume and other pertinent information on my website:  Thanks!
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  • #lohudelf: Share Your Elf on the Shelf Photos and Win!

    Liz Johnson
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    We know parents love to come up with creative places to set the Elf scene. So show us what he’s up to! Use hashtag #lohudelf on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll choose the best photos to feature in The Journal News. Plus, we’ll choose one #lohudelf photo each week until Christmas Day to win a four-pack of tickets to Westchester’s Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, a new holiday venue with ice skating, food and beverages, a holiday shopping village and more. Here’s a look at what people are sharing so far!
  • #lohudelf: Share Your Elf on the Shelf Photos and Win!

    Liz Johnson
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    We know parents love to come up with creative places to set the Elf scene. So show us what he’s up to! Use hashtag #lohudelf on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll choose the best photos to feature in The Journal News. Plus, we’ll choose one #lohudelf photo each week until Christmas Day to win a four-pack of tickets to Westchester’s Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, a new holiday venue with ice skating, food and beverages, a holiday shopping village and more. Here’s a look at what people are sharing so far!
  • Class B final: Rye Neck stuns Bronxville

    Vincent Mercogliano
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    LAGRANGEVILLE – Luis Galeano recognized the moment for what it was. He had two defenders to beat, time running out, and a scoreboard showing a tied game. For a Rye Neck sophomore with something to prove, this was the time to prove it. “I wanted to take the perfect shot,” Galeano said. “It was late in the game. I didn’t want to waste an opportunity.” Fired into the left side of the net, Galeano’s second goal of the night gave Rye Neck a stunning 3-2 win against Bronxville for the Class B sectional final at Arlington High School on Saturday night.
  • What Keeps Cuomo Tossing and Turning at Night?

    Phil Reisman
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Andrew Cuomo’s worst nightmare isn’t Rob Astorino. Nor is it Preet Bharara and the Moreland mess—at least not for now. No, his immediate fear is “The Cantor Effect.” Read here:
  • Farmers lead sustainable food symposium at WCC

    Robert Brum
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Mike Fedison, assistant farm manager at Hilltop Hanover Farm, will be one of five featured speakers at the “Five Farmers Meet You at the Table: A Conversation on Sustainable Food Systems” from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, March 29 at Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center- Davis Auditorium in Valhalla. Admission is free. Joining Fedison will be fellow panelists Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Doug DeCandia, Food Bank for Westchester; John McDowell, Rockland Farm Alliance; and Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm. This interactive…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Exemplary MinecraftEDU Water Challenge Build

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    One of my 5th grade STEM students this semester, Phoebie, did a great job in the MinecraftEDU station of our Maker’s Studio this month. Students used the “Water Challenge Remix” world and project in MinecraftEDU to create irrigation canals and cultivated fields where they could grow wheat and make bread to survive. Phoebie did an awesome job with this MinecraftEDU challenge! Here’s a screenshot of what she built. Usually students work in teams on challenges like this, but Phoebie was the only person in her class who chose MinecraftEDU as their Maker Studio…
  • Widget of Recent Student KidBlog Posts with Yahoo Pipes and RSS Dog

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    This evening I used the free web service RSS Dog to add right sidebar widgets to a new page of “KidBlog Links” (classroom interactive writing websites) on our school website for Independence Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma.    by  Wesley Fryer  Several months ago I used Yahoo Pipes (also free) to create an “aggregated feed river” of posts from all 12 class blogs in 4th grade, and another “feed river” of all 12 class blogs in 5th grade. Before this evening, those Yahoo Pipes were only used (as far as I know) on the 4th grade Interactive Writing page and…
  • Come See “One Incredible Moment” in Edmond This Weekend

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    This weekend, if you live anywhere near Oklahoma City or Edmond, Oklahoma, I strongly encourage you to come see the FREE and amazing musical, “One Incredible Moment.” This is a production and outreach ministry of our church, First Presbyterian of Edmond. The musical will be performed again tonight (Saturday) and Sunday nights. Yesterday’s article in the Daily Oklahoman, “First Presbyterian Church in Edmond stages Christmas musical,” gives more details and background. The program starts at 7 pm, but you’ll want to get there earlier for good seats since most…
  • Results of Grade 4-5 Interactive Writing School Survey (Oct 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Interactive writing should be a cornerstone of literacy development and assessment in elementary and secondary schools, but in 2014 it remains a rare activity in most K-12 schools in the United States. Interactive digital writing involves the production and sharing of electronic texts which (in most cases) can be readily conveyed (transmitted), copied, connected (hyperlinked), commented on, and collaboratively constructed. While some teachers use “walled garden” interactive writing platforms which require passwords for access, the most powerful and beneficial platforms for…
  • Laptops and iPhones Can Eat Cellular LTE Data FAST

    Wesley Fryer
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The past two days I’ve been in Tahlequah and Stilwell, Oklahoma, sharing some presentations and providing some coaching/mentoring for teachers at Maryetta School on behalf of Storychasers. I was delighted to find LTE cellular data service through T-Mobile was available in Tahlequah at my hotel. This meant my laptop could access the Internet MUCH faster tethered to my iPhone than it could using the hotel’s free wifi. As a result, I did all my work online the past two evenings via my cell phone, which includes 2.5 GB of monthly “tethered” data. Yesterday I burned…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • 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…
  • New Teachers Won’t Save Us

    Jeff Utecht
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This is going to come as a shock I know…but pre-service education programs are not preparing teachers for a technology rich classroom teaching experience. Or to put that another way the classrooms of today. According to a Project Tomorrow Report …principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest…
  • Online Learning Research

    Jeff Utecht
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Photo Credit: MaceyBuchanan via Compfight cc Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning, I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better. What is it that sets good online learning apart from the OK online learning systems? How can we use that research to start blending our classrooms more and more to prepare students for the universities that away them? Universities that more and more are requiring students to learn online. New research out of MIT, Tsinghua University, and…
  • Replacing Skills

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

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

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Earlier today several people told me that my name was referenced on SlashDot. Specifically it was in reference to me calling programming a super power in a post on my old blog back in 2010. The post on SlashDot said that the recent events with regards to Sony demonstrated that software was a super power and ended with the line “remember to always use your coding superpower for good.” One of the things we discuss in my classes is the impact of technology on society. I tell students to remember that just because something can be done doesn’t mean is must or even should be done. Software…
  • A Look at Computer Science Education Week

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Computer Science Week has been around for about seven years now. In the early years I think most of us didn’t really know how to deal with it. There was talk about doing things similar what what other subjects did for special weeks. But while French departments can attract a crowd by serving crapes and the Latin department can show off trebuchets we don’t have quite the same things in computing. A lot of schools brought in special speakers. I gave a bunch of those talks myself. I’m not sure they made much of an impression with most students though. Two years ago came up with…
  • Too many Arrows in the Quiver?

    Alfred Thompson
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Last week I saw a tweet complaining to Wonder Workshop about them using Blockly to program their robots when (apparently) the Kickstarter proposal said the would be programmable using Scratch. A conversation ensued as it is likely to do. I thought Blockly and Scratch were similar enough that it shouldn’t matter much. The other person disagreed. He was concerned that teachers should be able to pick a tool and stay with it a while. And I can see that point. On the other hand I love learning new tools and like using different ones with students. A matter of personal taste perhaps. A third…
  • The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

    Alfred Thompson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    A friend sent me a link to an interesting looking page that the White House set up to tell stories of the history of women in Science and Technology. It is a collection of stores about great women in science and technology. For each person there is a brief intro and picture followed by a recording on a woman on the President’s administration telling the story of a personal hero. Several of the stories are told by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.  As you might expect there are a number of stories about women in computer science but the women and their fields covers are much…
  • Interesting Links 15 December 2014

    Alfred Thompson
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    This week is the last week of school for my school this calendar year. We start our Christmas break with Saturday the 20th and will be off until January. I’m looking forward to the break. Though of course like many teachers I will be using a lot of the time to catch up with school work and with work that I didn’t have time for while school was in session. And maybe catch up on a little sleep. Last week was Computer Science Education week and there was a lot going on. The President of the United States wrote a line of code. (President Obama writes his first line of Javascript) as did…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • NEWSWIRE: December 16, 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Vol. 16, No. 49 Happy Holidays! We’re cramming in all the news in this extra special Parent Power edition of Newswire, as next week’s Newswire will be reserved for a holiday surprise! Stay tuned. PARENTS DISSED. While discussing choice and charters following the release of a study on Ohio charter school performance, CREDO’s Margaret Raymond said, “It’s not helpful to expect parents to be the agents of quality assurance throughout the state.” This misguided revelation snowballed into a call for greater “oversight,” a commonly used term to sugarcoat the desire of many to turn…
  • School Choice & Education: By the Numbers

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Data on the current state of school choice programs such as tax credits, vouchers, and charter schools reveals a need to accelerate the pace of education reforms that give parents fundamental power over their children’s education: The U.S. Census predicts the largest influx of school-aged children over the next 20 years at over 11 million kids. In the U.S. today, there are over 300 million people, and approximately 50 million K-12 students. More than 100,000 students across the U.S. are using school choice vouchers to attend the private school of their choice. Over two dozen voucher…
  • Kara Kerwin: Status Of The Charter School Movement

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Heather Kays The Heartland Institute December 12, 2014 Heather Kays of the The Heartland Institute discusses the status of the charter school movement with Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform. Kerwin dispels common myths regarding charter schools and addresses recent attacks made against charter schools across the nation.
  • Viewpoint: The voting booth affects the classroom

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    By Kara Kerwin Pensacola News Journal December 13, 2014 There’s a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities. After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play crosstown rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on ZIP code. However, the innovations and flurry of activity that takes place in classrooms and communities are guided by the state-level policies that govern them, which is why the 2014 gubernatorial election…
  • NEWSWIRE: December 9, 2014

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Vol. 16, No. 48 UNAPOLOGETICALLY OUTCOMES FOCUSED. For the past 18 years, CER has evaluated charter laws based on practices that don’t just sound good on paper, but have been proven to expand educational options in states such as Michigan, the District of Columbia, and Indiana. Unfortunately, and to the detriment of students, others have a different way of doing things, choosing to focus entirely on inputs and then chastising states that don’t abide by a strict set of lawmaking standards, regardless of real conditions on the ground. Quibbling over regulations without actually…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • 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…
  • H&R Block Budget Challenge: Financial literacy and personal finance

    Kathy Schrock
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    http://www.hrbds.orgAs I recently wrote about in a Discovery Educator Network blog post, financial literacy is one of the important literacies for our students to acquire. Financial literacy, sometimes referred to as economic literacy, according to Atomic Learning, “targets the importance of making appropriate economic choices on a personal level, and understanding the connection personal, business, and governmental decisions have on individuals, society, and the economy”.Students are often taught, in a social studies class or a economics class, about the impact the decisions made by…
  • Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

    Kathy Schrock
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    This post first appeared in my "Kathy's Katch" blog for the Discovery Education Network and is re-posted here with permission.Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them. Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program, I thought I would showcase how some of these can easily be used with mobile devices. This article will introduce you to activators and summarizers, convince you to use…
  • Road Warrior Router

    Kathy Schrock
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    This Asus WL-330NUL Multi-Mode Pocket Router is cool and is a great addition to your traveling toolkit. For $34.55, it can serve a number of purposes and help you out in a pinch! First, if you need a USB Ethernet dongle for a Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop/ultrabook that does not have an Ethernet port, it can be used to become "wired". Since I already carry an Apple USB Ethernet dongle, this now replaces it in my travel bag. This tiny device (2.5" L x .75" W x .5" H) is well-made and the USB portion folds into the back for protection while not in use.The device needs power, which can be gotten…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Augustana Restricts Access to Yik Yak

    Scott Jaschik
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Augustana College this week barred access to the social media app Yik Yak through the colleges wifi network, The Quad City Times reported. College officials put the app behind a firewall amid campus debate and a protest over posts on Yik Yak that many considered racist and offensive. Yik Yak has been criticized for the ease with which students can make anonymous racist posts, and has been the subject of protests on numerous campuses. Many colleges, however, have resisted efforts to ban the app, citing First Amendment concerns at public institutions (Augustana is private), and practical…
  • Academic Minute: College Completion

    Scott Jaschik
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In today's Academic Minute, Joni Finney, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses some non-standard routes college students take toward graduation. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.  
  • Education Department releases draft 'framework' for its college ratings plan

    Michael Stratford
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    With draft "framework" of its college ratings plan, the Education Department offers a glimpse into its planning -- but provides far fewer details than many expected. Image Source: Michael StratfordImage Caption: Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell and Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley, who have led the college ratings project, listen to audience concerns at a conference on historically black colleges this fall.
  • Career Education Corp. to Sell Le Cordon Bleu

    Paul Fain
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Career Education Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell Le Cordon Bleu, a chain of 16 culinary campuses. The company, which is one of the largest publicly traded for-profits, said in a written statement that the planned sale would allow it to "reallocate funds across our portfolio." Le Cordon Bleu is one of Career Education's better-known brands. With a current enrollment of 10,100 students, the culinary schools brought in $178 million in total revenue last year. Ad keywords: forprofit
  • UPenn students serve as campus consultants for higher ed coursework

    Kaitlin Mulhere
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new version of a traditional course at the U. of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education trains soon-to-be higher education leaders with real-time problems.  Image Caption: Teams brainstorm suggestions during the final case study in a graduate-level higher education course at the University of Pennsylvania.
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  • Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like

    Dan Meyer
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Here is the talk I gave at CMC-North last weekend: Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like. Students generally prefer video games to our math classes and I wanted to know why. So I played a lot of video games and read a bit about video games and drew some conclusions. I also asked my in-laws to play two video games in front of a camera so we could watch their learning process and draw comparisons to our students. These are the six lessons I learned: Video games get to the point. The real world is overrated. Video games have an open middle. The middle grows more…
  • What Students Do (And Don’t Do) In Khan Academy, Ctd.

    Dan Meyer
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    My analysis of Khan Academy’s eighth-grade curriculum was viewed ~20,000 times over the last ten days. Several math practice web sites have asked me to perform a similar analysis on their own products. All of this gives me hope that my doctoral work may be interesting to people outside my small crowd at Stanford. Two follow-up notes, including the simplest way Khan Academy can improve itself: One. Several Khan Academy employees have commented on the analysis, both here and at Hacker News. Justin Helps, a content specialist, confirmed one of my hypotheses about Khan Academy: One…
  • A+ Job, CMCN14

    Dan Meyer
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    This was supposed to be a brief preamble to a post about what I learned at a recent conference, but it ballooned into this long, glowing mash note to the conference itself. You should find some way to attend next year. California Math Council’s conference in Monterey, CA, last weekend was the best conference PD I’ve ever experienced. Your mileage may have varied depending on your session choices (or whether you were even there) but every. single. element. fell into line for me. Great evening keynote with Tony DeRose of Pixar. (Shorter version here.) I love keynotes that are just…
  • What Would You Do With A $1,000 Classroom Grant?

    Dan Meyer
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    A reader asked me what classroom technology she should purchase with $1,000. My response: I’d install whiteboards on every vertical surface in the room. I’d make sure I had a good document camera. And I’d probably purchase video capture equipment, a hard drive, and a microphone so I could record my lessons. That’ll probably get you close to $1,000. I felt clever recommending old-school whiteboards with a new-school technology grant. But then I put the question out on Twitter and everybody suggested the same purchase: @ddmeyer do the room in whiteboards, manipulatives,…
  • What Students Do (And Don’t Do) In Khan Academy

    Dan Meyer
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    tl;dr — Khan Academy claims alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but an analysis of their eighth-grade year indicates that alignment is loose. 40% of Khan Academy exercises assessed the acts of calculating and solving whereas the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s assessment of the CCSS emphasized those acts in only 25% of their released items. 74% of Khan Academy’s exercises resulted in the production of either a number or a multiple-choice response, whereas those outputs accounted for only 25% of the SBAC assessment. Introduction My dissertation will…
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    NYC Educator

  • We Are the Bearers of Hope

    NYC Educator
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It's a reformy world. All sorts of money seeks and follows demagogues like Michelle Rhee and Eva Moskowitz. They get in the media and spew their blather unchallenged about whatever they like. Always, the bottom line is unionized teachers as scapegoats. The only solution is more and more selective test prep factories. If they can pick the best kids and get rid of the undesirables, they can post better test scores, which in their world is the sole factor that determines whether or not a school merits existence.But we won't shut up. Big voices like Diane Ravitch, Leonie Haimson and Carol Burris…
  • Revive NYSUT--Do As We Say, Not As We Do

    NYC Educator
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s certainly interesting to read about how Cuomo wants to deunionize a thousand workers who supported Zephyr Teachout. NYSUT, of course, is outraged. After all, we didn’t support Teachout and he wants to screw us anyway. But that’s not really what they express outrage about. How dare the governor take people out of a union? After all, unions support union, don’t they? In fact, in the case of NYSUT, they don’t. Even as NYSUT takes exception to the governor's latest juvenile snit, a whole lot of NYSUT employees are not unionized. Most of them are, but there’s a glaring exception.
  • To Bi or Not to Bi

    NYC Educator
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I'm not an expert on bilingual education, but I often wonder how much English gets used in bilingual classes. I've started thinking about this a lot since, the other day, a mother accompanied her daughter to my classroom door. Mom was upset. Her daughter had been placed in a bilingual program, so why the hell was she in an English class. My patient student translator, who I dragged out of his seat especially for this occasion, calmly explained that everyone had to learn English. Mom was not happy, but as we did not present her with an alternative, she leftMy kids are often shocked I won't let…
  • The Sounds of Someone Who Shouldn't Have to Worry About Being College and Career Ready

    Arwen E.
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have you ever stopped to just appreciate the sound of a little kid's voice? As long as there's no trouble brewing between siblings, it's the sweetest sound imaginable with its pitch, rhythms and cadences.  Listen to the words.  Some seem brilliant.  Others seem plain silly.  It's a fine line twixt the two at times.Stop and ask yourself:   Why must "reformers" set their hearts on making little children like these, but not their own, college and career ready?  Why must "reformers" pressure teachers to prep for their own professional life?  Why must "reformers"…
  • The King Is Dead. Long Live the King.

    NYC Educator
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    In one way, the list to the left rings true, but  in another, King has personally accomplished quite a few things. I've always been fascinated, for example, by the TV show The Sopranos. There you will find grown men sitting in lawn chairs at construction sites, and getting a pretty good salary for doing so. Beats working, you might say. And John King, while he didn't sit in a lawn chair, managed to spend his entire tenure not representing our children. Rather, he represented the moneyed interests that got him his job in the first place. While he didn't actually do his job at all, he did…
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  • DUI charge in fatal crowd crash

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    A 56-year-old Southern California woman was charged Friday with driving intoxicated into a crowd exiting a church Christmas-related event, killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, prosecutors said.
  • Obama calls on women only

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    President Barack Obama made a decision to call on only female reporters during his 2014 year-end press conference.
  • The week in 32 photos

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The Pope celebrated his birthday, a landslide buried homes in California and holidays were observed around the world. See these and other images from the week's news.
  • Bachmann's not so quiet exit

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Statuary Hall inside the Capitol is the storied site of many key moments in U.S. history -- from heated debates about slavery to inaugural lunches with presidents.
  • Best places to see Christmas lights

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Christmas in the United States is a combination of traditions from around the world.
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    This Week In Education

  • Quotes: Rules Protecting Police Echo Rules Protecting Teachers, Says Biddle

    Alexander Russo
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    The protection of corrupt cops by state laws governing use of force and cultism among their colleagues is similar to how teachers accused and convicted of child abuse (along with the merely incompetent) are enabled by tenure and teacher dismissal laws as well as by the thin chalk line of silence and support from fellow instructors. - Dropout Nation's RiShawn Biddle in RealClear Education (From Ferguson to New York City, Education Reformers Have No Right to Claim Silence)
  • Thompson: Reject Cuomo's Common Core Duplicity

    john thompson
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Early in my career, a lower level administrator tried to renege on a compromise deal. The top central office administrator only had one question: Did you shake hands on it? In other words, a deal is a deal. After he made it clear that the agreement would be honored, we had a constructive discussion on the issues in dispute. Back then, it was understood: If you want to help kids, your word must be your bond. I want to emphasize that the great majority of reformers, as individuals, are honest and almost every one who I know is sincere. But, they refuse to express public outrage over the…
  • Morning Video: How The Colbert Report Made School Reform Cool

    Alexander Russo
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Take a minute to think about how much time and attention the Colbert Report has dedicated to education-related issues during its long run, which ended last night.  Colbert's guests included not only EdSecs Spellings and Duncan, but also a who's who list of mostly reform types like Joel Klein, Wendy Kopp, Charles Best, Bill Gates, Jonah Edelman's Dad, Emily Bazelon, Maurice Sendak, Geoff Canada, David Levin, Roland Fryer, Campbell Brown. Colbert also included education in numerous segments, mocking states for gaming proficiency levesl, fired Florida teachers, and…
  • AM News: NYC Gives Success Charter Schools More Space To Expand

    Alexander Russo
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Success Charter Schools Secure More City Space WNYC: The Department of Education agreed on Thursday to give more space to the city's largest charter school network, Success Academy. The backroom deal came a day after Success founder Eva Moskowitz released a letter from anxious parents and just hours before she was scheduled to stage a press conference outside City Hall. See also ChalkbeatNY. Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System NPR: Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance…
  • Journalism: Have You Seen Media Matters' New(ish) Education Page?

    Alexander Russo
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Maybe everyone else already knew this but I hadn't noticed until recently that for the last year or so the longstanding liberal watchdog Media Matters for America (MMFA) has had an education-focused page tracking cable news coverage of school-related issues, run by Hilary Tone. Most of the posts are focused on conservative cable news shows, which Media Matters tracks closely and I don't usually pay much attention to. They also cover right-leaning online outlets like the Daily Caller and the Washington Beacon (a Petrilli favorite, if I remember correctly).  Some recent…
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    Learning is Change

  • What I’m Learning: There is a time and place for “Snark” – A Devil’s Dictionary of Education Terms

    Ben Wilkoff
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I find this kind of work to be both funny and sad. I hate that we have to be snarky about our educational work in order to get across the point of how unproductive some of our word choices are. However, I do find that sometimes it is valuable to satirize and skewer those choices and make it visible to those outside of the education world. So, I am sharing this in order to see whether or not other folks feel like this list is valuable. Is it? A Devil’s Dictionary of Education Terms All you need to navigate the murky waters of the profession. via A Devil’s Dictionary of Education Terms —…
  • What I’m Using: “Slides Carnival” for Gorgeous Presentations using Google Slides

    Ben Wilkoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    I find myself feeling EXTREMELY underwhelmed regarding the templates that are available in Google Presentations. This site changes all that. I can’t wait to see some of these things in presentations around the web. DESIGN MAKES INFORMATION CLEARER AND IT’S ALSO A MEDIUM FOR PERSUASION. GOOD VISUALS WILL KEEP THE AUDIENCE ENGAGED AND MAKE YOUR POINTS EASIER TO UNDERSTAND. CREATE MEANINGFUL CONTENT, AND USE OUR FREE TEMPLATE DESIGNS TO GIVE YOUR PUBLIC A BEAUTIFUL AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. via Slides Carnival – Free templates for presentations.
  • What I’m Thinking: Diversity in EdTech Leadership is a HUGE problem.

    Ben Wilkoff
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    This article really makes me wonder why we aren’t doing more to support the diversity of leaders in EdTech. Choosing keynotes should not be a choice between only a set of “vetted white men”. Choosing for diverse genders, races, and backgrounds within an event should not be an afterthought, but rather at the forefront of our mind. If the kinds of change we are trying to create only work for the the people currently in charge (mostly white, mostly male), we are not engaged in the right work. Diversity is not a “nice to have.” It is essential because it is the only…
  • What I’m Learning: Blogging for professional growth is (STILL) powerful.

    Ben Wilkoff
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    I often forget just how powerful blogging can be as a part of professional growth. What George Couros calls attention to is something I need to remind myself of all of the time. It is why this format won’t die, and why it can be a huge benefit to the way in which we reflect and show change over time. Here are my favorite parts: 1. A focus on both a “growth portfolio” and a “showcase portfolio.” 2. An opportunity to focus on “traditional” literacy. 3. The ability to use a wide array of “literacies”. 4. The ability to develop an audience. 5. Developing a voice. via 5…
  • What I’m Using: Soundtrap (to record audio collaboratively on a Chromebook)

    Ben Wilkoff
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    I am always looking for new ways to make podcasts, music, and generally record audio. Because so many of our creation devices are chromebooks nowadays, I believe we need to push what those devices can do. This tool lets you create music and other audio through the web, and it does so in a collaborative manner. I like all of those things.  Please share anything you create! Soundtrap – Make music online Make your music online – quick and easy! With Soundtrap you make music online. You can plug in your own instrument, use the software instruments available in Soundtrap or just…
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    Blue Skunk Blog

  • The PTO dilemma

    Doug Johnson
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    No man ought to looke a geuen hors in the mouth. —John Heywood, 1546. Our school district is blessed with active, involved parent/teacher organizations. These groups of dedicated parents raise funds and then use those funds to supplement district-purchased resources. And trust me, we as educators are grateful. The problem comes when there is also a district goal to create equity among buildings, especially in regard to technology access. Disparities arise when different PTOs have differing abilities and desires to raise funds and when they have different priorities for how those funds…
  • Who speaks for Intellectual Freedom in schools?

    Doug Johnson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored. ALA Who in your school understands and values the concept of Intellectual Freedom (IF)? What percent of teachers and students could define it and argue either for or against its main principle?With the loss of school librarians, I fear what I suspect are the already low numbers of educators who understand and value…
  • BFTP: These horses are out of the barn

    Doug Johnson
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Arthur Schopenhauer There are some educational "truths" that we can't change, even if we wanted to. These educational technology resources, annoyances, and conditions are here to stay despite some educators denial, resistance and fast grip on the status quo. The sooner educators, especially tech directors and administrators, accept that these things are a permanent part of the educational landscape, the sooner attention will be paid to using them…
  • The 4 Es of tech workshops

    Doug Johnson
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    There is an old story told about the King of Mars who sent a scout in his flying saucer to find out about American schools. When the scout returned, he reported that these "schools" were the strangest places. It was where young people gathered to watch old people work. Just finished two days of workshops for the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong. And despite feeling my head was in a bag of cotton all day because of jet lag, I really enjoyed the experience. And judging from comments and tweets, the participants did as well. At least some of them. I have been giving workshops at…
  • What else would you buy instead of tests?

    Doug Johnson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    In a recent exchange on the AASL Forum... David Loertscher: If there are 50 million students in U.S. schools and $ 2.5 billion is spent on testing, then, I think that computes out to $500 per student. Just think what we could do with that kind of money in the library learning commons! is the note and links from Edsurge: HERE'S A TEST: How much are schools spending on assessments? Data from SIIA's annual vendor survey show the PreK-12 testing and assessment market has grown 57% over the past three years. Sales totaled almost $2.5 billion in 2012-13, making these products "the…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • The Danger of “Good Enough” (Bud Hunt
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Reply All is a new podcast I’ve been enjoying lately.  It’s a “show about the Internet.”  Their third episode featured Ethan Zuckerman, an Internet pioneer, apologizing for a very bad thing he did twenty years ago, a thing that really helped to shape the world we live in today. (9Or, at least, the Internet we live with today.)) # You should listen to the whole episode – it’s not very long, and it’s embedded below.  And it’s good to know our collective Internet history. # # Near the end of the episode, at about the 16 minute mark1, Ethan sums up something he’s learned…
  • Allowing (And Accepting) Students’ Choices Is Hard (Bud Hunt
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    One of the really difficult things about giving students meaningful choices is that they will sometimes make horrible ones.  This isn’t a school problem, so much, as it is a democracy problem.  And I’ve met plenty of people who don’t feel that all adults are able to make good choices, either. # People don’t always make the choices that we want them to.  But honoring freedom and liberty means that we allow them to make bad choices.  And we don’t stop folks from making choices just because we wish they would’ve made different ones. # I was reminded of this today as I was…
  • When Programming Becomes Persuasion (Bud Hunt
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    It’s probably a month or two ago now that I was talking with my friend Ben about programming and some of the work that he’s exploring and that I’m involved in. # There’s a project in my school district, folks working to figure out how to encourage computer science as the “fourth r” alongside reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic. We are looking to see where computer science and programming live in our district habits and practices while we encourage teachers to incorporate principles of CS into their daily work. # And Ben’s all over top of…
  • “Don’t Use the iPad Just to Use the iPad” (Bud Hunt
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Tonight, we held our first in a series of informal meet ups intended to help build collegiality and shared expertise around being a 1:1 school district. Michelle named these events iPad Geekouts, or, for short, iGO. # During tonight’s event, I was responsible for facilitating some sharing and conversation around shifts and issues relating to technology and classroom management. In the group who came to the session was a seventh grader who is working on a design project intended to help the district think about our technology planning and implementation process from a student…
  • On Hope (Bud Hunt
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Maybe it’s the cold, or this time of year, as they days grow darker and the workload grows heavier.  Maybe it’s the number of plates I have spinning right now, no more than ever, but no fewer than ever, either.  Or maybe it’s the last couple of weeks, some unexpected home repair, appliance trouble, and extended family illness. # Whatever it is, I’m certainly feeing something a little bit not quite right.  A little bit funky.  I’m off my game. # As the 1:1 I’m working on implementing turns from novel to habit for several schools and staff in my school district, I think many of…
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • Recap of the 2014 #SACSCOC Annual Meeting - Dec. 5th - Dec. 8th

    J. Edwards
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Today, I created several higher education and blogging goals. These goals included: writing posts as soon as possible and posting these posts as soon as I arrive home from a conference, etc.The #SACSCOC conference was amazing and I was pleased to connect with several individuals from other universities. I stored these business cards in a special part of my Vera bag, because one of my new years resolutions is to keep in contact with higher education connections formed during conferences.Courtesy of @heatherplezThis SACSCOC conference was held in Nashville, TN and the attendees had several…
  • Preparing for the SACSCOC Conference and Thinking Ahead to Assessment Bootcamp

    J. Edwards
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Preparing for the SACSCOC Conference - I admit, this has been a long semester, but one of the most rewarding semesters so far!Tomorrow (Saturday), I am headed to the SACSCOC annual conference. I am excited about placing the assessment hat on my head at this point in the semester.It is extremely difficult to write the reports in the middle of the semester (in the midst of the activities), but I always look forward to small breaks. These breaks include: winter break, spring break, the break in May. These are typically my #highered "catch-up" times if I happen to be behind.Thinking Ahead to…
  • Neat Gift Basket Idea for #HigherEd Professionals!

    J. Edwards
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I had to make quick gift basket for an upcoming women's conference and I wanted to provide a gift featuring personal touch with a professional flair! Something I would really want to receive and something I could really use! I always add a Dymo Label to make the gift look professional! My family purchased the machine last summer and it has been the best investment! Here are some additional pictures!I had to make quick gift basket for an upcoming women's conference and I wanted to provide a gift featuring personal touch with a professional flair! Something I would really want to…
  • Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship--The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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

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

  • Gary King: an update on Dataverse

    7 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    At the American Political Science Association meetings earlier this year, Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, gave a presentation on Dataverse. Dataverse is an important tool that many researchers use to archive and share their research materials. As many readers of this blog may already know, the journal that I co-edit, Political Analysis, uses Dataverse to archive and disseminate the replication materials for the articles we publish in our journal. I asked Gary to write some remarks about Dataverse, based on his APSA presentation. His remarks are…
  • The importance of mentoring

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout my career, there have been many times when advice, support, and criticism were critical for my own professional development. Sometimes that assistance came from people who were formally tasked with providing advice; a good example is a Ph.D. advisor (in my case, John Aldrich of Duke University, who has been a fantastic advisor and mentor to a long list of very successful students). Sometimes that advice was less formal, coming from senior colleagues, other academics at conferences, and in many cases from peers. The lesson is professional advice and support — or to put it into…
  • The other side of El Sistema: Music education, discipline, and profit

    Raquel Fernandes
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Venezuelan youth orchestra scheme El Sistema is perhaps the world’s most famous music education program today. It’s lauded as a revolutionary social program that has rescued hundreds of thousands of Venezuela’s poorest children. Simon Rattle has called it “the most important thing happening in music anywhere in the world.” Classical music education is back in vogue, now aligned with the rhetoric of social justice. However, the training of social or ethnic Others (the poor, the destitute, the non-white) as classical music performers is hardly a new idea, and delving into its long…
  • Music teachers on Facebook: separating the wheat from the chaff

    Raquel Fernandes
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    I just reviewed yet another “hot off the press” piano composition. It was posted on Facebook by someone I don’t know – either as a person or by reputation. It looks good, but that is only because note-writing software has become so easy-to-use that anyone with the most basic knowledge can quickly crank out a “could-have-been-published” looking piece. This particular piece doesn’t sound very good. It is mismatched. The notes themselves are at an upper-beginning level, yet it’s written with a complicated key signature and accidentals only an advanced student could…
  • Has open access failed?

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

  • Minds Online – A Wrap

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the past two weeks, I have been reviewing Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post looks at the last two chapters, on motivation and on putting it all together. Michelle noted that motivational challenges are one of the main differences between online and on campus teaching.  “Motivation,” as Michelle noted, comes for the same Latin root as the word “to move” – mechanisms that put you in motion.  The study of motivation is closely aligned with the study of emotion.  What we (and our students) are…
  • Thinking Better (and Visually)

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I am continuing to explore Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post looks at her examination of the third broad area of cognition – Thinking – as well as the effective use of multimedia in online courses. Michelle defined “thinking” as: “…using logic to reason based on the available information, analyzing a problem and developing solutions that are both feasible and effective, and applying creativity in order to come up with new and nonobvious approaches.” She noted that effective thinking is…
  • Applying Memory Research to Online Teaching

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The last two posts have dealt with Michelle Miller’s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.  This post continues with an examination of Chapter 5 on Memory. Michelle starts this chapter by noting that “…memory is central to the cognitive side of teaching and learning.”  This brought to mind the review my colleagues and I did a year ago of Randy Garrison’s 2011 Second Edition of E-Learning in the Twenty-First Century, as noted in my post “Cogitating on Cognitive Learning.” In that earlier post, I discussed a 2009 article by Karen…
  • Attention, Cognition, and Online Learning

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Last week, I began discussing Michelle Miller’s new book, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology.  In my post, “Cognitively Optimized Online Course,” I reviewed the first three chapters on online learning, how it works, and the psychology of computing.  In this post, I look at the fourth chapter, on attention. Sooo … has the cute picture of the little dog grabbed your attention? And in doing so, have I sidetracked our exploration of attention? Michelle’s chapter begins with an exploration of the Stroop Effect, and how easy it is to derail attention.
  • Cognitively Optimized Online Course

    7 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Monday, I attended a regional conference hosted by the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on active learning.  It was a good day of conversation with colleagues from some 35 institutions in the area.  I met Jim Lang of Assumption College, and he pointed out that “active learning” is a potential active learning problem for faculty in general.  Totally agree. During the morning, we worked as small groups to identify both barriers to adoption and solutions: Some barriers: Faculty personal identity as “one who lectures” Loss of control Fear…
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  • The Internet Scout Report

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

    Judy O'Connell
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Part of our information literacy expertise is to engage in reading of (and contributing to) quality research.  This requires that we understand exactly what ‘reputation’ is! If you are not ‘up-to-date’ with the evil intentions of “predatory journals” you’ll get a kick out of reading this article from Science Alert and learn something along the way. From Science Alert: A study by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel has been accepted by two scientific journals. A fictional paper authored by Simpsons characters Edna Krabappel and Maggie Simpson, as well as someone called Kim Jong…
  • Meeting future learning needs of education practitioners

    Judy O'Connell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Knowledge building, literacy and communication in action now take many forms. When Skype was first released in 2003, the global face-to-face contact began to transform communication and collaboration in ‘real time’. Now Apple’s Face-Time, Skype in the Classroom, and Google Hangouts (to name just a few tools) guarantee synchronous engagement, alongside collaborative text platforms such as Google docs. In other words, the mechanisms for engaging with information and processes of learning in the acquisition of new knowledge has become a deeper process of individual and collaborative…
  • Innovating Pedagogy Report

    Judy O'Connell
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Once again the Open University has provided another Innovating Pedagogy report – the third report in it’s series. This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teacher and policy makers in productive innovation. Download the 2014 Innovating Pedagogy Report Produced by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, the report identifies ten educational terms, theories and practices that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice in the near future. Featured in 2014’s…
  • The academic challenge! Senior Lecturer!

    Judy O'Connell
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    One of the amazing things about working in academia is learning day by day just how different that is to working in schools. For one thing, the work is either wildly enjoyable or like a treadmill – depending on your capacity to cope with university administrative processes, and your own predilection to reading deeply, engaging in research, and pushing the boundaries in learning and teaching if you are a teaching professional. It’s much more complex than working in a school – I know!  The hours are longer, the depth of knowledge engagement is wider, denser, and more…
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  • 21st Century Learning - 12-18-2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Tweet 13:10 minutes (15.07 MB)Alex, Vinnie, and arvind bring in the close of 2014 with the year's final episode. We discuss some of our goals and aspirations for the break and for the next year. Tune in one last time in 2014. read more
  • 21st Century Learning - 12-4-14

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Tweet 19:55 minutes (22.8 MB)Vinnie and arvind talk about the People of Color Conference, Student Diversity Leadership Conference, and the current state of protests in New York, the show of force by the NYPD outside of arvind's school, and the impact on students and faculty. read more
  • 21st Century Learning - 11-20-14

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
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  • IHAQ#18 - The Future and Relative Importance of OER and Open Pedagogy

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Tweet 33:15 minutes (15.22 MB)I Have A Question#18November 23, 2014 Featured Question:The Future and Relative Importance of OER and Open Pedagogy Connect with us on..   Twitter:    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook:  EdTechTalk read more
  • IHAQ#17 - What's an asynchronous credit hour?

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    Tweet 33:51 minutes (15.49 MB)I Have A Question#17November 16, 2014 Featured Question:What's an asynchronous credit hour?Links MentionedDave at OLC ConferenceJen's Designers for Learning now an official non-profitOldtime videos of Dave & Jeff at Kotesol 2004 NEXT SHOW: IHAQ#18 - Topic To Be Determined. Input welcome on our Google+ Event PageNovember 23, 8pmEST, 0100UTC  Global TimesConnect with us on..   Twitter:    #ihaq   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community   Facebook:  EdTechTalkChat Log Belowread more
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • The Best Resources For International Migrants Day

    Larry Ferlazzo
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    © 2007 takomabibelot, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio It’s new to me, but I just learned that the United Nations has proclaimed December 18th as International Migrants Day. I’ll be collecting additional specific resources on the day in the future but, for now, thought I’d bring together all my “Best” lists related to immigration in this post: The Best Sites To Learn About Arizona’s New Immigration Law The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform The Best Resources To Learn About…
  • “The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014″

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I’ve just posted The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014 over at my Education Week Teacher column. I thought readers might find them useful. Here’s an excerpt from one of them: I’m adding it to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.
  • Video: My English Language Learners Did A “One-Sentence Project”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    © 2008 andrechinn, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I’ve previously posted about a project suggested and developed by Daniel Pink about “one sentences” (see The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”). The idea is that people think twenty years ahead or further about what they want other to say about them, and then use it as a helpful guide for how they live their lives. In that resource link, you’ll find short videos from Dan, a hand-out I use, along with videos from my previous classes and ones from other schools in the United States. I just did it with…
  • The “Best” Slideshares Of 2014

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Slideshare has just unveiled their picks for “The Must-Read SlideShares of 2014.” You can go to the link if you want to seem them — I’m not embedding their presentation because I don’t think most would be helpful to educators. However, I am adding this first one to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations: Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint by @slidecomet : based on an ebook by @ThisIsSethsBlog from Slide Comet | Singapore Presentation Designer Agency In addition, congratulations to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and to Dean Shareski for creating these two…
  • Infographic: “The Truth of Studying a Foreign Language

    Larry Ferlazzo
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I found this infographic shared by Roselink on Pinterest. I’m adding it to The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language. “Truth of Studying a Foreign Language” Infographic
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • Holiday greetings from President Kennedy: Don’t worry about the Russians bombing the North Pole and Santa Claus

    Ed Darrell
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    In 1961 a little girl named Michelle wrote to President John F. Kennedy, expressing her fears that in a nuclear exchange, the Russians might bomb the North Pole, and Santa Claus might be lost. President Kennedy’s response was human, and fatherly. We should work to spread that spirit this season, and all seasons. Tip of the old scrub brush, with pine-scented bubbles for the season, to the John F. Kennedy Library.Filed under: children, History, Holidays, John F. Kennedy, Nuclear weapons Tagged: children, History, John F. Kennedy, MAD, Nuclear weapons, Santa Claus
  • Stay back from this truck

    Ed Darrell
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    You know those mudflaps with Yosemite Sam holding two six-shooters, and the caption “Back Off!?” Shouldn’t this truck have those mudflaps?  Or would that be redundant? Photo of a California-based “honey wagon.” Via Dave Taylor and George Takei. Tip of the old scrub brush to Dave Taylor and George Takei.Filed under: Humor, Signs, Travel Tagged: Humor, Signs, Travel
  • Yeah, if you put it that way, Obama is a very successful president

    Ed Darrell
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 am
    Got this chart from the national Democrats, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC): Obama’s presidency is a success, by the GOP’s favorite numbers. An old friend on Facebook told me he wants verification of the numbers, because he doesn’t feel it. Few of us below the very, very rich feel it — which is what Obama’s been saying, and what Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Paul Krugman and Robert Reich have been saying in various ways daily.  That’s what the struggle on income inequality is all about. But the numbers check out.  Go…
  • Is December the flag-flyingest month?

    Ed Darrell
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    November offers several flag flying days, especially in years when there is an election. But December may be the month with the most flag-flying dates, if we include statehood days. December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  It’s not in the Flag Code, but it is in a public law (P.L. 103-308) that the president should issue a proclamation asking Americans to fly flags. December 25 is Christmas Day, a federal holiday, and one of the score of dates designated in the Flag Code. Other dates? Several states attained statehood in December, so people in those states should fly their flags…
  • Signs of life and humor: Private sign

    Ed Darrell
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Where is this sign? Who took the photo? Todd Wilbur posted it on Facebook. Posting this on Facebook, a fellow named Todd Wilbur said it’s a “private post.” Not sure if this rises to a sign of intelligent life in the universe. (If you’ve got details, put ‘em in comments.  Thank you.) More: Same sign at The Flying Tortoise in 2012. No identifiers there, either. Similar sign, at Dr. Heckle, in 2012.  No identifiers. Similar sign at Ivman’s Blague, 2011. No identifiers Filed under: Humor, Signs Tagged: Humor, Signs, Todd Wilbur
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  • Adult Learners: Facilitating Social Learning Experiences

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Aside: This blog entry started out as a blend of old and new ideas for facilitating online learning--building on an article I wrote in 2009, but has been fun to write as an exploration of neat tools (mostly, Google) that have emerged since then. The end result is an "updated" article. What would you include that I've left out?Learning should be social…and in today’s world being social means being connected while you learn. Do we help create these social connections or are we to worried about the time students might waste being social and being connected? Source: The…
  • Job Posting: Multiple Tech Positions in Texas

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Interested in a job in education technology in Texas? Then, you might want to check out these two technically oriented positions:Director of Network Services in Deer Park ISD - Deer Park ISD has an opening in the Technology Department for a Director of Network Systems. The job description is attached. More information is available at Please direct questions to Kari Murphy, Chief Technology Officer at kmurphy@dpisd.orgSystems Interface Specialist in East Central ISD - If spreadsheets, datatabases, comma-delimited (CSV) and SQL…
  • Tech Incorporated: 5 Transformations for Classrooms

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    As many of us know, technology has always involved a close relationship between educators and vendor partners. That relationship has evolved over time, from simple software apps and programs to complex learning management systems "connected" to our school's student information systems. This blog entry explores 5 Transformations for Classrooms. I'm grateful to Misti Smith for the inspiration.Image Source: Misti Smith points out in her blog entry, blending technology into classroom instruction today often involves:Them: I want to try and incorporate more technology…
  • CTOs Role: 5 Tips +1 to Grow On--If You Survive #sony #hacked CTO

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    At the risk of incurring the ire of the hackers and vandals who took down Sony, allegedly over Rogen and Franco's The Interview, I want to say plainly--my family and I want to see this movie and I'm willing to stand in line at the movie theater to pay for it, +Regal Cinemas and +Santikos Theatres . Though I seldom find Rogen's humor funny, the movie preview piqued my curiosity and tickled my funny bone.Aside: As an American, I am astonished that any business would cave into the demands of cyber-attackers' demands. Although Sony has made its mis-steps in privacy over the…
  • Power of Reflection and Tech: 3 Questions @drvcourt @misti227

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Source: WikipediaDavid Vaillancourt shares this perspective in his blog, tech-know, article, Why are you doing it?Teaching becomes more focused and effective when we encourage students to be meta-cognitive and reflective about what they have achieved in relation to their intended goals. We should explicitly explain to students, "we're doing this because... and we're learning this because...", otherwise any intended sense of relevance is lost. At the end of his blog post, he suggests a few questions to capture the idea of reflection:What are [you] doing?Why are you doing it?What does this…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Learning Revolution Events - Student Tech Conf. Kickstarter - Support Free PD with Mrs. Fields

    Steve Hargadon
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateDecember 18th, 2014Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. - Roger LewinThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - OZeLive - We're Nominated for an Eddie - Games for Change

    Steve Hargadon
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateDecember 9th, 2014The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind. - Jacques BarzunThe Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and…
  • Learning Revolution Free PD - Student Tech Conference - Mrs. Field's 25% Holiday Discount - Inventor's Bootcamp - Nepali Schools

    Steve Hargadon
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    The Learning RevolutionWeekly UpdateDecember 3rd, 2014The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. - Mark Van Doren The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. To subscribe to…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Friday, November 21st, is the fifth and final day our fifth annual Global Education Conference. Today was yet another great day of sessions and keynotes, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page.The list of Friday's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each…
  • 2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

    Steve Hargadon
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. (Actually, it started already, but I was so exhausted yesterday I fell asleep without realizing I hadn't posted the next day's schedule!) We had yet another great day of sessions and keynotes on Wednesday, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page (which includes the ones listed below up until you get this note).The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time…
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    Assorted Stuff

  • The Dark Side

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    While searching on a topic totally unrelated to testing, or even education, I ran across this image that is just too good not to share. Ain’t web serendipity great? Why am I imagining the CEO of Pearson under that helmet? :-)
  • Why Haven’t You Written?

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    A few months ago, Time Magazine posted an excerpt from a book by two Google executives explaining “nine insightful rules for emailing… like a professional”. At the top of the list: Respond quickly. Ok, I’m probably the wrong person to be commenting on someone else’s communication habits,1 especially business types, but has anyone else noticed that many people these days view email more like an instant messaging service than “mail”? They take that whole “respond quickly” philosophy to heart and expect a reply literally within minutes of their original message. And…
  • One Hour, And No More

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    This week, many schools here in the overly-large school district have been participating to some degree in Hour of Code activities. Nationally we’ve seen lots of media stories around the event1 and tons of traffic on coding related websites. But what happens next week? For vast majority of schools and students, this particular exercise will be long forgotten and Hour of Code put back on the shelf until this same time next year. Very few schools will incorporate learning computer programming into their curriculum, especially not in those “core” subjects in which the spring tests…
  • Life, Actually

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    If things were going according to plan, right now I would be at the Virginia Beach convention center starting the second day of the VSTE1 annual conference. I would have arrived early on Saturday for set up and worked with a large group of wonderful people to make the event a success, going steadily through tomorrow evening. Instead I’m home taking care of my wife2 and watching the conference as filtered through Twitter and other media. It’s very much a cliche, but I’ll say it anyway: occasionally life doesn’t follow “the plan”. So you make adjustments and move on.
  • Tech Support Simplified

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Tech support is not my job. But, of course, it is. My title and job description has the word “technology” right there. Just ignore all that “instructional” stuff. On those days when I spend too much time mired in the processes related to helping people make their machines work, the customer service approach taken by Roy and Moss in the UK series The IT Crowd comes to mind. One that is nicely summarized in these two minutes. Go find the whole series and laugh your arse off.
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  • ODonnellWeb 2015.1

    Chris ODonnell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If the site looks familiar it's because I've gone back to Pelican, which was what I was on before I started playing with Drupal. I was doing more security updates than blogging with the Drupal site, so I've gone back to a flat file site generator. I also exported my Drupal site as html files, so now everything is static; no security updates to deal with! So yes, this site does now exist as 3000+ html files. No, I have no idea if that is really a good idea. I guess we'll see.
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    iterating toward openness

  • An Open Education Reader

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    tl;dr – We’ve published An Open Education Reader, a collection of readings on open education with commentary created by students in my graduate course Introduction to Open Education taught at Brigham Young University, Fall 2014. Fall 2014 was the fifth time I’ve taught my graduate course Introduction to Open Education. I’ve taught it in many different ways in the past. In 2007 I taught it at USU as an open course with dozens of people from outside the university (and outside the US) reading along and completing assignments in order to earn a course certificate. Later…
  • Elevating the 5th R

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Part of an article on the P2P Foundation website today struck a chord with me with regard to the importance of being able to OWN things and not simply stream or lease access to them. It’s this kind of thinking that caused me to introduce a 5th R, Retain, this last year. In Owning is the New Sharing, Nathan Schneider writes: The notion that sharing would do away with the need for owning has been one of the mantras of sharing economy promoters. We could share cars, houses, and labor, trusting in the platforms to provide. But it’s becoming clear that ownership matters as much as ever.
  • The Publisher’s Dilemma

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I’ve stopped saying the word “disrupt” since people began exclaiming it in a kind of religious ecstasy. At some point in the last 18 months or so, “disruption” has completed its slide down the proverbial slippery slope and has stopped being a means and become an end in and of itself. Ends-means confusion is a terrible mistake, and never bodes well for the people who make it. I expect it bodes even worse for an entire field of endeavor (I’m looking at you, educational technology) that seems to have wholeheartedly bought into the switcheroo. Remember Freedom…
  • Evolving ‘Open Pedagogy’

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    At it’s core, the question of open pedagogy is “what can I do in the context of open that I couldn’t do before?” This turns out to be terribly difficult, because of the ubiquity (even ambience?) of copyright in our lives. An educator asking the question “what can I do pedagogically if I don’t have to worry about copyright?” is a bit like an aerospace engineer asking, “what could I do in rocket design if I no longer had to worry about gravity?” or a politician asking “what could I do if I no longer had to worry about the party…
  • Now open access: The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Our recent article, The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes, is now available for open access under a CC BY license. Read the abstract below, or grab the free PDF of the full article. Given the increasing costs associated with commercial textbooks and decreasing financial support of public schools, it is important to better understand the impacts of open educational resources on student outcomes. The purpose of this quantitative study is to analyze whether the adoption of open science textbooks significantly affects science learning outcomes for secondary students…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Census Bureau Releases Data About School-Aged Children Living In Poverty By County

    Jim Gerl
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The United States Census Bureau today released data concerning the rate of school-aged children living in poverty by county for the entire nation.  The data are a part of the SAIPE (Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates) prepared by the Bureau. Note that later versions of this data will be broken down by school districts.  You can review the Census Bureau's study and data here.Here are some highlights from their press release:According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today, the poverty rate for school-age children had no statistical change…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - Part X

    Jim Gerl
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    English: A Bully Free Zone sign - School in Berea, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment of this series, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In later installments, I have discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York City Dept of Educ 779 F.Supp.2d 289, 56 IDELR 228 (E.D.N.Y. 4/25/2011).  This…
  • Breaking: OSERS Issues New Guidance Concerning the IDEA Rights of Children With Disabilities in Correctional Facilities

    Jim Gerl
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued new guidance last week on the IDEA rights of children with disabilities who are incarcerated.  The guidance spells out the responsibilities of state departments of education, school districts and other LEAs, correctional facilities and non-educational agencies in providing child find, identification, evaluation, FAPE, least restrictive environment, discipline protections and the other provisions of IDEA.Here is a quote from the letter: "Students with disabilities represent a large portion of…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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  • The Development of Online Distance Education in Saudi Arabia

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    The population of Saudi Arabia is estimated to be around 20 million citizens, with 9 million additional foreigners. eLearn Magazine
  • 5 Things We Know About College Students in 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Everybody wants to know what college students are thinking, especially educators and marketers. What do they like? What are they like? Wired Campus
  • The Pulse: Jay Bhatt of Blackboard

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
      This month’s edition of The Pulse podcast features the second part of a two-part interview with Jay Bhatt, the chief executive officer of Blackboard. Inside Higher Ed
  • Learning Analytics

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining in Practice: A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Evidence This paper aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge on Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) and its impact on adaptive learning. It constitutes an overview of empirical evidence behind key objectives of the potential adoption of LA/EDM in generic educational strategic planning. We examined the literature on experimental case studies conducted in the domain during the past six years (2008-2013). Search terms…
  • Teaching the disembodied: Othering and activity systems in a blended synchronous learning situation

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    This study examines what happens when online and campus students participate in real time in the same campus classroom. Before this study, postgraduate students studying online in a course intended primarily as professional development for language educators were taking the course through reading the course literature including assigned articles, writing reflective texts in the asynchronous forum and doing the course assignments. They had a very different experience than the campus students who met weekly for discussion of the reading. Some online students were not active enough in the…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • 15 Stress management tips to reduce stress at work

    Sameer Kamat
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    If stress management is a big issue in your professional life, here are a few tips on how to reduce stress at work. How to reduce […] The post 15 Stress management tips to reduce stress at work appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 10 Small business ideas for Indian men & women

    Sameer Kamat
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Though we obsess about corporate jobs with high salary packages, a large percentage of men and women in India get their income from small business ideas […] The post 10 Small business ideas for Indian men & women appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Background verification checks: Should you be scared?

    Sameer Kamat
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Though everyone around him has labelled him as the villain (and for good reason), Mathew Martoma (shown in the pic) has probably gained some goodwill from […] The post Background verification checks: Should you be scared? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • 10 Salary negotiation tips for Indian professionals

    Sameer Kamat
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    As Indian professionals, we are a funny bunch. We don’t mind locking horns with the auto-rikshaw driver or the vegetable vendor for demanding one extra rupee. […] The post 10 Salary negotiation tips for Indian professionals appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • One year MBA in India

    Sameer Kamat
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Though we’ve written extensively about one year MBA programs in India, it’s been more of individual success stories of folks who’ve got into these colleges. We […] The post One year MBA in India appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • Undeniable: Bill Nye is wrong

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    The Science Guy, via CNNUnicorns and leprechauns are not real.Double-wattled cassowaries are.Bill Nye blames an easy target:Nye (rightly) rails against money from the Creationism camp used to taint biology ed, but then adds "the concern is raising a generation of children who 'can't think.'"Cassowary adult, by Victor Burolla, via CCFundamentalists are not killing the minds of our children. Our disconnect from what's real is.Fundamentalism is a sadly predictable result of a people who have as much to gain by paying attention to the dope on screens as they do to the dope proselytizing in a…
  • We're too damned polite

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Well, I suppose if we're not bold enough to correct a teacher for saying Columbus discovered that the world is round, that plants turn sunlight into food, that gravity does not exist on the moon, and that Dr. King was all about peace and love, then we're not likely to say anything about her (not so) subtle racism.We get the students that we deserve.
  • Technology bytes children

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    The United States Department of Education is pushing its latest public relations campaign, Future Ready, urging superintendents to sign a pledge to plunge into the digital age. The pledge itself is a syntactical nightmare, a porridge of buzz words and jargon slapped together to render the pledge almost as meaningless as the one public school kids make each morning. (Before folks get their knickers all bunched up, I'm referring to the 2341st time a child makes the pledge--once should be enough for any pledge.)Still, the pledge will make the plutocrats among us happy, and it's about as binding…
  • Elementary science

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Here are the questions any elementary school teacher should be able to answer: None of us should be so specialized that we can laugh off our ignorance in the basic tenets of life, culture, language, and mathematics.When we lose weight, where does most of it go? Why do we need oxygen?Why do things fall down?Why doesn't the sun burn up?Why does it get cold in the winter?These are not the right answers:Poop.To live (doesn't answer the question)."Gravity" doesn't answer the question--you may as well say vishquishnosity.Because it's really big.Because we're farther awa from the sun.The…
  • Losing our religion

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Somewhere on a back bay in JerseyWent clamming this morning--chilly dawn, quarter moon, and tame tide meant I may have burned as many calories as I raked up for dinner. But that's not why I clam.After a week under fluorescent lights hearing folks reveal what they know to be true, I need to feel the back bay wash my over my feet to remind me what's real, to feel my fingers become clumsy as a toddler's as they grope into the mud to pull out another clam, to feel the human world of words dissolve in the chatter of geese and gulls.If you do not know what's real, if your feet never…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014

    Med kharbach
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    December 19, 2014 After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I... more Read More......(read more)
  • A Good Chart Featuring Over 50 Educational Encyclopedias

    Med kharbach
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    December 19, 2014 So what other online encyclopedias do you know besides the popular Wikipedia? Chances are some few titles are popping up in your mind right now. In fact there are dozens of very... more Read More......(read more)
  • Winter Fluency Phrases

    Jill & Cathy
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    These winter fluency phrases are just right for your students to practice fluency during literacy centers. Winter Phrases Print the phrases on white paper or construction paper. Laminate if desired. You can put the phrases on a ring or in a baggie. Visualize...(read more)
  • Christmas play dough recipe

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    This Christmas play dough recipe is inspired by the Christmas-flavoured sugar I make each year to go on our Christmas-movie-popcorn. The sugar smells exactly like Christmas, with a blend of herbs and spices that fills the house with a festive feeling...(read more)
  • And the last powerpoint

    John Mullen
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    On the history of *** identities Read More......(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • The Good Life

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    It’s not the shopping or the lines. It’s not the angst (will my sister like this color?) or the rush to get everything done. I truly enjoy the holidays, so none of these things bother me. What gets me during the holidays is the fact that so few people have had the opportunities that have […]
  • The Best of the Common Core: Shifting from Skills to Knowledge

    Lisa Hansel
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    You already know that the Common Core English language arts and literacy standards call for building knowledge with a content-rich curriculum. In the past two weeks, I’ve seen evidence of that call’s impact. Last week, Fordham had a conference on Upward Mobility. Most of the day was depressing—the odds are so severely stacked against our […]
  • Children Don’t Know How to Close the Vocabulary Gap

    Lisa Hansel
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Most children don’t even know there is a vocabulary gap. They don’t know that reading about a wide variety of topics is the best way to acquire new vocabulary. They don’t know that books (even children’s books) use a wider variety of vocabulary than adults’ conversation. They don’t know that reading several texts on the […]
  • Pass Christian Turns Lemons into Limoncello

    Lisa Hansel
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Tiny Pass Christian School District on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has long been high performing. Despite two-thirds of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, Pass Christian has been in the top 1% of Mississippi districts for the last five years. Between 2005 and 2013, three of its four schools won Blue Ribbons—and last year, […]
  • The Liberal Arts and the Fate of American Democracy

    Guest Blogger
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    By Scott Samuelson Scott Samuelson is an associate professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Kirkwood Community College and the author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone. This post originally appeared in Rhodes Magazine.   In the democracy of ancient Athens and the republic of ancient Rome, freedom was only for the few. Slaves, servants, […]
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    Recorded Books Blog


    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jamie Kornegay has owned the Turnrow Book Co. in Greenwood, Mississippi since 2006. Before that, he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi. Soil is about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin—and becomes increasingly paranoid he’s being framed for murder. It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of…
  • Discovery Monday: I’m Glad I Did

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When facing a new week, you deserve a new book! This week on ‘Discovery Monday‘ we introduce Cynthia Weil’s upcoming debut book I’m Glad I Did.   Mad Men meets Nashville in this debut mystery set in 1963, written by Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cynthia Weil. It’s the summer of 1963 and JJ Green is a born songwriter—which is a major problem, considering that her family thinks the music business is a cesspool of lowlifes and hustlers. Defying them, she takes an internship at the Brill Building, the epicenter of a new sound called rock and roll.
  • The Top 10 Movies of 2014

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s the last day of our “best of 2014″ posts. And since many of us like to spend Friday nights at the movies, naming our top 10 films of 2014 seemed like a good way to wrap up the week. Announcing the top 10 streaming movies of 2014 on IndieFlix! If your local library has IndieFlix, you can watch all of these movies and more for free! 1. Somewhere in Dreamland 2. Outsourced 3. Planet of the Apes 4. Beyond Naked 5. The Anniversary 6. Halloween 7. Room 7 8. Naked Night Bike 9. Assume Nothing 10. This Way of Life
  • The Top 10 eBooks of 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A bonus “best of 2014″ post on day 4—the top 10 eBooks checked out on OneClickdigital! Expecting to get an iPad or tablet for Christmas? You can check out these popular titles from your library!   1. Pride and Prejudice 2. Peter Pan                   3. The Call of the Wild      4. Anna Karenina 5. The Wizard of Oz        6. Red Badge of Courage     7. White Fang 8. Moby Dick                   9. The Innocence of         10. Black Beauty                                              Father Brown
  • Outlander takes the cake!

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s day 4 of our “best of 2014″ posts and today we name the top 10 eAudio checked out on OneClickdigital! It’s no big surprise that the Outlander series fills 5 out of 10 slots!   1. Outlander                                         2. Dragonfly in Amber: Sequel to Outlander 3. The Invention of Wings                     4. Dust 5. Voyager: Part 1 and 2                           6. Tamarack County 7. River Road                                                 8. Drums of Autumn 9. The Fiery Cross        …
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  • The Civic Benefit of STEM Education (12/13/14)

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) education has been one of the focal points of school improvement efforts in the United States during the past 5 years. In response to the dearth of graduates in the STEM fields from colleges … Continue reading → The post The Civic Benefit of STEM Education (12/13/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • An Effective Teacher for All Students: Equity in Teacher Assignments (11/29/14)

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    An 11/14/14 Education Week article by former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher Walt Gardner highlights some provocative issues surrounding equity in teacher assignments. In his article, Gardner frames his argument around a California Superior Court case Vergara v. California. … Continue reading → The post An Effective Teacher for All Students: Equity in Teacher Assignments (11/29/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • HOF: The lightbulb has to want to change.

    Dr Davis
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    No matter how stellar the course design is, no matter how pedagogically brilliant the in- or out-of-class assignments are, no matter how well your carrots and sticks are set up to reward or discourage given behaviors, in the end you are still ultimately powerless to make change happen. There is no magic assignment structure, no perfect metaphor (and God knows I’ve tried thousands), no enlightenment-guaranteed koan that will make every student go “Oh! NOW I get it!” The lightbulb has to want to change. … I don’t mean to say that no student will be motivated by your…
  • HOF: Practice.

    Dr Davis
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Learning music and language are not primarily cognitive skills. They are primarily athletic skills. You have to practice, you have to work out. Even when you have learned it, practice to retain the skills. Practice to be physically fit in anything that requires a physical response. From mdwlark
  • HOF: Keeping Standards

    Dr Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    I will not see the light. I will not. I expect a single PDF attached in the CMS before midnight and it better be. I shall have my single PDF. I expect one inch margins, stapling on the lop left, and a 12 point serif font. I shall have my staples, margins, and fonts! I expect debits on the left and credits on the right, no matter what your mother or therapist told you about free expression. Debits, left. Credits, right. Forever. I expect a salutation in every email. I expect a student name in every email. I expect proper grammar and standard English. I even expect complete sentences, b!tch…
  • HOF: What to Remember about the Semester

    Dr Davis
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    from mended_drum one of the most wonderful parts of our job is that we get to keep starting over fresh. Every semester is a new semester with a chance to do (nearly) everything right this time. Even at an SLAC like mine, student memory is brief, and you can reinvent your class, your pedagogy and yourself as often as you need to. In other words, if you think you made some mistakes or there’s something you need to add to your syllabi, make a note of it, and then remember: next semester everything is new again.
  • HOF: Penalty on that Ignoring

    Dr Davis
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    When I assigned papers, I required 5–10 pages because that gave wiggle room, and required a rough draft where I could slash the puffery and require more content. Failure to follow the suggestions from the rough draft meant a one-letter-grade penalty, so only a few people ignored my comments. From conjugate
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants CMU $2 million to transform education in Humanities

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Carnegie Mellon University) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a five-year, $2 million grant to use technology-enhanced learning to transform and enhance graduate education in the humanities. With a well-established legacy of pioneering technology-enhanced learning and through its Simon Initiative, a strategic, university-wide commitment to use technology-enhanced learning to improve learning outcomes for all students, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to advance digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning in the humanities.
  • National Academy of Inventors publishes annual meeting proceedings

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of South Florida (USF Innovation)) The current special issue of Technology and Innovation is devoted to presentations from the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, which was held March 6-7, 2014, at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., and includes select articles from the conference, as well as a general section related to pharmacy and nanotechnology, and an additional manuscript discussing innovation in chemistry.
  • Early caregiving experiences have long-term effects on social relationships, achievement

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Society for Research in Child Development) A new study has found that sensitive caregiving in the first three years of life predicts an individual's social competence and academic achievement, not only during childhood and adolescence, but into adulthood. The study used information from 243 individuals who were born into poverty, came from a range of racial/ethnic backgrounds, and had been followed from birth to age 32 as part of the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaption.
  • AGU talk: Scaling climate change communication for behavior change

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Stanford University) Stanford University researchers have developed two curricula for Girl Scouts to use energy more efficiently: one on energy use at home, and the other in transportation and food. Both courses were effective for girls in the short term, and the home energy course was effective for girls in the long term and for parents in the short term. This AGU talk will describe deployment of the curricula to Girl Scout troop leaders via a massive open online course.
  • Subtle but important memory function affected by preterm birth

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Society for Research in Child Development) A study of children born prematurely has found differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory: the ability to form and retrieve memories about context. The study examined 33 German 8-to 10-year olds using magnetic resonance imaging to measure the volume of the hippocampi. The results suggest that the maturational state of the hippocampus at the time of birth influences the maturation of certain memory functions even at 8- to 10-years old.
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  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Later this afternoon, there will be a collective “aaaaaah” as the Christmas Break begins.  But, before that, check out some of the wonderful writing from Educational Bloggers in Ontario…. Blogging as Therapy I love this post from Eva Thompson.  In it, she reflects on her own personal purpose for blogging.  But it goes beyond her personal posting to a reflection on the expansion of her online reading habits. I think she absolutely nails it when you think about why we do what we do. To me, it reinforces the concept of “Professional Development” versus…
  • OTR Links 12/19/2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on — News Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on — News tags: Empowering Students and Promoting Student Voice | Empowering Students and Promoting Student Voice | — Doug Peterson (dougpete) December 18, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter I’ve Got Something To Say! How student voices inform our teaching By David Booth | Canadian Education Association…
  • A Year’s Reflection

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    As 2014 winds down, Google has released its “Year in Review” showing us what we searched for on the service. The review provides very worthwhile classroom activities for the next couple of days. So, stick a candy cane in your mouth and … ask just what trending actually means work your way through the list and see who knows / remembers the significance of the event.  (if not, they could Google it…) were there any events that surprised you making the list? ask how does Google results compare with Bing’s results? compare 2014 trends with 2013 trends what would the…
  • OTR Links 12/18/2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My Unresponsive Course | Brandon Grasley’s Blog My Unresponsive Course | Brandon Grasley’s Blog — Doug Peterson (dougpete) December 17, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter 1962 Alcatraz escape was survivable, scientists show how – CNET 1962 Alcatraz escape was survivable, scientists show how – CNET — Doug Peterson (dougpete) December 17, 2014 tags: IFTTT Twitter Top 5 Things That The Food Bank Needs — Adobe Voice Top 5 Things That The Food Bank Needs — Adobe Voice…
  • You Need to Be Responsive

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday involved a day trip to London and we ended up at the Masonville Place Mall around noon.  No problem, we thought, we’ll just grab something to eat at the food court. Well, Masonville is wild at any time so you can imagine lunch during the Christmas shopping season. After we got our lunch, the task became one of finding a place to sit.  We noticed a couple of empty seats at a spot where two tables had been pushed together.  There were two young ladies already there and so we asked if they wanted some company.  No problem. The two of them had a typical teenager lunch –…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • GMAT Tip of the Week: Serial and Sufficiency

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Like most offices in the United States today, Veritas Prep’s headquarters had its fair share of water cooler and coffemaker discussions about yesterday’s final episode of the Serial podcast. Did Adnan do it? Did Jay set him up? Why does Don get a free pass based on a LensCrafters time-card punch? Does Best Buy have pay phones? The one answer we can give you is “we used MailChimp” so there’s that at least. The other answer we can give you? Sarah Koenig would do pretty darned well on Data Sufficiency questions, where often it’s just as important to determine…
  • Mind The Gap Year: 6 Considerations for a High School Senior

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    I have quite a number of friends who participated in The Gap Year, taking a break between high school and college. The results were mixed. As a graduating high school senior, I thought the idea of a gap year was ridiculous (why put off something I had been planning on doing since elementary school?) but now that I’m nearing graduation I see its value a lot more clearly. Here are a few things I wish I had considered three years ago. 1. Burnout is real. Throughout high school and my first two years of college, I filled my schedule with extracurriculars, classes, and travel, reasoning that…
  • How to Use Your Time Wisely on Reading Comprehension GMAT Questions

    Veritas Prep
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    On the verbal section of the GMAT, students invariably spend more time on Reading Comprehension questions than on either Sentence Correction or Critical Reasoning problems. In fact, I’ve seen score reports where people spent more time on Reading Comprehension than on the other two question types combined! Students spend a lot of time on these passages because they are consistently packed with pointless information, run-on sentences and dense technical jargon. Attempting to untangle these passages can lead to a lot of frustration for test takers (Fortunately, there’s an app for that). One…
  • SAT Tip of the Week: 5 Sources to Prepare Essay Examples

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are you struggling with finding sources for your essay? You’re not alone! It can be challenging to find current examples to help you prepare for this part of the SAT. Check out these 5 tips to help you gain ideas to craft your essay: 1.  CNN Student News ( – Hate reading the newspaper? Want to watch a fast-paced video instead? CNN Student News is your answer. One caveat: while the “fun facts” may interest you generally, they probably aren’t good material for the SAT essay. After all, how would you sculpt an argument about the importance of…
  • How to Build Strong Relationships with Your Recommenders

    Veritas Prep
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    An often overlooked area of the application package is the recommendation letter. Many applicants take this very important component for granted when allocating time spent on their application. The recommendation process in its most optimal scenario should start months if not years in advance of an eventual submission. This is true because the quality of your recommendation like your resume is not earned during the time it takes to type it up but instead in the months and years you spend cultivating the experiences within the document. Most candidates will simply blindly ask a superior at…
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    Certification Map

  • 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.
  • What is National Board Certification?

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

    Cathy Vandewater
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    When it comes to teaching English as a Second Language, showing is every bit as important as telling. Students need to see pictures or videos of actions while learning verbs, just as they need to hear phonetics to fully grasp new words. Thanks to an incredible variety of apps, creating a learning experience involving sights and sounds is much easier. Teachers can teach, test, and help kids study with the latest programs—many of which are free or under $10. Here are a few of our favorite apps for ESL teachers ShowMe What it is: An app that turns your iPad into an interactive whiteboard. How…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • Top Five 2015-2016 Private School Financial Aid Application Questions

    Mark J. Mitchell
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Editor’s note: What’s becoming an annual event at this crunch time in the private school school financial aid calendar, we offer some tips directly from the financial aid expert himself, Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS). I asked Mark to share insights on the top five questions that SSS is hearing from families this financial aid season. Here’s Mark: At private schools all over the country, the process of applying for financial aid for the 2015-16 school year is underway. At SSS by NAIS, we field many questions from parents about how to best…
  • Why Are You A Walnut Hill School for the Arts Tour Guide?

    Marylou Marcus
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Why are you a Walnut Hill School for the Arts tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Walnut Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I am a tour guide at Walnut Hill because my family and I had lots of questions about this school during the application process, and I really wanted to help other families and students like me feel comfortable about this school through fun and thorough tours. I really love Walnut Hill and want everyone to love it as much as me! It’s also a really great feeling to see students who toured or shadowed…
  • McCallie School Alumnus Donates $19 million

    Brian Fisher
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    An anonymous alumnus has donated $19 million to Chattanooga’s McCallie School. McCallie trustees will place the gift in the school’s endowment from which endowment interest will support professional learning opportunities for faculty and financial aid for talented boys. “It was the donor’s personal McCallie experience — and the school’s continued commitment to that experience for a new generation of boys — that was the foundational reason for this amazing gift,” Penny Grant, McCallie development director, told the Times Free Press. McCallie…
  • A School Expert’s Review of Walnut Hill School for the Arts

    Marylou Marcus
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    As a pre-professional arts boarding school, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is fundamentally different from other schools. All students have an arts major, which occupies afternoon time blocks: dance, music, theater, musical theater, visual arts or writing/media/film (film added as of next year). Walnut Hill is a powerful combination of Arts and academics. Walnut Hill students must be unwaveringly passionate about their art form and desire an immersive environment in which to purse their art. Using a semester block schedule, classes run until 6 p.m. Students take a minimum of classes per term…
  • Why Are You A Cushing Academy Tour Guide?

    Marylou Marcus
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    Why are you a Cushing Academy tour guide?  What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Cushing Academy that motivates to share it with prospective students? This school [Cushing] has changed my life and I like to proudly tell visitors that come to campus about it and how much I love this school! I have learned to be a teammate and how to manage my time. I am well prepared to go onto college. Everyone’s here because they want to be here.” The post Why Are You A Cushing Academy Tour Guide? appeared first on Boarding School Blog.
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    David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

  • Invisible Technology

    David Truss
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Technology should be present but ‘invisible’. When we pick up a pen or pencil, we don’t call it a ‘pencil activity’, the same goes for any other technology. Blogging isn’t blogging, it’s conversing, editing, creative writing, expository writing, journalism, reflection, presenting, and so much more… As I have shared before, it is not the tool, but how you use it that matters! When the technology becomes invisible, we can focus more on the learning. [Update: See my comment below for more on this topic.]
  • Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite

    David Truss
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    I made a sound recording of the presentation that I did at the Discovery Education YVR Ignite Session yesterday, and then I added the recording to my timed slides. This was an inspiring event, thank you to Dean Shareski for organizing it and providing me with the honour of presenting. I’ll have more to blog about this event later. Until then, here is my presentation. — Photo Credits (in order that they appear): Title Photo: Kim Cope Slide 1: ‘Monarch Butterfly On Flower’ by Ken Kistle Slide 3: (Transforming) ‘Butterfly Fireworks’ by Daddy Oh – Eric,…
  • Not Yet Blended Learning

    David Truss
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Source (Infographic): How to Implement Blended Learning: Version 2.0 There is a lot of talk these days about Blended Learning. However: “Increasing student opportunities to engage with technology — such as teachers using flipped classroom strategies, a school computer lab, and computers using digital curriculum in the classroom – are all steps in the right direction, but don’t meet the full potential of blended learning. If it doesn’t change instructional practices, schedules, relationships and resource allocations, there’s still room to grow!”…
  • 4 notes on taking notes

    David Truss
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. — David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014 In one of the responses to this tweet, Maurizio Basso (@moba3030) said, “@datruss so true seeing more of this. As long as they digest it and utilize technology effectively I am in support of this in my class.” This is a great point, to which I added: “@moba3030 if they have devices, I…
  • Leading in a time of…

    David Truss
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with. The more current one involves the teacher dispute going on in BC and my sense of frustration and feelings of helplessness as I watch a good educational system suffer in ways that will take some time to recover from. The other element that I’ve struggled with is the time that my position demands that I spend on things that are more management than leadership oriented… while recognizing that both of these are required in being an effective…
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  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Education Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Education Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Education Technology research:Holistic Security Architecture Designed to Fight Emerging Cyber AttacksThe ABCs of Mobile Device ManagementOsterman Research Explains Need for Managed File TransferData Center in the Crosshairs: Today's Most Dangerous Security ThreatsRequest Free!
  • Training Daily Advisor

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    Keep up-to-date with the latest training issues, trends, and best practices.Training Daily Advisor will help you:Save Time - with concise, complete, actionable informationStay Up-to-Date - their team of experts does the research for youSucceed - Plain English analysis and advice is immediately usefulFor a limited time also receive a Free Special Report, Building The Best Training Program.Register for Training Daily Advisor Today!Request Free!
  • 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,…
  • Driving Education Enrollment through Agile Content Management

    1 May 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Your website's goal above all others is to attract students and get them to apply, visit, or request more information. Because most college research now happens on the web, losing ground online means losing prospects and tuition revenue.To attract prospective students, colleges must create a content ecosystem that encourages dialogue and repeat visits. As students become increasingly cost-conscious and outcomes-oriented in their online college search, more colleges will use original content to demonstrate the value of their education, differentiate themselves from the competition, and retain…
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    Teaching Social Media Marketing At UCLA Extension

  • Instagram Community Building - Social Media Examiner - Best Practice Podcast

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Social Media Examiner is an incredible podcast. Every week Michael Stelzner interviews an expert in their field about the cutting-edge tips and tricks in their field of expertise.This week he interviewed Sue B. Zimmerman, "The Instagram Gal".You can listen to the podcast and read more here: Instagram Growth: How to Build a Community on Instagram.Wait, did I say read more? Yes, absolutely because one of the phenomenal things that Michael Stelzner's Social Media Examiner podcast does is to summarize the main points of the podcast interviews. Be sure to scroll down to get all of the extremely…
  • Brand Tarnishing - One Tweet or Post Away from Infamy

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Yikes, we all hate when this happens! You're just going along having a great day and then, "Oops!", you DM (direct message) the entire world by mistake (instead of the individual you were DM'ing it to. To make matters worse you're an executive and you appear to be privately (now publicly) talking about a possible acquisition for your company, Twitter. Read more here at: Twitter exec Anthony Noto in direct message gaffe. ~~~ Ok, first we should recognize that we're all human, right? But then again, this is an executive of a major company. Worse yet, this could be you or me...or any of us. It…
  • Social Media Marketing Apologies - Uber vs Jet Blue

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Image: egg on your face! by bianca francescaYou know you're having a bad day when you suggest an idea about a draconian-sounding "research" campaign on journalists' backgrounds at a private dinner party and then:Uber CEO issues 13-part Twitter apology, clarifies data privacy policyHere's an excerpt of what Kurtis Lee of the LA Times said: The CEO of the ride-sharing company Uber offered a lengthy 13-part apology on Twitter on Tuesday as the company attempted to quell fallout over comments made by an executive who suggested targeting critical journalists.NBC News said: Uber CEO Tweets Apology…
  • Interstellar Fourth and Fifth-Dimensional Social Media Marketing

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    INTERSTELLAR by WordleOk, I'll be completely honest with you: I absolutely loved the movie "Interstellar" that was just released last week.If you saw the movie that's great, but even if you didn't I think you'll find this social media marketing model interesting...- And please don't hold this model to a strict Physics interpretation, just have fun with it.2-Dimensional MarketingIf you think of length and width as being 2-dimensional, then all of the documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, graphics, etc. that we create are two-dimensional. Thus two-dimensional marketing would include any printed…
  • Is Target Really Behind 'Alex From Target' Viral Marketing Campaign - Viral is Not a Strategy

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Target.. by Mike Mozart, on FlickrViral is not a strategy. I can't say it any plainer than that. However, that said, viral success can and does happen.'First' is controversial, but apparently people were first were tweeting a photo of 'Alex from Target', a young photogenic Target employee.Then Alex's photo went viral on Twitter (#AlexFromTarget) as well as other social media sites.Then Alex appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show.Today I've seen several posts speculating this might actually have been staged by Target, rather than being a random sequence of happy events:Here's Our Conspiracy…
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    More Than A Test Score

  • I Applied Early Action and Got Rejected…Now What?

    Emily Liu
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Dear Applicant, (General statement about how carefully they read your application and/or how many applications they received.) We regret to inform you that we cannot offer you a place in our incoming Class of 2019. (Another general statement about how this year’s pool of applicants was stronger than ever, and not every worthy applicant could be accepted.) For those of you who got into your early decision (ED) or early action (EA) schools, congratulations! You can rescind the rest of your apps (if you even started them at all) and enjoy the semester ahead. As for those of you who didn’t,…
  • The Broke Student’s Holiday DIY Gift Guide

    Enoma Osakue
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you guys! All of the joy and tinsel is a great pick-me-up when school lets out. I know for a fact that it can be a little tricky to contribute to gift-giving spirit as a broke student. But seeing as we’ll have more time on our hands now with finals behind us and all, a DIY gift is a great alternative to buying going broke for Christmas. There is a DIY gift out there for every personality type. Here are some of the gifts I not only enjoy making, but would love to get (because who wants to give a gift they wouldn’t want?). Chocolate Pretzels For…
  • How I Stay Sane During Finals

    Enoma Osakue
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Holding on to your sanity during finals is a tricky thing to do, so don’t feel bad if you feel you’re losing your grip right about now. There is a lot of pressure that comes with finals week, especially if you have multiple finals on the same day. Here are a few of my cures for finals-induced mania. Organize Your Time Y’all are going to think I’m like a broken record, but having and sticking to a fixed plan of your time is the most effective way to calm down. Most of the time, we as students keep a bundle of obligations in our minds. Thinking about finals but not actually…
  • Smart Snacking for a Studying Boost

    Enoma Osakue
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Studying can start to feel pretty mundane with finals around the corner. This time of year, I literally have to force myself to sit down and get work done. Luckily, an easy way to perk up study sessions is to include a studying snack. Besides being a great incentive while reading, snacking can boost your productivity and ability to retain information. Snacking while studying is not unlike snacking while playing a sport.  The right kind of foods can give you the right boost at the right time. But overdoing it will slow you down and check your body out. General guidelines when choosing a snack…
  • That Test Screwed Me Over — Now What?

    Emily Liu
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Personally, I feel if you haven’t felt (to put it bluntly) “screwed over” by a test at some point in your student life, you’re either very good at studying or telling a lie. I know I’ve gone into a test expecting to do one type of problem and walked out having blanked at an entirely new other type of problem. Or I thought I totally understood what my teacher was asking for but turns out they were looking for completely different answers. If you’ve been in this spot before, you’re probably feeling helpless and frustrated – which is completely understandable. But take a deep…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Are You Afraid To Hold Students Accountable?

    Michael Linsin
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here at Smart Classroom Management we talk a lot about the importance of building rapport. It’s your relationship with students, after all, that in large part determines your effectiveness in curbing misbehavior. It’s your likability, good humor, and pleasant demeanor that causes them to want to please you and behave for you. Building rapport is […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • When (And Why) You Should Ignore Crying Students

    Michael Linsin
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Like most caring teachers, it’s only natural to be drawn to a crying child. It’s only natural to kneel down, put a hand on their shoulder, and try to get to the bottom of why they’re upset. It’s only natural to want to make it all better. But doing so in the moments after enforcing […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Students Who Lie And Deny

    Michael Linsin
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    While observing your class gather materials for a science experiment, you notice a student kicking the heels of the boy in front of them. But because you’re in the good habit of letting misbehavior play out, you decide to watch a bit longer before jumping in. You see the boy turn and ask the student […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • Are You Encouraging Your Students Too Much?

    Michael Linsin
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Encouraging students is in our DNA. It’s part and parcel to our educational culture. It’s what we do. We teach a lesson and then we encourage. “You can do it.” “Just keep working and you’ll get it.” “I believe in you.” And in the right moments, with just the right touch, encouragement can indeed be […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Handle Disrespectful Students Who Don’t Know They’re Being Disrespectful

    Michael Linsin
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    A student points their finger inches from your face and teasingly says, “I’m mad at you. That homework last night was hard!” Or . . . A student raises their hand and commands you to “Tell John to stop bothering me.” In either case you’re uncomfortable with the way you’ve been addressed. It’s given you […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2014 All Rights Reserved
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    Al Jamiat Magazine

  • US University Fair – Middle East March 2015

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Ready to meet US Universities and Colleges and find out where you’ll be finding yourself over the next few years?  Join us at the Al-Jamiat US University Fairs in March 2015 in the Middle East, and meet with university representatives as they visit you in Doha, Manama and Kuwait City. Doha, Qatar – March 26, 2015 Location:  St. Regis Doha Fair time:  6 pm – 9pm Register Online: Manama, Bahrain – March 28, 2015 Location:  Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Fair time:  6 pm – 9pm Register Online: Kuwait City, Kuwait –…
  • US University Fair – Middle East & North Africa October 2014

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Ready to meet US Universities and Colleges and find out where you’ll be finding yourself over the next few years? Join us at the Al-Jamiat US University Fair this October in the Middle East and North Africa. Meet with university representatives as they visit you in Rabat, Casablanca, Dubai, Manama, Doha, Kuwait City, Amman, and Jeddah! Rabat, Morocco     October 14th 2014 Location: Golden Tulip Rabat Fair Time: 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. Register Online: Casablanca, Morocco     October 16th Location: Sheraton Casablanca Fair Time: 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. Register Online:…
  • US University Fair – Middle East & Central Asia March 2014

    5 Feb 2014 | 11:23 am
    Ready to meet US Universities and Colleges and find out where you’ll be finding yourself over the next few years? Join us at the Al-Jamiat US University Fair this September in the Middle East. Meet with university representatives as they visit you in Urumqi, Almaty, Shymkent, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait! Urumqi, China March 23rd 2014 Location: Hoi Tak Hotel Jiankang Road 219 , Tianshan District, Urumqi, Xinjiang Fair Time: 4pm – 8pm Register Online: Shymkent, Kazakhstan March 26th 2014 Location: Hotel Shymkent Fair Time: TBA Register Online: Almaty,…
  • US University Fair – Middle East September 2013

    19 Jul 2013 | 11:52 am
    Ready to meet US Universities and Colleges and find out where you’ll be finding yourself over the next few years? Join us at the Al-Jamiat US University Fair this September in the Middle East. Meet with university representatives as they visit you in Casablanca, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat, Amman, and Riyadh! Casablanca, Morocco     September 12th Location: Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers Fair Time: 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. Register Online: Dubai, UAE     September 14th 2013 Location: Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Fair Time: 5 p.m.– 8 p.m. Register…
  • US College & University Fair to the Middle East – Spring 2013

    15 Mar 2013 | 2:07 pm
    US Educational Group is heading to the following countries in MARCH 2012 with a number of US Colleges, Universities, and English Language Centers. We encourage you to register and attend the events where you will meet with international student admissions officials and speak to them about your interest in studying in the USA. Learn about the American higher education application process, I-20 issues, university costs, housing, and more. Speak with representatives about admissions tests and test preparation including TOEFL®, SAT®, GRE®, and GMAT®. A face to face meeting is the best time to…
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    Imagination Soup

  • Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

    Melissa Taylor
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She’s the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply […] The post Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • PBS Kids Toys at Whole Foods (+ Giveaway)

    Melissa Taylor
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market team up to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the Whole Foods for the holiday season. PBS Kids Sloth Plush Sloths are so cute, aren’t they? I saw a sloth in Costa Rica and was thrilled for a glimpse. If you love this plush, you’ll want […] The post PBS Kids Toys at Whole Foods (+ Giveaway) appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • American Girl Samantha

    Melissa Taylor
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    American Girl, Samantha, returns from retirement with new and wonderful books. (Seriously, I’ve read the books, so have my kids, and we really love them!) My daughters LOVE Samantha and play so many imaginative scenarios with her. This doll is a perfect gift for the holidays for kids ages 8 – 12. And don’t you just love the history of […] The post American Girl Samantha appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Free Printable Christmas Mad Libs

    Melissa Taylor
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you love fun and silly family activities? My kids were cracking up last week as I reminisced about the footy pajamas I got every year for Christmas . . . with butt flaps. Remember those? (Super classy!) Anyway, I decided to include the idea in a Christmas mad libs type letter. It’s a free printable and should be silly […] The post Free Printable Christmas Mad Libs appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Writing Prompts for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Normally I dislike writing prompts for kids because I don’t like prompts myself. However, I do think many kids want and even need ideas and inspiration for writing. So, I’ve found some fantastic online story and character idea generators that I think will motivate your kids to write. These are writing prompts about which I can feel enthusiastic! Story […] The post Writing Prompts for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • little passports subscription service for kids: the unboxing!

    amy mascott
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
        I have wanted to check out Little Passports for some time now, and here we are. Our dream has finally come true. Well, kind of. My kids love traveling, and they love getting mail, so when I saw that Little Passports had created a line for middle grade kids that focused on traveling the world, I was psyched. The more that I learned, though, the more I realized that my kids would love both the Little Passports World Edition and the Little Passports USA Edition. Much like Kiwi Crate in that this is the gift that keeps on giving, Little Passports is a subscription service for…
  • create a bedtime routine that works

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          For a long, long time I’ve talked about the importance of rest in our kids’ lives, and along with that goes routine. We all need rest, and we all thrive on routine. Especially our little guys. So it’s super important that from the start we create a bedtime routine that really, truly works for our kids.  What I’m finding is even now that my kids are older, they still need. The. Routine. When my friends from Scholastic asked me to help create a printable for parents all about the bedtime routine, inspired by the talented Caroline Jayne Church, you…
  • special holiday deals for readers

    amy mascott
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
      Thank you so much for subscribing to! As a thank you for being a loyal (or new!) email subscriber, here are a few goodies for you that I will update several times each week as promotions come and go. Here and there, where applicable, I will use affiliate links. SPECIAL CURRENT DEALS:  fashionABLE, 15% off the entire order this week, with code BEMERRY [until 12/19/14] fashionABLE, FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders over $20 this week, too, with guaranteed delivery if ordered by noon on Thursday 12/18 fashionABLE, (Wednesday, 12/17 ONLY) we’re offering 30%…
  • homemade ornaments for digital kids

    amy mascott
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
          My kids are getting older. At 11, 9, and 7, they needed a little something different this year in order to get them excited about ornament-making. And I think I found it. In all things they do they’re like most kids. They want to have control. They want freedom. They want to know I have faith in their ability. So I created ornaments for digital kids–ornaments that any ‘digital kid’ would totally dig because they combine their tech-savviness and some hands-on, old-school crafting. I’m sure all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents…
  • tiny prints FAB last-minute deals for gifts and cards

    amy mascott
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
          Calling all last minute shoppers who haven’t sent your Christmas cards yet! Tiny Prints has your back. First, their sitewide sale of up to 30% off ends Tuesday, 12/16 at midnight PT. Second, if you order before midnight PT on 12/17, you can save $10 on their super rush shipping. And yes, you can stack those codes! Here’s how it works: 1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from their selection of holiday cards. Personalize the cards with your pictures and text. 2. Use the code 30SWDEAL to save 25% on all orders and 30% on orders of $99+. 3. Stack the code SRSAVE10…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Education

  • Panjab University proposes 5% fee hike for 2015-16

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    CHANDIGARH: A Panjab University (PU) committee has proposed a five per cent increase in tuition fee for students enrolled at the university’s teaching departments, institutes, and regional centres. The proposal to increase the fees across-the-board comes with a lower limit of Rs500, and an upper limit of Rs2,000, with some self-financed courses already being too heavy on the students’ pockets. However, the proposal will have to go through the PU senate and syndicate, which will finalize the fee structure that will come into effect in 2015-16. The committee was constituted by…
  • Foreign degree holders better skilled for jobs

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Functioning in an increasingly globalised environment, many companies feel that foreign degree holders have better technical skills for jobs compared to Indian university graduates, says a latest survey As per British Council’s ‘India Employability Survey 2014′, as much as 39 per cent of the companies in India said that foreign university graduates are better prepared for the jobs than those from Indian ones. Further, the survey conducted in 200 Indian and foreign companies in the country found that 41 per cent have hired at least one foreign university graduate in the last…
  • Vidya Sagar invites applications for certificate course in human rights

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    CHENNAI: Vidya Sagar, a Chennai-based organization working for the benefit of persons with disabilities, is offering a certificate course in human rights with focus on disability rights. The three-month course would cover various international conventions, perspectives to different groups of people, national and international disability instruments and practices, personality development techniques, research methodologies, internship at different platforms and a final evaluation strategy. “The course aims at developing more persons with and without disabilities to be self-advocates,…
  • Need for improving education system: Rajnath Singh

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

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

  • Critical Thinking University- Special Discount Through Dec 19th

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

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

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

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

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

  • Leading Articles in College Admission Tests (SAT, ACT) and Test Prep

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Test-Takers In China, South Korea Likely Cheated On Last Two SATs – Huffington Post From – December 2, 6:43 PM Some students in two Asian countries likely cheated on the SAT exams administered in October and November of this year, the Educational Testing Service has confirmed. Getting Into an Elite College Is Easier Than You Think – Slate Magazine (blog) – December 2, 6:39 PM Pretty much the entire academic-industrial complex has an interest in convincing high school students that it’s really, really hard to get into a good…
  • Latest Report: Only 25% of ACT Test-Takers Are Ready for College/Career

    Scott Cronenweth
    25 Sep 2013 | 5:27 am
    Every year since its founding in 1959, the nonprofit ACT has collected and reported on data that reflects students’ college/career readiness. The 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report came out a few weeks ago. Its goal is to provide national and state-level windows into college readiness among graduating high school seniors who took the ACT (which 54% of 2013 high school graduates did). ACT offers an infographic on the report, which is reprinted here with attribution. (You can download the full report in PDF format here.) Among the highlights: Of the four college readiness…
  • Update on Next-Generation Assessment Systems

    Scott Cronenweth
    18 Sep 2013 | 12:20 pm
    Back in September, 2010, the US Department of Education announced the winners of its $350 million Race to the Top Comprehensive Assessment Systems Competition: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers () and Smarter Balanced. These two federally funded state consortia are working to build a comprehensive system of “early assessment” tests to gauge the progress of public school students towards college and career readiness, starting as early as third grade. Also in the next-generation assessment game is the nonprofit ACT, which is developing a new series of…
  • Career Readiness Certification—A Survey of Existing National Tests

    Scott Cronenweth
    9 Sep 2013 | 8:35 am
    Recently this blog referenced a new post-college standardized test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment. It’s clear that there’s a strong and growing market for post-collegiate career readiness testing and certification. So what other “national” tests are out there and how popular are they? Among the tests used by employers, graduate programs and other organizations to assess applicants’ aptitude is the National Science Foundation’s Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT). The CAT is “designed to assess and promote the improvement of critical thinking and real-world problem…
  • President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

    Scott Cronenweth
    3 Sep 2013 | 7:38 am
    Even as students are struggling to prove themselves to employers, colleges are coming under fire for failure to deliver adequate educational value in exchange for tuition costs. Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance. “It’s time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results,” the President said. “Colleges that keep their tuition down and are providing…
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    Naturally Educational

  • Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Pin It We saw these adorable Angel Ornaments made out of pasta on a Christmas tree at our local community center and wanted to make them at home. This is a craft for older children primarily because you are better off using a glue gun. My eight and six year old kids were very excited to have (supervised) use of the hot glue gun. If you want to try with another fast-drying glue or pre-glue the bodies for the children to paint, you could do it with younger kids. Pin It The ones at the community center were entirely painted white, had tiny pasta for hair, gold-tipped robes and wings, and some…
  • Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    We recently enjoyed a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Pin It It was a magical experience for us–the music, the dancing, and the sets were all stunning! Ballet can potentially be challenging for young children but this performance was very accessible. A narrator told the story, which goes a long way towards keeping children engaged. This Nutcracker makes a number of small changes, primarily changing the setting to Colonial America. Mother Ginger was even “from Brooklyn,” which…
  • Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Mostly this is just a fun little no-bake treat for the kids to make for Thanksgiving but I do have a few educational connections at the end–did Pilgrims really wear buckles on their hats? Pin It This is the “Pilgrim” version of some witch hats we’ve made before and they are very simple to make. Ingredients: chocolate or fudge stripe cookies peanut butter cups (my son substituted a Dove chocolate for his peanut butter cup) icing orange fruit leather Directions: 1. Unwrap the peanut butter cups and put some icing on the top. 2. Push the peanut butter cups onto the cookie…
  • Picture Books for #STEM Girls

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    I would like to say I was shocked when I heard about the incredibly sexist Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer Book (warning: profanity in the link). Unfortunately, this is the norm rather than the exception. As much as I love a good rant against the pervasive sexism our girls encounter in consumer culture, I thought this time I would offer some alternative picture book ideas for STEM girls, instead. There are tons of awesome biographies of female scientists, technology specialists, engineers, and mathematicians, but, since this list was inspired by Barbie’s misstep, I am starting with…
  • Pipe Cleaner Doll — Hermione

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

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Two recent research reports released in the UK on transnational education (TNE or cross-border education) provide extensive data and insights on latest trends, models, challenges and complexities with TNE.  First, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which distributes public money to universities and colleges in England,  released a report entitled "Directions of travel: Transnational pathways into English higher education". Here is the link to download the report.  This report aims to focus more on understanding pathways…
  • Five facts challenging leadership of US higher education in attracting international students

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Here is the excerpt from my blog "Attracting International Students: Can American Higher Education Maintain its Leadership?" originally published on Huffington Post.  Studying in the U.S. is a dream of many international students. More than 75 percent of international students indicated motivation to "expand career and life opportunities" and "quality higher education options" as the top two reasons that motivated them to study in the U.S., according to a recent survey of nearly 5,000 international students by World Education Services. With 886,052 international students enrolled in U.S.
  • As Predicted, Number of Indian Students Studying in the US Increase

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In my previous article, "Universities need to get ready for India’s high fliers", I had predicted that the number of globally mobile Indian students will increase and the US higher education will be the biggest beneficiaries. (Related story "Enter the Dragon" in BusinessWorld) Latest data from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), reported enrollment patterns of international students as on October 2014. It confirms the overall trend and increase with Indian numbers: - Since October 2013, the number of students studying in the US from India increased 28% as…
  • How rankings impact institutional strategies and processes? research report from European University Association

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    What is role of rankings in university strategies and processes? This is the central question of the recent research report released by European University Association and authored by Ellen Hazelkorn, Tia Loukkola and Therese Zhang.  The report entitled "Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: Impact or Illusion?" is based on the survey of 171 higher education institutions from 39 European countries. It is a comprehensive and insightful report that shows that perceived impact of rankings is very high among different stakeholders despite their public…
  • Financial depedency on nonresident and international students: Case of University of California

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    University of California is considering to increase tuition by up to 5% in each of the next five years. This was inevitable as the public funding continues to decrease. Here are couple of previous blog posts from 2012: Internationalization of public universities: Gaining momentum, overcoming challengesChina, Saudi Arabia and public universities driving growth According to the University of California, "The new long-term stability plan for tuition and financial aid proposes that tuition will not increase more than 5 percent annually for five years. For 2015–16,…
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    Declaration of Interdependence

  • Haters Gon’ Hate (Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate)

    Mallory Bower
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” – Teddy Roosevelt For a long while I was struggling to rediscover my true writing voice. That is, until I penned a little piece about shoulding on myself. This post was uncensored, a bit messy, from the heart. It was mine and I can actually hear my own voice as I read the words on the screen. People actually read it. It’s how Mallory got her groove back. And then I…
  • Are you shoulding me?

    Mallory Bower
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    “The world is gonna judge you no matter what you do, so live your life the way you fucking want to.” - Eleanor Roosevelt (paraphrased) It was October and I just finished my first half marathon. When I started training last summer, I envisioned writing some profound “self-actualization through running” post after accomplishing my goal. But that’s not really how it went. In fact, upon receiving my finishers medal, and in the weeks after, I felt pretty crummy. My mind and body were wrecked. From the start I knew that logging all those miles would take a toll on my…
  • The Product is Always Right

    Mallory Bower
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    College! What is it good for? Read all the student development theory books and write as many learning outcomes as you want, higher education is still a business. In fact, we’re big business with an identity crisis (quick! someone create an identity model for that!) Why do we exist? What are we for?  We certainly can’t be all things to all people, and I may be biased, but I think our purpose for many is to open doors to a better life. For most, this means gainful employment. So as we’re putting students through the rigor of academic coursework, helping them develop…
  • Rogue Seeds

    Mallory Bower
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    I started my vegetable seeds in March, when snow storms still grace our presence in Central New York. Sheltered by a plastic planter I bought at TruValue for 3.99 and the greenhouse in our backyard, I was confident that we’d have sprouts to transplant in the coming weeks. I watered, fertilized, and nurtured what I hoped would someday become lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, kale, and cucumbers. Despite my support, growth was slow. And then one day, I spotted what looked like a healthy kale plant growing amongst our backyard shrubs. Taller than all the others, thriving in the…
  • I’M NOT READY!!!

    Mallory Bower
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    … But I will be. This is the email I wrote to my friend Joe just five days before delivering an Ignite-style talk at the NASPA Region II Conference. Public speaking is something that energizes me, but this new style had my nerves worked up into overdrive. I just didn’t feel ready. I wasn’t ready when I said “HECK YES I’LL DO IT!” I wasn’t ready when I chose my topic. I wasn’t ready when I submitted my 20 slides. I wasn’t ready when the audience took their seats. I wasn’t ready when my awesome co-presenters rocked their talks. I…
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  • A Little Less Stress for Alberta Students Writing Final Exams

    Editorial Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    School boards in Alberta voted to reduce the weight of diploma exams to 30%. If you crack under pressure, you might appreciate the reasons why teachers in Alberta are trying to lift some weight off students when it comes to one of the most stressful times of the year, known as final exams. Support has mounted for years to relieve some of the anxiety and stress that Grade 12 students face as they attempt to exit secondary school with their grades intact. Think of sleepless nights spent cramming, loss of appetite, and even panic attacks. This is commonplace for many students, especially in…
  • Studying Abroad is a Worthwhile Investment

    Editorial Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Canadian students have one of the lowest numbers for studying abroad or student exchanges. The global perspective and broadened viewpoint of students who study abroad could be an invaluable addition to the country’s economy, if only more businesses realized this fact. At least that’s the conclusion of a recent report from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), as well as those who’ve capitalized on an international education and have subsequently climbed the corporate ladder. One such proponent of studying abroad is Dr. Myers, the president and chief executive officer…
  • St. Lawrence College Recognized for Contributions to Financial Literacy

    Editorial Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    St. Lawrence College believes that helping students live financially stable lives is a goal worthy of their time and effort. Literacy may bring to mind proficiency in reading and writing, but an education that equips you for life goes further than that. Financial literacy is an important part of preparing young people for a successful future, and St. Lawrence College recently had this form of literacy on their mind. Before an audience of heavyweights in financial thinking, the St. Lawrence College Enactus team was applauded for their contributions at the 2014 National Conference on Financial…
  • Open House At Centennial College

    Editorial Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Attending Centennial’s ‘doors open’ event can be a perfect opportunity to learn about the many degree, diploma and certificate programs they offer. Learning is a journey that leads to success, and Centennial College wants to help prospective students start a learning journey of their own by hosting an Open House event to showcase the exciting education opportunities available. Not only can individuals learn about the many degree, diploma and certificate programs that Centennial College offers, they can also tour the grounds, explore campus life, including clubs, services, and…
  • Cambrian College Wants Your Opinion

    Editorial Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    What do you think is most important for the future of postsecondary education? Cambrian College is reaching out to students, prospective students, and others in an interesting approach to future growth. The school is asking people to take a few minutes of their time to give their input about how the College should steer its course over the next five years. The question Cambrian College poses to you is: What do you think is most important for the future of postsecondary education? By sparking this kind of dialogue, they hope to outline specific objectives and goals that are part of an…
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • Leading Articles in College Admission Tests (SAT, ACT) and Test Prep

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Test-Takers In China, South Korea Likely Cheated On Last Two SATs – Huffington Post From – December 2, 6:43 PM Some students in two Asian countries likely cheated on the SAT exams administered in October and November of this year, the Educational Testing Service has confirmed. Getting Into an Elite College Is Easier Than You Think – Slate Magazine (blog) – December 2, 6:39 PM Pretty much the entire academic-industrial complex has an interest in convincing high school students that it’s really, really hard to get into a good…
  • Latest Report: Only 25% of ACT Test-Takers Are Ready for College/Career

    Scott Cronenweth
    25 Sep 2013 | 5:27 am
    Every year since its founding in 1959, the nonprofit ACT has collected and reported on data that reflects students’ college/career readiness. The 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness report came out a few weeks ago. Its goal is to provide national and state-level windows into college readiness among graduating high school seniors who took the ACT (which 54% of 2013 high school graduates did). ACT offers an infographic on the report, which is reprinted here with attribution. (You can download the full report in PDF format here.) Among the highlights: Of the four college readiness…
  • Update on Next-Generation Assessment Systems

    Scott Cronenweth
    18 Sep 2013 | 12:20 pm
    Back in September, 2010, the US Department of Education announced the winners of its $350 million Race to the Top Comprehensive Assessment Systems Competition: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers () and Smarter Balanced. These two federally funded state consortia are working to build a comprehensive system of “early assessment” tests to gauge the progress of public school students towards college and career readiness, starting as early as third grade. Also in the next-generation assessment game is the nonprofit ACT, which is developing a new series of…
  • Career Readiness Certification—A Survey of Existing National Tests

    Scott Cronenweth
    9 Sep 2013 | 8:35 am
    Recently this blog referenced a new post-college standardized test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment. It’s clear that there’s a strong and growing market for post-collegiate career readiness testing and certification. So what other “national” tests are out there and how popular are they? Among the tests used by employers, graduate programs and other organizations to assess applicants’ aptitude is the National Science Foundation’s Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT). The CAT is “designed to assess and promote the improvement of critical thinking and real-world problem…
  • President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

    Scott Cronenweth
    3 Sep 2013 | 7:38 am
    Even as students are struggling to prove themselves to employers, colleges are coming under fire for failure to deliver adequate educational value in exchange for tuition costs. Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance. “It’s time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results,” the President said. “Colleges that keep their tuition down and are providing…
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  • StoryCorps: Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Iveth Romano teaches pre-school in Chicago and many of her students are bilingual. She came by the StoryCorps booth recently to speak with producer Katie Klocksin about the importance of supporting kids who are learning two languages.“Most of the parents don’t speak English,” Romano said. “But most of our teachers who have a Bachelors’, they are American, so they just speak English.”“I remember once a girl she just peed her pants and started crying,” she continued. “I was in another classroom but I heard the girl say that she wanted to use…
  • Mayoral candidate Garcia releases education plan

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is announcing his education plan today.Parts of the plan are strikingly similar to a policy paper put out by the Chicago Teachers Union two and a half years ago. So much so, that whole sentences in the summary are pulled word for word from that paper, dubbed “The Schools Chicago’s Children Deserve.”But Garcia said he got input from several groups, not just the CTU.“We have consulted with parents,” he said. “We’ve consulted with high school students. We’ve consulted with education (sic) experts.
  • CPS students take on 'Hour of Code'

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Some students in Chicago Public Schools started learning a new language today: The language of computers.CPS students took part in a global event, called the Hour of Code, which gets teenagers, and this year even President Barack Obama, taking a crack at computer coding.At Wells Community Academy High School in West Town, about 40 teenagers filled the library. Each one of the kids huddled around a computer.Music Teacher Martha Ciurla kicked things off.“We’re going to get started,” Ciurla says. “Now remember, all over the world, at this very hour, at this very moment,…
  • Germany's child care law aims to get more moms back to work

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    When Michaela Ludwig arrives to pick up her son Paul at day care, it takes her about 15 minutes to convince her 3 year old to leave his hiding spot. He’s inside the wooden tree house where he’s busy playing pirates with his good friend Toni. Ludwig says Paul often isn’t ready to go home when she gets to the day care center or kita as it’s known in Germany, where he spends seven hours a day Monday through Friday.Ludwig works in public relations and she’s one of many parents in Hamburg, Germany, who is taking advantage of national legislation that went into…
  • Global Activism: ConTextos expands literacy programs to El Salvador prisons

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    When we first met Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, she wanted to “create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy” to help children in Central America thrive. To do this, Debra started the organization ConTextos. She now lives in El Salvador. For our Global Activism segment, Gittler is back in Chicago and will update us on how her work has expanded into El Salvador’s justice system.Debra Gittler told us some of what she’s been up to since her last Worldview appearance:ConTextos has expanded into the Justice System in El…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Knewton in the Classroom: Waggle

    Meghan Daniels
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Meeting the needs of every student is one of the biggest difficulties teachers face today. Some students are struggling to catch up; others are bored with the material at hand. (And this doesn’t take behavior issues or other challenges into account.) With Knewton, teachers can better serve the needs of students at both ends of the spectrum, and everywhere in between. Waggle, Powered by Knewton As an example, let’s look at Triumph Learning’s Waggle, an educational product designed to help students practice skills and prepare for assessment in a supportive, engaging environment. Powered…
  • Introducing Four New Knerds

    Rachel Kuntz
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Meet four new Knerds! Hillary Green-Lerman, originally from Irvine, California, joins Knewton as a data scientist on the Research and Development team. She attended UC Berkeley and worked as a scientific associate at D.E. Shaw Research before coming to Knewton. Her hobbies include running, sewing, quilting, and cooking. Her favorite TV show is Fringe. Steven Levitt is a software engineer on the Analytics team. Originally from Brooklyn, he previously worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co., running high performance computing clusters as a service for quantitative research applications. If he could…
  • Are You Up For The Hour of Code Challenge?

    Christina Yu
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    December 8th through the 14th is Computer Science Education Week and with it brings this year’s Hour of Code event. Millions of people around the world are encouraged to learn the basics about coding for at least one hour this week. Learn more about the celebration here and join in by checking out one of these tutorials. At Knewton we are honoring the Hour of Code because we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. If you’re in the New York area, join some of our Knerds that are co-organizing a free Hour of Code event at NYU. It will take place…
  • Five Things You Don’t Know About Lifelong Learning

    Christina Yu
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW INFOGRAPHIC Lifelong learning, the constant acquisition of knowledge and skills, is seeing explosive interest today. As the internet becomes more ubiquitous and digital solutions extend learning beyond physical classrooms, the potential for lifelong learning has grown dramatically. Below are five things you might not know about lifelong learning today. The explosion in lifelong learning initiatives has transformed the relationship between “just in time” and “just in case” learning.   As introduced in the book Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology,…
  • 7 Myths About Differentiated Instruction

    Christina Yu
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW THE INFOGRAPHIC MYTH: Differentiation is synonymous with grouping students according to ability. Differentiated instruction often involves group work. It does not mean, however, separating students into groups based on their level or perceived ability and assigning different work to each group. One effective differentiation tactic is to put students into heterogeneous groups, where each student brings some particular skill or strength to the group (and has a weakness that needs to be addressed as well). That way, students become responsible for each other’s…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Robertson College Open House - Winnipeg

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Come visit our Campus!We would like to invite you to our Open House event taking place this Thursday, December 18th at our Winnipeg campus.  If you are interested in going back to school, upgrading your career or even if you are just curious about what it is like to be a student at our college - we invite you to drop by for a visit! What to ExpectWe understand what a major commitment education can be - so that's why we wanted to give you the opportunity to meet with our faculty and staff, see the campuses for yourself and ask any questions you may have about going back to school.We offer…
  • Robertson College Massage Therapy Students Win National Research Award

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Robertson College Massage Therapy Students and Co-Award Winners of the 4th Annual Research & Interpretive Studies Competition.A research paper prepared by a team of Robertson College Massage Therapy students has won a national research award sponsored by the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS).Students Ashley Calder, Mario Funk, Patricia Salceda, Rebecca Zavala, Sukhminder Sidhu and Rachael Dupuis were co-award winners of the 4th Annual Research & Interpretive Studies 2013 – 2014 Competition for their research paper on the “Effects of Myofascial Release on…
  • Celebrating our Graduates: Edmonton Grad Day

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    We are really going to miss these graduates! It was an emotional affair as we saw so many of our Edmonton graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. We've gotten to know some of the students very well over the course of their program. It's been a pleasure to welcome them to the college, see them grow, gain valuable career skills and now, to know they are on their way to successful careers! Congratulations again, graduates!See more pictures on our Facebook page!
  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Calgary Grad Day

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    We had a such a special time last month, celebrating all of our Calgary graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.  The sea of blue was really quite impressive - don't you agree?  Congratulations again, to all of our graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your new careers!For more pictures, visit our Facebook page and follow us for all our latest news!
  • Robertson College Online - Programs Starting in January

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    We are fast approaching the end of 2014.  Are you as excited as us about the upcoming year? The turning of a new year is the ideal time to take a closer look at your life and set goals that can further your growth and development.  Whether it has to do with your health, your family or your career - goal setting is an important step to make sure you stay on track!If you've been thinking about furthering your career or pursuing a job that you are passionate about, Robertson College can help you achieve your goal. Robertson College Online now offers programs in Business and Health Care…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Introducing Udemy’s 5 Millionth Student – Evan Freed

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Name: Evan Freed Location: Kansas City, MO Age: 24 Education: Graduated from Cedarville University, 2013; degree in management of information systems Occupation: System Engineer, Cerner Corporation       Udemy Courses in progress: Become a SuperLearner: Learn Speed Reading & Advanced Memory Travel Hacking – Cheap, Smart & Fun Travel Conversational Spanish Made Easy The Complete Web Developer Course – Build 14 Websites Evan Freed is an entrepreneur to the core. In high school, he started a company with a friend doing linux hosting and web consulting for small…
  • Gulsen Yildirim Offers Glimpse Into Life as a Udemy Engineer in Turkey

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Gulsen Yildirim is a senior software engineer in Udemy’s Turkey office, and one of 11 engineers on the Turkey team. She shares her background, insights on working at Udemy, and advice for job-seeking engineers. What is your educational background/degree(s)? I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. I have an MS degree in Cognitive Science and I am now working on my PhD in Cognitive Science. I have 10+ years of experience in software development. I did game development for about 4 years and following that, I participated in various software projects as a…
  • Udemy Partners with

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Udemy has joined forces with, the largest job site in the United Kingdom, to offer 3,500 courses to jobs seekers. The partnership will grant’s more than 6 million job seekers per month access to an array of free and paid Udemy courses relevant to the skills required for employment in a range of areas, including growing fields like technology and software development. Job seekers increasingly need to update their skill set to remain competitive in today’s workforce and gain employment in quickly evolving fields. Our new partnership with brings…
  • Udemy Sees Rapid Growth in 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    We’re incredibly proud to announce our 5 millionth student, as well as a long list of exciting milestones that make 2014 a year of unprecedented growth for Udemy! People across the globe are now recognizing the power of online learning to fuel their personal and professional lives at an unrivaled rate. Be sure to catch the full year in review, and enjoy a snapshot of everyone’s hard work below. Go, team, go! Student growth: Reached 5 million students Reached 13.4 million course enrollments Grew student base by 213 percent over 2013 Instructor growth: Published more than 12,000 new…
  • 2014 Social Innovation Grantees

    Meg Evans
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It’s been an exciting year at Udemy — we’ve launched our Social Innovation Program and given out $25,000 in grants to support nonprofits creating Udemy courses! Below you’ll find a summary of the year’s grantees and the courses that you can expect in the coming months. Udemy is excited to partner with these great organizations to help scale education around the world.   December Grantees The Eurasia Foundation is a Washington DC-based group that runs programs equipping citizens to define and achieve outcomes of enduring benefit to their communities. While building the…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Number of Indians pursuing higher studies in France shoots up by 50%

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Institutes in France are gaining popularity among Indian students, as per various reports. The overall number of Indian students pursuing higher education in France has shot up by 50%, as per Campus France, which is the French national agency responsible for promoting French higher education. At present, there are more than 2,700 Indians studying in French higher education institutes. Various reasons have contributed towards more Indians opting for France as a destination of higher studies. During the last five years, the number of courses conducted in English has increased. Moreover,..
  • Bournemouth University, UK Invites Applications for Academic Excellence Scholarship 2015

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Applications are invited by  Bournemouth University (BU), UK   for Academic Excellence Scholarship 2015 for pursuing taught master’s programs offered at the university. Scholarship Details: The worth of the scholarship is £3,000. The scholarship will be paid by a reduction in the tuition fee. Eligibility Criteria: Postgraduate (master’s) candidates are eligible to apply. Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship and awards are for the first year of entry at BU only. Candidates..
  • Exempt income tax to attract quality faculties

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    “It is most unfortunate that even after 65 years of independence; we have not focussed on education” Said Mr Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, in Chennai on 9th Feb 2014. The observation in question is very apt and relevant to-day. A little research will reveal that the Government could have done much more, to really focus and upgrade the quality of education. Few bills presented before parliament are pending for a long time and both the houses have no time to deliberate and pass/reject them. Parliament and State legislatures have certainly failed; they have…
  • IPU-CET M.Ch in Urology 2015 Exam Dates

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi   has announced the exam dates for  Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU-CET)   for M.Ch in Urology program, which will be conducted in May 2015. The IPU-CET for M.Ch in Urology will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 . IPU-CET   is conducted for taking admission to Master of Chirurgical (M.Ch) program in Urology for the session 2015-16. Eligibility Criteria for   IPU-CET   2015 : For details and information on eligibility criteria, please visit their official website . ..
  • NMIMS Mumbai summer placements hold promise for final placements

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The summer placement session at the School of Business Management under Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) , Mumbai has seen the students bagging some lucrative offers, indicating an upward swing for the final placements as well. The students pursuing Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs at the institute have received attractive Pre-placement Offers (PPOs) and Pre-placement Interviews (PPIs), totaling more than 154. The offers have been extended by top firms from diverse sectors. This year’s numbers have already surpassed last year's and few more..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Robertson College Open House - Winnipeg

    Robertson College
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Come visit our Campus!We would like to invite you to our Open House event taking place this Thursday, December 18th at our Winnipeg campus.  If you are interested in going back to school, upgrading your career or even if you are just curious about what it is like to be a student at our college - we invite you to drop by for a visit! What to ExpectWe understand what a major commitment education can be - so that's why we wanted to give you the opportunity to meet with our faculty and staff, see the campuses for yourself and ask any questions you may have about going back to school.We offer…
  • Robertson College Massage Therapy Students Win National Research Award

    Robertson College
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Robertson College Massage Therapy Students and Co-Award Winners of the 4th Annual Research & Interpretive Studies Competition.A research paper prepared by a team of Robertson College Massage Therapy students has won a national research award sponsored by the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS).Students Ashley Calder, Mario Funk, Patricia Salceda, Rebecca Zavala, Sukhminder Sidhu and Rachael Dupuis were co-award winners of the 4th Annual Research & Interpretive Studies 2013 – 2014 Competition for their research paper on the “Effects of Myofascial Release on…
  • Celebrating our Graduates: Edmonton Grad Day

    Robertson College
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    We are really going to miss these graduates! It was an emotional affair as we saw so many of our Edmonton graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. We've gotten to know some of the students very well over the course of their program. It's been a pleasure to welcome them to the college, see them grow, gain valuable career skills and now, to know they are on their way to successful careers! Congratulations again, graduates!See more pictures on our Facebook page!
  • Celebrating Our Graduates: Calgary Grad Day

    Robertson College
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    We had a such a special time last month, celebrating all of our Calgary graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.  The sea of blue was really quite impressive - don't you agree?  Congratulations again, to all of our graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your new careers!For more pictures, visit our Facebook page and follow us for all our latest news!
  • Robertson College Online - Programs Starting in January

    Robertson College
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    We are fast approaching the end of 2014.  Are you as excited as us about the upcoming year? The turning of a new year is the ideal time to take a closer look at your life and set goals that can further your growth and development.  Whether it has to do with your health, your family or your career - goal setting is an important step to make sure you stay on track!If you've been thinking about furthering your career or pursuing a job that you are passionate about, Robertson College can help you achieve your goal. Robertson College Online now offers programs in Business and Health Care…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Mama Moment} Letting Go a Little

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had known all along it was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for just how difficult it would be. And as great as I knew it would be for my little social butterfly, that didn’t make it any easier. But it was time. Last week, Parker started daycare. We had been planning for this all fall, knowing that one of his daytime babysitters was off to begin her internship in January. And we were thrilled to get a spot in the daycare/preschool on the college campus where my mom teaches, since that meant she could help transport and be close by. After having the opportunity to be home with…
  • Christmas Song Round-Up!

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s holiday crunch time: those last few days before winter break when I try to fit in as many seasonal songs and activities as I can, because I know I won’t have the chance again for an entire year. I love, love, love Christmas time, especially the music, which is why I have been inspired to write so many original songs over the year. I’m doing my best to make use of them, many of which I’m sharing with you below in case you need a little extra inspiration in the remaining days before Christmas. Catch the Spirit by Listen & Learn Music It’s hard not to…
  • A New Addition on the Way

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Almost exactly two years ago, I shared the news that I was expecting my first baby. It’s hard to believe, because that feels like just yesterday, but I’m thrilled to announce that baby #2 is coming in May! I wrote all about finding out the news on my family blog, where I plan to journal occasionally about this pregnancy just as I did with my first. My due date is May 26th, just two weeks shy of my son Parker’s 2nd birthday.  I had heard that pregnancy isn’t exactly a walk in the park with a toddler underfoot, but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exhausting…
  • Rudolph & Co.

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every December, I get to sing reindeer songs with lots of excited children at my church’s annual Breakfast with Santa event. This year just might have been the most fun yet, because my little boy was old enough to attend. He joined right in with the rest of the kids, playing instruments and singing along. There are a few key ingredients to our reindeer singalong: castanets and rhythm sticks (because how else do you make reindeer hoof sounds!?) and the perfect tunes. “Do You Hear the Reindeer?” and “The Other Eight Reindeer” are two original songs that I wrote…
  • {Mama Moment} How Being a Music Therapist Prepared Me for Motherhood

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Mary Altom, a board-certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist. She owns Sound Starts Music, a private practice in Frisco, TX and Music Therapy Kids, an online resource for parents and professionals working with children who have special needs. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of experience with babies or little kids. My cousins lived far away. I was not one to babysit for extra money. I was never one to fawn over new babies at church, and I certainly didn’t spend time wishing for one of my own. My husband and I were married for 5 years before…
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  • Help Your Young Child Handle Stress

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Managing stress is just as important for children as it is for adults. Stress can affect anyone who is overwhelmed, especially during the holidays—and that can include young children.Some stress triggers might be scheduling visit times for blended families, separation from a parent, the high expense of the season, or dealing with the loss Read more...
  • Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabulary and simple concepts that they need to memorize, but studying for more complex concepts and math require different techniques.
  • Supporting Your Accelerated Learner

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Teachers know that much time and energy is focused on making sure a student reaches and stays at grade level for his academic benchmarks. Yet all good teachers know that supporting and challenging an above-level child is equally as important!Here are ways that parents can help support a child who has already achieved or surpassed grade level Read more...
  • Tips To Help Develop Responsibility in Your Kids

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    All parents want to raise their kids to be  self-reliant, hard-working, successful adults. It is not easy to do, because to do so children must take responsibility for their own actions. It is difficult to watch a child suffering the consequences he deserves. Here are some tips that can help you decide what is best for your child.
  • Simple Holiday Gift Ideas That Enhance Learning

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way.Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas that enhance learning, increase vocabulary, practice math, fine-tune motor skills, and promote team and social interaction.•  Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • 5 Business Items To Check Off Your List Before Year’s End

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    The holiday break is almost upon us. The last thing we want to suggest is more work for anyone, but there are a few very easy things you can do right now that will make January a little less hectic. 1. Send out a reminder for the January PTO meeting. Promise folks you’ll do something fun, like a trivia game with small prizes, to get people interested.  2. Ask the principal if you can meet in early January to discuss the school’s 100th day celebration plans. Find out how your group can help.  3. Schedule a leadership meeting for January. Bring together the board and committee…
  • Yes, Dads Have a Place at School

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    We love dads here at PTO Today, especially involved school dads. And this week I have a few simple tips and links and programs to help you connect with more dads at your school. First, please do note that dads’ involvement is different. The most successful schools in terms of involving fathers have custom programs just for them. It might not be fair that PTOs and PTAs are mostly associated with moms, but it's reality. Don't fight it -- get dads involved with whatever name works. And I have a sneak preview of an article about dads from our upcoming January magazine. Called “A Place for…
  • Community Service Ideas That Capture the Holiday Spirit

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    We recently asked our Facebook friends to share community service ideas that promote kindness and the spirit of giving. We had the opportunity to give away 10 copies of the best-selling book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and so we are sharing them with the community members who posted our favorite ideas. Here’s a summary of those ideas: •We hold a free Winter Wonderland craft night and we ask for donations of hats, gloves, and scarves. The children hang them on a tree as they walk in to the event and these are donated to local families. One of the craft stations is a cardmaking area and the…
  • Let Volunteers Know You Appreciate Their Support

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    How do you plan to say thanks to your volunteers this holiday season? We have two very simple no-cost suggestions that will make your volunteers happy and pay dividends for your group. First of all, a word about volunteer appreciation. A lot of groups, if they think of volunteer appreciation at all, think of it as an end-of-year event when you celebrate the contributions of everyone who helped out during the year. You hold this great energizing event, but then everyone heads their separate ways for the summer. Why not focus on volunteer appreciation during the year, when you can reap the…
  • The PTO Today Crew Sends Holiday Greetings!

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Here's a wish for the happiest of holidays to everyone!  Read More
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  • Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Partial excerpt from: National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members.Van Roekel, who retired this summer, was paid $541,632 during NEA’s fiscal year ending Aug. 31 — a $130,000 increase from last year, driven by a gross salary hike from $306,286 to $429,509. NEA membership dropped from 3,003,885 last August to 2,963,121 this August.NEA, the…
  • Support staff the inferior class of people?

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It's bad enough that our raises do not compound with years of service.  Rather they are applied to the start/base wage.But never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that we consistently do not receive the same percentage increase, despite it being applied differently.Step one; Goto the DPI website and download the Administrative Salary reports for a number of years back.Step two: Open each file and look for your school district.  Calculate the percent increase from the last years salary.Step three: Go through your old contracts and notes to compare what was awarded to support…
  • Animosity created

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Some time back I wrote a letter of recommendation for a fellow co-worker, a long term substitute worker.He had applied a number of times for a permanent position, but always was passed up.  Instead they would hire someone off the street that they had no first hand experience with.This guy was/is quite flexible and I suspected and I suspected they didn't want to lose him as a substitute.The problem is the permanent person that they awarded the position to, always turned out to be less deserving.  I.e. they sucked, as deemed by all the other workers.So I wrote something along these…
  • Guy is spot on.

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:18 pm
    HOWARD — The scandal at the VA is yet another symptom of the “bonus culture” that has infiltrated management of all our institutions. When the measures used to evaluate success of the organization become the target by which executive pay is determined, corruption and criminality follow. This was the case when bankers falsified mortgage applications and financial products almost destroying our economy in the financial meltdown. It happens when chief executives rig company earnings to give themselves fat checks and it happened again at VA hospitals. At the VA (unlike the banks) someone…
  • In charge and not responsible

    21 Oct 2013 | 11:17 am
    Doesn't it irk you when important people like your boss, CEO's/ administrators aren't taking their job seriously.  Well why should they, other people in similar positions aren't held responsible?  That ethic of responsibility apparently went away 25 years ago.Look at the 2008 market collapse and how the bailout worked.   No one important in the banking, wall-street or other stepped down, big business were propped up and able to keep with the same people in charge.Compare that to how Lee Iacocca turned around Chrysler in the early 1980s. He reduced his own salary to $1 a…
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    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

  • The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014

    Med kharbach
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    December 19, 2014 After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I... more
  • A Good Chart Featuring Over 50 Educational Encyclopedias

    Med kharbach
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    December 19, 2014 So what other online encyclopedias do you know besides the popular Wikipedia? Chances are some few titles are popping up in your mind right now. In fact there are dozens of very... more
  • TED Released It's Year In Ideas Compilation

    Med kharbach
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:58 pm
    December 18, 2014 Year in Ideas is a new release from TED that highlights some of the powerful ideas TED speakers covered in their talks during this year.The short 8-minutes video below contains... more
  • The 5 Best TED Talks for Teachers

    Med kharbach
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    December 18, 2014 TED talks are invaluable resources for teachers professional development. They cover a wide variety of education related topics and provide a very good source of inspiration for... more
  • Over 50 Academic Search Engines and Databases for Educators and Researchers

    Med kharbach
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    December 18, 2014 Wikipedia has this comprehensive list of major academic databases and search engines. This list has over 50 titles neatly organized based on the discipline they target. From... more
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    Medicare and Medicare advantage both are very important. In the world that we live in there are and will be many challenging diseases so one should have his/her health insured so as to assure quality... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Duration and Work

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    Work and duration are major parts of our daily life and we often use the two words in place of each other although that is not right. The two words duration and work are different to each other and... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between NHL 10 and NHL 11

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    In the world of video games, the level of hype and craze soars to greater heights every year when the latest version of a particular game is released. Fortunately or unfortunately, the world we live... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    Nowadays people do a lot of social networking, especially on Facebook and Twitter. These social networks can be useful to us in many ways as through it we can interact with others by means that... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Methodist and Presbyterian

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    The most popular religion in the world is Christianity. There are more Christians in the world than the followers of any other religion. However, these people do not all have exactly the same beliefs... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Enseigner : un métier sous contrôle? Entre autonomie professionnelle et normalisation du travail par M. Gather Thurler & O. Maulini

    Mia San Jose
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Une critique de Enseigner : un métier sous contrôle? Entre autonomie professionnelle et normalisation du travail par M. Gather Thurler & O. Maulini, Paris : ESF, Ed. 2014. Authors:  Monique Brodeur Web exclusive? read more
  • I’ve Got Something To Say! How student voices inform our teaching By David Booth

    Mia San Jose
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    A review of I’ve Got Something To Say! How student voices inform our teaching by David Booth, Pembroke Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-1551382890 Authors:  Caroline Tennent Web exclusive? read more
  • 15 Years After the Quebec Education Reform: Critical Reflections

    Mia San Jose
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Some key figures from the world of education agreed to answer the following question: According to its creators, Quebec’s education Reform was designed to generate innovation and bring about major change. Do you think the Reform's implementation produced the desired results? As you read these observations, you will see that these education leaders agree on a number of points related to both pedagogy and administration that could explain the Reform's successes as well as its potential shortcomings. Authors:  Claude Lessard Gaétan Neault Gaston Rioux Josée Bouchard Léo Bureau-Blouin…
  • La recherche-action au service de la mobilité étudiante internationale

    Mia San Jose
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Inspirés par nos propres expériences de voyages scolaires ainsi que par des échanges avec nos étudiants, voilà maintenant quatre ans que nous travaillons à mieux comprendre le phénomène de l’internationalisation de l’éducation, plus précisément la mobilité étudiante internationale dans les collèges privés québécois, ce qui pourrait se résumer comme étant « […] les échanges et les stages de toute nature crédités ou non »  Authors:  Alexandre Jobin-Lawler Matthieu Boutet-Lanouette Web exclusive? read more
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper, Juliet

    Mia San Jose
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Subtitle:  How Blue Oyster Cult solved the “boys’ problem” in my Grade 9 English class “Do we have to study Shakespeare?” Authors:  Patrick Shannon Fenelon Web exclusive? read more
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Learning Resolutions: Setting a Goal-Based Budget

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s December again! Last year I wrote an article about my personal training resolutions, which you can see here. This year was indeed a hilarious year for me, as I managed to conduct training at a conference during which one of the teambuilding exercises involved playing a game of contact soccer while wrapped in truly absurd amounts of bubble wrap (true story, by the way, and exactly as amusing as it sounds). This year, however, I’d like to focus on what I’m hoping will be good resolutions for you and your training department. All across the land, training departments are preparing…
  • OpenSesame's Learning Resolutions Series is Back!

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Can you believe it’s already December? I can’t! I’ve heard (and said!) this multiple times over the last few days, as we as a company push toward the end of the year, as friends plan holiday parties, and as my family prepares to converge on my parents’ house for Christmas. Hard to believe it’s been a year since our last Learning Resolutions series (and that we’re already preparing for another round of resolutions and goals!). We’re on year three (don't miss 2013 and 2014) of gathering resolutions from leaders in the learning and elearning space, and I couldn’t be more excited…
  • Stay Proactive Through Your End-of-Year Push!

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Feeling the year end pressure? Keep ahead of the chaos and keep your cool by staying proactive. A this time of year, it's important to prioritize effectively and delegate to your's easy to get overwhelmed, but don't forget training can help!   This week's featured courses are here to lighten your load. Empower your team to take action and finish the year strong!   The key to hospitality is proactive customer service. Building guest loyalty and bringing in repeat business is critical to your company's success. Teach your team the six essential rules of quality guest service through…
  • Key Takeaways from ATD's 2014 State of the Industry Report
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    As we progress through an increasingly tech-based millennium, online learning is continuing to become a more prominent part of employee training and education. According to ATD’s 2014 State of the Industry Report, online training accounted for more than a third of the total employee learning hours documented in the last year. ATD’s 2014 State of the Industry Report (SOIR), released last week, surveyed a diverse group of 340 organizations of various sizes, industries, and locations regarding their training and development expenditures. The report is used by many companies as a benchmarking…
  • Why You Should Give Change a Fighting Chance
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Change. It’s that big scary monster looming on the horizon, and when it comes around things are strange and different. Too often people fight change, whether it be in their personal lives, work lives, their country, or the world. Changes in thought or procedure run into resistance more often than not. When change comes around, people are tempted to fight it. Many people deny change, claiming they know the old way; it’s familiar and safe. But oftentimes fighting is what makes change hard. Sometimes adjustments in thinking bring about new ideas and innovations or more efficient ways of…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Bilingual Picture Books Celebrate the Earth

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Lee & Low recently sent me their two new bilingual picture books. These beautiful books celebrate the Earth and its natural resources. They are wonderful choices for children learning Spanish or for native speakers. New Bilingual Picture Books from Lee & Low Call Me Tree/ Llámame árbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez Call Me Tree/Llámame árbolcompletely captivated me the first time I read it. I love the concept – a book to wake up to – and I read it hoping that the beauty of the art and language would be sustained to the last page. It is, and as you can imagine, I’m…
  • Teaching Kindness in Spanish

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    At Spanish Playground we are working with Kids Yoga Stories to create activities to teach children Spanish and yoga through basic concepts. We want to give you simple activities, both for Spanish and yoga, that you can work into a busy schedule. We will bring you these activities in a series of monthly posts: Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga. In addition to yoga, I’ll mention other language activities you can use with Spanish learners related to the theme of the month. This month our focus is teaching kindness. A big part of teaching kindness to children is teaching them the power of language to help…
  • Spanish Logic Puzzles for Kids

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Logic puzzles for kids are excellent reading practice in Spanish. They often include information to establish a context, almost like a little story. You can also make several logic puzzles for kids that relate to a theme as a way to work with specific vocabulary. Logic puzzles for kids require them to use the process of elimination to figure out the answer. Of course, you have to show them how to use the grid, and teach them the “rules” of these puzzles. Teach kids to put an X in the grid for information that does not match and an O when the information matches or is correct. For example,…
  • Christmas Story in Spanish: The Friday Five

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    It’s Friday and time for the Friday Five. These five easy-to-do activities center around telling the Christmas story in Spanish. Language and culture are inseparable. The Catholic church has a strong presence in Spanish-speaking countries, and many traditions center around religious holidays. Through Christmas traditions, children learning Spanish learn language, history, and the values and views that influence Spanish-speaking societies. Talking about the Christmas story in Spanish is an excellent way of exposing children to the language. Activities to talk about the Christmas Story in…
  • 10 Life Lessons Learned from Spanish Grammar

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Languages shape our perceptions. Usually I understand that concept in terms of subtleties of meaning or interaction. Recently though, inspired by the hundreds of lists of life lessons I have seen, I considered what wisdom we can take away from the structure of Spanish itself. I believe these ten life lessons can be learned from examining Spanish grammar. As educators and language professionals, we can easily identify the structures that inspire each of the life lessons below. Can your young language learners give examples in Spanish related to these life lessons? 1. When you respect someone,…
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    Discover Share Inspire

  • And Then There Came Europe…

    Rachel Denning
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Casa Ylang Ylang on Finca Ipe I want a sewing machine. And an ice cream maker. I want to plant a garden, grow some herbs and some flowers. I want a house where we can store our growing library, make crafty things to hang on the walls and decorative pillows to put on the couch. I want a place to keep all of our memorabilia — pictures the kids draw, their little scribbled notes of love and my seashell collection. (I want, I want, I want… I sound like a spoiled brat.) After giving birth to Saige here in Costa Rica, which provided the opportunity to get residency, this burning desire…
  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

    Catlin Tucker
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist. My students had already written four essays this year, so I decided to ditch the essay. Instead, I had them select a metaphor from the novel and asked them to bring it to life creating a 3D visual metaphor.                 I was not prepared for the level of enthusiasm, excitement, and creativity that was…
  • 5 Tips To Keep Students Learning When Extreme Weather Strikes

    Catlin Tucker
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Yesterday Northern California was hit by massive storm. My school was closed because of weather for the first time in my teaching career. I know this is a fairly regular occurrence in colder climates; however, it’s a new situation for many of us in more temperate climates unused to extreme weather patterns. When I received notification that our school was closing three days before final exams, I was dismayed. We didn’t have time to lose an entire day together. So, I decided to get creative with technology and modify my class so students would still cover the content. Here are 5…
  • Voxer: Have Fun with Speaking & Listening

    Catlin Tucker
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    This week I was invited to join an ongoing conversation with a small group of English teachers using Voxer. Voxer is a live messaging app that combines the functionality of the classic walkie talkie with texting and photo sharing capabilities. Users can talk live or share recorded messages with a single person or a group of people. The ability to send a combination of text, photos, and audio messages using Voxer makes it a versatile tool. In an effort to capitalize on my students’ love affairs with their devices, I’ve tried to think outside the box in terms of the Common Core…
  • MindShift’s Guide to Digital Games & Learning

    Catlin Tucker
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Digital games and their place in the educational landscape has been a hotly debated issue. Despite the debate, one thing is clear, students love games. If educators can capitalize on that interest and excitement, games can become a powerful vehicle for learning. This comprehensive guide published by  MindShift and written by Jordan Shapiro explores the benefits of using digital games for learning, provides strategies for selecting games, and includes examples of how educators are using digital games in the classroom. Ultimately, the goal is to use digital games to engage students and put…
  • The Truth Is I Almost Quit Teaching

    Catlin Tucker
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Before technology, I was so disillusioned with the teaching profession I remember thinking, “Have I chosen the wrong career?” When I began to experiment with technology, my reality as a teacher changed so dramatically that now I cannot imagine doing any other job!
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  • Montreal Massacre remembered

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in engineering and…
  • Women in Engineering serve as catalyst for change

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in engineering and…
  • Does gender still matter in the field of engineering?

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in…
  • Faculty work abroad furthers international partnership

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Randy Linton discussing fiscal agreements between Canada-Mexico at Universidad Panamericana. Photo courtesy of Universidad Panamericana Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International Randy Linton, Lecturer (Accounting) with the Faculty of Business Administration, delivered a set of seminars in Mexico City from November 8 – 11, 2014 at our partner university Universidad Panamericana. The Universidad Panamericana and University of Regina have a long-standing academic relationship that dates back 20 years. During his time in Mexico, Linton…
  • Montreal Massacre highlights need for change

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On December 6, 1989 Marc Lépine entered a classroom at École Polytechnique in Montreal (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) and separated the female students from the male ones. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism” he shot all nine women in the room killing six of them. He then moved through the school targeting other women to shoot. In all, he killed fourteen women, injured ten others, and four men before he turned the gun on himself. The post below is part of a series of thoughts, remembrances, and calls to action by women in…
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    Moodle News

  • A Moodlemas Carol: resources for past, present and future

    Joseph Thibault
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ll be taking an unofficial holiday break until the new year starting this week. While I don’t have planned posts I just might get a few out when I find something truly too good not to...
  • Moodle Partner Program Expands with an Addition Partner in Japan: e-Learning Co

    Joseph Thibault
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    The e-Learning co Ltd in Japan has been added to Moodle’s growing roster of Moodle Partners worldwide. This is the 3rd Moodle Partner in Japan and brings the total Moodle partners to over 60....
  • Plugin: Full Screen for Atto

    Joseph Thibault
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    Atto’s slowly been gaining functionality through plugins released at The newest plugin provides a familiar fullscreen option to help with editing a lot of html to give you self a...
  • Free Book: How to Use Moodle 2.7 (360+ pages of Moodle)

    Joseph Thibault
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This digital text created by Jaswinder Singh based on Jason Cole & Helen Foster’s Using Moodle 2nd Edition is available for free to Moodlers who are using 2.7. The text is 350+ pages and...
  • Moodle HQ expands to new Perth location

    Joseph Thibault
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    With an expanding staff and growth in its sites Moodle HQ in Perth has moved to a new location to accommodate future growth (and give the current team some breathing room). According to the post at...
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    Online Colleges Universities

  • UNF Among top 50 Best Online Colleges

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    The University of North Florida was recognized by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, by earning a place in the top 50 on its new ranking of 2015’s Best Online Colleges. Schools included in the 2015 Best Online Colleges ranking offer students affordable, high-quality programs combined with the flexibility of distance learning. UNF placed 37 and was the second highest ranked Florida university from a list of colleges and universities across the country that offer online degree programs. The University of…
  • 2015 Ranking of top 20 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Every year College Choice selects the top most affordable Online Bachelors degrees. Check out the top 20 for 2015 “With our ranking of most affordable colleges for online bachelor’s programs we have aimed to cut through some of the fog involved in determining the true costs of an online education,” said Jeremy Alder, Managing Editor of College Choice. According to Katie Amondson, lead editor for the ranking, “When considering where one can obtain an online bachelor’s degree that will work within a budget, this list will provide a definitive guide to figuring…
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  • Hands On Science from Seed to Dinner Table

    Janet Hill
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Utilizing a unique partnership between agriculture science classes and the school culinary club, students are experiencing hands on science from seed to dinner table. “We […]
  • Real History with Real People

    Mary Clark
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Students had the opportunity during a Vet-Connect program to learn about real history with real people who had lived their lives during the history that […]
  • Allowing YouTube on School Computers

    Jeanne Doyle
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In some schools, the question of allowing YouTube on school computers is frustrating teachers, administrators, and students. The popular website for uploading videos is important […]
  • Traveling Lab Shares Tech Tools Across Districts

    Susie McDonald
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Believing that there s nothing to gain by duplicating effort, one high school's traveling lab shares tech tools across districts. The "Fab Lab" from Sherwood […]
  • Limiting TV Time to Cut Childhood Obesity

    Jean Riley
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It may seem obvious, but a recent report has confirmed that the action of limiting TV time to cut childhood obesity is effective. Public health […]
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    Education News » Daily

  • Women take more places in rising university numbers

    External Resource
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    The number of UK university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time in 2014, with women a third more likely to enter higher education than men, Ucas admissions service figures show. Among 18-year-olds, 34% of women were allocated university places, compared with 26% of men, the widest ever gap. The gap is more than 50% in a quarter of parliamentary constituencies. The admissions figures also suggest more students with lower grades are getting places at top universities. About a third of applicants getting BBB grades got places in “higher tariff” universities, about twice as…
  • Get into the Christmas spirit with these Ferguson-inspired holiday carols

    External Resource
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    by Nathan Rubbelke – Are you still struggling to get into the Christmas spirit? Here’s a suggestion: Brew up a cup of joe, sit down with family and friends, and turn on those favorite Christmas carols. How about starting off with that classic, “White Christmas”? Heck, why not try out this new rendition? They’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones the bigots know Where justice is missing and fairness isn’t Because fairness and justice they don’t know They’re dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones the bigots know Where Fox News they listen and reason…
  • Student paper’s funding yanked following story about ‘rich white’ scholarship fund

    External Resource
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    Maybe there’s a convincing explanation for why the University of Redlands’ student government benched its student newspaper after a story about a giant scholarship donation, but I’m not seeing it in the Redlands Daily Facts report: The Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) cut the Bulldog Weekly’s funding and placed the newspaper on hiatus Dec. 10. The move came after a story ran in the Nov. 10 issue that portrayed a $35 million scholarship donation by the Hunsaker family in a negative light. A student was quoted as concerned that the fund was for “rich, white…
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Anti-Homeschool

    External Resource
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    Speaking at a luncheon, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) alarmed the homeschooling community when he included educating young people among things people, i.e. parents, can not do well themselves. “Government should do what people individually can’t do, or can’t do well themselves,” Hickenlooper said. “You know, educating our young people, making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safe…” “There are tens of thousands of children in Colorado whose parents educate them quite well at home,” responded Mike Donnelly, staff attorney…
  • As the Bubble Bursts, Opportunities for Reform

    External Resource
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    By Thomas K. Lindsay According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the last two years have seen a substantive decrease (930,000) in the number of college enrollments nationally. Aside from the rebounding economy — when jobs are scarce, some high-school grads and adult students see college as a more attractive option — at least two factors account for this decline: the decrease in the number of entering-college-age students in the overall population, and the rising cost of college tuition (and, with it, student-loan debt). As enrollments fall, so does the viability of a large number of…
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    LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

  • Get It Right Podcasts: Jessica Johnson

    Get It Right
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Jessica Johnson, principal of Dodgeland Elementary School in Juneau, WI and a NAESP National Distinguished Principal, shares her experience using technology to guide Common Core implementation. Download as MP3
  • When Evidence Isn't Enough: The Politics of VAM

    Tarsi Dunlop
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    What makes good public policy? Some analysts might respond with the phrase "evidence-based research." Unfortunately, policymakers can also be political agents, acting in the interests of outside forces and influences. A recent book, Show Me the Evidence, by Ron Haskins, heralds the Obama Administration's focus on using evidence to inform public policy solutions. Unfortunately, the administration’s current obsession with the use of value-added measures (VAM) to track student growth and account for their progress in teacher evaluations runs counter to this evidence-based emphasis. read more
  • A Powerful Voice That Will Live On

    American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    By Julie Underwood, Chair, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors and Dean, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison Public education lost one of its most powerful voices on Saturday, November 29, when John Goodlad passed away. He had worked in educational institutions at all levels, teaching in a one-room school in Canada, as dean of the Graduate school of Education at UCLA, and as founder of the Center for Education Renewal and the Institute for Educational Inquiry. John was a thoughtful leader for public education. He published more…
  • An Innovation in Educator Preparation: Georgia State University’s Dr. Gwendolyn Benson on NET-Q

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    We talk a lot about transforming teacher preparation to meet the changing demands of both today’s P-12 students and the education workforce. Often these discussions revolve around alternative certification programs, but to make a large-scale impact, we have to consider how the institutions of higher education that train nearly 90% of incoming teachers should respond to the challenges that new teachers and P-12 schools and districts face.  Fortunately, there are a number of models from which we can learn, institutions of higher education working in innovative ways to ensure that…
  • 7 Myths About Child Mental Health

    NEA Health Information Network
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Libby Nealis, Senior Program Coordinator, Behavioral and Mental Health, NEA Health Information Network NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Network recognized the week of December 7-13 as Mental Health Awareness Week.  Resources, discussions and webinars have been shared among members of the Student Bullying Group to examine issues around bullying and suicide prevention and recent federal guidance regarding bullying and students with disabilities.  NEA HIN wants to contribute by sharing some facts about children’s mental health and the roles that school can play to address the…
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    My College Guide

  • How to Search for Scholarships on University Websites

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    Searching for Scholarships on University Websites Which websites do you use to search for college scholarships? Many students use sites like,, and other sites with large scholarship databases. Another place to look for college scholarships is on college and university websites. Why? Many colleges and universities include listings of external scholarships (aka scholarships organizations outside the college provide to students). For example, Elmhurst College (IL) and Texas A&M University have a section on their Scholarships…
  • Behind the Scenes of College Admissions Decisions (Videos)

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    Behind the Scenes of the College Admissions Process Ever wonder what happens to college admission applications once you submit them? How do college admissions officers really make decisions? We’ve found several YouTube videos that give you a look behind closed doors of college admission offices so you can learn the secrets of college admissions. College Admissions: Inside the Decision Room: Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Amherst College (MA) admissions officials make their decisions on which students to accept. The Envelope: This video is a bit long (21 minutes), but it follows Butler…
  • 5 Tips for Writing a Stellar College Application Essay

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
    Tips for Writing a College Application Essay Writing a personal statement or college application essay can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. The purpose of most college admissions essays is for college admissions officers to get to know you better, beyond your test scores and GPA. Use these tips to create the best essays possible. 1. Talk about how and why, not what. Most college applications already have you list the “what” (as in what you’ve done in high school, what your GPA is, etc.), so on your essay you need to tell how and why you did what you did, or how you become…
  • College Major of the Month: Physical Therapy

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    College Major of the Month: Physical Therapy Health care is a growing industry, and that’s true for the field of physical therapy, too. That’s why My College Guide has chosen to spotlight physical therapy as this month’s College Major of the Month. What is physical therapy? Physical therapists help people improve their movement and manage their pain after sustaining an injury or due to a chronic illness. Physical therapists listen to patient and doctor concerns, observe patients, create a plan of care for patients, recommend exercises and therapies to rehabilitate patients, and evaluate…
  • College Scholarships Ending in December 2014

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Apply for College Scholarships The college scholarships on our list this month provide excellent opportunities for you to be creative. Some scholarship applications require essays, while others let you choose the format (such as artwork or video) that you submit. If you volunteer in your community, be sure to check out this month’s list as well. Here are seven college scholarships with deadlines in December 2014: Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship: This scholarship program awards $1,000 to a student (with a valid driver’s license) currently attending or planning to attend a college or…
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    LSAT Blog

  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A) In the wake of historically low enrollment numbers, it seems fair to ask “Why aren’t law schools changing?” Above The Law B) Speaking of historically low enrollment, Associate’s Mind goes in depth on the recently released numbers. Associate’s Mind C) Dr. Dre gave holiday bonuses to everyone at his longtime law firm. I sense a branding opportunity here: Treats by Dre. ABA Journal D) Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over pot legalization, and it’s really harshing my mellow. Wall Street Journal E) Ayn Rand reviews children’s movies. Need I say…
  • Who Does Your LSAT Prep Course Hire?

    Branden Frankel
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Did you read the real-life job posting seeking LSAT instructors above? If not, take a minute to familiarize (or perhaps horrify) yourself. Are you back now? Good. Faces and names have been blurred to protect the, well… not the innocent. No, certainly not. For they are guilty! Guilty of hiring instructors who have no business teaching the LSAT. You want to be a lawyer. You need a great score on the LSAT to get into a great school to get a great job to be fabulously wealthy to show all those jerks at your high school reunion how much better you are at life than they are. The first step in…
  • The LSAT Prep Christmas List

    Robert Seaney
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    ~All I want for Christmas is my No. 2, sharp pencil.~ Right? Something like that? What a thing to be studying for the LSAT over the holidays. Remember when this time of year was simple? When you anxiously awaited the arrival of Santa, instead of anxiously awaiting a random Sunday in February? But you can still get in the holiday spirit, even as you stress about the February exam. Take your Christmas list, for example. Instead of asking for Tiffany & Co., you could write Santa for a, uh… more practical kind of jewelry. Where once you asked for the next installment in the Twilight…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A) This essay written by a 3L looking back on her first-year law school self is a must read, and not just because she’s charmingly Austrailian. Survive Law B) Some profs are dropping discussions of rape law from their criminal law classes due to complaints from sensitive students. ABA Journal C) If the above story seems crazy to you because rape is a crime, you’re not alone. Above The Law D) The lead guitarist from Blind Melon is now a legal associate with his JD from a T14 law school. Life is pretty strange, indeed. Wall Street Journal E) Tonight is the last episode of The…
  • December LSAT: Final Summary

    Laura Santoski
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The deadline to cancel your December LSAT scores has passed, so if you took the test and haven’t canceled, you’re in for the long haul until scores are released. Much of the discussion in the week after the test centered on questions about canceling scores, so now that those discussions are out of the way, let’s take a more in-depth look at the test. Often after an administration of the LSAT, there will be a lot of chatter focusing around one particularly difficult Logic Game or Reading Comprehension passage. That wasn’t quite the case for this particular test. This doesn’t mean…
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  • Danisms

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    The following are opinions I hold to be accurate. If someone else said something I said first given how many people there are would seem to make it an inevitability. Danisms’ A person who suffers from attention deficit disorder may misperceive someone who stays on topic to be anal. Improvement is greatly accelerated by exposure to excellence. Taking a three-month vacation from learning each year is absurd. WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR AND HAVE THE SHOWS WE WANT AND NOT FOR THE ONES WE DON’T. If deniability it sufficiently organized, it can prevail against that which is true. Quality…
  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy. Ex. 1 Decision Making

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    A school district has a parade on a Saturday morning to promote community literacy awareness and garner support for reading. The decision is almost assuredly made by administrators because it is doubtful professional teachers would spend time in such a manner on their own. It is also highly unlikely that such an action would occur in a state that had a strong teacher union. It is not that teachers are not supportive of initiatives. It is just the amount of time they already spend in most cases no less than 60 hours a week and in most 70 or more, so they allocate their time wisely. I do not…
  • Whoops, They Did it Again

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When I was a teacher there was a administrator who regularly mandated teachers perform fund raising activities to an absurd degree They occurred with such frequency and were presented to parents and faculty in such a manner that organized meetings occurred just to discuss what to do about the problem. They took too much time, they cost people who couldn’t afford it too much money, they took the focus off of educating, they took teacher aides from their assigned duties, etc. Furthermore how the money was used was extremely dictatorial and prejudicial. Upon recognizing that the singular…
  • Cy Young – Player of the Year – MVP problem solved.

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    This year at the end of baseball season a discussion popped up for the umpteenth time concerning the appropriateness of a pitcher winning the Most Valuable Player Award. Most position players would argue a pitcher should not win because pitchers already have their own award in the Cy Young and are not deserving anyway because they only pitching one fifth of a teams’ total innings at most. So maybe my solution is overly simplistic or I just probably missed something. Why not have: the Cy Young go to the best pitcher, the Player of the Year go to the best player, (the word player implying…
  • Advertising in Politics

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

  • Tip-toe through the history of mistletoe

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo by David R. Tribble) Whether you catch mommy kissing Santa Claus or a young man stealing his first kiss, kissing under the mistletoe is a worldwide tradition. But, why does a bit greenery give us permission to catch a kiss? Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has lots of trivia about this semi-parasitic plant and why it gives…
  • Picking Pretty Poinsettia

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Today, poinsettias come in different colors (Photo by Debbie Johnson) For many people the poinsettia is required for Christmas decorations. Today’s guest is David Trinklein and he has advice for choosing healthy poinsettias and keeping them looking good throughout the holiday.   The colorful part of the poinsettia are modified leaves called bracts. The true flowers, called ciathia, are found in the center of the bracts. (Photo by Debbie Johnson)
  • First half of October in Missouri wet enough to set a record

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state A lot of rain fell on the Show-Me State in October. It delayed the harvest, eliminated statewide drought and set an all time record. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.     Visit Missouri Climate Center “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)
  • A collaborative approach to solving obesity and type-2 diabetes

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

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

  • Keeping FACS Alive: Mississippi Sees the Culinary Side of FACS

    LZX Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:02 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 teaching the culinary portion of the Edible Schoolyard Pathway at Upper Mississippi Academy. My students are learning about food and the growing process from the importance of healthy soil to the difference between an heirloom and a…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Theme Meals Prepared by Students in North Carolina

    LZX Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:01 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… FCS education is alive and well in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. I moved to NC to take a job as the Foods 1 teacher at Cox Mill High School in 2012. I have 30+ years of teaching all aspects of FCS before coming to NC. Foods 1 teaches the…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Celebrating a New FACS Career in Wisconsin

    LZX Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 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… Hello! My name is Julie Martin and I am beginning my journey with my FCS career! I am fortunate enough to be a teaching intern for a quaint Wisconsin town this coming Fall. I will complete my student teaching internship in December 2014. I…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: FACS Meets Ag Education in South Carolina

    LZX Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:58 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… FACS Classes are very involved in the school environment as they learn life skills and about the world we live in. Working closely with the Agriculture classes we study “from farm to table” all aspects to include harvest,…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Career and Business Development in Illinois

    LZX Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:57 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… At Lanphier High School in Springfield Illinois our FCS department is booming with students and talent! Not only do we have a fully functioning traditional FCS program but our students also have created their own small businesses within our…
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  • ($) Concentrated messaging is usually more impactful.

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    This used to be a bigger issue when there were lots of essays for each school, but even in the modern era of slimmed-down apps, it can still happen. Sometimes you have this one theme that you want to convey and you end up repeating it in multiple places, either within one single essay, or… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • The (typical) futility of aiming higher

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    Around this time of year, amidst the Round 1 celebrations, we hear of some already-successful BSers breathlessly announcing their plans to submit more applications. We covered this phenomenon last year, in a post where we talked about people getting excited about their successes to date and deciding to throw their hats into the ring for an even higher-ranked school. This post is to report on the results that some of those BSers saw last year: BSer #1 – admitted to MIT in Round 1 (while also denied from HBS same round) denied from Stanford in Round 2 matriculating at MIT BSer #2 –…
  • Today only!

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Special Offer – Today Only! Get the Complete Essay Package and we’ll throw in ONE of the following as a bonus: a free Letters of Recommendation App Accelerator OR a free Transcripts and Grades App Accelerator OR 50% off the Reworking Your Resume App Accelerator This offer will be honored as long as this message appears here. (Available for a few more hours on Thursday) Your window of opportunity for starting the Complete Essay Package in time for Round 2 is closing fast! Purchase the Complete Essay Package now and we’ll send you instructions for receiving your bonus. If you…
  • ($) The challenge of a leadership essay

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    We mentioned “leading a team” the other day and since leadership is such a fundamental component of a strong application to a top MBA program, we thought we’d go into some more details on it. Specifically, how to write a leadership essay for an MBA application. Which means, how do you present the details. We… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this one.
  • There’s still time!

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’re getting lots of questions about timing: YES THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET STARTED WITH ESSAYSNARK! You could even go through the Complete Essay Package before Round 2 deadlines. Standalone essay reviews are also available, with different pricing options for HARVARD, for one-essay app schools like YALE, CHICAGO BOOTH, DARDEN, WHARTON, or UCLA, and the standard full-set Essay Decimator (up to 4 essays for one school) which is great for COLUMBIA, TUCK, STANFORD, MIT SLOAN, NYU STERN, INSEAD, LBS, MICHIGAN ROSS, KELLOGG, DUKE, BERKELEY-HAAS, or for WHARTON if you are doing the…
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • 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…
  • How much do math grades really matter?

    Rebecca Zook
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Practicing” wearing a sparkly new outfit! So you may have gathered… I’m like, all about practice. And I just can’t stop thinking about the student I told you about last week… the one who was focused on getting straight As. What do you do when your unique, visionary kid is SUPER FOCUSED on grades? Is this a practice to encourage, or something to fear? Especially with kids who are usually very intrinsically motivated – who have their own plans, ideas, and passions – a sudden focus on grades can actually be a red flag that they are terrified of…
  • Afraid your math teacher will judge you?

    Rebecca Zook
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Me (on the left) attending a workshop with Sandra Yancey (right), one of the most powerful female entrepreneurs in the world. I love the Carol Dweck quote in the background… “Becoming is better than being.” This past week I got to attend an entire day-long workshop with Sandra Yancey, one of the most powerful female entrepreneurs in the world. This woman grew a huge national network and multi-million-dollar business from a handful of business cards. She is a powerhouse! Out of the entire day, one of the things she said that struck me the most was, “We cannot thrive…
  • Can math be a sanctuary?

    Rebecca Zook
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I went on an adventure this week. I did my first recording session with my cello. Me and one of my best friends went to my “power place,” this magical, beautiful tunnel in Central Park covered in beautiful mosaics that has amazing acoustics. We purposefully went late at night so it would be quiet. Walking through the park, I saw that a film shoot was set up next to the tunnel, with this huge floating dirigible light and all this film equipment. And I was afraid that they would kick us out or tell us to not make any noise. I thought, OK, well, the worst thing they can do is tell us to…
  • Case Study: An 8th grader goes from “math meltdown” to “math touchdown!”

    Rebecca Zook
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When this student first came to me as a 7th grader, she and her mom were experiencing math as a horrible struggle week to week. On her tests, she would initially get 40s, 50s, and 60s, and then spend a lot of time redoing the work over and over to pull up her grades, even more often than not staying in from lunch and recess to redo her work. So she was ending up with Bs and low As after all the do-overs, but as the result of agonizing effort. On many nights they would spend hours on her math homework, only to have the student end up in tears. And even this massive effort wasn’t resulting in…
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    MindShare Learning

  • MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Looking ahead into the new year, special thanks to Kristine Collins, NFB who invited me to present on a panel at SXSWedu in March entitled:  MediaLit Research & Advocacy: Lessons from Canada featuring speakers from: Mediasmarts, UNESCO, Mindshare Learning and the NFB. If you’ve not been to SXSWedu, I highly recommend this event! We celebrate a lot of special days and weeks through the year. Royan Lee shared this article via twitter from the New Yorker — Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? I’m wondering if we need an internet addiction day, or month? I love twitter and it’s where…
  • Dreambox Learning Product Review

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    by Timothy Gard Any time you can get a student to login to an adaptive learning environment, secure their attention for a good length of time while learning mathematics conceptually, you have to take notice. Welcome to Dreambox. Dreambox is an online, intelligent adaptive learning environment for K-8 students in mathematics. It uses an easy to navigate interface with a pedagogically tried and true learning environment in mathematics that motivates students to work through math concepts at the student’s developmental level in math. This learning environment stimulates thinking and causes…
  • Ontario’s Online Learning Portals – Unique Assets Supporting Students and Faculty & Instructors

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    by Contact North | Contact Nord Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network, offers two unique, one-of-a-kind web portals in Canada supporting Ontario’s students and prospective and faculty and instructors from Ontario’s public colleges, universities, literacy and basic skills and training providers. The bilingual Ontario Online Learning Portal for Students ( / is a 24/7 gateway to information for Ontario’s students and prospective students including: Available online and distance programs and courses from…
  • 7th Annual MindShare Learning Digital Learning Video Challenge Aims to Inspire Teachers to Engage Their Students through Innovative 21st Century Projects

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
      Contest Kickoff at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School. Pictured (L-R) Nancy Veloso, Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning; Fred Galang, last year’s contest winner, and Principal John Heinrich TORONTO, ON, December 2, 2014 — MindShare Learning officially launched their7th Annual Digital Learning Video Challenge on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Catholic High Schoolin Thornhill, Ontario. “My students and I are honoured to be recognized by Mindshare Learning for our efforts in deepening our creativity using emergent technologies in our classroom,” said Fred…
  • Top 5 Ways to Participate in CONNECT 2015

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
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    Teachers At Risk

  • 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;…
  • The difference between teasing and bullying (Elona Hartjes)
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    I’d like to share the following article written by Tara Fisher, conflict resolution specialist,  regarding the important difference between teasing and bullying . I hope you find it useful. Thanks for the article Tara. Teasing or bullying? How special needs teachers & parents can identify and resolve a range of student conflicts. By Tara Fishler Bullying has become a buzzword. It also has mistakenly become a catch-all description for what actually can be a wide range of student conflicts. Children, parents and school special needs personnel often jump to the conclusion that when…
  • Participating in sports and losing can help kids develop their emotional intelligence (Elona Hartjes)
    12 Feb 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Sochi 2014 Winter  Olympics is in day five so there’s lots of talk in the media about what’s going on in the various Winter Olympic sports.  Yesterday I was listening to a local radio station, probably CBC Radio 1,  and I heard a someone ( sorry, didn’t catch the name) say that kids participating in sports and losing can teach kids valuable lessons. The speaker noted not everyone who participates in sports wins, in fact, the vast majority of people who participate in sports lose. He thought losing in sports could help kids learn how to deal with defeat. To be honest,…
  • Front Row is an excellent teaching, learning and administative tool for math teachers and students (Elona Hartjes)
    10 Jan 2014 | 7:47 am
    I’m always on the look out for new effective, engaging teaching and learning tools that I can use in my teaching practice. I’m especially interested in finding teaching tools to help me differentiate instruction to meet the specific needs of students and that will encourage students to take charge of their own learning. Front Row is a new math app for the ipad and Chrome browser that does just that. I really like Front Row as a math teaching, learning tool and administration. I like the fact that Front Row’s 15 000 math questions are aligned to the common core, but I love…
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  • What do I do with my data??

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    This time of year, most of the questions I get focus on how to graph the data collected. If you are trying to decide between a line graph and a bar graph… it usually is not your choice. The type of data and type of project dictate what, mathematically, you are “allowed” to do. Here is a reminder: LINE GRAPH – you must have quantitative and continuous data for both your independent and dependent variables. That is data that can be assigned a number that could be logically placed on a number line. For example, temperature, time, size, weight, wavelength, speed, etc.
  • Unique Science Fair Experiment: What Prevents a Pasta Boil-Over?

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Apricot Connecting Teachers, Students and Parents

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Today I came across new EdTech resource, Apricot, that connects teachers, students and parents to make everyone talking about your school. How Apricot Works Image Source: According to Apricot, ‘Teachers discover what students find interesting and challenging. Students feel empowered by giving feedback, and parents gain insight into what their kids are learning’. At present it is free, and offers an easy way to help students engage with their teachers and parents. As of now, they are doing a pilot study and those interested in participating,…
  • Broadcast Your Presentations on Any Device

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Today I came across that enables you to present on any device, be it desktop, mobile and projector screens at the same time. You can upload your Powerpoint, PDF or word files and broadcast it to room or anyone online with mobile devices. Image Source: At present it is free and no registration required. Hence those interested can explore the tool.
  • Develop Online Courses Using Edynco

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Today I came across an interesting tool ‘Edynco’ that helps you create ‘learning maps’ that in turn enables you to develop online courses. Edynco is cloud based and hence the learning maps you’ve created from your browser can be accessed by your students using any device like iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device. You can publish your learning maps through your website or blog, LMS or on mobile devices. It is integrated with special tools such as micro lecture recorder, quiz creator. It also enables you to attach learning objects like video, quiz, micro lecture, image, weblink etc…
  • Organic Metric 4 Holistic Approach to SEO

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Today I shall suggest Organic Metric (in Beta), a free SEO Platform that offers all the tools to deliver top class results. According to IWB group who has launched Organic Metric, ‘You can Monitor the movement of your keywords in top search engines Lead users to your website with the right words Size up your competition Gain valuable insight on your audience Maximise link building Thoroughly audit your website Generate real-time SEO reports’ At present this tool is available for free and you can click here for registering.
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • 10 Simple Steps to Building a Reputation as a Researcher, in Your Early Career

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:18 am
    A researcher at The National Archives in Kew (Wikipedia)by MIT Libraries: talk was sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research.In the rapidly changing world of research and scholarly communications researchers are faced with a rapidly growing range of options to publicly disseminate, review, and discuss research - options which will affect their long-term reputation.Junior scholars must be especially thoughtful in…
  • Private Colleges Risk ‘Tarnishing the Reputation’ of the UK Higher Education System

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:39 am
    Source: Tony Harbron, Schools Improvement Net: The Telegraph is reporting that the head of the universities watchdog has warned a rapid expansion in the number of students enrolled at private colleges risks “tarnishing the reputation” of the higher education system …Sharp increases in enrolments combined with high drop-out rates is resulting in a “waste of public money” at some institutions, said Christopher Banks, chairman of the Quality Assurance…
  • Tips for Publishing in Scientific Journals

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    Scientists in a lab at the University of La Rioja (Wikipedia)by Katrina Kelner, Science Careers: string of impressive publications can propel a young scientist to the next academic stage, whereas an insufficient publication record can derail a career.Publications are the main way scientists publicize their work, and ultimately, it is by their papers that they will be judged. So what makes a good paper? The most fundamental ingredient is excellent research. Work with the best scientists…
  • What’s Your Back-Up Plan?

    Dr Robert Muller
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:49 pm
    by Thesis Whisperer: Let me tell you a story about my PhD. I studied how architects and students gestured when they talked to each other.I was trying to find out what role gesture played in classroom communication and what implications this might have architectural education.Gesture is a visual medium, so I decided to use participant observation and video ethnography to collect my data.I sketched out a research design and picked two universities as sites for case studies. I did an ethics application and then approached people I…
  • These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels: One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine

    Dr Robert Muller
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Photo by Flickr / Light Brigading by A.C. Shilton, Yes! magazine: can hear the sounds of new construction from just about any point on Sterling College’s bucolic Vermont campus.The whirr of saws and plink of hammers ricochet off the nearby Lowell Mountains as students - 26% more than were enrolled just two years ago - shuffle to class through a carpet of fall leaves.Things have never been better at this small college, which specializes in environmental education. An entire…
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    Planet Princeton

  • Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Dec. 19-21

    Krystal Knapp
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
      Friday, December 19 Call and Response Artist Exhibit Opening Reception –  The work of Andrew Ellis Johnson is on display in the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School until Jan. 30. Artist Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Princeton University, Washington Road, Princeton. Free. Cranbury Christmas Lights Multimedia Show – More than 120,000 […]
  • Transco Pipeline Project Approved by Feds

    Krystal Knapp
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its order approving the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company’s Leidy Southeast Expansion Project today. The order states that the project will not result in any significant impacts. The order will allow pipeline construction to move forward, as well as allowing for pressure increases at a Transco compressor station in Mercer […]
  • Three Cases of Sexual Assault Reported to Princeton University Public Safety

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Three incidents of sexual assault were reported to the Department of Public Safety at Princeton University by school officials last weekend, according the school’s crime logs. Two of the assaults were at private eating clubs off campus. A student reported that on Dec. 12 while at an unidentified eating club they were fondled without their […]
  • Princeton Area Muslim Groups to Gather Tonight to Mourn the Loss of Children in Pakistan

    Krystal Knapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Muslim groups from the Princeton area will join together tonight to share their grief over the Tuesday massacre of more than 140 school children in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban. The Center for Muslim Life at Princeton University will host “A Gathering of Souls to Mourn the Loss of Children in Peshawar, Pakistan and Beyond” […]
  • Taco Truck to Open in Princeton Dec. 27, All First Day Proceeds Will be Donated to TASK

    Krystal Knapp
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
      The Taco Truck is on schedule to open its newest restaurant at the Princeton Shopping Center on Dec. 27. The restaurant replaces the former Learning Express store. The Taco Truck Princeton will celebrate its grand opening with a “pay what you’d like” day to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). All proceeds will […]
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  • 8 Surprising (and Not-So-Surprising) Job Skills Gained from a Liberal Arts Degree

    Katie Dwyer
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Many, if not most of us liberal arts students will not find jobs with the same title as our degrees. For example, after my successful double major with good grades and multiple internships and student jobs, I am neither a “comparative literature-ist” or a sociologist. That’s OK with me. Some students pursue a particular major with a clear vision of what this will mean for their lives and careers post-graduation. They pursue specific, career-oriented paths (such as engineering, pre-med, or journalism), or are so passionate about academics that they plan to continue in their chosen field…
  • 3 Essential Gadgets to Improve Your Crappy Car

    Mark Frost
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I recently bought a crappy used car specifically for winter. Okay maybe it’s not that crappy, but it doesn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles that all new cars nowadays seem to have. By that I mean, the radio can’t pick up a decent signal on anything accept country stations, there’s obviously no Bluetooth, and I have no interest in CDs or messing with a tape player/3.5mm adapter (they all suck). And while I’m glad I didn’t pay the premium price for a few convenient features in an affordable new car, I have been looking for things to make life with my…
  • How to Start Making Money as a Writer While in College

    Katie Dwyer
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For many of us who love writing, the idea of someday actually making money through our words is a kind of hazy dream for the future. We imagine being novelists, essayists, journalists. We imagine a future where our ideas, translated onto the printed page, can make a difference in the world. And, we think, we might actually get to find a way to make money in the process. We also know that this is a long, hard road we’re planning for ourselves—all you need to do is to pick up a writer’s memoir to know that this is not a path to easy money (I recommend Stephen King’s On Writing if…
  • Quick Tip: Break Difficult Tasks into Accomplishable Steps to Defeat Burnout

    Mark Frost
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Burnout is one of the absolute worst things that can happen to a person as a student or worker. You start with the mindset that you can do it all and succeed and end up getting less done than you would have if you put less on your plate. But putting less on your plate is often not the answer to solving these problems. The real solution, however, is to break your tasks down into baby steps to get more done and maintain your sanity. Step 1. Calm Down and Clear Your Head When you’ve got a lot to do, panic slowly sets in and tells you that you can’t possibly finish everything. This…
  • 8 Tips for Making the Most of a Large Lecture Class

    Katie Dwyer
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    It’s easy to disappear into the anonymity of a large lecture class—either by choosing to ditch class or because of the disconnect that can easily creep into even active and engaged students’ experiences. Whichever the case, sometimes 300 seats and a single lecturing voice can present a serious challenge to the classroom experience. Let’s assume you want to make the most of the time, money, and opportunity represented by your tuition and having signed up for the class. In that case, here are eight important tips for making the most of a large lecture class. The Reading is a Must Do the…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Where Health and Education Meet, Children Win

    Carolyn Miles
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Every mom wants a healthy baby. And in the early days of a child’s life, parents and doctors understandably focus on how the baby’s physical development—is she gaining weight? Is he developing reflexes? Are they hitting all of the milestones of a healthy and thriving child?   But along with careful screenings for physical development, there is an excellent opportunity to tap into those same resources and networks to promote early cognitive, socio-emotional, and language development. This helps children everywhere have a strong start in life, ensuring that they are able to learn as they…
  • Investing in Young Children: Two New Resources on ECD

    Quentin Wodon
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In recent years, a broad consensus has emerged on the fact that investing in young children is one of the best investments countries can make. And yet while investments in early childhood development (ECD) should be a priority, many countries fall short.  Tomorrow, the World Bank will release two new publications to serve as resources for those aiming to invest in ECD, whether they are government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or private firms. 
  • Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize: What this Means for South Asia and the World

    Amit Dar
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    In South Asia, a region where girls are now going to school in unprecedented numbers, Malala means many things to many people. To parents who send their daughters to school with difficulty, she validates a growing belief in power of girls’ education to liberate families from poverty. To schoolgirls in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, she is an icon of victory and hope. And to governments and development partners, she represents the millions of girls who arrive in school every morning trusting that education will prepare them well for life,…
  • Reaching Children and Youth Stranded by the Ebola Crisis

    Claudia Costin
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
      Children in the town of Gueckedou, Guinea, an area hard hit by the Ebola outbreak. Photo credits: ©afreecom/Idrissa Soumaré  EU/ECHO ​In a part of Sub-Saharan Africa where life is far from easy for most people, the Ebola epidemic is the most devastating event in a generation. With per capita incomes ranging between $400 and $700 a year, people living in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can ill afford Ebola’s terrible toll on survival, health, and livelihoods. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim was in West Africa last week to pledge our ongoing support to these countries to help…
  • You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

    Harry A. Patrinos
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    When it comes to measuring student learning outcomes, you often hear critics refrain “you can’t fatten a cow by weighing him all the time,” in an attempt to say that you cannot truly educate students by spending all the time getting ready for testing and recording test scores. Of course not. But as the management guru Peter Drucker famously said, “If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.”
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    Classroom Aid

  • The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, today announced the launch of The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. “Digital learning is more important today than... Read More ›
  • Innovating Pedagogy – Dynamic Assessment

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Innovating Pedagogy 2014  This is the third in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. The Innovating Pedagogy reports from Open University(UK) are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years. Giving the learner personalized assessment to support learning Potential impact: medium Timescale: long (4+... Read More ›
  • Innovating Pedagogy – Learning to Learn

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Innovating Pedagogy 2014  This is the third in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. The Innovating Pedagogy reports from Open University(UK) are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years. Learning how to become an effective learner Potential impact: medium Timescale: ongoing The... Read More ›
  • Innovating Pedagogy – Learning Design Informed by Analytics

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Innovating Pedagogy 2014  This is the third in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. The Innovating Pedagogy reports from Open University(UK) are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years. Learning design informed  by analytics – A productive cycle linking design and analysis... Read More ›
  • Open Collaboration of OfficeMix and edX

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    OfficeMix has been offered to educators for quite a while, but we’ll like to say that this strategy makes it different. Open source brings open collaboration, edX offers open source codes and open data, to leverage that openness is a brilliant business strategy. A new partnership between Microsoft and edX, the non-profit online initiative created by founding partners... Read More ›
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  • Xiaomi Mi5 is on the way to break records

    Simon Hopes
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    The latest smartphone revolutionary company Xiaomi breaking all the records of companies which are settled in the top list like apple and Samsung.Xiaomi phones are so hot hit because they offer massive smartphones at very low affordable prices with lot of features involving in it. Their smartphone which was released in 2013 was a huge…
  • 7 Ways to Achieve a Great ‘About Us’ Web Page Design

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    After the home page the most frequented page of a website is the ‘About Us’ page. Visitors are curious about the people behind the companies that they are considering doing business with and they want to learn how the business began, where its location, and above all, what its reputation is. For the website concerned…
  • Education for Kids – Why It Is Important?

    Simon Hopes
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Education is what permits us to communicate effectively by enabling us to receive valuable information and share it with the rest. Without education, the world would be full of illiterate people who can neither write nor read. Education is what makes us who we are as it helps us develop a rational mind and improves…
  • Starting an Online Business: Questions to Ask Web Designers

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Building an online business takes time, dedication and usually the help of others. If you are not experience or knowledgeable in the field of web design ecommerce, you should consult with a web designer who specializes in online stores and shops. Before making your choice, you should ask the wed designer the following questions: Are…
  • The Alfa Romeo D.N.A. Technology

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Alfa Romeo brand has been synonymous with speed and performance throughout the years. Similarly, the hatchback cars have been known for the signature Alfa Romeo D.N.A. technology. As it’s been discussed in publications like the Bristol Post, the D.N.A. technology allows drivers to switch between different driving modes in order to adapt to driving…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • How Should Parents Talk to Millennials About Money?

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    When some parents talk to their college-aged children about money, it can feel like they come from two different planets, not just two different generations. The “Baby Boomers” and “Gen Xers” of yesterday are trying to help their millennial children learn to deal with the realities of life in the 21st century…and it’s not always easy. Each generation brings unique insights to the discussion. While Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964) reflected the work ethic and money sensibilities of their “Greatest Generation” parents, Gen Xers (1964 to 1981) felt that “it’s all about me.” The…
  • Small Business Opportunities for Empty Nesters

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Is your child finalizing those pesky college applications? You might be busy for a few months with helping to complete the financial aid forms and making the final college selection, but then what? As your child prepares to go off to college, what is the plan for your next stage in life? If you have done your job well, your child is a mature almost-adult who should be capable of functioning well in a college environment. He or she may stop in for the holidays and summer vacations, and might ask your advice here and there, but your role in child care is greatly diminished. Now what? Instead of…
  • FAFSA 101 on #CollegeCash

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    On Thursday, December 4 #CollegeCash had an open mic night LIVE from the Federal Student Aid Conference in Atlanta. FSA is part of U.S. Dept of Ed & is largest provider of college and career school student financial aid in the nation. FSA provides more than $150 billion of federal financial aid – and it all starts with the FAFSA! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the gateway to financial aid! A2 If you forgot your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN by answering security questions. #CollegeCash — Jodi Okun (@JodiOkun) December 5,…
  • Not Graduating “On Time” Can Cost You Money

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Most of us think that students can graduate from a community college in two years, other colleges in four years, and then take additional courses for a specific profession in post-graduate classes. But a recent study by Complete College America sheds a new light on these assumptions. Entitled “Four-Year MYTH,” the report details the reasons behind the failure to graduate “on time,” and chronicles its associated costs. This information is crucial to high school and college students, and their parents, who want to assess a college’s completion rate so they can budget accordingly. Some…
  • What Do The College Board Trends Reports Mean to You?

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    The College Board is a non-profit organization that plays an important role in the college process. Founded in 1900, its membership has grown to over 6000 educational institutions worldwide. The Board’s mission is to help high school students prepare for a successful transition to college, including the SAT. It also conducts research on the education industry. A look at a few of their reports provides some insights on trends in college affordability: • Trends in College Pricing 2014: This report concludes that published tuition and fee prices rose between 2.9% and 3.7% from 2013-14 to…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Planning ahead for financial aid

    Dana Fulton
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Picture yourself moving to college next fall: unpacking, organizing your dorm, meeting your roommate, learning your way around campus. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to focus on these things because you already know how you will cover your first semester’s tuition? In order to keep things running smoothly next fall, you’ll want to get organized now. Here are a few tips to get you started: Meet with your school counselor. Your school counselor is a great place to start learning about your financial aid options. Ask about local scholarship opportunities that might be available to you.
  • Fraud awareness

    Dana Fulton
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is sponsoring International Fraud Awareness Week, and Wells Fargo is proud to support this effort. Now is a great time to brush up on your awareness in detecting and preventing fraud, and learning more about the steps Wells Fargo takes to protect you and your accounts from suspicious activity. Fraud is more than just having your debit or credit card number stolen. People steal your personal information—like your social security number, date of birth, or address—and use your identity to apply for loans and credit cards, use your…
  • Parents: how to help navigate the road to college

    Caroline Hanson
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    As your student prepares to head to college, where do you fit in? They’ll likely need your help and guidance, but may also want to do some of the planning on their own. One approach is to take on the role of “coach” when it comes to college planning. Offer guidance and suggestions, but let your student do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to seeking scholarships, submitting college applications and applying for financial aid. How can you help? Staying on track for college applications The college application process involves a number of different steps and many different…
  • Stay on top of deadlines

    Dana Fulton
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s senior year, and the clock is ticking.   It seems that your final year of high school is all about deadlines. While you can’t control the timeline you’re under to complete paperwork and applications, you can manage your deadlines and stay on track. A master calendar is key. Start by creating a master calendar of all your deadlines and commitments. Build it out as far as you know it and include everything, such as: scholarship application deadlines, college application deadlines, financial aid nights, and financial aid application deadlines. Use this same calendar to plug in…
  • College Hacks: Soda Bottle Speakers

    Dana Fulton
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes you need a sixty-second dance party during a study break. But your phone’s dinky little speaker isn’t going to cut it. What will cut it is a 2-liter soda bottle. Cut a slot for your phone, cut off the top, and hit “Play.” Instant smooth jams, as loud as you want them. Studying, like dancing, is often more fun with other people. Check out the benefits of studying with friends.
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    DRPF Consults

  • What Is Physical Education In Today’s Schools?

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Hot Topics in Education. Read more Physical Education. PE. Often heralded as the most popular class for any student to take, as it promotes sports and physical well-being as opposed to sitting at a desk all day. No matter what time of day a child has PE, they can expect a nice energy and morale boost, even if they didn’t enjoy themselves. What Is Physical Education? If you’re a parent who went to school a long time ago, you may be surprised to learn that it’s almost nothing like you think you remember. And if you’re a student…
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  • Recruiter Q&A: Entry-Level Interviews at Square

    Abbey Stauffer
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Students and new grads take note: there’s no reason to fear job hunting if you take the time to prepare. NerdScholar is here to help with that by demystifying the entry-level job search process with our new Recruiter Q&A series. In these articles, you’ll hear from experts from top companies and recruiting agencies on what really counts when gunning for your first job. Today we’re talking with Saqi Mehta, campus recruiting lead at Square, the mobile and small business payments company that’s made it easy and low-cost for anyone (yup, even you) to take credit cards. With sellers…
  • FAFSA4caster: Is It Accurate?

    Anna Helhoski
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Prospective college students can use the FAFSA4caster, available online through the U.S. Department of Education, to estimate how much federal aid they’d be eligible to receive. But is it the most accurate tool out there?   FAFSA vs. FAFSA4caster FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form used to help you determine your eligibility for financial aid and apply for it. You fill it out once you anticipate applying for and attending college. Information about your household’s financial standing, which is input into the form, is used to gauge your Expected Family…
  • In-State Tuition Could Save a Bundle — If You Establish Residency

    Teddy Nykiel
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Paying for college can be a huge financial burden, especially if it’s an out-of-state rate. The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition averages $13,310 a year, according to In-State Angels, a company that help students navigate the process of establishing residency for tuition purposes. Establishing residency can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars, but  successfully doing so is a daunting task. Jake Wells, a native of Vancouver, Washington, and In-State Angels’ founder, started the company after failing to establish residency at the University of…
  • 7 Tips for Doing College Right the Second Time Around

    Alexandra Rice
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    So you decided to take a gap year — or three or five or 10 — but now you’re ready to head back to college and finish your degree. While this doesn’t sound like the traditional path college students take, it is the reality for many in the U.S. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 38% of college students are over age 25, and this number is expected to continue to climb. But you probably already know this because these are your friends, your neighbors, your brothers and sisters. Now that you’ve made the decision to resume your college education, NerdScholar wants…
  • The Best Money Moves for Students in December

    Claire Davidson
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    You’ve cleaned up your dorm for winter break– and now, it’s time to clean up your finances, too. Instead of spending two blissful weeks forgetting how much you owe in student loans, not checking your bank balances and ignoring your student portal, use your vacation to get your spending and saving under control. By tackling these issues now, you can save yourself a lot of stress and money down the road. Here are five money moves to work into your winter break schedule: Round up your paperwork and prepare for FAFSA season. Because federal aid is given on a first-come, first-served basis,…
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    Studying Law

  • 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…
  • Starting out

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Hi there, I’m Emily.I’m currently a first year Philosopher at Robinson College, Cambridge. After much research, I am intent on becoming a solicitor.A number of careers meetings later; after attending a ‘Law for Non-Lawyers’ Event, law lectures, speaking to as many lawyers as possible, reading Catherine Barnard’s ‘What About Law?’ and a LOT of guides to the legal profession; I am certain that soliciting is the right career for me. Law has always been at the back of my mind: I’ve always found lawyers inspiring. But I never thought I could have…
  • Access to law: a bit about Emily

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
     Think you can’t have a career in law because of your background?  First in your family to go to uni? Low income? Female? Ethnic minority? Disabled? LGBT? Non-law degree?Hi, I’m Emily!I always thought law was reserved for those with friends in high places. If you didn’t have family, friends or connections in law, the door to a legal career was firmly closed (excuse the legal pun). Now I know this simply isn’t true, and I want to prove it to you.         Look to your future, not your past.        We can be the future of the legal sector.There…
  • Beyond an Undergraduate Law Degree: The LLM

    Aaron Marchant
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    The LLMSo what is an LLM? An LLM is a ‘Master of Laws’ postgraduate law degree, which allows students who have studied law at undergraduate level to broaden their legal knowledge. Whereas an undergraduate degree gives a general overview of the various parts of law, an LLM allows far greater scope for specialisation within a specific area of the law. Studying full time for a year means that you can engage with your subject in a detailed and in-depth manner. Moreover, you can develop your legal research skills through your work, which will aid the transition from student to trainee.What do…
  • Developing your commercial awareness

    Aaron Marchant
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    A key buzzword in any legal application process is ‘commercial awareness’. However, whilst firms are constantly looking out for commercially-aware application, showing you know what that means and how you can apply it is not always that easy.What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is an understanding and general knowledge of current developments in the commercial and business sector. This might range from mergers and acquisitions, to new laws on tax or changes in the economy.What do law firms expect me to know? Whilst most firms won’t expect you to know every commercial…
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    Curriki's Blog

  • Practical Tips for Parents of Reluctant Readers

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    This week, we’re pleased to feature a guest blog from Young Adult Author Brenda St. John Brown, who recently published the popular novel Swimming to Tokyo. Read her advice to parents of Reluctant Readers (RR) and please let us know what you think! Author Brenda St. John Brown Dear Parents of Reluctant Readers: The last thing on the planet you want to do is sit here and have someone tell you how important reading is and how you need to get your kid to put down that iPod and crack open a book. You know they’re supposed to be reading, but between fights over homework, wrangling them…
  • Curriki Resources on Follett’s One Search

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki Ensure your students have access to essential online resources and support your goal of improving information literacy with Curriki partner, Follett. Check out Destiny Library Manager, which includes One Search. Curriki resources are free to all Destiny users. Did you know? Follett’s One Search, a complimentary service for users of Follett’s Destiny Library Manager, organizes more than 750 free and subscription-based learning databases for schools, allowing students to quickly access the full range of library resources in a single, timesaving search.
  • Encouraging Teens to Read: An Interview with YA Author Brenda St. John Brown

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki I had a great chat with Young Adult Author Brenda St. John Brown, whose popular novels are about teens and twenty-somethings. One thing she’s really good at is enticing reluctant readers to actually read! Author Brenda St. John Brown Her latest book, Swimming to Tokyo, is a New Adult Contemporary set in the tangled streets of Tokyo, in which a girl and a guy find each other and learn that love, letting go, and language lessons make for an unforgettable summer. Why are you drawn to writing Young Adult novels? The awkwardness! And the roller…
  • 10 Things To Do Other Than Shop on Black Friday

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Visit your local library. Read a book to learn or experience new worlds. Check out GoodReads Best Books of 2014. Meditate. Never tried it before? Here’s a simple step-by-step process to quiet your mind and reach a state of inner calm. Be kind to someone else. Here are 101 Easy Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. Ban the use of digital devices for 24 hours. Okay, we agree, that’s virtually impossible, so see how long you can go (4 hours? 8 hours?) Use that time to do something else on this list. Get some fresh air. Ride a bike, ski, sled, ice…
  • Stand up for Learning

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki A recent article on the National Education Association website has the title “Standing Desks Are Helping Students Think on Their Feet”. It discussed the benefits for students of not being passively confined to a sitting posture for long stretches of time. The alternative is a standing desk; these are also growing in popularity among office workers. There are a number of advantages to standing desks, and the overall result is better engagement and learning behaviors from students. With standing desks: There is more blood flow to the brain. Students pay…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • A Book Blog For Teachers

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

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

    Siobhan Curious
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If there’s one thing we need to teach our students, it’s how to make use of failure. For  the final instalment in my series celebrating seven years of blogging here at Classroom as Microcosm, I give you my most shared post ever.  This response to Paul Tough’s article “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” (a precursor to his wonderful and deservedly celebrated book How Children Succeed) was chosen by WordPress as a “Freshly Pressed” feature and attracted 246 insightful comments and exchanges. It’s also my favourite post, one I return to…
  • What’s the Use of the Academic Paper?: Blogiversary Post #9

    Siobhan Curious
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’m still asking myself this question – “Is the academic paper the best way for students to demonstrate their learning?” – three years after publishing the original version of this post.  In the interim, I’ve listened to the audiobook of Now You See It (discussed below), and I’m still not sure whether I’m onside with Davidson’s perspective.  It seems to me that the academic paper has got to go, but something just as rigorous needs to take its place.  Do you have thoughts on this? When this post first appeared, it was chosen as a WordPress…
  • 10 Best Excuses For Missing Class: Blogiversary Post #8

    Siobhan Curious
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    When this post first went up in 2009, it was discovered by Sarah Ebner, then the editor of The Times UK’s education blog, School Gate.  Her promotion drove up its stats, and it got shared around.  Of note: Other than end-of-year roundups of favourite books and most-viewed posts, I have only done two “listicles” in this blog’s history – this one and the list of “10 Reasons I Hate Grading Your Assignment” – and both are in the top ten most viewed and most shared posts.  I should probably learn something from this. 10 Best Excuses for Missing Class…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Clothes Swaps – Perfect for Student Fashion

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  EYLC  It’s hard to be fashionable on a budget – Primark is all well and good for your everyday wear, but not so much for formal wear. It can be pretty disappointing to find yourself wearing the same fancy … more... The post Clothes Swaps – Perfect for Student Fashion appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Cambridge

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  JH  Cambridge is one of the world’s most famous universities, and the opportunities afforded to people who study there, at either post-graduate or undergraduate level, are massive. While postgraduates will not be walking wide-eyed and innocent into the … more... The post Student City Guide: Cambridge appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Set Up a Postgrad Work Gambling Group

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  flazingo_photos  It’s the universal cry of the postgrad student: if only there was some way to increase my productivity AND ensure myself some start-up money for that infinite chasm of despair better known as ‘post-postgraduate employment’. You’ve tried a … more... The post Set Up a Postgrad Work Gambling Group appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgraduate Student Loans Announced

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
       by  Lif…  A huge change to the way postgraduates in the UK fund their further degrees has just been announced by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement, and here at Postgrad Solutions we are very excited about it! From 2016-17, … more... The post Postgraduate Student Loans Announced appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Exam Tip: What to Wear

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
       by  zeligfilm  It might seem odd to consider what to wear for your exams – after all, surely there’s other things you could be spending your time doing, like revising? But it’s worth planning in advance. Unless you’re at Oxford … more... The post Postgrad Exam Tip: What to Wear appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Bookshare’s 2014 Winter Bulletin Just Released!

    Bookshare Team Member
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Our quarterly newsletter, the Bookshare Bulletin was just released! This Winter 2014 edition is a wonderful recap of a tremendous year and an exciting preview of 2015. Thank you for this amazing year and enjoy reading the bulletin!   Giving Thanks and Looking Ahead A message from Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech Global Literacy Program From our family to yours, we wish you the very best holiday season. Thanks to your support, Bookshare is serving more members than ever with a collection of hundreds of thousands of accessible ebooks and with tools that offer a “read…
  • Winter Holiday Titles That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone!

    Bookshare Team Member
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Looking for some holiday cheer? Check out these witty and quirky holiday titles!  We bet one or more will tickle your funny bone, so put away those serious books and put on a smile. Why not share your favorite holiday read on Twitter or post a fun picture on Facebook of yourself reading? We’d love to be a tiny part of a reading experience that brings joy to you and all people.  Ho ho ho and happy holidays! Book Cover Honeyky Hanukah Illustration of Woody Guthrie playing guitar and a dog singing on a city street. For Young Readers Honeyky Hanukkah by Woody Guthrie: A rollicking celebration…
  • How did an Occupational Therapist Help to Build Statewide Delivery of Accessible Instruction Materials?

    Bookshare Team Member
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Nancy Dunn, OT, Iowa Heartland Area Education Agency In 2010, the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) developed True AIM, a statewide initiative to ensure that all students with qualified print disabilities receive timely access to accessible instructional materials (AIM). To deliver on this promise, the Iowa DOE partnered with Benetech, Bookshare’s parent nonprofit. Nancy Dunn, an occupational therapist and Bookshare Mentor Teacher, supported this initiative at the Iowa Heartland Area Education Agency. She and others on the assistive technology team trained educators about the benefits and…
  • Giving Thanks, Looking Ahead: An Open Letter to the Bookshare Community

    Bookshare Team Member
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Betsy Beaumon, General Manager, Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech’s Global Literacy Program Dear Friends, I always appreciate hearing from our members and getting a glimpse into how Bookshare is making a positive difference in their lives. Oftentimes, the stories our members share with us are deeply moving, but there’s something especially rewarding in hearing someone new to our community commenting on what they’re able to accomplish with Bookshare.Consider the following statement that one of our members has anonymously shared with us: “I recently activated my account, and am…
  • Learn About Thanksgiving With These Bookshare Titles!

    Bookshare Team Member
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Happy Turkey Day! Fun photo of two pumpkins and a cross-eyed turkey. There’s nothing more satisfying than curling up with a good read.  So, we’ve selected these fun Thanksgiving titles for Bookshare readers of all ages to learn why the holiday is so special.  As we turn indoors for some good ole fashion fun, we hope your holiday is warm and enjoyable! You never know what you can learn from a good book. Gobble, gobble!   For younger readers: Book Cover of The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter by Randa Handler I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Ready, Freddy! #15: Thanksgiving…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Cyber Bullying Lesson Plans: Tips for Middle School

    Celestial Holmes
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Celestial Holmes “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Our parents’ intent with this old adage was to help us be strong and ignore the hurtful words of mean children, but that phrase was a big, fat lie. The phrase should have been, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but mean words can indelibly scar me for life.” That would have been closer to the truth. It’s sad that we even need anything called cyber bullying lesson plans in our middle and high schools, but that’s where we are. We get a lot of teachers and school…
  • The 21st Century Classroom: Not Just Technology

    Sarah Layton
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton We’ve been asked by a number of CTE directors, principals, presidents, and such, “How can I help my teachers get our programs into the 21st century?” Two things happened just today that brought the 21st century classroom question to the front of my mind. The 21st Century Classroom: Data-Informed The first happened in our company meeting this morning. While talking about what was on everyone’s plates in the coming weeks and months, our product development team leader shared that “this is the time of year when we take a look at student data on our…
  • Teaching Interview Skills to High School Students

    Sarah Layton
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton When I was preparing to enter the work force, I distinctly recall a complete absence of any instruction regarding interviewing skills. Today, job openings are competitive situations and the resume/cover letter are just the first part. Once they have that foot in the door, your students need to be able to prove that they are capable and are the best candidate for the position. CTE teachers are actively seeking curriculum for teaching interview skills to high school students. How do I know? They frequently ask me where to find interview content. Chances are they are asking…
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Lesson Plans: Where to Find Them

    Sarah Layton
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Microsoft PowerPoint is so widely used that it’s imperative that your computer applications and business students understand the ins and outs of presentations and slides. Here’s where to find some good Microsoft PowerPoint lesson plans. Microsoft PowerPoint Lesson Plans: Online Curriculum Services The best software as a service options will provide you with engaging, interactive, and up-to-date curriculum. The content is designed to teach students basic and intermediate Microsoft Office skills. After content is presented, students can take quizzes. Later, module…
  • Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Guide

    Ken Richard
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Ken Richard Why is the CMAA certification popular? The CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) exam is one of the more popular certifications available to secondary high school health science programs of study. There are several reasons for the popularity of medical administrative assistant certification. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that medical secretaries are among the fastest growing professions, both in percentage and absolute terms. The CMAA certification is a great starting point for students who are interested in getting a job, while they continue their…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Have a Sackful of Fun and Learning with Google Santa Tracker

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Maybe it’s the festive spirit in the air. Maybe it’s the eggnog they serve in the Google cafe. Whatever it is, Google Maps feels like the gift that just keeps on giving! For the past ten years Google has been helping children around the world track and follow Santa on his journey from the North Pole. And each year it just gets better and better. Students can play high quality Christmas themed games, watch fun videos and of course learn all about Santa and his journey from country to country. Name: Google Santa Tracker Pricing: Free Compatibility: Desktop / Android /…
  • Get the Most Out of Your 1:1 Classroom with Nearpod

    Lisa Blessington
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Coined “an innovative and interactive classroom tool to create, engage and assess“, Nearpod puts you in control of your students devices, helping them stay on track and engaged in the lesson. Using a desktop or mobile device, teachers can choose exactly what each student sees on their individual screen and can interact through quizzes, open-ended questions, drawing, videos and more. If your school is looking at a 1:1 rollout or is on the way there already, Nearpod is well worth a careful look. Name: Nearpod – Pricing: Free / Subscription…
  • Connect and Automate your Digital Classroom Using IFTTT

    Lisa Blessington
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview In an effort to ‘simplify’ our busy lives with technology, it’s all too easy to end up swamped in a stressful world of logins, passwords, emails and notifications. IFTTT (If This Then That) is a beautifully simple tool that can streamline a lot of your day to day tech-tasks by automating all sorts of digital interactions. Using the concept of ‘recipes‘, IFTTT allows you to create simple rulesets to allow your different web services to work together, saving time, effort and sanity. Name: IFTTT – Pricing: Free Compatibility: Desktop /…
  • Top 10 Cool Gadgets for Kids Who Love to Geek Out

    Wade Gegan
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Yes, it’s fast approaching Christmas and with an Internet full of cool gadgets for kids, it can be borderline impossible to find just the right one. Whether you are looking for a gadget to foster a passion or interest in science and technology, or you want a toy that is going to get your kids out and about, there is something here to cover every base. 10 Cool Gadgets for Kids!   1. Sphero The definition of a cool gadget, Sphero is one of smartest, yet simplest robots created for kids. Whether it’s being used to play games, mess around or even learn programming, this…
  • Reinforce Positive Classroom Behaviour with ClassDojo

    Wade Gegan
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Overview Managing classroom behaviour and devising fresh new ways to motivate students is a big part of the teaching skill set. ClassDojo is an excellent free tool that (with the help of some very cute and friendly monsters) can help teachers handle this often challenging aspect of classroom management. Using a simple points system, students (via their self-made avatars) are rewarded and penalized for certain behaviours taken in class. Whether it be answering a question correctly, helping another student, or simply participating, this simple, fun and customizable tool has changed the…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Snowman Sam Reading Over Break Freebie

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Hey teaching friends!  Sorry for the last minute post, but you know how it gets - especially this time of year - lol!  :) I had a request from Terri to make another Reading Over Break handout, similar to the Turkey Tom one I did at Thanksgiving, so I did my best to get it out as soon as possible for you all to use it. Need some incentive ideas for how to implement?  Stop by THIS BLOG POST for the Thanksgiving version. Want to change the number of books?  Simply print out one copy, dab some whiteout over the 6, and write in your own number.  Easy peasy!  I also have included a grayscale…
  • Marker Mug Magic

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Hey teaching friends!  It has been a crazy last couple of months to say the least!  I hope your life is way more calm.  :) Today I wanted to share a fun and inexpensive gift idea for your colleagues.  Seriously - it is so simple and fun! I don't know what you all like to use on your desk, but on mine, I literally use a coffee mug to store my big people teacher scissors, pens, markers, grading pens, and pencils.  They all fit nicely inside the mug and it is heavy enough so it doesn't tip over at all.  Easy and cute! So why don't you make a custom writing utensils holder for your…
  • My Favorite Things

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Hey all!   I am super excited to be taking part of a blog hop today with some other amazing teacher bloggers!  :) So here are a few of my favorite things: First up is my favorite restaurant:  The Cheesecake Factory!   Mmmmmmm.  I am getting hungry just thinking about it.  Our closest one is about 45 minutes away from our town, so I am lucky because I can't go there more often.  HA!   The raspberry chocolate cheesecake is my absolute fave! Next is my favorite store:  Right now it is Ulta.  Such a fun place for girly stuff.  Makeup, hair tools, and brushes galore.  I don't always…
  • Classroom Job Organization

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Hey teaching friends! Today I have a fun and EASY way to set up a classroom jobs chart in your classroom using a few basic supplies that you can easily change out from year to year! First up:  Grab some scrapbook paper, cardstock, washi tape, and magnetic tape - all in the colors of your choice.  I also like to use scrapbook hole punches to create shapes I can easily layer. Grab your large hole punch and punch out a colored sheet of scrapbook paper.  Then use the smaller punch on your cardstock.   Use a piece if washi tape to attach them together.  Optional:  laminate them for more…
  • Turkey Tom Reading Over Break Freebie

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I know for my US friends, Thanksgiving Break is coming up pretty quickly!  Isn't it funny how it seems to take forever to get here, and then once it is upon us, it seems to have jumped out of nowhere?   Maybe that's just me - haha! I know many of you do not like to assign a bunch of homework over the holiday break, but you do want your students to read of course, because reading is the key to everything.  So I threw together this fun little freebie for you to pass out the last day before break. I have included a color copy and a grayscale version for those of you…
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    Tutorhub Blog

  • Teaching financial literacy – an important life skill

    Jon Ellis
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Obtaining an education is about much more than learning to read and write; in the digital age, younger generations are being called upon to make a significantly greater number of financial decisions than in past years, which means that we need to ensure that our children understand the nature and consequences of the financial decisions they make. An interesting report by the OECD entitled Financial Education for Youth: the Role of Schools notes that there are various factors that point to a growing need for financial literacy to be taught at schools. These include the rise of the middle…
  • Hands up – who loves homework?

    Jon Ellis
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    For many students, coming home after a long day at school the last thing they feel like turning their minds to is homework. Indeed, homework has received such a bad rap in everything from film and television to our favourite pop songs, that we often associate it with punishment and see it as the teacher’s way of getting back at us for talking too much in class or not paying enough attention. If we decide to take the challenge it represents and make it work for us, we can turn homework into a useful tool in preparing for exams and essays. What follows are some very good reasons why I…
  • Keeping children curious at Christmas!

    Ross Mountney
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Home educating made it extremely difficult to keep secrets from the children at Christmas, because there was rarely an occasion when they were out of the house like school children are. But we felt that an inquiring mind was the foundation of an educated mind; an essential prerequisite to learning which sparks motivation, discovery, self improvement and maintains the desire to learn. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious” said Albert Einstein. So we fiercely encouraged questioning and inquiring minds, even if it did present challenges! Most children start out in life…
  • 10 ideas that develop vital creative skills at Christmas

    Ross Mountney
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Christmas is a great time to develop creative skills. A time for families, especially those home educating, to extend this part of education. Parents sometimes ask if creative work is really educational. It is in that it develops essential mental and practical skills which can be transferred to other educational tasks and an education that lacks creative development is not complete. (See this post for more on the subject). Our creative industries are essential to world growth; when you think about it, every piece of equipment or technology you’ve ever used has been created by someone.
  • Funny festive excuses for when you need a ‘Sick Day’ from School

    Meg Evans
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    So, it’s the Christmas season and things get a bit silly. Here are some fun excuses for pulling a sickie from School in advance of the festive holidays. I was bored with all the festivities at school and wanted to get ahead with my revision for next year. Try this one first: it’s likely to earn you a gold star. I had a giant boil on my nose… because I found the secret stash of Christmas chocolates and unfortunately ate them all. You were obviously frightened the offending boil might explode on your fellow pupils and were only doing the decent thing by staying away. Father…
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    K12 Insight

  • (Not So) Simply the Best

    Stephan Knobloch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    In his 2004 TED Talk “Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce,” Malcolm Gladwell describes how market researcher and psychophysicist Dr. Howard Moskowitz’s search for the perfect spaghetti sauce led to a significant discovery: Rather than one best sauce, people believed there were many best sauces. This seemingly simple, but revolutionary, idea caused the food industry to begin addressing consumers’ desire for diverse options. Next time you’re in the grocery store, count the number of different cereals. Better yet, look at the types and varieties of yogurt. Who knew there was a demand…
  • The Center Holds

    Shelby McIntosh
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    After a recent work trip, I boarded my return flight from Dallas-Fort Worth on a clear, cloudless day. As the plane ascended, I had an incredible view of the surrounding metro area. Looking at the clusters of neighborhoods, with their rows and rows of houses, I noticed a pattern. Near the center of each cluster was a school. And it dawned on me that we literally build our communities around schools. Over the last four years, my husband and I have lived in various places throughout the DC metro area, looking for a neighborhood that feels like home. A friend told us that we’ll experience this…
  • Speaking of Listening

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    By Resha Kreischer-Anderson Being part of a rapidly growing company gives me the chance to review plenty of resumes. And I’m often struck by the emphasis candidates place on their verbal skills without a single mention of their listening skills. Repeatedly, I see descriptions such as effective communicator, dynamic presenter or strong verbal abilities. Why aren’t more applicants showcasing their listening aptitude? In my opinion, it’s because our society prioritizes speaking over hearing. This imbalance means that many companies are probably underutilizing or not hiring great employees.
  • Michigan, Let’s Talk!

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

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Overview Real numbers are the rational and irrational numbers that people deal with in everyday life. Hyperreal numbers include numbers that are infinitely large, infinitely small, or infinitesimal, along with the reals. Surreal numbers include the reals, the hyperreals, and other constructs in advanced mathematics that sometimes behave like numbers and sometimes do not. Rational Numbers Real numbers include rational numbers, any number that can be expressed as a ratio, whether positive or negative. Rational numbers include the natural or counting numbers, such as 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.  The…
  • Math Review of Platonic Solids and Polyhedra

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Overview There are infinitely many regular polygons. However, there are a fixed number of regular polyhedra, called Platonic solids. Mathematicians use the definitions of the regular polygons and the characteristics of solid objects to arrive at their conclusions. Characteristics of Regular Polyhedra Regular polygons, such as equilateral triangles, squares, equilateral pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, and so on, have all sides and angles equal. There are an infinite number of them in two-dimensional space. In three-dimensional space, solids with regular polygon faces are called…
  • Math Review of More Properties of Circular Functions

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    Overview The unit circle has as its center the origin point of the Cartesian coordinates x and y, and has a radius 1. The trigonometric functions are also called circular functions, because they describe relationships between angles on the unit circle. We use different ways to describe trigonometry in order to see how the relationships and equations apply to different situations. Special Values of the Trigonometric Functions When the trigonometric functions are defined as circular, the special values of trigonometric functions can be seen on the unit circle. If t, the length of the arc from…
  • Math Review of Applications of Circular Functions

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Overview Circular trigonometric functions can be applied to situations in physical, biological, and social sciences involving data that follows a pattern that is not linear. Many of those patterns are periodic, and can be modeled by approximations of sine, cosine, or other functions. The Sine and Cosine Waves The numerical value of t around the unit circle has the same value whether it is represented by 2π or τ, 4π or 2τ, and so on. Therefore, a sine function can be graphed as sin (t +2nπ) = sin t and a cosine function can be graphed as cos (t +2nπ) = cos t, for any real integer n. Both…
  • Math Review of Angles and Circular Motion

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Overview Trigonometry is defined by the measurement of angles and their relationships. One of the ways that trigonometry can be applied is in the measurement of angles and circular motion. Angle Measure Angles in trigonometry and calculus can be measured in radians, which is a relationship of the measurement of an angle by the arc it makes on a circle of radius 1. If the initial side of the ray is measured counterclockwise from the terminal side, it is a positive angle, and if the initial side of the ray is measured clockwise from the terminal side, it is a negative angle. Standard Position…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • Social Media Guide for Study Abroad Alumni

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Below is an info-graphic prepared by API Seville student Christine O’Dea, outlining suggestions and best practices for social media use for students who have returned from a study abroad program. This info-graphic was one of three that Christine prepared as part of her year-long API Peer Mentor project, and also fit in with her senior thesis which explored social media usage in study abroad.   Christine O’Dea studied abroad with API in Seville, Spain, and went on to serve as a Cultural Liaison and API Peer Mentor. The post Social Media Guide for Study Abroad Alumni…
  • API Spring ’15 Costa Rica Study Abroad Deadlines Extended

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The following API study abroad programs are STILL accepting applications for spring 2015: San José, Costa Rica Intensive Language Winter Quarter Program – Universidad Veritas – APPLY BY DEC. 30, 2013 Latin American Studies and Internship Winter Quarter Program – Universidad Veritas – APPLY BY DEC. 30, 2013 Language and Culture Winter Quarter Program – Universidad Veritas – APPLY BY DEC. 30, 2013 NOTE: Even though these programs are offered over a quarter term, semester students may still earn a full-semester’s credit (12-17 U.S. semester credits).
  • Study abroad finale – check in and wind down

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    There are a few weeks left until your “chicks” return to the nest from their study abroad program… are you prepared? In an earlier writing I suggested adding some time to their stay abroad – this leads me think about financial and logistical concerns for your travelers… What is the bank account situation? Some of you have limitless resources and can just pump up the balance on demand – grand for you! Some families may have set budgets and will need to review the funds left for their student’s remaining weeks abroad. A friend just told me of some kids who…
  • API Study Abroad Photo Contest Winner

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Congratulations to Demi Dahl, the fall 2014 API study abroad photo contest winner! Demi is a student at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and has said that she plans to study abroad in Seville, Spain with API. Demi will receive an API swag package, including a $200 Amazon gift card to help her prepare for her international trip. This fall, API held a contest encouraging future participants to take a photograph with one of our “hello” tattoos or stickers from a study abroad fair (these were available in Spanish, French, English, Italian, Dzongkha, Mandarin, Arabic, Magyar,…
  • Don’t welcome them home from study abroad just yet!

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It was only a year ago that I was ticking off the days until my girl returned from API in Florence, Italy. I had just been to visit her and she still had about a month left to her study abroad adventure. Her experience was quickly moving to a close, and she was busy with studies, friends, and trying to see as much of Florence and Europe as she could squeeze in before the first week in December. Her time there was extraordinary! As you ready yourself for your child’s return from points across the globe let me suggest that if possible you offer your travelers the chance to extend their…
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    LIVE LINGUA: Skype Language Lessons

  • Xmas carols from around the world.

    Ray Blakney
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    With Christmas fast approaching the sounds of Christmas carols are common.  But if you have traveled you know that not everybody sings the same songs, and even the same songs sound different and have different words around the world.  Here are some Christmas songs from different parts of the world for you and you family to enjoy this holiday season! 1) French Carol – Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris (Between the Ox and the Gray Ass) Ray’s Comment:  Beautiful song, despite the name that – at least in English sounds – sounds a bit odd for an Xmas Carol.  This is…
  • Million Scarlet Roses: Memories and Music

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

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

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

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

    Saga Briggs
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
      Since its first appearance nearly 6,000 years ago, educational technology has given birth to some of humanity’s finest inventions. Without it, we wouldn’t have historical records, textbooks (digital or print), search engines, or social media. We’d be doing sums on our fingers and toes and drawing maps in the dust with sharp sticks. We’d be generating tools without advancing our collective knowledge. Like technology, educational technology is much more than computers and networks. In fact, a quick look at its etymology shows us that it refers to three concepts at…
  • 16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

    Saga Briggs
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Our own brains regularly deceive us in order to make sense of the world we live in. Most of the time, it’s nothing more than an innocent effort to save face. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to our attention should probably be blamed on someone else. It will advocate for our convictions, pointing out any evidence that supports them and politely ignoring any that doesn’t. And it will even spare us from the mental strain of thinking beyond the stereotypes it has so conveniently crafted for us. The human…
  • How 3-D Printing Will Change Education

    Saga Briggs
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Also known as rapid prototyping, 3-D printing is a technology that allows users to create three-dimensional physical products from a digital file. Each product is created one layer at a time, using an inkjet-like process that sprays a bonding agent onto a very thin layer of fixable powder. The bonding agent can be applied very accurately to build an object from the bottom up, layer by layer. The process even accommodates moving parts within the object. Using different powders and bonding agents, color can be applied, and prototype parts can be rendered in plastic, resin, or metal. In fact,…
  • 18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned

    Saga Briggs
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Rules are great. They provide order to an otherwise chaotic world and help preserve and perpetuate important ideas. If it weren’t for rules, and the willingness to follow rules, we wouldn’t have language or the ability to communicate. We wouldn’t have educational standards or scientific research, democracy or civil rights. The trouble sets in when we don’t stop to question the rules that have been laid out before us. When the rules we follow start to impede learning and personal development, that’s when we need to take a step back and reassess our priorities. The…
  • When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education

    Saga Briggs
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Most of us know better than to use technology for technology’s sake. The Shiny New Tech Syndrome is taking the world by storm, and with the added pressure of finding new ways to improve educational outcomes, we try our best not to be tempted. But there are some things–certain methods, activities, and tools–we still assume can be enhanced with a little computational flair, when really, if we stopped to question ourselves, we’d find them best delivered the old-fashioned way. The benefits of integrating technology into learning are extremely well-supported, and range from increased…
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  • Video: AMCAS Walkthrough Part Three: The “Biographical Information” Section

    Don Osborne
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    This video is a bit longer than my two previous ones because I feel it is more important. There are some variables here you should look into closely (i.e. if you were disadvantaged) because this is the foundation from which medical schools will view you as a person. Make sure
  • Video: AMCAS Walkthrough Part Two: The “Schools Attended” Section

    Don Osborne
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    In this video, I outline the second step in the AMCAS application — listing your schools. I list all the necessary fill-ins for this section with a nifty interactive walkthrough to clear up any common confusion that I usually get asked about. Note: If you’re looking to improve your MCAT
  • Video: AMCAS Walkthrough Part One: The “Identifying Information” Section

    Don Osborne
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    This is some basic stuff in the first section of the AMCAS, but you’d be surprised how often this part gets filled out wrong. It’s very important to look over this part multiple times to make sure you have all your basic information correct. Note: If you need a little
  • Video: Logic and Critical Thinking on the 2015 MCAT

    Don Osborne
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    As you all know, the MCAT is changing for 2015. So what should you study? Well, since there’s a new focus on critical thinking and analysis, I decided it to break it down for you and help you focus on logic is that actually useful for the exam. I’m hoping
  • Video: A Three-Part Interview with Leonardo Radomile of the Cambridge Learning Center on MCAT Verbal

    Don Osborne
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In this three-part video series, I am talking to Leonardo Radomile who certainly knows how to best handle the Verbal Reasoning section of the MCAT. He talks about how doing well on this section could boost your performance on all the other sections, since understanding context goes a long way
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    Online Cultus

  • Macedonian teacher will run for 1 million USD award

    Aleksandra Arsik
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
        Vesela Bogdanovic lives in Bitola and works as a primary school teacher at the elementary school Koco Racin, in the village Ivanjevci, Mogila, Bitola region, for 12 years. She is the author of four web pages and over 200 short educational movies for children, recorded in her colorful classroom and school yard. The...   Read more... The post Macedonian teacher will run for 1 million USD award appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 21-st century teaching in Macedonian primary schools Stop motion animation pioneer from Macedonia More then a teacher Degrees that make a…
  • Whoever is happy….

    Aleksandra Arsik
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
      Read more... The post Whoever is happy…. appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Make somebody happy Be happy Happy New Year Commitment – Be happy!
  • Break the online learning misconceptions

    Aleksandra Arsik
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Adult learners have long thought that the only way you can get an education is in a classroom with a teacher, desks, and students. However, online learning has changed the way that many adults think. Effective and successful learning can happen with a computer connection and a goal-oriented adult. It just takes a little different...   Read more... The post Break the online learning misconceptions appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: The best degrees to earn online How to develop online learning skills? 4 facts on online colleges: The process of enrolling Offline learning is…
  • Building reputation

    Aleksandra Arsik
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
      Read more... The post Building reputation appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Building dreams Which steps to take when building business with LMS? Team building benefits for employees
  • 8 Great college tips for the lazy student

    Aleksandra Arsik
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The work load that is required for a college degree in any field can be overwhelming. There simply are not enough hours in the day. Keep these tips in mind to give yourself an advantage this year and get more done with the time you do have. Work at your peak times By the age...   Read more... The post 8 Great college tips for the lazy student appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: How to succeed as an online college student? Great ways to save money while attending college How do we study? Tricks and tips on how to get good grades in College 4 essential tips for saving money in…
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    Education News

  • 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…
  • Education is More than Passing Exams

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Education today is not simply about getting children ready for the job market. Technological advancement has made it almost impossible to predict employment opportunities that will exist in the next five years. Education is also much more than a fix for the economy. Business leaders and philanthropists such as Cecilia Ibru are working to help children learn the skills they need to become successful human beings with a social conscience and the ability to make intelligent decisions about the future. According to Benjamin Franklin, the education of youth is considered by wise men throughout…
  • The Degrees That WILL Get You a Job

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    There they are, filing out of city halls and into Grad Balls – fresh-faced graduates clutching onto their degrees like shipwreck victims on the side of liferafts. Unaccustomed to the job market, they’re thrown out of the cloistered confines of university, like rabbits in Jobcentre-shaped headlights. Indeed, if the press are to be believed, the situation doesn’t look great. According to national newspaper The Guardian, more than half of all UK graduates are in non-graduates positions. As the number of the populace with degrees increases, so too does competition in the job market. But…
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    Computer Programming

  • How to run Applet in Netbean IDE

    Jacob Lefore
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    We are very familiar with java programming, when we come to applet programming then we need some resources like browsers, AppletViewer etc to run the applet code. When i run the applet code in command prompt using following command:appletviewer filename.html Applet viewer was not appear in windows 8.1. Then lastly i was decide that i shall install Netbean IDE for applet code.import java.awt.*; import java.applet.*;public class design extends Applet { public void paint(Graphics g){g.drawString("Hello World",50,100);}}Now, copy this code and following some instructions which…
  • Comments in C++

    Jacob Lefore
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    In C++ the comments can be written by two methods:1. If the comments is one line long, then double slash “//” is used.Example:  //Hello: HOW ARE YOU2. If the comments is multiple lines, then the comments is given by “/” and “*/”.Example:  /*This is multiple line comments */Example:// This program demonstrate comments# include < iostream.h># include < conic.h>   /*above two line are for the header file */void main (  ) //program main{int  a  =  10;           cout   <<  “A=…
  • Prevention from SQL Injection attack in ASP.NET

    Bill Smithwick
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    In myPrevious article, we have already learn about SQL injection attack. We saw that if we use Text Box for retrieving data from the database then other queries also perform with the same database. So, Microsoft provide, Parameterized query for DML and DQL statements. LikeReplace this statement with the parameterized queryDirect Interface with TextBox (SQL Injection Attack Possible)cmd.CommandText = "Select * from [TableName] where name='"+TextBox1.Text+"'";Resolve this problem by the parameterized querycmd.CommandText = "Select * from [TableName] where…
  • Tuple: RDBMS concept and terminology

    Jacob Lefore
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    The tuple represents an instance of an entity or relation. The attributes names are mapped with the respective domains in tuples. It means in a tuple every attribute takes a value from the domain specified for it. So, the tuple is a combination of attribute values.In an institute, student is a relation collecting all the students who are easily distinguishable from teacher (collection of teachers who teach in the institute). So, teacher is another relation. The subjects taught in the respective courses can be named as subject and it is a relation. Of course is also a relation.The entity sets…
  • Normalization: universal relation in DBMS

    Jacob Lefore
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    From the requirements gathered in an enterprise the entities and associations among them can be clearly identified. But this depends on the approach of gathering the requirements. The different people’s views of the data are merged to form the global view of the data. This merging of different user's view into single view is called as view integration. The single relation formed from the global or integrated view of data is called as “Universal Relation”. The universal relation is collection of all the attributes of the enterprise rather than entity sets. It means that entity sets are…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • 2014 WAEC Results and Performance Statistics – Check Here

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    The West African Examination Council has release the result of November December Exams. According to the statistics, West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Thursday released this year’s November/December, with only 72,522 candidates representing 29.37 per cent obtaining credits in five subjects and above including English language and Mathematics. Out of 246,853 candidates that sat for […] 2014 WAEC Results and Performance Statistics – Check Here is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post 2014 WAEC Results and Performance Statistics – Check Here appeared first on…
  • KADPOLY Temporarily Shut Down

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    The Kaduna State Polytechnic has been temporarily shut down by the management of the institution following an alleged imminent attack from the terrorist group, Boko Haram. According to the circular by the registrar of the institution students has been asked to proceed immediately on Christmas and New Year break to resume on January 5th, 2015. […] KADPOLY Temporarily Shut Down is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post KADPOLY Temporarily Shut Down appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • LASU Acceptance Fee Payment Procedure 2014/2015

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    PAYMENT OF ACCEPTANCE FEE BY FRESH STUDENTS. All fresh students, (100 Level and Direct Entry) 2014/2015 set are to pay the sum of Ten Thousand naira only (N10, 000.00) acceptance fee. This payment is to be made before the commencement of the screening exercise. Evidence of payment must be attached to the documents to be […] LASU Acceptance Fee Payment Procedure 2014/2015 is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post LASU Acceptance Fee Payment Procedure 2014/2015 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Important Notice To Abraham Adesanya Poly Students

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    The management of Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic have announced the closure of all affiliate and external programmes of the polytechnic. This is in compliance with NBTE directive issued to the polytechnic management to wind up such programmes. The management, therefore, plead with all external centres coordinators to hand over their students to the Centre for Part […] Important Notice To Abraham Adesanya Poly Students is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post Important Notice To Abraham Adesanya Poly Students appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • ATBU Notice On Screening & Printing of Invitation/Admission Letters

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    Post-JAMB Screening has been scheduled for 5th January, 2015; Shortlisted candidates are therefore advised to download their letters of Invitation/Admission for the 2014/2015 Direct Entry and UTME Admissions. Candidates should note that the payment of N3,200 Screening Fees can be paid in any branch of Ecobank, Firstbank, FCMB, Jaiz Bank, Skye Bank, UBA and Zenith […] ATBU Notice On Screening & Printing of Invitation/Admission Letters is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post ATBU Notice On Screening & Printing of Invitation/Admission Letters appeared first on Nigeria…
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    PortPrep Blog

  • PortPrep Invades National Portfolio Day!

    Karen Kesteloot
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot and co-op students of PortPrep attended the National Portfolio Day at OCADU this past November 8. Their intention: Promote PortPrep’s portfolio coaching services as an effective way aspiring art students can boost their chances of getting their choice of college! Their method: Share cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and coffee to students to those who have been lining up since morning! This impromptu visit ended up being a fun thing Karen and the gang did to spread the word about PortPrep. Some even received discount coupons from Karen…
  • Home Decor Ideas from Top TV Shows

    Karen Kesteloot
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Editor’s note: Find out home decor ideas from these hit TV shows and learn how you can apply the same principles to your own designs and decorations. People watch TV shows for a particular purpose. Most are drawn to shows and movies with strong storytelling involving well-developed characters and an intriguing plot. Some, however, tune in to shows because of the home decor of the interiors. This may be a strange practice, but by looking at the interior space of the main characters, viewers gain a deeper insight of their personalities. Here are some of the best TV shows with great…
  • Thrifty Threads: 5 Recipes for Students on a Budget

    Karen Kesteloot
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Editor’s note: Students who have gotten into college may be working at a financial disadvantage early on because of the tuition costs. As a result, they are forced to cut down on their personal costs and take jobs on the side to support their education. To help you maintain a thrifty yet productive lifestyle, this post offers cheap, quick, and easy recipes to keep your stomach full. If you’re a student who lives alone in a dorm or apartment, going out to eat, taking out food and calling for delivery may have become your everyday deal to survive. But if you suddenly realized the…
  • Top 5 Career Paths in Interior Designing

    Karen Kesteloot
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Editor’s note: As an interior design student in college, your perspective towards having a career in this field will only expand as you develop your craft over time. Once you graduate, you will need to make an informed decision as to what kind of profession you must pursue as a designer. If you’re still undecided to the kind of career you want to take, then let this article serve as your guide. A creative field, a career in interior designing can be challenging as well. The following post explores the career path of an interior designer. Read on to know more. Introduction Well,…
  • Interior Design Rendering: A Comprehensive Guide

    Karen Kesteloot
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Learn the art of interior design rendering from “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot. Highly recommended viewing for aspiring interior designers. Are you an aspiring interior designer and want to learn the tricks of the trade? Do you want to boost your chances of getting into an interior design program in college? If your answer to both questions is a resounding “YES,” then you’re in for a treat! “The Admission Insider” Karen Kesteloot recorded a Google Hangouts on Air video of her showing to viewers how she does interior design rendering for her…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • 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…
  • Applying to College with a GED

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Applying to college is a great idea once you’ve got your GED. The General Equivalency Diploma (GED) can open many doors for you into better careers and higher education. About 97% of employers and educators consider the GED to be an acceptable alternative to a traditional high school diploma, so there’s no bias against using it for higher education. If you’ve got ambitions to earn more for a living, college is your best bet.Starting the Application Process – Choosing a SchoolThe first consideration you will have to make is which school you want to attend. For college degrees, there…
  • Getting a Discount on GED Retakes

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    Most GED classes are designed to offer the most benefit to its test-takers as possible, including discounts for any retakes that are scheduled. There’s no problem if you don’t pass on your first try, you can schedule as many retakes as you need. Students must achieve a passing score on each of the 4 subjects in order to complete their GED. It is possible to challenge all the subjects at once or each individually. For retakes, it makes the most sense to challenge the individual subjects that were not passed. The GED Testing Service offers a limited number of discounts on retakes. Here’s…
  • Pros and Cons of Computer-Format GED Test

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

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

  • 7 Qualities that an Interviewer is looking for

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    Many candidates reads lot of study material for interviews but they ignore to understand what an interviewer is looking for. Today I am going to share the basic selection criteria of any job interview :- Clarity of thoughtWhy you want to work in a bank.  Your answer - Right now I am working in my fathers business but I don't find any growth in it. This will create a negative impact in the ind of interviewer. Step in the shoes of interviewer. He will think that this person is not stable.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SBI PO 2014 Marks are Out now

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:59 pm
    SBI has released marks for PO exam held in June/july 2014. Fill your registeration number with roll number to get your marks Check your marks here In case in any trouble, comment below. Share screenshot of your marks in the comments [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 19 December

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:49 pm
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- Questions1. 3 forms o f G-20’s are 2. 2013, G-20 of Heads of Government was held in Russia whereas 2015, G-20 will be held in 3. 25th ASEAN was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and 1st was held in 4. The main issues discussed in 25th ASEAN were 5. 9th EAS (East Asia Summit) was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and the Main issues were 6. 12th ASEAN India Summit was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar and the main issues were 7. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank Recruitment 2014 - IBPS RRB

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank invited applications for Scale III, Scale II, Officer in Junior Management (Scale I) Cadre and Office Assistant (Multipurpose) posts from candidates who have cleared IBPSRRB CWE III exam. Date to apply - 18-12-2014 to 01-01-2015 Expected cutoff for interview (General) - 170 Post General OBC SC ST Total Officer Scale III 01 01 - ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Update for 19 December

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Current Affairs Update for today :- Politics Minorities Rights Day observed in all over the World on 18th December 2014.  Appointments Amit Priyavadan Mehta appointed as Federal Judge in Columbia on 17th December 2014. On 17th December 2014, Ghanta Chakrapani appointed as first Chairman of Telangana State Public Service Commission.  Sports Hariom Singh won Gold Medal in Men’s 50 metre Rifle Prone Event in National Shooting Championship. On 16th December 2014, Kieron... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Minnesota School of Business Blog

  • Eating Well While Balancing School and Home Life

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Written by Keli Tischler, Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth student Almost a year ago I decided to go back to college after hitting the proverbial glass ceiling in my industry. Since I started school at Minnesota School of Business (MSB), I have noticed a great diversity in the student population. Some students are attending MSB right out of high school, some a few years after starting their careers, and others are returning to college after an extended period of time in the workforce. I am one of the latter. After high school, I joined the Marine Corps. I had not set foot in a classroom…
  • Career Services is Here to Help You Begin Your Journey

    maija jaaska
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    So you’ve graduated. Now what? If you already have a job, congratulations! If you don’t, we hope you are seeking the assistance of Minnesota School of Business-Richfield’s (MSB) Career Services department. Director of Career Services Liz AshantivaJust what can Director of Career Services Liz Ashantiva or Associate Director Diana Welter do to help you land your dream job? Let’s find out! A meeting begins when a student (current or former) completes a Job Readiness Intake Form. Created by Liz, the form is a helpful checklist covering all aspects of a job search.
  • MSB-Richfield Congratulates Its Staff and Faculty of the Year

    maija jaaska
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    This guest post was written by Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) Campus Director, Stacy Severson. Congratulations to our spotlighted employees: Richard Heller with Stacy SeversonFaculty of the Year: Richard Heller, adjunct accounting instructor. Richard continues to showcase the impact an invested educator can have on students. He works diligently to explain difficult accounting concepts until he ensures every student in his class understands the material. Richard consistently makes himself available outside of class to provide one-on-one tutoring for students – even if it…
  • Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital Benefit from Massage Class’ Generosity

    Nicole Rasmussen
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Massage therapy students in the Pregnancy and Special Populations class at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River recently held a drive to collect toys for children of all ages for the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital. The students delivered the toys themselves and spent the day at the facility doing chair massages for families of children being treated there.Massage students give chair massages to families at Ronald McDonald House in Children's Hospital The idea for this applied learning project came from MSB student Crystal Colvin, who has a connection to the…
  • Student Spotlight: 5 Things about Hailey Huizenga

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Hailey Huizenga is just completing her last quarter in earning her associate degree in business administration at the Minnesota School of Business-Rochester. Hailey shared an attitude of “always trying to learn and grow,” and is looking forward to applying the knowledge and skills gained during her time at MSB. Top 5 Things to Know about Hailey 1. Hailey would like to be an entrepreneur with her own business or a store manager. She is open to new experiences and still “entertaining a few ideas.” 2. Currently, Hailey is working in high-end retail at Soma. She really appreciates the…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • The 1, 2, 3, 4 Process for Easy Entry Task Corrections

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The magic is in the correction process Look… I know you are super busy in the morning. Attendance, lunch count, homework gathering, miscellaneous emergencies all take time even on the best days. On the worst days those are just the beginning; getting 25 wet coats and backpacks stored away on a drizzly winter day can take a good chunk right out of your regular morning routine! But there is so much to be gained from correcting entry tasks that we don’t want that to be a casualty of the morning rush. Correcting this bell work can provide: • Immediate correction of mistakes before they…
  • Easy Steps to Creating Engaged Nonfiction Readers

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know that with the rollout of Common Core State Standards there’s a greater emphasis on non-fiction texts. About 60% of our classroom reading is non-fiction now, which is more in line with the adult world where about 90% of what we read is nonfiction. I often find that while some kids naturally engage with and love reading non-fiction texts there will be some who are turned-off by it. How can a teacher turn a bored and disengaged kid into one who just eats up those fascinating facts? What’s the question? Here’s a technique I use when I am teaching nonfiction. It’s very simple…
  • Four Easy Steps to Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Team

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    High Five designed by Elizabeth Smith from the Noun Project Teachers have the primary responsibility for managing what goes on in the classroom, but we sometimes forget that we have partners at home who can help out when the going gets tough in the behavior department. In reality, it’s really easy to get parents working on your side. Step 1: Reaching Out The first step, of course, is to simply reach out to them as actively and positively as you reach out to new students on the first day of school. The parents of your kids should know without a doubt that you love their children and will do…
  • The Magic Mantra for Managing Student Partners

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

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

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    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
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  • Mental Maths Ability Test

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Are you a Parents of 5 – 13 years old?Does your Child Count on Fingers?Does your child do a lot of Silly Mistakes?Does your child has problems with multiplication tables (Knows tables up to 9 or 12 only)?Does your child take a lot of time when you ask something orally for e.g 26 + 38?Then Mental Maths of your child is in poor state.Magical Methods bring positive changes to the lives to 300,000 children every year through its network. Magical Methods can HELP you as well. Visit and Register for a Free Mental Maths Ability Test by experts
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    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
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  • Magical Methods Game Based technique can Enhance Mathematical Skills of Your Kid

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Do you find it as a difficult task to enhance the mathematical skills of your kid? Then you will have to think of a unique method that can be used to teach mathematics to your kid in an interesting way. That’s where Vedic math tricks come into play. It is a proven and an effective method that can be used to overcome many mathematical challenges. It can help any person to overcome hard to understand mathematical problems in a simple manner.Now you can see a lot of products that are based on Vedic Math tricks. Vedic Maths, which was developed by Magical Methods hold a prominent place out of…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • Designing eLearning for Readability Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Designing eLearning for Readability Infographic As an eLearning professional, your responsibility is not just to deliver eLearning content to learners – it’s to make sure that it’s engaging and readable. The Designing eLearning for Readability Infographic presents 5 strategies you can employ in order to deliver content that learners are actually going to read. 5 Strategies for Delivering Readable eLearning Content 1. Use Contrast The most readable text is simple – it’s black text on a white background. Don’t try to re-invent the wheel. Black on white has worked for centuries as…
  • The History of Open Educational Resources Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    The History of Open Educational Resources Infographic It used to be that an Ivy League education was reserved only for those with vast fortunes, family connections, or stellar grades. However, much of academia’s top curricula are now available online, free for anyone with an inquiring mind to see. The History of Open Educational Resources Infographic presents how the Internet became one of the best places to get an education. Open Educational resources (OER) Timeline January 1999: The University of Tubingen in Germany publishes a video series of its lectures online. This was considered…
  • Gamification of Training Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Gamification of Training Infographic Games create engagement – they are the cornerstone of any positive learning experience. It is essential that gamification becomes part of every learning professionals toolbox. The Gamification of Training Infographic presents how gamification can be a highly engaging method of training employees and how it is being used to support performance initiatives in businesses globally. What is Gamification? Gamification is the use of game design and game mechanics to engage a target audience to change behaviors, learn new skills or engage in innovation. What…
  • The eLearning Principles for Teaching Millennials Infographic

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    The eLearning Principles For Teaching Millennials According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online. When compared to today’s statistics that say that at least one class is taken virtually, these predictions are astonishing. Obviously, we are rapidly turning to virtual classrooms. With the rapid advent of communication technology, time, space, and money, no longer pose obstacles for improvement. This is why electronic forms of learning provide just about the perfect framework for lifelong learning. Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant…
  • 3 Levels of Instructional Design Prototypes Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    3 Levels of Instructional Design Prototypes Infographic Storyboarding and prototyping are key parts of the instructional design process that should not be skipped. Starting the overall design process with a storyboard provides a high-level outline of the intended outcomes of the module, and is an effective way to gather ideas in a graphical format before moving on the physical prototype. Interface prototyping then allows instructional designers to map out the navigation of a training module and garner feedback from stakeholders and users early in the design process. Gathering this information…
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    Talk in French

  • 146 useful and (sometimes clever) French words for social media users.

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    The French language seems to be having a hard time keeping up with all the new English technology-related terms.  Hopefully we have the “office québécois de la langue française“(OQFL). Its core objective: to “Frenchify” English jargon and terminology. Sometimes their translat... The post 146 useful and (sometimes clever) French words for social media users. appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #37 How the French Celebrate Christmas

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Here is the 37th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. How the French celebrate Christmas? – Some F... The post Podcast #37 How the French Celebrate Christmas appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 30 essential Marketing Words in French

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
      I know some of the readers of Talk in French study business in France. So I am sharing 30 essential marketing words in French, which I am sure you will find useful. If you want to learn even more, why don’t you check out One of my Ebook: Improving French Vocabulary (the most complete French Vocabu... The post 30 essential Marketing Words in French appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Podcast #36 Discover some French Regional Traditions (Christmas Edition)

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Here is the 36th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. Discover some unique regional christmas tradition ... The post Podcast #36 Discover some French Regional Traditions (Christmas Edition) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 31 French Movies for All Ages: Christmas Edition

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here are 31 French movies to watch while you’re snuggling up on those cold winter nights. Full of good cheer, they’re ideal for the festive season.               Directed by: Michel Ocelot Written by: Michel Ocelot Year: 2006 (source:fr2eso.wikispaces) Two childhoo... The post 31 French Movies for All Ages: Christmas Edition appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Check IRCTC PNR Status Online

    Faheen Ahmed
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    How to Check Pnr Status Online This website provides a medium to check PNR status (Passenger Reservation Enquiry) of Indian Railways train tickets. It is also a Q&A community website for asking questions that relates to Indian Railways. PNR means Passenger Name Record. CHECK PNR STATUS   How to check PNR status of your ticket booking online? With online its become very easy to check your irctc PNR status. Just enter your 10 digit PNR number in the above form and click on the get PNR status button. Once you submitted your PNR number, you will get your PNR status and then check…
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Specs and Review

    Faheen Ahmed
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Sony Xperia Z4 Specs and Review Recent rumors about Sony Xperia Z4 say that Sony might be thinking over an abandonment plan for the six-month interval flagship release. Since it makes the predecessor owners feel bad and kind of outdated, so the new policy might match the other companies’ policies from now on. However, the Sony Xperia Z4 is going to be the first and last flagship device for 2015 then; there won’t be a release on the first quarter of the next year. And as before, there will be variants like Sony Xperia Z4 compact and probably a Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra as well. The Xperia Z4…
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors

    Faheen Ahmed
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Rumors We already have few leaks and rumors on the next big release from Samsung; their S series flagship Galaxy S6. However, even before the Galaxy S6 got released; people have started wondering about the 2016 flagship phone Samsung Galaxy S7. Even though the name has not been confirmed yet, we don’t know if Samsung will keep their naming strategy as it is now. Technology would have gone through much improvement by the time Samsung Galaxy S7 gets released; probably some technology we can’t even imagine now. Given that fact, we have tried picturing a Samsung Galaxy S7…
  • Vibosoft DR. Mobile Review Strongest Recovery Tool for Android Mobile & Tablets

    Faheen Ahmed
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The common issue happing today in android Smartphone is you cannot recover your lost precious Photos, Important Data, Vital Contacts and memorable Videos from it. So, To help out I’m introducing a tool that recovers your Lost Data’s,Photo’s etc that’s “Vibosoft DR. Mobile for Android” it has such a design to recover all deleted Android data under various circumstances. It support both Windows and Mac.   To know More About Vibosoft Visit Vibosoft Dr Mobile Android  Ok, In this review you will learn about the indepth concept of Vibosoft Dr Mobile like…
  • Watch WWE TLC 2014 Live Stream,Result | HD Video Link

    Faheen Ahmed
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    WWE TLC 2014 Live Stream TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs  and Stairs is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It will take place on December 14, 2014 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be the sixth annual TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event. It will be the first TLC event featuring a stairs match. This WWE is usually obviously among a transitional period of time. While trustworthy personalities similar to David Cena as well as Randy Orton carry on and turn into dull, the actual inventive crew provides utilized 2014 as an try to…
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  • Call for Papers: GABER 15th Business and Economics International Conference

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Organized by: Global Academy of Business and Economic Research Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 31st December 2014Website: Academy of Business and Economic Research (GABER) is inviting papers in all areas of Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing and Management for 15th International Conference in Orlando. www.gaberic.orgPapers submissions  and subjectsAcademics and researchers worldwide are invited to submit full-length papers, research-in-progress papers, case studies, abstracts, or special session proposals for The 15th  International…
  • Sea Shells-Tips on Using Sensory Perception to Improve Sales

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The smell of salty sea permeates the nose while the hum and hiss of the waves is subtly blanketing the distractions from the outside world. Foam bubbles among the rocks leaving little foot prints as they sway in and out with each ocean movement. Sea shells creating a colony of travelers  As your toes feel the powder of the sand and the cool water rushes around your ankles you peer out over the horizon to see cranes diving in the water in search of today's meal. The breeze parts your hair and reminds you that life is always present. San Diego is a popular destination full of sensory…
  • Adjunct Business Faculty Coaches

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Academic Coaches are highly qualified, experienced practitioners who most frequently serve as the liaison between the university faculty member and students. The exact qualifications and requirements of an Academic Coach are tailored according to individual university and program needs. Often the Academic Coach is the student's initial point of contact, and acts in much a similar fashion that a traditional teaching assistant does in a university.Coaches monitor student engagement, facilitate course content, provide online student support, and regularly collaborate with university faculty.
  • Is Europe Shrinking or Growing?

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    According to a European data analytics company called Markit Economics, Europe is still growing despite poor projections. Based upon a survey of purchasing managers and their prospects throughout 18 nations in Europe, their index of economic growth moved upward from 51.1 to 51.7 showing a higher rate of growth than previous expect. Some economists predicted a slight contraction but improvement in the market appears to have lowered the pressure by improving the situation.The study also shows that core countries like Germany and France are experiencing slower growth and waning job creation…
  • Online Adjunct Faculty: Global Marketing and Strategy, Graduate School

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Adjunct FacultyMarketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace Dual Master of Business Administration (DMBA)The Graduate SchoolLocation: OnlineCOURSE CONTENT INCLUDES: DMBA 630 Marketing and Strategy Management in the Global Marketplace (6 Credits) ·         Teaching marketing and strategy and how they lead to value creation and value capture in different business contexts. ·         Facilitating and leading discussions and guiding business planning projects that cover marketing strategy…
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • 10 Reasons to Quiz Students

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Standardized tests have become a hotly contested topic in the world of education. With many teachers and parents arguing that students spend too much time taking tests and not enough time learning, it may seem insane to suggest that teachers test their students even more. However, that’s exactly what we’re doing. While standardized tests and other more formal summative assessments may not always be the best for students, quizzes actually have the potential to improve student learning. These low-stakes, more formative assessments encourage students to learn and retain knowledge, while…
  • Fun Family-Centered Activities for School Break

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Between work and school, families don’t get to spend a lot of quality time together during the week. However, during school break, school is removed from the equation, opening up a bit more free time and giving families a chance to slow down and enjoy each other’s company. These family-centered activities will help you use school breaks as an opportunity to enjoy some positive interaction with your kids, bring some learning into your household, and accomplish something pretty incredible in the process. No activity will fit every family perfectly, but these activities can be easily adapted…
  • Tapping into Your Students’ Individual Intelligences in the Classroom

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Help Teaching now offers Test Room, an online assessment platform designed for teachers, parents, tutors, and trainers. Test Room gives educators the power to administer assessments online. It also provides statistical data to help educators quickly monitor and assess student and class performance. As an educator, you have many reasons to quiz students and now Test Room provides the convenience, tools, and flexibility to do so in a meaningful way. Creating Student Groups The My Classes feature lets you organize and assign tests for individual classes or groups of students. Once you create a…
  • How to Refocus a Difficult Class

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

  • Students Saving Time on Assignments with PDF Burger (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Although information is readily available online, a lot of it is in PDF format presentation. This includes lecture notes, eBooks and research papers. Students also find that they have to present their assignments in PDF format. This not only ensures the security of their assignments but also improves the presentation of the information. The post Students Saving Time on Assignments with PDF Burger appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 96 #6. Course Evals: Communication (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    "I think I am communicating well, but are my students actually understanding what I am saying?" The post SC 96 #6. Course Evals: Communication appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Top Careers in 2015 – Explore a Bright Future for Your U.K. College Student (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Every person seeks for amazing job opportunities in order to gain expertise in the respective areas of interest and earn a handsome salary. Due to fluctuations in business cycles, employee turnover is ultimately affected. 2015 is going to be a great year for you if you are thinking to make any of the mentioned fields as your career. The post Top Careers in 2015 – Explore a Bright Future for Your U.K. College Student appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 95 #5. Course Evals: Course Organization (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    In our minds, we always know where we are going but our students might not share our understanding of the course plan. The post SC 95 #5. Course Evals: Course Organization appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • How to Stay Safe & Secure in your Student House this Winter (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    As winter approaches students should be aware of the hidden dangers that may lurk in their student house! The post How to Stay Safe & Secure in your Student House this Winter appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Reflections by a first-year assistant principal

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Elizabeth Manning is a first-year assistant principal at Richard Henry Lee Elementary in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She is hosting #mdeschat this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.  Her topic for the night is reflecting on the calendar year.  Elizabeth took the time out of her busy schedule for a little reflecting of her own.  Her responses to the questions below provide insight to anyone interested in pursuing a career in educational administration. Tell us about yourself. I moved to Maryland 9 years ago when I was hired to teach at Tyler Heights Elementary.  Since then, I worked for the…
  • The Way of Mindful Education

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    This book review, by Christopher Wooleyhand, appears in the November/December edition of Principal magazine.  Copyright 2014 National Association of Elementary School Principals.  All rights reserved. The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-being in Teachers and Students.  Daniel Rechtschaffen.  W.W. Norton & Company, 2014, 318 pages. How much better would your school be if the teachers in your building were focused, attentive, and compassionate?  Extend those same thoughts to students.  Would your school be the ideal learning environment if your students were trained to…
  • Thanks PLN!

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect.  I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two great children.  I remind myself not to take that for granted.  No matter what challenges life may bring, your family is always there for you. On a professional level, I am thankful for many of the great educators and colleagues I have met through Twitter.  Thanks to… @Jonharper70bd for becoming an inspiring writer/blogger whose posts are elegant and poignant. @RunnerBliss @KNESconnoisseur and @jaimer9578 for motivating me to become a better runner. @WalterReap @lindamcToth and @rachelamstutz for…
  • Tips for successful parent-teacher conferences

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    November is parent/teacher conference month in many school districts across the United States.  Conferences give teachers the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with parents and discuss student progress from the first quarter of the school year.  What should teachers remember as they prepare for conferences?  What should parents expect to learn from their conference?  I asked several principal colleagues to share their sage advice. What is your best piece of advice for teachers as they prepare for conferences?  Try to hear your message through the ears and hearts of the…
  • An ineffective way to look at teachers

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I wrote the following which appears in today’s edition of the Baltimore Sun in the Readers Respond section. Liz Bowie’s recent reporting on Maryland’s teacher evaluation system (Where ineffective teachers are found, November 2, 2014) raises many questions.  Bowie’s investigative report contains several quotes from Sandi Jacobs, the vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.  The NCTQ is a Washington think tank with a clear political agenda that is anti-teacher and highly critical of teacher education programs across the United States.  Their advisory…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • Outward Bound History: Kurt Hahn

    Richard Stuart
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1886, Outward Bound founder and visionary Kurt Hahn was the second of four sons in a prominent Jewish family. In 1904, Hahn suffered severe sunstroke which left him permanently disabled and required a long period of recovery in darkened rooms. During these lonely months Hahn articulated a philosophy that would... The post Outward Bound History: Kurt Hahn appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Serving Students by Giving

    Richard Stuart
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Giving is one of the most powerful principles of all time. Voyageur Outward Bound School has been changing lives through challenge and discovery in Minnesota for more than 50 years by using the wilderness as a classroom to provide unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, self-reliance, teamwork and compassion. With the opening of the Twin Cities... The post Serving Students by Giving appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Life on the Winter trails

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

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

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

  • How to Reference Online Sources

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many references these days are sourced via the internet. But does this mean that the rules about reference format are any looser? Of course not! It’s extremely important to follow the rules about how to format a website reference correctly as a random URL stuffed in the content of your essay looks very unprofessional. Harvard Reference If you are using the Harvard system, you should write in-text references to websites like this: (Authorship/Source, Year) for example: (NHS, 2003) In your bibliography, it should be in this format: Authorship or Source, Year. Title of web document or web…
  • Is ‘Data’ Singular or Plural? The Great Debate

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    An oft disputed question is over whether we should use ‘data’ as a singular or a plural. This is a tricky question which requires some explanation of mass and countable nouns. The ‘correct’ way to use it is as a plural, as it derives from the latin ‘datum’, meaning ‘a given fact or assumption’. However, it is not that simple. Over time, common usage has subtly shifted to prefer the use of ‘data’ as a singular noun, because this just sounds better to our ears. So which is correct? Mass Nouns and Countable Nouns A mass noun is an item…
  • Word Choice: Oppose vs. Appose

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    These two verbs sound very similar and can easily be confused. However, ‘oppose’ is pronounced with an ‘uh’ sound at the beginning and ‘appose’ with an ‘ah’ sound. They have quite different meanings. Read on to find out which one is correct for your context! The verb ‘to oppose’ has two distinct meanings: 1) To be facing something else 2) To disagree Word Choice: ‘Opposed’, ‘Opposed to’ and ‘Opposite’ ‘Opposed’ means to be against something, in fact, so much so that your opinion is the…
  • Common Mistakes: Loath Vs. Loathe

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    These two words are pronounced differently, with ‘loath’ ending with a harsh ‘th’ sound, rhyming with ‘both’, and ‘loathe’ ending with a soft ‘the’ sound, like the word ‘breathe’. However, although they may sound different when spoken, they look very similar on the page and are only separated in spelling by a difference of one letter. This can lead to considerable confusion and means that one common phrase is often misspelled. Read on to clarify which word you should be using in which context! Loath The word ‘loath’ is an adjective meaning ‘unwilling’,…
  • Common Mistakes: Began Vs. Begun

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    They are sometimes confused and very similar in spelling, but what exactly is the difference between the two words ‘began’ and ‘begun’? Both are closely related and stem from the verb ‘to begin’, but they are two completely separate tenses of the verb. Read on to learn more about the way they should be used. Began The word ‘began’ is the past tense of the verb ‘to begin’. It is what is known as the simple past tense and is used in the same way as the phrases: ‘I ran’, ‘I went’ or ‘I did’. The word ‘began’ would be used in a sentences to describe things…
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    The Edvocate

  • New York City Teachers Score Well Under New System

    The Edvocate
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Under the new evaluation system that is being hailed as a better way of assessing teacher performance, nine out of ten New York City teachers received one of the top two rankings. Nine percent of teachers in NYC received the highest rating, “highly effective” and 82 percent of teachers earned the second-highest rating of, “effective.” Teachers who receive the lowest rating,”ineffective,” for two consecutive years may be fired. The challenge that comes along with firing tenured teachers has prompted several lawsuits challenging teacher tenure laws. The new…
  • Maryland Teacher Complaints May Lead to Test Suspension

    The Edvocate
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Maryland State Education Association wants the Common Core aligned Kindergarten Readiness Assessment test suspended, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the computer based tests and are not receiving helpful data to improve teaching and learning. Betty Weller, president of the teachers union, said the MSEA received several complaints from some of the 3,500 teachers who administered the tests for the first time this fall. Teachers complained about lost instructional time and issues with technology. The union hopes the state will freeze the testing until…
  • Who Can Lead in Constructivism?

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Leadership represents a possible set of actions for everyone in the school community, and anyone can lead. Constructivism calls for “participantship” because it is through full participation that acts of leadership are done. Intervention and re-intervention help in the building of realities, especially when staff-members emerge into the leadership arena. It is essential that the participation processes form the basis of creating meaning and understanding to gain commitment from followers. While it may not be fitting that students, teachers, parents, and administrators are leaders…
  • How National Board Certification Helped Me Turn Around a Failing School

    Matthew Lynch
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Note: The following guest post comes to us courtesy of Dr. Kiela Snider, who has served as an educator in California for over 23 years and has held her current position as principal for Palm Springs Unified School District for the past 12 years. In 2000 she joined the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers (Early Childhood Generalist).  She believes that children learn best when they are in a learning environment that has been shaped by best teaching practices. This was evident in 2007/2008 school year she led 100% her staff in completing either the National Board Certification or Take…
  • Mississippi Education Money Down by $1.5 B

    The Edvocate
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Durant Public School teachers in Mississippi spend their evenings on the Internet, browsing for math and other problems to give their students because the school doesn’t have up-to-date textbooks. School leaders say that new books aren’t in the budget, nor are reading coaches to help improve the districts academic rating of “D.” To save money, teachers and their assistants have already been reduced and administrators took pay cuts. The troubles in Durant, located about 60 miles north of Jackson, illustrate a picture of the state as a whole. Mississippi legislators…
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    CTET Preparation

  • Mathematics Pedagogical Question of the Day December 19 2014

    NIIT Litmus
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Answer the following by selecting most appropriate optionQuestion: From   the   unitof  'fraction',-teacher askedthe  students tolist  any  five fractions.           This  question  refersto     (1)   higherlevel  ofthinking     (2)   analyticalthinking     (3)   spatialthinking     (4)   lower  level  of  thinking  Question: In  ClassII,conceptofeven  number and…
  • Tips for Student Engagement Tip # 6

    NIIT Litmus
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Tip # 6Create a Culture of Explanation Instead of a Culture of the Right AnswerYou know you have created a rich learning event when all students are engaged in arguing about the best approach to the assignment. When you use questions and problems that allow for multiple strategies to reach a successful outcome, you give students the opportunity to make choices and then compare their approaches. This strategy challenges them to operate at a higher level of thinking than when they can share only the "correct" answer. Avidly collect problems and tasks that have multiple paths to a solution. A…
  • CTET-FEB2015: CTET Exam Date Announced

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    The date for the next CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) has been announced. The next CTET examination would be held on February 22, 2015. CTET-FEB2015 Date of Examination 22.02.2015 Application Submission Last Date 18.12.2014 to 08.01.2015 We have created a comprehensive set of Self-Study Programs where you can study at your own time and convenience and ace the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and various State Teacher Eligibility Tests (STET). Self-Study programs start at Rs. 2,360 (inclusive of all taxes).  Self-Study (Hindi) Programs start at Rs 1,500You can also enroll…
  • To prepare for CTET examination on 22nd February 2015, join NIIT Litmus's The CTET Advantage Program

    NIIT Litmus
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    To prepare for CTET examination on 22nd February 2015, join NIIT Litmus's The CTET Advantage ProgramGo to the link below & register. a missed call at:Phone: 0803-063-6040 ( Toll-free)
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    NIIT Litmus
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
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  • All Fun and Games ?

    Patti Alvarez
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:57 pm
    While Gamification became a buzzword and an over-hyped usage across the e-Learning world, I silently wondered how much one could learn from games. Sure, there are games that invoke curiosity, there are some that evoke and provoke and make the grey-cells tickle. Experiential Learning aside, the various levels of games within the course really engages the learner at various levels. There are Memory Recall games, Cause and Result judgement games, Strategy games, Simulation games/worlds. But do games teach by themselves? Is there a solid pedagogy that drives the games. Not long ago, we were…
  • 5 Proven Steps to a better e-Learning Course

    Shankar Krishna
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    I have been asked a few times “How to make an e-Learning Course Successful”there are a lot variables, In my opinion what stands out the most is: Is the learner learning?Does the learner want to learn more? Here are 5 steps to help you improve  your next course. 1. Grab the learner’s attention This may seem like it is a difficult task to do via an e-learning course, we all know how to grab the learner’s attention in person. But how do you do this via a computer or handheld device? It would be super cool if we could reach through the screen andsmack them around and say,HEY, PAY…
  • How to choose an external e-learning vendor ?

    Shankar Krishna
    20 May 2014 | 1:19 am
    Pick up the hints. Interaction with a prospective vendor can show and shed more light than reading up about them or viewing their work online. 1. What skills does the vendor offer? Are the skills that the vendor brings, something that is complementary to your team? Are they more proficient at it? There is comfort in knowing that a vendor can work on a particular skillset, but can also work with aligned skill sets? Do they offer more fluff than substance? Good vendors counsel, advise, suggest alternatives, join you in the thinking process and then propose. It is not a hard-sell. Beware of the…
  • Are you using Infographics in Your E-Learning courses?

    Patti Alvarez
    7 May 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Infographics! That is a funny word, that we have not seen a lot of until a recent eruption of them. Infographics catch our attention because they look cool and have a strong visual grasp on our eyes, they shout out Look at me!!!!I like them because they remind me a of my childhood and playing games with my older brother like finding Waldo or I Spy, where you set out to explore a busy graphic and search for relevant objects. There are many similarities between infographics and e-Learning. They display information in a real way and appeal to the visual learner.Those who design infographics…
  • Do you need to Understand Big Data to Use it?

    Patti Alvarez
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    If I started off by saying what can Big Data not be used for my page would be empty. We all use data, but we don’t all use Big Data.Instead, I want to talk about how Big Data can be used to improve our learning and the learning of others. Big Data is being used in so many verticals and industries. e-Learning is just one of many. Let us not discuss the matrix or the technical side of Big Data, the side of how it works and why. I think most of us are not interested in the dynamics of the way the data is analyzed. At least I am not. Although I do find it fascinating how it operates.What…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • Christmas Gifts: Experiences More Valuable Than Objects

    Lynda Way
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Christmas Day is just a few days away and it is time to start thinking about presents for the young ones in your family. Would you like to do something different this year? Well, if your answer is yes, you … Read More The post Christmas Gifts: Experiences More Valuable Than Objects appeared first on .
  • Tips for Parents to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Children

    Lynda Way
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Children experience more stress and anxiety than ever before. They don’t have innate coping tactics that are required to deal with the ever expanding demands of family life, school, peer pressure, and technology. Parents also experience more stress and anxiety … Read More The post Tips for Parents to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Children appeared first on .
  • 6 Creative Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids

    Lynda Way
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    If you are a working parent, it will be tough for you to spend meaningful time with your kids. However, there are many different ways to spend memorable moments with your little ones. Here are 6 creative ways to spend … Read More The post 6 Creative Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids appeared first on .
  • Picky Eaters at Home: 10 Tricks To Help Parents

    Lynda Way
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you have a little picky eater at home? Well, you are not the only one! You do not have to worry about getting your little one to eat what you serve, when you have a few tricks up your … Read More The post Picky Eaters at Home: 10 Tricks To Help Parents appeared first on .
  • 7 Inspiring Ways to Teach Your Kids True Thankfulness

    Lynda Way
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    As Thanksgiving is a high season for gratitude, it’s an ideal time to talk to your children about remembering their blessings. Use the following 7 simple yet inspiring ways to teach your kids to develop habits of genuine thankfulness: Model … Read More The post 7 Inspiring Ways to Teach Your Kids True Thankfulness appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • What Testing Does to Our Children

    Mark Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Brilliant or Insane This video by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds is a both current reality and cautionary tale about what testing does or can do to our children. The fascinating story about the testing camera raises questions about education in general and about testing in particular. If testing is really nothing more than a snapshot that lies about [...] The post What Testing Does to Our Children appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Education Rehash: College Athletes Can’t Read

    Mark Barnes
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane In early 2014, CNN reported that many college athletes read like elementary students. Still, they are receiving scholarships at NASCAR pace. An astonishing report from CNN reveals that many schools have up to 18 percent of their college athletes in revenue sports reading at an elementary level — some as low as fourth grade. This [...] The post Education Rehash: College Athletes Can’t Read appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 7 Habits of Successful Online Students

    Mark Barnes
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Brilliant or Insane 7 Habits of Successful Online Students Karleia Steiner Online education is more popular than ever. Online students can earn a high school diploma or a degree without being limited by geography or class schedules. With web-based instruction, you can study at your own pace from just about anywhere. It’s important, though, to hone the habits that [...] The post 7 Habits of Successful Online Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 20 Google Tools for Every Student’s Digital Toolkit

    Mark Barnes
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Brilliant or Insane Google is fast becoming the world’s leader in education tools for 21st-century digital learning. The 20 Google tools in this infographic are of critical importance in today’s classrooms, which rely on web-based instruction, social media and mobile learning. Google tools make for seamless technology integration. While all Google tools may not be for you and [...] The post 20 Google Tools for Every Student’s Digital Toolkit appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Why Teachers Need a Shot of Uncomfortable

    Mark Barnes
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Brilliant or Insane Brilliant or Insane is a blog that champions education and praises teachers. We vilify high stakes testing and the Common Core–teachers’ worst enemies, and we lead the no-grades movement, which will change everything. We push buttons, because this inspires thought. Sometimes, we make you uncomfortable, and we believe that’s important, too. I recently made a [...] The post Why Teachers Need a Shot of Uncomfortable appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    Montessori Tides School

  • 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 […]
  • Tidings of Traditions: Annual Holiday Bike Parade

    Montessori Tides
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    We really jingled out there! Thank you to every who came out to ride along with Ms. Nancy in the holiday bike parade. All photos can be viewed here. Special thanks to Arianna Franklin and her friend Jane, Alex Hatton and Conner for carrying on the Tides’ tradition of helping supply food to our service […]
  • November Toddler News

    Johanna Porter
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Dear Parents, November has many themes. Food, an appropriate theme because Thanksgiving will soon arrive. We have a small place-mat, plate, fork, spoon and glass, for the children to learn the lay-out for table setting. As a practical life activity, the children roll napkins and put them in a ring. There are cards and puzzles […]
  • Are you Curious About Open Nature Day?

    Carrie Lee Ferguson
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Connecting to nature and inspiring wonder, an integral part of our philosophy, extends beyond classroom walls as we come together for Open Nature Day at Dutton Island Preserve on November 8th-9th. Families are invited to tent camp or come for the afternoon on November 8th. Connecting with nature is vital to our overall health, happiness […]
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    Especially For Children - Indian Harbour Montessori

  • 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 […]
  • IHM 4-H Club Participates in “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest”

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Indian Harbour Montessori Makos 4-H Club recently participated in the “Art on a Rain Barrel Contest” UCF-IFAS extension–Brevard Co. Fair, with their project titled “Indian River Lagoon”. Post by Especially For Children & Indian Harbour Montessori. What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade plastic barrel that is placed […]
  • Historical Timeline

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    A Historical Timeline will be presented by our Elementary Students on Friday, October 31, one time only at 8:45am. Each Elementary student will research a person who has contributed significantly in history and then dress to represent this person in chronological order. We hope to see you there! 2014 Historical Timeline Photo Album Post by […]
  • International Peace Day

    Indian Harbour Montessori
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Peace Day, which is often referred to formally as United Nations Day, is observed every year in October. Another occasion that is celebrated in October is International Children’s Day, which is celebrated during the last week of October. This holiday was originally created by UNICEF to celebrate our cultural diversity and ethnic heritage. This year, […]
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    Suntree Montessori School

  • 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…
  • Montessori Transitions Into, Within and Beyond

    Suntree Montessori
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    This article first appeared in the 2011 Edition of The Parents League Review. “With regard to the child, education should correspond to them, so that instead of dividing the schools into nursery, primary, secondary and university, we should divide education in planes and each of these should correspond to the phase the developing individuality goes through.” ~Dr. Maria Montessori Whenever parents, college students, or prospective teachers visit our Montessori school, inevitably the question is asked, “Where do students go after they leave the school?” In fact, how…
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    Seminole Montessori School

  • Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering & Essential

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

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

    Seminole Montessori
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Maria Montessori was born on the August the 31st, 1870. To celebrate her birthday this Sunday, Giraffe Childcare & Early Learning created a timeline that outlines some of the milestones both in her life and the history of Montessori education.
  • Communication: Children 2 to 3 Years – Reading Stories & Singing Songs

    Seminole Montessori
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Create a world full of stories and songs Have places for books throughout the house, like a basket in the living room and a shelf in the bedroom. Children are more attracted to a book if they can see its front cover, not just the spine. Keep a few books on the shelf at a […]
  • Tallahassee VPK: Beyond Basic VPK

    Cynthia Thomas
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    What Every Four Year Old Child Could Learn Imagine a program that opens up the world to your child right in his classroom! The opportunity to learn to read, work with numbers into the thousands using hands on Montessori materials and explore the world through learning about continents, countries and states is just a small […]
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    Rockledge Montessori School

  • Reaching Out To Our Community

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

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

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

    Kimberly LaMirande
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    In the video below, Mrs. Tara Smith, presents a Constructive Triangles: rectangular box lesson to one of her students. She will show her student first what is expected of her in the Montessori lesson. Then the student will independently follow thru with the lesson. This lesson is one of the many sensorial lessons in the […]
  • What Children Teach Us About Peace

    Rockledge Montessori
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the […]
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • 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 […]
  • How and Why Charter Schools Do More With Less

    Aileen Tapp
    1 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    When most people think of funding for public education, chances are they don’t think about funding for charter schools. There is a widespread misconception in Florida that charter schools are not really public schools. The truth is public charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s K-12 education system for almost two decades and […]
  • Making and Developing Meaningful Friendships: Ways Parents Can Help

    Educational Horizons
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Teach your child to be a friend. Repeat these rules often: Be Kind – (Smile. Use good manners with words like “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and “excuse me.” Listen to understand others. Be respectful to others – Don’t use hurtful works or tease others. Don’t kick, bite or push others. Include others by not […]
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Crowd Search Me Review And Bonus By Dan Anton

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Crowd Search Me – Review And Bonus By Dan Anton So check this out… 1. Visit Google 2. Enter Your Keyword 3. Go through the pages and find your website listing 4. Click Your listing and browse your pages for a few minutes Those 4 simple steps are known as Organic Search Click Through Rate. Watch This Video To See... The post Crowd Search Me Review And Bonus By Dan Anton appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • WP Conversion Boxes Pro WP Plugin Review And Bonus

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    WP Conversion Boxes Pro Plugin Review And Bonus Imagine if you can build your Email Optin and Call-to-Action Boxes quickly and easily with all the tracking and testing features that big businesses and Fortune 500 companies use on a daily basis… And what if you can do that TODAY? It is already a reality with WP Conversion Boxes Pro: => [Click... The post WP Conversion Boxes Pro WP Plugin Review And Bonus appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • WP She’s Viral Pro Plugin By Anton Nadilo And Albert F A Matthews [Review And Bonus]

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    What Is WP She’s Viral Pro Plugin This WP She’s Viral Pro Plugin By Anton Nadilo And Albert F A Matthews will help you to make viral content and images .. You can lock as much as content you want and enjoy the virality of your awesome content. To understand more about WP She’s Viral Pro Plugin review must look below for features... The post WP She’s Viral Pro Plugin By Anton Nadilo And Albert F A Matthews [Review And Bonus] appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 15th,16th And 17th December 2014

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Current Affairs 15th,16th And 17th December 2014 We have come up with current affairs section in which we have included Current Affairs 15th December 2014, Current Affairs 16th December 2014 and Current Affairs 17th December 2014. you can read more daily current affairs and monthly current affairs in your email also. Please subscribe the website so that you can get daily digest. Germany won men’s Hockey... The post Current Affairs 15th,16th And 17th December 2014 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • John Evans-Rapid List Commission 2.0 {Bonus And Review}

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Rapid List Commission 2.0 {Bonus And Review} Rapid List Commission 2.0 is a break through Product with 9 video course for list building with methods for driving Massive Traffic to a site. John Claim that Rapid List can makes $1,060 in 26 minutes flat Hey,    There is NO time to waste…   This can make you $1,060 in 26... The post John Evans-Rapid List Commission 2.0 {Bonus And Review} appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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  • Child Care Courses For Free : Quick Guide

    Jerome Fernandes
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    If you are looking for free online child care courses then, you have come to the right place. Here in this article I am going to explain about various child care courses which are entirely free. Course No. 1 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children Course Provider: University of Washington | Course Platform: edX | […] The post Child Care Courses For Free : Quick Guide appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Tutorials On Android Wear

    Jerome Fernandes
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    1. Building Apps for Wearables This online training course is offered by Google . This course will teach you how to build notifications in a handheld application that will automatically synchronize with the wearable . It course will also teach you how to build applications that runs on android wear powered wearables . This course covers […] The post Free Online Tutorials On Android Wear appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Free Online Accounting Degree Courses

    Jerome Fernandes
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Here you can find 4 free online accounting degree courses . These courses are completely free and you will also receive a Statement of Accomplishment after successful completion of the course .   List of Online Accounting Degree Courses 1. Intro to Accounting This course will teach how to prepare and interpret financial information , then it […] The post Free Online Accounting Degree Courses appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications

    Jerome Fernandes
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Here you can find 4 free online courses on developing Java web applications from MIT . These 4 online courses will improve your Java development skills .   4 Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications 1. Software Engineering for Web Applications This course is for students who already have some software programming experience . The […] The post Online Courses On Developing Java Web Applications appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
  • MongoDB Online Course With Certificate Of Completion

    Jerome Fernandes
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    MongoDB is a cross-platform document oriented database. It is  classified as a NoSQL database . MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database system. Many major websites like Craigslist, eBay, Foursquare, SourceForge, Viacom, and the New York Times has adopted MongoDB as their back end software. If you would like to learn Mongo Database you can learn […] The post MongoDB Online Course With Certificate Of Completion appeared first on FREE IT ONLINE COURSES.
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    I Love Learning

  • 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…
  • English Learning Websites For Adults

    I Love Learning
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whether you’re an adult who has emigrated to an English speaking country or a student completing an exchange, learning English can be a challenge when you have to do it outside your home country. It can be difficult and nerve-wracking working up the confidence to talk to native speakers, and sometimes courses and programs are difficult to access. In these cases, an online learning resource is a good solution, as it allows learners to go at their own pace and build their vocabulary and grammar until they feel confident putting it to use in a real life situation. Talk English. One of the…
  • Adult Learning Websites

    I Love Learning
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There are many websites dedicated to adult learning, offering a range of learning programs in different areas and disciplines. Depending on what you need, you can be sure to find an inexpensive option that specifically targets your interests, study habits and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to pick up a few extra skills or to immerse yourself in a full project or course, online study is convenient and flexible. Adult Learning Support. A New Zealand based website that seeks to support those studying as adults, by offering resources and contacts for learners of all levels. These include…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Free Christmas Greeting Card for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Christmas, a festival of joy and revival that is celebrated across the globe. Each year a whole lot of people starting from kids to older wait for this eve, Christmas has the magic to unite people we love and share the love of Christ who is the reason behind of this eve.  And we wanted to make this festival a memorable so we wanted to offer our visitors with goodies that will help them share this joy digitally. Recently we have enlisted Christmas Facebook Covers and this time its a PowerPoint Greeting Card. Its a one slide presentation that has cool background, twinkling stars and greeting…
  • Free Bullet List Alternatives for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    While creating a presentation it is advised  not to use bullets and try avoiding the bullet lists as much as possible, many presentation professionals do follow the principle of not using the bullets. So what should you use to show the sub list of your content? Well PowerPoint comes with cool smartart graphics that you can insert and tweak in the place of bullets, but still if you are bored with the default smartart options and want to make your slide more interactive and attention grabbing then here are 20 new creative ideas for bullet list alternatives for PowerPoint. The  presentation…
  • Christmas Facebook Cover Slides for PowerPoint

    FPPTP Admin
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Christmas season is here and we are panning to make your celebrations even more special, and as a start up we are enlisting Facebook Cover slides that you can open – fill it up with your head shots — save — and upload to your Facebook Profile. The presentation you download contains 3 Facebook Cover slides and also few slides that will guide you on “How to”. This download is compatible with all PowerPoint Versions released so far. What’s more! You can change the color of the picture placeholders, even change the background of the slide, add more stuff and…
  • Free AIDS PowerPoint Presentation

    FPPTP Admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    World Celebrates AIDS  Day on 1st December of every year. This day people are educated and awareness about this incurable disease that’s been terrifying the world since many years is spread. The following AIDS PowerPoint Presentation has the detailed information on AIDS with supporting sources, you can use this presentation as you like. This Presentations works in all PowerPoint versions  that are released so far. So get yourself started, download and make edits as required and publish. Here is the video output of the presentation   Download Free AIDS PowerPoint Presentation The…
  • Free Thanksgiving PowerPoint Template

    FPPTP Admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Two more days to go for Thanksgiving fest and releasing the last edition for this Thanksgiving Eve 2014, we are enlisting a free PowerPoint Template, unlike all other templates, this template comes with picture placeholder layouts. You can create cool albums or presentations in minutes.   Download and start adding your Thanksgiving memories. For now this template comes in Widescreen resolution and in .pot format which means that you can open this template in any PowerPoint program starting from 2003 – 2014. We wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving. Click to Download Thanksgiving…
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    CITE » Blog

  • ADMIN January Deadline 2015

    John Russo
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    CITE and the College of St. Rose are pushing back our deadline for the January ADMIN cohort!  The deadline is now January 16th.  You have time to get your application […] The post ADMIN January Deadline 2015 appeared first on CITE.
  • Refer 5 People, Get an iPad

    John Russo
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This applies to referrals to all degree programs (not the non-matric grad classes). The Referrals MUST REACH CITE by January 31, 2015. CITE will send your iPad once all 5 […] The post Refer 5 People, Get an iPad appeared first on CITE.

    John Russo
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m proud to announce that we have a new contract!” CSA President Ernest Logan announced the new CSA contract on Saturday. Watch the announcement here: “You are […] The post CSA CONTRACT! appeared first on CITE.
  • Retirement Opportunities for Administrators

    John Russo
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    School Administrators – what are you going to do when you retire? A PhD in education opens a lot of doors for you! Teaching and consulting are just two ways […] The post Retirement Opportunities for Administrators appeared first on CITE.
  • Teacher Exam Pass Rate Plummets

    John Russo
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    The teacher exam pass rate plummets. The Daily News reports a 20% decrease in teachers passing the certification exams for the state. “While almost no would-be teachers flunked the state’s […] The post Teacher Exam Pass Rate Plummets appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar


    Aditya Nath
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Education Tree brings back the spotlight on women safety by organizing a freeze mob at Connaught Place on 16th December 2014 at 3.30 p.m under their campaign, ‘Jo Mera Hai Wo Mera Hai (My body. My rights.)’.The objective of the campaign is to disseminate important information regarding various helplines, organizations ,mobile applications, laws for ... FREEZE FOR WOMEN SAFETY is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post FREEZE FOR WOMEN SAFETY appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Diary of an Outstation Student at DU

    Ekta Rawat
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    No one to boost the morale during exam stress, no one to cover up with quilt when you end up sleeping while studying, no one to remind you to carry admit card before leaving , no one to keep almonds for you, no one to give a spoonful of curd and sugar on the exam ... Diary of an Outstation Student at DU is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Diary of an Outstation Student at DU appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Rules To Feminism

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Our Indian society, a heritage as old as times, the largest spreadout of culture, spiritualism, knowledge, and a great and glorious past lingering in the air but there were some flaws and one of the flaw  that I thought of arising is the partiality between men and women that took place from time memorial. Our ... Rules To Feminism is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Rules To Feminism appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Breaking The Stereotypes

    Siwangi Ronjan
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    People think an individual becomes more experienced with age, but the truth is age does not define maturity. The reason why this thought suddenly came into my mind is because today somebody told me that I cannot make correct decisions regarding my life because I am young and ( I emphasize on this word) ‘therefore’ ... Breaking The Stereotypes is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Breaking The Stereotypes appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • On Attaining teenage

    Tanya Malhotra
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Teenage is the most crucial, yet the most memorable, and wonderful period of one’s life.  We change mentally, physically, and socially. Once we cross this threshold, our whole attitude towards life undergoes a massive change. This tenure turns out to be the most beautiful on one side yet the most difficult one on the other ... On Attaining teenage is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post On Attaining teenage appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    MBA Blog

  • Essentials of Perfecting Your MBA Resume
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    The most neglected yet critical part of the MBA applications is the resume. It is as important as your essays, so give it your utmost attention. To make a potential employer want to hire you and even want to know you better, your resume should be impactful enough.
  • CAT Exam Interview Questions
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    The Common Aptitude Test or CAT is conducted each year by the Indian Institute of Managements. It is composed of written, group discussions, and a personal interview. The written part of CAT tests the reasoning, verbal and quantitative skills of the applicant.
  • Study MBA in India
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    You can study to obtain an MBA, which means a master's degree in business administration, in many different countries. India is a very diverse and exotic country that is bustling with activity.
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Business School
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    When applying for admission into business school, it is easy to make mistakes. You might be trying to beat the deadline or busy with work. The bad news is that admissions committees do not forgive when it comes to mistakes applicants make.
  • All the Material you need to Ace your CAT Examinations
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Common Admission Test (CAT) is used by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their business administration programs. The test assesses students on their qualitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning skills.
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    Blog Me Mom

  • Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bell Drop

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bell Drop This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks! More jingle bells activities. We can’t get enough of all the fine motor activities we can do with these simple jingle bells. They were great  in a simple sound sensory activity. We paired with scented writing tray and now for some extra jingly math fun we are plaiting them with some up cycled paper rolls { More fine motor activities here} Materials { Affiliate links are included below  for your reference} Paper Rolls…
  • Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bells Fine Motor Tray

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bells Fine Motor Tray Fine Motor Activities with a holiday twist. Expanding on our peppermint writing tray this fine motor activity will make learning and creating extra fun. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks! Materials {Affiliate links to the products are below} Christmas Jingle Bells Peppermint Extract Salt Tongs AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Color Number cards Flat Tray I had this delicious smelling Peppermint Writing Tray. Once the kids were done tracing on them I set…
  • Gifts for Babies : Great baby toys for under $10

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Gifts for Babies  : Great baby and toddler toys for under $10 If you are looking for gifts for babies, then this gift ideas for babies list will be a great starting point. Are you looking for some quality stocking stuffers? Again this list will come in very handy.  Who said men are hard to shop for? Have you tried shopping for a baby? I’m suddenly faced with the responsibility of putting together a quality gift basket for a baby. I kid you not….you will get overwhelmed with the sea of options. Then there is nagging thought ” Will she out grow this fast?” ”…
  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. While stimulating all the five senses during sensory activities for kids  is important, most of the attention goes to touch and sight. Most children thrive very much on feeling and enjoying the texture of any given sensory materials. Bet it gooey play { snow goop anyone?} or running their hands through scented rice or cornmeal. { All messy play ideas here} However the sense of sound hasn’t really got any…
  • Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog. It has been a while since the children and I had some fun time with sensory activities. We used to be really big on sensory activities for kids simply because my children enjoyed getting their hands in all kinds of sensory bins and exploring. They still love them. Since my oldest is 6 and younger is 4 years here we are adding a learning twist in their usual sensory play. We did a similar sensory…
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    The Music Workshop

  • 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 […]
  • Happy Holidays from The Music Workshop!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Time for Music & Family If it’s one thing I love, it’s the Holiday season. I hope that as the year begins it’s final season, that you can look back at a year well lived. It’s important to make time for things that matter in life. Family, friends, passions and […]
  • Edmonton piano man video goes viral

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton’s free outdoor pianos has reached almost two million views from people around the world. This is one of those moments that reminds you that we pass up beautiful moments and people each and every day without noticing. It […]
  • Turning Over a New Piano Leaf this Season

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    A Great Season for Music I don’t know about you, but I love the autumn. The winter, not so much, but this season of changing leaves and chilly temps is always a nice reminder of change. I also find it a good time to sit down and reevaluate goals, progress […]
  • Holiday Piano Course Coming Soon

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    A Time to Be Jolly It’s no secret that with the soon approaching Holiday season, music is sure to be a big part of the celebration. The good news for us piano players is that there will be many opportunities to share our piano skills at get-togethers, parties and family […]
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  • Advanced SQL Interview Questions and Answers (George John)
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    In this section, we are going to look into some challenging and advanced SQL interview questions with detailed explanations and answers for experienced programmers and Database administrators. Here goes the first questions.
  • Nuclear Fuels using Lasers (George John)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Laser enrichment processes have been the focus of interest for some time. They are a possible third-generation technology promising lower energy inputs, lower capital costs and lower tails assays, hence significant economic advantages. One of these processes is almost ready for commercial use. Laser processes are in two categories: atomic and molecular.
  • Thunderbolt - An incredibly fast input/output technology (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept, create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its appearance in Mac computers. Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer.
  • Sensors Optimized For 3D Digitization (George John)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Digital 3D imaging can benefit from advances in VLSI technology in order to accelerate its deployment in many fields like visual communication and industrial automation. High-resolution 3D images can be acquired using laser-based vision systems. With this approach, the 3D information becomes relatively insensitive to background illumination and surface texture. Complete images of visible surfaces that are rather featureless to the human eye or a video camera can be generated. Intelligent digitizers will be capable of measuring accurately and simultaneously colour and 3D.
  • How to develop good and effective Communication Strategies (George John)
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy is a plan of action designed in a way to achieve a particular vision. Communication strategies are the programs or the ideas that are used to communicate information related to a specific issue, event, situation etc. to the other people. Most of us think that these are some kind of written documents but it is not so, rather communication strategies are simply the way we think about a problem or an issue and the way we use to sort out that problem. The best way to plan any communication strategy is to first know the reason behind formulating any strategy. Most importantly, different…
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    InfoTech Site

  • Objective Questions on Routing protocol in computer networks set-3

    Shusil Baral
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    1) The principle of ...........states that the routing table is stored from the longest mask to the shortest mask. A. first mask matchingB. shortest mask matchingC. longest mask matchingD. very shortest mask matching2) ............ are two popular examples of distance vector routing protocols.A. OSPF and RIPB. RIP and BGPC. BGP and OSPFD. BGP and SPF3) ...... deals with the issues of creating
  • Solved MCQ on Routing algorithm in computer networks set-2

    Shusil Baral
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    1) Alternate and adaptive routing algorithm belongs to .......... A. static routing B. permanent routing C. standard routing D. dynamic routing 2) .......... protocol is a popular example of a link state routing protocol. A. SPF B. BGP C. RIP D. OSPF 3) An example of routing algorithm is ... A. TELNET B. TNET C. ARPANET D. ARNET 4) The Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing
  • Solved MCQ on Routing protocol in computer networks set-1

    Shusil Baral
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    1) Which of the following is not the requirement of routing function?A. CorrectnessB. Robustness C. Delay timeD. Stability2) The ......... protocol allows the administrator to assign a cost, called the metric, to each route.A. OSPFB. RIPC. BGPD. BBGP3) If there is only one routing sequence for each source destination pair, the scheme is known as .....A. static routing B. fixed alternative
  • Solved MCQ on Searching and Sorting Algorithms in Data Structure set-2

    Shusil Baral
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    1) The worst case occur in linear search algorithm when .......A. Item is somewhere in the middle of the arrayB. Item is not in the array at allC. Item is the last element in the arrayD. Item is the last element in the array or item is not there at all2) If the number of records to be sorted is small, then ...... sorting can be efficient.A. Merge B. HeapC. SelectionD. Bubble3) The complexity of
  • MCQ on Searching, Merging and Sorting Methods in Data Structure set-1

    Shusil Baral
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:08 pm
    1) Finding the location of a given item in a collection of items is called ...... A. Discovering B. Finding C. Searching D. Mining 2) Which of the following is an external sorting? A. Insertion Sort B. Bubble Sort C. Merge Sort D. Tree Sort 3) Very slow way of sorting is .......... A. Insertion sort B. Heap sort C. Bubble sort D. Quick sort 4) Which of the following is an
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    Realm of Mathematics


    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!

    Math Realm
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    The Philippine International Convention CenterToday, I will be starting a series of photos entitled "The Beauty of Mathematics". This series of photos are taken from different places, different environments, different methods used in taking the photos, different angles, different focuses, different mathematical connections, and different appeal. All of these photos are taken using a mobile phone and (or) point-and-shoot device.The above photo is taken from the facade of the Philippine International Convention Center, one sunny Sunday. The place is also the venue for the widely known "The…
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • T-Shirt Printing Workshop at Gowanus Print Lab

    Libby Lyon
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Three members of Team CourseHorse recently had the pleasure of attending Gowanus Print Lab’sT-Shirt Printing Workshop. We’d been thinking of ordering new CourseHorse t-shirts for a while and figured we should take the opportunity to learn something new by printing the shirts ourselves. Gowanus Print Lab gave us a fun and memorable experience - we left class with a thorough […]
  • Student Spotlight: Joya, Culinary All-Star

    Libby Lyon
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The CourseHorse community consists of learners, movers and shakers, and game-changers. Whether to enhance their careers, discover something new, pursue long standing interests, or simply to have some fun, we’re inspired by our users and their commitment to lifelong learning.  This week we feature Joya Choudhuri, fashion designer and budding culinary all-star.    Tell us about yourself! What […]
  • 6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

    Andrew Weinreich
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I’m frequently asked by first time entrepreneurs when they should start meeting with prospective financiers. My answer is almost always the same. You are ready to start when you: 1) identify a grand and worthy vision; 2) predict a trajectory for your growth; and 3) are ready to share your plans to get there.
  • Student Spotlight: Samantha Tharler, Artist Extraordinaire

    Libby Lyon
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    “I thought my experience working with clay and watercolor was done after middle school. I feel so much more alive now that I’m doing art again - it definitely changes the way you see the world.”
  • Italian Survival Phrases with Fluent City’s Cornelius McMoyler

    Jennifer Long
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Italian can be tricky to learn, especially if it’s your first attempt at a foreign language. We spoke with Fluent City‘s Cornelius McMoyler, who shared 5 Italian phrases you need to know to get started. Italian Phrases, Pronunciation and English Translations: Non me ne frega. [noma-neh-frehga] – “I don’t care.” Figurati! [fee-gor-ah-tee] – “Don’t worry about it! […]
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    Republic 3.0

  • The right 2016 message on inequality

    Anne Kim
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Inequality in America is worsening. But can Democrats articulate a compelling economic message? The post The right 2016 message on inequality appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Economic growth, inequality and the middle class

    Stephen Rose
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Inequality will no doubt take center stage through 2016. But it's important to have the right debate. The post Economic growth, inequality and the middle class appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Does trade policy cause income inequality?

    Edward Gerwin, Jr.
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    An important new report takes a hard look at the evidence on trade and income inequality. The conclusion: growing trade does not contribute to inequality and in fact, lowering trade barriers could substantially benefit lower-income Americans. The post Does trade policy cause income inequality? appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The 1996 Telecommunications Act Rewrite: Progressive Perspectives

    Republic 3.0
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Leading progressives weigh in on net neutrality, broadband access and how to modernize the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The post The 1996 Telecommunications Act Rewrite: Progressive Perspectives appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • You need a license to do what?

    Anne Kim
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    South Carolina requires a state license to braid hair. But the state is not alone in demanding licenses for many kinds of jobs. The Kauffman Foundation finds that nearly 1 in 3 jobs now requires a government-issued license. The post You need a license to do what? appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    Learn U

  • From Cartoons to College Courses: Professors Use The Simpsons To Reach Students

    Nina Bourne
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    America’s favorite cartoon family, “The Simpsons”, has hit the college scene as professors use the iconic characters as a way to reach students in a fun, relevant way. Gone are the days of casting the long running cartoon as a lowbrow comedy with nothing to be gained by watching it except a hankering for donuts. You know a show has struck a cultural chord when college professors incorporate Homer Simpson’s most notable catchphrase, “D’oh”, as part of their teaching vernacular and even go as far as naming courses after it. Professor Richard Pioreck of…
  • Lawsuit Against Pepperdine University Filed By Former Basketball Players

    Nina Bourne
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Two female basketball players at Pepperdine University filed a lawsuit last week against both the university and the basketball team’s coach, Ryan Weisenberg. According to the complaint filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Haley Videckis and Layana White were subjected to what they deemed harassment and discrimination. The two former players cite their sexual orientation as the catalyst for their poor treatment. They have also stated that their dating relationship was a key factor in the delay of White’s appeal to join the NCAA. Weisenberg is said to have placed a lot of…
  • Cheyney University Faces Uncertain Future According to Most Recent Audit Report

    Nina Bourne
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest black college in the nation, is on the cusp of financial ruin according to a troubling 54 page report released from Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene DiPasquale. DiPasquale said of the severity of the university’s financial standing after he concluded his audit, “Cheyney is in dire, dire, dire straights.” The audit shows that the university has been operating at a loss for the last four years with their current net earnings coming in short $12.3 million dollars, which is expected to plummet further by $5.5 million this year. On top…
  • UC Berkeley’s Real Estate Division Breached

    Spencer Haws
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:39 pm
    There was a recent security breach on the UC Berkeley campus real estate division’s system. The university’s officials are reportedly in the process of letting around 1,600 people know that their personal information may be in the hands of hackers. Social Security numbers and credit card information is among the data siphoned out of the computer system. The data taken is said to date all the way back to 1990 and may be as recent as May of this year. While no official confirmation of how the system was accessed, school officials believe that the breach occurred when an employee…
  • Accepted and Rejected: Johns Hopkins University Sends Out Welcome Emails in Error

    Perrin Carrell
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    If you listened very carefully towards the end of last last, you may have been able to hear the dreams crushed of 294 Johns Hopkins University applicants, but this wasn’t the first time. The university sent out emails to the 294 applicants who applied for early acceptance, stating that they had been accepted despite previously being denied a highly coveted slot at the school, only the emails were sent in error as the student hopefuls would soon find out. By Sunday evening, emails retracting the welcome letters were sent out with an apology for the confusion. It was an unfortunate…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Blackberry Classic – Classic Indeed !

    Hassan Salman Saeed
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Blackberry in quest of revamping their famous QWERTY keyboard back in the hands of the lost consumers launched Blackberry Classic- Classic Indeed with better features and overall outlook. With numerous leaks and teasers for the last 6 months, it finally gets into the hands to make a perfect feel of a classic keyboard for the future. The once Canadian giant […] The post Blackberry Classic – Classic Indeed ! appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • What to Expect

    Milton Ayala
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect® When You’re Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parent sleep better at […] The post What to Expect appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • What Is Conversion Rate Optimization And How To Apply It To ECommerce?

    Alex Buka
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Conversion rate optimization is easy to explain in theory, but it can be challenging, when you try to put it into practice. If you are a beginner at eCommerce, the following tips and recommendations might help you develop your online store and increase your revenues. But first, let’s start from explaining what conversion rate optimization means:   What is a […] The post What Is Conversion Rate Optimization And How To Apply It To ECommerce? appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • New Trends In Teaching Math And How Effective They Really Are

    Alex Buka
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The new math teaching methods, inspired by curricula applied in Asian countries, have created a lot of buzz, but are they really bringing the promised results? In this article we will compare the two most popular math teaching methods, which were inspired by the techniques used in Singapore and Japan. How are these methods different from math curricula used in […] The post New Trends In Teaching Math And How Effective They Really Are appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Five Creative Advertising Techniques

    Aubrey Moulton
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The most effective advertising for your company is the kind of advertising that really gets people’s attention. Good advertising is: Creative Visible Easy to understand In order to come up with advertising that is truly creative, you need to sit down and start doing some brainstorming with unique ideas. After a while, you will find that creative advertising is not […] The post Five Creative Advertising Techniques appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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    Study Smart System

  • How to Make The Greatest Catch in NFL History: Practice 

    Michael Sankowski
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham made what is already being called the “greatest catch in NFL history”. It’s a one-handed, over the head, behind the back, while falling down, while getting fouled catch – simply amazing. Then, realize he did this catch with only three fingers! Astonishing. You’d think something like this was luck. But the driven Mr. Beckham practices catches like this all the time! He is deliberately practicing these difficult, one-handed catches, from “impossible” angles, so when he sees a possible “impossible” catch in a live game,…
  • The #1 Way to Cut Test Study Time by 50%

    Michael Sankowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Kids have far more homework do to now than we ever did when we were growing up. It is big problem – kids today have a huge amount of homework. My sons have between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of homework per night, even though they are only in grade school and middle school. You will have heard the horror stories about high school. It is common for kids in high school to have 3+ hours of homework per night, especially if they are in honors classes. Frankly, I do not want my kids doing 3+ hours of homework (although they should do some homework). But on the other hand, we want them to get into…
  • 77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

    Michael Sankowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about grades and school. The techniques to make them better at school will be far easier to learn if they truly care about what happens in school. So, how can you get them to work hard and work persistently on school? How can you help your kids develop a “growth…
  • The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

    Michael Sankowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would appreciate knowing I am seeing a noticeable difference in C. We have the chapter 2 test on Friday. I’m hoping he continues…” We did not ask her for an update. We did not ask her how our son was doing. She passed this information along…
  • Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

    Michael Sankowski
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades. They are just not living up to their full potential. In fact, sometimes they almost seem afraid of putting forth effort. Your kids are “talented” and “bright”, but there is an ongoing disconnect between the good test scores and how well they do in school.
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    eyeQ Blog

  • Why We Love Brain Games (And You Should, Too!)

    Bryan Green
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Brain games have become a popular way for people young and old to stimulate their minds and even learn new skills. Here are a few reasons why we love brain games and why you should, too. Improved Performance on Cognitive Tasks One of the principal reasons we love brain games is because they have proven to improve individual performance on a variety of cognitive tasks. For example, using brain games regularly can enhance your reading speed, which could ultimately make you a more productive student or employee. By using brain games, you can also boost cognitive control and improve your response…
  • 3 GMAT Prep Tips for Test Day

    Bryan Green
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As is the case for most every professional school entrance exam, time is most definitely not your friend. It is the thing that counts down inevitably until your score is finally counted and you are reporting to the schools of your choice. The limited time you have to complete each section of the GMAT can add significant stress to your test-taking experience. In lieu of this, here are three strategies that you can implement to reduce the negative impact of the ticking clock on test day and that can empower you to move through the exam with confidence. Recognize that Time is Against You Knowing…
  • Get a Great GRE Score with these 3 Strategies

    Bryan Green
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you have plans to go to graduate school to increase your employment marketability or advance your career, you will inevitably have to take the GRE. While you don’t have to be a math genius to do better than average on the quantitative reasoning section of the exam, it is paramount that you have excellent verbal communication skills to tackle the verbal reasoning portion of the test. Here are 3 strategies that you can use to get a great GRE score. Use Vocabulary Flashcards The GRE is famous for using very complex, highly academic language in the verbal reasoning section. The smartest way…
  • 3 Strategies for Scoring High on the GMAT

    Bryan Green
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    For thousands of individuals each year, getting the best score possible on the GMAT is essential. A high test score can be the key to getting into a top 20 MBA program and a successful career in business. Here are three strategies to seriously consider implementing to help you score high on the GMAT. Brush Up on Statistics The GMAT wasn’t designed to be easy, but brushing up on statistics is a great strategy to employ to help you score well. If you’re currently a student, you may consider auditing a statistics course to review some of the more difficult concepts. If you’re already a…
  • 3 Tips for Dominating the LSAT

    Bryan Green
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve made the decision to go to law school, you’re most definitely starting to think about the LSAT. The LSAT is not your run-of-the-mill college midterm or final exam, and you will have to put a lot of time and effort into studying in order to get a good score. Considering that your LSAT score is one of the most important factors that colleges and universities use for law school admissions purposes, you want to make sure that you do all that is necessary to secure a top score. Here are 3 tips for dominating the LSAT so you can get into the school of your choosing. 1. Get the Right…
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  • 5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

    Frida Garza
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others — and it’s also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work. While it’s still too early to know if this is the most effective way to teach, it’s important to stay-to-update on these innovations in education and see what we can learn from them. In these TED talks, students and educators share their stories of…
  • What It’s Like To Become A Full-stack Developer After One Bootcamp –

    Frida Garza
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Learning to code isn’t easy — ask someone who learned in just six months. Sebastian Belmar is a Chilean native who formerly worked as a consultant for renewable energy companies, until a startup weekend inspired him to make a career change. One year and a boot camp later, Sebastian is a full-stack developer for a curriculum management startup in San Francisco, and he has some advice to share. I sat down and talked to Sebastian about boot camps, learning to code in a second language, and find a company that you love.   When did you start considering a career in web development?
  • Tips on Building Your Portfolio For Game Developers

    Frida Garza
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    If you’re looking for work as a game developer, it’s better to show employers what you can do rather than just tell them. Your background, degree and resume matter — but with a portfolio, you can show your programming skills, your ability to think through problems, and your communication style. It’s a chance to really wow employers — so you want to make sure you do it right. You don’t need anything fancy — a simple WordPress site will do — and write one blog post or two for each major project you’ve worked on. Here are some tips on how to structure your work: Use tech demos:…
  • Follow These People on Quora To Learn More About Startups

    Frida Garza
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Quora is a great place to learn about the things you’re interested in — but it’s also a great place to scope out career paths you’re considering and hear from industry leaders themselves about their experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about Silicon Valley or starting your own business, follow these founders, marketers and investors to their career advice: Andrew Chen Having previously worked in venture capital and ad tech, Andrew Chen knows a thing or two about startups. Today, Andrew writes about growth hacking on his blog,, and his popular…
  • How To Take Better Notes During MOOCs

    Frida Garza
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    If you’re preparing to take your first MOOC, you should know what you’re up against. Taking classes online is great — but the biggest problem is the number of students who trail off and don’t keep up with the material or complete the course. Make things easier on yourself by knowing how to take better notes. Of course there’s Evernote (and pencil and paper), but if you find those too distracting, here are three other options to stay focused during your online class, and absorb as much information as possible: if you want to take notes alongside your video lectures: Try…
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    Facts n Myths

  • Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes Dies at 25

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    A shocking and sad news saddened the Cricket World today on 27th November 2014 when young and talented Australian cricketer Phil Hughes died at the age of 25. He was struck by a bouncer (An aggressive delivery that bounces hard and high) on left side of his neck. He remained in Coma for 2 days in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney after being struck by the deadly bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott. Death: It was a Sheffield Shield match and was being played between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney. He was playing patiently and brilliantly and had already scored 63 runs. It was the…
  • Lost countries: The countries that no longer exist – I

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    We are starting a new series named Lost countries. In this series, we’ll cover all the countries from the past that are no longer existed. Either those lost countries are now a part of some other country or divided into two or more countries. In this post, we are gonna write about 7 lost countries, lets start with Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia was a Central European sovereign state which existed from October 1918 until January 1993. Czechoslovakia declared its independence on 28th October 1918 from Austro-Hungarian Empire. Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved into…
  • 20th November in History

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    20th November 1985: First ever version of Windows i.e., Windows 1.0 released by Microsoft. It was a 16-bit graphical operating system. The team leader of this project was Bill Gates who took an inspiration from a similar software’s demo named Visi On. Although, Windows 1.0 received worst rankings from the critics because of its dependency on a mouse but it was a great achievement by Microsoft. Some important features of Windows 1.0: Limited multitasking was supported by Windows 1.0 Calculator Calendar Notepad Clock Paint Clip Board Viewer Reversi (A board game) Cardfile (Personal…
  • José Mujica – The Poorest and the Humblest President

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    His past: He was a guerrilla fighter. He had a kind heart. He used to help the poor. He remained minister of livestock, agriculture and fisheries. He spent about 13 years in prison. His present: He is a kind man. He is the president of a country. He donates 90 percent of his salary. People say he is the humblest president of the world and yes, he is. Who is he? He is José Mujica. 40th president of Uruguay and serving his country as a president since 2010. Introduction: Name: José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano Born: 20th May 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay Profession: Politician,…
  • Malaysia – The Home of Rainforests

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Country name: Malaysia Official Name: Malaysia Flag’s Name: Jalur Gemilang (Stripes of Glory) Continent: Asia Independence Day: 31st August, 1957 King: Abdul Halim Current Prime Minister: Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak Area: 329,847 square kilometers Capital: Kuala Lumpur Share border with: Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand. Also bordered with Vietnam and Philippines through the sea. Connected with Singapore through a bridge. Other major cities: Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Shah Alam Population: 30,331,000 (As per 2014 estimate) Currency: Ringgit Official Languages: Malaysian Malay and English Other…
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    Top Hat Blog

  • The importance of gamification

    Alyssa Atkins
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    The post The importance of gamification appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • Is your lecture boring?

    Alyssa Atkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Picture this: it’s 10:00 on Monday morning, and 200 groggy college students are entering the large lecture hall. Friends are chatting and everyone is grabbing a seat, settling in for the next hour and 15 minutes of lecture.  The professor turns on the projector to display her PowerPoint, and she’s off. This is the same lecture students have been attending for hundreds of years. “Universities were founded in Western Europe in 1050 and lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching ever since,” says biologist Scott Freeman from the University of Washington, Seattle. But the…
  • How a professor is saving hundreds of hours with Top Hat

    Alyssa Atkins
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Professor Robert Dove has enriched his teaching career and personal life by saving hundreds of hours with Top Hat. He uses Top Hat to automate grading and quizzes, and has even started to use Top Hat to host his final exams! Professor Dove teaches one of the most unique subjects we’ve come across: Animal and Dairy Science. He also teaches a senior quantitative feeding class. He’s always fancied giving weekly quizzes to students, but the problem is that it takes so much time. Printing out all of the copies, handing them out, collecting them back, grading them every week, and manually…
  • Gamification

    Alyssa Atkins
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    The post Gamification appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • 5 ways to engage students through gamification

    Alyssa Atkins
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Learning used to be fun as a kid, because you didn’t realize you were learning. Learning was something that happened accidentally or as a by product of exploring. You didn’t sign up to learn; you just explored, played, tried things, asked questions, and in the process you learned. Learning was a game and its intrinsic rewards kept you playing. Then at a certain point in your life this process was interrupted and learning became mandated. It became structured, formulaic, and linear. It made the education experience more efficient perhaps, but simultaneously caused learning to lose its…
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  • Why aren’t schools better funded?

    Ryan McDonough
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Issue at Hand Inspired by this reading about this recent budget crisis in Mississippi, I felt compelled to address it here on Teachora in hopes other educators across the globe can put pressure on the people in charge to make a change. Schools across the nation are wondering how they’re going to fund schools; teachers are wondering how they’re going to educate students effectively with little or no help. Teachers are having to reach into their own pockets to pay for supplies all across America. Teachers digging in their own pockets is a problem because their salaries, at least…
  • Rudeness is a problem

    Ryan McDonough
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Rudeness is a Problem I’ve noticed an awful trend with the internet as of late. People like to call each other names knowing there is little to nothing the recipient can do about it. Even innocent stories about a public servant doing something nice for someone else can be overtaken by internet trolls who seem determined to speak badly of said person. Go read 5 popular internet articles that allow comments. Are you observing what I did? Do you agree that rudeness is a problem– especially online? The Question Go on social media and you’re bound to see people hating other…
  • How to be Thankful

    Ryan McDonough
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Bad Reflection on a long year at a job can bring up a variety of different emotions. There’s always going to be those bad days. You know, those days where you’re not sure why you got out of bed. Those days where your car doesn’t start. Those mornings where you hit every single light. Studies show that we remember the bad a lot more frequently than the good . Even rats are considered to have this tendency to always be pessimistic with the actions they convey. Since this isn’t an ideal way to live, how can we go about changing this? The Good Good happens every single…
  • Students Using Twitter

    Ryan McDonough
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Students Using Twitter: The Paperwork Set up your social media policy first. It’s very important to outline the rules of online use for our students beforehand. Have your students sign some sort of agreement stating that they agree to the rules and they will follow those said rules. Make a consequence if they don’t follow those rules– such as, they lose online privileges a certain amount of time. If your students are in primary or middle school, it may even be privy to involve the parents in this process. Keep them informed that you’ll be using Twitter for school…
  • Essential Technology Tools for Teachers

    Ryan McDonough
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    You Your job as a teacher is hard enough. The daily demands, amount of work that needs to get done, and still maintaining a healthy work-life balance is difficult. We did some research to find technology tools that you can use today. We attempted to find free, easy to use tools to help us get those daily tasks accomplished at a quicker pace. We’ve also added a few technology tools that we’ve used in the past with much success. Yes, some of these you may have heard of and even used before. We suggest you master these five technology tools below to become a more effective educator.
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  • Crazy woman drives her BMW with a boot on the wheel [video]

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ever been so mad at the parking police that you're willing to destroy your expensive BMW SUV? Yeah, neither have we. But this lady was. Or maybe she was just showing off for the camera––after all, she was leaving a reality TV show audition. The post Crazy woman drives her BMW with a boot on the wheel [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Are you sitting too much? [video]

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We no longer have to rely on subjective experience to tell us something about sitting all day isn't cool. AsapSCIENCE sums up the research pretty convincingly that the easiest change you can make in the New Year that offers the biggest bang for your buck is getting up more often. The post Are you sitting too much? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Meet the family that owns the world’s oldest family owned business [video]

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Houshi Ryokan is a small hotel built in the year 718 over a natural hot spring. For thirteen hundred years, the hotel has been run by the same family, generation after generation. Meet them in this video. The post Meet the family that owns the world’s oldest family owned business [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Finding the meaning behind the moo

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Just because we don't understand cattle calls in their most pure sense doesn't mean they don't hold meaning, and a study recently published in Applied Animal Behavior Science show us what most of us have been missing this whole time. The post Finding the meaning behind the moo appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 13 problems that all smart people deal with [video]

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There are two words that send chills down every smart person's spine: group project. It's like having two cannonballs chained to your ankles and being thrown in the ocean. Commiserate about that and twelve other problems only smart people will understand in this video. The post 13 problems that all smart people deal with [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • 12 Facts About Linguistics Most People Have Never Heard Of

    Marc Ettlinger
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Quora, in answer to the questions, “What do linguists know that most people don’t?” and “What are some mind-blowing facts about linguistics?”. We have reprinted it with permission from the author, Marc Ettlinger -PhD, Linguistics, UC Berkeley. - Lab WebPage. This article is just a a collection of facts about linguistics, relax and enjoy:  1. There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world, and there are some high-diversity regions like Papua New Guinea, India and Cameroon where there are hundreds of…
  • You are Talented and Inteligent but You Lack Discipline and Willpower? Stop Procrastinating

    Stephen Guise
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Quora, in answer to the question, “I am ambitious, talented and intelligent, but I lack willpower, discipline, and organization. I am an impulsive procrastinator of the highest order. What can I do to improve?” We have reprinted it with permission from the author, Stephen Guise. Be careful about advice telling you: “you have to want it.” Desire and motivation are NOT your problem. Nor were they mine when I was in the same boat. Your issue is your subconscious mind and current habits. You need new habits.
  • Interview With Juliana Selem: Tips and Tricks From a Polyglot

    Ludovic Chevalier
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Interview with Juliana Selem: Juliana is a Brazilian Polyglot, blogger at, and she’s now working as an actress and writer in the United States. Until she was 18, she only spoke one language: Portugese. Juliana is neither specialised in Linguistic or working all day to learn languages but she managed to learn by herself  5 languages to an advanced level – Portugese, Spanish, English, French and Italian. Here is a video of Juliana speaking those languages: We did this interview to share with you her great language learning experience and in the mean time give you her…
  • Here is How I Became Fluent in French in 17 Days

    David Bailey
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Quora, in answer to the questions, “What are the best ways to learn a language as an adult?”. We have reprinted it with permission from the author, David Bailey (@davesuperman), CEO of Spotnight. I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques. Note that I had previously learned Spanish to fluency so this was not my first foreign language.  In summer of 2005 I stayed with a French friend in a tiny village in the Beaujolais region of France. No one in the village spoke English and,…
  • What If You Could Chill On Facebook and Learn A New Language At The Same Time?

    Ludovic Chevalier
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Have you ever wondered how much time you spend per day on social websites such as Twitter, Facebook or YouTube? Did you ever say to yourself: I will quit; it’s a waste of time? Don’t worry, you won’t say that anymore. As a digital marketer and social media specialist, I wrote this article to help you optimize your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube feeds in order to display only high quality content (read: that suits your personal interests) in the language you are learning (i.e. “your target language”). Let’s turn your social profiles into language learning machines!
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  • Ofsted inspections do not improve student results, say nine in ten teachers

    VoicED Admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Ofsted inspections do not improve student results, say nine in ten teachers: More than 90% of teachers in England said school inspections had a neutral or negative impact on student results, according to a survey carried out by the VoicED education  market research consultancy on behalf of Teacher Support Network. Although regulators aim to promote improvement in schools, the survey revealed that just 8% of school staff felt inspections helped improve student outcomes, while a similar minority, one in 10 teachers, said inspections improved their own performance in the classroom. Ofsted…
  • iPads May Help Improve Boys’ Reading

    VoicED Admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:51 am
    iPads May Help Improve Boys’ Reading: New research from the National Literacy Trust has suggested that iPads are becoming a ‘vital new weapon’ in the fight against poor reading – with the number of nurseries utilising the tool having increased by around 100%. iPads may help improve boys’ reading The Trust, which surveyed more than 1000 parents and 567 early years workers, found that children aged between 3 and 5 often have a better grasp of vocabulary and spend more time reading when they use touch screen technology such as iPads and Amazon Kindles. The findings also showed that…
  • Young Scots Substance Use Fell in 2013 Says Survey

    VoicED Admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Young Scots Substance Use Fell in 2013 Says Survey: The number of Scottish young people drinking, smoking and taking drugs has dropped to its lowest ever level, according to new research findings released as part of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (Salsus). Young Scots Substance Use Fell in 2013 Says Survey In 2010, more than a third (34%) of 15 year olds said they had recently drunk alcohol, a figure which fell to less than one in five (19%) in 2013. For children aged 13, the figures fell from 14% to 4% in the same time period – putting them at the lowest…
  • University Students Not Challenged Enough

    VoicED Admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    University Students Not Challenged Enough: According to new research, released today by Which?, one in five graduates (18%) felt that university represented poor value for money – despite paying around a third of what current students pay. The research also found that more than a third (35%) would not have gone to university if they had had to pay higher fees. University Students Not Challenged Enough Says Research In terms of those currently studying, one of students’ key concerns about their university experience was that many did not feel challenged enough by their course. Fewer than…
  • Private School Pupils Achieve Better Degrees

    VoicED Admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Private School Pupils Achieve Better Degrees: Findings from a new education market research study have found that pupils from private schools such as Eton, Harrow and Winchester, had a major advantage in terms of getting in to and graduating from so-called elite universities. The survey suggested this was the case even if private school pupils were intellectually inferior to their state school counter-parts. Private School Pupils Achieve Better Degrees The research, which used data from the 1970 British Cohort Study, looked at 7,700 individuals who attended school during the 1980s and found…
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    Sugoi Teaching

  • My Book Mark List

    Michael Yardley
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Teacher Book Marks BlogI was trying to find a site I wanted to use but didn't write down the link this morning and had a tough time finding it.  unfortunately I failed to bookmark it.  While I eventually found it in my history, I decided that I would really like to have all of the sites I come across that spark my interest to have a central place where I can find it.  Now I could use the bookmarks built into Chrome, but that limits my list to just me, so I decided to start a blog for my book marks.If you are looking for in depth reviews and analysis of many educational website,…
  • Hour of Code begins next week

    Michael Yardley
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.  Learn more at or
  • 20% Time in the Classroom

    Michael Yardley
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Many of you may be asking, "What is 20% Time?"  20% time was developed in the corporate specifically by Google.   They allowed there employees to spend 20% of their time on projects that they were passionate about.  This gave birth to some amazing products, for example gmail started out as a 20% project.  The real key to this is not necessarily the projects that become a product, but to keep your employees passionate about their job.In the schools we face the same problem.  We have a classroom full of students who lack real passion for learning.  20% time allows…
  • Fun New Christmas Story Books

    Michael Yardley
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Holidays are upon us and our kids are excited.  A great Christmas story can make this season fun for all of our our students.  We always have our classic stand-by's like the Polar Express, but I have found a few newer books to add to the mix. Merry Moosey Christmas By Lynn Plourde Rudolph wants the night off, just this once. But can he and Santa train his substitute an eager moose in time for Christmas? Blizzard By John Rocco Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town…
  • Freakonomics Radio discusses the quality of teachers.

    Michael Yardley
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Freakonomics Radio did an episode that asks the question: Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? When I first saw the episode title I must admit my first intuition was to get a little upset, but when I calmed down and listened to the show I found it very interesting.  Freakonomics is known for applying economic research and principals to things that we do not typically look at as an economic problem.  I found that as I listened I learned a few things and I really agreed with many of the things discussed.One example of an area we discussed that I…
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  • John Rico Stole It!

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    I’ve been in the teaching profession for almost 3 years now. And during that span of time, I have many memories to dwell on in idle moments. Most of these recollections are pleasant, but one continues to haunt me – the memory of a boy. I was a new, idealistic teacher when John Rico entered my grade one class. His mother was a housekeeper, and his father was a farmer tilling a small piece of land. They have 8 children to support. Basey I Central Elementary School – Basey, Samar John Rico came to school in soiled, bedraggled hand-me-downs. He shuffled when he walked, his thin…
  • Cheating In Schools and Colleges: What to Do About It

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The Philippine school stands out as a fertile ground for the realization of values in the individual and society in general. It is seen by our educators as the seed of hope for social transformation. It has been put into the limelight to provide not just the knowledge to survive but also the anchor in terms of values that make survival meaningful. It is also believed to be the rightful medium through which values are formed and reinforced. It develops the learner with norms of conduct within the accepted standards of society. It makes the individual a consciously valuing person – a person…
  • A History of the System of Education in the Philippines – Its Implication for the Present Generation

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    In ancient Philippines, children were given the rudiments of education. Such education was both academic and vocation. The father trained his sons to be warriors, hunters, fishermen, miners, lumbermen and ship builders. The mother on her part trained her daughters in cooking, gardening, serving and other household arts. It is said that in ancient Panay, there was a barangay school called Bothoan under the charge of the teacher usually an old man. The subjects taught to the children in this barangay school were reading, writing, arithmetic, use of weapons and lubus (acquiring kinaadman or…
  • What Makes a Good Mathematics Teacher?

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:41 pm
    The Mathematics teacher plays a versatile role in the development of mathematical skills and concepts in the learners. She/He plays an important and focal role in enhancing the learning of mathematics in the students. Good mathematics teachers are honed by experience and good academic preparation. A good mathematics teacher must be aware of the nature of Mathematics as a discipline: Know thy subject. This is important because Mathematics by nature is abstract, hence the necessity of relating concepts to what one can comprehend in the real world. Once a teacher realizes this aspect about…
  • The Board of Judges

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Introduction There are always celebrations during the school year like Independence Day in June, Nutrition Month in July, Buwan ng Wika in August, Christmas in December, Graduation Day in March. As the celebrations come one after the other, they are usually integrated into the different and/or related subject areas to the extent of celebrating them with a contest or program in the school. Some other celebrations are usually held in different ways like a contest in choral recitation, oration, folk dancing, art, slogan and others, of course taking into consideration the given theme of the…
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  • 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…
  • NextLesson – Engaging. Relevant. Real World

    Mr. Zoras
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    NextLesson is a great site that is focused on performance tasks, problem based learning, critical thinking and rank and reason activities.  The lessons are hands on, engaging and prepare students for 21st century problems. Check out NextLesson at Fig 1: Browse by 21st Century Skill The site is simple to search by grade, subject and common core standard.  Being from Toronto, Canada, I found many of the lessons fit in nicely to the Ministry of Ontario’s Curriculum as well.  There is a lot of free content and premium content at affordable prices that can be…
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    America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts » Blog

  • Recording OSHA Incidents – When do You Have to Report?

    William Mizel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    What do you do after an employee is injured on the job, receives medical attention and reports back to you? A worker’s comp claim and the threat of an OSHA inspection are enough to send a shiver down any manager’s spine. Employees become distracted, productivity slows to a crawl, and general workplace safety becomes even […] The post Recording OSHA Incidents – When do You Have to Report? appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • 5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes

    William Mizel
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Five Common Management Errors in the Ergonomics of Safety in the Workplace Planning for and implementing safety ergonomics in the workplace must be a long-term and integral part of workplace operations management.  Safety  ergonomics are  affected by everything from goal setting and budgets to measurement and focus. Ergonomic measures to ensure worker safety should anticipate potential injuries, put sustainable processes […] The post 5 Common Ergonomic Mistakes appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • OSHA 30 Online course an inexpensive way to build needed safety awareness

    William Mizel
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    A Mentor Ohio company is paying the price big time for failing to follow and adequately train its employees on OSHA health and safety regulations. Metal Seal Precision, LTD is facing $56,700 in OSHA penalties due to multiple health and safety violations. And, after a plant fire that followed the OSHA penalties, the price is […] The post OSHA 30 Online course an inexpensive way to build needed safety awareness appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • Infographic: Crisis Management Plan

    William Mizel
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    We all know that we need to plan for the unexpected, but so often companies don’t do it.  I think part of the reason for this is that managers don’t even know where to start.  I recently read a blog post by Brenda Percy  that laid out the basic pieces of a simple but effective crisis […] The post Infographic: Crisis Management Plan appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
  • Answers to OSHA Pro’s Welding Safety Quiz

    Kyle Bullock
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Test Your Welding Safety Knowledge – Answers STOP! If you have not taken the quiz, Click Here What is the most common injury to a welder? Burns and eye injuries are the most common injuries to welders due to sparks landing on the skin or in the eyes. Infrared and ultraviolet radiation are also sources […] The post Answers to OSHA Pro’s Welding Safety Quiz appeared first on America's OSHA Training and Compliance Experts.
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • A Digital Worksheet is Still Just a Worksheet

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Recently, there have been a number of tech tools that have been created to help enhance teacher productivity and improve assignment workflows in the classroom. Take, for example, the excellent OneNote Class Notebook Creator. It is an ideal app for Office 365 schools who want to quickly distribute materials to a whole class, have students […]
  • ABCya! Animation for Kids: Creative Stop Motion Movies for the Classroom

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    If you are looking for a new way to inject some creativity into your digital storytelling, stop motion is a great way to do just that. ABCya! Animate is a website I learned about from Elizabeth McCarthy on Google+. It’s a free, and engaging web tool that lets students create an animated GIF from up […]
  • How to Use Gmail as Your Default iPad/iPhone Mail App

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Many people like the idea of using Gmail as the default mail app on their iPhone or iPad, instead of Apple’s iOS Mail app. However, they quickly run into trouble when they go to share a link from Safari or a file from another app and find the default Mail app pops up instead of the […]
  • OneNote for Teachers: Help & Support for Educators

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    For me, OneNote is a peerless app that can quickly change the way students and teachers create and organize digital content. It is intuitive, powerful and works across all your devices. Whether you are an Office 365 school district or not, it is hard to ignore the potential that OneNote has. To help support teachers […]
  • Office for iPad: Free for Everyone

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Last week, Microsoft surprised a lot of people when they made Word, Excel and PowerPoint completely free for iOS devices. The apps themselves were always free for viewing documents, but editing access required an Office 365 subscription. Not any more. The subscription element was removed and now anyone with a free Microsoft account can view, […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • 045 Conervation with Bob & Geri Boyd from Issues on Education

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Join Bob and Geri Boyd, from Issues in Education, as we discuss the all out attack on Christians in public school. Bob and Geri are the host of the nationally syndicated program, Issues in Education for past 28 years and recipients of the 2010 Dr. Robert Dreyfus Courageous Christian Leadership Award. Bob is also the current President of the National Association of Christian Educators.  They have dedicated their lives in educating Christian parents in regards to what God’s word has to say about the education of the children God has blessed them with. Bob & Geri can be…
  • 044 Should the Evangelical Church Support Homeschooling?

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Join Ray Fournier and me as we discuss why the institution of the american evangelical church should be supporting homeschooling. Ray was my guest in episode 31 where we discussed the biblical mandate of all Christians in providing a theocentric education to their children. Ray Fournier is a Public School Teacher with 15 years of experience teaching high school Biology and Earth Science. His personal experience as a public school teacher as well as what the Word of God says concerning education led him to write his book Education Reformation. Education Reformation presents…
  • 043 Conversation with Dr. Duke Pesta, Academic Director for Freedom Education Project

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Join Dr. Duke Pesta, one of the foremost experts  on Common Core, and me as we discuss Common Core State Standards and our right to question the designers and implementer's of the fundamental transformation of America. Dr. Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges and has been active in educational reform, developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for…
  • 042 Conversation with Connor Boyack, Author & Founder and President of Libertas Institute

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Join Connor Boyack, founder and president of Libertas Institute, and me as we discuss the importance of parents teaching the principles of liberty to their children. Connor Boyack is founder and president of Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded important policy reforms dealing with property rights, civil liberties, transparency, surveillance, and education freedom. He is the author of several books, including The Tuttle Twins series which teaches children about the principles of liberty. Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law can be…
  • 041 Conversation with Aaron Walker on Male Leadership & the Family

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Join Aaron Walker from View From the Top and me as we discuss male leadership and the family. Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. Thirty-five years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them. For 19 years and counting, Aaron has taken classes from and has been…
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    New Horizons

  • Oracle Expert Summit 2015 – Exclusive Seminar

    New Horizons Dubai
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Day 1 Day 2 Sunday – February 15th, 2015 SEMINAR 2 Go Faster: Make Oracle Work for You with Craig Shallahamer – View Profile Monday – February 16th, 2015 SEMINAR 2 Go Faster: Make Oracle Work for You with Craig Shallahamer – View Profile Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Tuesday February 17th, 2015 SEMINAR 1 Locking Down & Hardening Oracle Database Environments with Pete Finnigan – View Profile Wednesday February 18th, 2015 SEMINAR 1 Practical Audit Trail Design with Pete Finnigan – View Profile Thursday February 19th, 2015 SEMINAR 1 PL/SQL Secure Coding with Pete…
  • Windows 10: New Features, You Need to Know

    New Horizons Dubai
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Consumers must be thinking that the name should be Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group said “We’re not building an incremental product” Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name was snagged a long time ago, by a young Bill Gates. Perhaps Microsoft didn’t like or Whatever the reason, They named it Windows 10 Windows 10 will be for Desktops as well as Tablets,…
  • Benefits of System Center 2012 – Service Manager

    New Horizons Dubai
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    What are the Benefits of SCSM 2012? Service Manager is the component of System Center 2012 cloud and data center management solutions that helps standardize service delivery across your organization. These solutions provide a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services, and help you deliver IT as a Service to your business. Service Manager integrates people, processes, and knowledge, helping you standardize your service offerings to application owners and end users by: Enabling IT to deliver flexible self-service experiences so application owners can…
  • Red Hat System Administration I Training @ New Horizons Dubai

    New Horizons Dubai
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Course: Course RH 124 Red Hat System Administration I Duration: 5 Days Dates: Oct 12 – 16 Course overview Red Hat System Administration I provides a foundation for students wishing to become full-time Linux system administrators by introducing key command line concepts and other enterprise-level tools. These concepts are further developed in the follow-on course, Red Hat System Administration II (RH134). Course content summary Introduction to the command line Managing physical storage Learning how to install and configure software components and services Establishing network connections…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Choose Microsoft Office 365

    New Horizons Dubai
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Now a days Independent professionals and small businesses have to do more with less. And they try hard to stay close to customers, focusing on business, and being more agile than competitors. Microsoft Office 365 can help you achieve those goals with low upfront costs, rich features, a familiar Microsoft Office experience, and guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime. Now you can feel Google and many other companies also offer many Apps for small Business to reach their Goals. So, why should small businesses choose Office 365 over These Apps? Other than this many Businesses uses Cloud Application as…
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • helping impulsive kids refocus using executive functions and the Alexander Technique

    Kai Kleinbard
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    helping impulsive kids refocus using executive functions and the Alexander Technique A parent recently mentioned that her child is having difficulty with impulsivity.  In the moment of action, it can be challenging for anyone, child, adult etc. to inhibit and initial reaction and then redirect into an action that will be more beneficial. In the Alexander Technique, students learn a process of inhibiting unhelpful habits, observing the force of habit, and then re-directing into a more efficient coordination.  Through practice, this process can be applied to all situations where the students…
  • helping kids follow through on efficient study/homework systems

    Kai Kleinbard
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    helping kids follow through on efficient study/homework systems Recently, a family that I work with, described that their child often falls back into old habits when approaching homework.  The student forgets to follow through on effective academic systems.  The student still forgets items and can resist follow through on academic systems designed to help him.  This type of back-and-forth between old habits and newer systems is very common.  It takes time and systemic break-downs are useful as learning tools. Of course, breaking old work habits is a process.   These changes, at the end…
  • Teaching students to ask questions

    Kai Kleinbard
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Teaching students to ask questions Asking questions is an essential part of the learning process.  Students who ask their own questions, seeking out guidance and clarification from teachers, peers and other players in their education community often do well.  I call this “advocating for oneself.” How do you teach young people to ask questions?  for one, it is important to encourage youth to ask questions.  Instead of asking the questions, teachers can have students observe a picture, or read an article and come up with their own questions about the topic. Two: Encourage young…
  • visualizing an essay: diagrams that show essay structure

    Kai Kleinbard
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    visualizing an essay: diagrams that show essay structure Writing an essay is one of the major undertakings in most education practices.  By the time students reach middle school (5th grade), they are generally knee-deep in essay writing.  The challenge is often teaching young people how to come up with an idea and then write about it, while keeping to a specific structure.  Sometimes it can help to have a visual representation of what this structure looks like: A basic chart. Courtesy MS 447. Sometimes a plain, colorful chart is the easiest to follow. This chart comes courtesy of MS…
  • Multiple forms of presenting information through technology in education

    Kai Kleinbard
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Multiple forms of presenting information through technology in educati