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  • Explore Cincinnati – Best Place for Perfect Getaway

    Detention Slip
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    Are you looking for the best place for your perfect get away? Cincinnati is the best option for you to be. Whether you are looking for the place for the complete relaxation, or you are looking for the place of the spot for the endless fun, Cincinnati fulfils all the expectations of the tourists from all over the world. The Cincinnati city is completely captivated with the lushy hills which earns the name of “Pearl of the West” and the “Queen City”. Visitors to the Cincinnati can get to know the wide range of cultural and recreational facilities and also they wont be bored throughout…
  • Schools test networks in advance of online assessments

    ASCD SmartBrief
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Some schools in Alaska, Arizona and Kansas recently tried to overload their online networks in an attempt to preempt problems -More- 
  • Colleges Raised a Record $1.26-Billion for Sports in 2014

    CHE > Latest news
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    Texas A&M brought in $93.6-million in donations for athletics, nearly twice as much as any institution.
  • What Teachers Read in January

    ED News
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Here are the top 10 stories teachers read this month, based on clicks from one of our most popular newsletters, The Teachers Edition.
  • They do believe you, and they are listening. #YouMatter

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

  • Explore Cincinnati – Best Place for Perfect Getaway

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    Are you looking for the best place for your perfect get away? Cincinnati is the best option for you to be. Whether you are looking for the place for the complete relaxation, or you are looking for the place of the spot for the endless fun, Cincinnati fulfils all the expectations of the tourists from all over the world. The Cincinnati city is completely captivated with the lushy hills which earns the name of “Pearl of the West” and the “Queen City”. Visitors to the Cincinnati can get to know the wide range of cultural and recreational facilities and also they wont be bored throughout…
  • Fall in Love with Rome

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Whenever you are in Rome, you can find out list of things to see and do in Rome is immense. Rome is the world renowned beautiful ancient city where you can find out massive amount of priceless works of art, palaces, museums, churches, gardens, religious sites and other places. Though, Rome has large number of attractive tourist places, it can be hard to find all the best places to see in Rome when you are on a tight schedule. So, here is the collection of some of best must visit plan when you plan a visit to the Rome. (Image by GlennDriver) Must Visit Places in Rome Rome houses immense of…
  • Immerse in the Beauty of Venice

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Are you searching the best place for your perfect getaway? Venice is the best choice for you to be. Venice is one of the Italy’s must visit cities which houses large number of top attractions that are one of a kind. Visitors to Venice can enjoy and experience all of the top most things to do and see which must not to be miss on a visit to Venice. Since there are my recommendations for the best things to do in Venice. Here are some of the best attractive places that must not to be missed in your bucket list. (Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center) Must Visit Places in Venice…
  • Places to Visit in Smiling Soul of India – Punjab

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Punjab is one of the most prosperous states of India which is completely captivated with the distinctive and lively culture. Visitors to Punjab will get immerse with its sprawling farmlands which has been aptly nicknamed the smiling soul of India. Punjab has many tourist places to visit, there is very nice sightseeing, attractions in Punjab which are must see in Punjab. Punjab is most popular for the scenic landscape, rich history and the famous religious sites that draw large number of tourist from all over the world. Check out the following places to visit in Punjab. Amritsar Amritsar is…
  • The Hotel of Dreams: London Premier Notting Hill Hotel

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    The London Premier Notting Hill Hotel offers one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The hotel situated in the residential area of Princes Square, appeals to both travellers on business and those travelling for leisure due to its central position near the famous London tube. The hotel has luxurious interiors, reminiscent of the beautiful Victorian age, to guarantee a pleasant stay as evident from the multitudes of happy customers. With a host of facilities like free internet and a restaurant providing lip smacking continental delicacies, the hotel has something to offer for all…
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    Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

  • They do believe you, and they are listening. #YouMatter

    Angela Maiers
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Copyright Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York When you tell people they matter, often you don’t know right away – or ever – if they believe you, or are listening at all. Sometimes, you start to feel that maybe you don’t matter. But know this: They DO Believe. They ARE Listening. You DO Matter. In some instances you learn later about the impact you had on someone, and in some instances, you never learn about it. But the fact remains: when you tell, and show, people that they matter, to you and to the world, you change and save lives, to a degree you can only imagine.
  • Winter Reflections Part 1: A Break to Ponder

    Angela Maiers
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Credit: Angie Miller This is Part 1 in a two-part post on reflecting over the Winter Break. The life of a teacher requires a big investment in the well-being of others. As a teacher, my drive to and from school every day was filled with scenes from the school day and thoughts about whether my students were truly learning. As those concerns grow throughout the year, they could crowd out some brain space. Evening appointments might get missed, and the big picture of what really matters in the classroom might get overlooked. I was always incredibly thankful, then, for the winter break. It…
  • 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…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • Making Learning Fun: Engaging Students with Imagination with @teachheath (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    Jeromie Heath engages students by dressing up. Some days he’s Super Mario or a Mad Scientist — other days he’s a pirate. He was even a finalist for People’ Magazine’s teacher of the year (see the video to believe his classroom — notice the standards on the wall – yes, they are still there.) He engages students by immersing them in experiences. On the show, he says, “I’m tapping into their childhood…” If a child feels you have a connection with them… then they start learning. Jeromie HeathPowered By the Tweet This…
  • Teaching with Windows 10, Spartan, and Vivaldi (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Troubleshooting is higher order thinking. Comparing new software with older software has students thinking at a high level too. So, when new software is released, I use it to teach. Three recent software releases give you a great way to teach technology: Announced this week —  Windows 10 is free (as a technical preview until October 1, 2015), for consumers. With it Microsoft releases a new web browser — SPARTAN to replace Internet Explorer The creator of Opera releases another web browser — VIVALDI – out for download. Here’s how to teach with these three new…
  • Hope for Teachers; Hope for Kids (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Oh, dear friends and fellow educators — you are in the throes of January. A teacher at church admitted to me just this past Sunday that this time of the year she lies awake at night figuring out how to better teach this or that. Brrr. The tests are coming. Such things dominate the minds and can cloud the hearts of great teachers who believe (rightly so) that too much testing obscures what we’re here to do. Dear teacher, have hope. There are things to do and precious children to love on and teach. Some of them are struggling, and the last thing on their mind is a test in April or…
  • RSS and Feedly: Stay Up to Date without the Hassle (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Feedly helps you pull together many great sources of information around the web. RSS readers have been part of my curriculum for 10 years. It is time to learn to master this technique to make your life easier. In today’s tutorial video I’ll teach you how to set up Feedly (just the basics) and add 3 sources of information. You’ll learn how RSS works and why it makes your life easier. Video Tutorial: RSS and Feedly Learn the new way to stay updated: RSS. While RSS has been around for a while, few people understand the potential to stay on top of news and interesting things in…
  • January 31: the First Student-Led Technology Conference is Here! Join in. (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    So what if we put students in charge of planning a global student technology conference? It is happening Saturday, January 31 as students from around the world connect and share about technology. Encourage your students to present, participate, and learn. I asked Eric Walters, the teacher of the students organizing this event to share. As we shared in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds — students are the greatest textbook written for each other. OPEN THE BOOK.  Let your students know. Guest post by Eric Walters, Director of STEM Education, Marymount School of New York Students at…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #MySAPath – Putting Myself in the Residence Life Box

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    I was one of those college kids who changed their majors multiple times, five to be exact.  I fervently prayed for God to reveal my calling.  When I was junior, I became a Resident Assistant.  One night, as I was reading my bible, a couple verses read like a neon sign in the desert: “Be good shepherds of the flock God has put in your care. Do not care for the flock as if you were made to. Do not care for the flock for money, but do it because you want to. Do not be bosses over the people you lead. Live as you would like to have them live.” – 1 Peter 5:2-4 (NLT) I swear I read…
  • Fat-Shaming in the Workplace

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It’s the very beginning of our semester, and I’ve been sitting on this blog for about a month now. I wrote it as soon as I got back from Winter Break, but wasn’t sure about publishing it. My friend from NASPA @MsKelseyGamble suggested I let it sit with my soul for a while, and after almost a month I’ve realized it needs to be said. When I first wrote this, I had just had a cymbal-crashing, jaw-dropping realization: I’ve felt fat-shamed in my workplace for the past 3 months. For an intro into what fat-shaming is, I’d recommend starting here. You’re probably thinking, “What…
  • #MySAPath – From Student Affairs to Business Affairs

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Some student affairs professionals might never have imagined taking a step towards developing their own business, but that is exactly where I am now. I’m not talking about a “side hustle” here; I am talking no more student affairs status. I must admit that I never thought I would leave the world of student affairs to pursue the life of an entrepreneur, but I do believe that being a student affairs professional gave me all the skills needed to being a successful business leader. My student affairs epiphany began after interning for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI).
  • My Own Golden Circle: Transformation in Life & Student Affairs

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    I recently came across a video on by Simon Sinek centered on something called the Golden Circle. Essentially, it’s an individual or group’s Why, How, and What. Why do you do something? How do you do it? What comes out of it? Sinek says that successful leaders within an industry are clear about not only what products they come out with, but why and how these products come to be. People care about why and how your products came to be reality and whether or not there is meaning behind each unit you produce. This whole idea caught my attention and really got me thinking…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 01/29/15 – Being a Change Agent – How Do You Encourage Change as a New Pro?

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Being a Change Agent – How Do You Encourage Change as a New Pro? In this week’s chat 184 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): 1408 tweets 161 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Becca Fick Sinclair Ceasar III Joseph Ginese Karyn Dyer Derek C. Bundy EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 672 tweets 95 contributors Transcript MOD: Brian Proffer Top Contributors…
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  • Highs and Lows of Technical Problem Solving

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) By Ipcc7.1-mann-moberg.png via Wikimedia Common via Wikimedia Commons There is little like the satisfaction, no that is to tame a word, the exhilaration of solving a problem that you had never addressed before, or thought you could not figure out. That is no great revelation. In the realm of technology, such small peaks are commons. Maybe some people do not make a big deal out of it. But when things you try go south, do they ever do deep down the ordinate axis. When this happens to me, even if it is not super…
  • The Making of You Show Episode 3

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    If you thought our series of videos was a bit strange, this one goes way off the rails and down the canyon, into another dimension. Maybe. Episode 3 introduces our Unit on Visual Design. In the video, hosts Brian and Alan pay a visit to Nancy White– inside the world of her sketch pad. The seeds for this were planted before the You Show had started… The intro video and format was set in Episode 0, produced in mid December, 2014. The following week, I visited Nancy at her home in Seattle, and she was willing to take on a role in a future episode. Sort of proof, you can see my Samson…
  • On Theme Shopping

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) cc licensed ( BY-ND ) flickr photo shared by “What’s the best theme for my WordPress site?” Is there a equivalent to the “Best Camera is the one in your hand” assertion? Probably not. In our work on The You Show open seminar and providing sites for TRU staff and faculty on our sandbox site I’ve been trying to think about ways to help in this decision. There’s over 3000 free themes offered by WordPress and maybe millions more depending how you parse the…
  • Building a Portfolio By Not Trying to Build a Portfolio

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) Doth I blog in riddle? I doth do. Any assertion made here is a squishy subjective question. But I’ve been coming to grips with this in the first weeks of the You Show Open Seminar I am running with Brian Lamb at TRU, where many of our participants are hoping to use blogging platforms to make a portfolio. Having that as a goal is useful, reasonable but it also gets in the way. cc licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Dead Air Before you start tossing your research studies and dissertations about…
  • Reversing Course Again, Doing it Dudley Right

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Originally published by me at The CogDog Show » Syndicate This (see it there) In a post on my approach to building The Daily site am not thinking I was wrong about being wrong… does that make me right? And in a process of working on projects, does, does being right even matter? To recap, I have been working recently on building another WordPress Theme as a template anyone can use to create a site like the DS106 Daily Create to make a Daily _______ (hence calling it “The Daily Blank”). A limitation of what we did on DS106 was that it limited submissions to media sharing…
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  • Class Of 2015 Faces The World: Introducing The 'Howard Project'

    NPR Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    NPR's Weekend Edition will spend a few months following four seniors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., to tap into the challenges and preoccupations of soon-to-be college graduates.» E-Mail This
  • College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

    Maanvi Singh
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.» E-Mail This
  • Party Ban Is Patronizing, U.Va. Sorority Women Say

    Sandy Hausman
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    National sorority leaders have told members at the University of Virginia not to attend a multi-frat Bid Night party after a discredited article about a gang rape.» E-Mail This
  • Just Your Typical Teenagers Helping To Fight World Poverty

    Poncie Rutsch
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Their goal is to make the world a better place 15 years from now. And the U.S. State Department listened to their ideas. But that doesn't mean they are oblivious to Justin Bieber and Gossip Girl.» E-Mail This
  • The True Costs Of Community College

    Tylyn Hardamon
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    President Obama has proposed making tuition at community colleges free. But Youth Radio reporter Tylyn Hardamon found that paying for school is just one of many challenges facing today's students.» E-Mail This
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Why must we ask the 21st century to wait outside our classes? (Scott McLeod)
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    John Jones said: why must we ask the 21st century to wait outside our classes? Is it just to protect the lecture? We know what a classroom designed around lectures, notes, and quizzes can do, and it is not impressive. . . . Perhaps by embracing the new forms and structures of communication enabled by laptops and other portable electronics we might discover new classroom practices that enable new and better learning outcomes. There is a robust body of research exploring alternatives to the lecture. Never before has technology been so able to support a new understanding of learning but, as…
  • The educative effect is greater when students do something than when something is done to them (Scott McLeod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Ron Byrnes said: There should be a corollary to the admonition [to students], “Bring energy for learning; be interested and engaged,” such as “Faculty will resist talking at you. Instead they will capitalize on your energy for learning by developing personalized learning environments characterized by meaningful interaction.” … Deborah Meier argues in The Power of Their Ideas, “Teaching is mostly listening and learning is mostly telling” (1995, p. xi). Likewise, Decker Walker contends in Fundamentals of Curriculum, “The educative effect is greater when students do something…
  • It’s about opening a door to someone I never knew I could be (Scott McLeod)
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Javier Guzman said: For my students and the thousands like them, the options they are given are inadequate. The bar is set low and little is expected of them. Mostly they are taught to regurgitate information at breakneck speeds under the guise of equity and the achievement gap. We need to move away from that and build schools that consider the whole person, that understand that our students have passions and interests, and that give them the tools to transcend their environments. It’s about being given the tools to truly reach one’s full potential. . . . as one of my students stated,…
  • The challenges of digital leadership (Scott McLeod)
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    I wrote an article for the National Association of Independent Schools on the challenges of digital leadership. Here are a few quotes to whet your appetite! Schools often purchase software, computer devices, and technology-based learning systems because they are effective marketing tools for recruitment, or because they want to keep pace with the digital investments of rival institutions, or simply because they fear appearing outdated. None of these have to do with learning, of course, and inevitably are insufficient to smooth over the challenges that arise as digital tools enter classroom…
  • What’s good about standardized tests? (Scott McLeod)
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Susan Berfield said: Most standardized tests aren’t objective, don’t measure a student’s ability to think, and don’t reliably predict how well a kid will do in the workplace. So what’s good about them? They’re relatively cheap to create, easy to administer, and they yield data. via Image credit: From data to wisdom, Nick Webb Related Posts What testing should do for us 9-year-olds’ tests are longer than the SAT and GRE combined Are we going to test the daylights…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

  • #28daysofwriting - it starts with one

    Ewan McIntosh
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:24 pm
    A confession: our team at NoTosh has had blog guilt for years, and we keep having tense conversations about why we can't better share the amazing work the team and our clients get up to. We developed a new website two years ago, with a flurry of writing, but haven't updated it half as much as we'd want to. We all have our own individual blogs which we update when... we have a holiday. If our time is not spent in the high energy, high adrenalin of engaging with thousands of teachers at an event, or the intensity of one business leader over the table, it is in the deep troughs of loneliness and…
  • Links for 2015-01-29 []

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Principal Possum: On The Cusp Ewan McIntosh's How to Come Up With Great Ideas. This book and the valuable day Claire Amos, Daniel Birch and I had with Ewan earlier in the year has been the most useful resource I have come across to guide me through the complex pathways of strategic planning and change leadership. Linking his strategies to Te Kotahitanga's GPILSEO model of change processes has been extremely useful and has driven our schools' recent strategic planning and resulted in a powerful document made up of a series of "How Might We" ponderings. I also loved his concluding call: "Well,…
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    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Do Book Co. - Do Protect - Legal advice for startups Recipes for Parents - IFTTT
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    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Business Card Design: 50 Awesome Examples to Inspire You 5 ways to innovate using better questions | Stunning Photos Showing NYC Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean
  • When you innovate are you a puzzle builder or quilt maker?

    Ewan McIntosh
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    When you don't 'get' something, when there's something you've not got that gets in the way of building your idea, do you put your hands up and wait until the next piece in your puzzle becomes available, or do you just make stuff happen with the resources you've got - are you a puzzle maker who struggles when a piece is missing or a quilt maker who makes the best out of what you have? Tina Seelig explains this wonderful metaphor further. My own book, How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, provides hundreds of tools and skillsets you can use and develop to make the…
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    Steve Kinney

  • Notes from Building Your First iOS Application Using Swift

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Notes from Building Your First iOS Application Using Swift: I wrote up my notes from my session on learning iOS development for Girl Develop It. It came in at about 10,000 words (including code). Please open an issue if anything is unclear.
  • Girl Develop It (Denver/Boulder): Building Your First iOS App Using Swift

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Girl Develop It (Denver/Boulder): Building Your First iOS App Using Swift: I’m teaching an eight hour course on building your first iOS application using Apple’s new Swift language for Girl Develop It this Saturday, January 24, 2015. You should totally come.
  • Indisputable proof that Coloradans don’t know how to use a...

    11 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Indisputable proof that Coloradans don’t know how to use a snow shovel.
  • Turing School of Software and Design: Alumni Stories Meet...

    10 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Turing School of Software and Design: Alumni Stories Meet Billy, Bree, Horacio, and Allison who’ve gone through our programs and are now out in the workforce. I’m really proud of the work that we do. If you’re serious about wanting to become a software developer, you should come join us.
  • Virginia Teacher of the Year Tells Why He Resigned

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Virginia Teacher of the Year Tells Why He Resigned: Josh Waldron: Every workplace has its imperfections and challenges. I accept that. But public education is painted as a career where you make a difference in the lives of students. When a system becomes so deeply flawed that students suffer and good teachers leave (or become jaded), we must examine how and why we do things.
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    The Jose Vilson

  • Less Is More When It Comes To Teacher Time [Edutopia]

    Jose Vilson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    My latest at Edutopia stems from a conversation I had with National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb and Maryland Teacher of the Year Jody Zepp last month at the Maryland State House for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). We talked about everything under the sun, but one of the things that made people shift in their chairs was my proclamation that we need to cut teacher time in half. Check the flow: However, in countries that have done away with those arguments, they’ve learned that teachers do much better by having less classes, less students, and more time for the mounds…
  • For My Fellow Male Educators of Color

    Jose Vilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    My fellow men of color in the education sphere, Recently, there’s been lots of conversation around training and retaining more men of color to become K-12 teachers. Because there’s only 3% of us in the profession currently, seldom do I speak up and out against, or provide caveat toelevating that number in the least. My experience is limited in that I haven’t met the 90,000 of us who stand in front of our students, hopefully bringing them the knowledge and skills necessary to do well and find their own paths towards success. In this instance, I’ll also include the…
  • How Radical Is Your Martin Luther King Jr.?

    Jose Vilson
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Back when I matriculated at Syracuse University, the Schine Student Center had a computer lab with a large whiteboard in the back of the basement used by student organizations, but the Black and Latino orgs would rapidly occupy that space. I’ll attribute it to feeling like we had few spaces where we could, at least, develop our publications and flyers while convening with other like-minded folks of color. In any case, one day, I walked in to find that someone drew a long black line with “MLK Jr.” written in the middle. I didn’t know what to do with it, and many of my…
  • Angela Davis and The Failures of Leadership

    Jose Vilson
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Angela Davis, legendary abolitionist / prison industrial activist / Black Panther icon recently gave an interview that made me snap my fingers a few times. An excerpt: If structural racism and state violence against African-Americans, aided and abetted by global capitalism, are as rampant as Davis says, isn’t she disappointed in the failure of the US’s first African-American president to speak out when a case comes up that seems to dramatise what she is indicting? Davis smiles and recalls a conversation she had with Hall two months before his death. “We talked about the fact that people…
  • The Other Half of Teachers

    Jose Vilson
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    After the bell sounded today, as with every day, I like to sit at my desk for 10-20 minutes to decompress. I exhale a few times, staring at the scuffed white board filled with numbers and figures hastily put together from students’ responses. I don’t capture dialogue well, but all the math is there, and I most certainly planned for the academics, so I’m satisfied with that piece. I could have moved a few students from their seats, could have prompted for more individual thinking, and could have been more stern in redirecting a few students as well. Overall, I’m…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Check Your Writing

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Want to check your writing? Try the Hemingway App. All you have to do is copy your writing and paste it in place of the text you see in the image below and it will help with all of the things listed.
  • Argumentative Essay

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
  • Writing an Argumentative Essay

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    An Argumentative Essay:Has a clear introduction States a focus/position statement clearly, precisely, and thoughtfully Uses specific evidence from the text(s) to support and develop the position, and explains that evidence logically Takes into account what people who disagree with you might think and tries to respond to that Concludes effectivelyKeep in mind that an argumentative essay is based more on facts as opposed to emotion. When picking a topic you’re interested in, be sure to pick one that you can support with evidence and reasoning. You will need facts,…
  • 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…
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    danah boyd | apophenia

  • Baby Boaz

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

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

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

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

  • #MARCHON in remembrance of Martin Luther King

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks to Donors Choose Supporters of Classroom Sphero Project

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Today I finalized the thank you letter and submitted photos for our fall classroom Sphero project on Donor’s Choose. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we now have THREE additional Sphero robotic balls to use in Makers Studio during STEM class. Here’s the letter I submitted to our donors along with six photographs. If you’re interested in using Donor’s Choose to obtain equipment, supplies, or other resources (including field trip support) for your classroom, I highly recommend last year’s Classroom 2.0 Live webinars that are filled with helpful tips. Thank…
  • Document Your World With HyperLapse Videos

    Wesley Fryer
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    If you own an iOS device and have not yet given the amazing videography app Hyperlapse a try, consider this post your official invitation and challenge. According to the English WikiPedia: Hyperlapse (also walklapse, spacelapse, stop-motion time-lapse, motion timelapse, moving timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In opposite to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse…
  • Cool iPad Art & STEAM Apps & Hacks

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Wednesday after school I shared a few different iPad apps and a great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) drawing device with our art teacher at school whose classroom is just down the hall from me. Here’s the list of links I sent her afterward as a follow-up, along with a few other videos and related resources. My complete list of fall 2014 iPad apps for my STEM classroom is available on ProCreate ($6) More information is available on the official app website: This $10 online course about ProCreate brushes from Art Study Online looks…
  • Students & Teachers Explain Benefits of MinecraftEDU [VIDEO]

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Thanks to this post last week by Joel Soloman (@mole555) in the “Minecraft Teachers Google Group” I saw this excellent 7.5 minute video featuring interviews with both students and teachers, explaining the benefits of using MinecraftEDU in school. Check it out! This week I am introducing my STEM students to MinecraftEDU in a two part lesson, so this is timely. I’ve added it to my main MinecraftEDU STEM curriculum resource page. As the teachers explain in the video, MinecraftEDU is wonderful to use at school for a wide variety of reasons. At a basic level, playing…
  • 10 Things I Learned Teaching A Full Day iPad Workshop

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Last Thursday I led a full-day workshop on iPad apps and technology integration strategies with iPads for about 175 educators at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. I’ve led numerous workshops and presented lots of keynotes,conference breakouts in the past 10+ years, but this was the largest group of of educators I’ve taught simultaneously in a hands-on, full day iPad workshop. Here are 10 things I learned.    by  Wesley Fryer  University Bandwith Rocks Whenever a BYOD (bring your own device) workshop is offered these days, most participants bring MORE than one…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Community Trumps Content

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

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

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

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

  • The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper

    Alfred Thompson
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    There is a new movie about Grace Hopper out in the Internet. The movie is about 16 minutes look and I think it is pretty good. I’m looking for a place in my schedule to show it to my students. Grace Hopper is a long time inspiration for me. I was able to meet her in person back in the early 1970s and hear her speak several times. She was ahead of her time and many ways. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the…
  • Interesting Links 26 January 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    A new semester starts for me today. Since I only teach semester courses that means a whole new group of students to meet and teach. I have spent much of the weekend retooling my plan for the semester based on what I learned last semester. My goal is always to teach each new group of students better than I taught the last group. Wish me luck! Guest speakers are often hard to arrange but can add a lot to student experience and learning. Over the weekend I learn about a program to provide Guest Speakers in Computer Science via Skype. This looks pretty interesting to me. Ontario CS and Computer…
  • Robots For Teaching Programming

    Alfred Thompson
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    One of my most popular posts has been a collection of links to block programming (drag and drop programming) tools and languages. The other day it occurred to me that a similar list for programming with robots might be useful. There seems to be more and more interest in this as time goes on. A lot of students prefer to “move atoms more than move pixels” after all. Since I first posted this I have added more and reorganized a bit. Robots are not just for boys either. Girls love robots as much as boys do. Many of the newer educational robots appeal to younger students as well with bright…
  • Interesting Links 19 January 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    School is out today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Semester exams start tomorrow. I think I’m ready. I hope my students are ready.  I do have a couple of interesting links to share today. Hope you find them useful. Logo changes: The challenge of making a square in modern Logos – From Mark Guzdial – you can’t use lessons and instructions from early Lego materials with modern implementations of Logo. I’m wondering how hard it would be to write a new Logo that was backward compatible with the original materials. Kids these days -- they don't know nuttin – New from Mike…
  • Surface Pro 3 – First Thoughts

    Alfred Thompson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Thanks to a contest run by the Office Mix people I won a Surface Pro 3 for my school. And I get to use it which is great. I’ve had a Surface RT (first edition) for a while and while I like it the fact that it is Windows RT means I can’t run “regular” Windows apps on it. That is not always a problem since office is there and I can do a lot of web based things easily. But I teach programming so not being able to run Visual Studio is somewhat limiting. Also I could not use Windows Live Writer on it for blogging. Those issues go away with the Surface Pro 3. First off the keyboard. Yes not…
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • No Child Left Behind: Preserve What Works And Build On It

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    By Kara Kerwin January 2015 As hearings on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) continue in the House and Senate, here are a few thoughts on two of the most talked about topics so far: testing and use of Title I funding. To Test or Not to Test The Center for Education Reform (CER) was and remains entirely supportive of accountability for federal dollars and NCLB created major and necessary disruption in business as usual because of its annual testing requirements. For the first time, parents had access to data to make decisions about their children’s education. The fact is that districts,…
  • An explanation of school choice and its variants

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    By Dan Spencer January 29th, 2015 It’s National School Choice Week. School choice is all about public policy enabling families stuck with low-performing schools to being able to choose to attend higher-performing public and private schools. School choice encourages healthy competition among schools to better serve students. Parents are allowed to use the public funds set aside for their children’s education to choose schools that work best for them. School choice includes things like charter schools, home schooling, and school vouchers: Charter schools are public schools…
  • Alternative Education Fair Offers School Options

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    By Amy Schneider Eugene Weekly January 29th, 2015 It’s National School Choice Week, a time for parents, students and teachers around the country to celebrate and recognize the diversity of school options available to kids. Sometimes all those options can be overwhelming — Eugene School District 4J alone has five alternative elementary schools. Fortunately, the Jan. 31 Alternative Education Fair at the Eugene Public Library is here to help. The fair is a one-stop shopping opportunity for parents and students to chat with more than a dozen representatives from local charter schools, private…
  • How The Likely 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Stack Up On School Choice

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    By Joanne Butler The Daily Caller January 29th, 2015 As it’s National School Choice Week, I wanted to see how Republican presidential hopefuls measure up on their actions to increase school choice (versus just talking about it). My specific focus: how charter schools are faring in their home states. Some states are doing well, others are muddling through, and still others are failing. (You can view a state-by-state matchup on charter schools here). My home state of Delaware has popular charter schools; billboards advertising for students are a common sight. One school, the Charter School of…
  • Advocates say Pennsylvania can do more for charter schools

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    By Evan Grossman January 30th, 2015 Pennsylvania could be a lot friendlier to public charter schools. That’s the message delivered by a pair of independent reports that call for an equitable funding formula and more hospitable policies for the state’s charter schools. The NAPCS placed Pennsylvania 25th out of 43 states in its sixth annual charter law report, while a Pew studyzeroed in on Pennsylvania’s lack of a statewide funding formula as a prime reason why some charter schools receive a fraction of the funding that traditional district schools get. Pennsylvania was one…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Using first gen iPads in the classroom

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

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

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

  • Program 33: Sticking With the Credit Hour / A Day Without Adjuncts? (Jan. 30, 2015)

    Doug Lederman
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    On our Jan. 30 program, Elena Silva of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Western Washington University's Johann Neem join Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik and This Week moderator Casey Green to discuss the foundation's new report on the continued viability of the credit hour in higher education. In our second segment, Keith Hoeller of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and Alan Trevithick, a part-time instructor at Fordham University, Westchester Community College and LaGuardia Community College, consider the implications of a possible national walkout of…
  • Norovirus Hits Hampden-Sydney Students

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    An apparent norovirus has hit about 300 students at Hampden-Sydney College, forcing the college to shut down classes Thursday and today, and to call off a basketball game scheduled for Saturday, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday. The college has 1,052 students so a significant share of students have been afflicted. While the virus passes relatively quickly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and students can become severely dehydrated.  
  • China Will Ban University Texts With 'Western Values'

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:11 am
    Chinese authorities are vowing to eliminate textbooks with "Western values" from universities, AFP reported. "Never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes," Education Minister Yuan Guiren told the official Xinhua news agency. He added that "remarks that slander the leadership of the Communist Party of China" and "smear socialism" must never be permitted in classrooms.   Ad keywords: international
  • Essay on the continuing importance of the Carnegie unit for academic credit

    Johann Neem
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It may make sense to move beyond the Carnegie unit, but where should we go? This is the question at the heart of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s new report, The Carnegie Unit, on which Inside Higher Ed reported this week. A primary critique of the Carnegie unit, or credit hour, is that it measures “seat time” but not the quality of learning. The first thing to remember, the report usefully reminds us, is that the credit hour did not evolve to evaluate student learning or quality teaching. One of its primary goals was to ensure that faculty members…
  • Essay on completing your Ph.D. remotely

    Marcelle Dougan
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Marcelle Dougan offers tips for staying on track. Job Tags: Science / Engineering / MathematicsAd keywords: facultyEditorial Tags: Graduate educationGraduate studentsShow on Jobs site: Image Size: Thumbnail-horizontal
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  • Hibernating + Open Thread

    Dan Meyer
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    A reader via email: Blog monster hungry. Feed me. I’m not big on the retroactively “sorry I haven’t been blogging” posts. I’d rather proactively explain why I’m not going to be around here for the next several months. It isn’t for lack of interest in math education or for lack of interesting things happening in math education. For instance: My research group had a conversation about successful teacher professional development with Tom Carpenter, lead author of one of the most successful teacher professional development programs ever. Lots to share…
  • The Frozen Code

    Dan Meyer
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Here are the locations of your chain of gelato shops: Here is the temperature in the United States today (Fahrenheit): So basically business is bad. No one wants your frozen treat. So what do you do? You lower prices. An across the board cash discount? Maybe. But if you’re Gelato Fiasco, you institute The Frozen Code: On each day that the temperature falls below freezing, we automatically use The Frozen Code to calculate a discount on your order of gelato dishes. [..] You save one percent for each degree below freezing outside at the time of purchase. But how do you write this code…
  • WTF Math Problems

    Dan Meyer
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    As I mentioned on Twitter earlier this week, I find a particular kind of math problem extremely exciting now. Here are five of them. I want to know what to call them. I want to know what are their essential features. I want more of them and I want to read more about them. Here is one of the five, taken from Scott Farrand’s presentation at CMC North. Here are some points in the plane: (4, 1), (17, 27), (1, -5), (8, 9), (13, 19), (-2, -11)(20, 33), (7,7), (-5, -17), (10, 13) Choose any two of these points. Check with your neighbor to be sure that you didn’t both choose the same pair…
  • December Remainders

    Dan Meyer
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Happy New Year. This ThinkUp outfit told me which of my tweets were “biggest” in each of the months of 2014. Twelve “big” tweets, in other words. Here were my new blog subscriptions in December 2014, some of which might interest you. Steve Wyborney posted his animated multiplication table, a very thoughtful tool highlighting interesting patterns for young math students. So I subscribed. Steve Leinwand has a blog! I’d subscribe if I knew how. [BTW. Commenter Sadler found the feed.] Thinking Math is a group blog written by four elementary math educators. Go…
  • The New York Times Doesn’t Know Any Math Teachers

    Dan Meyer
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Michael Cieply for The New York Times: The Interview generated roughly $15 million in online sales and rentals during its first four days of availability, Sony Pictures said on Sunday. Sony did not say how much of that total represented $6 digital rentals versus $15 sales. The studio said there were about two million transactions over all. We gotcha covered, Mike! Featured Comment Stas, with a zinger for the ages: Probably they took advice from this guy. Angela Ensminger: Maybe an opening question to this problem would be:. Do you think Sony had more rentals or more sales? This could lead to…
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    NYC Educator

  • Taking the Day Off...

    NYC Educator
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    ....but you can come see me at Huffington Post.
  • UFT Unity and Sunlight

    NYC Educator
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Last night was interesting at the DA, to say the least. We're under siege, and the very first thing on the UFT President's mind was tweeting. Oddly, Mulgrew said people, surely me, were tweeting "to the press." I'm not sure how you determine the direction of a tweet, but of course I'm not part of the UFT Unity Caucus. This elite, invitation-only club makes rules for the rest of us, and evidently deems itself capable of reading minds of those who disagree with it. Actually, Michael Mulgrew can no more read minds than he can negotiate a fair contract. I can't help it if journalists read my…
  • DA Report (Unedited)

    NYC Educator
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Mulgrew’s first order of business was tweeting to the press. He says he leaves it alone, but what we are talking about today is pointless if people are tweeting to the press. He doesn’t want to discuss why they do this, but asks that this not take place today. He asks that today people do it on good will, and that perhaps there be a resolution later.Can only conclude he does not enjoy my tweets. I understand completely. I don’t enjoy having no voice in my union, NYSUT, or AFT. Mulgrew discusses what governor might propose. He says it’s based on polling, what parents think, and his…
  • Teacher Torture Takes Tumble

    NYC Educator
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    On Monday, I'm told that the 80-minute session of whatever was canceled due to the impending snowstorm. Doubtless that broke the hearts of teachers citywide, who were eager to do inquiry, listen to speeches about precisely how perfidious they are, or find out what exactly they did that was ineffective and not to be tolerated.Or did it? How did you feel about going home early? From a practical standpoint, the traffic was unspeakable, and I'm told it improved markedly later in the evening. There were all sorts of rumors that the LIE was going to be closed at 3 PM, and 90 million people all…
  • Will Cuomo Really Kill this Dog if We Reject His Reformy Nonsense?

    NYC Educator
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    At the last Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew told us we were going to focus only on school funding. Capital NY suggested this was because this particular battle appeared to be one we would win. Indeed, Cuomo's speech suggests he will increase funding somewhat regardless of what will happen, but will increase it more if we wholeheartedly embrace his counterproductive corporate crap. However, neither of his approaches offers NY State children more than a fraction of the billions they're owed as a result of the CFE lawsuit. Nothing short of what's mandated by the CFE lawsuit…
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  • What If We Just Tried It?

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

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

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

    Karl Fisch
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I found this TED Talk by Susan Etlinger to be interesting in and of itself, so I think it's worth 12 minutes of your time. Several of the things she said really resonated with me, so I'll discuss them briefly after you watch.At just past the one-minute mark, she says:We have to ask questions, and hard questions, to move past counting things to understanding them.This is reminiscent of the oft-used quote (usually attributed to Einstein, but he probably didn't say it), Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted but I sorta like this one better.
  • Data-Driven Schools: Homework

    Karl Fisch
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    In my school's student handbook we state,Homework is an expectation . . . Achieving students do homework at least 5 out of every 7 days . . . Do homework Sunday through Thursday, take Friday and Saturday off! . . . Average nearly two hours of homework each night.Since we're increasingly encouraged to be "data-driven", I have a few questions.Let's start with the "two hours of homework Sunday through Thursday." This has been an expectation since I started at Arapahoe . . . in 1991. I wonder what kind of "data" we based the two hours on. Why not 1.5 hours? Or 2.5 hours? Or for that matter, why…
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  • Quotes: Choice Is Awful - Except Compared To Having None

    Alexander Russo
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    I'm splitting hairs. They're all fine ... compared to what were the choices my whole life: mediocre public schools. - New Orleans parent Carrie Fisher in EdWeek (Parents Confront Obstacles as School Choice Expands)
  • TV: Neighborhood Segregation The Central Issue In New HBO Show

    Alexander Russo
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    The new David Simon show coming later this year will give us all a chance to think about residential segregation and the neighborhood school. According to a recent Grantland article, the miniseries -- called "Show Me A Hero" -- surrounds the reaction in Yonkers NY to a 1985 court decision that the city had "'illegally and intentionally’ fostered segregation in its schools and neighborhoods by concentrating all of its public housing in one section of the city.”  The series is based on a Lisa Belkin book by the same name (book cover to left). The former NYT writer has…
  • Numbers: Missing Context From Reports On Free Lunch & Food Stamp Spikes

    Alexander Russo
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    There are a lot of numbers out there, and some of them may not mean what you're being told they mean. Take for example last week's headlines about the majority of US kids now being poor.  Well, it turns out that those claims were based on both free and reduced-price lunch, which goes up to 180 percent of poverty. NPR's education team explores the issue here. Even more recently, there have been a slew of reports about Food Stamp numbers, noting a dramatic rise of kids who live in families dependent on Food Stamps (now officially called SNAP benefits, but whatever) For example,…
  • AM News: New Report Undercuts Claim That NYC District Schools Retain SPED Kids Better

    Alexander Russo
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    More Special-Needs Students Remain at Charter Schools, Report Finds NYT: New York City’s Independent Budget Office found that 53 percent of charter school kindergartners with disabilities were still in the same schools four years later, compared with 49 percent in traditional schools.  See also WNYC:  Report: Special Needs Students Stay Longer at New York City Charter Schools, ChalkbeatNY: IBO: Charters do better than district schools at retaining students with disabilities. Teachers Union Fires First Shot in Battle Over Charter School Cap WNYC: Union leaders say charter schools…
  • Quotes: Anti-Vaxxers Vs. Homeschoolers, Part 2015

    Alexander Russo
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    I think some parents see [not vaccinating] as a personal choice, like homeschooling. But when you choose not to vaccinate, you're putting other children at risk. - Parent quoted in Washington Post (via Next Draft)
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  • #C4C15: Plugged In Educator: Reducing Cognitive Load

    Ben Wilkoff
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    The cognitive load of a teacher is extremely high: I love it when folks bring together disparate points from seemingly unconnected sources, as you have here. I think your comments about cognitive load are apt, as some research says that teachers are making up to 1500 decisions in a single day ( This is a HUGE cognitive load, and one that definitely does require breaks. However, I wonder if a lot of the cognitive load issues that we see in many classrooms is in the very role of what we think an “ideal…
  • #C4C15: The Learning Nation: Inquiry-based Discomfort

    Ben Wilkoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    This is what a great PD day at a school looks like: The power of connecting and learning together never ceases to amaze me. I am so glad that you recognized it in the moment and even took a moment to capture some of the collaboration as it was happening (nice screencast of a live Google Doc collaboration)! This is what makes coming together both online and offline into something that is truly unique. Every time I witness this type of creative process, I am in awe. It is not a #bigmistake to have outcomes you define, but it is a mistake to underestimate just how many more outcomes will be…
  • #C4C15: Walk the Walk: Writing Family History & Culture with Students

    Ben Wilkoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    It is so wonderful to see how an every day assignment can affect a student’s life and their understanding of themselves: Thank you so much for writing about this assignment and your approach to it. I think you are absolutely right about how much writing and talking there is to do in a project that is about discovering who you are and where you come from. There are so many ways of figuring out “your own context”, but a family tree is one of the easiest ways to contextualize yourself and try to plant roots in a specific time period. The past is so abstract for so many kids,…
  • #C4C15: He’s the Weird Teacher: Harnessing the TeacherTwitter Brain

    Ben Wilkoff
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    I like the concept of the Teacher TwitterBrain, a lot: I think there are likely two components as to why this ended up working the way it did: 1. You have created a community as your audience. The people reading your blog or following you on twitter, genuinely care about you and your work. They want to see good ideas, but they also see you as a human being and not some faceless teacher imposing assignments on kids. This community is a support structure just as much as it is a learning one. I think that calling out the fact that you have probably cultivated this community over years of your…
  • #C4C15: Figuring out how the Pieces Fit … – Home – What is the Environment for Learning?

    Ben Wilkoff
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    What kind of learning can happen in an “open space”? I found the comparison of home and learning spaces to be quite compelling. While I would never advocate that we treat schools like home in their entirety, I do think there is a lot of value in seeing just how much comfort and care we can build into our learning spaces. “Open spaces create more opportunities” is a wonderful way of looking at our classrooms and our learning commons. But, I think the converse is something we must grapple with too. “Closed spaces” are holding us back. The more walls we put up…
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  • BFTP: Paper-free Commitee-ment

    Doug Johnson
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. Stanislaw J. Lec Note that I wrote this 5 years ago so numbers are from then and from the Mankato Schools. I did not do a analysis of the printing being done when I left last August.) Our district spends about $400,000 on printing ($60 per student) each year - and that doesn't count computer printers, just photocopying. The print-shop in my department which is supposed to be for "big jobs" pushes out 6-7 MILLION impressions each year (nearly 1,000 per student) and this doesn't include the copying done in each of our individual buildings (so…
  • Close the digital divide by connecting students at home- EL Feb 15 column

    Doug Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    My PowerUp column, Helping to close the digital divide in the February issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership, is now available online. Enjoy.  
  • The holy grail of the 5 Nines

    Doug Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    In 2011 there were 18 passenger flights worldwide that resulted in fatalities. In that year, the US alone had 10 million flights. If 99% of flights in the US were safe (meaning 1% of flights resulted in fatalities), there would be an alarming 100,000 flights with fatalities in the US each year. 99.99% safety would still be a frightening 1000 flights with fatalities each year.Incredibly, that means that even if all 18 of the passenger flights with fatalities in 2011 had been in the US, the safety rate for US flights that year would have been greater than 99.9998% The fact that none…
  • New complaint about the iPad

    Doug Johnson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. A giant screen with one button, the iPad represented possibly the purest distillation of Jobs’ tech dreams. Yet at the time it was met with derision. “I got about 800 messages in the last 24 hours,” Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. “Most of them are complaining…. It knocks you back a bit.” iPad haters' initial complaints Cult of Mac, Jan 27, 2015 In August last year Gartner forecast that Chromebook sales would reach 5.2 million units in 2014, a 79…
  • The pleasure of anticipation

    Doug Johnson
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.― Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot I am at my happiest when looking forward to something. The planning, especially, gives me joy. As 2015 gets rolling, here are some things I am lucky enough to be looking forward to... Adventures Trip to Borneo for the EARCOS conference in March. The chance to do a two day hike of Mt. Kinabalu. Trip to Columbia for a librarian's conference in Cartegena. Definite four day hike to Ciudad Perdida in May. Week-long canoe trip to Quetico Park in Canada with grandson Paul in July.  Trip to…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • Skating Along (Bud Hunt
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Last month, I took my three daughters skating.  They’ve all been to the skating rink plenty of times, and are at different levels of skating expertise.  Ani and Teagan both motor along at their own paces, leaving their four-year-old sister, Quinn, and me behind as they skate it up to whatever loudly pulsating track is pounding through the speakers of the skate sound system.  Ani will even play some of the inevitable games that creep up during a perfectly fine all-skate, limbo-ing her way into the second or third round of competition. # # Quinn, though, until last month’s trip, had…
  • Where’s Your Refrigerator? (Bud Hunt
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    A couple of years ago, when I was doing some regular work for an area art museum, my daughter, Ani, asked me if, on our next trip to visit the museum, it’d be okay if we took along some of her artwork to show the museum. # That was a tricky conversation we had to have then, about who gets to decide what hangs in museums for other folks to look at.  But it wasn’t hard for me to suggest to her that we can make our own display spaces whenever and wherever we have something we’re proud of, something we want other people to see.  And we have them at our house – the piano wire…
  • Trusting People, Who “Will Do Dumb Things,” to Make Their Own Decisions (Bud Hunt
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    I haven’t read A Place Called School.  Yet.  But it’s one of those books that comes up when I talk to and listen to and read folks who talk, listen and write about what schools are and what they might yet be.  And this piece on its author, John Goodlad, who died earlier this month, helped me remember that I need to get that book on my reading list.  Here’s the choice bit: #  The project convinced Mr. Goodlad that education reformers cannot simply take a successful education innovation and ‘install’ it in a new school, he told Education Week shortly after A Place Called…
  • 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…
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    A Millennial Professor's View of Higher Education

  • REGISTER NOW – FREE WEBINAR: Counseling and Advising Men of Color in the Community College (February 12, 2015)

    J. Edwards
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    I absolutely love free webinars (especially those that do not require a product endorsement). This webinar is from the Minority Male Community College Collaborative and it is focused on "Counseling and Advising Strategies" Advancing Success for Men of Color in the Community College". The webinar will be held on February 12th at 11am Pacific Time. I discovered this webinar around a month ago through a tweet.Here's more information - I Am Interested...Yes, I work for a four-year institution in Texas, but I have community college…
  • Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Motivating College Students During Midterms and Finals

    J. Edwards
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Two of my favorite times of the semester are midterms and finals. Odd, right? These are the two times students usually hear about their progress within a course (although I provide feedback more often).To help students succeed during these key times, our area provides Midterm and Finals activities and programs for students to connect with their academic-sides! Everyone has one (or two) - perhaps a major and a minor).While planning for the week, I have several Pinterest boards and an amazing committee. Also, we search for ideas on the web to gain insight into other university's approaches to…
  • 2014 Open Doors Report - Institute of International Education

    J. Edwards
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    One of the areas that I work with on a daily basis is the International Programs area. I am a strong advocate of study abroad programs and I am always looking for innovative ways to help all students experience a study abroad program. In addition, when students chose to study in the United States this experience enriches the international student's life and GREATLY IMPACTS the students located at the university.One report that I continue to monitor is the Open Doors report. Here's the link to the latest report:Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU
  • 10 Top Ways for Professors to Plan for the Spring Semester

    J. Edwards
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    The spring semesters are always filled with the promise of surpassing your goals for the fall semester. Will this spring be different for you? What do you plan to do differently?Here are some tried and true items that I have to complete before I begin teaching classes.1 - Look at the syllabus from last spring to see which aspects I would like to change for this semester.2 - Update the dates on the syllabus.3 - Figure out HOW I would like to communicate with the students this semester - Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook (or all three)?4 - Add the students's names to my Gradekeeper App for…
  • Making the Switch from Teaching Undergraduate Students to Teaching Graduate Students

    J. Edwards
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    During the past few years, this millennial's life has been filled with CHANGE! New baby, new job, and NOW a change in teaching. Starting this month, I will teach my first graduate course. In the past, I've taught independent study graduate courses, but I am looking forward to teaching my first full group of graduate students.This spring, the course will focus on social media technology and how it can be utilized in the work context. I hope to have several guest speakers (bloggers and other individuals from the industry) and to engage with the students in various interactive experiences (it is…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • #Force2015 – back to the future of scholarly communications

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

    27 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Disseminating scholarship is at the heart of the Oxford University Press mission and much of academic publishing. It drives every part of publishing strategy—from content acquisition to sales. What happens, though, when a student, researcher, or general reader discovers content that they don’t have access to? For example, while a majority of Oxford Handbook Online (OHO) and Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) users have access through their institutions, not everyone does; sometimes even those who do need to conduct research at home or while on leave, when they aren’t connected to their…
  • 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…
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    Learning In a Flat World

  • In an Internet Minute

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Jane Hart shared this neat infographic from Tech Span.  It is interesting to see how social media continues to grow year to year.  One wonders why YouTube growth was so much faster than other established processes… Thoughts? Created by Tech Spartan
  • Wirearchy as Leadership Concept

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the last several years, I have taught Technology and Leadership in Creighton University‘s interdisciplinary doctorate program. This program brings students with backgrounds in business, education, healthcare and non-profits together to explore issues in an interdisciplinary way. My premise in designing the course is that leaders today operate in an unprecedented environment. In the past, information was related to power – those with information had the power, and the further up the organization hierarchy one was, the more information (and power) one had. In the past decade…
  • 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…
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  • This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:43 pm
    © 2011 CGP Grey, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two): Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case is from Ed Source. This has been simmering out here in California and was overshadowed by the Vergara case. Unfortunately, it has the potential of doing far more harm to students, their families and us teachers than Vergara — it could impact twenty-five other states. Why Cuomo’s school reform plans would…
  • Update On My Forthcoming Book On Student Motivation

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The publication date of my forthcoming book, Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond, has been moved-up a bit, and will now become available on March 15th. You can pre-order it at Routledge or on Amazon. You can see reviews at both places from people like Daniel Pink and Rick Wormeli, and you can see the Table of Contents at the Routledge site. As regular readers know, this is the third book in my student motivation “trilogy.” School Leadership briefing did a fifteen minute interview with me about my last student…
  • See The Most Popular Search Terms By Country With “Global Trend Tracker”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Global Trend Tracker shows you the top ten search terms being used in each country around the world. I have a couple of other similar tools on The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators list. One slight advantage that Global Trend Tracker might have over them is that it’s a bit more visual. Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.
  • Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    © 1970 Pip R. Lagenta, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here. You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two. Here are this week’s picks: Einstein’s 55 Minutes is from ASCD. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More. Should Teachers Be Allowed to Touch Students? is from The Atlantic. I’m…
  • Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    © 2012 Yutaka Tsutano, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio You may have seen Dan Willingham’s excellent Op-Ed in The New York Times last week headlined Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb. It’s a very thoughtful well-balanced piece, and worth reading by everyone. I think it’s also accessible to high school students, along with being a high-interest topic for them (and for us teachers). Here’s the writing prompt I’ll be using with it in class: In the article “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb,” what is Daniel Willingham saying about the impact technology is…
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  • Lunch at Woolworth’s, with a side of civil rights: North Carolina, February 1, 1960

    Ed Darrell
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Today is the 55th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in. Be sure to read Howell Raines‘ criticism of news media coverage of civil rights issues in a 2010 article in the New York Times: “What I am suggesting is that the one thing the South should have learned in the past 50 years is that if […]
  • Who wrote “A Day in the Life of Joe Republican?”

    Ed Darrell
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    As it came to me. Similar to a module we used to use in Orrin Hatch speeches back in the Pleistocene (probably would have gotten him voted out if he used the old module now, let alone this one). Why do this usually come with no author, or “author unknown?”  I’ve tracked it down to […]
  • Everybody comes to Casablanca? Remembering the first presidential flight, January 14, 1943, on FDR’s birthday, 2015

    Ed Darrell
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    January 30 marks the anniversary of the birth of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1882.  He marked his 61st birthday in an airplane, flying back to the U.S. from a wartime conference in Casablanca. We remember FDR today. Humphrey Bogart’s great turn in “Casablanca” got its start from an intended-for Broadway play, “Everybody Comes to Rick’s.” […]
  • Stars at night leave bright trails at Kansas home on the range

    Ed Darrell
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    Yeah, it’s processed.  Nice image, good photography, deft hand at the computer. Happy Statehood Day, Kansas. Photo of a cabin built in 1872 by Brewster Higley, the lyricist to the so-old-and-loved-it’s-almost-traditional “Home On the Range.”  A bill in the Kansas State Senate proposes to designate part of U.S. Highway 36 as the Home On the […]
  • Fly your flags on January 29, Kansans! Happy Statehood Day!

    Ed Darrell
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Kansas celebrates 154 years of statehood, though mired in the worst budget situation of any state in quite a while. Fitting, perhaps, for a state whose admission brought the nation to the brink of civil war — which it subsequently plunged into. Regardless the circumstances of its statehood, the U.S. Flag Code urges Americans to […]
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  • Istation on Chromebooks #TexasSuccess

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Whew, thanks to all of you who wrote in yesterday about my Istation and Chromebooks post yesterday! This is quite a big thing for Texas school districts relying on, which includes Istation as a reading intervention and diagnostic tool, as well as Think Through Math.A colleague in Texas shared the following ideas and problem:We've been testing it out.  The deployment works from the dashboard, but the first time the app runs it asks for the domain and the peering groups.  Support told us there is no way to preconfigure this as part of the deployment, and that the…
  • Expanding Support for Chromebook #Istation #dell (Updated 1/29/2015)

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    In August last year Gartner forecast that Chromebook sales would reach 5.2 million units in 2014, a 79 percent increase from 2013, and that by 2017 sales would grow to 14.4 million units. (Source: ZDnet)Before we get to the two announcements, you may want to review these neat links:Google Chromebook Comparison Chart - A nifty chart that tops the one I shared earlier in 2014. I have no idea how this is being done with GoogleForms and Sheets, but it's inspirational. :-)Chromebooks 101: A Guide to Chromebook Success by Vicki DavisOk, on to the two exciting announcements out that expand…
  • 3 Steps to Encrypting/Decrypting @Evernote with ParanoiaWorks #iOS #Android #Win #Mac #Linux Tools

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    About two years ago, I bemoaned the fact that Evernote--free or Premium--lacked built-in support for GPG public/private key encryption. Although many have shared that Evernote offers many encryption/privacy options for the notes, the truth is, some may not be satisfied with that because Evernote controls the encryption key(s).Online at a previous blog entry a year ago, I shared how you can encrypt Evernote notes using a free Chrome add-on, Mailvelope. This blog entry explores using two tools I have grown fond of--Paranoia Text…
  • Google Sheets Tip - Separating Out Email Components

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm
    A short time ago, I indulged and allowed myself to facilitate a workshop for paraeducators. What a wonderful experience that was, doing something I hadn't done in a long time--how to training on spreadsheets. I've often reflected at the simple fact that "how-to" training is often unnecessary these days. . .many of us just watch a YouTube video and learn that way. Of course, teachers and those in K-12 education still have a profound need to learn how to do technology related tasks in a face to face environment.Image Source:, though, we assume that since folks do…
  • Data-Driven Districts Experience Growing Pains (Updated)

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    "You know," I shared with a colleague in Texas, "we're looking for a 'Systems Interface Specialist,' which is another term for someone with database administrator (DBA) skills but whose salary won't rival the superintendent's!" We'd both lamented earlier at the high cost of database administrators, who enjoy salaries in excess of $90,000."I have a story to tell you," responded my friend, a CTO in a larger school district. "I spent much of the year articulating the why this position was necessary to the superintendent. When the position was finally posted, we interviewed and hired a person for…
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  • The Student Technology Conference - Saturday Schedule and Welcome!

    Steve Hargadon
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Saturday, January 31st, 2015, is a GREAT day for student teaching and learning!Tomorrow, the inaugural "Student Technology Conference" takes place, kicking off at 9:00am US-Eastern Daylight Time. Organized by a team of students from five schools, with four (student) keynotes, and with 21 (student-led) regular sessions, it all takes place online and free at While attending the live sessions allows you to participate in live chat with the presenters and other attendees, all of the sessions will also be recorded and available for on the conference…
  • Reinventing Education: a "What If...?360" Event in Asheville, NC, Feb. 27 - March 1

    Steve Hargadon
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    I'm very excited to produce a second year of this event, this time collaborating with Matt Murrie's "What If...?360" format for the main day. I hope you'll consider joining us. If you've not been to Asheville, it's an amazing city with incredible people and a terrific food culture."The best way to predict the future is to invent it."  -Alan KayJoin us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds--and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. To sign up, go to…
  • Events Newsletter - StuTech 2015 is Saturday - OZeLive - Games for Change

    Steve Hargadon
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    January 26th - February 9th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner SpotlightTo subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Thursday, January 29th at 3pm edWeb Webinar: "Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships", How can educators, practitioners and parents best use technology in natural environments to include children in grades preK-5 with developmental and learning differences? In this webinar, Tamara Kaldor will share strategies for…
  • Saturday, January 31st - The 2015 Student Technology Conference (Online!)

    Steve Hargadon
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    The 2015 Student Technology Conference (StuTech 2015), a student-organized global conversation about technology in education, takes place Saturday, January 31st from 9am - 9pm US-Eastern Standard Time. This online event (held in Blackboard Collaborate) is open to all and will feature student keynote speakers and conference presentations by students in grades 6-12. We hope you will join us for some or all of the day’s sessions, and please let your students, friends, and colleagues know about it. Go to for the hour-by-hour…
  • Events Newsletter - Student Tech Conference Almost Here! - OZeLive - American School of Bombay - Mrs. Fields Discount

    Steve Hargadon
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    January 19th - February 2nd, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner SpotlightTo subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues! Two Week Calendar Monday, January 19th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE!, Going LIVE on the 3rd Monday of each Month! View here LIVE at 8pm ET. This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?
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    Assorted Stuff

  • It’s Not Pearson’s Fault

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Despite carrying the title Everyone Hates Pearson, the profile of that company and it’s new CEO in Fortune almost makes you feel sorry for them. The problem is, legions of parents, teachers, and others see the new Pearson in a very different light. Many of them, particularly in North America, where the company does some 60% of its sales, think of it as the Godzilla of education. In their view, Pearson is bent on controlling every element of the process, from teacher qualifications to curriculums to the tests used to evaluate students to the grading of the tests to, increasingly, owning…
  • Twitter Droppings

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Being a small collection of links from my Twitter posts this past week that deserve a few more than 140 characters. For many years we’ve been told that we need to differentiate our instruction. But, according to one writer, it doesn’t work. More specifically, “Differentiation is a failure, a farce, and the ultimate educational joke played on countless educators and students.” I wouldn’t go that far but I’m concerned the concept is being used to push “personalized” or “individualized” instruction which, as I wrote in an earlier post, is often about automating the…
  • Bill’s History Class is Not New

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:06 pm
    So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class… Anyway, that’s the headline and, considering that Gates already thinks he knows how to fix American education, it’s not a big stretch for him to replace the traditional high school history curriculum. The story began when Bill had some time on his hands following his retirement as Microsoft CEO and started watching a series of lectures by Australian professor David Christian titled “Big History”. In his classes, Christian wove together topics from history, biology, chemistry, astronomy and other disparate fields “into…
  • Twitter Droppings

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Being a small collection of links from my tweets of the past week that deserve a few more than 140 characters. The Bootstrap Myth, an episode of the always interesting DecodeDC podcast. It’s all about the fact that “as compelling as the story is, the data show it’s not nearly as common as we’d like to believe”. Or that lazy  and/or deceitful politicians want us to believe. Go listen. The Post headline begins The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Unfortunately, the article is mostly statistics and an infographic about where those prisoners live, not about the much…
  • It’s The Poverty, Stupid

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    If it’s true, this is one of the saddest stories I’ve read in a long while. For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 school year. The worst part of all this is that most of our “leaders”, like the writer of this…
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    iterating toward openness

  • Open Pedagogy: The Importance of Getting In the Air

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

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

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

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Frances Bell has started a Google Doc collecting historical information about cMOOCs. I’m reposting my contributions to the doc (about my own cMOOCs) here on so I can find them again in the future if the Google Doc ever goes away. Year: 2007 Where: USU, INST 7150, Intro to Open Education Audience: Those interested in learning more about Open Education Link Course Design: Students included both formal students earning credit at USU and students from around the world participating for free Students who completed the course and requested a Certificate of…
  • The Deeper Ethics of Education and Open: Generosity, Care, and Relationships

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Humans are fundamentally social. There are a number of ways we might attempt to prove this claim. We might argue that the highest compliment someone can be paid is to be called a “true friend.” We might argue that the noblest of all emotions is love. We might argue that the single most important technological achievements in history are the creations of communications technologies such as speech, writing, printing, and the internet. Conversely, we might argue that society’s most severe nonlethal punishment is “solitary confinement.” The power of each of these…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - PS IV The GAO Report Continued #bully

    Jim Gerl
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    David M. Walker (U.S. Comptroller General) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The 2012 Government Accountability Office report on school bullying is loaded with information. You should take a look at it.  Here are some of the items from the report.Bullying at school is pervasive.  After reviewing the research on school bullying, the report notes that between 20 an 28 percent of student report that they have been bullied.  That number is way high!Bullying is costly. Among the results of peer bullying are the following: suicide; violent actions against…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • My Lunch With Ernie Banks

    Jim Gerl
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    English: black and white photo of the bronze statue of Ernie Banks (Mr Cub) at Wrigley Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)OK so this post has little to do with special education law.  Except maybe that my only sports addiction, the Chicago Cubs, is all about rooting for the underdog...  Anyway let's call it a point of personal privilege.Ernie Banks died yesterday.  He was my favorite player. When I was a kid, he was the big star on a long series of bad teams.  I saw him hit a few home runs at Wrigley Field, and every time he came to the plate, there was hope. He was our…
  • Bullying of Kids With Disabilities - PS III GAO Report #bully

    Jim Gerl
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The federal Government Accountability Office  issued a report in June of 2012 pertaining to school bullying.  The title of the report is "SCHOOL BULLYING:  Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed." This relates to the current hot button issue in special education law although bullying affects more than just special education students. The GAO reviewed research on the prevalence and effects on victims; and analyzed state bullying laws, and school district bullying policies.After looking into the…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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  • Supporting Learning Object Repository by automatic extraction of metadata

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The Learning Objects Repositories are electronic databases able to deliver material on the web allowing instructors sharing and reusing educational units and students accessing and enjoying them. The best way to guarantee these interactions is a good indexing. Each content needs a machine-understandable description able to declare requirements and limits for its right use and to improve any research and delivery action. These descriptions are stored in the metadata. Filling in the metadata is a boring and time-consuming activity but it is very important since it could influence the choice of…
  • Personalized Learning in Mathematics

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    This work shows an innovative solution in order to enable the predisposition to the mathematics, by using auto-regulation of learning objectives, personalization for obtaining, in such a way, a learning path more compliant to the learner’s needs. In this paper, we focus on an e-learning module, aimed to foster theoretical thinking in facing linear algebra problems. It has been developed assuming an integrated approach that combines structural and operational view of a concept. It consists in interactive and dynamic learning activities, based on the duality process-object, suitably…
  • The Pulse: eLearning Conference Highlights

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    This month’s edition of The Pulse podcast offers highlights from the annual Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association Conference & Expo. Inside Higher Education
  • The Internet of Everything Goes to School

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Responding to student and faculty interest, more schools are introducing or boosting STEM programs that involve Internet of Everything skills and research. Cisco
  • Examining the Effects of Metacognitive Scaffolding on Students’ Design Problem Solving and Metacognitive Skills in an Online Environment

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Complex, ill-structured problem solving is not a linear, straightforward process. Rather it is an iterative and cyclical process and involves ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Therefore, metacognition is critical for successful problem solving. Although there is no question about the importance of scaffolding in complex, ill-structured problem solving, relatively little attention has been given to metacognitive scaffolding. Using mixed-methods research, this study investigated the effects of metacognitive scaffolding on students’ complex problem solving processes and outcomes in the…
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  • Against the Country by Ben Metcalf

    Ted Nellen
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Against the Countryby Ben Metcalf has a tone that makes me wonder what if Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain became one. Well they have in Ben Metcalf.  A ne’er do well moves his family from Illinois to rural Virginia, a place they chose because they ran out of gas money. As good a reason as any. Well this southern rural life ain’t as easy as one might think. Much of the remembrances start with the promises made when the razing of a shed would yield a swimming pool or a basketball court. Instead the dreams were dashed and the murdered shed became a refuge pile much to the chagrin of…
  • Biking A1A

    Ted Nellen
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
  • A Disturbance in the Force

    Ted Nellen
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    Robert Abraham Miles10/9/92 - 12/8/14from A. Wernick
  • Pelicans Soaring

    Ted Nellen
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Bathing Beauties

    Ted Nellen
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • GMAT Enhanced Score Report: Is it worth the extra money?

    Sameer Kamat
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    GMAC, the company that manages the GMAT exam in India and across the world, announced that they will start offering additional insights on the test performance […] The post GMAT Enhanced Score Report: Is it worth the extra money? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Education loans without collateral for international MBA: Prodigy Finance

    Sameer Kamat
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Each season we help many Indian (and a few international) applicants crack into the best universities in the world. But not everyone is able to attend […] The post Education loans without collateral for international MBA: Prodigy Finance appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Admissions chances for Round 3 deadlines and beyond

    Sameer Kamat
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    When Akshay Prakash isn’t racing his Ducati on the Chennai race tracks, he looks for other ways to get his rush. He came to us in […] The post Admissions chances for Round 3 deadlines and beyond appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • When headhunters from the top recruitment agencies call

    Sameer Kamat
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Modern day headhunters from recruitment agencies in India and abroad prefer poaching full bodies and not just heads. Whether you are an MBA student looking for […] The post When headhunters from the top recruitment agencies call appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Is your work life balance suffering?

    Sameer Kamat
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    To compensate for the rising salaries, there’s another aspect that’s been plunging for Indian professionals – the quality of work life. Achieving work life balance in […] The post Is your work life balance suffering? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • Imbolc, again

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Imbolc, again, in less than an hour.An Cailleach Bhearra wandered around back in the 10th century in western Ireland, eating "seaweed, salmon, and wild garlic" (my kind of woman), looking for firewood.If the day was bright and sunny, beware--she had gathered plenty of wood and was set for many cold days ahead. If the day was gray, she didn't bother, and she will make the days warm up again. Sound familiar?Imbolc again. The daffodils have broken through the earth. My words shrink as the sunlight grows.Groundhog Day has always been a favorite of mine.***We are trapped by words.This week my…
  • On leadership

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    I don't want to create a generation of leaders.That implies most of this generation is doomed to sheephood.I don't want to create a generation of compliance.That just leads to blind baaing and more of what we already know doesn't work.I want to teach kids how to live and work well, to live happy lives, to get to know the person they are, not the person they can never become.If a child knows who she is and what she wants, she does not need a leader.Others may follow her at their own peril, but that's not her problem, nor her desire.Our "economy," sick as it is, requires a herd mentality and a…
  • The connected child

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    An essential quality of technology, from the spear to Skype, is action at a distance. Technology enables us to have an effect on people and things far away. In general, the more advanced the technology, the further away it is able to impose an effect. Doug Hill, author of Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About TechnologyOur lives cost the lives of others. That's always been true, and will be so long as we breathe. Technology allows us to forget this.As technophiles spew on about a global community, where your value is measured by the number of hits your words register, their hands never touch…
  • Bringing our kids back to the Stone Age

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    This is my honing stone. Before that it was my Mom's. Before that it was Grannie's, my Mom's mom.It has worked, and worked well, for over 50 years, and I expect that it has another half-century left in it. Behind it is my favorite knife. It is a wedge and a lever, two simple machines. Knives work by separating and ripping through molecules.I like sharpening my knife. It is an Old World skill. I like the heft of the knife, the sound of steel on stone, the memories of my genetic past that held this same stone.The honing stone bends the edge of the knife back its ideal position, but at…
  • Peeling garlic outside in January

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    This is from a year ago.I liked it then, and I still like it now. Garlic, CCI peel garlic almost nightly.  It's a ritual. I step outside, and in the dark wintry months, look up at the stars. I am usually barefoot, even in the snow.It matters to me enough that I've done it for years, and hope to do so until the senses dull too much for it to matter anymore.The  garlic cloves yield their dry coats under my probing thumbs. I watch the husks slide east with the wind on good days, south on the stormy ones. Sometimes I think about the garlic, where it came from, where it will be in a few…
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    Teacher Lingo

  • Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman - MULLEN John

    John Mullen
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    My research page (which needs updating). Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman - MULLEN John Read More......(read more)
  • Update On My Forthcoming Book On Student Motivation

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The publication date of my forthcoming book, Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond, has been moved-up a bit, and will now become available on March 15th. You can pre-order it at … Continue...(read more)
  • Chicago needs more school librarians - Chicago

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    See on - Education Matters - (tech and non-tech) I recall reading national headlines in 2013 regarding massive closures in Chicago Public Schools. Though deemed drastic by many, the underlying principle was that the changes were designed to provide...(read more)
  • Making Words and More with Osmo!

    Hilary Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Hi guys! I wanted to show you a new, exciting, educational tool that I am now using in my classroom. It's called OSMO and turns an iPad into a hands-on learning tool that has my kids totally engaged! We really love the Words game and the best thing is...(read more)
  • Music Educator Joseph E. Maddy

    Terry Lee Marzell
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    One of the most talented teachers of music education in American history was the celebrated educator Joseph Edgar Maddy. Joseph was born on October 14, 1891, in Wellington, Kansas, the second son of two teachers. Joseph never graduated from high school,...(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Want to Build Knowledge, Skills, and Grit? Assign History Research Papers

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

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

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

    Lisa Hansel
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I’m not one to do New Year’s resolutions—why set myself up for failure? But I do like to take a little time over the holidays to reflect on the year. For me, the highlight of 2014 was attending the Politico 50 reception with E. D. Hirsch, who shared the No. 8 spot on Politico’s list […]
  • 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 […]
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    ABCTE | American Board » Latest News

  • Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water: Differentiation Works, for Those Who are Willing (1/24/15)

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The current era of accountability in education has placed increased demands on every level of the public school hierarchy in the United States. As a result of the focus on the measured performance of all students, pressure at the classroom … Continue reading → The post Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water: Differentiation Works, for Those Who are Willing (1/24/15) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
  • Turnaround Schools: Demystification of their Impact and Success (12/27/14)

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In a 12/17/14 Washington Post article titled Turning around schools with low achievement rates never seems to work, Jay Matthews offered an analysis of the success of the current turnaround school effort in the United States. Specifically, Matthews focused on … Continue reading → The post Turnaround Schools: Demystification of their Impact and Success (12/27/14) appeared first on ABCTE | American Board.
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    Teaching College English

  • Odd Thing I Tried in Class Today

    Dr Davis
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    While research appears to show that learning styles do not exist, my students still insist on having learning styles. In an attempt to get students to remember when to use italics and when to use quotation marks, I appealed to their learning styles. Visual: Verbal: I faux yelled ITALICS! and whispered quotation marks. Kinesthetic: I told them I wasn’t sure how to do this for kinesthetics. Then I jumped up and spread my arms and legs saying “italics.” Then I pulled my arms and legs in tight, slightly raised my hands and made two teeny-tiny air quotes “quotation…
  • DWme: It’s the small things that…

    Dr Davis
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    It’s the little things that… Keep you up and happy. People smiling at you. The opportunity to see a baby or an older couple holding hands. A kiss in the morning or the evening. A hug from your father or your son. Little things make such a difference. I would like to do the little things that make a difference in other people’s lives. What little things can I do? What can I keep up with that would be a blessing in folks’ lives and be something they would smile about and that would make their day a little peppier? What little things have people done recently for me? Karen C brought me a…
  • Personal Literacy Digital Narrative

    Dr Davis
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    While traditionally literacy has meant reading and writing, we have begun to discuss math literacy, digital literacy, and research literacy. Assignment: The first composition in one of the fyc classes I am teaching culminates in a personal literacy digital narrative. Students are allowed to choose to present on anything they remember learning, though I recommend having it be something that they learned vocabulary for as well. These can be quite well done. I have received excellent videos on such diverse topics as learning to sight-read music and moving to a new country. One student did one on…
  • Email Etiquette Reminder

    Dr Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Every semester I review email etiquette with my freshmen. Then I require an assignment that has them send me an email and I grade both the assignment and their email etiquette. Throughout the semester I pick at least two other emails to assign grades to regarding email etiquette. (I do more if the students are not doing well with the email etiquette–and I let them know I am going to.) Here is a review I sent for a student who was not in class for the email etiquette: 1. Pick a good subject title. (Don’t just respond to an email I wrote, usually. When you are asking a question…
  • DWme: Music

    Dr Davis
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    While I like music, I often don’t listen to it. I haven’t made a whole playlist of songs I enjoy and could just call up on my computer or phone. Perhaps I should. I might enjoy it. My husband actually has a specific playlist of “happy” songs. He plays it in the morning while he is getting dressed for work and it helps him to start the day off with a positive attitude. I think that is an excellent idea, but I have not gotten around to doing it. At the rate this semester is going, I won’t, either. Maybe I’ll ask him to create a set for my birthday. Or not. It…
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • LSU Health New Orleans makes discovery key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Research conducted at the LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence has discovered gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke.
  • Stress balls, DVDs and conversation ease pain and anxiety during surgery

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Surrey) Being conscious during an operation can make patients feel anxious and is often painful. However, new research from the University of Surrey has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.
  • EARTH Magazine: Asbestos found in Nevada and Arizona

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Geosciences Institute) The discoveries, in Clark County in southern Nevada and across the border in northwestern Arizona, suggest that asbestos may be more widespread than previously thought; they also raise questions about the potential health hazards of naturally occurring asbestos.
  • Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Study analyzes Internet, mobile and video game effects on young users

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The study has analyzed the use of information and communication technologies by secondary school students, by using a sample of 5,538 students from Catalonia. The study, based on surveys taken in the 2010-11 academic year, finds links between school failure and an elevated use of computers at home. It also correlates an intensive use if ICTS with the consumption of toxic substances.
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    Kate Foy

  • Alone again … naturally

    Kate Foy
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Just realised … it’s the first time in a month I’ve been on my own. Feeling just a little discombobulated. Travel can do that to you.
  • Note to self …

    Kate Foy
    13 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Good casting and a supportive creative team make directing almost a breeze.
  • Reviving the blog

    Kate Foy
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:53 pm
    The last time this blog got any attention was over a year ago … and how time has flown. What was once a busy blog site has become one of those abandoned, archived, lonely corners of the great web. I’ve been working harder at another, niche blog – Greenroom – and using Tumblr and Posterous (before its demise earlier this year) as ways to get material out there quickly. With the loss of more and more third-party sites as repositories of material, it’s apparent that having one’s own self-managed site is no bad idea. So, back to the former Groundling –…
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  • Media Literacy Monday

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Could there be a bigger opportunity or lesson than the Monday after the Super Bowl to talk about advertising and Media Literacy? Who could forget this classic advertisement from 1984? We won’t know what the biggest impact or most popular commercial until later today but already some are available on YouTube.  From what I’ve seen so far, you’ve got to love this from Budweiser.  It’s the latest in a long series of heart warming commercials and, except for the logo recognition at the end, you wouldn’t necessarily know what product was behind the commercial. Amazingly, there was a…
  • OTR Links 02/01/2015

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Teaching Writing With Technology? Blogging, Blogging, Blogging Teaching Writing With Technology? Blogging, Blogging, Blogging — Doug Peterson (dougpete) February 1, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter And this gem … | The Amaryllis | Documenting the transformation of my classroom into a 21st Century place for learning And this gem … via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) January 31, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Winter Storm Warning for Southern Ontario Winter Storm Warning for Southern Ontario via @Firefox — Doug…
  • Super Ontario Educators Edition

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    If your memory is long, you may recall that I ended up becoming addicted to the 2048 game.  I looked and I blogged about it last March.  Has it really been that long? I even played a hack of the game and got a nasty comment from Andy Forgrave about it.  The original is on my phone and it’s a great timewaster and one of the go-to things while waiting service here and there.  It’s a great deal quieter than Bejeweled Blitz. The other night, I was doing some work with one eye on my Twitter stream when this Twitter message from Andy goes flying by. You’ll notice that it…
  • OTR Links 01/31/2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Google Earth Pro features now available for free to everyone | Android Central Google Earth Pro features now available for free to everyone | Android Central — Doug Peterson (dougpete) January 31, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter RT @sylviaduckworth: New #Sketchnote: Character Counts!… @lisegaluga dougpete @zecool #cdnedchat @mtechman — Doug Peterson (dougpete) January 31, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Twitter / ? Spread the hashtag Tweeps #LasalleLuke! Windsor’s going to make some Twitter noise…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Another Friday and another collection of awesome blog posts from Ontario Educators.  Read on! “I Don’t Want To Go To School!” But there’s another reason why that bothers Aviva Dunsiger.  What if it’s just that the child doesn’t want to come to school?  I had to smile, when reading, because my context is the secondary school.  There, most students want to come to school.  It’s a very social place.  It’s just going to class that they sometimes have issues with. It’s a difficult balance that I think all teachers wrestle with.  The class could be a…
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    Certification Map

  • Why You Should Still Care About the Common Core Standards

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

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

  • Moses Brown Closes School with “Let It Go” Parody

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

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

    Brian Fisher
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Let student tour guides, Adele, Ryan and McKayla share West Nottingham Academy and their WNA experiences with you. They do great job of introducing viewers to the oldest boarding school in America. WNA features a warm, strong community with a wide array of programs and opportunities. Adele, Ryan and McKayla cover all aspects of WNA life; academics to college counseling; performing and fine arts; athletics, including a strong figure skating program; residential life, clubs and dorms. Don’t miss their answers to “why is WNA a great place to go to school?” that conclude the…
  • Fork Union: Foundation of Cardale Jones Success

    Brian Fisher
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images I’ll admit, sometimes as boarding school faculty member we didn’t know if personally, or structurally, we were getting through to a student. It’s true that some students arrive to boarding school reluctantly. Most don’t. But, some arrive either irritated with their parents; believing that they know everything, already; or, that this crazy place, with all its requirements and adults, has nothing to offer. Most reluctant boarding school students come around; embrace the process; and grow. A few, never embrace the structure leaving – voluntarily, or…
  • Kent’s Hill School: MMQB Finds The Good of Small School Football

    Brian Fisher
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    OK, I’m a little late to the party on this one. I missed Greg A. Bedard’s November Monday Morning Quarterback piece about Kents Hill School football, The Good in the Game. Bedard devoted his 5 November MMQB column to covering Kents Hill’s small school football team, making the argument that football can still be good, and matter. At Kents Hill football is still part of the community, rather than a somewhat connected sideshow, or, full on revenue producing machine. Kents Hill kids play football for the love of the game, and to learn from the game. Kents Hill’s twenty six…
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    YouTube: Education

  • 10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit!

    Matthew Santoro
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit! Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): Facebook (Follow): From: Matthew Santoro Views: 2020088 85100 ratings Time: 10:06 More in Education
  • Brain Tricks To Fool Your Friends

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Brain Tricks To Fool Your Friends Can you beat these? Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! MUSIC Hipster Majestic Licensed via Warner Chappell Production ... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 924106 27596 ratings Time: 02:12 More in Science & Technology
  • Going Back to School After the Holidays

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Going Back to School After the Holidays Click here to share this on Facebook: Click here to Tweet this video: WATCH MY VINES: From: IISuperwomanII Views: 1648617 115260 ratings Time: 08:29 More in Comedy
  • 209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this. Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! MUSIC Robotix L... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 4026662 61984 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Science & Technology
  • The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained

    CGP Grey
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained Before you see the final Hobbit Movie, learn about the mythology of The Lord of The Rings universe Wallpapers from the video available at Patreon: http://www... From: CGP Grey Views: 2983714 56815 ratings Time: 04:46 More in Education
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  • The Essentials of Education Technology - Free Kit

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:50 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:Best Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecureDefending Against Network Based DDoS AttacksExecutive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationRequest Free!
  • Inventory & Asset Tracking System Case Study: University of Hawaii Saves Time and Money

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

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

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

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

  • 12 Things I Went Through While Doing College Applications

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

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The first, and most important, piece of advice for parents regarding the FAFSA is: take the time to complete the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will qualify for aid. Most parents believe that the FAFSA is only for financially needy students, but that is an incorrect assumption. The truth is that colleges use the FAFSA data when dispersing financial aid to accepted students. Parents and students who don’t complete the form could miss out on all types of college merit aid. Even if you can pay the tab, it makes sense to complete the FAFSA. FAFSA Basics The purpose of the FAFSA is to…
  • New Semester, New You

    Emily Liu
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hope everybody had a relaxing and rejuvenating winter break! I remember back in my high school days, I’d watch enviously as the college students with semester-based academic calendars relaxed and hung out. Now that I’m that college student, I’ve got to say I had a nice time at home, but I’m more than ready to get back into the swing of things here! It’s no secret that second semester is harder than first semester (unless you’re a senior, which means you’re golden once applications are sent out and senioritis hits). Now that you’ve been through half a year, your teachers will…
  • 15 New Year Resolutions for 2015

    Enoma Osakue
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    I feel like a lot of students myself included, make the same resolutions every year, only to break them. This year I’ll do all my homework early, never turn in an assignment late, and always be on time to class. Yeah right! The best New Year’s resolutions help us become better versions of ourselves, not just make better habits. After reflecting on my high school career I’ve come up with 15 resolutions for 2015 that are actually doable and can help any and every high school student better themselves. 1. Visit a college. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, it’s great to get a feel…
  • 10 Important Lessons I Learned in 2014

    Emily Liu
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    2015 is upon us. Stores have sold out their Christmas-themed merchandise, and stretching out after finals is the beauty of winter break. As a college freshman who started out 2014 as a high school senior, I’m finding that final exams feel way harder in college than they did in high school, and not only because the exam locations are farther. But despite all the all-nighters spent cramming and late night stress-eating, I’m still thankful I’m here – the journey has been nothing short of amazing. In vague chronological order, here are ten lessons I learned last year: 1. Senioritis is…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • 2 Simple Strategies To Improve Listening

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

    Michael Linsin
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    After giving directions, it’s common for teachers to ask, “Are there any questions?” Which isn’t a bad idea, per se, especially if the teacher follows with an extended pause. After all, it’s good practice to allow students a moment or two to ponder the directions given and ask clarifying questions. Doing so saves time, trouble, […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • The Secret To Perfect Transitions In 5 Simple Steps

    Michael Linsin
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Transitions are among the most perilous times of the day. The frenetic movement, the close interaction, the loud voices and sense of freedom . . . All conspire to increase the likelihood of misbehavior. Transitions can also waste precious learning time, bring tension and excitability to the classroom, and make it difficult to settle students […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • Why Student Modeling Is So Important

    Michael Linsin
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Modeling can be a uniquely powerful strategy. Which is why the most effective teachers rely on it more than any other method. Done correctly, your students will emulate anything and everything you model with remarkable accuracy. The key is to model in such a way that causes them to picture themselves following the precise path […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
  • How To Begin 2015 On The Right Classroom Management Foot

    Michael Linsin
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Time away from you, from their friends, and from the daily routine has a way of wiping the slate clean. It has a way of distancing and repositioning. It has a way of changing perspectives, healing wounds, and renewing spirits. Students return from extended breaks more open, more relaxed, and more appreciative of school. They […] Smart Classroom Management - Copyright 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved
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    Imagination Soup

  • No Sew Fleece Blanket

    Melissa Taylor
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    We just spent a half day making no sew blankets because I wanted a tangible way for my kids to give to others in need. I love the blankets since they’re hands-on and practical — everyone can use a blanket, right? *Plus, kids can relate to the important blankets are for warmpth as well as for a feeling of […] The post No Sew Fleece Blanket appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • How to Improve Your Vocabulary

    Melissa Taylor
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it’s a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started […] The post How to Improve Your Vocabulary appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

    Melissa Taylor
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    One of my favorite children’s books of all time is Barney Saltzberg’s Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it’s also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It’s taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney […] The post Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Join National Readathon Day

    Melissa Taylor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    A DAY FOR READING!? What luxury, what bliss! Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation have collaborated to invent my new favorite holiday. National Readathon Day! Well, it’s not really a holiday but a way to raise money for literacy programs like BookUp which provides books to middle school kids. Because did you know that while 53% […] The post Join National Readathon Day appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

    Melissa Taylor
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Lori Day didn’t have to sell me on her new book, Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, which she wrote with her daughter, Charlotte Kugler. I knew it was going to be helpful to my parenting and couldn’t wait to read her […] The post How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • the missing teacher is published!

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    I'm proud to announce that my first book {the missing teacher} is published and available for print through Createspace and as an e-book through Kindle.To be honest, it's been such a long journey that I'm just relieved that it is finished. I hope, however, that you will find it useful, entertaining and interesting. Thank you to my long-time readers and those who have contacted me over the years. You probably have no idea how much your taking the time to reach out and share your story has helped me to realize that what I have to say matters, too. Much love from Thailand...
  • What makes Waldorf education, Waldorf education?

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Jon McClelland, Harvard Psychologist, has stated that the three ingredients to successful learning are: wanting to learn, knowing how to learn, and having a chance to learn. Sometimes you don’t even realize that you want to learn something until you have stumbled upon it. I was visiting my old college roommate Nadya when I saw her and her friend Sheree crocheting together. “Oh,” I gushed. “I’d love to learn.”“Sheree taught me,” Nadya said.“Could you teach me too?” I asked Sheree.“Sure.”I think Jon McClelland summation of the three successful components of learning is…
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  • 3 ways to organize your finances: oh my gosh

    amy mascott
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Yes, Oh my gosh because this post was hard for me to write. And it has morphed into a whole lot more than just three ways to organize your finances. Tons of ways. Ugh. I have put this piece of my #livefocused January organization off for way too long. See how little I wanted to do it? I didn’t even take my own advice and do the piece I least wanted to first–instead, I started the month all crazy and excited about organizing things, did my first two like whuuut, all quick and early in the game. And then I sat on this one–the financial one–for days and weeks and now here…
  • be a photo superstar: organize your photos now, for the year

    amy mascott
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
            For so many of us, photo organizing is an absolute nightmare. Hundreds and hundreds of family photos are sitting, stuck, on cameras, phones, zip drives, and old hard drives. They rarely–if ever–get download from camera to computer or phone to computer. Many of us have dozens of photos loose in boxes.  Here there, and everywhere.  Photo mess. And we’re not alone. I think it’s more the norm than not to have photos mixed up.  When we’re dealing with all that’s on our plate as busy parents, photo organizing often falls by the…
  • our easy, homemade art book: keep artwork organized!

    amy mascott
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    This blog post was originally published on April 11, 2010, but we’re republishing it because it’s a great addition to our #livefocused January organization theme!  My kids have been crazy about drawing and coloring and writing and doodling for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s because we keep our house stocked with paper and markers whenever the kids want to use them, maybe it’s because the kids each have traveling writing centers in their rooms, or maybe it’s because are constantly writing notes ourselves. . . and are often doodling on any ole paper we can…
  • valentine’s day heart bingo

    amy mascott
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
            This is so funny–I created this bingo game ages and ages ago but never really shared it. So? Here it is: Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo. Super-basic and similar in layout and design as our Halloween Ghost Bingo, but, of course, all Valentinesy and lovey. Here’s the skinny. . . Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo: This is a great one to print out and use for classroom parties, for playdates, or for any time that works for you. It’s a good, calm-down bingo game with a Valentine’s Day theme.   Valentine’s Day HEART Bingo can be downloaded…
  • how to schedule power kid time into your every day

    amy mascott
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
          I am not kidding with this. You guys, the days may seem slow, but once your kids hit elementary school, life totally moves into fifth gear. Completely. Like seriously life starts to flash by. I’ll never forget what a gal from my Moms Club said to me, when I ran into her at the grocery store one day, (she was kid-free, and I was juggling three kids under five). She said, Amy, you won’t believe this now, but it’s true: the days are slow but the years are fast.  At the time, I remember thinking, Suuuuuure, lady. You enjoy your peace and quiet and…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Education

  • CS exams: Two Ahmedabad girls, Dahod boy in India’s top 10

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    AHMEDABAD: Three students, including two girls, from Ahmedabad are in the top 10 in the All India Company Secretary (Foundation) exam, results of which were declared here on Friday. Out of 400 students, 207 have passed the exam posting a result of over 50%. Mustufa Bootwala, a Dahod boy who studies in Ahmedabad as a PG student in Astodia, has ranked first in Ahmedabad and secured third rank in India. His father is a businessman. Mustufa, who had scored 85% in HSC exams, said that regular studies helped him perform well. Prachi Prajapati has ranked second in Ahmedabad and fourth in India.
  • India decreases number of out-of-school children by nearly 16 million in 2 years: UN

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:25 am
    India has been able to decrease its number of out-of-school children by nearly 16 million between 2000 and 2012, driving the progress in South Asia, but it still has 1.4 million children not attending primary school, a United Nations report said. The biggest decrease in the number of out-of-school children was seen in South Asia, where their numbers fell by 23 million between 2000 and 2012, according to a new joint report ‘Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children was produced by Unesco and the UN Children’s Fund…
  • HC sets new deadline for fee regulatory authority in MP

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    BHOPAL: State government has been given two weeks’ time by the MP high court to constitute fee regulatory authority for private schools. Previously, the MPHC had directed the state government to take decision by January 16 to regulate fees structure in aided and unaided private schools. On Friday, double bench of Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajendra Mahajan gave the state government one last chance for constituting the fee regulatory authority. Petitioner senior activist PG Najpandey told TOI that they have pleaded with the court for the regulatory authority to be set up before…
  • Learning levels all time low in Raj govt schools, says survey

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    JAIPUR: State government schools continue to register negative growth in learning levels in subjects—arithmetic, reading and comprehension—from 2006. The Annual Status of Education Report, 2014 tabled in New Delhi by Pratham, an NGO, on Tuesday says that the share of class V government school students who can read class II text, which was 59% in 2006 has reduced to 39% in 2014. Those class V government school students, who can do division, has reduced from 39% in 2006 to 19% in 2014. The shocking finding of this survey says that 60.7% of class I students can’t even read a letter…
  • IIM gets going but law school, IIIT for Nagpur still on paper

    9 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    NAGPUR: Even though union and state government acted with alacrity to clear IIM in Nagpur, two other national level institutes already sanctioned for the city continue to languish, thanks to the apathy of Maharashtra government, city-based academicians said. Despite tall promises by the government on allocating ‘Maharashtra National Law School/University (MNLS/U)’ to the city about three years back, it is yet to see light of the day. Even the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) was allotted to Nagpur a couple of years ago but the Union HRD ministry is yet to okay the…
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  • Cutting off the Ends of the Ham

    Breanne Harris
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    A young girl was watching her mother bake a ham for a family gathering and noticed her mom cutting off the ends before placing it in the oven. “Mom, why do you cut the ends off before baking the ham?” she asked. “Hmmm…I think it helps soak up the juices while it’s baking.  I’m actually not sure, though. That’s just the way your grandma always did it, so I’ve just always cut them off. Why don’t you call grandma and ask her?” So, the little girl phoned her grandma and asked “Grandma, mom is making a ham and cut off the ends…
  • The Critical Thinking Buddy System

    Breanne Harris
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Do you remember the Buddy System in grade school?  When you went  on field trips, you were likely assigned someone to be your “buddy” for the duration of the trip.  You were accountable to one another to ensure you both arrived safely to your destination.  The buddy system is also frequently used in combat scenarios and risky adventures for hikers or climbers.  The two buddies act as one in order to protect and complement one another for a successful outcome.  One key benefit of having a buddy in these kinds of scenarios is you have two people with unique perspectives…
  • 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…
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    Socrato Learning Analytics

  • Interesting Discussion on NEW SAT 2016

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious? From – December 9, 2014 2:48 PM The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a… Read More Are you ready for new SAT – it’s coming! Deconstructing The New SAT From – December 9, 2014 2:55 PM If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious…
  • Old SAT vs. New SAT

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

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

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

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

    2 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    Patrick Harker, president of the University of Delaware was interviewed based on his commentary "Making Sense of Higher Education’s Future: An Economics and Operations Perspective" published in Service Science. (On a side note, Service Science is an interdisciplinary field that aims at studying and improving service systems. My dissertation focused on developing a curriculum for a master's program in engineering and management. Service Science is supported by IBM.) Harkin borrows from the principles of operations management and characteristics of services to argue for a…
  • The Enrollment Management Challenges for University Presidents: ACE Special Issue

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    American Council on Education (ACE), which  represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, released an insightful issue of The Presidency focused on higher education enrollment. The Presidency is ACE's flagship magazine "written for and about college and university presidents and chancellors."It includes feature articles like:Going International Given the demographic challenges and public funding cuts, for many institutions, international student enrollment is becoming indispensable. The article shares the findings from a previous ACE webinar on trends…
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    Declaration of Interdependence

  • Ants Movin’ Rubber Tree Plants

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

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

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

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

    Mallory Bower
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    No one can give you better advice than yourself. – Cicero Lean in. Lean back. Women can have it all. No, they can’t. Say YES to everything. Know when to say NO. Pick up the slack. Stand your ground. Speak up. Be seen and not heard. Take your seat at the table. Know your place. Be more sensitive. Don’t let them see you cry. Work hard, balls to the wall. Take time for yourself. Be the first to arrive, last to leave. Take your lunch break, leave work on time. Be more. Do all the things. You are enough. Leggings are not pants. Leggings are not pants. Work hard to prove…
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    Intelligent Mag

  • LPS Let’s Start The Show Style Set

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Design your LPS world your way! The Let’s Start the Show Style Set comes with more than 75 pieces that let you design your world any way you want! Pieces include customizable wall panels, reversible scene backdrop, stickers, accessories, and Deco Bits pieces: unique plug-in pieces that add color and glam to your sets and your pets! Set also includes an exclusive and adorable pet you can customize, Lily Laroux (cat). Let’s Start the Show! Style Set includes more than 75 pieces to build a runway and accessorize your pet Includes exclusive Lily Laroux pet Build the runway with…
  • My Little Pony Princess Celebration Cars Set By Hasbro

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    A royal celebration calls for a royal procession, and you can have your very own with the Princess Celebration Cars Set! The set includes more than 15 jewels and accessories to make your two ponies look their very best. Then you can line up the parade! Your beautiful Princess Twilight Sparkle pony figure can lead in her amazing carriage, then your Rarity pony and Spike the Dragon figure can follow in the royal car! Get the pony parade going with the Princess Celebration Cars Set! My Little Pony and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Get 2 pony figures and 2 vehicles with the…
  • My Little Pony Flip & Whirl Rainbow Dash from Hasbro

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    She Really Flips This My Little Pony Flip & Whirl Rainbow Dash pony shows off her energetic and daring personality by flipping backwards in the air. This beloved pony friend is famous for her amazing acrobatics, and she can’t wait to show off how fast and high she can go. Just sit her down, then watch her do a backflip and land. You and your friends can share in Rainbow Dash pony’s excitement as you easily get her to flip and land, over and over again. She Talks to You It’s exciting to spend time with this fun and daring pony. She loves flipping through the air, and she…
  • Play Doh Belle’s Blooming Castle Disney Princess

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Make your own Disney magic with the Belle’s Blooming Castle playset! This amazing castle has a Princess Belle in front, and you can use the Play-Doh modeling compound and Play-Doh Sparkle compound to make her dress fit for a princess. Make roses “bloom” with the rose extruder next to her, and decorate the castle to match all the beauty of your princess and her roses! There’s no end to the magical creativity with the Belle’s Blooming Castle playset! Play-Doh and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Copyright 2014 Disney. Belle’s Blooming Castle playset lets you…
  • MEGA BLOKS Dora’s Family Nursery Set

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
            Give your little Dora fans the opportunity to experience the joy of being a big sister as Dora spends time with her baby twin brother Guillermo and sister Isabella with the completely customizable Dora’s Family Nursery buildable playset! Dora’s Family Nursery allows your little Dora fan to build Guillermo and Isabella’s playroom – tall, narrow, wide, two floors or one – any way she wants as she recreates her favorite T.V. scenes or constructs her own. Exciting nursery accessories like a rocking horse, rocking cradle and swing give Dora and her siblings so…
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • Interesting Discussion on NEW SAT 2016

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Will the new SAT overhaul be A) propitious? From – December 9, 2014 2:48 PM The College Board announced a partial overhaul of the SAT, slated to take effect in the spring of 2016, which will eliminate the mandatory essay, revert to a… Read More Are you ready for new SAT – it’s coming! Deconstructing The New SAT From – December 9, 2014 2:55 PM If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious…
  • Old SAT vs. New SAT

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

  • Obama administration won't seek to end 529 college tax break

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Reversing what had been an unpopular approach, the White House says it is dropping the idea of ending a tax break for 529 college savings plans. Critics had called the proposal a tax hike. All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans.Money in 529 accounts is meant to grow along with future college students, and then be distributed to pay for education expenses without being taxed.As NPR's Tamara Keith reported this morning, "It's a pretty good deal, and one that's been around since 2001. But the White House says fewer than 3 percent of families use these…
  • Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.However, the idea and its $60 billion federal price tag over 10 years would have to make the grade with a Republican Congress that is showing little appetite for big new spending programs. Obama, who plans to push the issue in his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, argued that providing educational opportunity and creating a more…
  • Emanuel promises 85 percent graduation rate if elected to second term

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising an 85 percent graduation rate by 2019, if he's elected to a second term.In an invitation-only event, Emanuel said the future of the city depends on it.“There’s no challenge the city’s facing, and no opportunity we can’t seize, that doesn’t get answered on graduation day at high schools,” Emanuel said. “Not one.”Last school year, CPS hit an all-time high, with 69.8 percent of students making it through high school in at least five years.To get the dramatic increase he wants, Emanuel said high schools…
  • Inspector General finds questionable conduct in CPS

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Parents who try to sneak their kids into Chicago’s selective schools through address fraud have been put on notice.A new report by Chicago Public Schools inspector general, Nicholas Schuler, details several cases of admissions fraud investigated by his office over the last year. And his recommendations range from kicking the students out to firing the CPS staff who abetted it.“I hope this sends a message that people need to follow the rules and the rules apply to everybody,” Schuler said. “And when fraud is discovered there is going to be responsibility for that and…
  • Hey Mayor!

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    You may be noticing more political ads as the February municipal elections inch closer. The election determines the future face of City Hall: all 50 aldermanic seats are up, as well as the office of mayor.  But what do Chicagoans want the next mayor's priorities to be?   The 2014 Mikva Challenge Soapbox contest asked young Chicagoans, "If you were the next Mayor of Chicago, what is the first community issue you would tackle, and why?"  Here's what they had to say.(To hear each student, scroll over the play button and click on the player that pops up. A…
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    Knewton » The Knewton Company Blog

  • Why Adaptive Learning Is a Sound Investment

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

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

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

    Jose Ferreira
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Every year around this time, we go home for the holidays and reflect on our lives. We come back in January with newfound energy: new resolutions, new gym memberships, and, for some of us, new career goals. For those of you thinking of getting into education, I want to encourage you. For those thinking of leaving it, I’d like to try to change your mind. We are five or so years into a wave of excitement over “edtech.” Some say it’s a bubble. I don’t think it is — not because most of the edtech startups being funded today won’t go out of business (most will) — but because the…
  • How Adaptive Learning Supports Teachers

    Ashley Mucha
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post was co-written by Susan D’Auria and Ashley Mucha.  Imagine a classroom filled with 20 or more young faces. Multiply that by 5. That’s how many students an average teacher sees each day. And he’s expected to teach, know, and mentor each one of them. Oh yeah, and plan lessons, grade, engage in professional development, talk to parents, attend meetings — not to mention having a life outside of school. Sounds … well, impossible. And as a former teacher, I can tell you that most of the time, it is. But what if teachers had the ability to know how to challenge every one of…
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    Robertson Reader

  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
     Now that it is 2015 - are you ready to kick off the New Year and take your career to the next level?If you have been considering going back to school or upgrading your career in 2015 - why not start the year in the right direction by attending our Open House at our Calgary campus, taking place Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015?What to ExpectEducation is quite a significant purchase and is definitely an investment you make for your future.  We understand that there are lots to consider before you commit, so we want to make the process as transparent and simple as possible for all of our…
  • Earn $250 - Just By Referring Someone to our Logistics & Supply Chain Management Program!

    3 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
     Several weeks ago, we launched our new Logistics & Supply Chain Management program here at Robertson College. The program is available at our Winnipeg campus and starts on January 19th, 2015. Will you help us spread the word?For a limited time only from January 3rd to 15th, 2015, you can earn $250 for every referral you make to our Logistics & Supply Chain Management program.  If your referral starts their program in January, we will give you $250 - just like that!   Winnipeg has been a major transportation hub for many years and with the development of the…
  • Happy Holidays from All of Us at Robertson College!

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Happy Holidays from all of us at Robertson College!  We hope you will have a safe and restful holiday season. Please note that our campus facilities will be closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st, 2015. Study halls may be available for you to use during the holiday break - please check with your campus for more specific information.Winnipeg CampusTel: 204.926.8389Calgary CampusTel: 587.794.4476Edmonton CampusTel: 780.809.0843Brandon Campus204.725.7200
  • 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…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Announcing Partnership with the Drucker Institute

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Exciting news! We’ve partnered with the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University, to deliver a series of management courses based on Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. The courses are available on a wide variety of mobile and desktop devices, and ideal for management professionals seeking to improve their personal and organizational effectiveness at their own convenience. The first Drucker Institute course, “Time Management: Know Thy Time,” teaches students the importance of keeping track of their time, how to identify the “four big…
  • Announcing First Phase of International Pricing

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    More than 60% of Udemy students live outside of the United States, so it’s long been a priority to make the learning experience on Udemy as global (and localized!) as possible. To that end, we’re excited to announce the first phase of international currency pricing! Here’s the scoop: By January 31st, both the iOS and Android Udemy app will display courses priced in international currencies. For example, if a student lives in India, their Udemy app will display prices in Rupees; if a student lives in France their Udemy app will display course prices in Euros. Instructors’ revenue share…
  • 2014: Udemy Year in Review

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    More people are taking Udemy courses to improve their personal and professional lives than ever before. As the year comes to a close, it’s always instructive to take a step back and identify the “big picture” trends we’re seeing and what they mean for the future. The year’s most popular courses provide a window into these insights. Here are three trends we spotted: Highly specialized courses In years past, web development courses have been fairly generalized, such as basic coding classes. In 2014, however, we not only saw these broader topics grow but also saw entire courses devoted…
  • Claire Hough at Hackbright’s Dinner and Demo Night

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Udemy is a proud supporter of coding schools such as Hackbright Academy and CodePath, and is especially excited about more women leveraging these programs to break into software development. We recently sponsored a SF MobileBridge event, full-day workshop on iOS development. Additionally, our own VP of Engineering Claire Hough attended Hackbright’s Dinner and Demo Night earlier this month to address the impressive class of new graduates. Looking for some inspiration, guidance, or motivation to give a coding fellowship a try? We’d love to share! Here’s what Claire had to say about her…
  • 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…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • Data shows 30% faculty posts vacant in engineering institutes

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Around 30% of faculty positions in private engineering institutes at the undergraduate (UG) level throughout India are vacant, according to reports. As per data provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in December 2014, the average faculty crunch across India is of 30%. In the states of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Gujarat, there is over 33% shortage of engineering faculty. The state of Tamil Nadu (TN), which has the most number of engineering colleges after AP, has a faculty shortage of 27.9%. Reports indicate that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)..
  • CMAT 2015-16 Second Test admit cards now available for download

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Candidates aspiring to appear for the Common Management Admission Test 2015-16 Second Test (CMAT 2015-16 Second Test) need to note that the admit cards for the examination are now available for download from the official website. To download the admit cards, candidates need to visit the website and log in by using the username and password. After this, the candidates have to select “Admit Card” to print the admit card directly from the website. The admit card will contain the photo, name and signature of the candidate, CMAT roll number, test date,..
  • The success mantras

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Exciting industrialization and exponential economic growth on the one side… exceptionally exploited people’s sustained armed struggle in the form of Naxalism on the other side… Adding fuel to the fire, few gentlemen’s   threat to go on fast until death on the issue of Lokpal Bill which is pushing the Govt in all the directions… The heightened awakening amongst the people and the massive turn out in the recently held elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Judiciary’s overreach to entangled in the burning social issues including..
  • "I believed in myself’’ - Sneha Singh

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Sneha Singh, who recently completed her PGDM in Human Resource Development (HRD), is successfully placed with a leading IT firm. She talks about her journey as a post graduate student with a prestigious institution and her first break. Here she shares her experience: ``My institute has shown me the pragmatic scenario of the corporate world. I learned the 3 Ds there--Discipline, Dedication and Determination. These qualities have helped me to stand out in the organization in terms of punctuality, conduct, sincerity and domain knowledge. It’s not just about the academics, but also..
  • BVDU, Pune Invites Applications for BCA Program 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:21 am
    Applications are invited by Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU), Pune for admission Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) program offered at various constituted colleges of the university for the session 2015-16. Eligibility Criteria for  BVDU, Pune: Candidates should have passed HSC (10+2) or equivalent examination from any statutory board situated in India. Candidate should be an Indian national. Banasthali University Invites Applications for BCA/MCA Programs 2015 How to Apply for  BVDU, Pune: Campus : ..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Open House at our Calgary Campus

    Robertson College
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
     Now that it is 2015 - are you ready to kick off the New Year and take your career to the next level?If you have been considering going back to school or upgrading your career in 2015 - why not start the year in the right direction by attending our Open House at our Calgary campus, taking place Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015?What to ExpectEducation is quite a significant purchase and is definitely an investment you make for your future.  We understand that there are lots to consider before you commit, so we want to make the process as transparent and simple as possible for all of our…
  • Earn $250 - Just By Referring Someone to our Logistics & Supply Chain Management Program!

    Robertson College
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
     Several weeks ago, we launched our new Logistics & Supply Chain Management program here at Robertson College. The program is available at our Winnipeg campus and starts on January 19th, 2015. Will you help us spread the word?For a limited time only from January 3rd to 15th, 2015, you can earn $250 for every referral you make to our Logistics & Supply Chain Management program.  If your referral starts their program in January, we will give you $250 - just like that!   Winnipeg has been a major transportation hub for many years and with the development of the…
  • Happy Holidays from All of Us at Robertson College!

    Robertson College
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Happy Holidays from all of us at Robertson College!  We hope you will have a safe and restful holiday season. Please note that our campus facilities will be closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st, 2015. Study halls may be available for you to use during the holiday break - please check with your campus for more specific information.Winnipeg CampusTel: 204.926.8389Calgary CampusTel: 587.794.4476Edmonton CampusTel: 780.809.0843Brandon Campus204.725.7200
  • 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…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 2

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Happy Friday! This week has been pretty wonderful for many reasons, but in large part thanks to the emails, comments and social media feedback I’ve received about the new podcast. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about putting it out into the world…especially since it is geared to my colleagues who I so greatly admire. Many (okay, most) of them are far more experienced music therapists and moms than I am, so to tackle both topics in podcast form is going a bit beyond my comfort zone. But that’s what life is all about, right? Pushing past those comfortable boundaries…
  • The Empathy Song

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    A few months ago, my wonderful teacher friend Rene came to me with an idea for a song. She uses music quite a bit in her classroom, and wanted to do so in teaching and reinforcing the concept of empathy. I tried to put the definition and description of empathy into words (that rhyme, no less) as best as I could, and I think the song paints a good picture of what empathy looks like for a kiddo who is just learning. However, I think you’ll agree with me that empathy is something that needs to be experienced to fully understand it. I hope that my song provides a bridge to putting empathy…
  • Guitars & Granola Bars: A New Podcast

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    A funny thing happened in the last six months or so: I became addicted to podcasts. Although I’ve been co-hosting the Music Therapy Round Table podcast for five years now, I never thought to branch out beyond the few music therapy podcasts out there to which I subscribe. But after one of my favorite bloggers listed a few of her favorite podcasts, I decided to check them out and was hooked. I loved hearing interviews with woman who owned businesses, were pursuing creative endeavors, and most of all, were doing both while raising children. A seed of an idea was planted in my head: what if…
  • I Have a Bean Bag

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned what a HUGE fan I am of the movement props created by Bear Paw Creek. Their stretchy bands and connect-a-bands are both staples in my collection, and I just recently added their bean bags as well. There are so many ways to incorporate bean bags into my music therapy sessions and early childhood music classes, but I knew exactly how I wanted to introduce them for the first time — with a brand new song, of course :) I wrote “I Have a Bean Bag” with several goals in mind: listening skills, body part identification, and…
  • Taking Music Therapy Mainstream

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    January is Social Media Advocacy Month in the music therapy world! This year’s theme is re:VISION, and many bloggers, including myself, are sharing our own stories about how we advocate for music therapy. For the first 7 years as a practicing music therapist, my work has been contained within schools, facilities, and my home private practice. But this past year, I had the unique opportunity to change that by moving my private practice into a very public location. No longer is my presence known only to my clients, their caregivers, administrators, and the occasional visitor; it is now…
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  • Help Your Child Learn Instant Math Recall at Home

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    "Instant math recall" is the ability to do basic math functions quickly, without resorting to finger counting or paper and pencil. This is an acquired skill that leads young students to correctly solve simple math problems in their head. Here are some simple activities to boost instant math recall training at home.Use a pair of dice:Simply roll one die and have yo Read more...
  • What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the information age. This trend is often referred to as “21st century education” or “21c education.” These skills are typically divided into Read more...
  • 7 Keys to Independent Learning

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    January is the perfect time to help your young student resolve to make positive changes that will enhance the rest of his school year. It’s an opportunity to let him assume more responsibility, and to grow and mature as a student. Here are seven lessons to teach your early elementary student that will help her grow into a more independent learner:C Read more...
  • Some "Tricks" Can Help Teens With Anxiety

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    In the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of kids who suffer from anxiety. I wanted to learn more about anxiety and how to help these kids. My journey began with a workshop with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, a professor in clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and reading his book about adolescence and anxiety. Recently, I had an opportunity to mee Read more...
  • Help Your Child Be a Reading Superstar

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    The start of the new year is a great time to reinvigorate your efforts to help in your child’s reading development. From January through the end of the school year, diligently practice the simple tips found below at home. These efforts will help your young student become a reading superstar.Make up silly rhymes when you are alone Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • How To Make Your School Spirit Soar

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    Our February 2015 issue of PTO Today is all about school spirit, a topic we know is one of your favorites! PTOs and PTAs can play a key role in promoting school spirit and we have lots of new resources to help you do that.  Sometimes schools hold events that are well-attended and seemingly hit all the marks, but there’s that sense that something is missing. When schools and parent groups take the time to welcome everyone, generate excitement, and communicate a sense of unity and common identity, then something bigger happens. A true school community is created. Here are our new…
  • No Kids Allowed

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Yes, it's OK to have a school event with no kids. In fact, I highly recommend it. I think of PTOs and PTAs as communities of parents that help create the entire atmosphere around a school. Parent connections grow involvement and are also invaluable during tough times, so it's entirely appropriate for your group to hold events that foster those adult relationships. It might be a restaurant night (have you seen our new sister site, or an annual dinner-dance at the Elks club or anything else. The group at my kids' school hosts a "college party" at a local place with…
  • Why Don't People Volunteer?

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    It's really the $10,000 Question: Why is it that some folks just don't want to volunteer?  Read More
  • Lights, Camera…Get Organized Now For a Top-Notch Talent Show!

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Talent shows are a great part of the school experience for both kids and their parents. If you have a chance to help out with one, we say go for it. But let’s be straight with each other. Helping with the talent show is one of those odd experiences in life. At least some of the time you are doing it, you will wish you were anywhere else in the world. I mean, how many times can anyone be subjected to Taylor Swift lip-syncing acts before feeling a little unhinged. But then in the end, when you see how happy the kids are (not to mention their parents), you will be thrilled that you experienced…
  • Get Free Resources for Spirit Night Planning From

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    At this time of year, groups are often looking for ways to do a little more fundraising before school wraps up, but they don’t have the bandwidth to start planning a big-production event. One option is to hold a few restaurant fundraisers this spring. Our sister site,, has resources and planning tips that will come in handy for these events. While restaurant fundraisers (or spirit nights) aren’t huge moneymakers, they can be planned quickly and don’t require lots of volunteer time. Depending on the size of your community, you could make a few hundred…
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    DPESP Mission Statement: To create an atmosphere of mistrust and tension.

  • Redbird logo debacle of 2005

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Alright so we all know the Director of Technology screwed up.But does anyone remember the 2005 debacle with the Redbird mascot logo?De Pere received a cease-and-desist order on the grounds that its mascot was copyrighted material of Illinois State University.  The school eventually redesigned the logo so as to not violate the copyright.Shortly after the De Pere athletic director started in the late 90's he modernized the Redbird.  When really he should have know the ramifications of that action.
  • State spending on outside service contracts still rises

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Somewhat interesting commentary in the January 19 2015 Press Gazette column by Bill Lueders.Each year state law requires the Wisconsin Department of Administration to track outsourced tasks spending by state funded agencies.   Municipal workers have long argued that they could be doing many of these jobs for less.The latest report shows spending on outside services is up for the fourth straight year. This has happened despite the Act 10 benefit changes under Gov. Scott Walker that arguably make state workers more cost-effective, compared to the private sector. Bill Franks points out…
  • 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…
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    Clif Mims |

  • Making Thinking Visible with Technology #pzmewinter15

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

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

    Clif Mims
    18 May 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I’m a big, big fan of Google+. It’s a very big component of my personal learning network (PLN). Here are some thoughts about about why I prefer Google+ over the other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I encourage everyone to take a look at Google+’s services and consider taking advantage of them. Friend Me Please feel free to friend me on Google+. Then browse through my Links and Other Profiles to make connections, collaborate, and share resources through other networks. As I frequently say, “Together we learn more.” Google+ Communities I’ve…
  • Google Announces New Learning Management System (LMS)

    Clif Mims
    6 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes” (Source). “Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease…it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers” (Source). The following video highlights the experiences…
  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

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

  • The Difference between Cancer Cells and Normal Cells

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Every organic life form starts from a single cell. Cells form a tissue, tissues form an organ and organs form a human being. These cell divisions by which a single cell divides into hundred trillion... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Expect and Wait

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    What is the difference is between expect and wait? It is possible to ‘expect’ and ‘wait’ for something or someone, so these words can be used as synonyms of each other. The difference in these words... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Obamacare and Medicare

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    There are many different types of plans and schemes that are present in the world today that provide to the health needs of the common man. With the growing number of diseases due to excess... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between near sightedness and far sightedness

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Introduction The human eye is a sphere whose structures help to translate light bouncing off objects and recognize the object. Cornea, lens and retina are the parts through which light passes... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference between Director and Manager

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    There are many different types of organizations that follow different hierarchies. Some of these are different to others but in most cases the structure of any hierarchy is more or less similar, be... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Defining Play

    Stephen Hurley
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Are We All On The Same Page? Sister Valerie Van Cauwenberghe became a school principal in London, Ontario in the late 1960's, just as the release of the Hall-Dennis report, Living and Learning, was threatening to affect a seismic shift in the way that public education in that province was to be imagined and constituted. Although the report left very few of the foundational stones of the public education system unturned, it was the move towards a more child-centred approach that most will remember as being the defining spirit of the time. read more
  • I Got Schooled

    Brooke Moore
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Learning how to elementary-ify classroom and practices to meet kids where they are at I got schooled yesterday. A team of behaviourial specialists and a learning assistance teacher descended into my room yesterday to elementary-ify me. A few months ago I brought up one of my learners to school-based team (a meeting where we discuss children who need more support) because of a huge lack of organization skills and behaviours that were interfering with learning in the classroom – that of this learner’s and the others in the room. read more
  • L'enjeu de l'éducation des Autochtones : l'urgence d'agir - Conversation franche avec le très honorable Paul Martin

    Max Cooke
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Main image:  L'ancien premier ministre du Canada Paul Martin croit que le plus grand problème moral et social de l'heure au pays est l'éducation des jeunes Autochtones canadiens. L'urgence de résoudre ce problème ne constitue pas seulement un impératif moral. Paul Martin a déjà qualifié l'incapacité de résoudre ce problème de question « bête à pleurer sur le plan économique », selon ses propres mots. Date:  26 February 2015 Venue name:  BMO Groupe financier Location:  Place First Canadian (100, rue King Ouest), 68e étage Toronto (Ontario) Link to…
  • Aboriginal Education: the Urgency to Act - A candid conversation with the Right Honourable Paul Martin

    Max Cooke
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Main image:  Former Prime Minister Paul Martin believes that the biggest moral and social issue we face as a country today is education for young Indigenous Canadians. The urgency in addressing this issue is not only of moral imperative – he has been quoted as saying the failure to address the issue is “economically as dumb as a bag of hammers”. Date:  26 February 2015 Venue name:  BMO Financial Group Location:  First Canadian Place (100 King Street West), 68th floor Toronto, ON Link to map: Is this event open or closed?:  Open…
  • Teachers in Crisis: A Crisis in Teaching?

    Grant Frost
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Whenever I meet folks for the first time and they ask me what I do for a living, I always respond "I'm a school teacher". Then I either get one of two responses. Response a) sounds something like "Nice! Summers off. Steady pay. Good pension." while response b) is often more along the lines of "Wow! I do not know how you put up with those little (insert expletive of your choice here) all day. I couldn't do it." read more
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Tuning in on SuperBowl Sunday? Watch for these Marketing Trends!
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Whether you’re the Seahawks’ 12th Man or you’re cheering on the Patriots to take home the win on Sunday, it’s likely you’re not just tuning in to watch football. The commercials that air during the Super Bowl have become just as much a reason to watch the big game as the teams playing. In fact, of the 111.5 million people who tuned in to watch the Super Bowl last year, more than half were just watching the game for the ads. In addition to the commercials, brands are trying to capture audience attention online, both before the game by releasing teasers of their ads and after through…
  • Learn a New Skill: 4 Tips to Increase Your Happiness at Work

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Two million Americans quit their job every month because they have antagonistic bosses, not enough recognition, or unfavorable corporate politics. With foreboding deadlines and high-pressure presentations, it’s easy to focus on your frustrations while your stress levels skyrocket. When you become frustrated at work, you probably pull your hair out of your head when you hit rock bottom in the board room. Workplace happiness is rarely measured through qualitative and quantitative measures, and little did you know that there are many ways to assess and increase your happiness in your job. You…
  • Ready to Master PowerPoint, Manage Projects Like a Boss, and More?

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    If you're looking to take your technical skills to the next level, you've come to the right place! We offer a large selection of technical courses across many categories; you're sure to find a course to fit your learning needs! This week, we're featuring three courses to help you get started. Whether you're looking for project management certification, PowerPoint speed skills, or IT requirement writing, you'll find it here!    Nearly all independently executed, root-case analysis of IT project problems and failures identify misunderstood or incomplete requirements as the primary cause.
  • Learn a New Skill: Create Engaging Visual Content with Canva
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to social media, visual content might be worth even more. Research consistently shows posts to social networks are more effective when images are included. For example, photos on Facebook receive more likes, comments, and shares than text, videos, and links. On Twitter, tweets with images average twice the engagement rate as tweets without images, and links with embedded photos perform 29% better than tweets with text and links. While there are many tools available to create visual content for social media, my favorite tool is…
  • Learn a New Skill: Fast Track Inserting Symbols in PowerPoint
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you have ever been on the hunt for a frequently used symbol and have let a few symbols slip yourself... "@#$^, where is it again?!” …then you’ll love this SNEAKY AutoCorrect workaround for getting the right symbol you’re looking for, every time! So what’s the problem with inserting symbols in PowerPoint in the first place? Well, although there is a dialog box for inserting them, two problems off the top of my head are: #1: Even though you’ve used it countless times, finding the dialog box again is never easy. #2: If the symbol isn’t already in the frequently used symbol area…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Games: Stick Bombs

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    I’m always looking for hands-on Spanish games. The more kids physically interact with words by moving them and ordering them, the more likely they are to remember them. Hands-on Spanish games also keep my most active students engaged and having fun. Recently had a post about making stick bombs with wooden craft (Popsicle) sticks. I use wooden craft sticks for all kinds of word and sentence activities, so I thought that Spanish games using stick bombs would be a hit with students. After all, kids love building things. Watching them fly apart makes it even more fun! A stick…
  • Spanish Valentine Phrases for Cards

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I think the cutest Valentine’s cards are the ones kids make themselves. You can find tons of fun ideas for using different shapes and materials online. If you have kids who like to do crafts, making cards and adding Spanish Valentine phrases is an excellent language activity. These are common Spanish Valentine phrases that children can add to cards for friends, family and teachers. Some lend themselves to specific shapes related to a key word, while others are general Spanish Valentine phrases that go with any cards kids feel like making. There is a printable list of these phrases…
  • Spanish Learning Songs and Materials: Rockalingua Giveaway

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    At Spanish Playground, we are big fans of Rockalingua. We are happy to be giving away a one-year teacher subscription to all of their fabulous content, and 2 copies of their DVD of Spanish learning songs and videos. The DVD has 13 excellent music videos with Spanish learning songs that kids will love. You can learn more about all the Rockalingua Spanish learning materials on the Rockalingua website. Enter below to win a one-year subscription to Rockalingua or a copy of their great DVD! The giveaway will run through midnight Monday, Jan 26. Features of Rockalingua Spanish Songs and Videos The…
  • Spanish Rhymes: Fun Phrases for Kids

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    My students have lots of fun playing and experimenting with rhyme. Spanish rhymes are easy to make and recognize, partly because of verb forms: habló, bailó, cantó, hablando, bailando, cantando, etc. Playing with Spanish rhymes, children explore the mechanics of language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between sounds and letters – information that helps them decode the sounds that make up words when they are reading. Playing with Spanish rhymes also helps build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the…
  • Spanish Winter Words for Kids

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    We have turned the corner on winter and the days are getting longer! There is still plenty of cold left though. For many of us, cold and winter create the context for the language we use with kids. It determines the clothes they wear, the games they play and how they feel. Spanish winter words are a natural part of our daily routine. Try these activities to talk about winter with your language learners. Activities with Spanish Winter Words Printable poster and words to color I made this poster as an easy way to expose kids to Spanish winter words in print. It is a good speaking or writing…
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    Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

  • Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

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

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    For teachers who are just getting started with Google, Google Drive can be intimidating! In preparation for a Google training, I’ve put together a short explanation of Google Drive and its basic features. Although an increasing number of people have a Gmail account, I run into teachers all the time who are not sure what Google Drive is or how it works. Google Drive is like a big virtual bucket! It’s where everything you create with Google apps–documents, forms, sheets, slides, drawing–are stored. And unlike a traditional word processing document, you never need to click…
  • New Tradition: Family Reading Time

    Catlin Tucker
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    Most of my blog posts are inspired by the work I do with my high school students. This post is inspired by my own children–ages 6 and 7. My children attend a Spanish immersion school, where they receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish. As part of their homework, they must read each day. My daughter, who is in 2nd grade, is expected to read independently for 25 minutes a day in Spanish. She is an avid reader, who devours chapter books in both English and Spanish. My son, who is in kindergarten, is just beginning to read. We do reading lessons at night, but I felt like he needed quiet…
  • Teach Students How to Manage YouTube Comments

    Catlin Tucker
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    When students share their ideas and work online, they are taking a risk. As soon as they share a YouTube video or post a comment online, they open themselves up to possible ridicule and unkind remarks. I wish I could protect my students from the Internet, but I can’t. What I can do is help them to protect themselves and learn how to be savvy about how and what they share online. Last week, my students posted and shared their TED-style Talks online. In an effort to help them to navigate comments on YouTube, I posted a blog to our class website detailing how students could either turn…
  • TED Ed Clubs: Students Spreading Great Ideas

    Catlin Tucker
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    I’m a huge fan of TED Talks! TED presenters weave together stories and information skillfully to engage their audiences. They have clearly rehearsed their material, yet the delivery is natural and, as a result, their ideas are compelling. I want my students to feel confident articulating their ideas and delivering powerful and poignant presentations, so I began my own TED Ed Club. TED Ed Clubs “is a flexible, school-based program that supports students in discussing, pursuing and presenting their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks.” TED Ed has designed a…
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  • R. K. Laxman, RIP

    Punya Mishra
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    R. K. Laxman(24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015)
  • Embodied Thinking: New article

    Punya Mishra
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo: Punya Mishra; Santiago, Chile, 2014 Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century is a series of articles we have been writing for Tech Trends. The latest article in the series has just ben published. This article focuses on Embodied Thinking as a key trans-disciplinary habit of mind often used by creative people across disciplines. Our previous articles have looked at Perceiving, Patterning, and Abstracting. Future pieces will look at Modeling, Play, and Synthesizing. Below is a link to the latest article (you can see all the articles in the series by going here).
  • Inside-Out: Happy 2015

    Punya Mishra
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Every winter break (for the past six years) our family creates a video to welcome the new year. This is no ordinary video. It requires days of discussion, planning, construction, shooting, and editing. Our videos never feature us (expect maybe a still-shot of the entire family towards the end) but are usually typographical in nature. There is some kind of visual illusion involved, sometimes a play on words synchronized to music. The videos have become more elaborate over the years and the challenge, of course, is to create something that tops what we had done in the past years. As you can…
  • New webinar on TPACK

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

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

  • 2014 by the Numbers

    Joseph Thibault
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Did you know that in 2014 Moodle turned 12? Here are a few other neato statistics and facts about the Moodle LMS and milestones reached during the course of 2014. A full list has been published at...
  • Sandbox Plugin Lets you reset demo and free trial courses automatically

    Joseph Thibault
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you’re selling enrollment to courses using Moodle or showcasing a demo of a new Moodle plugin or feature, giving potential customers a chance to review the materials/functionality before...
  • Moodle Partner Network Expands to the Middle East with SmartWay

    Joseph Thibault
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    SmartWay, a professional IT and eLearning services provided in the Middle East that has 8 offices throughout the Arab community and Middle East, has been granted official Moodle Partner status by the...
  • HowtoMoodle Explains Moodle in this short video

    Joseph Thibault
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Here’s a short 2 minute video that highlights a school or organization can think about Moodle and its various uses in and out of the classroom. A great primer for those who might not have...
  • Moodlerooms releases Flexpage Format for 2.7

    Joseph Thibault
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Moodlerooms has released Flexpage for Moodle 2.7 this week. Flexpage is an innovative set of Moodle plugins which provides you the ability to create a course more like a webpage. Each topic could be...
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  • Why 2015 is the year to start your Online Degree

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

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

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

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

  • UCLA professors who questioned diversity mandate maliciously outed

    External Resource
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:25 am
    by JACOB KOHLHEPP – When 46 professors at UCLA took a brave stand against their peers – signing their name to apetitionasking that a diversity requirement approved by a portion of scholars instead be voted on by all faculty on campus – it was a huge risk. Signing their name to the list meant they were aligning themselves with a small cadre of concerned conservative professors on campus who questioned the need for such a blatantly biased, self-serving academic mandate. The brave signers were assured the petition – which has since effectively forced the matter to a campuswide…
  • U.Va. president admits rape story was false; keeps restrictions on fraternities

    External Resource
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan finally admitted that she knows the Rolling Stone article detailing a brutal gang rape at the university was discredited. “Before the Rolling Stone story was discredited, it seemed to resonate with some people simply because it confirmed their darkest suspicions about universities — that administrations are corrupt; that today’s students are reckless and irresponsible; that fraternities are hot-beds of deviant behavior,” Sullivan said during a presidential address. Of course, Sullivan fell for the story hook, line and sinker as…
  • An Interview with Adam Berkin, Vice President Product Development at Curriculum Associates

    Michael Shaughnessy EducationViews Senior Columnist
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:06 am
    An Interview with Adam Berkin, Vice President Product Development at Curriculum Associates Michael F. Shaughnessy First of all, can you tell us about yourself, and what exactly you do at Curriculum Associates? Sure. My name is Adam Berkin, Vice President of Product Development at Curriculum Associates. I oversee the entire product development team and lead the company’s product development direction and processes. My main responsibility is to lead the development strategy in alignment with business goals, desired customer experience, customer feedback and…
  • ‘War on illiteracy and innumeracy’

    External Resource
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    All children in England will need to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary. And Nicky Morgan tells the Sunday Times pupils aged 11 should know correct punctuation, spelling and grammar. She promises a future Tory government will extend schemes to send “superheads” in to failing schools. Mrs Morgan wants England to be in the top five in the world for English and maths by 2020. It is currently 23rd. She also wants the country ranked as top of the European league tables by the same year if the Conservative…
  • Religious education classes ‘needed’ in schools

    External Resource
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:52 am
    Developing young people’s “religious literacy” would help to make them less vulnerable to radicalisation, a conference will hear later. “Good religious education has never been more needed,” Ed Pawson, chairman of the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education, will say. But pupils will miss out unless the government addresses a shortage of RE teachers, he will warn. The government said training bursaries would help to recruit more RE staff. ‘Never more threatened’ In a speech to NATRE’s inaugural annual conference, Mr Pawson is…
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  • Switching from a Scoreboard to a Dashboard Mentality for International Indicators

    National School Public Relations Association
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    By Rich Bagin, APR, Executive Director, National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) People often say, “Numbers don’t lie,” when they paint a negative picture of the U.S. education system in international comparisons. But numbers also “tell the truth” when you look at some other startling international indicators that compare factors of social stress and economic equity of U.S. students and families with eight other major countries studied in the report, School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect. Jointly published by the Horace Mann League of the U.S.A. and the…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Dorie Combs

    Get It Right
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Listen to Dr. Dorie Combs, professor in the School of Clinical Educator Preparation at Eastern Kentucky University, share her perspective on preparing future educators for understanding and teaching to the Common Core. Download as MP3
  • Building a Smart Country: Teacher Preparation in Singapore

    Cheryl S. Williams
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Note: This post was written in reflection of the 2015 CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) Senior Delegation to Singapore. Singapore’s public education system is viewed as one of the best in the world based on its students’ continued high performance on the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) PISA test (Program for International Student Assessment). The CoSN delegation’s visit to the National Institute of Education (NIE) provided a chance for us to learn the strategy Singapore has used to push its student achievement close to the #1 spot on the international…
  • The Problems with Private School Vouchers

    AASA The School Superintendents Association
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This post was written by the National Coalition for Public Education (AASA serves as co-chair of this coalition) Jan. 25 – 31 is “National School Choice” week. This annual event presents private school voucher proponents with the opportunity to tout the supposed benefits of “school choice,” an innocuous-sounding moniker that includes not only vouchers but also public school choice like charter and magnet schools.  But the public school options are mere window dressing. Pull back the curtain and you see that the real focus of this event is a push for private school…
  • Principal Leadership for Social Inclusion

    Special Olympics Project UNIFY
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    By Terry Pickeral, Project UNIFY Senior Education Consultant I recently co-facilitated a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) titled Social Inclusion: An Opportunity for Principal Leadership. My co-facilitators included Steven Bebee, principal Cactus Shadows High School (AZ), Bill Schreiber, principal Granite Falls Middle School (NC) and Barbara Oswald, Special Olympics South Carolina. It was a privilege to share and learn from these local and national leaders on how principals lead their schools to integrate and sustain social inclusion. While…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in February 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Apply for College Scholarships The scholarship application season is in full swing! Whether you’re going to college next fall, or have another year, there are college scholarships you can apply for now. See our list of six college scholarships with deadlines in February 2015. AXA Achievement Community Scholarship: This scholarship is for high school seniors who have ambition, determination to set and reach goals, and demonstrated respect. Special consideration is given to students with “achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as…
  • Colleges That Dish Up Organic Food

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Organic Food at Colleges Nearly 53 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 seek out organic foods, according to a 2014 Gallup Poll. If you’re one of these people (or you want to be), you may know that the multi-billion dollar organic food market continues to grow each year. And college dining halls and cafeterias are taking notice. Many colleges offer organic food options. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the campuses that provide organic and sustainable foods. College of the Atlantic (ME): According to this college’s Dining Services Web page, its “kitchen emphasizes the use of local,…
  • 8 Tips for Proofreading Your College Essay

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Tips for Proofreading According to college admissions professionals, proofreading is the most important thing you can do to improve your college essay. Don’t overlook this key step in preparing your essay. Use these eight tips to proofread your college application essay. 1. Do spell check. Okay, so the spelling and grammar check tool on your computer won’t catch everything (and sometimes can even steer you wrong), but it’s a good place to start for proofreading. It should catch the most obvious spelling or grammatical errors. 2. Set it aside for a day. After you finish writing your…
  • Guest Post: 3 Tips for Finding a High School Studying Abroad Program

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Tips for Finding a High School Studying Abroad Program Did you know that you don’t have to wait until college to study abroad? High school study abroad is one of the most enriching and fun experiences you can have. There’s nothing like learning about another culture and language in an exciting foreign country. Studying abroad during high school can be a great way to gain college-worthy skills and get a jump-start on your college education.There are many academic travel programs to choose from, so here are three questions to consider so you can select the right one and maximize the college…
  • 2015-16 FAFSA Now Available Online

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    FAFSA Now Available The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online for 2015-16. High school seniors and their parents should fill out and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for financial aid and college scholarships. Why is it important to file early? Many colleges award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep these additional tips in mind as you fill out your FAFSA. 1. Check for errors before submitting. Before you file your FAFSA, check to make sure all the information is correct. Make sure names are spelled correctly and…
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  • Learning Means Believing in Yourself

    Dennis Callahan
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    This is the third post in a series on improving your learning from A to Z. “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Samuel Johnson Believing in you is another foundational component of learning. If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s hard to grow and learn. Like knowledge, confidence can’t be transferred. The person that needs to believe in you, is you. This is not about motivation, tenacity or drive it’s about believing that you can do it. You can do it! Confidence “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval”  Mark Twain  There…
  • When will the Robot Instructional Designer Arrive

    Dennis Callahan
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Or has it already arrived? I was reading an article about how Quill (a natural language program) is writing reports for large financial companies, intelligence agencies and even reporting on baseball games.  Stuart Frankel is the CEO of Narrative Science which is the company that owns Quill. Here’s an excerpt from the article where Frankel discusses renting out Quill to large financial companies. Narrative Science is now renting out Quill’s writing skills to financial customers such as T. Rowe Price, Credit Suisse, and USAA to write up more in-depth, lengthy reports on the…
  • A Learning Strategy is About People

    Dennis Callahan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I wrote a post about why workplace learning is complicated and it could apply to most workplace scenarios because working and learning are all about people.  Ajay Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood recently questioned if this perception is deserved.  This is a good question and they have some good suggestions for making workplace learning less complicated, as follows: Learning professionals should increase their business literacy (use business terms and communicate results) Demonstrate improved employee performance Keep it simple I agree with this advice and think there are pieces missing. You…
  • Week in Review 090714

    Dennis Callahan
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Things I found online this week that caught my attention.  How about you? What did you discover? @JD_Dillon Again, learning doesn’t change. Our understanding and ability to support it will hopefully become more effective. #LRN2024 World in Beta from @hjarche  In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace emerging technology, and the transformations it causes, will greatly affect your business. Be ready. Be part of it. 3 Issues Should Occupy Managers Over the Next 50 Years from @NimbleAtWork “the best leaders of the future will spend half their time reading…
  • My Top Learning Tools for 2014

    Dennis Callahan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s that time of year again! Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools. I enjoy sharing my tools and seeing what other tools people find most useful to them.  If you haven’t contributed, there’s still time. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Twitter – my social stream YouTube – great tool for visual and hands on learning WordPress – the blogging software for my learnstreaming blog Google – my primary search and another drive Audible -where I listen to many books Kindle app -where I do most of my reading LinkedIn – my business…
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    LSAT Blog

  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    A) A new law school personal statement gets the jdMission treatment. Great analysis for those of you finalizing your application. jdMission B) Apparently you don’t even need to meet a girl to get her number, if you go to Yale Law. Above the Law C) One of the key advocates for law school transparency takes Harvard to task for not fully disclosing job numbers, among other problems. Harvard Law Record D) If you haven’t seen this lawyer get arrested for doing her job yet, it’s pretty messed up. Above the Law E) The winner of this Super Bowl snack bracket would also have won the…
  • The LSAT and Super Bowl Sunday

    Robert Seaney
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Here at Blueprint, we accept as something of an inevitability the fact that you’re probably spending this Sunday drunk, covered head-to-toe in body paint, and bloated with guacamole. It’s Super Bowl Weekend; why shouldn’t you? We’re not here to shout you back to your textbooks. Far from it! We actually think this is great preparation for the LSAT. Look at the similarities: it’s a high-stakes test for future lawyers. The scene will be rife with loud mouths who refuse shut up, and you’re going to feel reasonably certain that half the people there are cheaters. The similarities…
  • Four Tips for the End of February LSAT Prep

    Laura Santoski
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    With just over a week until the February LSAT, anyone signed up for the test should be in the final stages of their prep. Here’s what you can do for the next 9 days to give yourself the best chance of success (and we’ll have more on the blog next week about other things to keep in mind!). Review your strategy for each question type. It’s probably been a while since you learned how to approach each question type. Now that you’re down to the wire, it’s a good idea to go back and refresh your memory about the best strategy for common questions, particularly the ones…
  • Logical Reasonings

    Greg Nix
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A) Four ways to pick a cost-efficient law school. US News and World Report B) How one law school’s associate dean uses social media in the classroom. I hope it involves cute puppies on Tumblr. Above the Law C) Is it too late to apply for law school? The clock is ticking. (Metaphorically, at least. Who has an analog clock these days?) Pen and Chisel D) Elizabeth Warren is a boss, and when it comes to regulating banks she will NOT BE DENIED! Wall Street Journal E) Receipt Brazenly Placed In Bag Without Permission. The gall. The Onion
  • LSAT Instructor: Starting My Second Semester of Law School

    Yuko Sin
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He started as a 1L at Columbia Law School in the fall, and is writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences. Law school exams are over, winter vacation is behind me, and grades are in. Exams were pretty stressful. Law school grades fall on a curve. A curve says, “It’s not about you doing well, it’s about others doing worse than you.” Brutal. But it helps if you have an awesome study group. Someone to help you figure out why the right answers are right, and why the wrong answers are wrong. Someone to…
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  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy. Ex. 6 Teacher Aides

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Teacher aides are well supposed to aide teachers. Certainly the merit of such an idea stems from the rational educational approach that leaving a kindergarten teacher alone with 20 children is an educationally inappropriate situation. It is unfair to the children, it is unfair to the teacher. When a school principal removes teacher aides from lower elementary and requires they tutor upper grades, decorate the school, build floats, etc. they are no longer teacher aides, they are principal aides. With 20 children in a kindergarten classroom, a minimum of two are likely to be poorly behaved and…
  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy. Ex. 5 Improper justifications

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    When there is no oversight in educational administrative hiring, what is to prevent the field being flooded by employees unneccesarily? More importantly, what is in place to stop random and flavor of the month decision making done in an attempt to justify the hires by those employees themselves? Every time I notice a school making a substantial curriculum or policy change after trying a new concept for a year or two a red flag pops up.  Was proper deference paid to the amount of time required to adequately ascertain the success of the idea, or did someone feel compelled to make a change…
  • 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…
  • The case for changing the educational hierarchy. Ex. 4 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…
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    Extension on the Go

  • Businesses using health reimbursement plans could be in a pickle

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” ~ comedian Chris Rock (Photo by Levy Choi) zithromax for sore throat A Department of Labor decision in November last year declared that employers who do not offer health insurance but instead reimburse employees for the cost of acquiring health insurance have essentially established a “group health plan.” These plans would then be subject to ACA market reforms and be deemed non-compliant because the accounts impose limits on the amount of reimbursement and may not cover all required health benefits. This decision was made retroactive to…
  • 2015 sign-up deadline for Affordable Care Act marketplace fast approaching

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    “Your body is your most priceless possession…so go take care of it!” ~ Jack Lalanne (Photo by Robert Linder) If you’re planning to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, time is running out. You only have until February 15. This is the first year there is a fee if you didn’t have health insurance in 2014. There are many exceptions to avoid the fees. Graham McCaulley and Brenda Procter, both associate professors of family finances for University of Missouri Extension, explain these fees and the exemptions.     MU Extension Health Insurance…
  • Master Gardener Online Training from University of Missouri Extension

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    “Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.” ~ Author Unknown (Photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau) You no longer need to travel great distances to get training for Master Gardener certification. Now the training is offered online. Check out: Missouri Master Gardener Online Training.
  • Vitamin C and the Common Cold

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “If a potato can produce vitamin C, why can’t we? Within the animal kingdom only humans and guinea pigs are unable to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies. Why us and guinea pigs? No point asking. Nobody knows.” ~ Bill Bryson, author of “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” (Photo by USDA’s Scott Bauer} How much vitamin C do you take during cold and flu season? A thousand milligrams…4 thousand. Did you know that body can only process a certain amount of vitamin C and anything left over is flushed away with all your other waste? Today’s guest is…
  • 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…
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  • Keeping FACS Alive: Developing teachers in Kansas

    LZX Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! FCS is extremely relevant! I can’t express enough how important these skills are. My students, as well as the students of my fellow FCS teachers, are learning skills that I know will serve them well both now and as they graduate high school and strike…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: New Jersey Needs More FACS

    LZX Team
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”! Today’s story… I am one of the few Middle School FCS teachers in New Jersey. I have the opportunity to teach 8th grade students an introductory course that includes career exploration, job search skills, product development through child development and…
  • Sonja Parr speaking on Global Justice: Ethical Fashion

    LZX Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    We are pleased to host a training with Sonja Parr on Global Justice: Ethical Fashion in Texas today. Sonja is a fellow Minnesotan who has made it her job and passion to promote justice through ethical fashion. That doesn’t mean foregoing fashion – it means taking the time to learn about the materials and labor that goes into the clothing you choose. Want a sneak preview of her talk? Check out some of the handouts below: Behind the Labor Worksheets Consumer Care Activity Textile Lab Worksheets Where the Money Goes Activity  
  • Keeping FACS Alive: Love of Leftovers in New Hampshire

    LZX Team
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:13 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… Family and Consumer Science is alive and well at Wilton Lyndeborough Jr./Sr. High School. Presently I am teaching Creative Cooking, Life Skills, Creative Arts, Child Care and Parenting, 7th Grade FACS, 8th Grade FACS, and Sixth. My new…
  • Keeping FACS Alive: National Standards Keeps FACS Flying in New Hampshire

    LZX Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:10 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, I am a FACS teacher at the Newport Middle High School in Newport, NH. I teach classes for 7-12 graders. Our Middle school programs focus on Foods, Health and Wellness in Cooking for grade 7; Grade 8 is Career. NH has a strong…
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  • Success Story! “Fit > Rankings” Part 2

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Last we left our military Brave Supplicant, they had just finished the GMAT (750 on the retake – whoohoo!) and had shortlisted some schools, including Duke EA, plus Kellogg and Darden for Round 1. (You can read all of Part 1 here if you missed it.) Here’s the end of the story. Interviews I interviewed at both Kellogg and Fuqua during my visits (I was invited to interview at Darden, but declined once I had my Fuqua admit). I can’t stress how important preparation is (especially for me, since I had never even interviewed for a job). I spent countless hours researching each school,…
  • To continue our “Just do it”-ish theme from a few weeks ago…

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    After Round 2 deadlines were past, we exhorted everybody to dive in with life. To get out of their comfort zone and step up to the plate and embark on all kinds of other annoying rah-rah cliches. Today we’ve got a few links to articles we’ve come across to hopefully keep you motivated! First: 6 Ways to Prove You’re a Genuine Superstar at Work Next – we’re cheating a bit since this is actually linked from the first article (by the same author): The 8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees Finally: Regardless of where you are in the process of applying to bschool…
  • Updated Leaderboard

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The third quiz has been up for awhile today and some people are breaking out of the pack! Out of 9 possible points, we’ve got a few people at 4 and others at 3 – though some of them have not completed all three quizzes yet! It’s anybody’s game. The 4-point scorers are: sipemirave altralazer levieillard Right behind them with 3 points are: Michelle FPHAWK bmiller souvik101990 Tavelanovich Remember, if you take the test more than once, only your first score counts – and you have to enter a real email address to play.
  • To pass the time… a quiz!

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    Just call us CourtesySnark – anything we can do to make the wait more bearable!! Here’s your quiz for the day. If you missed the previous ones, you can get caught up here with #1 and here for #2. Remember, scores from individual quizzes are being aggregated and the BSers who do the best may win some sort of small prizes from Snarkville!!! Stay tuned! For now… here’s our MBA quiz – The Waiting for HBS edition! Get Started! Your Score:    
  • A reminder of what to expect with Harvard interview invites tomorrow

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    Yes indeed, it’s here. Tomorrow is the first of the days unofficially known as The Day You Will Get No Work Done. AKA Harvard Interview Invite Day. Part One. Part Two is of course next week. The bulk of people who will end up with a Golden Ticket at Harvard will be receiving those invitations this week. During the first wave of invites. That’s traditionally how its gone and we have no reason to believe it will go any different this time. Of course, we have to be Debbie Downer and remind you that the bulk of people simply won’t be getting ANY invite at all. But that’s a…
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  • The secret ingredients of true math mastery

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

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

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

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

  • Exclusive Podcast with Legendary EdTech Bloggers at FETC

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
     Left to right: Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson and Robert Martellacci sit down and talk at FETC 2015.  
  • Announcing Canada’s Top 10 EdTech Predictions for 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Happy New Year! I love this time of year and the opportunity to crystal ball gaze and share our Top10 EdTech predictions for 2015. This process is not done in isolation. We derive great inspiration and insights from our research, conferences, valued MSL advisory board members and through our professional learning network (PLN). While I’m optimistic for the future, we are entering choppy waters economically that may impact budgets in education. Buckle up for 2015 as you can expect an exciting and accelerated digital revolution in education across Canada! With this, I am thrilled to share our…
  • Disrupting Class is the Goal of Canada’s 7th Annual Digital Learning Video Challenge

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    This year, MindShare Learning is challenging K12 teachers to engage their students in demonstrating how they learn differently through technology in the 21st century by creating a two to four minute video. “There are amazing and innovative teachers I know. However, education systems struggle with getting beyond pockets of innovation. These stories need to be shared across Canada,” said Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of MindShare Learning. “We are challenging both teachers and students to share their videos that reflect the next generation of learners. This is…
  • MindShare Learning Top Ten Newsmakers of 2014

    29 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Dear thought leader, As our 10th anniversary concludes, it is fitting that we celebrate Canada’s Top10 EdTech Newsmakers of the Year! It’s been another amazing year in the K12 and post-secondary learning and technology space across Canada. Hence, it  proved especially challenging for us to select those amazing individuals and organizations who continue to move the innovation needle forward through their passion, leadership and excellence. Thank you for your inspiration and continued support as we pursue this journey together in transforming learning in the 21st century. We truly value…
  • 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…
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    Edtechvoice » Ed Tech Blog

  • Must Use Chrome Extension: Google Apps

    marc dubeau
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Google apps is my go to productivity suite.    The versatility, features and power of Google apps is no secret to progressive educators.   Today I wanted to highlight a few chrome web store extensions I really love to use.     Often I am browsing the web and find something useful or important I would like to keep.    My preferred method of keeping track of it is via my google apps account.     In these situations, I often don’t have gmail or Google Drive open I use the following two really useful chrome extensions:  Send From Gmail to quickly open a Gmail window and fire of an…
  • Must Use Chrome App: Turn Off The Lights

    marc dubeau
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Youtube is an excellent resource in the classroom.    Often I want to show videos in my class and I want to avoid including all the extra clutter around the video.   One excellent tool I often used in the chrome webstore is called Turn Off the Lights.   This tool located in the address bar can be activated with a click of the mouse.    . Once you click on it, it will darken the surrounding content making only the part of the page you want to see visible.   This tool can also be adjusted in Options to be darker and to Automatically turn on everytime you go to a Youtube page. If you…
  • Cool Fun and Probably Educational: Quizup

    marc dubeau
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Quizup is an app that challenges you to go head to head with various people on the internet.  This is an excellent app for anyone who wants to test their knowledge on a variety of topics and could easily be used in the classroom.  The first time I opened this app and started exploring, I found 100’s of categories to try.   According to their website, they actually have over 700 categories!   This app is vast and there are many people from all over the globe on it.   It even provides rewards for success and it ranks players on a regional basis.    When I was playing in the…
  • Must Use Tool:

    marc dubeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    In the last few weeks, I have posted many useful ideas and tools to incorporate video into your classroom.    One must use tool I have not covered yet is called Edpuzzle.     This awkwardly named website is a hidden gem.  In a nutshell, Edpuzzlekhan  allows you to crop videos from a variety of sources including Youtube, Ted-Ed, National Geographic, Vimeo, Teachertube, Learnzillion, Khan Academy, Veritasium, Crash Course and NumberPhile.    In your cropped video, you also have the option to add audio overlays and embed quizzes right into the video. You can also use the Edpuzzle Chrome…
  • Must See Video: THE Power of Belief

    marc dubeau
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Our view of how we understand intelligence and how we interpret our ability impacts our success and our students’ success.  Eduardo Briceño explains the power of belief.    He explains how mindset and how we understand our intelligence and our ability is an essential factor in determining our path in life. Eduardo does a great job at explaining how this dynamic can be improved and be applied to our classes.   This TED talk fits well within Ted-Ed Classroom Dashboard.   Along with our post on Grit and using playlists as discussed in our post on Youtube in the Classroom, we feel…
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    Clif Mims |

  • Making Thinking Visible with Technology #pzmewinter15

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

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

    Clif Mims
    18 May 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I’m a big, big fan of Google+. It’s a very big component of my personal learning network (PLN). Here are some thoughts about about why I prefer Google+ over the other social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I encourage everyone to take a look at Google+’s services and consider taking advantage of them. Friend Me Please feel free to friend me on Google+. Then browse through my Links and Other Profiles to make connections, collaborate, and share resources through other networks. As I frequently say, “Together we learn more.” Google+ Communities I’ve…
  • Google Announces New Learning Management System (LMS)

    Clif Mims
    6 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes” (Source). “Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease…it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers” (Source). The following video highlights the experiences…
  • Tour of 3D Printing Lab

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

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    This time of year, many students are preparing for an actual science fair competition. Most fairs have an interview portion, when the student will explain their project to one or more judges. This will make most students nervous – so the more prepared they are, the better this will probably go. QUICK TIPS: When the judge comes to your project: —-stand up, stick out your hand and say: —-“Hi, my name is _____ and my project is ______ (state your title)”. —-Then, BRIEFLY summarize the project in 1 minute (maybe 2). —-Then, say: “Do you have any…
  • Paying it forward

    Dr. Maille Lyons
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Greetings! If my free website has ever helped you, I ask that you take a minute and consider making a small donation to: This is my daughter and I am very proud of her. Her GoFundMe project is called: TEACH-SAVE-JUGGLE: My Gap Semester Thanks, Dr. Maille Lyons
  • 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!
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Explore Social Platforms Counter, Flapit

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

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

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

  • Doctoral Theses Online: When Copyright Permission is not Required

    Dr Robert Muller
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:28 am
    © is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Melanie Johnson and Susan Carter, Doctoral Writing: previous post looked at when copyright consent is required once a thesis is posted into a digital portal, and how to obtain permissions. This post explains the situations when copyright permission is not needed.The law will vary from country to country. For example, in the United States all works created by the Government are free from copyright,…
  • The Fate of the Research Seminar in 21st Century Academia: Against Churchification

    Dr Robert Muller
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Seminar (Photo credit: Wikipedia) by Steve Fuller, The Sociological Imagination: considering the future of the research seminar, it’s best to begin by recalling that ‘seminar’ relates to words like ‘seminal’ and ‘seminary’.No, I don’t mean the politically correct point that it is focused on the male semen.Rather, I mean that it is focused on the early stages of research, where one is sharing initial findings with others who might or would like to offer input into its further development.It follows that a research seminar…
  • How do You Make Sure Your Research is Ethical?

    Dr Robert Muller
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
    ( Hannah Farrimond, The Guardian: Zimbardo's study into the psychological effects of becoming either a prisoner or a prison guard became infamous because of the questions it raised about research ethics.The controversial study, run in the basement of Stanford University in 1971, saw participants passively accept psychological abuse and follow orders to harass other prisoners. While most social scientists are unlikely to gain that level of notoriety, they do need to…
  • Prospering Wisely: How Research Helps us Confront the Tough Choices we Face in Creating a Healthier Society

    Dr Robert Muller
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Lord Nicholas Stern ( Impact of Social Sciences: are witnessing a growing mistrust, not only in political processes and politicians, but in social institutions as a whole. Inequality is also rising on many crucial dimensions.Lord Sternof Brentford, President of the British Academy argues we need a new kind of national conversation, and the voice of the humanities and social sciences must be at its centre.Researchers and scholars help make the complex intelligible,…
  • Elite University Degrees do Not Protect Black People from Racism

    Dr Robert Muller
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    ( by Lisa Wade, PhD, Sociological Images:  Disentangling the effects of race and class on the social mobility of black Americans is one of sociology’s important jobs. A new study by S. Michael Gaddis is a nice contribution.Gaddis sent resumes to 1,008 jobs in three parts of the United States. Some of these fictional job applicants carried degrees from an elite university: Stanford, Harvard, or Duke.Some had names that suggested a white applicant…
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    Planet Princeton

  • Paul Biondi Named Chairman of Princeton YMCA

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Paul Biondi was elected this week to lead the board of directors for the Princeton YMCA. Biondi has been a member of the board  since April of 2011. He chaired the board’s finance committee for two years, and has been a key member of the executive committee. Prior to joining the YMCA’s board of directors, […]
  • Mercer County to Host Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding Day Feb. 7

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Mercer County Improvement Authority will host an electronic waste disposal day on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at parking lot 1 on Hamilton Avenue directly across the street from the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, and will be held rain or shine. The event […]
  • Princeton Adult School’s Second Chance Cinema Celebrates 20th Season

    Krystal Knapp
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Second Chance Cinema, the Princeton Adult School’s annual winter semester movie course, will kick off its 20th season on Monday, Feb. 9th at 7:30 p.m. with the Princeton premiere of “Blue is the Warmest Color,” the first of ten course screenings. All ten selections for this year’s series will be shown at the Friend Center […]
  • After the Storm, NJ Alert System Sends Out Old Alerts

    Krystal Knapp
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The text message alert went out at 2:50 a.m.: “Travel ban in effect for all NJ roads starting at 11 p.m. 1/26.” There was just one problem with the text message, and it wasn’t the fact that it went out in the middle of the night. The alert was sent out on Thursday, Jan. 29 […]
  • McCarter Theatre to Host Wellness Fair and Blood Drive Feb. 5

    Krystal Knapp
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    McCarter Theatre Center will host a wellness fair and blood drive from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. The wellness fair and blood drive are presented in conjunction with McCarter’s production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead, a tale of social justice in the face of oppression. Presented in conjunction with the Community Blood […]
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  • The Biggest Reason You Should Be Building Software

    Mark Frost
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    By now, everyone knows about the wealth that can be generated from building software and creating digital services. If I said the name “Bill Gates,” you know I mean the richest man in the world, and co-founder of Microsoft. If I said the name “Mark Zuckerberg,” it’s very likely you know I’m talking about the co-founder of Facebook. He’s worth $50 billion less than Bill Gates, but he’s still worth an estimated $33 billion. But what is it about software (apps, games, services) that makes it such an incredible wealth generator? Why should I be…
  • How Anyone Can Get Into Harvard and Other Ivy League Schools

    Emina Dedic
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every student, at some point or another, wonders what Harvard, Yale, or Princeton are like. They wonder about the libraries, the classrooms, the majors (or concentrations), the parties. Every year, however, so many students decide they aren’t good enough, their grades aren’t high enough, or their test scores aren’t exemplary enough. Because of those same insecurities, so many of those students never attempt to apply. What if I told you those things don’t always have to matter? What if I told you Harvard can be your reach school and your safety school? Interested? Keep reading! The…
  • 5 Reasons to Volunteer in College

    Katie Dwyer
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    It can be easy to dismiss volunteer work when life is hectic and you have to think about yourself first. With school, a job, friends, clubs, and potentially sports, you’ve got a lot on your plate. But volunteering can be mutually beneficial when you look at it from a completely different perspective. Here are a few reasons to get out and volunteer while you’re in college: 1. You’ll Meet New People Volunteering brings you into contact with new and different people—both your fellow volunteers and the people you’re working to help. These people can become a network, a support…
  • You Should Be Using: Tasker to Make Your Android Phone Capable of Almost Anything

    Tori Reid
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    You might want a superphone that automatically goes silent in class, connects to wifi when you’re home without manually setting it, and keeps your screen lit longer only when you’re in your Kindle app. With Tasker your device can do all of this, and more. The Android operating system is often touted as having more functionality than its competitors iOS and Windows Phone OS. However, you might still wish it could perform some functions it doesn’t come with. That’s where Tasker comes in–a super automation app that you can download and use without rooting your device. With it, you…
  • 6 Major Logistics to Handle Before Spring Semester

    Katie Dwyer
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    2015 has arrived, and winter break is rapidly coming to an end. With the next semester looming, there’s plenty of logistical/practical tasks to handle that will make the next academic chapter that much easier. Take Actions to Improve Next Semester Take a little time to consider this past semester. What went well? What didn’t? Could your experience be improved by finding a tutor or signing on for other types of academic support? Are there roommate conversations that need to happen to improve your living situation? Are there clubs or organizations you would like to join? Commitments you no…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Make the Rich Pay for University: Changing Patterns of Returns to Schooling

    Harry A. Patrinos
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    At a time when students, parents and governments are looking with concern at ever increasing levels of student loan debt, the returns to schooling seem to be declining, on average, at least slightly.   The value one gets from an education, in terms of future earnings, has been decreasing over time. The returns to another year of schooling tend to decline as the level of schooling rises in an economy.
  • Leveling the Playing Field from the Start: The Power of Early Childhood Development

    Claudia Costin
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Today, I had the pleasure of participating in a keynote discussion at the Education World Forum in London--a large annual gathering of education decisionmakers from around the world. We focused this morning on how to use and translate data generated by education systems into better policies and effective results. My fellow panelists which included Baroness Lindsay Northover, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the UK’s Department for International Development, and Professor Eric Hanushek from Stanford University, made excellent points about the link between education outcomes and…
  • A System of Great Schools: Joel Klein’s Legacy in New York City

    Harry A. Patrinos
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Imagine a situation where: there are low graduation rates; violence spills into the schools; where most students are poorly educated; where there is growing inequality; students are passed from grade to grade even if they don’t learn; and there are unemployed graduates – yet skilled jobs go unfilled.  Imagine a school system ruled by a government-run monopoly dominated by vested and political interests.  There is no accountability – nobody is held responsible for results.  There is little information or data available with which to manage the system. Does this sound like a developing…
  • For Haiti, New Data Can Help Address Learning Gaps

    Melissa Adelman
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    With 95 percent of its population of 10 million under age 65, Haiti’s most abundant asset is its human capital. Given this large share of children, youth and working-age adults, education is both an ongoing challenge and policy priority for the Government of Haiti. Yet decision-making on education has been hampered by a lack of reliable data, with even basic information such as enrollment rates being difficult to estimate reliably. 
  • 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…
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    Classroom Aid

  • #xAPI Profile, Implementation and Reporting Design

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    This title highlights that we believe xAPI profile design, implementation design and reporting design should be considered at the same time, when you are planning your xAPI implementation. About learning and teaching, everything works, but how well? John Hattie has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of over... Read More ›
  • Preparing For A Renaissance in Assessment

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    The fundamental premises of personalised learning have been a part of the writings of educators for decades but have become a realisable dream in recent years, thanks to the advent of new digital technologies. What does personalised instruction look like in practice? First and foremost, it means putting the individual student at the center of the learning process and expecting them to achieve high standards.... Read More ›
  • X’MAS Giveaway – Play Beyond The Screen

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Osmo, a gaming platform that can bring Leap Motion-style gameplay to anyone with an iPad. The goal of Osmo is to bring a physical and social learning experience to the iPad. In front of an iPad, Osmo can create a shared space between friends, and between humans and the machine. It transforms the human-device interaction... Read More ›
  • Game Design and the Zone of Proximal Development

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s an experience many parents have had: From time to time my kids invite me to play video games with them. We pick a multiplayer game like MarioCart or Halo and they proceed to beat me silly. I keep trying to show moderately credible performance with little success. And I wonder, “How long would I... Read More ›
  • 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 ›
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  • Simple Lead Tracking: Should You Use a Blanket Software Solution or Several?

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

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

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    As the new year continues, many business owners are looking for ways that they can optimize productivity and daily operations in their companies. If this is one of your objectives for 2015, you should note that updating and optimizing your technology is one of the most effective ways to accomplish your goal. Here are four…
  • Introducing Your Online Startup to the Right CRM

    Simon Hopes
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    A recent infographic discussing the state of startups in the US shows that on a monthly basis, over 500,000 new businesses are launched, with 52% of small businesses being home based and over 50% of the population working in startups or small businesses. In the US alone, there are over 1.4million Corporations, 1.6million partnerships and…
  • Honda Mobilio MPV – A Winner MPV

    Simon Hopes
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    In India, the trend in favour of utility vehicles has just started. As the entire car industry is still expanding the utility segments have a huge potential of growth in this large country. As more and more people are looking to own cars, the market is opening up faster into the remotest of the areas…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • 3 Small Business Marketing Trends for 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Another year is off and running, and it’s time to look ahead to some trends that could impact how you market your small business in 2015. As an entrepreneur, it can be difficult trying to keep up with all of the trends, but it is important to know what is out there because there might be something that can have a significant impact on your marketing and sales efforts for the coming year. Here are three small business marketing trends that you should keep on your radar and try to incorporate into your plans: • A Website Alone Just Isn’t Enough: Congratulations if you have actually…
  • How to Talk to a Teenager About Financial Aid

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    It’s time to talk to your teenager about the realities of paying for a college education. Yes, it’s hard enough talking to them about curfews, let alone discussing something which could have an impact on their education and their whole adult financial life. But that job does fall under your list of responsibilities as a parent, so here are a few tips which might make it a little easier for everyone involved: • Fill Out the FAFSA Together: No, it’s not easy sharing the details of your financial situation with a teenager. You have actually tried to keep that information from your child…
  • Factors Affecting The Millennials’ Student Loan Decisions

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Do millennials, generally considered to be those born between 1980 and 1999, have different factors which affect how they make decisions about student loans? The ever-increasing amount of student loans, estimated at over $30,000 per 2013 graduate in some states, seems to indicate that this group is comfortable with taking on debt. How much debt they accumulate and whether they will be able to repay it, though, often rely on several factors: • Your State Might Make a Difference: Although a debt amount of $30,000 is substantial, that is not necessarily the norm for all states. Somewhat…
  • Will Changes in Congress Affect College Financial Aid?

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    The holidays are over, winter is settling in, and college students are getting set to return to campus. Parents of high school seniors are anxiously beginning the process of completing the FAFSA for the very first time. You may not have noticed that the President has returned to Washington after a holiday break and a Republican Congress is also back in session. The balance of power in Congress has shifted, and college students everywhere are wondering what kind of impact this change might have on their college financial aid. Here are a few ways you could be affected: • Compromise Will Still…
  • How to Follow-Up On Your College Applications

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Perhaps you have been quite efficient and managed to get all of your college applications submitted on time. You have also met with your parents and started to collect the information needed to complete the FAFSA in January. Is there anything else you can do to make sure you give yourself the best shot to get into the college of your choice? It’s always a good idea to follow-up on your college applications. It would be quite the shame to miss out because something was not submitted on time. Here are a few steps you can take: • Pay Attention to Email: Although most high school students…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • College Interview 101

    Dana Fulton
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The basics: A college interview is a chance for you to meet a representative of the school and talk to them about how you may fit their institution. Although most admissions officers will be more interested in your grades, test scores and essays, an interview is a great opportunity to show the school who you really are instead of relying on your application to do so. You can show your interest in the school, ask thoughtful questions and start a relationship with someone who makes admission decisions. This is also your chance to talk with someone who knows the ins and outs of the college. How…
  • The importance of career assessments

    Dana Fulton
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Discovering their path As students prepare for college, they face a range of decisions to make, including which career to pursue. With the number of majors to choose from growing and the options for potential careers changing faster than ever, a career assessment test may help undecided students get a handle on where they want to go in life. Here are a few ways the test can benefit students as they start down their path to college. It can give them a starting point With so many possible careers, knowing how to start their journey through college to a career may be overwhelming for some…
  • Make a plan and stick to it – your guide to saving for college

    Dana Fulton
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    When you’re planning to pay for college, budgeting is a great way to take some of the stress out of the process and fill in the gaps that loans and scholarships can leave behind. Look into payment plans If tuition is a concern, many schools offer a payment plan that allows you to make several smaller payments over the course of a semester instead of one large payment at the beginning. This is a great way to ensure you stay on track, and is especially helpful if you’re on a tighter budget. The benefits of direct deposit Direct deposit allows your paycheck to be deposited into several…
  • Meet your guide on the road to college

    Dana Fulton
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There are a lot of things to consider as you prepare for college, so starting early can help make the whole process easier. Thankfully, you have a great resource for almost any question you might have as you start preparing for college: your high school counselor. Below are a few topics you can ask them about as you begin your college journey. Where should you go? There are many factors that will contribute to which college you decide to attend, from what academic programs they offer to cost to location and more. Your high school counselor can help you understand what factors make a college a…
  • FAFSA Essentials: What Every Student Needs to Know

    Dana Fulton
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For Seniors preparing to apply for federal financial aid or Juniors just beginning their college search, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is one form nearly every college bound student will encounter. Completing the application may require tracking down a handful of documents and other information, however, filling out the FAFSA can be quick and easy with a little preparation. Here are some tips that school counselors may share with their college-bound students and their families to help make applying fast and less intimidating. How and where to apply Applying for the…
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  • Balancing a Job and School: Pitfalls and Payoffs

    Emily Starbuck Crone
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Staying on top of tough college courses is a challenge for any student, but balancing it with working in a restaurant, being a nanny, or any job for that matter, makes it even harder to keep up. With the rising costs of college tuition and living expenses, it’s no surprise that a 2013 study from Citigroup and Seventeen magazine found nearly 80% of college students work at least part-time during the school year. Here are some of our best tips for successfully juggling a part-time job with your academics. Put school first. ​​“Students need to remind themselves school is their most…
  • Obama: Wealthiest Americans Should Foot Community College Bill

    Sarah Cooke
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    President Barack Obama wants the wealthiest Americans to foot the bill for his free community college proposal. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama called for increased taxes on higher-income earners to pay for middle-class tax breaks and to make two years of community college free for qualifying students. Obama unveiled his community college plan earlier this month, but without much in the way of how it would be paid for. On Tuesday night, the president outlined a Robin Hood-style idea that would tax the rich to help the middle class. “Whoever you are, this plan is your…
  • FAFSA Q&A: Ask a Financial Aid Expert

    Danielle Lichliter
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The Free Application for Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, is the only way to get federal financial support for college. Unfortunately, the FAFSA has quite the reputation for being confusing, long and hard to fill out. In reality, most students complete the FAFSA in less than an hour’s time. We asked Justin Chase Brown, associate director of financial aid at the University of Missouri and an expert in all things FAFSA, to shed some light on the topic. What’s the most common question you get about the FAFSA? Brown: What is the income threshold to be eligible to receive the…
  • Recruiter Q&A: Scoring an Entry-Level Startup Job

    Abbey Stauffer
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Instacart, the innovative delivery startup that brings groceries to your door in as little as one hour, is expecting to hire 300 people this year, many of whom will be recent grads or young professionals. As part of our Recruiter Q&A series, we sat down with Mathew Caldwell, Instacart’s head of talent, to talk about what the company looks for in entry-level hires, how to make an impression on its interviewers and the realities of working for a startup (hint: It’s not all parties and free food). NerdScholar: Instacart is blowing up right now — you were just valued at $2 billion…
  • Stretch Your Grad Student Budget to Make Ends Meet in an Expensive City

    Teddy Nykiel
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    As a graduate student, your No. 1 job is to succeed in school, but that doesn’t mean the cost of housing, food, transportation, tuition and books falls to the wayside. Balancing school and finances can be challenging for any grad student, but if you’re in New York, San Francisco, Honolulu, Washington D.C., or Boston, you’re doing it in one of the most expensive cities in the country. But by sticking to a balanced budget, you can attend graduate school and thrive. When you’re living on a fixed income, a budget helps you allocate your money. To start, calculate the total amount you have…
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    Studying Law

  • Ethnic Diversity

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

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

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

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

  • Computers or Cursive? – What would You do?

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

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Why aren’t kids reading more today? Are they too busy with their electronic gadgets and games? National Reading Day (Friday, January 23) is an annual event which encourages reading by younger children and is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo,  writes engaging stories that she hopes will inspire young adults to read! She recently wrote a great post with some practical tips and advice on getting reluctant readers to read. Definitely worth checking out! Here are…
  • Curriki’s Most Popular Teaching Resources in 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Here is a list of the most popular Curriki resources and collections in 2014. A few of these keep popping up on our top lists (timeless appeal), so it’s worth a quick read. (If you do, your job will be much easier and you’ll save hours on prep and research!) Drum roll, please… Most downloaded resource in 2014: The Art of Triangles TE and SE from Curriki Geometry Most Popular collection: English 10 Full Course Contributed by Sarah Lornston Hottest eTextbook: Mathematics etextbook by Free High School Science Texts   Top STEM…
  • 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.
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    Used Books in Class

  • #Poetry Friday: Situational Irony and Apology to Billy Collins

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Situational Irony It was situational irony…staring me in the face. In looking for lessons for poetry month, I came upon a worksheet that asked students to analyze a poem. The poem on the worksheet was “Introduction to Poetry” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Below the poem on the worksheet were two columns: “Examples of figurative language” go in the left hand column; “Types of Figurative Language” go into the right hand column. When I came upon this worksheet in a curriculum guide, I was, at first, amused by the situational irony…
  • Digital Writing Model Text: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The blizzard raging outside recalls the looping GIF of drifting snow that opens the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times feature story, Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. As a model text, this example of digital writing is the kind of writing that we should be preparing our students to do. This story of 16 expert skiers and snowboarders and their fatal decision to ski outside the Stevens Pass ski area in the Washington Cascades was written by journalist John Branch and published digitally on Dec. 20, 2012. His recount of the group’s excursion into the…
  • Let Them Make T-Charts!

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Pity the copier. Stuck in the windowless corner of the teacher’s room, churning out page after page of quizzes, newsletters, and course descriptions. Probed and shoved and slammed, the oft maligned copier needs a break. What could teachers do to lessen the toll that results in the overheated roller or stapler malfunction? Stop the madness….there is no reason to copy a graphic organizer! The graphic organizer is meant to help students prepare for another activity…a discussion, a quiz, or an essay. Graphic organizers can be used at any grade level. Graphic organizers can…
  • Disconnected Audiences: 2015 Oscars and English Classroom Literature

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    The Hollywood Academy released the 2015 nominations this past week, and their choices for best picture, best actor, and best director lit a firestorm on social media about the lack of diversity in their choices. Some of the heated discussions called into question the make-up of the Academy, which according to a  2014 Los Angeles Times article is: 93 percent white 76 percent male Average age of 63 The percentages that make up the homogenized Academy bear a striking resemblance to the make-up in the canon of literature traditionally taught in high school English classrooms, a list of…
  • Give Them Time and A Book of Their Choice in School

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I have seen how the monthly Scholastic Publishing Company book flyer can set student readers’ hearts aflutter. Scholastic’s marketing through classroom book clubs gives them direct access to all levels of student readers, and when a school hosts a Scholastic book fair, students can browse books or products with book title tie-ins. Moreover, Scholastic offers resources to teachers including lesson plans, discussion guides, and leveled reading programs. So when Scholastic releases a report titled Kids and Family Reading Report, they speak with authority. The Fall 2014…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Spotlight On: Postgrad Studies in Politics

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  lamentables  Politics can be a rewarding and diverse field to explore as a postgraduate student. In fact, you may be thinking about specialising in this area yourself. There may indeed be no better way to change the world around … more... The post Spotlight On: Postgrad Studies in Politics appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student Unions – What’s on Offer?

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  reynolds.james.e  In 1966, a group of situationist protestors (a postmodernist political group dedicated to exposing political failures through spectacle and stunt) gained control of the University of Strasbourg student union in the elections of that year. Their initial aim … more... The post Student Unions – What’s on Offer? appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Student City Guide: Lincoln

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Lincolnian (Brian)  The pretty and historic Cathedral city of Lincoln in home to two universities, the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University. It’s not such a small town, either: with a population in the urban area of over … more... The post Student City Guide: Lincoln appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Cheap and Cute Ideas For Your Postgrad Valentine

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Kup Kup Land  We all know that postgrad study is an incredibly rewarding but incredibly finance sapping experience to undertake. With the majority of your expenses being used for tuition, travel, accommodation and everything else in between, Valentines Day … more... The post Cheap and Cute Ideas For Your Postgrad Valentine appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Postgrad Careers: Where to Learn New Skills

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
       by  Damien []  A terrifying fact for you, and one you won’t want to hear as you toil away on your Masters or PhD; in the current work climate, having a postgrad qualification just isn’t enough to make you a … more... The post Postgrad Careers: Where to Learn New Skills appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Celebrate and Learn About Black History with These Awesome Titles!

    Bookshare Team Member
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Photo collage of historic black individuals in American History February is Black History Month, when we celebrate the achievements of African Americans and honor the generations of people who struggled to achieve equality in American society. Did you know that black history is also celebrated in other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom? In this blog, we have collected a number of worthy titles, many written by black authors*, that you can use in your classroom, read with your child, or read on your own. Book Cover of Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine Titles for Younger…
  • Benetech Names New President, COO to Massively Grow Social Impact

    Bookshare Team Member
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Benetech, the parent organization of Bookshare just announced the appointments of Betsy Beaumon as president and Mark Roberts as chief operating officer. Founder Jim Fruchterman continues as Benetech’s chief executive officer, evangelizing Benetech and advancing the technology-for-good field. The goal of the senior appointments is to increase Benetech’s social impact at scale and its capacity to create new social enterprises that use technology to deliver social good. Through its recently launched technological innovation arm, Benetech Labs, Benetech has been increasingly focused on…
  • Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

    Bookshare Team Member
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    What is it like for a nonprofit to have a successful, lasting partnership with a private philanthropic foundation? And what are some of the social benefits and impact that may result from such a relationship?At Benetech, we’re fortunate to have had long-time support from funders who have been willing to bet on us. One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. I’d like to share our experience with Lavelle, where they took a series of calculated risks in grantmaking.The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold…
  • Attending ATIA 2015? Get Bookshare Updates and Give Us Your Feedback!

    Bookshare Team Member
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    ATIA 2015 15th Anniversary Banner Are you going to the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference in Orlando, FL? On Thursday evening, January 29, we will host a special ATIA session to meet with Bookshare members, ask and answer questions, and share feedback. You can also learn more about new and exciting developments at Bookshare and our parent nonprofit, Benetech. We hope you will join us!  Please RSVP.  What: Bookshare: Latest and Greatest When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Place: Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel in Rooms Cayman I and II  Light…
  • Please Share this Amazing Video, Possibilities Abound with Bookshare!

    Bookshare Team Member
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Did you know that in the U.S. an estimated 2% of all students have a print disability? And that by third and fourth grade*, students who are behind in reading, have a greater chance of falling behind in all their subjects?  You can help to reverse this trend by sharing this awesome video, Possibilities Abound with Bookshare, created by students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Imagine the realm of possibilities for more individuals with qualifying print disabilities in school and beyond. Watch the animated video now to learn: What is a print disability. How it affects a person’s ability…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • Trends Impacting High School Health Science Curriculum

    Bri Stauffer
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many changes can affect what you need to cover in your Health Science programs. But what are some of the most recent trends? We’d like to help you understand what those changes are, and how they are going to impact your high school health science curriculum. Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction According to Carole Stacy (Executive Director, NCHSE), there is a shift in the way health science topics are being taught: Concept-Based Curriculum. This style of teaching involves covering a wide concept, and then drilling down to detailed topics that fit into the larger concept. An example…
  • Best Certifications for High School Students: Health Science

    Sarah Layton
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton has published that according to TOP 5 Career Clusters™, health science is the second fasted growing at +21%! And so, it’s no surprise that CTE directors and supervisors often ask us these seemingly simple questions: What are the best certifications for high school students in CTE programs? What are the best certifications for high school students in health science career clusters? How do I find and identify the best certifications and resources for my high school health science curriculum? How do I keep my health science curriculum up-to-date and…
  • Career Readiness Lesson Plans: Ohio Leads the Way

    Sarah Layton
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Career readiness is dominating education headlines. What does it mean for you and other CTE teachers? Maybe nothing today, but tomorrow? Prepare yourself for big changes in career readiness standards. Case in point: Ohio. Ohio teachers must now cover Strand 1 Business Operations/21st Century Skills standards with all students. Here’s what Ohio is doing to ensure they have career readiness lesson plans that work… Ohio Strand 1 Business Operations/21st Century Skills Everyone knows about the infamous skills gap. Unemployment is too high, yet employers say that…
  • Medical Terminology Lesson Plans That Will Blow Your Mind

    Sarah Layton
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Sarah Layton Blow your mind? Am I just easily impressed? Perhaps. But I’m a sucker for tools and resources that make teaching and learning just that much easier for you and your students. You may already be using these awesome resources in your medical terminology lesson plans. Or these resources might already be right at your fingertips. But if you aren’t using them, you’ll certainly be asking yourself why not! Medical terminology is such an important part of health care education. It is far more than a list of vocabulary words and definitions. In the article…
  • Top 3 High School Business Curriculum Articles of 2014

    Sarah Layton
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    by Sarah Layton It’s hard to believe that 2014 is all but complete! Over the course of the year, we’ve covered such a variety of topics. But what were the most popular posts about high school business curriculum in 2014? Here’s what got your attention this year… The Best Way to Teach Entrepreneurship to High School Students All the way back in January 2014, Ken Richard took some time to research teaching entrepreneurship in high school. He found some great resources and shared them with our readers. Here’s what Ken found that you could include in your high…
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    Fractus Learning

  • Give Classroom Photos Some Flair with the Moldiv Collage App

    Lisa Blessington
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Overview It wasn’t too long ago that photo editing was the business of dedicated professionals and cashed up amateurs. It would take hours of work and a studio of expensive equipment to turn flat photos into creative and beautiful works of art. Now, all we need is the phone in our pocket! Moldiv Collage Photo Editor is one of the most popular free photo editing apps, and with its amazingly simple interface comes a powerful and fun tool that both teachers and students can use to create collages, patterns and unique designs. Name: Moldiv Pricing: Free Compatibility: iOS / Android…
  • Teach Your Students to Thrive Using Positive Education Strategies

    Corinne Campbell
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Happiness is not something that only happens if we are lucky. We can learn skills to create conditions for happiness and we can teach those skills to our students so that they can thrive. Martin Seligman’sresearch into happiness allowed him to identify five elements that are common to people reporting high levels of happiness and wellbeing in their life, which he calls the PERMA model. Positive Emotion Engagement Relationships Meaning Accomplishment And the great thing is, PERMA can be taught. This is not just fluffy, feel good stuff. Mission Australia reported last year that one in five…
  • Strategies for Encouraging Cooperative Learning – Printable Poster

    Lisa Blessington
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cooperative learning is as much a skill for students to develop as it is a reflection on how we work and interact in any career or group situation. With an endless number of different techniques and strategies, try using some of the below examples to group and encourage cooperation with your students. Mix and match techniques, take from one, add to another and venture forward to invent and create your own. Each of these strategies has been sourced from the Creative Commons text ‘Educational Psychology‘ authored by professor of educational psychology at the University…
  • Coding is the New Literacy – Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens

    Nick Grantham
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners. At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development. How does this research manifest and present itself in the real world? Well programming robots of course!
  • 5 Completely Free Education Reference eBooks from Google Books

    Wade Gegan
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Overview Where is your first port of call when looking for the right book? Amazon? iTunes? Even an actual brick-and-mortar library??? All good options, but there is one delightfully simple place you should be trying first. Google Books. Not only can you preview a large portion of a book to try before you buy, you may even strike it lucky and get the whole thing for free! Here are five completely free eBooks to get you started, but make sure to take some time and explore, who knows what gems you might find. Name: Google Books Pricing: Free Compatibility: Browser Access: No signup…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • Popping Up in February

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

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

    Mike James Hansford
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s inevitable isn’t it? Schools, councils and the nation in general are woefully unprepared for bad weather in the UK.  At some point we’ll have a bit of snow on the ground and every local authority running for the hills, giving us visions of impending doom, schools three feet under snow, an apocalypse.  You know, that kind of thing.  I can remember at least 5 days when my school elected to close for snow. It did seem a bit of an irony, though, that on two occasions I only discovered my school was shut when I got to the school gates.  That’s right, I actually…
  • Tips to get you through your final year at University

    Mike James Hansford
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    First semester is in the books and boy has it gone quickly! It seems like only yesterday that we were lining up to get tickets for the various Fresher’s Week events – now we’re all looking at our timetables and wondering where on earth the time went. I suspect that whether you spent all your time in the library or the bar, you’re going to be looking at a certain pile of work and thinking “right, this kinda needs to get done now.” For me, final year of University is bringing about some challenges that I haven’t really experienced before – the…
  • Teacher standards and tackling poor teachers

    Ellie Bird
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    If your child were held at knife-point by a teacher until the pupil got the right answer – for a joke – would you think it was funny? Probably not. It was this kind of extraordinary behaviour that got one teacher permanently sacked from a school last year. In recent months, the new teachers’ governing agency, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, has barred teachers for offences including swearing at children, pulling hair and punching pupils, falsifying school exam results, fabricating their professional qualifications, falsifying claims for sick pay and encouraging…
  • English as a second language tips: improving your pronunciation

    Jon Ellis
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Those learning English as a second language often say that one of the most difficult areas to master is pronunciation. Unlike languages such as Spanish or Italian, which are relatively easy to pronounce, English has quite a few difficult phonemes (like ‘igh’), which do not necessarily sound the way a non-native speaker would instinctively read them, there are also exceptions to general spelling and pronunciation rules abound. Moreover, English does not used accent marks to tell us where stress lies in a word. Finally, English is orthographically conservative, meaning that when we adopt a…
  • Tips for tutors: what works best – according to kids…

    Jon Ellis
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    If you really want to help your students enjoy the process of learning, the best place to start could be with the children themselves. This article contains answers from children who were asked what teachers and tutors can do to help them be more interested in and excited about the academic world. When you tutor you can help by… Teaching me the basics of layered subjects like mathematics. “When I am having difficulty with a difficult area of mathematics like algebra, it helps if the tutor takes the time to make sure I know the basics. When they go over the subject to look for areas I…
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    K12 Insight

  • Managing the ME Brand

    Matt Lindbloom
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    By Matthew Lindbloom Not long before college graduation, I met with my advisor who notified me that I was one of a small number of students who had completed the required courses necessary to achieve a certificate in Brand and Reputation Management in addition to my degree. I had always been enthralled by consumer behavior and the complexity involved in creating and sustaining a healthy brand, and now I would have a snazzy certificate to prove it! Soon after, I was invited back for a discussion with my former professors, peers and the CEO of one of Philadelphia’s top advertising agencies…
  • (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…
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    Free Homework Help

  • Math Review of Volume and Surface Area

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

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

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

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

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Overview Trinomial squares are also known as perfect square trinomials, and are the squares of binomial expressions. They factor as (a + b)(a + b) or (a – b)(a – b) where a and b are real numbers. Forms such as (a + b)(a -b) are special products that are also called the difference of squares. Trinomial Squares When a squared binomial such as (a + b)(a + b) is multiplied using FOIL, the values of a and b follow a specific pattern. Recall that the first term is a2, the outside and inside terms are ab + ba, and the last term is b2. If a polynomial follows the form ax2 + bx + c, a and…
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    The API Abroad Blog

  • API Spring 2015 Study Abroad Fairs 2/1/15 – 2/17/15

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    API representatives are crisscrossing the country over the next few weeks, attending study abroad fairs to talk with students about study abroad, international internships, and volunteer, teach, and work abroad programs. Check the list below to see if we’re coming to a campus near you soon – if so, stop by and say hello! Also, when you stop by the API booth, be sure to grab one of our multilingual “hello” stickers, and share your greeting on Twitter, Instagram, or wherever your friends live online. We’ll be sharing and reposting the best pics, and one lucky winner will…
  • Getting Into the Right Mindset

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Eternal City is my home for the next four months… I have told myself that several times since I have arrived in Rome, but it took being here two weeks to really hit home. The first week was filled with orientation that gave us the opportunity to get acquainted with fellow API students, become familiar with the Trastevere neighborhood, and tour John Cabot University. Obviously showing up in a foreign country is a little nerve-racking, so I think the orientation provided a nice transition that allowed us to settle into our new home. I think that when the organization and structure of…
  • The Start of My Florentine Love Affair

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    I’ve never enjoyed history. The textbooks with numerous faces and long names, endless lessons on wars, and constant memorizing of dates were my least favorite part of high school. My mother told me before leaving, “There is so much history! You’ll walk the same streets that many people did thousands of years ago.” I’ve never enjoyed history…until Florence. Our brief city tour began and instantly I was captivated by the stories and past of the buildings. Everything is beautiful in Florence. Looking around so many things catch your eye and you soon find yourself wondering about the…
  • ‘Twas The Night Before Spain

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    ‘Twas the night before Spain And all through my home Not a shirt was packed Not even my comb I would get nestled all snug in my bed While visions of tapas danced in my head When on my phone I heard an alert So I rose from my bed, my head kinda hurt My wandering eyes did not see a trend API was now my Facebook friend I arose the next morning Had my last US meal I wasn’t quite sure Just how to feel My mom gave me a map, and told me a game Mark all the countries I’d visit, and shout them by name For Madrid, and Paris Granada, and Rome, Seville, and the UK (My Dad’s old home) We…
  • API Abroad Gap Fairs – February 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    With January behind us, we wanted to give an update on where API Abroad will be traveling across the country over the next few weeks on the USA Gap Year Fairs national circuit.  As we mentioned last month, each fair offers participants the opportunity to hear from a distinguished speaker giving his or her thoughts on the benefits of taking a gap year.  You’ll also learn more about the many options available to you after graduating from high school, including API Abroad’s gap year programs.   We’d love to talk to you, so we hope you can come to see us!  Check the list…
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  • Social Learning Is More Than Just Social Media: Crafting An Effective Strategy

    Saga Briggs
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Australia and the United States are the two most individualistic countries in the world. From the time we enter formal schooling, we are expected to forge our own academic paths and pursue individual careers, occasionally crossing paths with others but always keeping our own best interests in mind. But in a world of increasing complexity and interdependence, we can no longer afford “to go our own way.” Informal learning may have already become a social phenomenon, but formal education has a lot of catching up to do–and quick. One way of explaining this individualistic spirit…
  • This Is Your Brain On Games

    Saga Briggs
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Illustration by Terry Fan The past year has illuminated many things about the way the brain works, including how it responds to games. It is now erroneous to conflate ten hours of Super Mario with minor head trauma. We know that you won’t go blind if you’re looking for coins and bananas and rings on a screen all day. Your motivation and attention span will remain intact no matter what level you reach in Skyrim. In fact, the very latest science is telling us the exact opposite of what we thought all along: video games actually increase brain function. “Action video games have…
  • 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,…
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  • Don’s 101 Guide to Networking for Almost-Adults

    Don Osborne
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Networking is a powerful tool — if you know how to use it correctly. However, when you mention “networking” to the everyday college student, you usually get a negative reaction. To many college students, networking comes off as “inauthentic” or explicitly something that’s done in the corporate world. The common
  • What to Expect on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section of the MCAT 2015

    Don Osborne
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    The vast majority of pre-med students have a particularly hard time with the Critical Analysis and Reading section of the MCAT because science-based college programs don’t ask you to interpret content like a social science or Humanities course would require. It involves a different way of extrapolating information. The new
  • What Do You Need to Know About the “Social and Behavioral Sciences Section” of the MCAT 2015?

    Don Osborne
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    The “Social and Behavioral Sciences” section is a new addition to the upcoming MCAT 2015. This section might catch a lot of pre-meds off guard since this material is completely new. Luckily, for starters, AAMC put together a nifty webinar for pre-meds to get a general ideas of what they
  • Postbacc Pre-Med Programs for Free?

    Don Osborne
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    If you’ve been following the news, you may have heard of President Obama’s new proposal. Called America’s College Promise, this new law would make community college free for the first two years. This has huge ramifications for pre-meds and for folks who are thinking of changing careers into medicine.
  • What About Do-It-Yourself Postbaccalaureate Programs?

    Don Osborne
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Universities around the U.S. offer a whole lot of programs out there for people looking to pursue a medical career after getting their bachelors degree in a non-science field, or for so-called “career changers.” Completing your pre-med preqs this way turns you into a “non-traditional” applicant, but the number of
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    Online Cultus

  • How much does it cost to graduate?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Below is and overview of the high education costs. Have a look and share your comments with us? Do you think it is over rated to spend so much money on education when you have so much free educational resources available online free? The post How much does it cost to graduate? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: How much does the education cost? In-door universities’ lectures will be replaced by distance learning The cost of college blues Education and money 10 Great websites for educational resources and notes
  • How to choose a high quality online course?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    Online education is attracting more and more attention worldwide due to its flexibility and availability. Nowadays, major institutions proudly offer a variety of courses ranging from technology to administration. Since the competition is huge, it’s very easy to get lost going through numerous offers. How do you make sure you choose a high quality course... The post How to choose a high quality online course? appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: 6 Key points for finding high-quality academic software How to choose online degree courses? Is online education right for you? How can…
  • What is most valuable?

    Aleksandra Arsik
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The post What is most valuable? appeared first on Online Cultus. No related posts.
  • Secondary education – more affordable

    Aleksandra Arsik
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Everyone knows that the cost of attending college increases each year. Whether you go to a public or private institution, you can expect to feel a blow to your budget. Many aspiring college students give up the dream of going to college simply because they can’t afford it, however, there are some ways to make... The post Secondary education – more affordable appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: How to overcome financial barriers to education? Strategies for financing your education 3 Tips to make your college degree pay off The right college for business education Why should…
  • The benefits of learning in a global classroom

    Aleksandra Arsik
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
     Studying in a global classroom – The plus points The global classroom is an idea that is eccentric and is just as rewarding in terms of academics, awareness, and personality development. Global classrooms – What is the deal? As the world becomes more and more compact, and as we see a transformation of a global... The post The benefits of learning in a global classroom appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Classroom response system enhancing the learning experience for students Give your classroom a summer revamp XXI Century classroom Online learning benefits the environment The…
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  • How To Educate A Nurse For Perfect Healthcare

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    UC Nursing Online
  • 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…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • NMS Zaria Admission Exercise Commence

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    The 2015/2016 admission application exercise into the Nigerian Military School Zaria, Is on. Eligibility for Admission: Candidate must complete all required fields appropriately. All candidates should be at least 12 years old at the time of entry into Nigerian Military School, Zaria. Eligible candidates must be medically and physically fit and must be of good moral […] NMS Zaria Admission Exercise Commence is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post NMS Zaria Admission Exercise Commence appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • UNILAG Opens Admission For Interested Candidates

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Interested candidates are invited with their applications for admission into the Pre-Degree Programme in French for the 2014/2015 Session. The Programme is designed for those who are interested in the study of French for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French at the University of Lagos. Successful candidates will proceed into the Foundation Programme, which […] UNILAG Opens Admission For Interested Candidates is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post UNILAG Opens Admission For Interested Candidates appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • UNILAG Students Registration Beginning Date Announced

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    The Mop-Up Phase of the process of capturing photographs and signatures of students (Direct Entry, 100, 200, 300, 400 & 500 Level) for the production of identity cards will begin on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the CITS Seminar Room, UNILAG Main Campus, Akoka. The schedule for this phase is as follows: Tuesday, February 3, […] UNILAG Students Registration Beginning Date Announced is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post UNILAG Students Registration Beginning Date Announced appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • AKSU Admission List For 2nd Batch Released

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    This is to notify all the candidates that participated in the Akwa Ibom State University Post UTME Screening Exercise that the institution has published the SECOND batch of candidates offered provisional admission into the institution for the 2014/2015 Academic Session. The list is available online. Candidates can directly access the list now via this link: […] AKSU Admission List For 2nd Batch Released is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post AKSU Admission List For 2nd Batch Released appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • LASU Student And Lecturers Protest Against Their VC

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    On Wednesday, protesting lecturers and students of the Lagos State University (LASU)  protested their way down to the Lagos State House of Assembly demanding for the resignation of Professor John Obafunwa, the Vice Chancellor. The leader of the House, Hon Ajibayo Adeyeye who came to address the students was snubbed and embarrassed. According to the […] LASU Student And Lecturers Protest Against Their VC is a post from: Nigeria Schools Blog The post LASU Student And Lecturers Protest Against Their VC appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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    PortPrep Blog

  • Décor Hacks You Need to Know Now

    Karen Kesteloot
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    Life is busy and complicated most of the times, we are always looking for shortcuts or easy ways to get things done. Thankfully there are such cheats or hacks which help get us difficult tasks done so easily that sometimes we are left thinking, “Why didn’t I think of this earlier?” Well, life is like that, it keeps throwing surprises at us and with such surprises we gather up ways to make our lives more efficient. Home Décor is an art, people love decorating their house in a way that it reflects their own taste. There is something about home décor that gives one liberation to add…
  • 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,…
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    Nursing Schools

  • Maintaining Good Health and Safety as a Nurse

    10 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Those who work as CNA nurses need to know how to stay healthy and safe each and every day, so as to take care of themselves as well as their patients. Nursing can be very stressful work, and it is therefore important to stay focused and take a deep breath whenever necessary. Being a nurse in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice can take a mental toll on healthcare workers, which is why it is so important that they take care of themselves in terms of their own mental health. Because nurses, especially those in hospitals, have to deal with sick patients all day every day, it is extremely…
  • Medical Assistant

    25 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    The job of a medical assistant is important to keep medical offices running smoothly and it is one of the fastest growing positions in the entire country. Medical assistants allow doctors to focus on their medical duties and provide as much focused attention to patients as possible. There are many different things that an administrative or clinical assistant is responsible for. These responsibilities vary based on the type of healthcare facility that employs a medical assistant. The reason why there are so many new jobs is because of the diversity of facilities that rely on medical assisting…
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:05 am
    Licensed Practical Nurses are becoming one of the most highly-demanded members of healthcare teams, leading the numbers in new jobs across the country. The healthcare industry is growing faster than any others, with thousands of new jobs opening each year in each state. Fortunately, new nurses can be trained in about two years and quickly find work at a number of different types of medical facilities. As an entry-point into the field of healthcare, LPNs are well-compensated for their time and skills. Additionally, there are many more opportunities in the future for continued education and…
  • Important Care Tips that Every Nurse Should Know

    18 Feb 2014 | 9:42 am
    There are certain things which every nurse should know when they are going about helping patients on a daily basis. With how busy nurses can get, it is especially important to pay attention to the details and remain calm. It is crucial that you are aware of things such as transfers, codes, abnormal vital signs, and verifying medication orders when going about doing your job. These are all very important things which need to be taken into consideration, especially when things get busy and chaotic. Another one of the more important things that any nurse can do is to highlight any allergies a…
  • Top Ranking Nurses

    12 Feb 2014 | 9:26 am
    There are many career specialties that you can choose from in the nursing field. You could become a CRNA, which is a certified registered nurse anesthetist. A CRNA is the highest paid nurse and they provide anesthetics. To be a CRNA you must have a four-year bachelors degree in nursing a minimum of one years experience in acute care (Intensive Care Unit for example) as well as successful completion of a nurses anesthetic course and pass a certification exam. The next highest paid nurse would be a certified nurse midwife or CNM for short. These nurses have advanced specialized training as both…
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  • Time Management and Its Effect on Materials Availability in an Organization

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

    emmanuel obasi
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Background to the Study Armstrong (2006) opines that Human Resources have been tagged the most valuable assets of any business organization. Hence, for an organization to succeed there is the idea resource and human resource to be capable of moving the organization towards a competitive advantage. Performance in the banking industry therefore, concerns with employees and organizational performance development through which better result can be achieved by understanding and managing performance with an organization agreed framed work planned goals, standard and competency requirement. It aims…

    emmanuel obasi
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1    Background of the Study Office or modern offices today run multiple technological devices which revolutionized work process, procedures and work habit in offices. Office job performances are vibrant with the use of internet services that enable professionals perform their job. Technology such as the internet services has complimented the job of office professionals as well as communication advertisement and high productivity. Office today revolves around internet services. It has computer communication software such as the electronic mail (e-mail) through…

    emmanuel obasi
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1    Background of the Study Social work is a diverse and useful profession with a rich history that both reflects and energizes the society and the social institution it serves (Jack, 1999:3). Social welfare service captures and illustrates the multidimensional- nature of social work profession, while demonstrating at the same time, how the Nigerian society has shaped the emerging services as a form of social work. The impact of social welfare services in an article in a journal tagged, the National Association of Social Workers, No. 30 – 1980, Professor David…
  • The Role of Inventory Planning on Product Availability in the Oil Industries (A Case Study of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC)

    emmanuel obasi
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    CHAPTER I: Introduction 1.1            Background of the Study It is a fact in materials management that continuity in production or provision of services on constant flow of required inventory. However, the question confronting the materials management remain, how much shall be ordered when the quality available is less than required to meet production demand or the quantity is less than order point and how best to plan and control the quantity of inventory needed at a given time. The focus of the materials manager is to reduce the two ends of the spectrum, that is excessive…
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    GED Certificate Classes Online

  • GED Classes in Bronx, NY

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

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

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

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

  • General Awareness Quiz for 1 February

    Ramandeep Singh
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Who appointed as Chairman of Railway Board ? 2. Who is the longest serving Chief Minister of any State of India ? 3. Bharat Forge acquired which foreign company ? 4. Reliance Capital signed an agreement with which foreign bank ? 5. Who won Olof Palme Human Rights Prize for the year 2014 won by ? 6. Roger Federer won Chennai Open Trophy of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Updates for 1 February

    Ramandeep Singh
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    Current Affairs Updates for 1 February Politics The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will create India’s first fenced Elephant Sanctuary as it announced on 29th January 2015. Rehabilitation Package of Rs.1102 Crore approved by the Government of India for flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir as it announced on 30th January 2015.  Appointments Paul van Ass appointed as Coach... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • General Awareness Quiz for 31 January

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Who was the Chief Guest of 66th Republic Day of India ? 2. Which country will host ICC Twenty20 World Cup ? 3. R.K. Laxman died recently, he was a famous ? 4. Who is the Coach of Indian Hockey Team ? 5. Who is the author of ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ ? 6. Which airport emerged as World’s Busiest Airport ? 7. Who awarded with Martin Luther King... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GK Digest January 2015 - Download PDF Now

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Today I am releasing GK Digest for January month. From last 8 months I am making monthly GK digest. Download LinkName of ebook - GK Digest JanuaryNumber of pages - 45Format - PDFUseful for for - All competitive examsPlease share this ebook with your friends on Facebook. Comment below with your feedback. Send me suggestions so that I can make it better, mail me -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Possesive Nouns - Examples, Explanation and Exceptions

    Ramandeep Singh
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    Noun is a name of a person, thing, place or action. Possessive noun shows ownership of one noun on another by adding "an apostrophe" and a "s". Singular Possessive nounRam's tableRaghu's bookTemple's landFather's car Plural Possessive nounParents' moneyMembers' votesStudents' fundBabies' toysDownload Free English Grammar Digest here [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    E-Learning Training Solution

  • Online Management Training

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    WHAT IS MANAGEMENT? OUR DEFINITION IS SIMPLE   Management means achieving results through the organized collective efforts of people. A wide discrepancy in management abilities exists in the workplace today. At one end of the spectrum are managers who lack the necessary awareness to act effectively in their positions. At the other end of the spectrum are those managers whose clear understanding of key competencies empowers them to achieve great results.   The purpose of this article is to provide the information necessary to bridge the gap between empowered and average managers. “A…
  • The Problem with Management by Dan Macdonald

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    When managers are chosen, the decision is often based on the wrong criteria. Many look to people with strong, charismatic personalities, or passion for personal achievement. They look to people who are commanding or who manage the efforts of others well. Some people even look to physical attributes as an indication of management ability. The misconceptions of what makes a person a good manager are not limited to these factors. They also include our choices of personality characteristics. Some see great managers as people who can mesmerize a crowd with their stage performance, who can make…
  • Building SCORM Courses - Advances in Rapid Course Development

    26 Aug 2013 | 5:14 am
    Is eLearning a good solution for training? There are many arguments for and against eLearning. Some say it's the most effective way to train, it provides the ability to add rich multimedia into a course including animations, interviews, video, and much more. It allows companies the ability to train tens of thousands of people in a few hours anywhere in the world for a few dollars per person. Others argue that you can't teach online, only classroom training is effective. You need to see the ‘whites of their eyes' to make an impact. You can't answer questions or have a dialogue with online…
  • Online Safety Courses across the Canada

    14 Aug 2013 | 2:16 am
    The biggest challenge from an employer?s point of view for safety training is choosing what courses are required and what courses are recommended. There are so few standards set in the safety training industry that a large number of organizations are trying to fill these gaps like OSSA, ENFORM, & CSA to name a few. There is a dying need for a government agency to take over the safety standards in this country. OH&S creates the legislation, but there isn?t a process for safety training companies to get their courses certified by an accredited organization. This costs industry in wasted time…
  • Creating Online Courses

    28 Jul 2013 | 9:27 pm
    Creating online courses to anyone without experience can seem like an easy task, but the quality of the final course can be extreme good or extremely bad based on your experience with online course development, your expertise in course design and your preparation. From our experience over the years, it is extremely important to include voiceover in all online courses, even if it’s optional, it is the preferred learning style for most. To do this effectively, it’s important to start with the word script, no images, just words that will be used as the voiceover for the course. If you try to…
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    Minnesota School of Business Blog

  • Honors and Highest Honors Announced for Minnesota School of Business

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Accolades are in order for the 164 Minnesota School of Business-Online students who have had exceptional academic performance to meet the recognition of Honors or Highest Honors for the Fall 2014 quarter. In order to receive Honors recognition, a student must achieve a quarterly grade point average of 3.5 or above. To achieve Highest Honors, a student must have a quarterly grade point average of 4.0. Congratulations to the students who have dedicated themselves to their class work to achieve Honors and Highest Honors. The post Honors and Highest Honors Announced for Minnesota School of…
  • 73 Minnesota School of Business-Online Students Achieve Perfect Attendance

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Congratulations to the 73 Minnesota School of Business-Online students who have dedicated themselves to meeting perfect attendance during the Fall 2014 quarter. To meet perfect attendance while taking online courses is defined as meeting the discussion board deadlines and expectations each week. Perfect attendance takes dedication, and these students have shown that to reach this accomplishment. Congratulations. The post 73 Minnesota School of Business-Online Students Achieve Perfect Attendance appeared first on Minnesota School of Business Blog. Related posts: Jesse Lund Receives Purple…
  • Welcome Sheena Mueller, MSB-Elk River’s New Vet Tech Program Chair

    Nicole Rasmussen
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Meet the newest addition to the Minnesota-School of Business-Elk River (MSB) campus. Sheena Mueller is the new veterinary technology program chair. Mueller recently joined MSB-Elk River and is looking forward to working with the students. Vet Tech Program Chair Sheena Mueller and husband, Andy Mueller, an MSB-St. Cloud graduate, has been working as an operations manager at PetSmart in St. Cloud for nine years. When asked why she changed jobs, she explained, “I wanted a change—something challenging and different.” While working at MSB, she plans to continue to work as a veterinary…
  • MSB-Blaine Staff Spotlight: Paul Pederson, Information Technology Program Chair

    Julie Kresh
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    For the past several years, Paul Pederson has worked for Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) as an adjunct instructor, teaching various courses within the information technology program. Very recently, Paul accepted the position of information technology program chair, which oversees the database, computer literacy, software development, networking, and information technology classes we offer at MSB-Blaine. It’s a big job, and Paul is just the person suited to tackle it. Read on to find out more about Paul. He has a very interesting background! Paul Pederson, information…
  • Veteran Nursing Student Wins Community Service Scholarship

    maija jaaska
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    When Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) nursing student Michael Kallberg observed a meeting of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) for a health promotions class last year, he had no idea it would lead to a lasting volunteer position and a $2,000 MSB Community Service Scholarship. Community Service Scholarship winner Michael Kallberg From Michael’s scholarship essay: “The USNSCC is an organization of young men and women ages 11 to 17. As the name would imply, it is an organization directly tied to the United States Navy. From their website, they explain the mission…
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    Classroom Caboodle

  • A Classroom Meeting that Stops Bullying before it Starts

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

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

  • Free Training for Moms

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Monday, February 9 at 10.00 a.m.Sector- 31, GurgaonClick the link below to join the event on Facebook and get updates.
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    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    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
  • Magical Methods Story got Published around the World

    Magical Methods: World Leader in Vedic Mathematics
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Washington News World: Daily News: Daily News: News Globe: News…
  • 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

  • MOOCs: Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    MOOCs: Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning Infographic During the past half-decade, massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have brought significant upheaval to the world of academia, while extending educational opportunities to students who might never gain access to university classes by traditional means. The affordability (often free), flexibility, and collaborative aspects of these electronically delivered learning options have driven the popularity and expansive growth of MOOCs as an alternative in higher education. Now the disruptive approach is knocking on the doors of…
  • Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic Learning Management Systems save companies and instructors valuable time and money by enabling them to easily manage the training of large groups of learners through a web-based environment with anytime, anywhere accessibility. The Top 5 LMS Benefits for Students Infographic presents 5 ways in which learning management systems benefit students. 1. Access to information anytime, anywhere Students can get access to study materials from anywhere and at any time. Most modern LMSs have mobile apps that allow students to engage with e-learning content…
  • Why Podcasting is Primed For Mobile Learning Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Why Podcasting is Primed For Mobile Learning Infographic As our world becomes more connected, podcasts are becoming the driving force behind a shift in the way we learn. Technological advances are allowing educators to interact with their students with more engaging content than ever before. The best part is that these changes not only increase learning rate, retention, and recall, but are reaching millions of new students every year. This is mobile learning. Mobile learning incorporates mobile technology into the learning process for the benefit of the student. It is not just limited to the…
  • The Evolution of Learning Technologies

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    The Evolution of Learning Technologies Infographic Human beings have always been seekers of knowledge. Since the beginning of recorded history (and probably before) we have always strived to discover the mysteries of the planet, of Earth and of ourselves. The Evolution of Learning Technologies Infographic presents how learning has evolved over the course of human history and what might the future hold for us. Hieroglyphics Egyptian hieroglyphs combined logographic and alphabetic symbols on papyrus and wood. Discovered as early as 3400 BC, hieroglyphics indicated that there had been an…
  • Reaching Online Learners through Gamification Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Reaching Online Learners through Gamification Infographic A key issue within eLearning (and training in general) is generating enough motivation so that students will want to invest the time and effort required to learn. In the field of online education, gamification is used to promote the commitment of employees and students to the learning process. The Reaching Online Learners through Gamification Infographic provides tips on how you can gamify your eLearning courses and motivate your online learners. How You Can Gamify Your eLearning Courses Challenges Build a learning experience with…
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    Talk in French

  • Discover the French Education System (Part 2) Podcast #43

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

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    If, for whatever reason, you happen to read French newspapers, you may sometimes come across words or expressions that might sound weird to you. The vocabulary below will help you to better understand French articles. If you want yet more, I have prepared a nice little bonus for you. You can access ... The post 30 Common French expressions used in Newspapers. appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Discover the French Education System (Part 1) Podcast #42

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Here is the 42nd session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode: – The French Education system Part 1: La crèche et la maternelle (Pre-school) – Learn some recently created French Words Part 2 ( troll, café gou... The post Discover the French Education System (Part 1) Podcast #42 appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 31 Must-See French Movies (January Editions)

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Here we go again, the month of January has many new movies for us to watch ! This is perfect timing as the weather gets colder and you need some entertainment for your days inside.  It’s time to stay in and stay warm with a selection of fantastic movies this January.       Year:... The post 31 Must-See French Movies (January Editions) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • The 15 Best TV Series to Learn French for All Levels

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Watching foreign films or television series are both excellent ways to help you learn French. It helps you gather a better understanding of the daily lifestyle and expressions that French may use whilst consolidating your existing vocabulary. It can help you fine-tune your listening skills to adapt ... The post The 15 Best TV Series to Learn French for All Levels appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Three Ideas from Louisiana Legislature on How to Reduce Higher Education Budget

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    Budget crisis recently hit Louisiana in the tune of $1.6 billion dollars with $300 million projected to be taken out of higher education (1). Lawmakers are struggling to determine which actions they can take that will lessen the burden and avoid painful cuts to educational quality. The methods they choose will likely be watched closely by other legislative bodies who are struggling with some of their own budget issues.Ideas can be good or bad depending on its impact. In the complex higher education system not every idea works well in isolation. There are multiple factors that come to play in…
  • Lower Oil Prices and Optimism Fueling Consumer Spending

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The 4th Quarter saw a slow down of growth from 5 to 2.6% but consumer spending popped up 4.3%. This is good news as 70% of the economy functions from consumers spending. Growth might have slowed in the 4Q but people are more optimistic about their future and this can create positive signs for economic growth in the first half of this year.According to Sam Bullard a senior economist at Wells Fargo, "Sharply lower oil prices do present downside risk to business investment, but accruing benefits to the consumer in the form of lower gasoline prices should increasingly offset the near-term…
  • Developing Learning Teams-Lessons from the Military

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    Teamwork is the bread and butter of creating stronger organizations.  Research in military teamwork and leaders can help organizations develop higher levels of functioning teams that learn and develop with each new challenge. Transformational leaders matched with learning teams can produce some of the highest outputs in performance. When developing your next team you will be wise consider a few lessons from the services.It is first beneficial to understand what a learning team is. Learning teams are capable of taking in new information and adapting to the environment around them. When…
  • National Innovation Through Online Scholarship

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Research is an important component of both online and ground based professorship. As matter of concern, trying to differentiate the two is dangerous as more universities move online and adjust the expectations of professors to fit online modalities. The institutions of higher learning have an important contribution to furthering knowledge through discovery and it makes no difference what modality they use. Removing this function can slow the pace of development for the nation by slowing new discoveries and innovation.The nature of that scholarship may be a little different than that which we…
  • The Importance of Information Flow for Business Development

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The flow of information helps entities integrate operations and services that lead to a more efficient system. It doesn’t matter if we are discussing a single company, a group of companies, or an entire hub of economic activity. The process of encouraging proper information transfer and collaborative problem solving is important for moving an organism to its highest state of existence. Imagine for a moment how well your body works if your feet didn’t communicate with your brain and your brain had no way of talking to the hands. You would have a difficult time walking, grabbing items,…
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    Help Teaching Blog » How To

  • 5 Ways a Classroom Blog Will Challenge Your Students

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

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

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Every year, people make New Year’s Resolutions and every year they fail to keep them. The most popular resolution every year is to lose weight, but some of the other top resolutions may surprise you. Regardless of what resolutions are going to top this year’s list, you only need to make one – resolve to better yourself. How are you going to do that? We’ve got you covered with a few skills that will lead to a better you in 2015. Handle Your Stress Now that the craziness of the holidays has died down, it’s time to get back into your normal everyday routines. For high school students,…
  • 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…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • Digital Retail Signage Reseller – A Career with Immense Prospects (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Making a career choice is always tough and needs a thor […] The post Digital Retail Signage Reseller – A Career with Immense Prospects appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Is Debt Really “Dead” (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    In my early childhood, I always pronounced debt as dead and heard my parents frequently using this word (debt) at their dinner conversations. I didn’t realize at that time that this mere four letter word would become such an integral part of our coming lives. All of my siblings got affected but eventually our family tackled all of this mess through some key advice and a thorough plan. The post Is Debt Really “Dead” appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 6 Reasons why you should become a Dental Marketing Assistant (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The growing need for dental marketing assistants has been propagated by the benefits the position brings to dental practitioners. The post 6 Reasons why you should become a Dental Marketing Assistant appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • 6 Keys to Unlocking a Career in the Sports Industry (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    For those who are passionate about sports, a career in the sports industry can be a dream job. While some careers offer part time work, others can be lucrative and turn into a full-time career. No matter what career you want to pursue in the sports industry, it can require getting prepared early on. The post 6 Keys to Unlocking a Career in the Sports Industry appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • SC 102 #1. Creating Positive Collegial Relationships (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Relationships vary from your department, school, university, or the international community of higher education professionals. The post SC 102 #1. Creating Positive Collegial Relationships appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • 3 Tips for Building Teacher Leadership

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

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

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

  • Winter Expeditions Change Lives

    Calvin Croll
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    The Boundary Waters is both incredibly harsh and beautiful in the winter. Watching the stars and northern lights through a crystal clear sky can fill you with a sense of wonder unlike anything in a city. At the same time, the cold and snow test your resolve. You find yourself having to keep constantly moving... The post Winter Expeditions Change Lives appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Outward Bound History: Foundations

    Richard Stuart
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Through the 1920s, Germany’s political climate began to change. Kurt Hahn’s liberalism and educational philosophies drew increasing criticism. Nevertheless, he continued to promote his ideas about education and society. Hahn was an outspoken opponent of the Nazi Party-a particularly dangerous and courageous position for a German-born Jew. In 1932, several Nazi storm troopers beat a... The post Outward Bound History: Foundations appeared first on 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.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • Using Styles to Create a Table of Contents

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you would like to create a dynamic Table of Contents for your work, you will need to learn how to use Styles. These are great for making your document look professional. If you find this all just too complicated, however, we can always format your document for you. How to Modify your Styles Before you use your styles to format any of your headings, you will need to alter the size and font to match your text. Here’s how to do this: On Windows: Go to Home > Styles, here you can select the first style that needs editing, right click and click Modify. Next, a box will appear. From…
  • Writing Concisely

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Learning how to write concisely is a vital skill for all aspects of life. In academic writing, being able to write concisely will gain you marks as it will help your readers grasp your arguments easily and quickly. Here are some points to consider when editing your work: Be a Ruthless Editor When you have completed your work, re-read it thoroughly. Are any sentences repeats of others? Think of your essay as a house; each sentence represents one brick and provides the next logical level of your argument. There is no space to waste saying the same thing in different ways. Delete Redundant Pairs…
  • How to Change the Language of a Document

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you are writing an essay at a UK university, the chances are that you will have to write in British English. However, most word programs are automatically set to US spellings. Here’s how to alter this. Step One Select all the text in your document. Step Two On a Mac, go to ‘Tools-Language’. On Windows, go to the Review ribbon and click ‘Language- Set Proofing Language’. Step Three Choose your language. Step Four If you usually use this language for your documents, you can click ‘Set As Default’.   And that’s it! Good luck! The post How to…
  • Citing Conference Proceedings

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you heard a great paper at a conference recently that relates to your work? You may wish to quote from it in a paper- but how can you cite it? This all depends on whether it is already published or not, but it is possible, and vital if it has contributed to the development of your ideas at all. Here’s how to do it in Harvard style: Published Paper or Report If a report you have heard at a conference has been published, then you can cite it in this way: Authorship, Year. Full title of conference report. Location, Date. Place of publication: Publisher. Example: UNDESA (United…
  • Citing US Spellings

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    When you are writing an academic document, it is vital to ensure that your language and spellings are consistent. Most universities and journals will specify whether essays need to be written in British, American, or Australian English. If you do not comply, you risk drawing attention away from your great ideas- the reader will start to focus on the way you have written your essay, rather than what you have written. Set your Spell-Checker to the Correct Language If you are writing in British English, the first thing to do is check that your word processor’s spelling and grammar…
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    The Edvocate

  • Why High School Graduation Is the Key to Improving At-Risk Communities: Part II

    The Edvocate
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    A guest post by Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster When an at-risk student graduates high school, it creates a significant and positive trickle-down effect: it de-risks a family unit and the power of example encourages friends to also become contributing members as high school finishers, and can be a catalyst for galvanizing a community, and even a single building or street. At scale, it can help build work forces with higher productivity, leading to lower poverty and reduced crime rates. What Drives (and Improves) Crime Rates in a Community? Crime rates are linked to educational attainment,…
  • Early Learning, Environmental Lessons and STEM Prioritization: Trends in K-12 Education for 2014, Part III

    Matthew Lynch
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    This week I’ve been talking about the trends I foresee making a big impact in K-12 classrooms in 2014. Already I’ve looked at the BYOD movement, cloud technology, personalized learning, school branding and online learning as they relate to the coming year in K-12 education. Today I’m going to wrap up the series with three more trends on the 2014 horizon in classrooms across the country. I invite you to add in your thoughts and any other trends you feel should be on my list in the comment section. My final three trends in K-12 education for 2014 are: Early education emphasis: Optional…
  • New Teacher Tip: Handling Challenging Behavior Problems

    Matthew Lynch
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Every class has its share of challenging students. If you feel frustrated with the behavior issues that you have to handle, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone—handling behavior issues comes with the job description. Experienced teachers also have trouble managing talkative students, power struggles and disputes among students. Behavior Management: A Whole-School Approach, a book authored by behavior management expert Bill Rogers, delineates how to handle tough behaviors. Typical classroom behaviors and strategies for handling them are detailed below. Talking in Class The…
  • The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare?

    Matthew Lynch
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The potential for K-12 online learning in the U.S. is still being realized. It seems that every year the amount of K-12 students taking courses online grows exponentially, fueled by a trickle-down effect from college offerings and the rise of Massive Open Online Courses. Consider these statistics: Over 1.8 million K-12 students took distance-learning courses during the 2009 – 2010 school year. 275,000 K-12 students were enrolled full-time in online schools during the 2011 – 2012 school year. Five states (Florida, Michigan, Idaho, Virginia and Alabama) require high school students to take…
  • What’s the Secret to High PISA Test Scores? Top ranking BASIS Schools Say its Teachers

    Guest Contributor
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Author: Dr. Q. Mark Reford Dr. Q. Mark Reford was born in Ireland. He was educated at Oxford and taught there, as well as Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. He is CEO of BASIS Independent Schools (, and is currently opening two new private schools this fall in Silicon Valley and New York City. There is a war in American education. The nation is deeply polarized: charter supporters vs. traditional public school supporters; standardized testing supporters, and parents who find them a scathing and useless routine. And then, there’s PISA. PISA, the…
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    CTET Preparation

  • CTET-FEB 2015-Practice Questions-23 Jan-Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    1. Term PSRN in development implies     A. problem solving, relationship and numeracy     B. problem solving, reasoning  and numeracy     C. perceptual skills, reasoning and numeracy     D. perceptual skills, relationship and numeracyAnswer: Option B2.Three persons are walking from a place A to another place B. Their speed are in the ratio of 4:3:5. The time ratio to reach B by these person will be    A. 5:3:4    B. 15:9:12    C. 4:3:5    D.
  • CTET-FEB2015-Practice Questions-22 Jan_Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:26 pm
    1. Which one of the following pair is least likely to be correct match?     A. Children enter in the world with certain knowledge about language- Chomsky     B. Language and thought are initially two different activities- Vygotsky     C. Language is contingent on thought- Piaget     D. Language is a stimuli in environment- BrunerAnswer: Option D2. A Class VII teacher wants to discuss the following problem in the class: "A square is divided into four congruent rectangles. The perimeter of each rectangle is 40…
  • CTET FEB 2015_Practice Questions_21 January_Answers

    NIIT Litmus
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:16 pm
    1. What do we call the "acquisition of information and knowledge"      A. Ability to learn      B. Ability to memorize      C. Ability to adjust      D. Ability to thinkAnswer: Option ALearning is measurable and relatively permanent change in behavior through experience, instruction, or study. Through the process of learning, learners will be acquiring information and knowledge. The processing of information into knowledge also will be taking place. 2. The number of revolutions made by a bi-cycle…
  • Science Question of the day January 27 2015

    NIIT Litmus
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Answer the following by selecting most appropriate answer:Q.1  Impression of an image persists on the retina of human eye for about   1 second  1/2 second   1/15 second   1/25 secondQ.2. The ultrasound equipments used for investigating medical problems work at frequencybelow 20 Hzbetween 20 Hz and 200000 Hzbetween 2000 Hz and 20000 Hzabove 20000 Hz 
  • Keep Calm

    NIIT Litmus
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Fullest Potential in School

    Lynda Way
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you want to help your kids reach their fullest potential, the best way to achieve that goal is to show an interest and be there for them. Attend their programs, conferences and any activities that will prove to them you … Read More The post How to Help Your Kids Reach Their Fullest Potential in School appeared first on .
  • Top 10 Magazines for Parents in 2015

    Lynda Way
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you looking for new magazines for parents this year? The following list of top 10 magazines has more than enough ideas to keep you set for magazines in 2015. PARENTS Parents recruits the top childcare experts in the country … Read More The post Top 10 Magazines for Parents in 2015 appeared first on .
  • 4 Fun and Simple Craft Ideas for Children

    Lynda Way
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crafts are an easy yet enjoyable way to keep children entertained and engaged. Whether you’re looking for things for children to do for an upcoming school project, or you’re simply trying to find new daily activities for your own children, … Read More The post 4 Fun and Simple Craft Ideas for Children appeared first on .
  • How to Choose Toys That Are Safe for Your Preschooler

    Lynda Way
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every year, manufacturers produce thousands of toys. This means that children have a very extensive range of toys to choose from. As parents, it is your responsibility to see that the toys that your preschooler plays with are 100% safe. … Read More The post How to Choose Toys That Are Safe for Your Preschooler appeared first on .
  • New Year’s Eve: How to Celebrate It in Fun Ways with Children

    Lynda Way
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to think of fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children! Having little ones in your family does not mean that the party has to stop. … Read More The post New Year’s Eve: How to Celebrate It in Fun Ways with Children appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • How Does Likability Influence the Way You Lead?

    Angela Stockman
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane Over the years, I’ve been asked to keynote different education events, learning institutes, and opening days for professional development initiatives. I’ve also lead single-day professional development sessions on very specific topics of interest. This isn’t the kind of work that I like best, but events like these typically serve a worthy purpose. They’re also a [...] The post How Does Likability Influence the Way You Lead? appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • How to Make Beautiful Music While Teaching Math

    Gerald Aungst
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Brilliant or Insane All three of my children are musicians. I watched them all grow from beginners, barely able to make a sound that one could describe as musical, to confident and talented performers. I think about what might have happened if they had learned music the way we typically teach math. It might have looked something like [...] The post How to Make Beautiful Music While Teaching Math appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Throw Out Grades, Give Focused Feedback, Smile, Repeat

    Gina Powers
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane I was frustrated. If I’m frustrated, there’s no doubt my students feel the same way. During one winter break, I knew I needed to find a refresh button somewhere. In my search to find a way to shift my classroom, I stumbled upon the idea of giving up grades and helping my students to value learning. The key to success [...] The post Throw Out Grades, Give Focused Feedback, Smile, Repeat appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Want to Stop Cheating in School? It’s So Easy!

    Mark Barnes
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Brilliant or Insane One day, my 8th grade English language arts students were writing our guiding question at the beginning of class. This is a routine activity that takes about two minutes. Some students write faster than others and finish in as little as 60 seconds. As I meandered my way around the tables, looking in and chatting with [...] The post Want to Stop Cheating in School? It’s So Easy! appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Is School Enough for 21st Century Learners?

    Mark Barnes
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane via If you ask facilitator Monika Hardy and any student at the Innovation Lab in Loveland, Colorado about education, you’d certainly learn that school is not enough for 21st century learners. Understanding that the confines of the traditional classroom, the constraints of a standard curriculum and high stakes testing inhibit the growth of both [...] The post Is School Enough for 21st Century Learners? appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    Montessori Tides School

  • Rhythm & Movement in a Montessori Classroom

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

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

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

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

  • Music All Around This World

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

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

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

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

  • Montessori Language: 0-3 Years

    Rockledge Montessori
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience ‘work.’ Such Experience is not just play… it is work he must do in order to grow up. ~Maria Montessori Excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three, With permission of Michael […]
  • 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 […]
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    Educational Horizons Charter School

  • Educational Horizons Charter School to Celebrate National School Choice Week

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

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

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

    Educational Horizons
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    In a recent article in The Guardian: How Google’s Larry Page became a responsible entrepreneur, by Carol Sanford (actually an excerpt from her new book The Responsible Entrepreneur). Below are some excerpts from that article: To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape […]
  • 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 […]
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    Knowledge Transfer Blog

  • Who Is Zemgus Girgensons? Latvians and Buffalonians know.

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Odds are that you’ve worked on a partnership or two in your time in education. Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain recently wrote, “Partnering is the name of the 21st century higher education game.” Which ones that you’ve participated in have created the most creative or unexpected results? Zemgus Girgensons certainly brought us results we didn’t expect in our partnership, but even more surprising were the results that he got in the voting for the NHL All Star game. Girgensons is a Latvian-born NHL player who was just named an NHL All Star. He swept the fan vote with 1,574,896 ballots…
  • Hiring for bachelor’s degrees will increase by 16 percent this year

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new study from Michigan State University’s College Employment Research Institute finds employers are recruiting new college graduates at levels not seen since the dotcom frenzy of 1999-2000. Is this sudden surge another one-year growth spurt before the college labor market settles down to steady growth of five to seven percent? Or will double-digit increases become the norm? This year’s projections indicate more chaotic, fast-paced recruiting and post-hire churn. Nearly 5,700 employers responded to our survey: More than fifty percent (3,130) were outside recruiters and company HR…
  • Blumenthal Unveils Bill to Expand Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) unveiled new legislation last week to expand the existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, providing meaningful student debt relief to teachers, police officers, public health workers and others who dedicate their careers to public service. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program provides an important incentive for graduates to enter public service occupations by offering relief from student loan debt. Because of the increasing frequency of graduates facing crushing amounts of student loan debt, that incentive is more important than…
  • Lower Percentage of Students Defaulting on Federal Student Loans

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that the official three-year federal student loan cohort default rate has declined to 13.7 percent for students who entered repayment in FY 2011. That drop was across all sectors of higher education – public, private and for-profit institutions – even though an additional 650,000 students entered repayment in FY 2011 compared to FY 2010. The default rate for FY 2010 was 14.7 percent. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “While it’s good news that the default rate decreased from last year, the number of students who default…
  • Temple College Flips Classroom for Better Student Engagement‏

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Knowledge Transfer blog has already looked at MOOCs and Digital Badges of Microcredentials. Another relatively new model of instruction is Flipped Learning. While often defined simplistically as “school work at home and home work at school,” Flipped Learning is an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms. To counter some of the misconceptions about this term, the governing board and key leaders of the Flipped Learning Network (FLN), which is made up of experienced Flipped Educators, have composed a formal definition of…
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    Current Affairs 2014-2015

  • Long term effects of weed (all the things you need to know )

    Prakhyati Razdan
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:02 am
      The long term effects of weed have been a subject of hot controversy. Because weed is illegal in most of the countries, research poses a challenging task & it will be safe to say there is a lot of questions that still remain unanswered. Weed is also called Astro turf, pot, hemp, dope, Cannabis , hashish , Mary Jane... The post Long term effects of weed (all the things you need to know ) appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • AffiliateSk Review [A Honest One]

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Product Name – AffiliateSk Product Created By – Steven van der Peijl AffiliateSk Launch Date – Thursday, February 5th 2015 Affiliate Platform – JVZoo Product Niche – Niche: Internet Business & Marketing <<<Click Here To Know More About AffiliateSk >>> Hey Guys I am here again with an awesome product specially for those people who wanted to create best landing page... The post AffiliateSk Review [A Honest One] appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • Current Affairs 26th,27th and 28th January 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    Hey current affairs geeks  we are here with you again to update on last three days current affairs of January 2015.So guys I ll be posting current affairs of 26th January 2015,current affairs of 27th January 2015 and current affairs of 28th January 2015. All the important current affairs of these three days will be appear under the category of daily... The post Current Affairs 26th,27th and 28th January 2015 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • 5 Best Android Video Players 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Day by day our android phone is getting better and better. And the best thing is that now most of all android app developing companies is now taking step towards play store. So the days were gone when only IoS people has good App now you can also say that you got some quality android Apps as well. So today... The post 5 Best Android Video Players 2015 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
  • 5 Best Free Android Games 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Hey guys today we came up with you favorite topic ,Yes you heard me right I am writing on 5 Best Free Android Games 2015 . So be here and download your best 5 Best Free Android Games 2015. Those days were gone when only IoS games were tempting ,Yes people now a days big player also taking their step toward play store... The post 5 Best Free Android Games 2015 appeared first on Current Affairs 2014-2015.
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    Free IT Online Courses

  • Project Management Courses Online

    Jerome Fernandes
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Do you want to learn more about marketing you’re with a website, learn how to advertise your business then this Project Management Courses Online that have been put together will make your search so much easier. Marketing Courses Online For Free List Of Project Management Courses Online Course No. 1 Diploma in Project Management Course Provider: [...] The post Project Management Courses Online appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Marketing Courses Online For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    If you own a business and website, marketing is very important when it comes to advertising and setting up your company. Are you thinking of making marketing as a career the following Marketing Courses Online will be a great start to the new year to ensure that your career dreams come true. Accounting Courses Online [...] The post Marketing Courses Online For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Accounting Courses Online For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Are you an accountant or thinking of rejuvenating yourself with some accounting courses online, then I am here to help you with some great programs available to do just that build your knowledge in accounting. Free Online Accounting Degree Courses List of Accounting Courses Online Course No. 1 Fractional Reserve Accounting Course Provider: Khan Academy | [...] The post Accounting Courses Online For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • Medical Terminology Online Course For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Are you a nurse writing medical articles or studying towards a medical degree, and then you have come to the right place to find a Medical Terminology Online Course. Medical Terminology Course For Free 6 Free Medical Terminology Online Course Course No. 1 Medical Terminology Videos Course Provider: DeAnza College | Course Platform: iTunes | Certificate: [...] The post Medical Terminology Online Course For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
  • CNA Online Courses For Free

    Jerome Fernandes
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Do you enjoy working and taking care of people? Maybe you are interested in studying CNA online courses. I am here to help you find the best-suited course towards your career in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. Below you will find various types of CNA online classes and most of them are free so why [...] The post CNA Online Courses For Free appeared first on Free IT Online Courses.
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    I Love Learning

  • Online Studying Resource – Open Study

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

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

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

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

  • How to Design an Animated Networking Template for PowerPoint

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

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

  • What is the best vocabulary software 2015?

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

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

    Mark Ways
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    What is your favorite medium to learn reading improvement techniques? I prefer printed material over electronic resources. However, it’s a different thing when it comes to applying these techniques in the wild. We read news online, learn new skills using the internet or dip into a thrilling novel that comes as an eBook. Compared to paperback the difference can be both sensual and technical. But, how can we adjust these methods to efficiently use them on electronic devices? Share your tips after the break.eBooks have become a common way for reading fiction. Amazon sells more eBooks than…
  • Benefits of Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    “Why should I learn to speed read? This is just nonsense?” It’s only one of a few responses I occasionally receive from people when I talk about reading improvement. That’s totally fine for me. My answer usually is: for higher speed and better comprehension! I assume most people know that lovely experience to speed through an exciting novel and instantly grasp the ongoing story line and events happening in it. The ideal performance of fast reading is quite similar: the proven techniques aim to systematically improve your comprehension while pushing the pedal to the…
  • How Our Brain Works When Speed Reading

    Mark Ways
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Some people mistakenly believe that speed reading is impossible to learn. Others firmly argue that it comes with a toll – that reading quickly limits both comprehension and enjoyment of the text.These two viewpoints fail to take into consideration one thing, and that’s the fact that fast reading is a scientifically grounded habit that takes practice to achieve.Reading is about readjusting your brain’s functioning while you read, including eliminating 1st grade reading rules such as reading out loud or word by word.Essentially, learning this skill is about optimizing your…
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    CITE » Blog

  • Doctoral Program for CSA members

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

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

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

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

    John Russo
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    CONGRATULATIONS on your new job, to St. Rose SBL alumnus Bret Kearney. We had a chance to get Bret’s thoughts on the SBL experience, and how it prepares our students […] The post Alumni Profile – Bret Kearney appeared first on CITE.
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    Delhi University Khabar

  • Model United Nations Conference, DUMUN 2015

    DU Khabar
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Our own pan-university Model United Nations conference, DUMUN 2015 is now accepting delegate and reporter applications. It is not only a chance for all students to educate and inform themselves about various global issues, but also a platform to induce skills (such as public-speaking, analytical writing). DUMUN has been known for its innovation. It has ... Model United Nations Conference, DUMUN 2015 is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Model United Nations Conference, DUMUN 2015 appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • The Must Like Pages on Facebook!!!

    DU Khabar
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Are you one of those mouse potatoes who spends a lot of time on facebook and wish it could be more productive and end up all the time just seeing and commenting on your friends pictures or stalking their profiles? Here comes a relief for you. Facebook could be both productive and fun by liking ... The Must Like Pages on Facebook!!! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post The Must Like Pages on Facebook!!! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • NEXUS’14- The Annual Fest Of Sri Venkateswara !!

    DU Khabar
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Students tapping and waving with tunes, dice rolling over Lucky7 game stall, people dressed up in nifty attires, decorations stealing hearts, gol-gappa stall adding spiciness and sweetness in the air, loud rocking DJ pumping in enthusiasm and to the top of all the zeal amidst all friends and pouty selfies capturing the scenic beauty.Hola!!!Sounds like ... NEXUS’14- The Annual Fest Of Sri Venkateswara !! is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post NEXUS’14- The Annual Fest Of Sri Venkateswara !! appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • FERIA- The Annual Cultural Fest of Institute Of Home Economics

    DU Khabar
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    FERIA’14, Institute of Home Economics’ fest last year was an extravagant affair sprawling across two days. It had a plethora of events which had one thing or the other to interest everyone, lined up in two days which brought students from colleges across Delhi-NCR together. The very first attraction on both the days was the ... FERIA- The Annual Cultural Fest of Institute Of Home Economics is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post FERIA- The Annual Cultural Fest of Institute Of Home Economics appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
  • Mock Indian Parliament Session – Sri Venkateswara College

    DU Khabar
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Ever thought over issues plaguing the nation? Wanted to voice your opinion in the matters concerning your nation? Ever pondered over how the politicians work and frame policies? If yes, then this is the ultimate opportunity to be that, what you wanted to be. The House of Commons Society of Sri Venkateswara College takes pride ... Mock Indian Parliament Session – Sri Venkateswara College is a post from: Delhi University Khabar The post Mock Indian Parliament Session – Sri Venkateswara College appeared first on Delhi University Khabar.
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    Pinnacle Education

  • Audit Results Released: A Snapshot Of What Is Wrong With Teacher Training

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

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

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

    Shaun Killian
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Should you use NAPLAN practice tests or are there better ways to prepare for NAPLAN?   NAPLAN Practice Tests If you are looking for free NAPLAN practice tests, you can download example tests from the NAPLAN website or access online tests via Improve. However, you should be aware that when John Hattie synthesised over 800,000 research papers related to student achievement, he found that practice tests had only a small effect on students’ subsequent results. In order to get the most from NAPLAN practice tests, you must put the results to good use. You can do this by: Identifying common…
  • WARNING: You Need To Weed Out These Discredited Teaching Practices

    Shaun Killian
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A recent report by the Sutton Trust and Durham University recommends that we need to weed out discredited teaching practices from the classroom. But what practices are they talking about? The answer may surprise you. Many of the discredited teaching practices are quite popular, but the evidence behind them is anecdotal and selective. It’s like trotting out a 100-year-old man who has smoked all his life to prove that smoking is good for you. Hard research consistently shows that these discredited teaching practices don’t work.   5 Examples of Discredited Teaching Practices The report…
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    MBA Blog

  • World's Best MBA Colleges
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Is it worth enrolling for an MBA program that costs you almost $150,000 and two years of your life? Well, if you go to the right business school, it is.
  • Best Places for MBA in India
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    After you have graduated from a college, you may have been thinking of obtaining an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree on one of the many prestigious Indian colleges and universities.
  • Top MBA Essay Ideas
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    It is very important to demonstrate your capabilities in your essay when applying for an MBA program. Your essay should also be evident of your core values, including teamwork and leadership.
  • Ideas to Jumpstart your MBA Program
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    If you thought there is not much you can do to boost your MBA course, other than take the GRE or GMAT, think again. You can easily jump start your MBA program by planning your campaign and improving your application, regardless of whether you are a few years or months out.
  • Spend Less Time with Your MBA by Following These Simple Steps
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The time it takes to complete a Master’s in Degree in Business may vary depending on the program format. Graduate schools offer different options or programs that students can take.
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    ICT in Practice


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

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

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

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

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The first teachmeet in the capital of Norway took place early in January, in the University of Oslo. Forty teachers and some The post Teachmeet in Norway appeared first on ICT in Practice.
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    Kids Play Box

  • Art Activities for Kids : Homemade Rangoli Powder

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Art Activities for Kids : Homemade Rangoli Powder Post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Make vibrant Rangoli Powder at home for a fun and unique art activity for kids. Requires just 3 ingredients and you and your kids can be off creating beautiful patterns. Stop by our Pinterest board for exciting art activities you can do with your children. Follow Kids Play Box’s board All things PAINT- tempera, finger, acrylic, water colors. on Pinterest. Rangoli Powder { link provided above for an introduction to Rangoli} is…
  • Valentine Art : Duct Tape Hearts

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Valentine Art : Duct Tape Hearts Post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Easy Valentine Art using colorful duct tape that can be turned into homemade presents for Valentine’s day. Very excited for our first post on our brand new name and URL. Welcome to Kids Play Box! Today’s post is an easy Valentine’s day craft and art activity that can be a cute present for daddy/grand parents or any one really. { All our Valentine Art and craft ideas here} Follow BlogMeMom’s board Valentines on Pinterest.
  • Art Activities for Kids : Sandpaper Art with fabric

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Art Activities for Kids : Sandpaper art with fabric This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks! Simple art activities for kids using sand paper and fabric. Use yarn, fabric and felt pieces to create beautiful art. {More sandpaper art we have done in the past } Materials { affiliate links are included below for your reference} Sandpaper Felt Chunky Yarn Any scrap fabric {that adheres to sandpaper} I had just 2 colors of felt on hand. Luckily they worked out great! I also  had a roll of chunky yarn I got at…
  • Indoor snowball activity : 150 Screen-free activities book review

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids – book Review I received a free copy of this kids activities book. That did not sway me into writing a positive review. The book is fab! Asia over at Fun at Home with Kids is an amazing blogger who has some of the most fantastic, easily- doable kids activities on her blog. She has come out with a fabulous book packed with practical play ideas for kids all ages. I was instantly captivated with all the fun play ideas and the gorgeous easily readable layout of the book. The ” Yes! I can do this activity with the kids now” part of the book was…
  • Top posts of 2014 from Blog Me Mom

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Top sensory activities post of 2014 Here’s the NEW YEAR POST — only 5 days late! The year has had its ups and downs but I’m focussing only on the ups so we can sail right past the downs! Hope those of you who are reading this had a fabulous new year’s day and a fantastic 2014. Thanks again for sticking with the blog and supporting us on our social media platforms. We hope to bring you more great simple kids activities through out the year! Here are the top 10 posts of 2014 that were well received by you all. Did you miss any? Here is a chance to have a look. { Almost…
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    The Music Workshop

  • Slow motion music: 5 amazing videos of slo-mo instruments

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

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

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Hey everybody! Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far and enjoying lots of music, piano and good times with the people you care about. For me, it’s been a great season, playing lots of music, performing and filming new lessons. I had the wonderful privilege of […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Solar PV Panel Installation (George John)
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    The objective of this report is to implement a solar electrical system and to provide ample information about installation of PV Panel. This report contains introductory information on solar energy application, Installation Calculation, Electric Connections, grid system, Measuring instruments, experimental setup and experimental result. For installation of PV Panel, There are many calculation to get better efficiency which is explained in detail in the following sections. Location of PV Panel is based on daily system energy requirement.
  • Solar Aluminum Tubular Air Heater (George John)
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    As fossil fuels are fast depleting in this world, there is a need to preserve these sources and use renewable sources of energy like solar energy wherever needed. This demand has been sufficed by many especially those in developing countries. The cost-effective and light weight solar collectors are one of the many solar run devices that are being currently used worldwide.
  • Microchannel Heat Exchanger as Evaporator (George John)
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Heat exchanger is a process equipment designed for the effective transfer of heat energy between two fluids; hot fluid and a coolant. The purpose may be either to remove heat from a fluid or to add heat to a fluid. Micro-channel Heat exchanger tube is one such heat exchanger in which the working fluid flows through a plurality of passages with hydraulic diameter less than few mm (typically 0.2 to 0.01mm).  Project Report is attached at the end of this Mechanical Project Topic.
  • Mechanical Heat Pump (George John)
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Objective of this paper presentation is to study the performance characteristics of Hilton Mechanical Heat Pump. Experimental set up is mounted on a single platform. The Hilton Heat Pump is designed solely for educational purpose and data in qualitative form can be obtained for analysis of the heat pump. It consists of
  • Autocollimator (George John)
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Autocollimators are used to detect small misalignments. If a parallel beam of light is projected from the collimating lens and if a plane reflector R is set up normal to the direction of the beam, light will be reflected back along the same path and light will be brought back to focus exactly at the position of the light source
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    Higher Edutorial by Ricardo Maestas, PhD

  • A New Way to Rate Colleges and Universities President Obama’s College-Ratings Plan

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This past week, Secretary Arnie Duncan, U.S. Department of Education, released the final “Gainful Employment” regulation aimed primarily at protecting college students from incurring large loan debts while getting a college education.  The intent of the final version of the regulation will hold career programs accountable to ensure that their students are successful in getting an education that leads to a good paying job without incurring large debt in student loans.  The new rule will go into effect July 2015 and will have a huge impact primarily on the for-profit colleges who…
  • College Rankings: The Other Side of Best

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the start of each fall semester, prominent periodicals provide rankings of the best colleges and universities.  They examine the quality of colleges within universities, for example, engineering versus business, and they even drill down to the discipline level, ranking of various departments from accounting to zoology.  The most common examples are U.S. News and World Report or Washington Monthly, which produce very detailed rankings of colleges and universities across the country. However, what you don’t see on the newsstands is the rankings of the worst colleges.  Only…
  • Controlling Tuition Costs

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
        A common complaint you hear these days by students and parents is the rising cost of college tuition, in some cases, a dramatic raise in tuitions and other fees.  University administrators argue that the increase in tuition and fees is needed to maintain a quality education for their students.  In order to maintain a quality education, universities have to attract top notch faculty, which translates into paying these professors high salaries.      Critics of colleges and universities argue that a college education is already overpriced. …
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to create a simple form using HTML?

    Shuseel Baral
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
    From is a necessary element in any website or blog. Mostly they are used to take user information for any of the purposes like logging into the user account, creating user account, allowing to subscribe malling list, allowing users to submit comments and allowing users to contact website admin, support or sales team. Here I am going to describe "How to create a simple form using HTML" step by
  • Solved MCQ on Core Operating System Principle set-13

    Shuseel Baral
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    1) In memory management, a technique called as paging, the physical memory is broken into fixed sized blocks called .........A. pages B. framesC. blocksD. segments 2) Which method is used to recover from deadlock? A. Process termination B. Resource preemption C. Resource non-preemptionD. Process termination and Resource preemption 3) Saving the state of the old process and loading the saved
  • Objective Questions on Core Operating System set-12

    Shuseel Baral
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    1) An optimal scheduling algorithm in terms of minimizing the average waiting time of a given set of process is ... A. FCFS scheduling B. Round robin scheduling algorithm C. Shortest job first scheduling algorithm D. Priority scheduling algorithm 2) The hardware mechanism that enables a device to notify the CPU is called ....... A. polling B. interrupt C. system call D. none of the
  • Interview Questions on Operating System Basis set-11

    Shuseel Baral
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    1) Which of the following is crucial time while accessing data on the disk? A. Seek time B. Rotational time C. Transmission time D. Waiting time 2) What is the primary job of the operating system is a computer? A. Command resources B. Manage resources C. Provide utilities D. Be user friendly 3) The ......... is a user process that initiates a remote procedure call. A. client B.
  • MCQ on Operating System Fundamental set-10

    Shuseel Baral
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    1) The process of storing extra or duplicate information used for rebuilding the lost information in event of disks failure is known as ... A. stripping B. redundancy C. disk array D. RAID 2) A thread that is to be canceled is often referred to as the .... A. target thread B. thread cancellation C. asynchronous cancellation D. defined cancellation 3) ........... ensures the every
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    Realm of Mathematics


    Math Realm
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    This is the second part of the the post Connecting Dots With Lines. In the previous post, the solution of the puzzle of connecting nine (9) dots with four (4) lines only was shown. Possible and common wrong answers are also shown with corresponding reasons why they are not the correct solutions.This time, it involves twelve (12) dots. Your goal is to connect all of them by using five (5) lines only without lifting your pens, without retracing - the last segment must stop at where the first segment started. (Hint: You can cross another line.)Can you do it?Your comments and suggestions are…

    Math Realm
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    REALM OF MATHEMATICS would like to greet all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!May you enjoy the season with your love ones. Happy holidays!

    Math Realm
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Technohub, Quezon City, PhilippinesThe photo above is the 3rd of the photos taken at The Technohub located at Quezon City, Philippines.  The fountains depict a common mathematical graph, which is the parabola. In Physics, it is called the projectile. The amount of force needed to push the water upward is very important in determining the height of the fountain. The greater the force, the higher the fountain is. The varying heights of the fountains contribute to the beauty of the facade of the park. Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the…

    Math Realm
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThe picture above is also taken at The Technohub in Quezon City, Philippines. It portrays the use of spheres as part of the facade of the park. They add more mathematical aesthetic together with the curvature formed by the establishments around it.The spheres used vary in sizes. Can you approximate the diameter of each? How about their volumes?Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Just write them on the comment box below.Thank you and God bless!

    Math Realm
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The Technohub - Quezon City, PhilippinesThis is a photo taken at The Technohub located near the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.We met our friends here just for a hangout, sharing stories and laughters, just like the old times.The photo shows a balance between the use of curved lines and straight lines. The harmony of lines and their symmetry created a beautiful facade. A facade that shows how beautiful mathematics is.Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. You may write them in the comment box below.Please don't forget to like and share, Thank you and God bless!
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    CourseHorse Blog

  • See What These Tastemakers Are Learning in 2015

    The CourseHorse Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are unlimited learning possibilities for 2015. With January coming to a close, we're kicking the rest of our learning goals into gear. To start, we checked in with some of the best bloggers across the country to see what they're learning this year and what subjects they're following on CourseHorse.
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Rebecca Gallop, A Daily Something

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Northern Virginia-based prop stylist and creative director, Rebecca Gallop started A Daily Something in 2011 as a place to share something inspiring every day. Browse and you’ll find everything from DIY projects and beautiful photography, to posts on gatherings with loved ones  and posts on thrifting adventures. We love the time Rebecca takes to find […]
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Natalie Broulette, The SoHo

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Southern native Natalie Broulette started The SoHo in 2008 when she was unhappy with her job and needed a creative outlet. It remains her outlet today where she shares words and photographs, tries out recipes, seeks out unique things, and connects with people. We especially love her i heart new york posts from her 8 […]
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Cara Eisenpress, Big Girls, Small Kitchen

    The CourseHorse Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Ever resourceful and creative, Cara Eisenpress started Big Girls, Small Kitchen as a casual account of what she was cooking in her first tiny, post-college kitchen. It has since evolved into an entertaining resource for young professionals hoping to make home cooking part of their lives. Check out her guides: they’ll make you wonder why […]
  • 2015 Tastemaker: Chelsea Foy, Lovely Indeed

    The CourseHorse Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Champion of all things simple, lovely, and beautiful, Chelsea Foy and her then-fiancé started Lovely Indeed in 2010 to document all of the DIY projects they put together for their wedding. Since then, the blog has developed into a daily dose of gratitude and beauty where you’ll find travel adventures and stories about their family in […]
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    Republic 3.0

  • Stepping up to the call for “a better politics”

    Jeff Harris
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    How “action civics” can fix the crisis in youth disengagement. The post Stepping up to the call for “a better politics” appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The myth of the “Asian vote”

    Anne Kim
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Asian-Americans aren't a monolithic, formulaically winnable political constituency. So don't treat Asian voters that way. The post The myth of the “Asian vote” appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Affordable housing must move beyond rent control

    Leonard Grunstein
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Extending New York's rent control regime might do more harm than good. But a little-known provision under existing law provides a better way to solve the city's affordable housing crisis. The post Affordable housing must move beyond rent control appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Americans say: Avoid a showdown on immigration reform

    Stefan Hankin
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Lincoln Park Strategies' latest poll finds that satisfying hard-liners on immigration will backfire with the public. The post Americans say: Avoid a showdown on immigration reform appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The “New Rules Economy” – A growth agenda for the middle class

    Anne Kim
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    The rules for middle class success have changed. Here's what the middle class needs and how government can help. The post The “New Rules Economy” – A growth agenda for the middle class appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    BroadMind: #1 Foreign Education Consultant in India, Singapore and UK

  • Get Ready for JCU Singapore Scholarship Test 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Very glad to share that JCU Education Fair 2015 that held in Madurai was a great success. Lots and lots of students participated in the fair and made it a remarkable and memorable one. We couldn't see such a huge crowd so far.Thanks a lot to all dears who participated in the fair :)The next round is the JCU Scholarship Test 2015 that would be held at Chennai on Saturday, 7th February 2015. So, be well prepare for the JCU Scholarship Test and avail on-the-spot offer.Hurry up guys! BTW, do share and spread this news to all your nears and dears as much as possible and this is the last chance to…
  • Time to say Many Thanks to Candidates Who Joined in JCU Education Fair 2015

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Broadmind would like to say heartfelt gratitude to the students who participate in JCU Education Fair 2015. Thank you so much for your interest shown in this wonderful event. BTW, please revert back the following details to asap so that we can make the necessary arrangements towards your participation,Details:Name                    :Surname               : Phone Number     : Email Id               :  City    …
  • JCU Scholarship Test 2015 Postponed to 7th February 2015

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Hello Candidates,This is to kindly inform you all that JCU Singapore Scholarship Test 2015 has been scheduled on 7th February 2015.Pre-requisites:Application should be made before attending scholarship testCandidates are required to bring their hall ticket to the venue60% above in 12th Std / Bachelor Degree should be an entry criteria for enrolling in this testPhoto identification card will be neededFor further assistance, please call JCU Singapore representative, Broadmind Consultant at +91-9790950111 or send your queries to contact@broadmindgroup.comApplication should be made before…
  • Happy Pongal 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    Broadmind wishes all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Pongal 2015 :)Happy Pongal 2015May this Pongal 2015 bring you ample happiness, wealth and health to your entire family!
  • BroadMind wishes all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2015

    28 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Happy New Year 2015
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    Learn U

  • UVA President Pledges To Be A Voice of Change In The Fight For Campus Safety

    Nina Bourne
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    The University of Virginia announced that officials are considering including a new center for researching violence. There is also talk of including classes for students to take covering campus safety. These tentative plans come in the wake of a turbulent few months for the university after a now discredited magazine article created a fire storm of controversy. Sullivan recently said that the fall semester at UVA was “one of the most traumatic in the university’s history,” according to the Associated Press. The Rolling Stone magazine article released in November drew national…
  • Confirmed Case of Measles Reported at University of Minnesota

    Nina Bourne
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    A student on the Twin Cities campus at the University of Minnesota has been diagnosed with the measles, according to university officials. The student in question is a 20 year old male and just returned from a trip abroad. He is reportedly residing off campus until he has fully recovered and is cleared of the virus. The student did attend a few classes prior to being diagnosed and even spent some time at the on campus gym. Measles cases aren’t very common any longer, so this random case popping up has certainly come as a surprise to health care providers on campus. “We don’t see…
  • CUNY’s Graduate Center Stops Using ‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.” on Official Correspondence

    Nina Bourne
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The City University of New York has decided to discontinue use of titles such as “Mr.” and “Ms.” when sending out correspondence to students attending the university’s Graduate Center. This change is being made in an attempt to be more gender inclusive and sensitive to the students who wish to go by something other than their legal name. The change was announced on January 16 in a memo sent to the Graduate Center by interim Provost Louise Lennihan. The memo stated that this new policy was coming into effect as an “ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming and…
  • Humans of New York Creator Helps Send Kids To Harvard

    Nina Bourne
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Middle school students at the Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, New York are headed to Harvard thanks to the fundraiser started by Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York. Stanton was inspired by a young student named Vidal who took the time to tell him about the most influential person in his life. He told Stanton about his principal, Nadia Lopez, who has proven to be far more than just any middle school principal based on what Vidal says of her. “When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down…
  • Yale Responds To Officer Holding Student At Gunpoint

    Nina Bourne
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    An email addressing the incident on the Yale campus when a student was stopped by campus police at gunpoint was sent out by President Peter Salovey of Yale University. The email said, “Many in our community felt personal pain upon reading accounts of this incident on social media and in the press as they saw national debates about race, policing and the use of force become a very local and very personal story. We share these feelings and recognize that the interest in and reaction to this incident underscore that the work of making our campus and society more inclusive, just, and safe…
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  • Zero based budgeting

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Zero-Base Budgeting Steps involved in the introduction of Zero-base budgeting 1. Corporate objectives should be established and laid down in detail. 2. Decision units should be identified by dividing the organization according to functions, operations or activities for detailed analysis. 3. An analysis and documentation of each decision unit should be done by a responsible manager keeping the following points in view: a. Current operations of decision units should be identified and li ked with organizational objectives. b. Alternatives to meet the target should be expressed. c. Best…
  • The Sources of BETA

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    THE SOURCES OF BETA Where does Beta come from? What is the source? Definitely, not thin air! Well, we can identify three sources:   Source 1: Revenue Cycle of the firm Some firms expand very well during the expansion phase of a business cycle; others do badly. Revenues and distributable income of many entities (example automobiles) exhibit a tendency to be cyclical. It is seen that such firms have a high beta.   Source 2: Operating Leverage Operating leverage is linked to fixed costs. The existence of fixed costs in a company’s cost structure leads to disproportionate changes in…
  • Risk Adjusted Discount Rate (RADR) for capital budgeting

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    RISK ADJUSTED DISCOUNTED RATE (RADR) Meaning of RADR:- The discount   rates in capital budgeting represents the expected rate of return. Projects with higher risk are generally expected to provide a higher return. Conversely, projects with relatively lower risk will provide a lower rate of return. Consequently all projects should not be discounted at the same rate, namely the company’s cost of capital. Hence the cut-off discounted rate should be adjusted upwards or downward to take care of the additional (or lower) risk element. This is referred to as risk adjusted discount rate. A…
  • Does Dividend policy Matters?

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    The case for some dividend Signal Effect :- Investors read signals about the future prospects of the company based on the dividends announced. A high dividend payout may suggest that the management is gung-ho about the future. A low dividend payout may suggest that the management is not very confident about the future. Differential tax rates :- In actual practice tax rates are not same for dividends and capital gains. The effective tax on long term capital gains is lower than that of on dividends and on short term capital gains is higher than that on dividends. The dividend payout decision…
  • Causes of Variances

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Causes of Variances In order that variance analysis is of any use, it is essential to precisely determine causes of variances so that management may initiate action to rectify an unfavorable variance. Reason for Material Price Variance Following are the possible causes of this variance: Change in market price Change in delivery cost Emergency purchases which may be due to upsets in production program, slackness of store keepers, non-availability or funs etc. Inefficient buying Untimely buying Non-availability of standard quality of material Loss of previously available purchase discounts…
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    Rack up Skills

  • Strikingly

    Rack up Skills
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Rack up Skills GORGEOUS, MOBILE-FRIENDLY WEBSITES IN MINUTES. GRAB YOURS. The post Strikingly appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Draper University

    Rack up Skills
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Rack up Skills Draper University is an ecosystem for innovators. We are helping people do the great things they are capable of. Expect to be inspired. To do things you didn’t think were possible. To be fearless. To build a network of friends, mentors and colleagues that you will take with you on your path. The post Draper University appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Founder Institute

    Rack up Skills
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Rack up Skills The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In our four-month, part-time program, you can “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback. Plus, you are not required to quit your day job to participate. The post Founder Institute appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Pensco

    Rack up Skills
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Rack up Skills Scale, experience and resources Because holding alternative assets in retirement accounts requires special knowledge and handling, many broker dealers don’t offer alternatives as an option for IRAs, that’s where we come in. Founded in 1989, PENSCO Trust Company is a regulated, self-directed IRA custodian with more than $10 billion in assets under custody and 50,000 clients. PENSCO is the leading […] The post Pensco appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Exec Rank

    Rack up Skills
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Rack up Skills ExecRank is revolutionizing the way companies source board and advisory candidates. With our free platform, thousands of companies use ExecRank to find the next great addition to their board of directors, advisory board, or informal circle of advisors. Our executive members have access to the largest collection of board seat openings and advisory roles available anywhere, in addition to other […] The post Exec Rank appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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    eyeQ Blog

  • 3 Reasons Why Speed Reading Will Make You a Better Employee

    Bryan Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If it’s one thing that employees at small businesses or big companies hope to achieve at work, it’s productivity. Improving your productivity in the workplace has been associated with increased job fulfillment, as well as the likelihood of being promoted. One skill that is well within each person’s capability of accomplishing is speed reading. People who spend even just a little time each day striving to improve this skill can usually double their average reading speed within a matter of weeks. Learning to speed read will quickly become linked to your work productivity, and here are…
  • 7 Reasons to Read Daily

    Bryan Green
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    A little over a year ago, The Huffington Post conducted a poll to gauge the amount of reading that Americans engage in on an annual basis. What they found might surprise you. They discovered from a sample of over 1,000 respondents that 28% of individuals did not read a single book during the year. There are myriad benefits that come from reading. Here are several reasons to read daily. Increase Your Vocabulary This is kind of obvious, but the more you read, the more exposure you receive to new words. These words have a way of finding their way into your everyday parlance. Expanding one’s…
  • 4 Effective Homework Tips for College Students

    Bryan Green
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For most, college is anything but easy. Sure, there are loads of social events and opportunities to meet new people and hang with friends; however, the academics require a lot from students! One thing is certain, college students are often bogged down with more homework than they know how to handle. Here are 4 effective homework tips that can help any college student get a hold of the curricular workload. 1. Schedule a regular study time Often times college students neglect to make regular time to study for their classes. Instead, they try to finish large assignments or study for big tests in…
  • 3 Books to Read (Quickly) Before They Become Movies in 2015

    Bryan Green
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    We’ve all heard the popular mantra that “the book is always better than the movie.” Well, if you have any intention of seeing some of the most anticipated films based on books in 2015, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on these books and read them quickly before you see their film adaptations. American Sniper by Chris Kyle This non-fiction, autobiography of Chris Kyle—the most deadly sniper in American military history—promises to keep readers turning the pages. There’s a reason why acclaimed actor and director Clint Eastwood picked this story up to film. It’s…
  • 3 Signs You Should Invest in Speed Reading

    Bryan Green
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The average human being can read approximately 200-400 words per minute. For many, their individual reading speeds go unnoticed and is rarely thought about; however, for some, it is a source of anxiousness. Reading faster is a skill that can be learned, and it can greatly benefit peoples’ lives. Whether it’s being able to read more novels from the New York Times Bestseller List each year, move through important documents more quickly at work, or comprehend the material you need to know for a graduate or professional school entrance exam, developing the ability to speed read can make life…
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  • Common faults in Resistors

    Sidhu Burre
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Resistors are reliable components and their rate of failure is very low. Still, faults do occur. The most common faults in resistors are an open and producing noise. Some common faults which will occur... The post Common faults in Resistors appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • 4 Best books to learn Embedded Systems

    Swaroop Burre
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Embedded systems are the information processing systems embedded into a product which may be bigger or smaller in size like cars, bullet trains, smart devices. In order to learn embedded systems it is essential... The post 4 Best books to learn Embedded Systems appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • 555 Timer – Astable Multivibrator

    Lakshay Khurana
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    As discussed in previous tutorial, IC 555 can be used in three different modes. The most common use of IC 555 is to provide pulses at regular intervals, i.e., act as a clock. This... The post 555 Timer – Astable Multivibrator appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Temperature Coefficient of Resistance

    Swaroop Burre
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    In this tutorial I want to explain about effect of temperature on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (α). If we consider any material it has some resistance. The resistance varies depending upon the... The post Temperature Coefficient of Resistance appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • PN Junction Diode

    Sidhu Burre
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Before learning PN Junction Diode i recommend to read about Semiconductor Basics P-type and N-type materials by themselves are of little use. When a piece of P-type material is suitably joined to a piece of N-type material, a... The post PN Junction Diode appeared first on CircuitStudy.
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    Top Hat Blog

  • Teach to Spark Creativity

    Alyssa Atkins
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    [Shareable – Photo Only] The post Teach to Spark Creativity appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • Top 5 edtech predictions for 2015

    Amna Malik
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Formal education has come a long way since its inception. Traditionally, the grades a student received were directly proportional to their level of regurgitation. With the gradual change that any structure receives, education too has undergone major revamping with greater deamnds made by students and efforts for schools to accommodate all of the developing careers that require out-of-the-box thinking and unique skills. Technology has paved the way for a brighter future in education, allowing professors and students to communicate more effectively. Education technology has created a unique…
  • What kind of educator will you be today?

    Alyssa Atkins
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 am
    [Shareable – photo only] The post What kind of educator will you be today? appeared first on Top Hat Blog.
  • 11 Smart Ways to Use the Internet in Your Classroom

    Jessica Sanders
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Guest post. You use the Internet every day in your personal life, but how often do you use it in your classroom? Whether you’re teaching students how to blog or empowering them to improve their latest presentation with an online program, it’s a powerful tool that you don’t want to leave at the door when you walk in. Give it a whirl with these eleven suggestions, all of which will make your classroom more exciting and engaging. 1. Travel the World With Google Earth Let your students immerse themselves in the culture of another city, state, or country with Google Earth. With this free…
  • Give Your Students Something to Remember

    Amanda Hosek
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    I was a university student not too long ago. I took classes in multiple disciplines in order to explore my array of academic interests. And I created many memories, some fond, others not so fond. But the pressing point I realized after being disconnected from my college experience for many months now is what actually stuck. And to be honest, it wasn’t much. What knowledge are your students walking away with? Yes, I gained valuable skills by going through the motions of a rigorous and demanding university curriculum in order to attain a degree. Time management skills, multi-tasking,…
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  • Being a Reflective Teacher

    Ryan McDonough
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    The First Year Teacher I remember back to my first year of teaching. It was mixed with lots of different emotions: frustrations, the feeling of being overwhelmed, and questions about my educational landscape as a teacher. In my district, they implemented a few support systems such as supplying everyone a mentor, a laptop, and lots of books on various different pedagogies. In theory, that sounds like a lot of things to provide a new employee. In reality, it’s not nearly enough training, support, or guidance for most first-year teachers. I was able to keep my head above water during my…
  • Time is Very Precious

    Ryan McDonough
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    Jimmy V In regards to the news over the late Stuart Scott, I, like everyone else, am reminded about the struggle many people are experiencing in their lives- especially the fight with cancer. Eventually, we all will deal with loved ones who are going to be facing this fight. As terrible as the results of cancer may be, it can also teach us something about the human spirit. Through inspiration, I went back and researched prominent figures in time who were facing terminal illnesses caused by cancer. One name that has also been synonymous with college basketball was Jimmy V, or Jimmy Valvano.
  • Learning Analytics in Education

    Ryan McDonough
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:43 am
    Learning Analytics in Education Learning analytics can be defined as the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. Learning analytics has a projected timetable of two to three years become coming into play in education. We can expect the use of student data to combine statistics, determine learning abilities and then give educators immediate feedback regarding how to best teach. Analytics are used to collect user data of how we browse the internet.
  • 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…
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  • How to win any argument [video]

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We all get into arguments from time to time. Whether with friends or with strangers, it's just part of life. This video challenges you to rethink what "winning" an argument means, and helps you do it. The post How to win any argument [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • NYC as seen from a stroller

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Little Ignacio López likely won't remember much from his first visit to New York City, but -- fortunately -- he won't have to thanks to his Dad's idea to set up a GoPro inside his stroller. The post NYC as seen from a stroller appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Kitten no match for duckling horde [video]

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    In the grand scheme of things, felines will generally beat out fowl, but not when they're outnumbered like this. The post Kitten no match for duckling horde [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • 22 movies Roger Ebert hated

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Ah, Roger Ebert. His movie reviews were awesome. Stacy Conradt has an article at Mental Floss that outlines 22 movies that he loathed, and gives us some of his comments. Really, some are a hoot. I’m going to give you a couple of his quotes. Sure isn’t easy to pick which. How about starting with … The post 22 movies Roger Ebert hated appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Cubitat: House that measures 10 x 10 x 10. Feet.

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    If you’re feeling priced out of your local real estate market then Cubitat may be a solution for you. Unveiled at an exhibition in Toronto, it’s a 10 foot pre-fab box that just needs a shell, some electricity and of course plumbing, and it’s complete. It has a full kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, storage. I love … The post Cubitat: House that measures 10 x 10 x 10. Feet. appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • What Language Should You Learn?

    Yohana Petrovic
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    Language is a necessity of life. It is the glue that holds us together – that connects people of different backgrounds and interests. Without language, we can have no communication with other people beyond charades. But, learning a new language is also a long and time consuming journey! So, you might ask yourself “what language should I learn?“. Before giving you some hints, let’s imagine a scenario: Imagine that you are going in for an interview with your dream corporation for your dream job. This job will even give you the opportunity to travel overseas. You walk into…
  • Science of Motivation: What Goals Should You Set to Learn a New Language?

    Edmond Lau
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the blog of the author to the question “How a Small Change Can Boost Your Motivation and Performance“. We have reprinted it with permission from the author, Edmond Lau.  In 2009, Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson made a surprising discovery in the science of motivation. She conducted a series of studies where she asked participants to solve a set of puzzles and problems. In one group — the “be-good” group — participants were told that their score reflected their “conceptual and analytical abilities.” They should try to…
  • Best of 2014: TOP 12 Language Learning Related Articles

    Ludovic Chevalier
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:44 pm
    What language learning stories have you guys most enjoyed in 2014? This article ranks the best blog posts published in 2014 around the web using the number of social shares they have received across all social platforms. In case you missed some of these awesome pieces of content, this is your last chance to catch up before 2015… Enough talking, here is the TOP 12: TOP 1: Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans 342K shares! This story is the one you guys have loved reading and sharing the most with your friends this year. The…
  • 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.
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  • Workload Makes Three In Four New Teachers Consider Quitting

    VoicED Admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:40 am
    Workload Makes Three In Four New Teachers Consider Quitting: A survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that 76 per cent of recently recruited, new teachers are thinking about quitting their job due to overwhelming amounts of work. Workload Makes Three In Four New Teachers Consider Quitting The findings have also revealed that of the newly qualified teachers (NQTs) questioned, 73 per cent admitted that they were considering leaving the profession totally. The survey of 886 NQTs and students found that 79 per cent did not feel that they had a satisfactory work-life…
  • Girls Outperform Boys At School Despite Inequalities

    VoicED Admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:03 am
    Girls Outperform Boys at School Despite Inequalities: Findings from a new piece of education market research suggests that, even in countries where women’s rights and level of equality with males is limited, female students outperform males in the classroom. Girls Outperform Boys at School Despite Inequalities According to research published by psychologists at the universities of Glasgow and Missouri, girls outperform boys across mathematics, reading, science and literacy in more than two thirds (70%) of countries in the study. The researchers looked at results from 1.5 million fifteen…
  • Girls Underrepresented in STEM Despite Record Applicants

    VoicED Admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Girls Underrepresented in STEM Despite Record Applicants: According to new figures from UCAS, there were a record number of female undergraduate starters in September last year – resulting in the highest gap between males and females being accepted ever. Girls Underrepresented in STEM Degrees Despite Record Year The figures, which are the result of a first analysis undertaken by Ucas, continue to show that women are less likely to attend courses in the sciences and engineering. This pattern continues despite well publicised efforts by the Government and the STEM industry to try and increase…
  • Poorer Parents As Likely To Help Children As Rich

    VoicED Admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Poorer Parents As Likely To Help Children As Rich: A new piece of research, which was conducted by Bristol University, has refuted the idea that parents from a poor background are less involved in their children than those from a wealthier background. Poorer Parents As Likely To Help Children As Rich The findings revealed that poorer parents are as likely to help with homework, play and read with their children, as those who are better-off financially. The data, which was collated from the responses of 1,665 households in the UK highlighted that, in the week prior to the survey, over 50 per…
  • A Third of Female Undergraduate Students Sexually Assaulted

    VoicED Admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    A Third of Female Undergraduate Students Sexually Assaulted On Campus: According to a new piece of research looking in to the higher education sector, a third of female undergraduate students in the UK have endured some form of sexual assault or unwanted sexual advances whilst at university. A Third of Female Undergraduate Students Sexually Assaulted The research, released in the wake of new guidance from the government which is meant to ensure that universities and colleges investigate allegations of rape and assault (rather than leaving it to the police alone), also suggested that half of…
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    Next Scientist

  • Your PhD Matters

    Julio Peironcely
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… Your PhD Matters People often wonder why I still write in Next Scientist. This is a blog for PhD students and young scientists and I have been away from Academia for 2 years. Why should I write for academics if I am long gone from Academia? Two reasons: I like to write and I want to help PhD…
  • 5 Hacks To Submit A Scientific Paper In 4 Weeks

    Olga Degtyareva
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Have you been intending to write up and submit a scientific paper of yours for weeks or even months? You’ve been wanting to draft the first version or work on the existing draft, but somehow it just does not get done. Your day seems to be very busy and there is no time to sit down to write. After all, there are group meetings to attend, lab work to do, other projects to take care of…When at your desk and looking at the paper, you find it difficult to focus: a chat with a fellow student, a noisy office atmosphere and your favourite internet sites, all of these add to distractions and…
  • 12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

    Dora Farkas
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and time when they were all available. After my 45 minutes presentation at this meeting a heated debate ensued among my committee members regarding the interpretation of my data. After a long discussion, my committee agreed to give me the green light to defend my thesis. Unfortunately, the…
  • How to write a PhD thesis your committee will NOT approve

    Dora Farkas
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Sometimes it takes 7 years to get back to square one… Jesse was a bright and ambitious student in a Biochemistry PhD program. She was always ready to learn new techniques, and she diversified her skill set by working in the animal facility, cell culture room, and also in a mass spectrometry lab. Her supervisor picked up on Jesse’s talents, and he frequently assigned younger students to shadow her, and he also volunteered her to work with collaborators on joint projects. As the years went on, Jesse was spread thin between her own PhD thesis project, mentoring, and collaborations.
  • The PhD Dilemma: Should You Quit Your PhD Or Stay?

    Julio Peironcely
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Should you quit your PhD or should you stay? That’s a question we all have once (or millions of times) during our PhDs. It occurs mostly half way a PhD. It feels like for the last 2 years you haven’t done any progress. If that is true, it means that you only have half of a PhD to come up with all the sound results and to write a thesis. At that moment you doubt whether you should quit your PhD or not. Is t going to get better in the second half of my PhD? Couldn’t I be at a different job instead of wasting my time here? Some people surrender to the temptation and decide to try…
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    Sugoi Teaching

  • 8 Great Tools for Formative Assessment

    Michael Yardley
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Formative assessments are the quick day-to-day methods that we use to see how her students are progressing in a given subject. While these tests could be the good old-fashioned pop-quiz, we have many ways and tools to make it more fun, interesting, and useful. This is a collection of some of my favorite tools that I use on a regular basis to track students progress.1- Kahoot Kahoot makes the top of my list, because recently my students have been having a great time with this website. It takes the model of the traditional multiple-choice quiz, but it makes it into a game…
  • Widening the Gap -Why our focus on narrowing the gap is failing our students.

    Michael Yardley
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    We have seen many articles, blog posts, in-service training, and books that of all focused on narrowing the gap for our low achieving students in the classroom. Because of the focus on narrowing the gap we have seen many innovative and effective ways to help raise the expectations and performance of many struggling students. I believe that it is critical to address the needs of struggling students. Despite the need to help these students, I believe that the paradigm of narrowing the gap is totally flawed. Many of her students who struggle often have much greater potential than how they are…
  • 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…
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  • The Motivational Aspect of College Teaching

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    One thing very noticeable with our present crop of college students is that they think they have the freedom to take or leave what their instructors/professors have to offer. If this is the case, it is very crucial that we take pains to see that they become involved in learning, that they become the principal actors/actresses in the learning process ... Read More The post The Motivational Aspect of College Teaching appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • Transcript of PNP-SAF OIC Noli Taliño’s eulogy for the Fallen 44

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    Below is the full transcript of Philippine National Police-Special Action Force officer-in-charge Chief Supt. Noli Taliño’s eulogy at the necrological service for the elite policemen killed in the Mamasapano clash. OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, AFP officers and men headed by General Gregorio Katapang, former SAF commanders and directors, SAF troopers and former SAF troopers, our counterparts, sa ... Read More The post Transcript of PNP-SAF OIC Noli Taliño’s eulogy for the Fallen 44 appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • FULL TEXT: President Aquino’s eulogy at the necrological service for fallen SAF men

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Below is the full text of President Benigno Aquino III’s speech at the necrological service for fallen members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force on Friday at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Isa po sa pinakamahirap kong tungkulin bilang pangulo ay ang pakikiramay sa mga nawalan ng mahal sa buhay. Sa pagharap ko po sa inyo ngayon, aaminin ... Read More The post FULL TEXT: President Aquino’s eulogy at the necrological service for fallen SAF men appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • January 30, 2015, is a National Day of Mourning

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    By virtue of Proclamation No. 953, s. 2015, this Friday, January 30, 2015, has been declared a national day of mourning. All public institutions and military installations, are instructed to lower the Philippine flag to half-mast in honor of the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force that fell during an armed encounter in Maguindanao last Sunday, as well as ... Read More The post January 30, 2015, is a National Day of Mourning appeared first on TeacherPH.
  • FULL TEXT President Aquino’s speech on the Mamasapano clash

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Below is the full text of President Benigno Aquino III’s speech about the encounter between members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and Moro rebels in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao. Mga kababayan, Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Humaharap po ako sa inyo ngayon upang iulat ang ating nalalaman ukol sa nangyari sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao, nitong nakaraang Sabado ... Read More The post FULL TEXT President Aquino’s speech on the Mamasapano clash appeared first on TeacherPH.
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that. Recently I was reminded […]
  • The Top 10 iPad Features That Schools Forget

    11 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    With iPads, it’s all about the apps, and rightly so sometimes, but not everyone takes full advantage of the native features that Apple builds in to the iPad software for everyone to use. So, for this post I am rounding up ten of the most forgotten iPad features that are awesome for education. No additional […]
  • Unsplash: Free, High-Resolution, Royalty-Free Images

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    There are numerous places on the web where teachers can go to find royalty-free images that they and their students can use in the classroom as part of educational projects. However, I don’t often hear many educators talk about So, if you haven’t heard of it before, pay attention, because this is a good […]
  • One Best Thing: Free Lesson Ideas for Apple Classrooms

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    While going through some of my curated articles in Pocket the other day, I came across a link to an iBook created by Dan Goble called Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia. In it, Don outlines a creative digital storytelling exercise that combines film making skills with the power of language to […]
  • How to Switch from Zite to Flipboard

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    So the time has come. I am about to delete one of my favorite iPad apps of all time. Zite has been an amazing discovery tool for me. It has enhanced my learning and given me lots of great ideas to share in this blog and online via social media. However, as you may already […]
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    The Great Education Struggle

  • 051: Psychological Consequences of Common Core

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    How does Common Core and its associated assessments affect students? It's a major psychological issue for many. Join this weeks' guest, Mary Calamia, a licensed psychotherapist who has witnessed first hand the mental burdens placed upon New York students and the results thereof. Mary Calamia is a psychotherapist practicing on Long Island. After testifying to the New York State Assembly Forum on Education about the mental health consequences of the Common Core, Mary took on a leadership role in the grassroots fight against the controversial CCSS initiative. Mary speaks at…
  • 050: Common Core Need Not Apply At Shimer College

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you looking for a college that doesn't use the Common Core aligned SAT or ACT as part of their entrance requirements? Well then you will want to listen to this week's conversation with James Bowers, Admission Director of Shimer College for they do not care what Common Core architect David Colman thinks. James Bowers grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. He earned his BA from Duke University, worked in professional school admission for Duke, and then earned a law degree from Duke as well. After spending almost a decade in New York City practicing law, he…
  • 049 Science is a Slave to Philosophy with Bill Barr

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    So often I hear "religion" has not place in public school. Those who hold to this belief espouse academics can be taught apart from a theologic perspective. What they admit to is that everyone comes into the classroom with certain presuppositions about the world around them. There is no escaping this fact and how you see the world, determines your outcomes. Join public school teach Bill Barr as he explains how science is a slave to philosophy. Bill Barr is a former atheistic and a current 30 year public school science teacher veteran. He has been married for…
  • 048: Creating Postive Relationships, Not Socialization with Israel Wayne

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This weeks episode is a continuation from last weeks where Israel Wayne and me discussed the history of socialization and what that term really means.  This week we discuss how it is positive family relationships beginning with securing your child's heart should be the focus and how to use the following four steps in accomplishing this task. Do activities that are pro-spiritual. Do actives that are pro-family. Do activities that are pro-relational with all ages (not age segregated groupings). Do activities that are pro-educational. Israel Wayne is an author and conference…
  • 047: History of Socialization with Israel Wayne

    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For those who oppose homeschooling, the arguably the question brought up the most is that of socialization of the child?  For homeschooling parents, one of the top concerns is that of the socialization of their children. Where did this concern come from?  What does it mean to be "socialized?" Do you want your child to be "socialized?" Join author, speaker, and homeschooling father of 8 as we discuss the history of socialization in this two part episode. Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical…
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    New Horizons

  • 20 Useful Microsoft Windows 8.1 Tips & Tricks

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
  • Resolving Cisco Switch & Router ‘DHCP Server Pool Exhausted-Empty’ Error – Client IP Assignment Failure

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
  • How to back up Computer Data

    New Horizons Dubai
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    These days, more and more people are using computers to store memories, important documents, and various other bits of information that may need to be kept for long periods of time. Imagine if you lost every file on your computer. So Backing up a computer is essential for keeping long term documents around. Here we found the very good article on How to back up your data on CNET Community. Terms: CHD = Conventional Hard Drive / SSD = Solid State Drive / Host = Drive with OS, Files and Folders for backup / Storage Device = Destination for data being backed up The simplest definition of a backup…
  • Best IT Certifications For 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    full list here :,1-1352.html
  • CISSP New Outline (will be change 15 April 2015)

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    CISSP outline will be change 15 April 2015 New outline here  
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • Learning How to Learn: Techniques for efficient learning

    Kai Kleinbard
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Learning How to Learn: Techniques for efficient learning Focused vs. Diffuse Learning Diffuse learning is loosely thinking about a particular subject matter.  Instead, of intense concentration, where the entire mind shoves itself into the limits of one concept, diffuse learning is reminiscing about a particular idea–more of a daydream–allowing the mind to wander through a field of ideas.  Through diffuse learning we can be more creative with our learning and allow knowledge to make more connections in our brains.  Focused learning can be great for trying to learn a specific…
  • Executive Functioning chart: Three elements

    Kai Kleinbard
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Executive Functioning chart: Three elements What is executive functioning? Executive functioning is composed of three inter-related dimensions: working memory, inhibitory control and mental flexibility. “Scaffolds” can be utilized by educators to develop mastery within each dimension/executive function. The illustration below is also available in a PDF executive functioning can be defined by a neural-system of three dimensions called executive functions More information about our services for executive functioning tutoring/coaching can be found at    …
  • Identity and Self-Esteem in Learning

    Kai Kleinbard
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Identity and Self-Esteem in Learning Identity is a key area in a child’s education.  Through identity the child learns who they are–how his or her interests will formulate and how to he or she creates a unique imprint in the world.  Much of a child’s identity is formulated through her interactions with family and the culture that she’s brought up in.  In working with students in Brooklyn, NY, many of the young people I work with have been brought up in a culture of academia.  They already have been introduced to the goal of obtaining a college degree and a…
  • “Mapping Cartographies” Workshop

    Kai Kleinbard
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    “Mapping Cartographies” Workshop On December 13, 2014, we invited our friend and visual artist, Lauren Simkin Berke ( to teach a workshop, titled “Mapping Carographies” at The Bridge. In this multi-generational class, particpants mapped many different aspects of their lives, including their day, their hopes, their past, their rooms, journeys, their bodies and more. A sample of some of the creations are below: The post “Mapping Cartographies” Workshop appeared first on bodyLITERATE Research Initiative.
  • Using principles of the martial arts to communicate

    Kai Kleinbard
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    Using principles of the martial arts to communicate Many of the soft styles of martial arts utilize a oponent’s momentum to find the path of least resistance in order to neutralize an attack.  This is different from hard styles of martial arts (such as karate, Shaolin Kung Fu) that emphasize hard strikes and blocks to counteract and bring an opponent into submission.  The power of the “soft” styles of martial arts is that practitioners focus on the internal power–the center–as a source of control and agility, rather than external power (through muscular force).
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  • ACT or SAT? Which one is best for you? Use our Infographic to Find Out.

    Z Prep!
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    A lot of students wonder whether they should take the SAT or the ACT. While we encourage students to take both the SAT and the ACT early in their sophomore or junior years, when it comes down to it, students will usually find they have a preference for one test over the other. Once you know that you have a preference for either exam, it’s easier to focus your study efforts on that test when you take it again in your senior year, when it really counts. So how do the exam styles of the ACT and SAT break down? How are they different?  We’ve compiled this useful infographic to help…
  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Preparing for the GMAT

    Z Prep!
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some helpful GMAT tips If you’re headed for business school, you may be planning to take the GMAT. This exam is a broad-based test of skills you will use as a manager in business – communication and analytical skills, and your ability to reason, make decisions and solve problems. Preparing well for an exam like the GMAT takes time and a plan. Here are a few tips to consider as you plan your GMAT study program: Do: Set a minimum score goal that you focus on throughout your preparation – what school do you want to attend? What’s their GMAT score requirement?  What’s your…
  • Preparing for College? Avoid Scholarship Scams

    Z Prep!
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    If you’re a high school student, you are probably going through the complicated process of preparing to go to college. From preparing to take your ACT or SAT exam, to making sure your college applications are perfected and submitted on time, to figuring out how to pay for it all, you’re a busy person these days. So, with all the things you have to do, you might just get caught off guard by a scholarship scam if you don’t know what to look for ahead of time. Part of your funding search is applying for scholarships. You should research and apply for as  many as you can to maximize your…
  • A High School Student Guide to Preparing for College

    Z Prep!
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    High school is a lot of fun, a time to build friendships and find out more about yourself, but it’s also a really important time for planning for your next big adventure, college. Failure to plan for college means you may miss an opportunity to get into a great program at a great school.  So plan to start thinking about college as soon as you get into high school. Here’s a quick timeline of things to work on throughout high school as you plan for college, including a few useful links: Freshman year: Guidance counselor: Get to know your counselor well – they can be very helpful…
  • Timely Updates Make our ACT and SAT Test Prep Programs Better Than Ever

    Z Prep!
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Both the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams have undergone significant changes in recent years, including going digital, restructuring the scoring and changing the exam content itself to reflect the modern requirements and expectations at today’s colleges, universities and businesses. ClubZ! and its test prep brand, Z Prep! have also recently revamped our test prep programs, with the aim of helping SAT and ACT test takers be better prepared and optimize their scores on one or both of the exams. We’ve made several big changes that should make our program more effective and more…
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • Google Earth Pro is Now Free for Everyone

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Google Earth Pro has been available for free to teachers with GAFE email accounts for quite a while. Now it is available for free to anyone who wants to upgrade to Google Earth Pro. Google announced this yesterday on the Google Lat Long blog. To get a license key for Google Earth Pro you just need to complete the form found here. Google Earth Pro offers at least nine features that are not available in the standard version of Google Earth. Those features include importing GIS data, mapping multiple points at once, measuring areas of polygons and circles, and automatically geo-locating imported…
  • The Week in Review - A Blizzard of Popular Posts

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Good morning from snowy Woodstock, Maine where we've had two snow storms in the last five days and school was closed was for three days. My dogs and I love to play in the snow so we're happy whenever it snows. In fact, as soon as this post is finished we'll be romping around in the snow. I hope that you have something fun planned for the weekend too. Before I jump into this week's list of the most popular posts I want to remind you about the Practical Ed Tech weekly newsletter. I started the Practical Ed Tech weekly newsletter at about this time last year. On Sunday evening I send out an…
  • I'm All About the Snow

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    If you live in the U.S. unless you've ignored the national news entirely, you're probably tired of hearing about the big snow storms that have hit New England this week. As as much as I dislike the hyped-up news reports about it, I love snow. Whether or not your students love the snow, hate the snow, or have no opinion about snow it provides an opportunity for a timely science lesson. Here are a few resources for learning about snow. Scholastic's Interactive Weather Maker is an online activity in which students adjust temperatures and humidity levels to create rain and snow storms.
  • How to Find Other Educators on Google+

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    A couple of days ago I received an email from someone who was looking for help finding other teachers to connect with around the topic of leading a STEM or engineering club at his school. My suggestion was to take a look at some of the Google+ communities related to the topic of STEM. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to go about finding a Google+ community related to a topic that you are interested in. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.
  • Design and Launch Virtual Rockets in Your Web Browser

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Ten days ago I published a post about NASA's Rocket Science 101 iPad app. What I didn't realize at the time was that the app is also available in an Android version an in an online version. Thanks to email from David Beaver I now know better. All three versions of Rocket Science 101 work the same way. The app is designed to help students understand how rockets work. The app also helps students understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their…
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  • How Young Girls Become Drug Addicts And What Parents Can Do

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Today, our children live in more dangerous times and with a higher state of anxiety than we did as teens. Studies also show that smoking is on the rise among young women. Girls as young as 12 are smoking. What is interesting in terms of gender differences is that boys begin smoking because of the influence of their peer group, but girls are more likely to smoke if their parents do. Marijuana is more potent now than ever before, date rape drugs are readily available, and sexual activity with unknown partners can be lethal. The U.S. Department of Education reports on its website that…
  • How To Deal With A Daughter Insecure About Her Looks Daughter

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We baby boomers have questioned everything, except, for the most part, the standards and ideals of beauty and body image. If the amount of money and/or time spent on makeup, cosmetic surgery, and skin care products is any indication, we are still trying to meet these unrealistic ideals. We try to look young at any cost. In fact, reported that from 1997 to 2001 there was a 304 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that our daughters have taken in these messages. We are teaching our daughters to sculpt their bodies,…
  • How Teen Girls Try To Fit In The Modern Society

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    In addition to the tyranny of beauty and niceness, there are other standards of perfection teens are compelled to meet. Teenage girls are obsessed not only with how they look but also with whether they belong to the right crowd and how popular they are with boys. Overemphasis on fitting in fosters a disregard for uniqueness and individuality. The pressure to fit in, to achieve in school, and to be nonthreatening to boys and other girls can chip away at a girl’s self-image. Consumed with being liked by others, she doesn’t get around to liking herself. As Susan, Hillary’s mother,…
  • Why Your Daughter Might Be Hiding Her Feelings

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Boys start to hide their vulnerability and mask their feelings at the age of four or five. Girls start to hide their (controversial, messy) feelings and lose trust in what they know at age 12 or 13. This happens because of the enormous pressure they feel to be “nice girls.” Our culture expects girls to be sensitive, caring, and nice, which “creates a burden on girls that plays into a larger myth that ‘girls are good.’ The ‘tyranny of the nice and kind,’ a phrase coined by Lyn Mikel Brown and Carol Gilligan, forces girls to express in public those aspects of girlhood that…
  • How To Talk To Your Daughter About Sex And Sexually Transmitted Disease

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Although teen pregnancy has declined in recent years and there is increased awareness about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and use of contraception, girls are participating in sexual activities other than intercourse at increasingly younger ages. Imagine what it’s like for girls to come of age at a time of “Sex and the City,” when oral sex is the subject of newspapers, when teenage girls are the subjects of pornographic sites, and when underwear is a fashion statement. Everything, it seems, is sexualized. Because of this early end to our daughters’ childhood and…
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    Ping College

  • Really! College Math Remedial Course

    11 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    OBJECTIVES Really! College math remedial course is designed to supplement the algebraic background of students prior to taking Intermediate Algebra. Topics include sets, fundamental operations with polynomials, linear equations and inequalities with applications, factoring and its use in algebra, introduction to graphing of linear equations, introduction to radicals, and selected study skills. I must add that it is very unlikely that credit hours will be earned for remedial classes I would also like to add that with the implementation of the Common Core, remedial courses are fast becoming…
  • College English Remedial Course

    11 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    OBJECTIVES: This course prepares students like myself to plan and write grammatically correct paragraphs. It include classroom instruction and may require lab support sessions. Enrollment in Comp 1 is based on completion with “C” or higher. Most time the Credit does not apply toward the associate degree, but anything is possible these days. Make sure that you ask questions regarding this… THE BASICS At the beginning of the course, the Professor will provide you with basic information on how to setup a writing page. As the semester progress, you will also be taught a very…
  • Newbies’ Retail Stores

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Super Sales at Newbies’ Retail Stores. Get the Best deals, products, and prices. Click on the logos below to visit stores. Don’t forget to sign up for your “Target Red Cards & Save BIG.“ GET TARGET’S WEEKLY DEALS! GET AMAZON’S GREAT DEALS FOR SCHOOL. CLICK HERE!       The post Newbies’ Retail Stores appeared first on Ping College.

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Hi everyone,      My name is Kimberley and I am a junior in high school. This is the rumored ‘most important’ year of high school. This is partly true. Junior year is important because it is the year most students have already adjusted into their school setting. By this time, the third year in high school, students are usually aware of the workload that they can handle as well as any additional sports/extracurriculars. College admissions officers will pay extra attention to the transcript grades acquired this year as they expect you to be pretty settled, and therefore, doing…
  • What to expect at a College Open House

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
      Here is what to expect at a College Open House! And to be honest, I first thought college open houses were completely irrelevant, considering, that I’ve visited the college of my choice on several occasion, and so, I thought that I really did not need to attend their open house, until an advisor from the college admission department urged me to attend. Reluctantly, I agreed and signed up for the open house, but I still maintained the same stance, that open houses were a complete waste of my time. I must say that I did not know the difference between an open house and a college…
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  • How a Dental Office Assistant Course Could Benefit You

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Are the bills overwhelming you? Have you been wondering if there is a way out of your job? Has your current career lost its luster? If you can answer in the affirmative to one or more of these questions, then an online dental office assistant course might be the answer. How could enrolling in this course today benefit you? Finish in four months. There is no need to spend 18 months in a career college program to get the skills you receive in the dental office assistant course. The curriculum has been designed for maximum impact, which has allowed instructors to guarantee students 300 course…
  • 5 Terms to Know Before Your First Photography Class

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    There’s more to photography than just taking pretty pictures. Here are some common and important terms you should know before you start your first photography class: Exposure – The amount of light recorded on the film or sensor. Aperture – The opening in the lens that light shines through when a photo is taken. F-stop – The term used when discussing different sizes of aperture. ISO number – The measure of a camera’s light sensitivity. Shutter speed – How long the shutter remains open to allow light through. Still looking for a photography class that’s right…
  • How Hard is Phlebotomy Training Online?

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    There are no hard and fast answers to this question, at least none that apply to everyone across the board. Every student comes to phlebotomy training with a different set of learning experiences and study skills. That said, the science of phlebotomy has its own peculiar challenges students need to know about before they get started. It helps that there are ways to make your training a more positive experience. The Challenges of Phlebotomy Most people agree that phlebotomy is neither the hardest nor the easiest health care area of study. It is harder than becoming a medical office assistant,…
  • How Do You Learn With Online Photography Programs?

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Do you dream of being engaged in a creative career? Even if you have a lot natural talent, you still need the right training to monetize this aptitude as well as your artistic products. Take for example online photography programs. They succeed at teaching novices as well as those with years of creative experience how to turn their artistic passions into viable businesses or employment opportunities. So, how do you learn with distance education photography programs? Spend three months learning the trade from the ground up. There is no reason to spend four years in a standard college setting…
  • Can You Get Financial Aid for Certificate Programs?

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    When considering taking online certificate programs, you probably asked yourself, ‘Are certificate programs eligible for financial aid?’ Yes, you can get help financially – just not the type you might think. The financing options offered through Auburn University aren’t grants or federal loans. We offer: Private Education Loans Through Sallie Mae – Competitive interest rates, repayment options, and rewards for paying your loan on time while in school. Through Wells Fargo – Financing for eligible education-related expenses like tuition, housing, books, and more. Payment…
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  • The selection process for IIMs

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    The first step to getting admitted to an IIM is writing the CAT (or even the GMAT for foreign nationals). The CAT is a highly competitive exam that is given by approximately 1.96 lakh candidates. All candidates appearing for the exam are obviously not students, but are also composed of candidates with work experience. The purpose of the CAT is to sift out candidates for the final interview, where they are called. (Aside: The etymology of this is very interesting. Candidates were actually called on their phones before the internet existed. Now calls are communicated through email and mail).
  • Why People Will Tell You Not To Join HR ?

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    CAT results are out, MBA admissions are in full swing but you are in dilemma about which colleges to apply. To add to your woes, institutes with specialization in HR want you to select your major even before applying, as most institutes that offer HR specialization offer it as a separate course. Now if you reach out to people to help you make decision, they will always tell you not to join HR, even if your intuition says otherwise.
  • Finding number of solutions for equations involving difference of perfect squares

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Short cut when the number is a multiple of 4 : Find the number of positive integer solutions of equation x^2 – y^2 = 20 solution: (No of factors after dividing by 4) /2. Here number=20 and N/4 = 20/4 = 5 and number of factors of 5 = (1+1) = 2 so ans = 2/2 = 1 ( so positive integer values=1 )) AND TOTAL = 4 * 1 = 4
  • The Feline Trouble Beckons - This time It’s PnC and its applications

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Permutation and combination has always been a chapter where even a maths wizard might stumble. Cause you can infer an answer(not all of them are correct of course) for a particular question by various methods and to a layman all of them might seem probable. So how to go about a chapter like this which commands an immense importance from not only the perspective of any competitive exam, but also due to its application to other topics.
  • What is special about IIM A ?

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    IIM Ahmedabad has a rich legacy, being conceived by eminent scientist Vikram Sarabhai as an institute of excellence. It is important to understand where the Institute comes from, where its ethos lies and why it does deserve the status it gets. People here, and people associate