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  • The Language of School

    Ideas and Thoughts
    Dean Shareski
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I was asked to sit down and share something I was passionate about in education during ISTE 2015. The use of language is something I’ve been noticing for a while and in my estimation doesn’t get enough attention. It’s a one-take video full of ums and stutters, but take hopefully there are some ideas in here with exploring and discussing.
  • Knowledge vs. Understanding

    open thinking
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    “Once u have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that, even if u want to.” This is relevant to so much of what we do with professional learning, change, policy, education, etc. This video is definitely worth a watch. More to come on this topic. Related posts: How Knowledge is Negotiated in Wikipedia “Compilation of Human Knowledge Experience” The Curse of Knowledge
  • Yunus to youth: Create your own future

    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people
    Robert Hawkins
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    “What are you waiting for?  Get out there and create your future”.  This conveys the spirit of Mohammed Yunus’ lecture last week at the World Bank. His messages on social business and entrepreneurship raised a number of questions as to how we think about education, skills, employment and the future prospects of youth in the world.
  • Employability and quality of life

    11 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The employability narrative for higher education is over powering. While I certainly agree that work is important, I think the framework of “getting a job” is too limiting for the role that higher education (can and should) play in society. I had the privilege recently to deliver a talk to a group of folks at HERDSA in Australia on this topic. My argument: employability is important, but quality of life is more critical as a long term focus. Slides are below. Exploiting emerging technologies to enable quality of life from gsiemens
  • 10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School

    Brilliant or Insane
    Angela Stockman
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane I remember the welcome letters that arrived in our mailbox during the final weeks of summer when my girls were in primary school. My daughter Laura had a first grade teacher who included a picture of herself attending the same school at the same age. Nina had a kindergarten teacher who encouraged the class to wear funky […] The post 10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    ED News

  • Another Step Forward Under the Student Aid Bill of Rights

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Earlier this year, President Obama unveiled a Student Aid Bill of Rights to ensure strong consumer protections for student loan borrowers and issued a Presidential Memorandum to begin making those rights a reality.
  • New Orleans: An Unfinished Story

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    This piece was originally posted on the Huffington Post. The story of rebirth in New Orleans’ schools since Hurricane Katrina is one of nationally historic significance – but as is true of the city’s recovery, it is a profoundly unfinished story.
  • U.S Department of Education Announces New Grants for Charter Schools Serving Low-Income Students

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    The U.S. Department of Education announced today a $4 million grant competition for planning and launching high-quality public charter schools through the non-state educational agency grant program. In addition, operators of existing high-quality public charter schools can receive funding to share information with other schools about best practices.
  • U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $50.4 Million in Grants to Support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges, Universities

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $50.4 million in new grants to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities in a dozen states. Under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, the formula-based grants will help eligible higher education institutions increase their self-sufficiency by providing funds to strengthen their academic quality, management and overall fiscal stability.
  • New GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help Prepare Students for Success in College

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    The U.S. Department of Education has announced grant awards totaling nearly $8 million under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) that will help increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
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    Angela Maiers

  • Creating a Culture of Mattering From Day One

    Angela Maiers
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Culture isn’t just a “feel good” part of our classrooms and schools. Being thoughtful about creating and sustaining an effective learning and work culture is foundational to unlocking a the power and potential of the people you live to serve. The post Creating a Culture of Mattering From Day One appeared first on Angela Maiers.
  • Announcing My Publishing Partnership With Atomic Learning; Webinar on 8/27

    Angela Maiers
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    It’s been a busy but exciting summer. We are excited to announce our collaboration with Atomic Learning. It will offer access to our new e-book on teaching web research skills; to “Parents Matter,” our parent engagement […] The post Announcing My Publishing Partnership With Atomic Learning; Webinar on 8/27 appeared first on Angela Maiers.
  • What does it mean to be a teacher entrepreneur?

    Angela Maiers
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
        Teacher entrepreneurship is [fill in the blank]. This is a challenge that Steve Hargadon, a brilliant education entrepreneur himself, recently posed to a few dozen educators who have created ventured into the business […] The post What does it mean to be a teacher entrepreneur? appeared first on Angela Maiers.
  • Presentation and Resources from #NCSAAdmin15

    Adrienne Fuller
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
      I had the honor of speaking at #NCSA15 in Kearney, NE today. Below you will find the resources I shared and ways to keep abreast of developments from me and from Choose2Matter. I look forward to continuing […] The post Presentation and Resources from #NCSAAdmin15 appeared first on Angela Maiers.
  • Resources shared at #TEPSA15

    Angela Maiers
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    I had the honor of speaking at #TEPSA15 in Austin today. Below you will find the resources I shared and ways to keep abreast of developments from me and from Choose2Matter. I look forward to continuing the […] The post Resources shared at #TEPSA15 appeared first on Angela Maiers.
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  • Games in Education Symposium Wrapup

    Mitch Weisburgh
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    On August 6-7, 1st Playable hosted the annual Games in Education Symposium in Albany, NY. This is a free event for educators to get hands on advice in game based learning, and I was able to attend (and present) on the first day. Keynote with Peggy Sheehy The symposium started with Peggy Sheehy keynoting. “There’s a word for most games used in the classroom,” she began, “boring.” But even bad games can have educational value, and the best game based curricula involves the kids in the design process. Begin with two questions for the kids: How can I best teach this? How do you want to…
  • Serious Play Conference

    Mitch Weisburgh
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Serious Play Conference deals with the big issues of society, and in a fun way. Did you know that there is research that shows the value of diversity? Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon abstracted the data that indicates: Expertise diversity leads to innovation, the more diverse, the more innovative More diversity leads to more conflict, but the conflict sparks useful desirable innovation A key characteristic of a leader, one that leads to highly functioning teams, is trust; if the team members believe the leader has their back, they will be considerable more effective. Gender and age…
  • ISTE 2015 Thoughts

    Mitch Weisburgh
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Another ISTE; what did we learn? This was a very exciting ISTE for me personally. On Sunday June 28, we had our Games4Ed in person meeting to discuss Game Jams, PD around Game Based Learning, and Pilots of games in schools and districts. We were expecting just over 30 people, but more than 50 attended, teachers, administrators, game developers, policy makers, researchers, and software publishers. There was high energy and momentum building around each of these initiatives. Look for Announcements from Game4Ed. Soledad O’Brien’s keynote Sunday night was one of the best ISTE opening…
  • Tips on how schools pay for products

    Mitch Weisburgh
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Understanding education funding is critical for success in the education marketplace. Charles Blaschke, of Education TURNKEY Systems, has been advising education publishers on Federal and state funding streams for 30 years, and provided us with their “Special Report: Selling into Niche Markets”. Here are some highlights from this report: Don’t just concentrate on wealthy districts, for many products it pays to look for districts that are receiving increases in Title I funds (for high poverty schools). These schools are also likely receiving increases in other federal revenue streams…
  • The K12 Education Market

    Rachel Norris
    20 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Over more than 20 years in the K12 education market (and postsecondary, but that’s a whole nother story), I have noticed that people often have completely the wrong idea about the way this market works. I want to share a high-level overview with you because it is a story that I feel rarely gets told. Why People Get it Wrong: I shouldn’t be surprised: education is an especially complex set of markets. There are 14,000 districts in 50 states and they all have slightly different considerations and regulations. On top of that, nearly everyone is first introduced to the education as a student;…
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    Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  • 7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    An Every Classroom Matters Episode Online learning is growing. How do online classrooms differ from the face to face classroom? What about the student/teacher relationship? Jade Ballek is a principal of an online K12 school in Canada. She tells all: the challenges of online learning and the strengths. Sylvia Duckworth made a sketchnote to go with this show! Thanks Sylvia! (See below.) Important Takeaways How do you know if a student is “really” learning? How do you measure and improve student engagement? (Some of us can use these tips in our face to face classrooms.) How does the…
  • Successful Parent Teacher Communication Tips (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    3 Important Times We Have to Talk Students need parent teacher communication. We need to work together to help kids. There are three essential times for parent teacher communication. The Global Search for Education has a monthly question. This month: “What are the best ways parents can help teachers and that teachers can help parents?” Introductions Ongoing communications When problems or unforeseen circumstances happen I’ve been a teacher for fourteen years and a Mom for twenty. I’ve seen the good and bad from both sides. Here’s what I’ve learned.
  • Want kids to love school? Stop telling them they stink and find their strength. (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    The Teacher as a Talent Scout Good schools don’t just teach you subjects. Good schools teach you about yourself.  A focus on strengths is the secret to a better school. We want students to be leaders, but we never let them lead. Let’s change that! Here’s how.   Do you want your teachers to be six times more engaged in teaching? Do you want your students 30 times more likely to be engaged in school? Would you like to triple your teachers’ quality of life? Then, focus on strengths, not weaknesses. Recently, I sat down with, Dr. Brad Johnson on Every Classroom…
  • 10 Ways to Build Powerful Parent Partnerships from Day One (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    An Every Classroom Matters Episode on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships sponsored by Bloomz First-rate teachers value parents. Jumpstart positive parent partnerships from day one.   Show parents how much they matter. Principal Amy Fadeji and Superintendent Joe Sanfelippo have a collection of simple ideas. Important Takeaways How to Connect. Four ways Amy encourages teachers to connect with parents. (Check out our show sponsor Bloomz too!) First contact. First-rate teachers value parents. Jumpstart positive parent partnerships from day one.   Show parents how much they…
  • Back to School: 4 Ways to Get Ready and Save Money (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher)
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Sponsored by Staples Now is the time. I start back to school. So does my son. Lots of you will soon too. How do we get totally ready? Start by making a list. But sometimes I don’t know everything that is out there. So, I headed down to my local Staples store in Albany, and my son and I did some shopping. 1.   Help Your Child Get Ready For quite some time, I’ve had my son look at his list and shop for what he needs. I do this for several reasons: I want him to know how much things cost and One day he’ll be in college and doing his own preparations. You can see a pic of his basket…
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    Ideas and Thoughts

  • Sometimes You Should Take A Little….

    Dean Shareski
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Don’t take crap from anyone” Photo Credit: dawgfanjeff via Compfight cc This is a pretty popular sentiment today in a world that’s focused on self-preservation and social justice. Certainly, there are times when this is the proper approach. We need to teach children and adults to stand up for truth and justice, particularly when it’s being done to those who perhaps can’t speak or defend themselves. But making this your life’s motto or suggesting it be an absolute is dangerous and I think misguided. A friend of mine told me a story about his son who…
  • What Does A Trophy Mean Anyway?

    Dean Shareski
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    It’s a popular sentiment to put on a curmudgeon hat and denounce  society for giving kids medals and trophies for just showing up. “Kids are too soft” “We coddle our kids too much” “In my day…” “Get off my lawn” etc… This message got highlighted today when former Pittsburgh Steeler Superbowl champion James Harrison posted this on his instagram account. I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them…
  • You’re Not Number One

    Dean Shareski
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    “I am the number one determinate for student success” @PrincipalKafele is on fire @cedarhillisd w/the keynote address — orlando riddick (@opriddick1) July 30, 2015 I don’t know the full context of this statement so this isn’t a personal attack in any way but rather a concern about an attitude that reveals 2 huge issues in education. 1. Teachers as Superheroes. If you subscribe to the sentiments of Hollywood and movies that portray teachers as being able to overcome all the ills and challenges of their students, I worry about you. First…
  • The Language of School

    Dean Shareski
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I was asked to sit down and share something I was passionate about in education during ISTE 2015. The use of language is something I’ve been noticing for a while and in my estimation doesn’t get enough attention. It’s a one-take video full of ums and stutters, but take hopefully there are some ideas in here with exploring and discussing.
  • What Educators Should Tweet About

    Dean Shareski
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Gotcha. I have no idea what educators should tweet about. Consider the title pure link bait. (Was thinking about titling it “I tweeted this out and you’ll never guess what happened next”, but that’s more of an Upworthy thing) Actually there are many people who have created helpful guidelines and tools for educators delving into social media. I’m the last person you probably would look for to advise folks on how to use twitter. Having been using it for over 8 years and almost 100,000 tweets I’m still unsure and hesitate on sharing with people who to use it.
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  • Just Another August 27

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Four years ago today, it was just another one on part of my 15,000 mile “Odyssey” Road trip. I was leaving Welland Ontario after a very special one week visit with Giulia Forsythe. I called my Mom (in Florida) in the morning for our usual quick touching base calls, just another call where we teased each other and laughed. I met Kim Gill for lunch in Oshwa, east of Ontario, after doing a little bit of walking around a lake side park that had a view of the Darlington Nuclear Reactor. Before leaving Oshwa, I remembered to get a postcard and mail to Mom- I was doing a project of…
  • Imaginary Bestseller! “Tweeting Alone” (and the making thereof)

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Twas not my plan to make a mocked up book cover, even before breakfast. But so it goes, when the urge worms its way into my cranium. I cannot let go til I try it out. I woke up to back scroll twitter, finding the eminently sarcastic, funny, insightful, and a large number of standard deviations off the norm Pat Lockley ranting a bit on the difficulty of having to log in to a web site to leave a comment on a post, knowing he’d get no conversation. Grrrrrrr at having to sign in to comment — patlockley (@patlockley) August 26, 2015 @cogdog was an interesting blog to be honest, so had…
  • Gimme a Badge! My First Discourse Feature Suggestion Baked In

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    A totally inconsequential blog post. Because I can. A total key to learning how to work with / deal with the discourse discussion software we are using for the Udg Agora project (hey there was a BLOG POST on this) … has been the discourse meta site. This is where the developers hang out, and people trade ideas and complaints and how the heck do I do X discussions. There is something worth noting in the dog food eating department that they are using their own software in support of it. Meta, get it? Geek humor. I must say the response to my questions, especially n00bie ones, was…
  • WordPress Page Redirector

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    tl;dr I’ll be *****ed if I will use such a cliché. This post is a bit techy, and is mainly for WordPress tinkerers, aimed to help explain something in an email I am sending Tom. But hey, you never can know if someone else is trying to do something like this. Hopefully you can know the difference between a WordPress Page and Post, or a web page and a WordPress Page. Simple, eh? There are times when it’s useful for me to have something that presents a URL on my WordPress site that looks like its part of the site as a Page but redirects the visitor elsewhere. This is not needed for…
  • New Image Display for Pechaflickr

    Alan Levine aka CogDog
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Just to demonstrate how glamorous my social life is, I spent a few hours Saturday night redesigning how my pechaflickr site displays its images. As far as I am concerned, it was an ideal evening. Okay, pechaflickr is a thing I made a number of years ago to provide a place to practice improvisation. It’s a mashup of pecha kucha slide show format (20 slides up for 20 seconds each), PowerPoint Karaoke (giving a talk from random weird slides you’ve never seen before) and using random images based on a tag from flickr. It’s my all time favorite thing I’ve built. The way it…
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  • White House: Innovation in Higher Education

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education, to help prepare for the conversation. The event organizers made it clear that no media or social media was allowed during the event in order to have an open brainstorming session. My thoughts below are suitably vague so as to not identify who else was there…
  • Employability and quality of life

    11 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The employability narrative for higher education is over powering. While I certainly agree that work is important, I think the framework of “getting a job” is too limiting for the role that higher education (can and should) play in society. I had the privilege recently to deliver a talk to a group of folks at HERDSA in Australia on this topic. My argument: employability is important, but quality of life is more critical as a long term focus. Slides are below. Exploiting emerging technologies to enable quality of life from gsiemens
  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • The death of Athabasca University has been greatly exaggerated

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    I keep hearing rumours about Athabasca University dying or at least being on its deathbed. I guess stories like this don’t help: AU taskforce releases sustainability report. This article was picked up by Tony Bates, who states: “So Athabasca University is now in the same position as the Greek government, except it doesn’t have the EU, the IMF, or the Germans to look to for help – just the Alberta government, which itself has been fiscally devastated by the collapse of oil prices.” I’m conflicted by Tony’s response. He has forgotten more about digital learning…
  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
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    Dangerously Irrelevant

  • Beyond TPACK and SAMR: Introducing trudacot to teachers (Scott McLeod)
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Thanks to Monte Tatom, I am able to share the Twitcast of my presentation to the Administrators PLN at the 2015 ISTE Conference, Beyond TPACK and SAMR: Introducing trudacot to teachers. The video is less than 6 minutes. Happy viewing! Check out all of our other trudacot resources too! Related Posts Supporting effective technology integration and implementation: 2012 ISTE Leadership Forum #isteLF12 5 thoughts from ISTE weekend 3 minutes with the ISTE Board 3 kinds of ISTE sessions
  • It’s not just a poverty issue (Scott McLeod)
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Ta-Nehisi Coates said: The lives of black Americans are better than they were half a century ago. The humiliation of Whites Only signs are gone. Rates of black poverty have decreased. Black teen-pregnancy rates are at record lows – and the gap between black and white teen-pregnancy rates has shrunk significantly. But such progress rests on a shaky foundation, and fault lines are everywhere. The income gap between black and white households is roughly the same today as it was in 1970. Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University, studied children born from 1955 through 1970 and…
  • Let kids make informed decisions about real things in the real world (Scott McLeod)
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Will Richardson said: Sure, the CCSS wants to promote and measure critical thinking skills. But the CCSS wants that to happen in the context of contrived situations within an increasingly irrelevant curriculum that most kids don’t care about and will forget as soon as the test is over. Applying those “skills” to the complexities of real life situations doesn’t much transfer if you don’t care about what you’re thinking critically about in the first place. Give kids the freedom to make “informed decisions” about things they care about, real things in the real world, things that…
  • The exam sham (Scott McLeod)
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Mike Crowley said: Teachers are being judged and schools rated based on test and exam results. How many kids are getting into Yale and Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, we are perpetually asked. I have yet to be asked, how many of your students go to the college that is right for them? … how many are pursuing their passions? … how many are leading happy, fulfilling lives and believe that the curriculum was relevant to their daily, real-world challenges? No, we rarely ask the right questions. via Image credit: Harvard, Anne…
  • Become a reading warrior (Scott McLeod)
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Pernille Ripp said: I declare myself a reading warrior, and I believe you should as well. No more reading logs to check whether kids are reading. No more levels used to stop children from self-selecting books they actually want to read. No more timed standardized tests to check for comprehension. Being a fast reader does not mean you comprehend more. No more reading projects that have nothing to do with reading. No more reading packets to produce a grade that stops students from talking about books. No more rewards; prizes, stickers, lunches with the principal. We cannot measure a great…
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    Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education

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    22 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Where Should Innovation in Education Come From? — Bright — Medium I always joke that when people say “we need to redesign education,” they’re saying something like “let’s redesign commerce!” It’s just that big. Our education system isn’t a thing that is designed; it is the outcome of many different designed elements and many different people’s creativity. Scaling radical innovation: Where Should Innovation in Education Come From? — Bright — Medium So in education, we resort to what I call “pencil sharpening innovation.” When you sharpen a pencil,…
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    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
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    19 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Want a Better Pitch? Watch This. — Firm Narrative — Medium Porter's Five Forces - Strategy Tools from Project Management Skills from NZ Education’s Biggest PD Need | Steve Mouldey Leading With Design Thinking | Steve Mouldey
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    18 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Industry 4.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sarah Drummond | Revolution by Design | CreativeMornings/EDI
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  • The Impacts of Leadership Shakeups at Large Public Research Universities: Lessons for UBC

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    This entry is also available at Inside Higher Ed. Further to my 9 August Inside Higher Ed post on unexpected leadership change at the University of British Columbia (UBC), I was recently asked by Lori Culbert of the Vancouver Sun to comment on the possible impacts of this type of change at a large public research university in North America. Her article — ‘UBC: A leadership shakeup can affect planning, funding and reputation’ — was just posted tonight. I’ll add it to the long list of articles, blog entries, etc., I’m compiling on a new Facebook page (UBC…
  • Reflections on UBC’s Unexpected Leadership Transition

    9 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Note: this entry will also be available via Insider Higher Ed on 10 August 2015. On a warm and humid Friday afternoon last week my email in-box pinged with a very important message to all UBC alumni, myself (BA, 1985; MA 1988) included. The formal communication, also pasted in below, had this to say: Media Release | August 7, 2015 UBC Announces Leadership Transition The University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors regretfully announced today that President Arvind Gupta has resigned to return to the pursuit of his academic career. Dr. Gupta has made meaningful accomplishments in…
  • The EHEA and ASEM: Creating Regions of Higher Education

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Editor’s note: Que Anh Dang is a Marie Curie Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. This guest entry is based on her direct observations at Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Education Process and European Higher Education Area (EHEA) ministerial meetings in April and May 2015. Her current research project ‘Shaping an ASEM Education Area: Regionalism and Higher Education Policy Travel between Europe and Asia’ is a part of the European joint project Universities in the Knowledge Economy – UNIKEContact: Note: this entry is also available at Inside…
  • Will Periscope, a Mobile App, Open Up Academic Conferences?

    17 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Link here for the Inside Higher Ed version of this entry which can more easily be shared & printed. Nearly 9,000 people, myself included, attended the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in late April 2015. The size of the conference has been growing over the last several decades and it has become a de facto international gathering despite the ‘American’ moniker; a trading space of sorts to present papers, share ideas, formulate collaborative research proposals, source prospective faculty, share gossip, have good times, etc. Of the 8,950 people…
  • Why no MOOCs on Gaza?

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note: the Inside Higher Ed version of this entry is available here. I don’t know about you, but my sense is global politics seems to be on the up this summer regarding turmoil and debate. And, consequently, there is a lot of debate about conflicts in places like the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, and so on. In this context I watched some fascinating, if depressing, documentaries last night on PBS’ Frontline. They focused on Syria and Iraq and were relatively well done, helping me to learn more about these complex countries and their associated conflicts. While I’m lucky enough…
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    The Jose Vilson

  • You’d Be On C-SPAN Getting Mic’d Up Too [Video]

    Jose Vilson
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Given how little I advertised this, I’m glad so many of you got to watch this interview of me via C-SPAN’s Wasington Journal with Pedro Echevarria (shout-outs to their team): A few things to note: I was hoping a student would call in, and that’s exactly what happened. The student who called in wrote to me later. I hope to share her e-mail later on this week. A few of my friends have commented that I handled the phone questions with calm and cojones. After some of the nonsense I dealt within 24 hours of interview, the phone interviewers were a piece of cake. My three-year-old…
  • The Blackout (Why #BlackLivesMatter Owes Nothing To You)

    Jose Vilson
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    “If I woulda known what I knew in the past, I woulda been blacked out on your a …” – Kanye West, “Black Skinhead“ At any given moment, any given rally, for any presidential candidate, a set of protestors under the Black Lives Matter umbrella could bumrush the stage and lay out a list of names, stymieing the rah-rahs of the onlookers and bystanders in the crowd. The focus on Senator Bernie Sanders and former Senator Hillary Clinton have been particularly poignant because, for decades, the Democratic Party has taken the vote from people of color for granted,…
  • Mission High and the Full Beauty of the World

    Jose Vilson
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Let me first recommend everyone read Kristina Rizga’s Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried To Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph (Nation Books, 2015). I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how many education books I’ve read in the last few years that namedrop the infamous A Nation At Risk report as the catalyst for the current status quo of public schooling, and how the mere mention of T.H. Bell or David Gardner usually knocks me out. What sets this book apart from those books is its fascination and attention to the voices of the students,…
  • The Prison of the Mind [On Kalief Browder]

    Jose Vilson
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    “You see, mama? This is why, sometimes, I’d rather just be in jail. It’s much easier than this. This is too much.” Richard had just passed away, a victim of his own addiction. The syringe, found seven stories under his lifeless carcass a few hours afterward, had injected a high-inducing substance mixed with an adulterated chemical that slowly switched his nervous system off. His brother was either speaking jibberish or speaking from his heart depending on the listener’s perspective. I’ve heard it too many times, but this time was particularly poignant.
  • We Have A Long Way To Go With Testing, But Where To?

    Jose Vilson
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:34 pm
    I’m opting out of the latest testing results discussion. Columbia University professor Aaron Pallas astutely observed that every city and state politician came to their respective podiums with some variation of “We have a long way to go” as part of their statements about the newly released New York State test scores. Considering how virtually useless they are on an instructional level, it’s amazing how much passion in all directions we’ve ascribed to these numbers. The New York Times lamented the opt-out movement in New York State may have rendered the data…
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    The Reading Workshop

  • Write With Your Hand

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
  • Are You Going to Reach Your Potential?

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    Potential--Capable of being but not yet in existence; the inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.As we start a new school year, do you know how successful you can be? In your mind, can you picture an outstanding year? Can you see yourself on the Honor Roll? Can you see yourself as an amazing writer that makes your readers think, and feel, and wonder, and care? Can you picture yourself reading great books with comprehension and thought?Write a blog post, Reading Workshop students and describe yourself as a student this year. Tell your readers about your…
  • Have a Great Monday

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Image from @grammarly
  • Are You Part of the Salt Creek Team?

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    A couple of girls had a problem getting along yesterday. Afterwards, I thought about it and I realized they hadn't yet realized what being part of The Hallway means. Hopefully, they will figure out how to be great members of our team. Maybe this message from Kid President will help.
  • Weekly Reading Assignment

    17 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Students' Weekly Reading Assignment rewards effort. Students choose a book that they want to read from home, the library, or the bookmobile. The only requirement is that they log the title, time read, and pages. Any time students read it counts. They will read on some days during language arts, and daily during SSR--Sustained Silent Reading time(1:30-2:18). In addition, they can read at home, on the bus, while they are eating breakfast, once they finish a test or assignment in another class. Any time they read it counts.As a teacher, I reward the students that make the most effort.
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Handy Features of Google Classroom

    Wesley Fryer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:28 pm
    This week I taught my first workshop on Google Classroom to faculty at my new school, and we learned some exciting things together during the session. Having good answers to the question “how do my students turn in their digital work to me as a teacher” is SO important in schools today, and Google Classroom provides some powerful and simple options. If your school or district uses “Google Apps for Education” (GAFE – it’s totally free and without cost to sign up and use) and you’re an upper elementary, middle or high school teacher, or…
  • Changing Mindsets: STEM Is NOT Content Areas in Isolation

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    As this fall semester has started, I’ve heard several stories about STEM classes and STEM teachers in other schools that have troubled me deeply. Some paraphrased quotations from new, full-time STEM teachers, have included: I’m going to teach some math lessons, and then we are going to do some hands-on science experiments. Later in the semester we are going to do some technology projects. Another one was: I hope I can mainly teach my STEM classes this year in whole group settings. Statements like these almost break my heart, because they reveal fundamental misperceptions about…
  • Developing & Writing a Pitch for your Book

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    The past two years I have worked with several other local authors in Oklahoma City to organize a wonderful writing conference called, “Write Well, Sell Well Oklahoma City.” The first year it was a 1 day conference, the second year it was a day and a half. This year’s conference will be two days on October 23-24, 2015, at the newly opened Crossings Church Community Center in The Village. Registration is available via EventBrite. To give people a preview of the great workshops and breakout sessions which will be offered face-to-face at the conference, the Write Well, Sell…
  • Planning for Smart School Network Management

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
    As a new school technology director, I’ve been visiting with lots of folks lately about the ways school networks can be configured to manage network bandwidth for users, safely keep the network fairly open for content access by students and faculty/staff, and also provide for network accountability when administrators want to know “who did what” on the school network. Today I presented day 1 of iPad Media Camp for 40 teachers in Las Vegas, Nevada, who teach at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School (@faithlutheranlv). They are 1:1 with MacBook laptops at the high…
  • Book Recommendations from Stacy Nelson

    Wesley Fryer
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Today I had an opportunity to attend day 1 of a 2 day workshop on “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.” This is an outstanding book I first heard about thanks to Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) about 5 years ago and his helpful habit of blogging his notes for many books he reads. Our presenter, Dr. Stacy Nelson, shared numerous book recommendations throughout his engaging and interactive workshop. Here are linked tweets to the 13 books he recommended, plus one more by an author Stacy mentioned. I’ve also created a list of these books, with links…
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    The Thinking Stick

  • Learning2 Expand

    Jeff Utecht
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    It’s been an amazing summer here in Seattle. Amazing in the fact that we haven’t had much rain at all and set all kinds of records for temperature and days above 80(F) degrees. As great as this summer has been weather wise, it’s the things going on behind the scenes specifically with Learning2 that excite me the most. Learning2, the little technology conference started in 2007 by four educators and a committee of passionate educators has grown up. The Learning2 Story This summer has been a learning curve for all of us at Learning2 as we worked our way through the paperwork…
  • The Millennials are here!

    Jeff Utecht
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    It is my last training of the summer. Finish up these two days with MIT students from Whitworth University and then two weeks of not traveling or speaking. It’s 9am and everyone is slowly coming in and getting their laptops and iPads set up for the day. I too am getting set up, frantically trying to figure out the projector system, trying to link the two rooms together so that both projectors showed what was on my laptop. I’m introduced and for the first time I stop and scan the room. 43 future teachers sit in front of me. All of them preparing to enter a classroom that looks a…
  • If I were the teacher

    Jeff Utecht
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    As another school year finishes up here in the Northern Hemisphere I find myself, like many educators, reflecting on this past school year. As we reflect we start to think about what we would do different if we had to do it all over again and luckily for educators we get that opportunity. We get to continually improve our trade, continually test out new ideas, new ways of doing things and see how they work. Google created this little video of sound bites from students talking about how they would change the classroom if they were the teacher. As I watch this video and listen to these students…
  • Gamifying Classrooms

    Jeff Utecht
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    The idea of using game based ideas in the learning environment or gamification continues to gain momentum with teachers…but more importantly with students. Let’s not mistake “using games in the learning environment” with “gamifying the learning”. They are two different approaches to using technology within the classroom. Gamification is using the ideas that are found in games to motivate students in a fun, competitive and engaging way that speaks to their inner kid. Gamification really seems to be taking off in the later elementary years like 4th and 5th…
  • COETAIL Registration Open

    Jeff Utecht
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Just a quick announcement to let you know that COETAIL Online5 Cohort is now open. Kim Cofino along with Robert Appino and Rebekah Madrid will be leading this cohort. COETAIL continues to amaze me. As we continue to evolve the program with the changes in technology we also continue to see amazing things happening in classrooms all over the world at the end of the 18 month program. Check out Reid Wilson’s Final Project video below and the rest of the details on his blog here along with more in-depth interviews with his students. Some amazing higher-order thinking coming from these…
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    Computer Science Teacher

  • Are You Ever Really Ready?

    Alfred Thompson
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Last year I changed (improved I hope) every PowerPoint deck I used based on how the presentation when and how I realized I could make things more clear. Over the summer I revisited many of them and improved them some more. This morning and afternoon I revisited and updated the presentations I plan on for the first few days of school. Nothing is ever done. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is “Show Time” – the first real day with students. I’ve been though my scope and sequence documents over and over again. Each time hoping to make them better – more natural, more efficient, more able to help…
  • Interesting Links 24 August 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    I meet my freshmen today! Yeah! I am excited. I’m pretty sure I’m ready. I’ve even got a new LCD projector. Although as someone pointed out it is a little sad that I am excited about getting the kind of equipment that just about every industry meeting room has had for a while. And they have even more tools as well. But I’m glad to have it anyway. And now a few links to share. Searching for Computer Science: A Google-Gallup Research Report was all over my social feed this week. You can read the full report Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education…
  • How I Spent My Summer Break From School

    Alfred Thompson
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:21 am
    I'm in school today - first day back for teachers. I guess that means that summer is over for me. Every fall and through the year I always tell myself that I’m going to spend the summer doing what my friend Lou Zulli calls “retirement practice.” And every summer I pretty much fail to do this. This summer was no exception. Oh I did get out to the golf course during the week a couple of times but no where near what I thought  I’d do. Rather I spent a lot of time on professional development. I might even have over done it.Image from SimpleK12’s Facebook pageFirst was ISTE in…
  • So You Think You Want To Be A Computer Science Teacher?

    Alfred Thompson
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Recently I was asked an interesting question: “if a foresighted student asked how to prepare to be a CS teacher, what advice would you give him or her?” My initial reaction was that I would first ask if they were interested in teaching first and CS as the subject to teach or if their interest was computer science but they didn’t want to work in a traditional CS career (ie. writing code for a living)? In the first case I thought I would recommend an education major and a CS minor. In the second a CS major and an education minor. In the first case one would really want to go deep into…
  • Interesting Links 17 August 2015

    Alfred Thompson
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:34 am
    My summer break is almost over. Many of you are back already. Where does the time fly? Last week was interesting and I started (finally) to work on my course outlines for the coming year. Making some changes. Also Google announced a reorganization under the banner Alphabet with the website Someone, everyone suspects Microsoft, registered the domain which takes on to Geek humor!A number of things that came my way last week resulted in blog posts of their own. If you missed them or haven't read the comments people left for me please go back and read them.
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    The Center for Education Reform

  • It shouldn’t take a hurricane to create all-choice school districts

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    by Jason Russell Washington Examiner August 28, 2015 About a decade ago, Louisiana officials decided to take over all but a few of New Orleans public schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From the start, then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, was determined to turn the city into an all-choice school district. Blanco wanted open enrollment across the system, without neighborhood zones, and for government funding to follow students to their school of choice. From an academic standpoint, the takeover was clearly justified. Two out of every three students attended a failing school. Students…
  • Opposition Launches Legal Challenge to Nevada’s New School Choice Program

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    CER Stands With Parents in Nevada ESA Lawsuit News Alert August 27, 2015 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging Nevada’s newly created and not even yet implemented Education Savings Account (ESA) program. The ESA program was created in 2015 by Nevada lawmakers with the intention of giving nearly all parents a choice in how to use education funds best in order to fit their child’s unique individual learning needs. Set to begin in January 2016, a parent could use a portion or all of their child’s education funding towards private school tuition or tutoring services, for…
  • EdNext Releases 2015 Poll

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In its latest annual public opinion poll, Education Next reveals high levels of support for education reform policies nationwide. In addition, new data on the acceptability and usage of educational choices paints a clear picture of parental demand for school options. The poll finds that more than a quarter of parents with school-aged children have previously taken advantage of, or are currently using, an educational option alternative to a traditional public school. Although slightly down from 2014 results, support for charter schools remains high and is still double that of the opposition.
  • NEWSWIRE: August 25, 2015

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Vol. 17, No. 33 BACK TO SCHOOL. As many students and teachers – and undoubtedly parents! – celebrated the #FirstDayofSchool yesterday, we can’t help but think about the number of parents and students who still don’t have access to excellent schools. With just six percent of the total K-12 school-aged population taking advantage of choice programs, and states barely scratching the surface when it comes to offering parents real power over their children’s education, the need for more and better learning opportunities is now. As National School Choice Week President and CER…
  • Karl Dean: Never enough great schools in Nashville

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    by Karl Dean The Tennessean August 24, 2015 “When is enough enough?” That question was posed during the Metro school board’s meeting Tuesday night before the board voted to deny KIPP Nashville’s charter applications – applications that were recommended for approval by the district’s charter review committee. It’s a question worth considering. When will we have enough KIPP in Nashville? When will we have enough of the tireless efforts of Randy Dowell and his devoted team of school leaders, teachers and staff members? When will we have enough schools in our city successfully…
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    Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch

  • Android apps for the applying level of Bloom's

    Kathy Schrock
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:47 am
    This is an edited re-posting of a blog post in 2013, which originally appeared on the now-defunct Sony Education Ambassadors site.Bloom's Revised Taxonomy is a pedagogical model we are all familiar with. This is the third in a series of resources outlining apps, Web sites, and ideas for using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to support teaching and learning. This resource deals with Android apps for the third of Bloom's levels, applying.The previous posts in the series were:An overview of Bloom's and apps to support the remembering levelApps to support the understanding levelAPPLYING LEVELApplying is…
  • H&R Block Budget Challenge: Get ready!

    Kathy Schrock
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    I truly believe financial literacy is one of important literacies our students should attain before they graduate high school. I have blogged about ideas to enhance this across the curriculum and consider it one of the thirteen essential literacies. Students are often taught, in a social studies class or a economics class, about the impact the decisions made by businesses and government have (and have had) on society and the economic climate. Students study capitalism, the Great Depression, War Bonds, government bail-outs of corporations, manufacturing, and other related events..However,…
  • Android Apps for the understanding level of Bloom's

    Kathy Schrock
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    This is a re-posting of a blog post of August 5, 2013, which originally appeared on the now-defunct Sony Education Ambassadors site.On July 7, 2015, I provided an overview of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and include a set of Android apps and Web sites that could be used to support teaching and learning at the remembering level. If you did not read that first installment, please take a moment to do so...the introduction to the series can be found there.UNDERSTANDING LEVELThe next cognitive level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy is the understanding level. The understanding level involves explaining and…
  • Publisher Plus for Mac

    Kathy Schrock
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
    One of the things I have missed since moving to the Mac a few years ago is Microsoft Publisher. I loved that program and even co-wrote a book about it! It was a simple-to-use full-featured desktop publisher. I know that Apple's Pages for Mac does allow some of the desktop-publishing features such as text boxes and images that can easily be moved around on a page you are creating, but it does not seem like a good substitute for me. I love Canva online for making graphics, but I needed a program that ran on my local computer.I have been looking for a desktop publisher for the Mac that includes…
  • Android apps for the remembering level of Bloom's

    Kathy Schrock
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    This is a re-posting of a blog post of July 12, 2013, which originally appeared on the now-defunct Sony Education Ambassadors site.If you were an education major in college, you are probably very familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy. In the image below, on the left, is the original Bloom’s Taxonomy, developed in the late 1950’s by Benjamin Bloom. On the right, is the Revised Blooms Taxonomy, published in 2000 by Anderson, a student of Bloom’s, and Krathwhol. The names of the levels were turned into action verbs since Anderson and Krathwhol felt that action verbs implied engagement and…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • U of Illinois fires football coach over mistreatment of players

    Jake New
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday abruptly fired its head football coach, Tim Beckman, after an external review into the coach’s behavior revealed that he put his players at risk by deterring them from reporting injuries and pressuring them to continue playing when hurt. The preliminary findings of the ongoing investigation -- which included a review of 200,000 pages of documents, interviews with 90 people and a “large volume” of practice and game video -- were presented to Mike Thomas, the university’s athletic director, earlier this week.
  • California Community Colleges May Seek New Accreditor

    Paul Fain
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    A California community college system-convened task force has decided that the state's 113 two-year colleges should seek to be overseen by a new regional accrediting body. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) is one of seven regional accreditors and the only one to specialize in two-year colleges. For years the commission has feuded with supporters of City College of San Francisco over that institution's accreditation status. City College is one of many California community colleges the accreditor has sanctioned in…
  • Oakland CC May Be Forced to Halt Online Classes

    Scott Jaschik
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:27 am
    Oakland Community College, in Michigan, may be forced for the winter term to cancel most or all of its online courses -- which are taken by about 12 percent of its students, The Detroit News reported. Oakland, like many community colleges, offers online programs. But the college's accreditor -- the Higher Learning Commission -- is required to conduct a more thorough review of online programs if students can take more than half of their classes online to receive degrees. The community college applied for authorization for the online programs in 2012 and was recently told that its request…
  • Behind the Scenes in Short Tenure of UBC President

    Scott Jaschik
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    An in-depth article in The Globe & Mail explores the year that Arvind Gupta was president of the University of British Columbia, one of Canada's top institutions. Gupta's surprise departure has not been explained, setting off much speculation on and off campus and many questions about the board at UBC. According to the article, Gupta succeeded in his year in office in building good working relationships with faculty members. But changes he made in the administrator ranks left many administrators (and apparently board members) feeling frustrated. The article says that board members…
  • Shootings and Threats on Campuses

    Scott Jaschik
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:21 am
    Wednesday and Thursday saw several shootings -- one resulting in a student death -- and other security incidents on campuses. Here is a round-up of local press reports: Savannah State University announced today that a student died at a local hospital to which he was taken after being shot in an altercation at the student union. The university has delayed classes this morning until 10 a.m. and has grief counselors on site. Two people were shot in a Texas Southern University parking lot. The man arrested was not a student. Authorities at Mississippi State University detained a freshman accused…
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  • Multiple Representations v. Best Representation

    Dan Meyer
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    This is from a worksheet I assigned during my last year in the classroom: There are lots of good reasons to ask students for multiple representations of relationships. But I worry that a consistent regiment of turning tables into equations into graphs and back and forth can conceal the fact that each one of these representations were invented for a purpose. Graphs serve a purpose that tables do not. And the equation serves a purpose that stymies the graph. By asking for all three representations time after time, my students may have gained a certain conceptual fluency promised us by…
  • A Response To Critics

    Dan Meyer
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Let me wrap up this summer’s series by offering some time at the microphone to two groups of critics. You can’t be in the business of creating headaches and offering the aspirin. That’s a conflict of interest and a moral hazard, claims Maya Quinn, one of the most interesting commenters to stop by my blog this summer. You can choose one or the other but choosing both seems a bit like a fireman starting fires just to give the fire department something to do. But “creating headaches” was perhaps always a misnomer because the headaches exist whether or not we create…
  • The Math I Learned After I Thought Had Already Learned Math

    Dan Meyer
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    True story: it’s possible to fly through your own secondary math education – honor roll bumper sticker on your mom’s minivan and all – but miss some of the Very Big Ideas of secondary math. For one example: in our last post on simplifying rational expressions, the process of turning a lengthy rational expression into a simpler one, Bill F writes: Another benefit of evaluating both expressions for a set of values is to emphasize the equivalence of both expressions. Students lose the thread that simplifying creates equivalent expressions. All too often the process is seen as a…
  • If Simplifying Rational Expressions Is Aspirin Then How Do You Create The Headache?

    Dan Meyer
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    This Week’s Skill Simplifying rational expressions. In particular, adding rational expressions with unlike denominators, resulting in symbolic mish-mash of this sort here. I’m not here to argue whether or not this skill should be taught or how much it should be taught. I’m here to say that if we want to teach it, we’re a bit stuck for our usual reasons why: It lacks real-world applications. It lacks job-world applications. (Unless you count “Algebra II teacher.”) It lacks relevance. So our usual approaches to motivation fail us here. What a Theory of Need…
  • Literally Everything I Know About Modeling With Mathematics [SMP 4]

    Dan Meyer
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I’ve thought about “modeling” more than I’ve thought about any other specialization in mathematics. I’m learning less and less about it each year so I’m hopping onto a different track for awhile, moving onto other questions. First, I wanted to collect these links in one location: Print Missing the Promise of Mathematical Modeling. My Spring 2015 article in Mathematics Teacher analyzes the meager opportunities for modeling in school mathematics and recommends some solutions. The Checkout Line A Scam. (Or Is It? [Yes, It Is.]) My blog post for Heinemann…
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    NYC Educator

  • The Renewal Plan

    NYC Educator
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    9 percent of NYC's public school population is literally homeless, In some schools, the number can run as high as 40%. Governor Cuomo, rather than trouble himself with such trivialities, works tirelessly to demonstrate it's teachers and schools that are failing our children. Of course, being impoverished in a city like New York is far from limited to those who lack a consistent home.But that issue is being disregarded altogether in favor of fixing the schools and teachers at the root of the more pressing issue, which Andrew Cuomo and his Heavy Hearted Assembly have determined to be low test…
  • On Keeping Young Teachers

    NYC Educator
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our school's a relatively good place. I'd argue that most of the administrators aren't even crazy. Yet the maniacal footprint of the reformies is everywhere, and there's no escape for a working teacher. This is brought home to me by a few of the people who've left us this year. And no, I'm not talking about retirees. I was recently contacted by a teacher who stayed late every night writing lesson plans, not the first such teacher who's contacted me. I remember the last one I knew, who happened to be in my department. Because I'm chapter leader I keep very strange hours and stay late for all…
  • Works to Ability

    NYC Educator
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    That's a potential report card comment. I can't remember whether or not it's still available. The geniuses in charge of such things have revamped the comments so they all say things like "meeting the standards," "approaching the standards." or "not meeting the standards." They've rendered them less direct and more complicated. In their highly-compensated eyes, that is somehow an improvement.You can't just say things directly anymore. The implications are bizarre. "Your kid is like everyone else." "Your kid is less like everyone else than many other kids." "Your kid is even more like everyone…
  • Planting the Seeds of Knowledge, Inch by Inch

    Arwen E.
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    A Variation on "The Garden Song"Inch by inch, row by rowGonna make this V.A.M. score growAll it takes is high stakes and Gates' doughAnd the D.o.E's stern frownInch by inch, row by rowSomeone drop cut scores just soSomeone pull them from belowTill the brain comes tumblin' roundPreppin' minds and readin' tomesKids are made of 6G phonesFeel the need to call a home'Cause the time is close at handBrain for brain, fun and painTest erasures leave a stainThrow my body down Pearson's drainFor the money from "the Man"Pencil rows, right and wrongTemper them with prayer and…
  • What's in a Word?

    NYC Educator
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    I knew a stitting AP back when she was just a lowly teacher like me. I don't remember why, but I observed her class a few times. She had a great way with the kids. She was endlessly patient, and always uttering terms of endearment. The kids responded. They loved her. You could feel it.Another teacher I know, when she was brand new, was having trouble with her classes. The kids were walking in whenever they felt like it. They were acting like they owned the place. A group of ESL students, in particular, were strolling in 15 minutes late and chatting in their native language the entire period.
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    The Fischbowl

  • Staff Evaluation Of Me

    Karl Fisch
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Last spring I read Work Rules by Laszlo Bock, who's the Senior VP of People Operations (Human Resources) at Google. It was an interesting read in many ways, but one particular take away for me was the need to ask more directly for feedback. Like everyone I, of course, get informal day-to-day feedback from the folks I work with, and more formal feedback from my supervising administrator. But that's not the same as specifically asking for feedback, so I decided to ask my colleagues to complete a google form at the beginning of this school year. (I've also posted a link to a Google Form for…
  • Citations Are Out Of Style

    Karl Fisch
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    In addition to occasionally aiding and abetting torture, the American Psychological Association is perhaps best known in schools for the APA Style Guide, which is frequently used when writing about topics in the social and behavioral sciences. My high school uses the Modern Language Association's Handbook instead as the go-to source for writing research papers. Both guides are well-researched, thoughtful, and very helpful to students in the entire writing process. In my experience, however, they are most often the topic of conversation when it comes to using the proper formatting when citing…
  • A Teacher Walks Into A Bar

    Karl Fisch
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    I don't drink alcohol, nor do I smoke tobacco. (Even though I live in Colorado, I don't smoke anything else, either.) In fact, I've always had antipathy towards both practices. I've fully supported the campaign to make smoking tobacco less socially acceptable, more inconvenient, and more expensive (with taxes that go toward smoking prevention efforts or health care costs). I would support a similar campaign with alcohol, given the tremendous negative behavioral outcomes associated with it's use, as well as the tremendous health care costs it creates. In fact, I would probably even support the…
  • My New Late Work Policy

    Karl Fisch
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about late work policies lately. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s unfair to everyone to have different policies within the same school. It’s just not transparent and it makes it harder for everyone to figure out what they need to do to be successful. So I think it’s time that we have a uniform late work policy in my school. Oh, did I mention this policy is for teachers?I think most of us can agree that as educators we need to be role models for our students. Part of being a role model is demonstrating the habits and behaviors that we want to inculcate…
  • Care Enough To Be Uncomfortable

    Karl Fisch
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    I'm not very good with conflict. It makes me really uncomfortable, I don't think I'm particularly good at achieving positive outcomes when it happens, and I do many things to avoid it. I think there are a lot of educators who feel the same way. I also think that's a big problem.I've been involved in multiple conversations lately where we've been discussing changes that we believe would have a strong positive impact on our students, but then we hesitate because we are worried about causing conflict with some of the adults. Let's be clear, we feel strongly that these changes are best for…
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    This Week In Education

  • Quotes: "If You Care About Kids, I Am With You."

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    I don’t care if you are in Teach For America, were in Teach for America, like or don’t like Teach for America.  I don’t care if you’re a pin-covered-lanyard-wearing unionista or if you delete every union email on sight.  I don’t care if you teach in a charter or did or will teach in a charter, or if you send your kids to private school or public school. I don’t care if you’re traditionally licensed or alternatively licensed or unlicensed, and I don’t care if you are a normal person or someone who teaches Kindergarten. If you care about kids I am with you.  - Tom Rademacher…
  • Maps: In Many States, Homeschool Advocates Succeed In Resisting Regulation

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    According to ProPublica, "only two states require background checks for parents who choose to homeschool, and just 10 require parents to have a high school degree. Fewer than half require any kind of evaluation or testing of homeschooled children." (Homeschooling Regulations by State) Image used with permission.
  • Morning Video: Katrina Anniversary Gets Three-Part Education Documentary

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Check out this segment from The Seventy Four, featuring New Orleans kids' escape from Katrina and eventual return. Click here for 2 other segments. Are there any other attempts to tell the story on video?
  • AM News: Alt Cert Extension, ACT Scores, ACLU Vs. Nevada

    Alexander Russo
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    White House Seeks HQT Extension for Teachers in Training EdWeek: Critics consider this a major loophole in the law, although the U.S. Department of Education said earlier this year that there were not many such teachers (about 35,000 in all). This would impact an otherwise steady source of new teachers and the millions of students they serve, most of whom are in high-need schools and in high-need subjects, including math and science," the administration said. Massachusetts Students Tie For Top Score On ACT Boston Learning Lab: The average score for public and private school…
  • Charts: As Of 2010, DC Got More Foundation Funding Than Anyone Else (Per Pupil)

    Alexander Russo
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    "The [$31M] total represented an extra $705 per student — far more than any other school district in the country," notes this Washington Post story (D.C. schools attracted record amounts of philanthropy). Other districts with substantial private funding include(d) Nwark, Oakland, Seattle, & Boston. Image used with permission. Latest figures included are for 2010, and are presented on a per-pupil basis. 
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    Learning is Change

  • 30 Minute Rabbit Hole: Making a Twitter Bot to generate tweets from the #ISTE2015 hashtag with a Google Spreadsheet

    Ben Wilkoff
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:49 pm
      So, I found this amazing tutorial for creating a TwitterBot using Google Spreadsheet. I wanted to put it to good use, so I made a Twitter Bot that leverages the archive of over 117,000 tweets from the #ISTE2015 hashtag. If you are so inclined to see the new insights that are generated from this wealth of knowledge, please feel free to follow @obotmybot. Introducing the newly upgraded SSBot: A tool for making a Twitter bot with Google Spreadsheets. Version 0.4 fixes some major bugs and adds support for additional bot types. Source: How to make a Twitter Bot with Google Spreadsheets…
  • Ask Ben Wilkoff Anything: Launching #AskBenW

    Ben Wilkoff
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    I have made videos while driving. I have made slow motion videos of my own facilitation. I have made vlogs in a community of reflective practice. I have even made 6 second videos for a keynote. Suffice it to say, videos are something that I find compelling value within. However, of late, I have had trouble finding time to make them. By the end of the day I feel as though I don’t have anything left to give. I don’t want to appear haggard on camera and not give everything I have to the creation of something new. That is where this idea came from. As it turns out, I have a dedicated amount…
  • What I’m Learning About: Remote Control Motion for iPhone & GoPro: Motrr Galileo

    Ben Wilkoff
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I’m intrigued by how this tool can be used for capturing learning. Galileo has many uses. It is an app-driven, motorized mount that lets you control the orientation of your iPhone or GoPro. It can be directly programmed to follow specific motion paths, or controlled remotely from most handheld devices from anywhere in the world! Source: Remote Control Motion for iPhone & GoPro: Motrr Galileo
  • What I’m Using: Google Classroom- Creating a Discussion Board via @alicekeeler

    Ben Wilkoff
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I found this use of google spreadsheets to be pretty amazing, especially with how it interfaces with classroom so well.   The advantage to using a spreadsheet for discussions is… it is a spreadsheet!! Google Sheets are in your Google Drive, easy to locate. It can be embeded into another website or linked to from just about anything. Information in the spreadsheet can be sorted and organized. Formulas can be applied, Add-On’s can be used, charts can be generated. Since the discussion board is not in another platform, it is easy to save the discussion board. Source: Google Classroom:…
  • What I’m Using: Balloon (for receiving files directly to my dropbox)

    Ben Wilkoff
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    This is pretty freakin’ cool. Balloon is a drop box for your Dropbox. Share your Balloon to receive files, collect photos from an event, and so much more straight to your Dropbox. There’s no signup for senders, and no need for you to manually download files anymore. Source: Balloon
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  • “Living in a World of Opaque Black Boxes”

    Clarence Fisher
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    “Over the next 20 years software will be embedded in everything, from refrigerators to cars to medical devices. Without the Freedom to Tinker, the right to reverse engineer these products, we will be living in a world of opaque black boxes. We don’t know what they do, and you’ll be punished for peeking inside. Using licenses and law to control and keep secrets about your products is just one reason why in the future we may know far less about the world around us and how it works than we currently do. Today, technology is generating more information about us than ever before, and…
  • Wikis and Blogs – the 2015 Edition

    Clarence Fisher
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I don’t actually have students for another three weeks, but, like most teachers, long before a student ever walks through your doors, my mind starts turning to school. It amazes me every year how much more of my classroom set up stuff I can do without actually being in my classroom. I need to go in to get my class lists, my schedule, and to hand paper on my bulletin boards, but besides that, I can do almost all of my set up from home. Welcoming letters, lesson and unit planning and all of my classroom tech infrastructure can be done from anywhere. Today I decided that it was time to…
  • A Challenging Tweet

    Clarence Fisher
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Scott Leslie tweeted this out of his account the other day: He followed this up by saying that he was looking for evidence or pushback about his idea that the field of edtech has remained largely unchanged over the last two years. I have to admit that, first off, I was happy to see someone else write this. I’ve been struggling with edtech for a while, feeling that the field was stagnating. But I also often felt that this was just me. A lot of people still seem pretty excited about things so I thought I was just starting to pass into my middle aged, grouchy crumudgeon phase. But I…
  • The First 100 Years of Web Design

    Clarence Fisher
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    One of the most influential things that I read this summer has to be the transcript for a presentation called Web Design – The First 100 Years. If you haven’t seen it, the original is here and well worth your time to look over. Basically, the author, using aviation as his example, wonders about the history of engineering and design. He moves from the Wright Brothers through clippers to 747s to the Concorde and even out to space travel. But a long the way, he notes that air travel ran into the law of diminishing returns. Planes got fast enough. We can cross the globe in a day for a…
  • Note to Self Podcast

    Clarence Fisher
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I’ve been walking this summer. Lets just say that when your pants start to get tight, it’s time to start doing something… But that’s another story. When I walk I like to listen to podcasts. I like to keep my brain occupied as I go. Lately I’ve been listening to a new podcast that people might be interested in. It’s called Note to Self. Taking the text from the website, the podcast is about: “Host Manoush Zomorodi talks with everyone from big name techies to elementary school teachers about the effects of technology on our lives, in a quest for the…
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    Drape's Takes

  • The Teacher’s Guide to Data Security

    D Draper
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Not long ago, a common scene in many classrooms included a teacher’s computer with an important password – for entry into the computer, teacher gradebook, or even bank account – stickied neatly to its monitor. Password Protection of YesteryearIn 2015, however, gone are the days that teachers and students may safely remain so relaxed about data security and privacy. There are several reasons for this change. First, online fraud continues to skyrocket. Last year, for example, annual fraud costs to retailers reached $32 billion, with…
  • Maker: #ISTE15’s Session Title Keyword Du Jour

    D Draper
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    Whereas flipped was the keyword of choice during last year’s ISTE conference, participants this year demanded that maker, making, or make – ahem – make it into session titles in order to best capture their attention. Here are photos I snapped of a few of the favorite “maker”-related poster sessions I perused. I love the poster and playground session formats, by the way, because of how engaged the audience gets to be! Lectures often mean that the audience gets preached AT. Why would anyone want to be preached AT, when speaking WITH the presenter is accepted and…
  • When Convenience Trumps Tradition

    D Draper
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    In the classic Seinfeld episode “The Comeback,” Elaine Benes feels stifled because her favorite video store undergoes change.1 During the episode, she grows to appreciate the perspective and services provided by Vincent, a video store employee with whom she shares the same taste in movies. When Elaine learns that Vincent has decided to “stop making picks,” she naturally struggles emotionally upon losing the connection once felt. I think Elaine’s relationship with Vincent and the video store is fascinating, and parallels the relationship many school…
  • I (still) feel bad for schools that celebrate “digital learning” only one day per year!

    D Draper
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    I wrote this about Digital Learning Day last year, and still feel the same way today. Honestly, there’s no such thing as “digital learning.” Learning is just learning, whether the learner requires electricity or not. Digital tools can make learning easier, but they can also complicate the process at times, as well. Even so, learning with digital tools should be a constant presence, every day, in (nearly?) every classroom, in every school. And while we’re on the subject, what’s the deal with #futureready? Shouldn’t learning with digital tools be a…
  • The Present and Future of Pedagogical Breakthroughs

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

  • BFTP: Putting the fun in dys-fun-ctional

    Doug Johnson
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
     Can a group that doesn't have a function be dysfunctional?                                                                               - the Blue Skunk I noticed this year that the number of meetings…
  • It's not a 1:1 program

    Doug Johnson
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    This school year I will be advocating for a plan that gives every student in grades 6-12 a computing device in our district. But I am not selling it as a 1:1 program. The device is not the point. I don't really care if our device selection task force settles on laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, or Etch-A-Sketches. The device simply enables 24/7 access to resources that are or will be important for student learning success. In fact, that access should be the major factor in determining what device is chosen. My biggest fear of any technology implementation is that the gizmos are not used or not…
  • Last old man in the woods

    Doug Johnson
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    Nature deficit disorder refers to the phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems. Wikipedia This old man spent a good deal of time Saturday afternoon chasing after an energetic grandson at a local state park. It was good for both of us (and his grandmother) to be out enjoying a cool, windy afternoon climbing over rocks, roots, and fallen branches on a twisting, hilly dirt trail that led to a small waterfall. I have long…
  • BFTP: Filtering and hypercompliance

    Doug Johnson
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    The guy who does my taxes says that good citizens pay every penny they owe - but not one penny more. That pretty well summarizes a sensible view of compliance with any law. Follow it, but don't go overboard. A driver is not more law-abiding by going 10 mph under the speed limit. Unfortunately, too many technology decision-makers "hyper-comply" with CIPA. A great example is the current flap over Google enabling encrypted searches for materials. In some weird, paranoid logic, the readwriteweb [link no longer active] folks think this violates CIPA since such searches can't be…
  • Focused curation - an indispensable role for the school librarian

    Doug Johnson
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    As a school librarian in the 1980s, I was sometimes asked to pull books, locate magazine articles, and find filmstrips that could be used by students to support independent research on a curricular topic. Since "plate tectonics" was already covered by the seventh grade science textbook, these resources were considered supplementary. As was my position as a librarian. With the emergence of learning management systems (LMS) like Moodle and Schoology replacing textbooks as the primary means of providing informational materials to students, the librarian's role as "focused curator" presents a…
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    open thinking

  • How Romance Scammers Port Video Files Over Skype

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    I’ve had many victims of romancescams‬ (where scammers used my photos) ask me how it was possible that they saw “me” over Skype. From these conversations, I’ve discovered that the scammers used a technique to port video over Skype to further fake someone’s identity. This appearance over video was often reported by victims as the convincing moment where they felt that they were talking a real person (vs. the fabricated identity). I’ve created a short screencast to explain how this works. Please share – it may save someone from falling into one of…
  • Developing a framework for teaching open courses

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    This post was written jointly with Katia Hildebrandt and also appears on her blog. Recently, we presented at OER15 in Cardiff, Wales, on the topic of developing a framework for open courses. In our session, we considered our experiences in facilitating MOOC type courses in order to think through and address the challenges that these types of courses present. So first, a little background: It has been stated that there are two general categories of MOOCs: xMOOCs and cMOOCs. xMOOCs are large-scale MOOCs that often consist of video-delivered content and automated assessments. These MOOCs are…
  • Internet Friends

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    It’s worth the six minutes necessary to watch the reflections from this young person as she discusses the biases and stigmas we often hear related to acquiring and maintaining Internet friendships. Much of her monologue relates well to the development of personal learning environments and Jurgenson’s notion of “digital dualism”. Notable quotes: “I really think that if I hadn’t joined some of these Internet communities at such a young age I would have a much more difficult time transitioning into adulthood.” “When my cat was diagnosed for…
  • Knowledge vs. Understanding

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    “Once u have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that, even if u want to.” This is relevant to so much of what we do with professional learning, change, policy, education, etc. This video is definitely worth a watch. More to come on this topic. Related posts: How Knowledge is Negotiated in Wikipedia “Compilation of Human Knowledge Experience” The Curse of Knowledge
  • Building Online/Blended Course Environments

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I was recently invited to speak with the  #eLearnOnt “Game Changer” series where I discussed various options around building online and/or blended course environments via Google Hangout. I began with traditional LMS options and moved to the more nebulous concept of “Small Tools Loosely Joined” course/environment design. See the recorded presentation below. As well, here are the presentation slides and a collection of related resources. Thanks to the hosts for making this a fun experience. Related posts: Future of Online Learning – Stephen Downes Authentic…
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    Bud the Teacher

  • “The System Won’t Let Me” (Bud Hunt
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    System Lock by Yuri Samoilov The other day, I pulled up to a fast-food joint, trying to grab a quick bite.1 # # I ordered the value meal2, but I quit drinking soda a year or so ago, so I asked if I could just have water. I didn’t mind getting charged for it, I told the disembodied voice out my car window, I just wanted to not have a soda.  Could they please, I asked, just put water in the cup? # The gentleman at the other end of the speaker wasn’t able to help me.  When I made the initial request, he got quiet, and I heard the electronic beep of buttons pushing, and then he told me that…
  • The Podcast: Future Ready? (Bud Hunt
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last month, I had the privilege of giving the keynote address for The Future Ready Summit in Denver.  Ben recorded the audio, and was kind enough to share it with me. # So I’m sharing it with you. # Direct Link to Audio # Not sure if it’ll translate without the visuals – so the slides are below if you’re curious. # #
  • Stop Filling Pails (Bud Hunt
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    The number of people who believe that education is simply pouring facts into children, whether those children like it or not, is astounding to me. # We won’t serve children better by buying better funnels for those facts, or better shovels for those facts, or better containers for those facts once we get them into the children. # Admiring the hoses, shovels, and funnels is certainly not a productive way to improve learning for children, nor do fancy shovels make the process any better for the children involved.  Fancy tools used for terrible pursuits are a tremendous waste of resources. #…
  • “A Way of Caring” (Bud Hunt
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Two things from today that intersected in a useful way: # Early this morning, a teammate noticed another group at the library had a big pile of work on their hands.  She asked my permission to help them.  Because the person who used to sit in my seat at the library valued keeping teams separate.  Their work is their work.  Ours is different.  That was the old message. # My teammate’s desire, when she saw a need, was to help fill it.  She wanted to make sure I was okay with that. # Boy, was I. # I encouraged her to always help someone on our big team, the entire library team, when…
  • A Library Is Somewhere You Can Take Things Home to Explore (Bud Hunt
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Earlier today, I enjoyed reading Barry Joseph’s piece at DML about a digital pen that’s changing the experience at one metro museum.  But what really struck me was how he framed the difference between a museum and a library, and what that framing said about what a library is.  In talking about his experience, he wrote: # As I walked through the exhibit, I found that I was experiencing a museum in a totally new way. When I visit a museum, I am often collecting information or inspiration. I know I won’t remember the details, but the feeling will linger in my bones. But now, with the…
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    Millennial Professor - A blog focused on issues impacting the millennial generation.

  • Vote for Our #SXSWEdu Session - Higher Education Hack Tech Tools for Completion - #55HigherEd

    J. Edwards
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am very excited to announce that we submitted a proposal to SXSWEdu for a third year! You can vote for our session here! and I am looking forward to (possibly) presenting at the South By Southwest Edu conference in Austin, TX! Here's are several tweets and audience member notes from last year's session:This was an incredible experience last year and I connected with amazing people from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and also individuals from various educational organizations in Texas as beyond! I left the conference with a wealth of ideas for implementing best practices at…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Discouragement When Writing Grant Proposals (A Tip Sheet for Tenure Track Professors)

    J. Edwards
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    My goals for this year include writing a grants for the Texas Social Media Research Institute (@TSMRI). Grants will definitely be important for our success at TSMRI because it will enable us to provide more students with internships.I know each of these grants will help get closer to our goal, but sometimes you can become DISCOURAGED. :(5 Ways to Avoid Discouragement When Writing Grant Proposals1 - Realize each unfunded grant application is a step in the right direction.2 - Reading the comments will make your next proposal better.3 - Grant writing builds long-lasting researchcollaborations.4…
  • Periscope as a New Technology to Integrate in Higher Education Classrooms?

    J. Edwards
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Since I joined the faculty ranks back in 2006, my preferred (and the students' preferred communication methods) have continued to evolve. For example...2006-2010 - The preferred communication method in my classroom was Yahoo Instant Messenger.*I linked Yahoo IM to my Blackboard courses as an embedded widget.2010-2012 - The preferred communication methods in my classroom were Twitter and Google Voice for text messages.2012 - 2015 - The preferred communication methods in my classroom were Twitter, Google Plus Groups, Google Voice for text messages, and Facebook groups (graduate students and…
  • Free Webinar Opportunity from Inside Higher Ed - "Diversity in the Student Body"

    J. Edwards
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    If you are looking for a webinar focused on student diversity in higher education, look no further than one of the most important news resources in higher education, Inside Higher Ed. I've been reading this resource since receiving my word magnet from Inside Higher Ed at my first ACPA conference back in 2008!Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will lead this webinar (sponsored by Pearson). Register for the webinar here…
  • Call for Speakers - University of North Texas Law Conference (March 21-22, 2016 in Denton, TX)

    J. Edwards
    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Neat Opportunity from the University of North Texas Save the Date!The 20th annual UNT Texas Higher Education Law Conference will be held March 21-22 in Denton, Texas, on the campus of the University of North Texas. Easter is the Sunday after conference week, and most Spring Breaks are concluded.We are reading and in many cases acting upon your feedback from the recent 2015 conference. Some announcements about that are forthcoming.We will begin this summer and fall to focus intensively on the 2016 program, but don't let that stop you from suggesting topics and speakers NOW.  Send to…
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    OUPblog » Education

  • Amartya Sen on the Modi government, education, health care, and politics

    15 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    “I had been out for a walk and got caught in the rain,” says Sen, smiling as he walks in to greet us. His knees do not permit him to pedal around Santiniketan as he once did. He is in a pleasant mood, in spite of the controversy surrounding his ouster from Nalanda University and his latest book, The Country of First Boys: And Other Essays, out next month. The din he created on being forced to step down as chancellor of the university ensured that George Yeo, member of the Nalanda University governing board and former Singapore foreign minister, was chosen as his successor, instead of a…
  • The baby is all grown up

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    This year, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is celebrating its 20th birthday, and I’m celebrating my 20th year as Editor. After bringing JDSDE into this world, watching it grow up, attending to its bumps, bruises, and milestones, it’s time for me to let it go and let it find its own way in the world. It started at a professional meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a number of researchers interested in deaf children, deaf education, and the Deaf world lamenting that the field was lacking a high-quality, scholarly journal. As a result, rather than having a critical mass…
  • College education for emerging adults [infographic]

    Elizabeth Gorney
    28 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    College education trends have been changing a lot over the past few decades — from tuition fees to enrollment rates to reasons for attending. While it may seem as though today’s emerging adults aren’t satisfied with today’s education trends, 9 out of 10 high schoolers expect to continue their education in some way after graduation, and 84% of college graduates believe their education was a good investment. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett examines the college process of those in their late teens and early twenties in the second edition of Emerging Adulthood, uncovering what…
  • How to write a great graduation speech

    Carolyn Napolitano
    10 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s graduation time at many of the nation’s schools and colleges. The commencement ceremony is a great exhalation for all involved and an annual rite of passage celebrating academic achievements. Commencement ceremonies typically feature a visiting dignitary who offers a few thousand inspirational words. Over the years, I’ve heard more of these speeches than I care to admit and have made my own checklist of suggestions for speakers. For those of you giving commencement speeches or listening to them, here’s my advice: 1. Be just funny enough The best speakers are knowingly wry and…
  • Advocacy and pedagogy in secondary school singing

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Music as a school subject, it so often seems, retains its apparently perilous position in the school largely as a result of the unstinting pressure of advocacy groups. The 2004 Music Manifesto that underpins much of the current drive to keep school music alive was unashamedly “a voluntary, apolitical 13-strong Partnership and Advocacy Group”. Personally, I find this slightly challenging because I was fortunate enough to attend a school during the 1960s where advocacy was quite unnecessary. The important position of music was never doubted within a curriculum organized along classical,…
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    Learning In a Flat World

  • A Layered Blimage Challenge

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    As those who read me know, I have been participating in a recent blogging challenge that has emerged called blimage – a “blog image” challenge: You must use an image sent to you and “incorporate it into your blog, and write a post about learning based on it…Then pass an image of your choice on to someone else so they can do their own #blimage challenge.” Read about the original idea here and see a continually updated list of blimage posts here. Enoch Hale and I have been challenging each other, with his latest thoughtful post here.  Now he has challenged me with this image of a…
  • The Risk of Not Engaging

    11 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    As I was driving in this morning, I was listening to NPR Morning Edition, and they aired a story about British Ambassador Tom Fletcher‘s farewell letter to Lebanon.  Ambassador Fletcher has been at his post for the past three years, a time of tremendous strife with the Syrian conflict so close. As moving as the story was, it was 5:30 into his interview that I heard something that really resonated with me as an educator.  He was talking about how the British Foreign Office encouraged its members to take risks, and he noted: “…particularly with social media, the biggest risk…
  • A Dam Blimage Challenge

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    As I noted in my last post, a new blogging challenge has emerged called blimage – a “blog image” challenge: You must use an image sent to you and “incorporate it into your blog, and write a post about learning based on it…Then pass an image of your choice on to someone else so they can do their own #blimage challenge.” Read about the original idea here. I so far have twice challenged my colleague Enoch Hale (who last year challenged me to a 30-Day Challenge with wicked fun results) and he responded with excellent posts here and here.  He in turn challenged me…
  • Blimage Challenge: The Rock Arch

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    A new blogging challenge has emerged called blimage – a “blog image” challenge: You must use an image sent to you and “incorporate it into your blog, and write a post about learning based on it…Then pass an image of your choice on to someone else so they can do their own #blimage challenge.” Read about the original idea here. I challenged my colleague Enoch Hale with an image of a hand holding chalk that was about to write on a blank blackboard…and he responded with this wonderful post.  Now I get to try it with the image above that he sent me and others via…
  • Direct Instruction and Learning Science

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    Kristi Bronkey had a nice article in Faculty Focus yesterday entitled “Re-Thinking Direct Instruction in Online Learning.” She noted that while direct instruction had a bad reputation associated with passive learning, it did not have to reflect passivity. She suggested a model framed around the notions of “I Do, We Do, and You Do.” I Do – Direct instruction by faculty using screencasts We Do – Faculty guided student processes with frequent feedback You Do – Students working together in authentic group processes Kristi noted: “Direct Instruction…
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  • Your #remixvic – no more cobwebs!

    Judy O'Connell
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Once again, we have the power of a digital collections providing a great new image source for remix courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.They have almost 200,000 pictures in our image pool, free of copyright restrictions or available to be used. So dive in and get creative – remix, reuse and share the results. Pity they do not include attribution details with each image, to make remix more effective. Anyway, let them explain about the initiative: We’ve opened up our image vault, dusted off the cobwebs and sourced almost 200,000 images from our collection for you to reuse, remix…
  • Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services

    Judy O'Connell
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services, a joint publication between IFLA and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), was launched on 13 August at the Section’s pre-conference in Cape Town, South Africa. A working group comprised by members of the Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments, led by Sonia L’Heureux, Parliamentary Librarian for the Parliament of Canada, compiled the guidelines based on their experience and in consultation with other members of the Section. These Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services are a new step in the capture of…
  • NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition

    Judy O'Connell
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries?  Always provocative, and worthwhile reading arrives again with the publication of the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. To create the report, an international body of experts from…
  • International School Library Guidelines

    Judy O'Connell
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has produced another significant international milestone for school libraries in the publication of the new IFLA School Library Guidelines. This achievement is thanks to the hard work of a team led by Barbara Schulz-Jones and Dianne Oberg, and has involved collaboration with many colleagues around the world through numerous workshops and meetings, substantive discussion and ongoing feedback. The editors are indebted to the contributions of members of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Section of School Libraries and the executive…
  • IFLA and School Libraries

    Judy O'Connell
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    I am happy to be gaining back some mobility – and as a result I have been able to attend and provide two presentations at the IFLA Information Literacy/School Libraries Section Satellite conference in Capetown, South Africa. It has been an honour indeed to meet up with old friends, and meet new colleagues here in Capetown. It is humbling to learn of the challenges faced by my South African colleagues, and the passion they have for school library activism – a term I would now like to adopt! I shared a number of documents, which can be accessed via dropbox here. I am including the…
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    Educational Discourse

  • Small Changes – getting big results – #saskedchat Aug.27

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Making change doesn't have to be daunting if we look at small changes over time. … Read More Small Changes – getting big results – #saskedchat Aug.27
  • Classroom Design – #saskedchat August 13th, 2015

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Our chat this week was focused on Classroom Design. Participants shared their ideas and insights about creating a learning environment which includes students’ input and adapts to students’ needs. Participants shared great resources and their experiences of making changes to the classroom that included getting rid of the teacher’s desk, adding standing desks, couches and… Read More Classroom Design – #saskedchat August 13th, 2015
  • #saskedchat – August 6th, 2015 Discover and Wonder

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Tonight #saskedchat had the awesome pleasure to have Carol Varsalona @cvarsalona, guest moderate the chat and lead us on a discussion of Discovery and Wonder! Throughout the chat, Carol provided us with great questions that really pushed us to consider how we, as educators, view wonder in our own lives and bring that wonder to… Read More #saskedchat – August 6th, 2015 Discover and Wonder
  • Do You Love Learning?

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Do you love learning? How do we support teachers to cultivate their love of learning without overwhelming them to the point where they withdraw? … Read More Do You Love Learning?
  • But I Can’t “Just Do It!”

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Change is difficult and it requires preparation and support throughout the process. "Get on the train or...." doesn't really fit. … Read More But I Can’t “Just Do It!”
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  • Teachers Teaching Teachers Playlist

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:13 pm
    While things have gotten a bit quiet on the the EdTechTalk site, Teachers Teaching Teachers continues to have great conversations Wednesday nights at 9pm EST (global times). Below is a playlist of recent episodes.  Tune in at: read more
  • ELT Live Summer Brainstorm#2 - Student Collaboration Projects & Teaching Kids Online

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Tweet 59:34 minutes (27.26 MB)Summer Brainstorm Part#2 Student Collaboration Projects & Teaching Kids OnlineJuly 23, 2015Ben & Jeff discuss possibilities of having their composition student sin Mexico and Korea work together online as Bora chimes in with a student perspective.  Maha & Nives discuss tools and strategies for teaching young learners online. Google+ Event PageELT Live Google + CommunityParticipants Links MentionedGroup Chat: Kakao  *  Band  *  What's AppBen's Courses:  Composition  *  Academic…
  • Educational Technology and Education Conferences: June~December 2015

    12 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Educational Technology and Education Conferencesfor June to December 2015, Edition #33Prepared by Clayton R. Wright, crwr77 at, May 12, 2015read more
  • 21st Century Learning - 12-18-2014

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Tweet 19:55 minutes (22.8 MB)Vinnie and arvind talk about the People of Color Conference, Student Diversity Leadership Conference, and the current state of protests in New York, the show of force by the NYPD outside of arvind's school, and the impact on students and faculty. read more
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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

  • Here’s A Cloze (Gap-Fill) Essay My ELL Students Will Complete On The First Day Of School

    Larry Ferlazzo
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    © 2014 Maryland GovPics, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio This coming Thursday is the first day of our school year. One of the many classes I will be teaching is for Beginning/Intermediate English Language Learners. I’ll begin the year (though we’ll get many new students as time progresses) primarily with high Beginners from last year. I thought readers might find it useful to see a “fill-in-the-gap” essay they’ll be completing on the first day of school. It’s titled “My Summer Vacation.” You can download it here. I’m adding it to The Best…
  • Quote Of The Day: Make [School] Work Meaningful

    Larry Ferlazzo
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rethinking Work is the headline of a column in today’s New York Times. It reviews a substantial amount of research in discussion life in the workplace. However, it’s easy to replace the work “employee” everywhere in the article with the word “student.” I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement. Here’s an excerpt:
  • Very Interesting Study: Students Seeing Teachers Drawing Diagrams Is Better Than Showing Pre-Made Ones

    Larry Ferlazzo
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    © 2009 cdaltonrowe, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio A new study found that students (primarily those with lower prior knowledge) learn much more when listening to teachers talk and draw diagrams than when teachers talked and showed pre-made ones. I’ll reprint the abstract below. I think this is very interesting, and reflects my own experience. I know that writing things out takes extra class time, but it definitely seems to “click” more with students than when I just put something I already made on the overhead. Here’s the abstract: In 4 experiments, participants viewed a…
  • Khan Academy & Pixar Unveil “Pixar In A Box”

    Larry Ferlazzo
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Thanks to John Fensterwald, I initially heard about Pixar In A Box, a new project unveiled by Khan Academy yesterday: its new online curriculum Pixar in a Box analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school students in mind but available to everyone, Pixar in a Box’s interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities are an informative addition to Khan Academy’s extensive educational resources. I’m not a math teacher, so can’t say much about the quality of the…
  • New Resources On Race & Racism

    Larry Ferlazzo
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    © 2015 John Duffy, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More: Americans say racism is a bigger problem today than at any point in the past 20 years is from The Washington Post. So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What? is from NPR. When Schools Are Forced to Practice Race-Based Discipline is from The Atlantic. What Is Privilege? is from BuzzFeed. 10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools is from Everyday Feminism. What Happens When Minority Kids Are Taught Not…
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    Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

  • India, world’s last DDT maker, heaviest user, plans to stop

    Ed Darrell
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Sometimes big news sneaks up on us, without press releases. We often miss it. Quiet little Tweet from journalist I’d never heard of, who passed along news from an obscure journal: DDT was once magic bullet vs diseases like #malaria. Now it is linked to neurological problems @CijIndia @saj_asia — Syed Nazakat (@SyedNazakat) August […]
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count issue: Eagles did not prosper during the ‘time of DDT’

    Ed Darrell
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    In the notoriously wrong and misleading “100 things you should know about DDT” posted by pro-DDT, anti-wildlife Steven Milloy of “Competitive Enterprise Institute” and Fox News fame, based on the foggy rant of Dr. Gordon Edwards, we get these two misleading claims: 69. After 15 years of heavy and widespread usage of DDT, Audubon Society […]
  • 1st National Parks Director Stephen Mather, memorial at Teton NP

    Ed Darrell
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    Photo from the poet and muse of the National Parks and wild places, Terry Tempest Williams (at least, she posted it on Instagram). Don’t you love the way the Tetons just peak over the fence? U.S. National Park System just celebrated 99 years. Williams works on a book for the centennial in 2016. Wouldn’t it […]
  • Annals of Global Warming: A roadmap to the UN climate change treaty process

    Ed Darrell
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Alas, the U.S. has led a large contingent off-road. From the Cut the Fluff blog: If you stop the average climate change action opponent on the street (as many as 25 out of every 100 people, or every other person in Texas in my unscientific sample) they will be able to tell you they think […]
  • August 25, 1944: Liberation of Paris

    Ed Darrell
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    On August 26, 1944, on a front page filled with other news from the war in Europe and the Pacific, the New York Times carried the story from the Associated Press: Allied Forces Help French to Rid Capital of Nazis By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Aug. 25 — The Paris radio […]
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  • #Free #AntiVirus Solutions for Your Mac

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Source: for free antivirus solutions for your personal Mac? Be sure to check out one of these:AVG Free Antivirus for MacAvira Free Antivirus for Mac "(free, direct) isn't limited to non-commercial users. Avira has made it 'truly free for everyone—private consumers, professionals and even businesses—without exception and without any advertising or marketing pop-ups.'"Sophos Free Antivirus for Mac (free, noncommercial use only). There is no phone or email support for Sophos Antivirus for Mac OS X Home Edition.Have you tried these out for…
  • Exploring Alternatives to @Evernote: @Mammothhq FYI partnership opp @mailvelope

    15 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    "What?!? You have how many notes?" asked a casual user of Evernote."Yeah, I have almost 10K of notes in Evernote. But I've been looking for something easier, simpler to manage.""Isn't that a little unwieldy?""Yes, but I haven't found a better solution...GoogleKeep didn't grab me, Evernote is too fancy, text files in Dropbox to simple, but something new may be coming...."Catch MammothHQ on TwitterWorks on iOS and AndroidThat conversation snippet sums up my unending search for an easy to use solution. A few years ago, I began archiving everything in Evernote...great web sites, articles for…
  • TCEA Fiber Boot Camp on August 28 in Austin, Tx

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    TCEA Fiber Boot CampSource: Districts Leverage E-rate Funds to Provide Future-Ready BandwidthDoes your district need an affordable fiber network to handle increased digital learning demands, but you aren’t sure how to make it happen? Are you having a hard time understanding how the new E-rate rules will help your district acquire the type of bandwidth you know your students and teachers need? Do you need some concrete answers on how to legally leverage your E-rate discounts to help your district get the lowest price for fiber? Have you been told that you…
  • Free Course - Cisco CCNA Routing and VLANs

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A great learning opportunity for those more technically minded among us...In partnership with Pluralsight, Network World presents a free course on CCNA routing and VLANs. In this course, the student will learn the fundamental concepts of networking, and then immediately apply this knowledge to the configuration of a router and switch. By the end of the course, the student will have enough knowledge to set up a network environment that has multiple subnets over multiple virtual LANs (VLANs), use network address translation (NAT) to connect to the Internet, and hand out IP addresses…
  • When Irony Strikes

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Source: Connected Principals, in Learning and Leadership, George Couros shared the following:“There are people in this room, no matter how compelling of evidence or ideas that I have shared, or the experiences that I have tried to create, will do nothing different tomorrow.  Are you that person?”The answer is, "Yes, that's me!" Sitting through professional learning recently, my sense of irritation mounting, I find I am no longer inspired by challenging talks that outline "successful leadership practices" and then proceed to encourage me to connect…
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    Steve Hargadon

  • Teachers as Agents of Creation and Change - Teacher Entrepreneurship Week Interviews Start Tonight

    Steve Hargadon
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Tonight is the first of four evenings of interviews, live on Google Hangouts on Air (and recorded on YouTube).An unbelievable lineup. Broadcast for free. Be sure to register for any schedule updates and information here. All live sessions are held in Google Hangouts on Air, recordings are at YouTube. The main event page is here.Tweet or follow at #TEWeek. Huge shout-out to the series sponsor, TES - check out their new educational resources marketplace!THE SCHEDULE: (All times US-Eastern Daylight Time - GMT-4)ADVANCE RECORDINGSilvia TolisanoRecording Link:…
  • Announcing Global Collaboration Day on September 17th!

    Steve Hargadon
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Dear Education Friends:We believe in the power of connected, globally competent learners of all ages.....let's show others what connected learning looks like around the clock on September 17th! We are very excited to bring you our newest project, Global Collaboration Day! Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate and practice global collaboration in their own time zones on September 17th, 2015, as back-to-school-season begins in the northern hemisphere. On this day (and beyond), global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and…
  • "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edwards Deming

    Steve Hargadon
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Often, when I'm having a conversation about the expanded ways in which the Internet has provided new and exciting options for learning, the person I'm talking to will argue: if schools don't change dramatically, they will be left behind and become irrelevant. The market will force schools to change.I myself have drunk the Kool-Aid, to be sure, but I now see this as wishful thinking.The "schools will have to change" argument presumes, first, that most parents think about learning rationally and make choices about their children's schooling based substantively on the specific learning…
  • You Are Not a Failure

    Steve Hargadon
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    One of my favorite ways to catch people's attention is to use the statement, "your child is not defective."You see, parents often get the message that their children have not measured up in both specific and general ways. In an education system driven by standards and data, the focus is most often on what is not being done well, which is labeled as a deficiency and then becomes the center of attention and efforts. And therefore so many parents have been willing to believe, when they hear it, that their children are defective.We're also very good at blaming the parents. They know it, and they…
  • Teacher Entrepreneurship Week Registration Open - 35 Interviews - Teachers as Agents of Creation and Change

    Steve Hargadon
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Four evenings of interviews, live on Google Hangouts on Air / YouTube. Steve Hargadon guides us through the world of teachers as agents of creation and change.An unbelievable lineup. Broadcast for free. More information and sign up here.Tweet or follow at #TEWeekTHE LINEUP:Adam Bellow | Alice Keeler | Angela Maiers | Anne Mirtschin | Barbara Bray | Ben Wilkoff | Bernard Bull | Bill Ferriter | Chris Sloan | Curtis Bonk | Dan Meyer | David Warlick | Dean Shareski | Erin Klein | Esther Wojcicki | Gary Stager | Jon Corippo | Julie Lindsay | Karen Fasimpaur | Lee Kolbert | Lisa…
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    Assorted Stuff

  • Political Disconnect

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    I try very hard to avoid any kind of political reporting, especially since we are more than 14 months away from the presidential election. Plus our news media is far more interested in polls, sensational arguments, and the flavor of the moment than they are about analyzing actual issues. However, I stumbled across something this week that’s just too hard to ignore. In an piece describing a focus group describing why they support Donald Trump, someone was quoted as saying “He’s like one of us.”. Considering this woman, described as a “former dog breeder”, is a long, looong way from…
  • Forgetting the Other 1

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    One more post about 1:1 computing programs and I’ll let the topic rest for a while. In his post yesterday, Doug says he is advocating in his district to give a computing device to all students in grades 6-12. But he refuses to call it a 1:1 program. Instead of emphasizing the device (which that name certainly does), he wants everyone to understand that the primary purpose of whatever is selected is to enable students to have 24/7 access to digital resources. Watching our 1:1 project unfold here in the overly-large school district, I completely understand his concerns. Planning is led by the…
  • Learning Not to be Creative

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:18 pm
    You know all those “21st century skills” we want students to learn? Creative. Innovative. Critical thinking. Entrepreneurial spirit. To be a “goal-directed and resilient individual”, which is one major category in the Portrait of a Graduate here in the overly-large school district. But how do you teach someone to “think critically”? To be creative or innovative in their work? To be self-directed? I don’t think it’s possible. You can encourage, lead, model, inspire, coach, and mentor students. We can provide supportive environments for them to be innovative and collaborative.
  • Not Ready to Change

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    And speaking of the blossoming 1:1 program here in our overly-large school district (as I was in my previous rant)… About the same time as our sessions for teachers this month, we heard that the principal of one of the project schools decided to delay implementation until the beginning of the next academic year. Why? She simply said “We are not ready.” Which also wasn’t a surprise. In most of our schools, there is no sense that something fundamental needs to change. It’s all about the tests and the feeling is that any problems we have with kids not passing them can be fixed…
  • We Don’t Have Time For Technology

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Our superintendent and board here in the overly-large school district want us to have a 1:1 computing program. It’s right there in their newly-released strategic plan: “Achieve goal of one electronic device per student” by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Rather ambitious considering our size and lack of money, but ya gotta dream big, right? Anyway, a few of our high schools are already heading down that path thanks to a generous grant from the state (and due to them not meeting AYP targets). With it they can issue low-cost computing devices to all their students, with the choice of…
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    iterating toward openness

  • Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    For almost three years Lumen Learning has been helping faculty, departments, and entire degree programs adopt OER in place of expensive commercial textbooks. In addition to saving students enormous amounts of money we’ve helped improve the effectiveness of courses we’ve supported, as we’re demonstrating in publications in peer-reviewed journals co-authored both with faculty from our partner schools and other researchers. We’re making great friendships along the way. It’s been absolutely amazing. Last year we received one of seven grants from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…
  • MHA Convocation Address, June 2015

    12 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Back in June I had the great privilege of speaking at the Mountain Heights Academy Convocation Ceremony. This is largely the talk I to gave, except a few paragraphs at the end I skipped over as I ran out of time. I’ve been speaking about this theme more and more recently, starting with my 2013 AECTx talk You Have Superpowers. I can’t talk about it often enough.   MHA Convocation Address Abravanel Hall June 3, 2015 I’m extraordinarily humbled and grateful both to be affiliated with Mountain Heights Academy and to have the opportunity to speak with you today on the occasion…
  • Persuading the White House that When You Buy One, You Should Get (At Least) One

    5 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    This week a coalition of almost 100 organizations, including Lumen Learning, called on President Obama to take executive action to ensure that publicly funded educational resources are open educational resources. To my mind this is one of the most blindingly obvious policy changes needed in Washington – on par with other desperately needed changes like campaign finance reform. Rather than re-explain why this is true, I’ll reuse this brief video I made for Open Education Week several years ago. In the video I explain why all publicly funded educational resources should be openly…
  • An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Last week I enjoyed some quiet vacation time – sans wifi – on a lake in rural Tennessee with my family. This break gave me some time to think, worry, and write. I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. That horse is out of the barn. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. This led me to connect two seemingly unrelated threads.
  • Reclaim Hosting

    11 Jun 2015 | 4:16 pm
    The following endorsement was neither requested nor compensated… I run dozens of websites – everything from to to to the veritable Several of the websites I run are 15 or 20 years old. For over a decade now I’m been hosting all my websites at BlueHost. But a few weeks ago I decided to throw in with the awesomeness Tim and Jim are making over at Reclaim Hosting and move all my web hosting there. I could not possibly be happier with my choice. The people, support, and tools at Reclaim Hosting are…
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    Special Education Law Blog

  • Are Traumatized Students §504 Eligible?

    Jim Gerl
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Kids who grow up in a ghetto are the subject of numerous traumas.  They experience more than their share of extreme stresses such as: street crime, domestic violence, race discrimination, routine violence, death and disruption. Are they, therefore, students with disabilities?A recent lawsuit asserts that ghetto students are entitled to additional services under §504.  The lawsuit involves students growing up in Compton, California. The Compton Unified School District is the primary defendant. Plaintiffs are asking for a class action to be certified. The complaint includes a lot of…
  • Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Kentucky handcuffing incident has reignited the debate about abuse of seclusion and restraints. What do you think should Congress pass a law requiring training and notification? ------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
  • Special Education Law 101 - Part XVI Hearing Procedures 1 #SpecialEdHearing

    Jim Gerl
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This is another in a  series of posts comprising an introduction to special education law.  This series is meant to be an introduction for newbies and a refresher course for more experienced readers.  Please let us know what you think about the series.Today's post and the next post concern some unusual procedural issues in due process hearings.  The due process hearing is the administrative law equivalent of a trial in a civil action.A due process hearing resembles a court trial.  Increasingly, parties are represented by lawyers.  Opening statements are…
  • The Perils of Modern Air Travel- Part IV #AirlineBlues

    Jim Gerl
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Part of my job involves air travel, and that part can be difficult!Last Saturday I had to fly on U S Airways from Columbus to Charleston, West Virginia. That apparently was the day of the power outage at the air traffic control center near DC. As a result, my first flight was delayed seven or eight times for about six hours total. This may sound familiar because I have mentioned it here before. The policy of the major airlines when they delay or cancel a flight is akin to "survival of the fittest." In essence the younger and faster passengers stampede over to the service counter and…
  • New Weekly Question!

    Jim Gerl
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Kentucky handcuffing incident has reignited the debate about abuse of seclusion and restraints. What do you think should Congress pass a law requiring training and notification? ------- Thanks for subscribing! Jim Gerl
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  • A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    A mixed-methods approach is evaluated for exploring collaborative behaviour, acceptance and progress surrounding an interactive technology for learning computer programming. A review of literature reveals a compelling case for using mixed-methods approaches when evaluating technology-enhanced-learning environments. Here, ethnographic approaches used for the requirements engineering of computing systems are combined with questionnaire-based feedback and skill tests. These are applied to the ‘Ceebot’ animated 3D learning environment. Video analysis with workplace observation allowed…
  • A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Students perceive online courses differently than traditional courses. Negative perceptions can lead to unfavourable learning outcomes including decreased motivation and persistence. Throughout this review, a broad range of factors that affect performance and satisfaction within the online learning environment for adult learners will be examined including learning outcomes, instructional design and learner characteristics, followed by suggestions for further research, and concluding with implications for online learning pertinent to administrators, instructors, course designers and students.
  • The Open University continues to be rated highly for student satisfaction

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The Open University has once again performed well in the latest National Student Survey released today by HEFCE. The OU was given an overall satisfaction rating of 90% making it one of only three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to consistently score 90% or above every year since 2007. The Open University
  • 6 concerns students have about MOOCs

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have doubts on reliability. eCampus News
  • lackboard Acquires Nivel Siete

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Companies to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community in Latin America Blackboard
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  • Fields of Opportunities

    Ted Nellen
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tommy and I set off from my home in Berlin, Md on August 18 at 10 AM heading for Ledges State Park in Boone, Iowa. I arrived at Ledges on August 20 at 7 PM. I had dropped Tom off at ISU at 6 PM for orientation for Transfer students. Tom wanted a college life, a Greek Life, so he transferred from Springfield College to Iowa State University. He did his homework and got into a Frat house and he got tickets for football and basketball games. His dreams come true. Oh and he is majoring in Hospitality and Culinary. Upon entering Iowa, the state greeting sign proclaimed its motto: “Fields of…
  • Liting out for the territory

    Ted Nellen
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Liting out for the territory. I’ll be driving my son to college in Iowa and then heading north to Duluth, where I was a couple of months ago, and head east to follow the Lakes on the American side to Buffalo and then to Seneca Falls and down to Ithaca as I head back home to Assateague by the end of September or early October.  
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

    Ted Nellen
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    God Help the Childby Toni Morrison  is a welcome new entry by this fabulous writer. It is about love and not race, “Booker cut her off. ‘Scientifically there’s no such thing as race, Bride, so racism without race is a choice. Taught, of course, by those who need it, but still a choice. Folks who practice it would be nothing without it.’” In spite of this intellectual dialogue between two of our main characters, race is an important theme in this new novel. When Bride is born, she is black as coal and this shocks her mother who could pass as white. Both Booker and Bride grow up…
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    Ted Nellen
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    After reading Into the Wild and his exposs on the Mormons, Jon Krakauer has always had my attention. Into Thin Air is his account of his ascent of Mt Everest and about those who succeeded and failed on this mountain in 1996. For me this is a sad tale of hubris, a lack of morality, and compassion for one’s fellow human. In a sport where teamwork is more important and crucial than any other sport, this lot in all expeditions certainly showed us the worst in mankind. I was disgusted by the behavior of almost everyone in this story and know I could never trust any of them even crossing a…
  • Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

    Ted Nellen
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Inspector of the Deadby David Morrell is the creator of Rambo. In this novel he creates quite the motley crew of police investigating murders in Victorian England that suggest Queen Victoria is the eventual target.  Thomas De Quincey, an opium eater, likes to tell people his mother added the De to make them more distinguished. The implication is that the opium gives him super powers of deduction, reasoning, and insight. He consumes enough opium in a day to kill a horse, literally. His daughter, Emily, is the scribe of the group, caretaker of her father, and love interest of the third…
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    MBA Crystal Ball

  • Ratio and Proportion Questions & Word Problems | GMAT Maths

    MBA Crystal Ball
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Whether you are using units from the Metric system (as we do in this post) or US measurement system (the GMAT being an American test), the […] The post Ratio and Proportion Questions & Word Problems | GMAT Maths appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Management Consulting Salaries and Career growth after MBA

    Sameer Kamat
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    The perks that the best strategy consulting firms offer grow as you spend more time in the industry. While the intangible benefits are plenty – working […] The post Management Consulting Salaries and Career growth after MBA appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Pronoun Agreement Rules | GMAT Grammar

    MBA Crystal Ball
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    In this GMAT grammar tutorial, we look at the definition of pronoun agreement and cover the various types you’ll encounter. Do brush up on the basic […] The post Pronoun Agreement Rules | GMAT Grammar appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Should I cancel my GMAT score report or keep it?

    Sameer Kamat
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    With great power comes greater confusion. Indian MBA entrance exams hardly give you any choice on whether you want to retain your score or erase it […] The post Should I cancel my GMAT score report or keep it? appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
  • Best MBA in UK for Indian and international students

    Sameer Kamat
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Whatever it is about MBA programs in USA (or America in general) that turns you off – the cost of education & living, the program duration, […] The post Best MBA in UK for Indian and international students appeared first on MBA Crystal Ball.
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    Science teacher

  • My best new trick last year: Errorometer

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    While sharing pints with a few teachers upstairs at McGinty's, Chris Harbeck took a sip of Guinness, then tossed out a few words that changed my teaching-- "I give out points for anything, a thousand here, a thousand there. They don't mean anything."Simple. Cheap. Effective.Print out your errorometer, laminate it, hang an Expo marker next to it--done.Every time a student gives me a reasonably well thought "wrong" (or even an unusual but "right") response to anything going on in class, even if only tangentially related to the natural world, a student can put a point up on the Errorometer. For…
  • Chasing dopamine, amygdalin, and death

    22 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    My brother and I have well over a hundred birthdays between us, but both of us still love to dig holes and find things--living, dead, ancient, new, doesn't really matter--it's the moment just before discovery that matters, Dopamine is dopamine, no matter how you get it.We needed to clear a small patch of ground for a patio that we'll get done sometime between this lifetime and the next, and while scurrying around like woodchucks, I ripped out a black cherry seedling, and, for whatever reason, sniffed the roots.I do not know what I expected, but I did not expect the round, deep cherry-almond…
  • White on white

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Part of the reason for my recent silence....I am working on "White on White," a blog that will explore white privilege, geared towards white folk (like me).I thought it would launch weeks ago, but the deeper I go into the rabbit hole, the muddier it gets, not the least because of the layers of subtle (and not so subtle) racism I need to dig through beneath my own epidermis.At a minimum, a blog purporting to witness what appears to be obvious to some, oblivious to others, should do no harm. (Not no anger, not no outrage, not no hurt, but no harm.)Starting a blog mostly for whites by whites…
  • On green beans and models

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    The world, the one outside anyway, is incomprehensible. We nibble on models as we nibble on green beans, mindlessly consuming them as useful without grasping the wholeness they represent. In school we reward students for "mastering" the abstract without a thought to whether they grasp the real.The students who cling to the earth learn their roles quickly. There is little place for dirt and dreams in the school to college to career pipeline. Middle school launders the few who still stare at puddles.The same green beans we nibble on for dinner leave us like ghosts as we sleep, zing their way…
  • 長崎

    9 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    On August 9, 1945, just over 2 1/2 pounds of plutonium was converted to energy 1650 feet over Nagasaki.Two and a half pounds--about the weight of a 28 week premature newborn baby. Yosuke Yamahata, A Japanese army photographer, took this picture the day after the Fat Man fell over Nagasaki.More of Mr. Yamahata's photography can be seen here.The photo and the quote are from © The Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.eduYes, this is a repeat, and will be repeated every year that I maintain the blog.We must never forget what we are capable of doing. Never.
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    Teacher Lingo

  • Here’s A Cloze (Gap-Fill) Essay My ELL Students Will Complete On The First Day Of School

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This coming Thursday is the first day of our school year. One of the many classes I will be teaching is for Beginning/Intermediate English Language Learners. I’ll begin the year (though we’ll get many new students as time progresses) primarily … Continue...(read more)
  • My Top 12 Scripture Verses for Hard Times Praise Report!

    Debbie Clement
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    HARD TIMES. CHALLENGES. SET BACKS. CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT. HEART BREAK. TEARS. SUFFERING. PAIN. LOSS. STARTING OVER. Life on Planet Earth. #TrueStory Putting one foot in front of the other, even when you'd rather stay under the covers? Of course it is...(read more)
  • Start the School Year with Kindness

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    As I start each school year I promote the idea of Bucket Filling . I recently was introduced to a story, Each Kindness, that would be a great discussion starter for older students which covers the consequences of bullying. The story introduces us to Maya,...(read more)
  • Quote Of The Day: Make [School] Work Meaningful

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rethinking Work is the headline of a column in today’s New York Times. It reviews a substantial amount of research in discussion life in the workplace. However, it’s easy to replace the work “employee” everywhere in the article with the … Continue reading...(read more)
  • Very Interesting Study: Students Seeing Teachers Drawing Diagrams Is Better Than Showing Pre-Made Ones

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    A new study found that students (primarily those with lower prior knowledge) learn much more when listening to teachers talk and draw diagrams than when teachers talked and showed pre-made ones. I’ll reprint the abstract below. I think this is … Continue...(read more)
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    The Core Knowledge Blog

  • Joy Hakim’s Science Stories: Proof that Informative Can Be Engaging

    Lisa Hansel
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    Kiana Hernandez is a young woman who opted out of a standardized test last spring. She had her reasons, as the Mother Jones article about her details, but that’s not what interests me about her story. What grabbed me is the reading instruction she received—or endured: She’d failed the Florida reading test every year since […]
  • Dear Alliance: You Almost Nailed It

    Lisa Hansel
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    The Alliance for Excellent Education has a new report: The Next Chapter: Supporting Literacy Within ESEA. It’s definitely worth reading, making many crucial points about supporting literacy from kindergarten through twelfth grade in a few pages. There’s just one problem: it does not discuss building broad academic knowledge. Like almost all discussions of literacy, the […]
  • I’m Afraid of Personalized Learning

    Lisa Hansel
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    There. I’ve admitted it. I’m afraid of personalized learning. Of course, I’m fascinated by it too. But the allure only adds to my fear—there’s a small chance that personalized learning could radically improve education and a large chance that it’ll produce the next flood of snake oil. Writing about DC’s foray into personalized learning, Natalie […]
  • Why Is Creativity in Decline?

    Lisa Hansel
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    For the past 25 years, creativity has been in decline. I’ve just started to look into it, so I won’t pretend to have an answer—but I do have a hunch. We’re trivializing creativity. First the research. Kyung Hee Kim is a professor of creativity and innovation at The College of William & Mary. She’s found […]
  • Mississippi: Common Core Lite

    Lisa Hansel
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Mississippi is a little more than half way through a public comment period on the 2014 Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts—a document that is co-branded with the Common Core and Mississippi Department of Education logos on every page. The Common Core squabbles in Mississippi became interesting last week when a […]
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    Teaching College English

  • Videogame Narrative

    Dr Davis
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Looks relevant: Narrative in Videogames by Patrick Holleman on The Game Design Forum Designing Game Narrative from HitBox Team: good graphics too “In games, you can discover further depth from doing the scene. With interactivity, you now get to experience the story firsthand.” “Narrative isn’t automatically a crucial component in games, as it often is in film or literature. Interactivity is the defining feature of games – and indeed, games that excel in their gameplay are most often great games.” The difference between (video)games and narrative, which is an…
  • Rhetoric

    Dr Davis
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    Undergrad syllabus on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Political Discourse from MIT Open Courseware undergraduate course in Rhetoric of Science from MIT Open Courseware A Geographical History of Online Rhetoric and Composition Journals, from Kairos Comp-Rhet resources on the Web from UMass Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler The rhetorical forest at BYU Digital Rhetoric Collaborative blog
  • Why Have English Majors?

    Dr Davis
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    The New Yorker has an article entitled “Why Teach English?” that answers the question of why English majors exist. It’s an interesting read overall. But I found this section particularly intriguing. No civilization we think worth studying, or whose relics we think worth visiting, existed without what amounts to an English department—texts that mattered, people who argued about them as if they mattered, and a sense of shame among the wealthy if they couldn’t talk about them, at least a little, too. It’s what we call civilization. Even if we read books and talk about…
  • Wildly Successful English Majors

    Dr Davis
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Business Insider has a post on famous, successful people with English majors. The list includes business tycoon Mitt Romney and a former governor of New York. It also includes Sting, the former CEO of NBC, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Barbara Walters, and the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball. The most inspiring, to me anyway, is Steven Spielberg. Thanks to my colleague Al for pointing out this.
  • English Major Jobs: Fun List

    Dr Davis
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Sell Out Your Soul, the blog of a PhD in humanities who quit academia, has a post of 35 Awesome Jobs for English Majors. They are, in fact, awesome jobs and was last updated in 2015. Jobs include: Search Engine Marketing Direct Response Copywriting Public Relations Corporate Blogger Policy Analyst Lobbyist
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    EurekAlert! - Education

  • Can you avoid hangovers after heavy drinking?

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be 'no' and 'no' according to new research presented the ECNP conference in Amsterdam.
  • Four-day school week can improve academic performance, study finds

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Georgia State University) Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students' academic performance in mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Montana State University.
  • Massive study reports challenges in reproducing published psychology findings

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Virginia) University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek and an international team of researchers conducted a major review of the findings of 100 psychology studies. Less than half could be reproduced.
  • Researchers receive $3.5 million to improve students' classroom behaviors

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Missouri-Columbia) University of Missouri researchers have received nearly $3.5 million from the US Department of Education over four years to evaluate an intervention that promotes social and emotional skills for students who exhibit challenging classroom behaviors. The intervention, Self-Monitoring Training and Regulation Strategy (STARS), is a self-management and mindfulness skills program for fifth-grade students who regularly display disruptive and challenging behaviors in the classroom.
  • Bright screens at night imperil sleep of young teens

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Brown University) A new study looked at the effect of light exposure at night -- like that from phones or tablets -- on the biology of teen sleep. The researchers found that children in early to middle puberty were especially vulnerable to suppression of a hormone key to sleep timing.
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    Mark it Right

  • Great authors in (great) translation

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (trilogy)
  • What you think of the new look?

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Take Our Survey Tagged: poll
  • Inside the closing quotation marks or outside?

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    So where does the period go: inside the closing quotation marks or outside? Yes. OK, I should probably elaborate. The idea that in American English periods and commas go inside the quotes and in British English they go outside is a bit oversimplified. The truth is that both variants have multiple style guides that solve the matter in different ways. In American English, APA and AP Style agree on keeping periods and commas inside the quotes, and the CMO mostly agrees… but not one hundred percent. There’s always an exception and in this case, the exception is made for the end…
  • Great Tools

    12 Jul 2013 | 7:07 pm
    Through the years, we’ve used many different programs and apps to make our work easier. With some exceptions, we tend to gravitate toward pretty awesome solutions, so I thought I would share a few here. And of course, often times we learn of great digi-toys through recommendations from others, so please tell us all about the awesome something or other that has made your professional life easier! FreshBooks — Great, simple, and clean invoicing system. 1and1 — They’re well priced and have very helpful customer service reps. Go Daddy — Buying domains on a phone is fast and…
  • Trampa de palabras

    4 Nov 2012 | 9:10 pm
    ¡Excelente post! Se los paso: ¿Cuándo lleva acento donde y dónde lleva acento cuando? Es fácil saber que dónde, cuándo, cómo, qué y por qué llevan acento cuando se trata evidentemente de una pregunta o una exclamación (¿? ¡!). Pero cuando esa interrogación o exclamación son indirectas o subordinadas, escondidas dentro en una oración, pueden convertirse en una Trampalabra.Una vez más, el truco del reemplazo puede ser de gran ayuda:Donde lleva acento si lo podemos reemplazar por: a qué lugar / en qué lugar. Necesito que me digas dónde piensas ir – Necesito…
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    doug --- off the record

  • Dumb Rules

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    A comment I made yesterday brought back a bizarre memory about rules. There was a time when our two older kids were in daycare together.  Depending upon my wife’s and my schedules, you’d either drop the kids off in the morning or pick them up at the end of the day.  Because of their age difference, they were in two different rooms.  Between the two rooms, there was a cloak room where the kids’ clothes, boots, etc. were hung up and the doorways were such that you could see from one room into the other.  Each of the rooms had an outside door for entry and exit.  OK, stage…
  • OTR Links 08/29/2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Great book covers as animated GIFs – Boing Boing Great book covers as animated GIFs @aforgrave — Doug Peterson (dougpete) August 28, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers — Doug Peterson (dougpete) August 28, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter Just A Few More Sleeps: What’s on/in your mind? via…
  • This Week in Ontario Edublogs

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every week, I gather from my reading blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers to include here.  Folks, you never fail to amaze me with the depth of your thinking and abilities to pull it all together.  Here’s some of what caught my eye this week. Standing for Principles or Shooting Myself in the Foot Before shooting herself in the foot, Diana Maliszewski puts in down in a stance about the Microsoft acquisition of Minecraft.  Now, she’s been a big fan of Minecraft for as long as I can remember, a regular presenter about its benefits, and I remember her blocky outfit at an ECOO…
  • OTR Links 08/28/2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Challenge Ideas | An Ethical Island on via @Firefox Challenge Ideas | An Ethical Island on via @Firefox — Doug Peterson (dougpete) August 27, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The best of Ontario-Educators3 Daily The The best of ontario-educators3 Daily is out! Stories via @DrCorbierre @andreahaefele @GagnonGwen — Doug Peterson (dougpete) August 27, 2015 tags: IFTTT Twitter The Best of Ontario-Educators2 daily is out! The best of ontario-educators2…
  • Be More Visible

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I had an interesting interaction with a former, and recently reconnected thanks to Twitter, colleague just yesterday who was telling me that there were amazing things happening in her schools.  That’s awesome and a great message for everyone in the community to hear so I asked “Where can I read about it?”.  Well, “it is definitely not visible online”. That’s a shame. Especially when everyone is espousing the benefits from “visible thinking” for students. It doesn’t take long poking around educational resources to find lists of benefits…
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    Veritas Prep Blog

  • Our Thoughts on Stanford GSB's Application Essays for 2015-2016

    Hayley Paul
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Application season at Stanford GSB is officially underway with the release of the school’s 2015-2016 essay questions. Let’s discuss from a high level some early thoughts on how best to approach these new essay prompts. Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words) The dreaded Stanford open-ended essay prompt has been one of the most feared parts of the school’s application process for years. For many students the more open the prompt the higher the anxiety – couple this with the inherent pressure that results from applying to Stanford, and many students derail their…
  • GMAT Tip of the Week: 10 Must-Know Divisibility Rules For the GMAT (#3 Will Blow Your Mind!)

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    You clicked, didn’t you? You’re helpless when presented with an enumerated list and a teaser that at least one of the items is advertised to be – but probably won’t be – mind-blowing. (In this case it kind of is…if not mind-blowing, it’s at least very powerful). So in this case, let’s use click bait for good and enumerated lists to talk about numbers. Here are 10 important (and “BuzzFeedy”) divisibility rules you should know heading into the GMAT:     1) 1 1 may be the loneliest number but it’s also a very important…
  • 3 Bad Reasons to Pursue an MBA Degree

    Hayley Paul
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Obtaining an MBA degree is one of the most transformative experiences that a businessperson can undertake. Many articles are written that tout the value of this degree, with current MBA students and alums reflecting on the beneficial impact business school has had on both their professional and personal lives and all of the good reasons one should pursue an MBA. But is this degree for everyone? I’d like to take a look at the other side of this equation and discuss some bad reasons for getting an MBA. Pursuing an MBA can be one of the toughest decisions a young professional has to make,…
  • Should I Take the GMAT or the GRE?

    Hayley Paul
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    I currently work at a top business school and am therefore able to keep my finger right on the pulse of b-school trends. Earlier this week, I had a discussion with our Director of Admissions about the GRE. It seems that over the past several years, there has been a subtle migration away from GMAT exclusivity among the top b-schools for several reasons. Firstly, there has been overall a pretty remarkable downward trend in application volume. This drop in number of applications has put a dent on revenues for schools as well as in the overall quality of the application pool. It makes sense:…
  • Our Thoughts on Ross' MBA Application Essays for 2015-2016

    Hayley Paul
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Application season at the University of Michigan’s Ross MBA program is officially underway with the release of the school’s 2015-2016 essay questions. Let’s discuss from a high level some early thoughts on how best to approach these new essay prompts. Essay 1: What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (400 words) This is a typical “accomplishment” essay, and with the limited word count it would be wise to focus on one accomplishment in the most direct fashion possible. Dig deep as you identify what topic to discuss as these types of open-ended…
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    Certification Map

  • Bringing Current Events into the Classroom

    Certification Map
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    As the world continues to change on a daily basis, with developments both domestically and internationally shaping the day-to-day life of both you and your students, keeping them abreast of what’s going on in the world can be a valuable use of class time, even if it’s not in the prescribed curriculum. With news so readily available, both in print and online, here are a few ways of bringing current events into your classroom. Finding the Five W’s In every news story, journalists use the five W’s (and one H): Who, what, when, where, why and how. Having students identify these things…
  • 5 Notable People with Ed.D’s

    Certification Map
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Though Doctorates of Education can take your career any number of places, they’re fairly low profile: few people are aware of the diverse group of notable people that hold Ed.D’s. Whether it’s championship-winning basketball players, professors who have crossed over into public consciousness or radio talk show hosts, here are five notable people who hold Ed.D’s. Jill Biden The Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden has an inspiring career path that shows the many routes one can take before achieving their Ed.D. Biden originally enrolled in a junior college to study fashion…
  • Expect Success: 5 Goals To Set For The Upcoming School Year

    Certification Map
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    As the summer flies by, it will soon be time to return to the classroom for another school year. In the immortal words of Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”: while the summer is a great a time to get some much needed rest and relaxation in, it’s also a great time to set goals for yourself for the upcoming year. Whether they are concrete goals like raising test scores or more subjective like building better relationships, here are a few potential goals one could set for themselves for the upcoming school year. To get students’ quiz scores up With…
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    Boarding School Blog

  • The Science of Boys’ Education

    Brian Fisher
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    As a boys school alumnus, I admire the work that Grand River Academy does to stay abreast of male adolescent development. The school’s constantly examining the best ways to teach and educate boys as they work through school during their school years. Grand River does an excellent job of making the case for boys school education and the things that make a boys school education different. Is a boys school the best school fit for every adolescent boy? That’s for each family to decide. Grand River, though, does nice work in helping families understand the boys school option along with…
  • Learn Why One Boarding School Starts the Year with “College Boot Camp”

    Brian Fisher
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    One of the strongest selling points of many boarding schools is the strength, and thoroughness, of their college search and admission processes. Darlington School demonstrates its commitment to the college search process on the opening day of school each year by hosting a mandatory full-day “College Boot Camp” for its seniors. “We do College Boot Camp on the first day of school to relieve stress early on before the students get too busy in the fall…Having these admissions representatives spend an entire day with our students is huge…” explains Sam Moss (’63)…
  • Summer’s Coming to an End

    Brian Fisher
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    With only a couple of weeks to go until Labor Day and summer’s formal conclusion, we’re pleased to bring the boarding school blog back into regular publication for the 2015-2016 academic year. Heck, boarding schools here in the south are already in session. We’ll continue with our coverage of the boarding school world and some of its happenings. Of course, if you think of a subject or know something happening on a boarding school campus that might make a good general interest piece, by all means, drop us a comment, a note, or call. If you’re not in school yet, or on…
  • 2015 World Cup Soccer: Prep School Alumnae on the US Women’s National Team

    Marisa Peacock
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    The Women’s World Cup is in full swing and we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize the notable alumnae from the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Go Team USA!!!       Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women Forward, Abby Wambach, attended Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, a private all-girls Catholic school in Rochester, NY.         Santa Margarita Catholic High School Forward, Amy Rodriguez attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School, a coeducational college preparatory Roman Catholic high school in Santa Margarita, CA.
  • WWE Star John Cena Gives a Knockout Graduation Speech

    Brian Fisher
    30 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    I bet you didn’t know that John Cena is a boarding school alumnus…some of you might not even know who John Cena is. (I’ll let you Google him.) Suffice to say, he’s a Cushing Academy alumnus, accomplished star and, by my book, great philanthropist via his Make-A-Wish Foundation work. I recommend John’s commencement address. Why? Because twenty years after his graduation, in a roughly ten-minute talk that’s warm, personal (and very nicely directed to the graduating class), he touches on the great, lasting lessons of boarding school. I’ll forgive his admission, “Twenty…
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    Dear Librarian

  • Is it ok to quit reading a book?

    Dear Librarian
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I totally believe that it is ok to put down a book–as long as the book isn’t for a class or a part of some required reading that must be completed. So many times we go to read a book, and we embrace a moral obligation to finishing that said book regardless of whether we are enjoying the book or not. Enjoyment from literature can come in many different forms: tears from both joy or anger, pensive contemplation or brand new education, stomach flutters from romance or thrilling suspense. If a book can cause a reaction in me that is not positive or even negative, it is worth my time,…
  • Can you explain the HKIS HS Library Space?

    Dear Librarian
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
    The HKIS HS Library is a great space with options for many different kinds of study. Think of this library as one big “L.” Once you enter, the circulation desk is right there to greet you with Ms. Miyuki Hashimoto to the left, Ms. Ceka Ng in the middle, and Ms. Pion Ng to the right (yes the last two are sisters;). If you turn to the right, you’ll enter the nonfiction area plus an area designated to quiet, independent work. If you veer the opposite direction and head to the left upon entering you’ll find our popular fiction collection as well as a place to collaborate…
  • What’s the them of Teen Read Week this year, 2014?

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

    Dear Librarian
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
  • What is the Alex Award?

    Dear Librarian
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Alex Award is given by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). It is an award given to adult books that would be enjoyed by teens. The award is named after and sponsored by Margaret Edwards Trust; she was a librarian advocating for young adult fiction. Ironically, her friends called her Alex–hence the award’s name. We have all this year’s Alex Award books ready for you to check out in the library!
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  • Three Strategies to Help Organization Fundraisers Attract the Next Generation of Donors

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Silicon Valley's wealthiest tech entrepreneurs are donating millions of dollars to charitable causes prior to retirement, which is fantastic news. But unlike the previous generation, they're not content to sit back and let nonprofits decide how their dollars are to be spent. How can today's nonprofits attract, nurture and retain this new breed of active donor?In this white paper, we'll examine:What all nonprofits can learn about fundraising from tech-industry- based organizations like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.Why donor agency is critical for nonprofits looking to increase…
  • How to Grow Your K12 School District's Community with Better Communication Tools

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    From email to social media, event registration and online surveys, there are a number of online tools you can use to grow your school's community and improve communication throughout your district. Find out how these tools can be used for your district, and learn simple strategies for using these tools to your advantage.Request Free!
  • 5 Steps to Improve Your K12 School District's Communication Headaches

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    How would you grade your school district on its ability to communicate effectively? If you're still relying on “old school” methods of communication, there's a good chance you have some room for improvement. From finding a reliable way to keep parents and your community informed, to creating a system that keeps things running smoothly throughout your different schools and departments — there's a lot you need to consider. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve communication.Find out how to:Keep up and go digital with online communication toolsDevelop a plan to manage the online…
  • How to Manage Communications Effectively within Your K12 School District

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 9 schools and 6,200 students in the district, communicating with the Lakeland community was no small task. The district was able to reach more parents with Constant Contact's partner program. Read this case study and find out how!Request Free!
  • UTM Buyers Guide

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Follow this guide to know how to choose the right network protection:Understand what a modern UTM can do for you Compare product features, and know what you need to keep your network secure Ask the right questions to vendors as you consider your options It's easy to make the right choice when you have the best information. Get your copy of the 2012 UTM Buyers Guide today.Request Free!
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    Heather Wolpert-Gawron

  • DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History

    16 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’m excited to announce that my new book, DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History has arrived and is now available for purchase. The point of the book was to break down the process of PBL into day-by-day chunks to give more educators access to a sometimes complicated, but rich and engaging, teaching strategy. It includes a wonderful foreword by the inspiring Suzie Boss, a series of complete units, including homework hints, rubrics, and student exemplars, as well as downloadable handouts and scaffolds that a teacher can mix-and-match to create a unique unit all their own.   AN…
  • How to Host a Twitter Chat with your School Community

    9 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
     Every year schools sit and brainstorm ways to communicate and engage its families. How will we reach out to parents? How will we gather information about their needs or give them a little insight in what we do as educators? A great way to do that is to host a regular weekly or monthly (or whatever) Twitter conversation.  Now, I know that it might not hit the greatest number of people, but it’s another arrow in your quiver of conversational tools to use with your community. So here’s what you can do in just a few easy steps (please feel free to suggest others in the Comments section…
  • Lessons Students Can Learn From Mick Fanning vs. The Great White Shark

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    What’s with shark videos? First it was the uniqueness of Left Shark in the Katy Perry halftime show. From him we learned to dance to your own groove, even in front of millions of people And now we have the mighty Mick Fanning whose video of him punching down a great white shark has gone viral in the best of ways. His has quickly become a household name, and what he did puts him high on the superhero-o-meter, as far as I’m concerned. But what can students learn from this bizarre moment? Because it was caught on film, it makes it a particularly rich resource for visually teaching the…
  • Using Ant-Man In The Classroom

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    I just watched Ant-Man with my 9 year-old, and we both walked away with a cinematic smile on our faces. For him, it was a movie of laughs and of just the right level of suspense. It didn’t have the darkness of The Dark Knight (which he never saw) and it wasn’t the non-stop barrage of volume 11 action scenes indicative of The Avengers. It was funny, it was a cleanly told plot, and it was based in science. (For more on how Ant-Man was seeded in real science, see my interview with the quantum physicist who served as a consultant on film.) Leveraging Movies in the Classroom For me, the fact…
  • The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

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

  • Having Fun with Base 10 on the Pugsley Express

    James Hollis
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I just finished creating a new Notebook activity called “Pugsley Express – Base 10” to help early primary students understand and reinforce counting by 10’s and 1’s. The file has three sections starting with a story problem that asks students to count how many dog bones are on a train. Teachers can use these pages to develop student understanding of the problem. The last two pages of this section highlight two strategies of solving the problem: 1) adding all the bones together, and 2) adding the 10’s and then adding the 1’s. Pugsley The next…
  • I Love Your Expression

    James Hollis
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Here’s an exciting new resource for the SMART Board I’ve been working on called Are You Ready for Mathematics: Only 4. This Smart Notebook activity challenges students to write mathematical expressions that equal a given number using only the digits 1, 2, 3, and 4. Most of the numbers presented to the students have multiple solutions, and all the question pages provide the option of displaying a Hint to help students formulate an answer. For example, if the given number is 20, then students could write the expression: (4)(1)(3 + 2) This is a great beginning-of-the-year…
  • Find Your Position on the SMART Board

    James Hollis
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    I have THREE great resources for the Smartboard related to coordinates and plotting points. The first resource is an interactive Smart Notebook file I created called Plot-astic: Underwater Fish. This activity lets students plot points on a coordinate plane to generate an outline of a fish. When the last point is plotted, the fish magically appears and swims off the page. Plot-astic is very easy to use and it’s a great way to get your students to actively participate at the beginning of the year. Click the Download button to download Plot-astic: Underwater Fish. The second resource is…
  • The Green Snoop Monster Activity

    James Hollis
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Here’s a fun K-2 activity for the SMART Board called The Green Snoop Monster that helps students recognize relationships between numbers, number words, object quantities, and simple expressions. The activity contains 10 different pages that increase in difficulty by introducing values and quantities using different number models. On each page, students are asked to “Snoop” for the smallest value in the set. Number lines are provided on each page to help solidify the relationship between the values. The activity provides immediate feedback on student selections and…
  • SMARTBoards – Back At Square One

    James Hollis
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    Looking for a fun activity as you “head back” to the classroom? How Many Squares is a Notebook file created for the SMARTBoard that lets your students investigate how many different squares are contained in a given image. The activity allows students to investigate, step-by-step, how many different-size squares are contained in the image; it even allows them to move squares around in the image to help them find the solution. The intelligent navigation allows teachers to go to the Investigation pages for each size square, or they can go through the activity page-by-page to show…
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    Smart Classroom Management

  • Why Your Time-Out May Be A Waste Of Time

    Michael Linsin
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here at SCM we recommend a 15-minute time-out. Even for younger students. This is longer than many teachers are comfortable with. The thinking is that a student in time-out will miss too much participation time. They’ll grow bored and antsy and start misbehaving. Besides, it’s too harsh. But none of this is true. In fact, […]
  • Are You Praising Too Much To Start The School Year?

    Michael Linsin
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know we recommend worthy praise only. That is, we recommend praise based on exceptional effort or new (but challenging) learning. Which can vary from student to student. Praise for expected behavior, however, is verboten. (A simple “thank you” will do.) Stick to these guidelines and the […]
  • How A First-Day-Of-School Lesson Can Improve Classroom Management For The Rest Of The Year

    Michael Linsin
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    There exists a strategy that, if taught on the first day of school, can have a profound effect on the rest of the year. It takes little if any preparation time. It’s simple in its directness and also fun and participatory. But it will shake your students down to the soles of their feet. It […]
  • How To Build Rapport On The First Day Of School

    Michael Linsin
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Building rapport is one of an umbrella of strategies whose goal is to create a classroom your students love being part of. And why is that important? Because when your students look forward to your class, everything is easier. From behavior to attentiveness to work habits, every area of classroom management is made better. But […]
  • 3 Big Mistakes Teachers Make When Enforcing Consequences

    Michael Linsin
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Last week we talked about how to be consistent with your classroom management plan. Which is especially important to begin the school year. This alone will go a long way toward creating the learning environment you really want. Once you’ve conquered this challenge, however, there is another pitfall looming around the corner. You see, how […]
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  • 12 New Nonfiction Book Standouts for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    With nonfiction books for kids, the challenge is to create a book that is not just informative but captivating and entertaining as well. Here are twelve fantastic new books for children that do all three. Since the topics range from the right to vote to the lives of real princesses, I’m sure you’ll find a wonderful book for your child’s […] The post 12 New Nonfiction Book Standouts for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • How to Support Introverted Children

    Melissa Taylor
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Introverted children, that’s about one-third to one-half of the population, recharge their energy from time spent alone. (As opposed to time spent with other people.) Back-to-school time can be especially challenging for introverts. (We were so happy and comfortable at home during the summer with more control and choice over our activities. Now we’re thrust into […] The post How to Support Introverted Children appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • 13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

    Melissa Taylor
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books — both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It’s a good question so I thought I’d give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a […] The post 13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults) appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Fanciful Grammar App for Kids

    Melissa Taylor
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Imagine your kids playing with grammar. And enjoying it. Unless you’re a geeky English major like me, that probably isn’t something you imagine. But I’ve discovered a grammar app for kids called Sleep Furiously that is goofy, funny, and 100% grammar geeky — that my kids love. The name Sleep Furiously comes from the sentence linguist Noam Chomsky coined to demonstrate […] The post Fanciful Grammar App for Kids appeared first on Imagination Soup.
  • Can Phone Obsessed Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence?

    Melissa Taylor
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    One of the worries I have for my daughter and her friends is that phones are stunting their emotional intelligence skills — particularly in the areas of social awareness and relationship management. And it’s clear that EQ is a huge predictor of personal happiness and academic success so if it’s not well developed, well, that wouldn’t be ideal. What’s more, I imagine kids’ phones are also used to avoid feelings […] The post Can Phone Obsessed Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence? appeared first on Imagination Soup.
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  • where to go for free homework help: Homework Help Desk

    amy mascott
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Now more than ever, I feel like I need a lifeline when it comes to helping my kids with their homework. Honestly, the concepts are getting difficult.  Things have changed. Strategies are new, and problems seem crazy to me. I need help. I need to phone a friend. I need answers, and often, I need them quickly. That’s where Homework Help Desk comes in. Or at least it came in handy this week, when we were working on Maddy’s summer math packet. Here’s the skinny. . . Where to Go For Free Homework Help–Homework Help Desk:  Granted, we’ve used this free…
  • everything I wish I knew before I started middle school: a letter to my rising 6th grader

    amy mascott
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maddy, I have a hard time believing it’s time to send you off to the wilds of middle school, but here we are, my friend. It seems like just yesterday your aunts and I sat on the back porch with you, making felt flowers and blinging out your backpack for kindergarten. Sending you into the building that first day, watching your little pink backpack bouncing down the hallway, was one of the hardest things I did up to that point. But you were ready. You were prepared for the adventure, eager to start that next chapter. And like most everything you do, you rocked it. Just like you’ll rock…
  • top 10 NEW magazines for kids and family

    amy mascott
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
        Friends, did you know that magazines truly count as worthwhile reading material and that they’ve come a long way in the past few years? They do, and they have. And also? Magazines pretty much rock.  They: make super holiday or birthday gifts for children; make awesome classroom donations for teachers; can be a great way to offer support for preschools or daycare centers; make fabulous partners for travel, waiting areas, or rest time; give kids quick and engaging reading material any time of the day. And, not surprisingly, magazines exist for just about any age group and…
  • what to consider when choosing a school for your child: parent checklist

    amy mascott
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
          Now that my kids are 11, 10, and 8 years old (gasp!), I feel like there’s a lot I wish I would have known when it came to choosing schools for my children. Believe me, we’re not even close to the finish line, and I’m not wishing time away. But looking back, there was a whole lot I didn’t know school shopping before my own kids hit Kindergarten. There’s really a lot to consider. So I’ve created a quick and easy parent check sheet to make things (hopefully!) easier for folks down the road. Here’s the skinny. . . What to Consider…
  • school supply shopping: our NEW way to teach kids to be smart consumers

    amy mascott
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
      Every year, we try to somehow involve our kids in back-to-school shopping. When Maddy, Owen, and Cora were emerging readers, I created easy-to-read lists that we’d take on our shopping trips. The lists combined words and pictures so that they could more easily find what they needed. As the kids got older, we worked together to find the best places to shop, using the coupons and sales circulars to figure out the best deals. This year, we tried something new. I knew that the kids needed more of a reason to plan and shop, and I knew that money is always a push for them. And, admittedly,…
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    Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

  • Reboot Your Thinking: The Ctrl+Alt+Del Approach to Critical Thinking

    Breanne Harris
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Every once in a while we need to hit the reset button. When life gets too hectic, our days are over-scheduled, and information is coming at us faster than we can process it, we need to STOP and RESET. It’s like hitting the Ctrl+Alt+Del command on your computer when you have too many tabs and file folders open to be productive. The computer starts moving slowly and errors start popping up. Life works the same way. Taking a moment to wipe the slate clean gives us the opportunity to re-focus and re-prioritize our thoughts and actions. While we typically reference the RED Model of Critical…
  • Preparing for the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment

    Breanne Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are you scheduled to take the Watson-Glaser™ II Critical Thinking Appraisal assessment for training or selection and looking for a practice test? Then I have bad news for you. Because the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal assessment is the most widely known assessment for measuring critical thinking skills and is most often used to select employees, therefore you will not find a practice test online.  In fact, if you’ve found a site that says it has the “real” questions to the Watson-Glaser, save your money…the site is a fraud.  We have a full-time team…
  • Help Wanted: Need Good Decision-Making Skills

    Breanne Harris
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Job ads are interesting. I’m sure you’ve seen an ad like this: Requirements: 3 to 5 years experience in the field Strong interpersonal and communication skills Excellent analytical and decision-making abilities Ability to manage multiple tasks to completion within established deadlines Detail oriented So how do companies realistically measure these competencies? The first two are easy. Look at the candidate’s resume and interview them. Requirements 4 & 5 are harder to measure, but achievable. You can use a behavioral interview question such as “Describe a project that was very…
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Performance With Watson-Glaser

    Breanne Harris
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Critical thinking is a skill everyone needs. There’s hardly a job or task that doesn’t need it. That’s what makes the Watson-Glaser™ such a versatile ability test. Here are six ways organizations can improve their performance with the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal: Screen applicants for management positions. If you’re hiring a manager in any field or a C-level executive, they must be great thinkers first and foremost. This will save you money sifting through resumes and interviewing unqualified candidates that have great technical and people skills but lack…
  • Critical Thinking Does Not Mean One Right Answer

    Breanne Harris
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    A customer recently asked me: “What is the goal of critical thinking?” At first this seemed like an odd question to me until I asked him to elaborate. “Well, if we all think critically then shouldn’t buy viagra online . cialis online . viagra online . . kamagra . fake kamagra . viagra for women . . levitra dosage we all arrive at the same answer?” After a bit of thought, I responded that while critical thinking is about holding our thought processes to a higher standard through applying logic, evaluating…
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  • News on Online Courses

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    The 37 best websites for learning a new skill Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics . . .         Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program In April, Arizona State University and edX announced a first-of-its-kind program that will have important repercussions for the future of higher education. The Global Freshman Academy will allow students to take their entire year of freshman courses online, and earn credit to…
  • Summer is a Great Time for Online Courses

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer vacation for high school is now on its last week. Before beginning their fall semester, it can be useful for students to explore online courses in subjects that interest them. One of the benefits of online courses is that they allow students to explore new subjects in a convenient and flexible manner. This can be helpful in preparing for an upcoming high school course, or re-familiarizing oneself with a course taken in the past. Sampling new course subjects can also be a good way for students to decide what classes or concentrations to take in high school. Along with in-class and…
  • ACT Study Resources

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    ACT Question of the Day Each day we post a new ACT Test practice question . . .       Preparing for the ACT A free student preparation booklet available from most high schools and colleges—includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt . . .             ACT Test App ACT Test includes training questions and flashcards. Practice them to improve your vocabulary . . .           Socrato is a website for scoring and performance reports for standardized admissions test preparation.
  • The Most Recent ACT Study Materials

    16 Aug 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Test Changes Unlike the SAT, which is undergoing a large-scale redesign that splits it into a current pre-2016 and new post-2016 form, changes to the ACT tend to occur on a smaller scale and in a more continuous manner. There have been a few changes made to the ACT in the past few  years, although most have been minimal. Study Resources The primary ACT study resource is the The Real ACT Prep Guide book series, because it is the only book that contains full-length real (previously-administered) tests. The contents of the most recent 3rd edition include 5 previously administered full tests,…
  • News on International SAT/ACT Tests

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    International Students and the SAT   Last year, students took SAT® Program tests in over 175 countries outside the U.S. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ are offered overseas six times a year: in October, November, December, January, May, and June . . .         ACT International Test Centers September 2015 – June 2016 (excluding the February test date) To see a country’s test centers, select from the list below. Not all centers are scheduled to test on every test date . . .       ACT International Programs ACT Education Solutions, Limited,…
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  • Defining the future of internationalisation in Europe

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    A recent study entitled 'Internationalisation of Higher Education' in the European context provides a comprehensive perspective on what is the current state of internationalization is and what should it look like in future. The study critically analyzed the key literature in the field of international higher education and coupled it with survey findings from three sources--IAU 4th Global Survey on Internationalisation of Higher Education, The EAIE Barometer: Internationalisation in Europe, and Delphi survey (with support from Robert Coelen). The study funded by the European Parliament…
  • China's Economic and Education Ambitions on the New Silk Road

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Eugene Sebastian, deputy pro vice-chancellor, business international, RMIT University, Australia and I recently published an article entitled "Knowledge helps power China along the new Silk Road" in The Australian. Here is the excerpt: Source: The Wall Street JournalThe Silk Road concept is not new. Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the idea in 2013 during a visit to Kazakhstan and Indonesia. What is new is the use of education as a tool to help drive China’s regional economic ambitions. China’s education strategy has three parts. First, Beijing has promised 10,000 new…
  • More preventive measures needed in India to stop high-stakes cheating, says Britt of Prometric

    6 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Admissions to higher education institutions of excellence in India is often reliant on high-stakes testing. At the top are some of the most competitive exams like Common Admissions Test (CAT) for Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Then there are many more exams for different professions and states. More recently, a scams in the state of Madhya Pradesh exposed system-level corruption with more than 2,000 students estimated to have cheated their way into coveted…
  • Ability to partner effectively is core to leadership in academia and enterpreneurial ventures, says David Finegold

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Dr. David Finegold, Chief Academic Officer, Quad LearningDr. Finegold is a leading expert on skill development systems and their application to economic performance in the global marketplace. In his last role, he served as Senior Vice President for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth at Rutgers University, spearheading efforts to build a workforce development system for New Jersey’s bioscience sector. He was also a professor at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California. David graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Social Studies from Harvard…
  • Economic climate and its impact on international mobility of Chinese students

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    My recent article "The end of the China growth story?" published in the University World News analyzes the trend with the global mobility of Chinese student in the context of economic uncertainties. Given below is the excerpt.Prior to the recession, a majority of Chinese students in the US were concentrated in graduate-level programmes. In 2006-2007, only 15% of a total of 67,723 students from China were enrolled in undergraduate programmes. By 2013-2014, undergraduates formed 40% of the 274,439 Chinese students, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors…
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    Intelligent Mag

  • Mega Bloks Thomas and Friends – Thomas Engine

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Enter the world of Thomas and Friends with this great buildable character from Mega Bloks! Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the most recognizable personalities in the world. Remake your favorite book and television adventures or create your own on the Island of Sodor with this buildable Thomas the Tank Engine toy! Ideal for children ages 3 and up. Features: Buildable Thomas the Tank Engine. Real-working wheels. Combine with Thomas’ friends Percy, Diesel and James to build, mix and match pieces to further build your Mega Bloks Thomas universe!
  • Playmobil Emergency Medical Helicopter Country Horse Care Station Redcoat Battle Ship Playset

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    Help is on the way| Fly this Medical ‘Copter to the accident scene and then over to the hospital. Open the two doors to let the medics out of the cockpit, turn the knob to control the propellers and sound, hoist the rescue gurney up and down from the helicopter to the ground. A landing pad is also included. Your little one will save the day. Keep your prize horses in tip-top shape with the Horse Care Station. Equipped with a functioning hose and grooming accessories, this set has everything kids need to keep their horses happy and healthy. Set also includes one figure, one horse, horse…
  • Disney Pixar Cars 2 Neon Racers Neon Nights Trackset

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    From the exciting new generation of night racing, comes this Neon Photo Finish Track set that guarantees ’round the clock racing thrills! Set includes 1:55 Lightning McQueen in his exclusive neon deco. A cool purple raised start ramp and track launches cars into action for side by side racing. They shoot down and must face and make a daring jump then try to beat their opponent to the finish. Once there, Tokyo’s Taia Decotura, the mobile billboard advertising truck, clearly proclaims the victor in a dynamic colorful display. Labels and nightglow stickers enhance the fun of 24 hour…
  • Mickey Mouse Club House Mickey’s Farm Playset

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    This Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends Barnyard Playset features Mickey and Minnie Mouse figures and animals with a fun rolly-polly action. Includes: farm playset, Mickey figure, Minnie figure, 3 animals & 2 farm accessories 13″H x 18″W x 4.8″D Ages 2 years & up Some assembly required
  • Chuggington Interactive Straight And Curved Track Pack

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Chuggington is a fun animated TV series for your preschooler. Learn all about trains as Chugginton the train and his friends ride the rails of life and experience fun new adventures. Enjoy action-packed train play with Chuggington Die-Cast! With its wide assortment of collectible characters and exciting play sets, your child can recreate favorite Chuggington episodes or imagine new adventures.
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    Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

  • News on Online Courses

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    The 37 best websites for learning a new skill Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics . . .         Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program In April, Arizona State University and edX announced a first-of-its-kind program that will have important repercussions for the future of higher education. The Global Freshman Academy will allow students to take their entire year of freshman courses online, and earn credit to…
  • Summer is a Great Time for Online Courses

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer vacation for high school is now on its last week. Before beginning their fall semester, it can be useful for students to explore online courses in subjects that interest them. One of the benefits of online courses is that they allow students to explore new subjects in a convenient and flexible manner. This can be helpful in preparing for an upcoming high school course, or re-familiarizing oneself with a course taken in the past. Sampling new course subjects can also be a good way for students to decide what classes or concentrations to take in high school. Along with in-class and…
  • ACT Study Resources

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    ACT Question of the Day Each day we post a new ACT Test practice question . . .       Preparing for the ACT A free student preparation booklet available from most high schools and colleges—includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt . . .             ACT Test App ACT Test includes training questions and flashcards. Practice them to improve your vocabulary . . .           Socrato is a website for scoring and performance reports for standardized admissions test preparation.
  • The Most Recent ACT Study Materials

    16 Aug 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Test Changes Unlike the SAT, which is undergoing a large-scale redesign that splits it into a current pre-2016 and new post-2016 form, changes to the ACT tend to occur on a smaller scale and in a more continuous manner. There have been a few changes made to the ACT in the past few  years, although most have been minimal. Study Resources The primary ACT study resource is the The Real ACT Prep Guide book series, because it is the only book that contains full-length real (previously-administered) tests. The contents of the most recent 3rd edition include 5 previously administered full tests,…
  • News on International SAT/ACT Tests

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    International Students and the SAT   Last year, students took SAT® Program tests in over 175 countries outside the U.S. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ are offered overseas six times a year: in October, November, December, January, May, and June . . .         ACT International Test Centers September 2015 – June 2016 (excluding the February test date) To see a country’s test centers, select from the list below. Not all centers are scheduled to test on every test date . . .       ACT International Programs ACT Education Solutions, Limited,…
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  • Booking The Best Bangkok Escort Service For The Most Sensuous Experience

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    Bangkok is one of the prime attraction for tourists worldwide who want to spend a memorable holiday with beautiful chicks in their arms. The exotic (and erotic) pleasures in this beautiful Asian city lure and tempt men from nuke and corner of the world. Exclusive Bangkok Escort services make sure that you have the best company to make your trip fruitful. They know that men are always men with a perpetual desire for sexual pleasure, thrill and adventure. Bangkok city has always attracted both businessmen and solo travelers from all over the world. It offers intoxicating as well as a jarring…
  • Amsterdam Massage Bangkok

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Location: Amsterdam Massage Complex is situated at the crossing point of Rama 9 and Asok Road. The closest MRT is Rama 9, from that point it’s only a few minutes walking. Take the way out Hotel Grand Mercure Fortune. The huge curved building in Baroque style has gigantic neon on the top of a Dutch windmill, its numerous windows are obscured to keep anybody from peeking in. The entrance is at the right and there’s generally a mamasan or papasan waiting outside. It once used to be an enormous parlour traversing two buildings, yet these days just the front building is being used by…
  • What SEO really means

    9 Mar 2014 | 10:12 pm
    When you hear the term SEO it often conjures up images of little white guys sitting in a cubicle figuring out code and stuff that you and I know absolutely nothing about. These little white guys make all the magic happen so that with really good Search Engine Optimization my website will rank to the front page of Google. How do we make it last? When one of my sites recently had Google take a dump on it the website when from number 3 to number 279 in the Google search results overnight. I couldn’t believe what was happening that was like $300 a month that I’ll now be losing and…
  • Top 10 Things to do in Bangkok

    10 Feb 2014 | 2:58 am
    The vibrant city of Bangkok is a great place to spend a little time and truly has something for everyone, from world famous temples and monuments to picturesque parks, fantastic shopping opportunities and some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants in the whole of Thailand. Here is a selection of some of the best things to see, do and experience while exploring the city. Bangkok also has an amazing number of restaurants that you will enjoy also. The Grand Palace This impressive palace was built in 1782 and is situated close to the Chao Phraya River. In addition to the Grand Palace itself,…
  • The Beginners Guide to the Laza Code

    30 Sep 2013 | 11:21 pm
    You’re not going to like what I have to say nor are you going to enjoy the way I tell it, however you are going to enjoy the irony and some of the crazy things I am thousands of other guys have done to change their life and live by the Laza Code. This is your chance to really understand how it is we are able to bank tonnes and tonnes of money by doing the most mundane tidiest work there is. Remember the smarter you are the more emphasis you put into being smarter instead of working smarter. The code is very complex but for beginners with have an easy code for you guys to work by:…
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    WBEZ - Education

  • Global Activism: GirlForward expanding help for refugees

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Blair Brettschneider, founder of GirlForward, returns for our Global Activism series.  GirlForward mentors refugee girls and provides “educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.”Since 2011, Brett has expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one Tanzanian girl, to scores around the world. Blair will talk about her latest group of refugee girls, especially her work with Syrian refugees. GirlFoward’s…
  • Chicago Board of Education passes budget, banks on imaginary money

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a multibillion dollar budget that relies on imaginary money on Wednesday.District officials admitted the $5.7 billion operating budget will need to be amended after the school year starts.“We recognize this is a budget that is far from ideal,” said Ginger Ostro, Chicago Public Schools Chief Financial Officer.The budget relies on almost $500 million from Springfield, even though the Illinois General Assembly hasn’t agreed to send the district any additional money. CPS leaders are in conversations with top state lawmakers.CPS…
  • Chicagoans sound off on school district budget at public hearings

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Parents, teachers, and activists gave Chicago Public Schools officials an earful last night over its proposed budget for next school year.The budget relies on a gamble that state lawmakers in Springfield will come through with almost $500 million in pension help. It also guts services from schools and programs that serve some of the district’s neediest students.The district’s plan to scale back special education did not sit well with parents who showed up to speak at a public hearing at Schurz High School. District officials are slashing special education, by about $30 million,…
  • CPS invites citizens to weigh in on district budget

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Chicago Public Schools held three public hearings Tuesday evening on its proposed budget for next school year.That budget relies on money that doesn’t yet exist and guts services from programs for some of the district’s neediest students.CPS CEO Forrest Claypool presented a budget last week that relies on state lawmakers to help fill a $480 million hole in the school system’s budget. This year’s $676 million pension payment eats up about 12 percent of the district’s operating budget. CPS officials plan to make a debt payment of $538 million and restructure the…
  • CPS releases budget, but is the money really there?

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    Chicago Public Schools is balancing a $6.4 billion budget for next school year on money it might not get.The budget, presented to the public at the last possible minute allowed by law, includes a $178 million capital budget to do only the most needed building repairs, $538.6 in debt payments, and a $5.7 billion operating budget. Added together, it’s about $400 million less than last year’s total budget.  CPS is on the hook to pay $676 million -- or 12 percent of its operating budget -- into the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool is counting on…
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    Knewton » Blog

  • Adaptive Learning and Game Content: Bridging Gaps to Engage Students

    Kyle Hausmann
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A Dual Challenge A child’s education is composed of many short, singular experiences, which can sometimes be hard to connect. This is a reality with which educators (and learners) are very familiar — there’s so much to cover, and only so much student attention to go around. A middle school science syllabus may call for only two to three lessons per week. Add in some homework assignments, and you’ve got just a few bursts of student focus over seven days. Here’s a visualization of a typical student’s work patterns — this student has science lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and…
  • Introducing Seven New Knerds

    Jessie Dann
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Introducing New Knerds by Jessie Dann Welcome to seven new Knerds!   Diane Clear, Brooklyn native and Davenport College alumni, joins Knewton as CEO Jose Ferreira’s executive assistant. Diane is a proud NY Foodie. Her favorite movies are sci-fi and horror, and she loves well-written classic sitcoms. Diane’s favorite time of day is sunset in the summertime.   Originally from Philadelphia, Data Analyst Robert Grande joins Knewton after a stint volunteering in Nepal. He enjoys playing the guitar, biking, cooking, traveling, and jiu jitsu. Robert’s favorite TV show is Game of…
  • It’s Not the Kids; It’s the System

    Jose Ferreira
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This post was written by Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO, and Meghan Daniels, senior editor  Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Until recently, the same could be said for the factory model of education. Imported from Europe and implemented at the urging of education reformer Horace Mann, the factory model puts kids into age-based classrooms and uses seat time to determine when they’re ready to move on to the next level. In many ways, it’s an awful system, rigid, arbitrary, and impersonal. But it’s also…
  • Introducing the Interns

    Jessie Dann
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to 10 new summer interns! Ben Plaut:  Ben, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science major and Pittsburgh native, joins the adaptive learning team. He loves eating sushi and his favorite book is Harry Potter. If deserted on an island, Ben would bring a bunch of rocks. Meet Somers, NY local, Jemmin Chang, who joins the platform team this summer. Jemmin studies computer science and linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. He loves eating homemade ice cream, listening to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, and traveling to new places. Daniel Chen joins the consumer…
  • Chipping Away at the Digital Divide

    Jose Ferreira
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    It’s been almost 20 years since the New York Times helped coin the phrase “digital divide” with a true tale of two elementary schools in San Jose located within a stone’s throw of Apple’s headquarters. The Harker School, an elite private academy, had state-of-the-art Power Macs and access to what was then known as the World Wide Web. Just a mile down the road, Anderson Elementary, one of California’s poorest schools, had outdated PCs that were barely a step up from typewriters. When that article was written in 1996, only nine percent of US classrooms were wired to the internet.
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    Robertson Reader

  • Medical Office Assistant Info Session - Calgary

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    If you have ever been to a doctor's office, medical clinic, chiropractor's office or a dental clinic, you would know first-hand how important the role of a Medical Office Assistant is!Not only do they perform critical administrative duties, they are also tasked with keeping medical records up to date, taking accurate medical transcriptions and helping patients with their inquiries.If you are interested in pursuing an administrative career within the health care sector, find out more about our Medical Office Assistant diploma program at our upcoming program information session!Date: Wednesday,…
  • Travel Industry Talk with Sunwing - Winnipeg

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    A travel industry presentation you won't want to miss!On Thursday, September 3rd, we will have Scott Reid, Business Development Manager for Signature Vacations, Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines joining us to talk about the different products and services the Sunwing Travel Group has to offer.Don't miss out on your chance to learn more about Sunwing, the industry-leading provider of package vacations from Canada!Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015Time: 10:00 - 11:00 amLocation: 265 Notre Dame Ave. (Please check in at front reception)RSVP: Seating is limited - RSVP on the website or call…
  • Interested in Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba?

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of a pharmacy - not only do they work with registered pharmacists to dispense, prepare and compound medications, they also work with other health care providers to ensure patients are receiving the medications and treatment they need.Did You Know?In Manitoba, Pharmacy Technicians are governed by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM).  There has been many changes and development in the field of Pharmacy within the past few years.  In January of 2014, the new Pharmaceutical Act came into effect. This new act affected Pharmacy Technicians…
  • Accounting & Payroll Administrator Info Session - Calgary

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    In today's demanding workplaces, you can increase your employability by having a solid foundation in both accounting and payroll principles.With the Accounting & Payroll Administrator diploma program from Robertson College, not only will you learn about corporate and financial accounting principles and bookkeeping procedures, you will gain the knowledge to earn your Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification through the Canadian Payroll Association.Find out more at our upcoming Program Information Session!Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pmLocation: 417 - 14th Street…
  • Let's Make a Difference! Robertson Food Drive for Calgary Food Bank

    7 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    As you may have seen on the Calgary news, our local Food Bank is in desperate need of donations.Robertson College Calgary would like to do its part by holding a Calgary Food Bank Food Drive.  From August 4th - September 4th, 2015, we will be collecting food donations at the campus!For every donation you make, you will receive 1 draw entry for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards to great restaurants! Just bring your donation to the 2nd floor reception - we will have drop boxes set up there.  The draw will be made on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 am.  Winners will be contacted by…
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    Udemy Blog

  • Git Tutorial: A Comprehensive Guide

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
      PREREQUISITES VERSION CONTROL Local Version Control Centralized Version Control Distributed Version Control So, what is Git? HISTORY OF GIT GETTING STARTED Download Git Graphical Clients Initial Customization Default Text Editor Check Settings Getting Help SETTING UP A GIT REPOSITORY Importing Cloning WORKFLOW Local Repository Structure Saving Changes The Lifecycle of File Status Check File Status Tracking and Staging A New File Committing A File Committing All Changes Pushing Changes Stashing Changes REMOTE REPOSITORIES Cloned Repositories Seeing Your Remote Adding Remotes Fetching…
  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    By Rafiq Elmansy for Udemy Interested in more than just a guide? Check out a full course. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CLICK TO JUMP TO A SPECIFIC SECTION 1.0 Welcome to Adobe Illustrator 1.1 Vector Graphics vs. Bitmap Graphics 1.1.1 Bitmap Graphics 1.1.2 Vector Graphics 1.2 Explore Illustrator Interface 1.3 Working with Workspaces 2.0 Exploring Illustrator Documents 2.1 Opening Documents 2.2 Creating New Documents 2.3 Working with Artboards 2.4 Rulers, Guides, and Grids 2.4.1 Rulers 2.4.2 Grids 2.4.3 Guides 2.5 Selecting and Arranging Artwork 3.0 Working with Paths 3.1 Modify Paths 3.2 Open Path…
  • WordPress Tutorial: A Guide to WordPress for Beginners

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    By Oliver Dale of WPLift and ThemeFurnace for Udemy Interested in more than just a guide? Check out a full course. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CLICK TO JUMP TO A SPECIFIC SECTION Introduction Difference between and ( Free Hosting ) ( Self-Hosting ) About Hosting for WordPress How to Install WordPress The WordPress Dashboard General Settings Permalinks Discussion Settings Author Profile Content Creation Difference between Pages and Posts Categories and Tags The Post Editor Media Library Publishing a Post Introduction to Themes Types of Themes…
  • Selenium Tutorial: Learn Selenium WebDriver

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
      By Alan Richardson for Udemy Interested in more than just a guide? Check out Alan’s full course. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CLICK TO JUMP TO A SPECIFIC SECTION Background What WebDriver ‘is’ What WebDriver ‘does’ Installing the Tools Installing Java JDK Installing Maven Installing IntelliJ Installing Firefox Installing WebDriver Create a New Project in IntelliJ Add dependencies to the Maven pom.xml file Our First WebDriver Test Create a Test Class Create a JUnit Test Method Let’s Open Firefox Code Explained Now let’s click on something WebDriver and…
  • Microsoft Access Tutorial for Beginners

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Erica Williamson for Udemy Interested in more than just a guide? Check out a full course. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CLICK TO JUMP TO A SPECIFIC SECTION Introduction How to Use This Guide Database Concepts A Note About Versions Access Terms and Definitions Building a Database From Scratch Table Design Table Relationships Form Design for Data Entry Queries for Data Analysis and Reporting Reports Working with an Existing Database External Data Best Practices Understanding and Using a Split Database Sharing with Other Users Backups Compact and Repair Microsoft Trust Center Next Steps INTRODUCTION…
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    Minglebox Education News

  • SVSU, Meerut Invites Applications for M.Phil/Ph.D Programs 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    Applications are invited by Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU), Meerut for admission to Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programs offered in various specializations for the year 2015. Eligibility Criteria for SVSU, Meerut: Candidates must have a minimum 55% of marks in the relevant subjects. For medical subjects a MD/MS/PG Diploma or M.Sc medical in relevant subject. How to Apply for SVSU, Meerut: Candidates can obtain the application form from the university or can download it from here. The applicants who..
  • MAT September 2015 registrants can download admit card from Aug 29

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Candidates who have registered for the Management Aptitude Test September 2015 (MAT September 2015) can now download their admit cards from the website. All provisionally registered candidates both for Paper Based and Computer Based Test can download their Admit Card from AIMA website on or after Saturday, August 29, 2015. To download the MAT September 2015 admit cards, please click here and enter the Name, Form Number and Date of Birth (any two fields). Specific Admit Card is generated both for the candidates opted for the Paper Based Test and for the Computer Based..
  • Amity University, Mumbai conducts its Annual Festival on Feb 27-28, along with the celebration of National Science Day on Feb 28

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    Amity University Mumbai conducted its maiden annual fest AMINOVA 2015 at its campus at Bhatan Village, Panvel . Over 400 students from 28 colleges from all over Mumbai participated in this festival. The festival also coincided with the celebration of National Science Day, on Feb 28, which marks the discovery of Raman Effect by the Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr CV Raman. Dr.S.S.Mantha, former Chairmen of All India Council for Technical Education and a leading Indian scientist of Robotics, associated with VJTI, Mumbai, was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr.Mantha emphasized on..
  • Interview with Prof. Ujjwal K. Chowdhury of Amity University, Mumbai

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Convergence in Media & Design Education is Key Aspect Ahead 1. You have a significant experience in setting up campuses for the Symbiosis group & running them successfully over the years. How do you foresee your current responsibilities at Amity to be different in comparison? Ans . Amity is India’s largest educational group and is creating its newest campus in Mumbai with a lush green 70 acres land at Panvel, and in the city which is virtually the capital of Indian media and entertainment which has a total size of 1.2 lacs crores revenue. Creating a media and design..
  • GMAC announces launch of the Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC™ Review 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:39 am
    The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) , owner and administrator of NMAT by GMAC ™  exam, today announced the launch of the Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC™ Review 2015. The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC™ Review 2015 is the only official guide for the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, providing all information about the examination format, structure, question types, official questions from previous years, as well as tips and strategies to approach and ace the examination. This guide has been developed to further help aspirants gain insight about the exam..
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    Robertson Reader

  • Medical Office Assistant Info Session - Calgary

    Robertson College
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    If you have ever been to a doctor's office, medical clinic, chiropractor's office or a dental clinic, you would know first-hand how important the role of a Medical Office Assistant is!Not only do they perform critical administrative duties, they are also tasked with keeping medical records up to date, taking accurate medical transcriptions and helping patients with their inquiries.If you are interested in pursuing an administrative career within the health care sector, find out more about our Medical Office Assistant diploma program at our upcoming program information session!Date: Wednesday,…
  • Travel Industry Talk with Sunwing - Winnipeg

    Robertson College
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    A travel industry presentation you won't want to miss!On Thursday, September 3rd, we will have Scott Reid, Business Development Manager for Signature Vacations, Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines joining us to talk about the different products and services the Sunwing Travel Group has to offer.Don't miss out on your chance to learn more about Sunwing, the industry-leading provider of package vacations from Canada!Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015Time: 10:00 - 11:00 amLocation: 265 Notre Dame Ave. (Please check in at front reception)RSVP: Seating is limited - RSVP on the website or call…
  • Interested in Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba?

    Robertson College
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of a pharmacy - not only do they work with registered pharmacists to dispense, prepare and compound medications, they also work with other health care providers to ensure patients are receiving the medications and treatment they need.Did You Know?In Manitoba, Pharmacy Technicians are governed by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM).  There has been many changes and development in the field of Pharmacy within the past few years.  In January of 2014, the new Pharmaceutical Act came into effect. This new act affected Pharmacy Technicians…
  • Accounting & Payroll Administrator Info Session - Calgary

    Robertson College
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    In today's demanding workplaces, you can increase your employability by having a solid foundation in both accounting and payroll principles.With the Accounting & Payroll Administrator diploma program from Robertson College, not only will you learn about corporate and financial accounting principles and bookkeeping procedures, you will gain the knowledge to earn your Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification through the Canadian Payroll Association.Find out more at our upcoming Program Information Session!Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pmLocation: 417 - 14th Street…
  • Let's Make a Difference! Robertson Food Drive for Calgary Food Bank

    Robertson College
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    As you may have seen on the Calgary news, our local Food Bank is in desperate need of donations.Robertson College Calgary would like to do its part by holding a Calgary Food Bank Food Drive.  From August 4th - September 4th, 2015, we will be collecting food donations at the campus!For every donation you make, you will receive 1 draw entry for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards to great restaurants! Just bring your donation to the 2nd floor reception - we will have drop boxes set up there.  The draw will be made on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 am.  Winners will be contacted by…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 32

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    All of the guests I’ve interviewed on my podcast thus far have been music therapists, but I didn’t think twice about making an exception for this particular episode. If you’re a music therapist, especially one who works with kids, then you know Janet Stephens — or at least her products. Janet is the creator of the famous stretchy band and many other movement props used in music therapy sessions, classrooms, and other settings all over the world. She also knows a thing or two about motherhood, considering she has 8 children. Janet talks about her path that led to having…
  • Apples & Bananas

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s no secret that most of the songs I use in music therapy sessions, groups and classes are originals that I’ve written myself. I’m a firm believer in tailoring materials to my individual clients and groups of students, which is much more easily done when I’m composing the lyrics and melodies. But there is certainly a place for familiar songs in those settings, especially where young children and their families are concerned. When I’m creating curricula for my early childhood classes, I always make sure to intersperse a few songs most people will know and be…
  • {Mama Moment} One More Week

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    The longest shortest time, indeed. When I think back to the end of May when Mia was born, it seems like just yesterday; this summer flew by in the blink of an eye. But some days felt absolutely interminable, especially at the beginning when I was just getting the hang of caring for a newborn and a toddler at the same time. But I knew from previous experience how precious and fleeting this time is, so I tried hard to soak it all up — I think I took more pictures in these last three months than I have my entire life. I’m already getting nostalgic about this summer, spent at home…
  • Before and After

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    When Katey and I first stepped into 1234 Centre West Drive, we knew we had found just what we were looking for. Yes, we were surrounded by a sea of purple, but we saw past the cosmetic misfortune because the bones of the building were good. Actually, they were great. Though the entire place required a fresh coat of paint and new carpet, we didn’t have to change any of the structural aspects in order to suit our needs. We had every room we were looking for and then some — not to mention that every room had a window! And having come from a previous space that had NONE, that was a…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 31

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I had a hard enough time returning to work after my maternity leave to work with children in my private practice, so I can only imagine just how difficult it was for Lauren Servos to not only return to work, but spend her days treating CRITICALLY ILL infants the same age as her daughter. During my interview with Lauren, I learned a lot not only about the role of a music therapist in the hospital setting, but also the self-care that is required of one who also has a family at home (not to mention a growing private practice!). Lauren talks about her experiences working in many different…
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  • 5 Quick Tips To Help Your Child With Homework

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Is it possible that as parents we may actually dread homework more than our kids? Well…don’t answer that out loud.We are here to help make this year different! Just focus on these 5 quick tips and you’ll see that you can do it (and so can your child)—without having to fall into a homework abyss.1. Be positive about homework2. Ha Read more...
  • Empty Nesting: The Process of Letting Them Go

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Rose CafassoA week from now, I will be an empty nester. Or should I say my husband and I will be empty nesting, for it’s a process, not an identity. It’s another phase of the journey we started when our children were little—slowly but surely letting them go.Though I hadn’t a clue at the time, I started this process on the fir Read more...
  • Five Home Routines for Kindergarten Success

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Kindergarten is a big step for your young child! Here are five easy ways to help her become better organized for a successful and smooth home-to-school transition.Create a school night bedtime routine. To the extent possible, stick to a bedtime hour and planned routine on every school night. For example: bath or shower, story, a drink of water, and in bed by 8 p.m. Read more...
  • Help Your School Win $10,000 From Frigo Cheese Heads

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Are you a parent who would like to help your child’s school? Maybe even help it win $10,000? Enter your school in the Frigo® Cheese Heads® Build a Bright Future Promotion, and you will have a chance to do just that.The promotion entry period runs now through Sept. 30, 2015. Frigo® Cheese Heads® will award three schools a $10,000 prize and anoth Read more...
  • Let Your Kids Try—Even if They Might Fail

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    Sometimes, your child might want to try out for a sport or take art lessons, even when you know she really doesn’t have the aptitude for it. It is tempting to discourage her from trying, because it is hard to watch your child try but not be successful. A friend of mine, who I taught many years ago, recently posted to Facebook a particularly thoughtful way to think about how to hand Read more...
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    PTO Today

  • PTO Communication: Get Great at Two Things

    17 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    PTOs that communicate well, even those that tend to overcommunicate, have far more success than those that do not.But one mistake I see groups making is trying to communicate on five different platforms, but doing none of them very effectively. For example, they have Facebook, Twitter, an app, a calendar tool, and of course email—but each of those is only ho-hum. My tip this week: Pick two communication tools and commit to making those two great. Make these your primary sources that you update regularly. I'd highly suggest that one of those still be email. Email is the universal "everyone…
  • Time To Say So Long for Now, Mother Funders

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    After weeks of melodrama, Mother Funders, Bravo TV’s reality show about a PTO, wrapped up its final episode last night with a muted good-bye.  In the end, the biggest worry that many folks had—that the show would paint hard-working parent groups in a bad light—didn’t seem to come true. As the show progressed through its eight-week run, it became so over-the-top that we have to believe most viewers understood it was entertainment and not at all the story of a real PTO. (Unless you know of PTO presidents who have not one but two makeup assistants on hand before a big fundraising…
  • Spread the Word: Parent Involvement Matters

    10 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Sometimes parent involvement can be a tough sell. Of course parents want to be involved, but they have so many other demands on their time. Here’s a way to help make parent involvement a top priority: Let parents know that getting involved is not just a nice thing to do, it’s also a smart thing to do. Research shows that children with involved parents tend to be more successful. Also, involved parents typically have more access to school information, making them better advocates for their children. So next time you ask parents to pitch in at an event, let them know it’s not about doing…
  • The One Thing You Have To Tell Parents

    10 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In these last few weeks of summer or first few weeks of school, your PTO or PTA is going to be tempted to share dozens of different messages with parents. In my experience, way too many of those early messages involve a big fundraiser or order deadlines or fundraiser prizes. If you want a great year, start by being really careful with your early messaging. Reduce or eliminate the fundraising pitches in those first weeks and instead focus in a big way on one of parents’ real biggest fears—the black hole of volunteering. It’s true—many parents have the impression that getting involved a…
  • PTO Leaders Share Ideas To Make Most of Meetings

    5 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    If you’re a PTO leader, then you’ve struggled at some point with meetings—both getting people there and making them useful and fun. It goes with the territory. Luckily, we have a great community of parent group leaders who joined us last night on Facebook to ask questions and share tips about meetings. Here’s a summary of the Live Q&A session, and you can also view the chat on our Facebook page.  Let’s start with the basics: How do PTOs and PTAs get parents to come to meetings?  Send out a survey at the beginning of the year asking parents what would get them to…
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    DPESP Mission Statement: To create an atmosphere of mistrust and tension.

  • The Lift Part 2

    17 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The Lift - Part 2Back in 2011 the Grounds Department rented a scissor liftThis summer at the Middle Schoolit was pointed out to Edith that at the very top of the gym on the air duct work it is excessively dusty.Each building has a one man lift, which doesn't get you all the way to top of the gym.  So it seems logical every so many years (7?) when the gym floor is to be sanded down in lue of just the normal finishing, that a decent lift should be rented as that sanding makes a royal mess.It was also pointed out that a number of the halogen lights were out in the Middle school gym. …
  • Difference Between a Boss and Leader

    4 Jun 2015 | 11:32 pm
  • 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…
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    Difference Between

  • Difference between Dayabhaga and Mitakshara in Hindu Law

    Shah S
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Introduction The term “Dayabhaga” is derived from a similarly named text written by Jimutavahana. The term-, “Mitakshara” is derived from the name of a commentary written by Vijnaneswara, on the... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Differene Between The Cold War And The Korean War

    Shah S
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Terminology “Cold War” refers to the tension existing between the United States of America and the Soviet Union on the aftermath of World War II, continuing up to the last decade of the 20th Century.... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Proxy war and cold war

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Cold War The term Cold War refers to the tense relationship between two countries or two power blocks where neither rival engages in direct war with the other. In such a situation each of the rivals... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Indian Kashmir And Pakistan Kashmir

    Shah S
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Introduction Pakistan Kashmir is the currently Pakistan occupied portion of Jammu & Kashmir, referred to by it as Azad Kashmir or AJK with its capital, Muzaffarabad. Indian Kashmir is the Indian... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
  • Difference Between Sebborhoeic dermatitis And Rosacea

    Sagarika Mukarjee
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Seborrhoeic dermatitis and Rosacea are both inflammatory disorders of the skin which causes redness, lesions and itching. Most of the times Seborrhoea dermatitis and Rosacea occur together. Apart... [[This is a summary only. Please visit for detailed view]]
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    Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

  • Arrêtons la guerre des maths!

    Stephanie Dodge
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Subtitle:  Une approche développementale de l’enseignement des mathématiques basée sur les faits. Les nombres jouent un rôle important dans notre vie de tous les jours. Du charpentier qui mesure la longueur du bois au médecin qui vérifie la courbe de la pression artérielle d’un patient, nous utilisons les nombres et faisons constamment des calculs pour guider nos actions et nos décisions. Authors:  Daniel Ansari Web exclusive? read more
  • Myths & Facts about ADHD in Children

    Stephanie Dodge
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Subtitle:  Implications for educators From time to time, all children are inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive. In fact, it is normal and expected at various developmental stages to exhibit more or less inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. At mild to moderate levels, these characteristics and behaviours tend to be transient and do not significantly interfere with normal functioning. However, when inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity become severe and persist across different settings, they can have detrimental effects on many aspects of a child’s functioning.
  • CEA Power Breakfast Series

    Stephanie Dodge
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Main image:  Intro:  If you do business in the education sector, or you’re an ‘edupreneur’, or a not-for-profit stakeholder, these networking breakfasts will kickstart meaningful conversations about how you can leverage opportunities within public education. If you do business in the education sector, or you’re an ‘edupreneur’, or a not-for-profit stakeholder, these networking breakfasts will kickstart meaningful conversations about how you can leverage opportunities within public education. TORONTO Thursday September 17, 20158:00am-10:00amOntario Heritage Centre (The…
  • Forum 2015 des DG francophones canadiens

    Stephanie Dodge
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Main image:  Intro:  L’association canadienne d’éducation (ACE) est fière de rassembler des personnes partageant la même vision pour discuter et pour tisser des liens permettant d’améliorer l’apprentissage. Nous reprenons cette année le Forum des DG de l’ACE. L’association canadienne d’éducation (ACE) est fière de rassembler des personnes partageant la même vision pour discuter et pour tisser des liens permettant d’améliorer l’apprentissage. Nous reprenons cette année le Forum des DG de l’ACE. Ce forum se tient depuis 1961 sous différent appellation et…
  • 51st CEOs’ Network Forum

    Stephanie Dodge
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Main image:  Intro:  CEA is re-introducing its CEOs’ Forum, which has brought together Superintendents and Directors of Education from across Canada to share insights on topics of particular interest to them since 1961. On behalf of CEA and event co-host Greg Chatlain, Director of Education, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, we invite you to participate in this year’s CEOs’ Forum, which will be taking place at the Elk Ridge Resort – Saskatchewan’s premier resort north of the prairie flatlands and deep in the heart of the boreal forest – from September 30th-October 2nd,…
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    OpenSesame blogs

  • Why Your Workplace Should Promote Health
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With hectic schedules and differing priorities, it can be difficult for employees to find the time to focus on their health. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management looked into some of the health risk factors affecting American employees. Among other factors, they found that 49% are physically inactive, 43% have high stress, and 76% do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Poor health not only spells trouble for the employee, but it can also negatively impact the workplace as a whole. Here are 3 leading reasons why your workplace should consider supporting wellness: Less…
  • 5 Simple Hacks to Staying On-Task All Day
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With constant bombardment from various distracting things like games, social networking, people, unhealthy food, and the internet,  it’s hard to focus on a project or assignment for a long period of time. Even without distractions, attention spans and focused powers can only last so long before wanting to do other tasks. Due to this, some individuals think they are only able to focus by drinking coffee and energy drinks, or by ingesting supplements full of harmful chemicals. Fortunately, you can stay on-task all day using easy and natural methods. Drop the drinks and pills: here are the 5…
  • 3 Ways to be Powerfully Punctual
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You walk into a meeting only to be immediately received by a pack of angered faces. You look at the time, you’re a minute late. What’s the big deal? You ask yourself. It’s only sixty seconds. This is the type of mindset that puts many employees in a bad place. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if you’re a minute late or twenty minutes late. Late is late, and being late tells a lot about your character. There are a few ways that can easily change your habitual lateness, and if followed, can create a huge impact on your career and life. Convince Yourself of Your Punctuality…
  • 5 Tips to Remember for Cell Phone Courtesy
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Cell phones are one of the greatest advancements in communication technology. In the past five years, cell phone usage has increased exponentially, even replacing landlines in many homes and businesses. According to an April 2015 report released by the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans now own a smartphone, up from only 35% in April 2011. Cell phones have become so enmeshed in our daily lives, it can be easy to forget that cell phone etiquette still matters--especially in the workplace.  1. Know when to put your phone away The convenience and ease of cell phone communication can…
  • How To Ace The Informational Interview
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Interviewing is no longer just for active job-seekers. While scouring the job market for a future full-time position, people often forget the value of the informational interview, especially for someone undecided about a field or unconfident about their resume. Though the informational interview won’t directly land a job, it certainly will help advance any job seeker’s search. What’s the difference between an informational interview and a traditional job interview? In the case of an informational interview, there’s typically no job opening. Rather, the goal is to build knowledge, get…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Printable Birthday Poster: Celebrate in Spanish

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Quest Stories makes beautiful personalized books to celebrate a child’s birthday. They are working on a Spanish edition of the book now. In the meantime, if you have a little Spanish speaker who will be celebrating a birthday, use Quest Stories free printable birthday poster to encourage lots of language. This is such a great idea for getting more Spanish into a birthday celebration! The printable birthday poster has lots of fun characters with conversation bubbles. Friends and family can write in typical birthday wishes in Spanish: feliz cumpleaños, feliz día, felicidades. Using the…
  • Learn Spanish with Pictures – A Thirsty Dog

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Use this photograph of a dog drinking water to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that follow, like all the Learn Spanish with Pictures activities, are ordered to help children master the vocabulary and gain confidence with the language. Start with Describe the photo (1) and be sure to point to the objects in the picture as you talk about them. Use gestures, facial expressions and actions to help your child understand what the words mean. When your child understands the key words, ask questions from Choose the answer (2) and Pointing and counting (3). Ask the questions in Yes and No…
  • Spanish Picture Books for Language and Content: Languages4Kidz

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    When I was teaching my kids Spanish as they were growing up, I searched constantly for quality books. We spent our summers in Mexico and each year I came home with suitcases full of books. There are more books available in the United States now, but I still get excited when I discover excellent Spanish picture books, like the ones published by Languages4Kidz. Their books are available on the Languages4Kidz website and from Amazon. Content-rich Spanish Picture Books Languages4Kidz publishes many content-rich Spanish picture books written by Graciela Castellanos. One of best ways to teach…
  • Spanish Reading Comprehension through Math

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Math problems are excellent reading comprehension practice. Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) are engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and basic math skills from the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain. These Spanish reading activities are presented in a context that continually reinforces meaning include graphics to give visual support to the words include printable follow-up activities Online Spanish Reading and Math Use this link to reach the online Spanish reading activities: Proble+ – Lectura comprensiva de problemas de matemáticas The…
  • Spanish Game for Kids: Encuentra los animales

    19 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    With my own kids growing up, I always wanted them to speak as much Spanish as possible. I looked for flexible, fun ways to keep them talking. With my students, I also want them to talk, talk talk! It is important to develop their confidence speaking Spanish from the beginning. This Spanish game for kids is one of my favorite speaking activities. Games can be wonderful learning activities. They teach a variety of reasoning skills and can also be excellent language practice. This printable Spanish game for kids is called Encuentra los animales. It adds context to the classic game Go Fish, so…
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  • Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

    Catlin Tucker
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    For the last two years, I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the traditional approach to assessing students and reporting grades. I want my students to value learning, not the accumulation of points. Unfortunately, I feel like school is akin to a Pacman game where students are myopically focused on gobbling up points and, as a result, miss the point of learning entirely. Redesigning My Gradebook This year I decided to overhaul my gradebook and assess students based on their mastery of particular skills, also referred to as standards-based grading. Instead of organizing my gradebook…
  • Don’t Waste the First Day of School

    Catlin Tucker
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The first day of school is an opportunity. It’s a chance to let students know what they can expect from you and your class. Will the class be teacher centered or student centered? Will they work in isolation or in collaborative groups? Will they be challenged or not? Unfortunately, many teachers spend the first day of school reading their syllabus to their students and explaining all of the classroom norms and rules. It isn’t that I think this information is unimportant, but the reality is that most students are so inundated with information on the first day of school they…
  • Ed Talk: Connect to an Authentic Audience

    Catlin Tucker
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of delivering an Ed Talk at the California Teacher’s Summit. My talk was focused on the importance of helping students find their voices and connect with an authentic audience. The California Teachers’ Summit was for teachers by teachers. As I wandered around checking out the teacher led sessions, I was struck by how powerful professional development can be when it is led by teachers. I’d love to see more events that allow teachers the time and space to share best practices! Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology …
  • Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

    Catlin Tucker
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In my last post titled “Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. This week I was presenting on technology infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and wanted to share them. They can be used in combination with the Station Rotation Model to help differentiate reading practice for younger students. This is what a reading practice could look like in a station rotation model. This strategy uses technology in two…
  • Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

    Catlin Tucker
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Whenever I’m asked the question, “How do we fix education?” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. I passionately believe the most effective learning communities are those that allow teachers to spend more time working individually or in small groups with their students to customize and personalize instruction. Smaller learning communities also provide students with more opportunities to work collaboratively and engage in a variety of activities that appeal to different learning modalities…
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    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
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  • English as a Second Language Program expands its horizons

    YOURblog admin - Shanan Sorochynski
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Karlie Butler delivering a workshop at Universidad Panamericana about the English as a Second Language program. Photo: UR International   Submitted by: Arturo Segura International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International Karlie Butler, an instructor with the University of Regina English as a Second Language (ESL) program, delivered a set of seminars on second language acquisition in Mexico City on February 16 & 17, 2015 at our partner university, Universidad Panamericana. The Universidad Panamericana and University of Regina have a long-standing academic relationship…
  • Montreal Massacre remembered

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

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

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

  • MSU Fight Song: MAET style

    Punya Mishra
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The summer of 2015, there were 133 students and instructors in the hybrid and overseas components of the MAET program. These people were spread out across three locations: East Lansing, MI (with 2 cohorts, Yr1 and 2 of MAET); Chicago, IL (with 2 cohorts of the MSUrbanSTEM program) and  Galway, Ireland (with 3 cohorts, Yr1, 2 & 3). 2015 also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the MSU Fight Song. It should come as no surprise that something interesting was going to emerge from this confluence of events and people. So here it is. The MSU Fight Song: MAET style. 133 creators, and one…
  • Ed Psych in a digitally networked world: APA handbook chapter

    Punya Mishra
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Figure/Ground ambigram for Educational Psychology by Punya Mishra It has been a while coming, but finally the 3rd Edition of the Handbook of Educational Psychology is finally here. We have a chapter in it about the manner in which digital and networking technologies are changing the work that educational psychologists do. Reference and link below. Enjoy. Mishra, P., Koehler, M. J., & Greenhow, C. (2015). The work of educational psychologists in a digitally networked world. In L. Corno & E. M. Anderman (Eds.) Handbook of Educational Psychology (3rd edition). (pp. 29-40). New York:…
  • Synthesis: A creative cognitive tool (2 articles)

    Punya Mishra
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Over the past couple of years my research team (the Deep-Play Research group) and I have been writing an on-going series of articles  about rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century. Published in the journal TechTrends, these articles have been great fun to write, providing us the freedom to think deeply about these issues and, most importantly, put our ideas in words, and share them with the wider world. The last few have focused on transdisciplinary habits of mind that are essential for creativity. Our previous articles have looked…
  • Paradoxes & Ambigrams: Article 2 of 2

    Punya Mishra
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:56 pm
    A few months ago I had posted about publication of the first of two articles on mathematics, visual wordplay and paradoxes. The second article (part of our series on Art and Math co-authored with my friend Gaurav Bhatnagar and published by At Right Angles) is now available. You can download all of the articles in the series Of Art & Math by following the links below Introducing Ambigrams: Blog post | Direct link to PDF Symmetry: Blog post | direct link to PDF Self-Similarity: Direct link to PDF Paradoxes (Part 1): Direct to link to PDF Paradoxes (Part 2): Direct link to PDF…
  • Creativity, Digitality, and Teacher Professional Development

    Punya Mishra
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    It has been almost 5 years since my research interests shifted formally to issues related to creativity, technology and teacher education. This line of work (though less influential than my TPACK related work) has led to multiple journal articles and research studies. It is influenced the classes I teach and in turn my pedagogical experiences have influenced my thinking and writing. Recently Maggie Niess and Henry Gillow-Wiles provided us (my research team The Deep-Play Research group) an opportunity to look back on this line of work and write it up for the Handbook of Research on Teacher…
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    Moodle News

  • Back to School Reminder: How to reset a Moodle Course

    Stephen Ladek
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    When it is finally that time again for classes to start filling up, we thought it would be a good idea to help you prepare by providing a refresher on how to reset a Moodle class to its defaults...
  • GIFs of the Moodle Recycle Bin in Action

    Joseph Thibault
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Couldn’t help but play with the Recycle Bin which we posted about yesterday and show just how simple and handy this tool can be with a simple core hack (note that there is some discussion in...
  • Michelle Moore’s “Use Your Noodle: Blending with Moodle” presentation

    Stephen Ladek
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Longtime and well respected Moodle Evangelist, Michelle More, recently published a presentation on SlideShare on “Blended Learning.” The presentation provides specific guidance and...
  • Moodlewish come true: The Recycle Bin for Moodle

    Joseph Thibault
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Way back when we were wishing for a way to undo deleting a resource in Moodle. This wish has now been granted thanks to Skylar Kelty who has released the local addon for Moodle. When installed, the...
  • Instructure LMS readies for IPO aimed at Half Billion+ Valuation

    Joseph Thibault
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Instructure, the company behind open source LMS Canvas, is a fast growing company in Utah which has not-so-quietly scooped up high-profile colleges and universities in the US is readying for an...
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    Education News » Daily

  • State removes 15 years of test results before releasing new scores

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    By John Fensterwald – The state Department of Education reconsidered its action and began restoring past testing data on Friday. Go here for details and a statement from Bill Ainsworth, director of communications. California Department of Education officials have repeatedly cautioned against comparing students’ scores on past state standardized tests with forthcoming results on tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The academic standards have changed and the tests are different, making comparisons inaccurate, they and others have warned. Earlier this month, as the department…
  • The Economic Cost of Truancy

    The Atlantic
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    “Today’s students will be tomorrow’s workers.” Emily DeRuy – It doesn’t matter how good a school is if students don’t show up to class. In 2012, about 7.5 million students were chronically absent from schools nationwide. According to a report from the Center for American Progress, truancy, defined as unexcused absence from school, is a growing problem. The consequences of truancy aren’t limited to a few missed lessons, either—there is a litany of long-term side effects that affect not just the children, but also their communities and the nation’s economic health as a…
  • Can Bush and Kasich win over Republicans while supporting Common Core?

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — “No Common Core! No Common Core!” The call from a couple of Tea Partiers rang out as Jeb Bush wrapped up a speech this month to the Americans for Prosperity convention in Columbus. At a John Kasich press conference in February, the anti-Common Core critique was more direct: “Why are candidates like you and Jeb Bush running away from the Common Core, your past support of the Common Core standards?” a South Carolina voter asked him. Billionaire Donald Trump, who leads GOP presidential polls, last month called Bush’s support for the educational standards…
  • Culture Is in the Grits

    Intercollegiate Review
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By John Horvat II – Your college experience may be characterized by the desire to look beyond your origins and explore the world with grand adventures. There is certainly nothing wrong in venturing out and embracing what the world has to offer. There is a temptation to be avoided, however: to think you acquire “culture” or sophistication by simply experiencing a vast array of choices that includes exotic places, natural foods, and the latest fads. “Modern culture is defined by this extraordinary freedom to ransack the world storehouse and to engorge any and every style it…
  • Educators, officials rush to fix the Exit Exam fiasco

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    By Jill Tucker – California legislators, university officials and local school boards this week are working to straighten out the state’s Exit Exam fiasco, a mess that has left thousands of students in academic limbo, unable to pass a required test the state doesn’t offer anymore. Urgent legislation is cooking in Sacramento, Oakland is looking to hand out diplomas without the state’s blessing and on Tuesday, the California State University system decided to waive the high school graduation requirement for the incoming freshman class. At the urging of the governor, CSU officials…
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  • Being Open to Good Intentions at the Start of a New School Year

    NEA Healthy Futures
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Somehow the precious weeks of summer have quickly gone by and it is almost time for school to start again. The great thing about being an educator in a school setting is that each year you take a break for an extended period of time and then you start fresh again in the fall. Unlike other careers, you get to take time, six to eight weeks, to think about what you liked about the previous year and what you want to do differently in the upcoming school year. Each year I like to find something I could do better. If I expect students to be life-long learners then I, too, need to be one. I recently…
  • Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

    The American Federation of Teachers
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing teachers posting pictures of their classrooms on Facebook, saying, “My classroom’s ready!” That takes me right back to my childhood, helping my mom prepare her classroom for the students in the waning days of August. My mom taught second and third grade at Valley Cottage Elementary School. And I remember her ritual of using the days before Labor Day to ready her classroom for her students. Of course, preparing the classroom — even back then — meant spending…
  • Get It Right Podcasts: Aaron Thiell & Melissa Fraley

    Get It Right
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    Aaron Thiell, principal of Latham Ridge Elementary School in Latham, New York, answers questions from Melissa Fraley, a parent and PTA member at the school, about how teachers and school leaders have worked together to implement the Common Core State Standards at Latham Ridge Elementary. Download as MP3
  • Five "Wants" for the New School Year

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kevin Scott, Director of Member Engagement, ASCD Last month, I wrote about the possibility of the final weeks of school being a spring board for the rest of the school year. I basically asked this question: “What if the bulk of the school year had the energy and excitement for students that we (parents and teachers) see once the state tests are over?” As the final weeks of summer wind down, I’m already thinking about what I, as a parent, want the 2015–16 school year to look like for my sons. And since everyone seems to be interested in lists, I created a list of my top five…
  • Follow the Data to Frame New Questions

    Phi Delta Kappa International
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    By Joshua P. Starr, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools marks a shift in both the poll and PDK International. As I assume leadership of the organization, I will build on PDK’s legacy while embracing opportunities to keep the organization at the center of the dialogue about how to ensure that every child in every classroom in America has in front of her or him the most qualified and professional teachers. Realizing this goal requires comprehensive analysis, honest debate, and a willingness to look at…
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    My College Guide

  • College Scholarships Ending in September 2015

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Apply for College Scholarships It’s never too early to apply for college scholarships. Start looking for scholarships this fall—even if you’re only a sophomore or junior in high school. Check out these seven scholarships with awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 to get started. Be sure to carefully read the application instructions for each scholarship opportunity, and then follow those instructions to submit your scholarship application. College scholarships with deadlines in September 2015: Charles Moo Scholarship: Students of Asian descent may be eligible for this $500 scholarship.
  • 9 Essentials and Ideas Under $50 for Your College Dorm Room

    11 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Essentials and Ideas for Your Dorm Room Going to college not only means preparing academically, but also preparing your living space. Many bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as online retailers, offer items to make your dorm room your home for the school year. Here are nine ideas for awesome essentials and other items you may want for your dorm room. Under $50 Remote control tower fan: If your dorm room doesn’t have air conditioning, a fan is a must-have. Consider this remote control tower fan—it has a slim design (good for tight spaces), is 32-inches tall, has three speed settings,…
  • 9 College Scholarships for Young Women

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    Scholarships for Young Women Finding and applying to college scholarships may sometimes seem like it’s a part-time job, but the rewards can be great if you receive a scholarship award. There’s really scholarships out there for everyone—from redheads to tall students to students seeking to study a particular college major. In this post, we’ll focus on nine scholarships for young women. Keep in mind that scholarship deadlines vary, so if you’ve missed the deadline for this year’s scholarship, be sure to check back and apply for the scholarship next year. The Asian Women in Business…
  • College Major of the Month: Fashion Design

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    College Major of the Month: Fashion Design So you think you have what it takes to be a fashion designer? In this month’s College Major of the Month, we’ll explore the fashion design major, which can lead to careers as a fashion designer or in product development for clothing companies, department stores and more. What do fashion design majors study? Students in fashion design programs typically study art and design, art history, fashion trends, textiles, sourcing materials, consumer behavior and more. Students gain skills in drawing, computer aided design, patternmaking and apparel…
  • College Scholarships Ending in July 2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Apply for College Scholarships Get ready to write! Most of the scholarships with deadlines in July require you to write an essay. As you write your essay, be creative and be sure to explain your thoughts and ideas thoroughly. Also, remember to check each scholarship’s criteria for essay word limits so you don’t write a too long or too short essay. Here are few highlights of college scholarships with deadlines in July: Spokeo Connections Scholarship: Win a $1,000 scholarship by writing an essay on one of three topics related to social networking or “Big Data.” Applicants may be high…
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  • Evaluating educators more fairly

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    This was a letter I wrote to the editor in a local newspaper that was posted.  I believe it strikes a chord locally and hope all school administrators, school board members and parents read. ty Each and every time I hear that teaching excellence is being based on end-of-year test scores, it makes me ill. These scores have very little to do with teaching excellence, yet every year it is the same thing: Someone is a great teacher because 90 percent of their students passed; someone is a poor teacher because only 60 percent of their children passed. One would be hard pressed to find even a few…
  • Saving money shopping

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Since my wife is a teacher and she on spring break, I thought it would be a good time to inspect the car she drives. It’s an older model Honda CRV, we like it, and good car maintenance is important. I have my step dad mechanic to drive it and he gives me some good advice. Next day I go to the side of the road tire guy I have gone to for years. This time, he advises me that I need two rear tires. Then strangely he convinces me to buy two used tires costing $30.00 because it was a deal and he is a good guy. Cool. Next order of business. Stepdad has recommended new shocks and struts. When…
  • Going to the doctor

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    So I escorted my wonderful wife to an arthritis specialist Monday morning. The wait for the appointment was four months. We arrived promptly to find a waiting room absolutely packed with people wearing coats. Our appointment was for 10 AM. She was called at 11:30 to pay in advance, then a few minutes later was called to the examination area. Making clients who all have appointments wait for extended periods of time in a inadequately heated waiting area is extraordinarily offensive. Not only do I find the scenario extremely vulgar, it shows absolute disdain for the clients who pay the…
  • The Case for Changing the Educational Hierarchy. 8d Teachers

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

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

    LZX Team
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Straight from the USDA… USDA Awards Grants for New School Food Service Equipment to Help Schools Dish Up Healthy Meals WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains,…
  • K-12 Classroom Projects Funded

    LZX Team
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:06 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… K-12 Classroom Projects Funded Kids in Need Foundation The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Kids in Need Teacher Grants help pre-K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Funded projects should make creative…
  • Stirring up MyPLate to a melting pot of flavors and cultures

    LZX Team
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Recently Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services wrote a blog post for the USDA on MyPLate meals with cultural flavor… The things that make our country so great and special can be found in the diversity of the people, their ideas, and their culture. One of the ways culture is expressed is through the foods we eat. Our nation’s school meals should be no exception. More than 30 million children receive at least one nutritious meal every school day through the USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. My commitment is to make sure…
  • Farm to Preschool Helps Healthy Habits Take Root Early

    LZX Team
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Great to see the research from the USDA “May I have more kale chips, please?” asked a four-year old preschooler during one of my first site visits as farm to school lead for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Western Region. The preschoolers I was visiting grew and harvested the kale themselves a few feet beyond their classroom door and were enjoying the crisp treat as a snack. At the time, the USDA Farm to School Program was just beginning to expand their support to K-12 schools. Since then, I have worked with school districts in bringing the farm to their cafeterias and classrooms. Our…
  • Support for K-12 Enhancement Projects

    LZX Team
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Support for K-12 Enhancement Projects Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or cleanup projects. The…
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  • Essays are not a writing test. They’re a thinking test.

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    Here’s our wrap-up post for WRITING WEEK – which is actually not about writing. If you’re just joining us, the first of the series from Monday is here. So much can be learned from an essay. You may think it’s just a mechanical exercise that you have to get through, but honestly, an astute reader can glean so much about you from reading a simple essay. Not only does presentation and professionalism matter, but what you say – and what you DON’T say – matter just as much. What might matter most of all is how you organize your thoughts and express your…
  • ($) Timewarps.

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
    Continuing with WRITING WEEK, today we’ll talk about flip-flopping (not the kind that politicians do; this is the kind that some of you do, in your essays, a lot). Here’s a comment we left on a BSer’s main Duke essay some time back: Again, why are you telling us this here? Either group all of… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • Hyphenating words does not reduce your word count.

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    We actually had a Brave Supplicant do this last year – and we were impressed with the creativity. We had read through several drafts of essays from this person and we kept commenting on the grammar errors around hyphenated words. We saw a bunch of instances like “team-dynamics” and “five-years” and “live-training” — phrases that might be hyphenated if they’re used as adjectives, but used as nouns, nope. We finally told them that we weren’t going to point out the individual errors anymore, but that the draft had a high incidence of…
  • ($) WRITING WEEK! Day 2: Reduce the Fluff Factor

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    It’s Day 2 of WRITING WEEK on the EssaySnark blahg! In case you missed our starting post: Don’t cheat your reader. Today we’ll talk about combining essay-writing strategy and tactics. When you have hardly any space in a bschool essay, you need to make every word count. Seems obvious, right? If it were, then we… While much of the blahg is available completely for free, the content here is for full blahg access members only. Please visit the site and log in/purchase a membership to read the rest of this article.
  • WRITING WEEK! Day 1: Don’t cheat your reader out of a proper.

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    You should be writing essays! To support you in that, this week we’re dedicating the blahg to posts about writing. This will be a fairly random assortment of tips and tricks for putting together a strong MBA application essay. We’ll start at the end. Essays have three parts: Intro, body, conclusion. It’s like a dog: Head, body, tail. All dogs have all those things. Even the dogs with little nubs of a tail where when they shake their tail they’re actually shaking their whole butt and wiggling a lot because they only have a nub of a tail because it got docked or…
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    Miguel Ángel Escotet » Scholarly Blog

  • Learning Forever: Deconstructing Current Education

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    One of the problems facing education today is its failure to adapt to the advances in science and technology. Educational institutions and their teaching systems lag far behind when it comes to adapting to new forms of knowledge and learning. While the education system shapes some of the components of society, it is also conditioned by society, and has therefore to adapt to society’s many and increasingly varied changes. The requirements of changing ways of thought, scientific discoveries, new technologies, the steady turnover of the school population and the emergence of parallel…
  • Education for the Greater Good

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Lack of social ethics is one of the causes of violence and it is at the root of our present social and economic crises We live in a world in turmoil, a world of collapsing ideas, unfulfilled promises, and crashed ideologies and we experience the forces of change invading our classrooms every day, and at the same time, the voices of the discontents demanding radical reform of public education at all levels, including higher education. The world is threatened not only by a severe economic crisis, but also by natural and man-made disasters, from oil spills to radioactive leaks. There is also an…
  • Is Higher Education Centered on the Student or the Faculty?

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    FROM ACADEMIC ETHOS TO ADMINISTRATIVE ETHOS The academic ethos of universities has changed very little since the Middle Ages until the present. However, there is a significant difference between the origin of universities as social institutions and contemporary universities. At first, their structure was more informal and, contrary to what one might think, more flexible. It was students who sought out professors on the basis of their epistemological and deontological authority. The university structure was built upon the studium generale or particulare, which was governed or run by a…
  • 21 Variables That Students Do Not Systematically Learn At The School

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    18 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Development of thought and ethical behavior. Full and responsible exercise of human rights. Democratic cooperative behavior. Simultaneous exercise of rights and obligations for the practice of freedom. Multicultural, intercultural and international understanding. Development of aesthetic sensitivity. Critical sense and spirit of dialogue with full respect for the ideas of others. Flexibility and tolerance. Development of self-criticism. Ability to listen. Fostering sharing attitudes. Capacity to compete with oneself and not with others. To permanently strive to be free from mental and social…
  • Purpose of Cross-Cultural Research in Psychology

    Miguel Angel Escotet
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    The main purpose of cross-cultural research in psychology and education is the elaboration of general and specific objectives to the cultures involved without distorting an articulate common goal. Generalizations, very common in social disciplines, must be supported empirically to satisfy the external validity of the conclusion. The advantage of the cross-cultural approach as compared with the single cultural research approach is that the possibilities for misinterpretation are less with the former. An intensive study of a single nation or culture provides rich insight into the society or…
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    Math Tutoring Online - One-on-one Math Tutor - Rebecca Zook

  • How to learn math when you’re in the car

    Rebecca Zook
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    Do you find that your son or daughter is rocking out with their math facts and formulas – and then at the end of the summer, it’s like they’ve never heard of the nines times table? Or are you worried that your kid’s been trying to learn their math facts all year long, and it’s just not clicking? A great way to learn or review math facts and formulas over the summer is to use math songs! No worksheets. No flash cards. No silence. What?? Yes. I do this myself frequently with my students to help them memorize and recall essential material easily, while having fun.
  • How to use the summer to catch up in math or get ahead – without burning out or going crazy (part 2)

    Rebecca Zook
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Are you excited about using the summer vacation as an awesome opportunity to do some serious math review or really get ahead? But does it feel kind of crazy overwhelming scary to do all that math without any structure – and to do it all alone? In my last article, I talked about three simple ways to really learn a lot of math over the summer – starting with clarifying your goal, getting materials that you really enjoy working with, and being sure to get feedback as you go. In this article, I’m going to share three more special tips that I use with my own clients over the summer so…
  • How to use the summer to catch up or get ahead in math – without burning out or going crazy (part 1)

    Rebecca Zook
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Math in the summer can be an exciting, refreshing adventure… complete with exciting hair adornments! #gideonputnam #saratogaspringsstatepark #yesimadethatfascinatormyself When I was growing up, I did something pretty crazy one summer. I knew if I took Functions (also known as Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry, depending on your school curriculum), it would be with the math teacher I had for algebra 1, who was so confusing to me that I cried myself to sleep over my math homework many, many times the year I took his class. I was so determined not to repeat that experience of working with that…
  • Want to meet at the NCGS conference?

    Rebecca Zook
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Practicing a full butterfly regalia hair-do in preparation for my presentation #bathroomselfie #thisishowweroll #powerhair Hey there! If you’re planning to be at the National Coalition of Girls Schools Conference this June in Richmond… I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be giving a talk at the conference: “Secrets of the Math Mastery Mindset: How to help girls who are failing, freaking out, or secretly crying themselves to sleep about math to rise to the top of the class and transform their relationship with math forever” Wed, June 24, 2015 11.15 am or 11.45…
  • “Now I feel connected to math” [video interview with my student Jessica]

    Rebecca Zook
    12 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    I don’t normally post testimonials here on my blog – they have their own beautiful area over on my testimonials page – but I am just so excited to share this new video interview with my student, Jessica! In the video, Jessica talks with me about what math was like before we started working together on Algebra 2 and pre-calculus – how she was really upset, didn’t like learning math, and how it was really, really bad. And she also spoke from the heart about how now she feels inspired, connected, and genuinely LIKES math!! Jessica is one of my favorite students of…
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  • MindShare Learning Moment with Larry Hope, Director of Education & Katherine MacIver, Superintendent at Trillium Lakelands DSB

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Trillium Lakelands District School Board Quick Facts: Location: Municipalities of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and the District Municipality of Muskoka Formed: 1998 Chair of the Board: Louise Clodd Area of coverage: 11,500 square kilometres Student Population: 16,000 Larry Hope, Director of Education at Trillium Lakelands DSB Katherine MacIver, Superintendent at Trillium Lakelands DSB                    
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    19 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech industry consulting firm. We counsel education and industry leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century knowledge-based global economy.
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    EduTek n Social Media Advisor

  • Emerald Who’s Who in Asia

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    I am glad to inform you all that my profile has been selected for inclusion in the print version of forthcoming reference work ‘Emerald Who’s Who in Asia’ by Rifacimento International, Publishers of Specialised Reference Books. To know more about it, click here.
  • How about Introducing Nano Learning to Improve Corporate Performance?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We are familiar with macro and micro learning. Macro learning is associated with large content for large No. of people for long time where as micro learning / teaching is to do with small content for small No. of people for short duration of time. How do you define nano learning / teaching then? I shall define it as ultra small content catering to one learning objective meant for individuals (or very small group of not more than 4) lasting less than or equal to 9 min. duration. It would definitely be part of micro teaching / learning which in turn would be part of macro teaching /learning and…
  • My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    My latest updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by clicking the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing SMM Consultant
  • Corporate Learning Week

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Corporate Sector's #1 event for L& D Leaders will be held from Nov. 9th-12th 2015 at Dallas, Texas. For details visit  
  • Asia - Men & Women of Achievement

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I am glad to inform that my profile has been selected for inclusion in ASIA MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (VOL. VIII) by REGUERDON INC. 1369 Kashmere Gate, Delhi 110006, India
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    Dr Robert Muller - Tutoring to Excellence in Education

  • The Battle to Save New Orleans’ Schools: One of America’s Most Audacious Education Experiments is Under Way in the Crescent City - and the Outcome Could Transform How we Teach

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    (Photo: Pableaux Johnson)by Katy Reckdahl, Take Part:  Katy Reckdahl is a New Orleans-based writer. Her work has appeared in The New Orleans Advocate, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, and other news organizations. NEW ORLEANS - In early August, Krista Brown hosted a community event at her school, Arise Academy, which is at the edge of a largely black working-class section of the city’s Ninth Ward neighborhood.  The school’s technology teacher worked the DJ booth and played songs like…
  • How to Construct a DIY Scholarly Career

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    University House at the University of Auckland (Wikipedia) by Thesis Whisperer: Can you still be a scholar without an academic post? Increasingly, people are making this seeming contradiction work for them - in diverse and creative ways. This post is by Aleisha Ward, who was one of the first graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at the University of Auckland (2003).  She holds a MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University (2006) and a PhD in Music from the University…
  • Sydney University Denies Allegations Hundreds of Foreign Students Unreasonably Failed

    Dr Robert Muller
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Photo: Many students who failed plan to lodge formal appeals by Andrew Griffits, ABC: University of Sydney has rejected allegations it unreasonably failed hundreds of international students studying post-graduate business programs.About 37% of the more than 1,200 students studying the Critical Thinking in Business (BUSS5000) course at the university's business school were given a fail grade after the first semester.About 12% of students in the Succeeding in Business (BUSS6000) course…
  • Peer Review: What’s the Fuss?

    Dr Robert Muller
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Reviewer at the National Institute of Health (Wikipedia)by Cally Guerin, Doctoral Writing:’ve posted a few blogs on this site relating to doctoral candidates giving and receiving peer review in writing groups, and the feedback that supervisors provide on writing.Another kind of peer review that PhD students can receive is that generated by journal reviewers, which raises a different set of concerns from those we’ve discussed elsewhere. PhD students are often encouraged to publish their research in academic…
  • Elite Schools Getting More Handouts

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    by Michael Kandelaars, Red Flag: funding for students at elite private schools is set to exceed that for students at public schools by 2020.That is the shocking conclusion of a comprehensive report released in July.Private school, public cost: how school funding is closing the wrong gaps estimates that government funding for Catholic and independent schools is growing at a faster rate than for public schools.The report’s authors, Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd, write that, despite recent government focus on…
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  • The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning

    Leah Levy
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Education in this country is often the subject of loud and rancorous debate. It is one, however, that most frequently concerns what happens during school hours. But academic and non-academic learning and development don’t stop once the last bell of the day rings. In fact, as any good educator knows, even when a school day […] The post The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning appeared first on Edudemic.
  • Redesign the Classroom to Enhance Learning

    Dustin Le
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stemming originally from ancient China, feng shui is a practice that was once used to align buildings and design city layouts based on metaphoric energies called qi. While the science of feng shui is unproven, it is clear that the organization of our physical environments affects our attitudes, actions, and emotions. You’ll know this if […] The post Redesign the Classroom to Enhance Learning appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 5 Ways to Engage Students

    Amanda Ronan
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The eyes roll back, the mouth scowls, the fingers grip the not-so-secretly hidden cellphone, and the brain checks out. These are, as teachers everywhere can attest, the surefire signs of a disengaged student. And these symptoms are ravaging the educational system. Teachers know that student engagement is the key to learning retention and having a […] The post 5 Ways to Engage Students appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

    Kristen Hicks
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality. For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. But many […] The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.
  • 10 Emerging Education Technologies

    Pamela DeLoatch
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you or your students wearing your Apple Watches to school, and if so, are you using them as part of your curriculum? What about the use of digital textbooks, adaptive learning, collaboration with other schools or flipped classrooms? These technologies represent some of the cutting edge tools and trends in education. While some are […] The post 10 Emerging Education Technologies appeared first on Edudemic.
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    Planet Princeton

  • New Preserve in Hopewell Named `Mount Rose’

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. A newly-preserved property straddling Carter Road in Hopewell Township has been named the Mount Rose Preserve after a nearby historic village and rocky summit, and a management plan for the 320-acre property is now in the works. The land was permanently preserved last spring by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Hopewell Valley Citizens […] The post New Preserve in Hopewell Named `Mount Rose’ appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton Theologian Donald Capps Dead at Age 76

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Theologian and retired Princeton Theological Seminary Professor Donald Capps died Wednesday night as a result of injuries he sustained in a car crash on Library Place earlier in the day, police confirmed this afternoon. Capps, a beloved professor at the seminary for many years who was known for his kind, calm and gentle spirit, taught […] The post Princeton Theologian Donald Capps Dead at Age 76 appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Princeton University and Coursera Launch Free Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Course Online

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. A Princeton University online course called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” will be offered via online education platform Coursera beginning in September. The Princeton Bitcoin course will last six weeks, with the last lecture on Nov. 1. “To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level,” […] The post Princeton University and Coursera Launch Free Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Course Online appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Jewish Federation Offers Intro to Judaism Programs

    Krystal Knapp
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Maybe you always wanted to learn about your Jewish heritage but never had the time. Maybe you are thinking of coming back to Judaism after being away from it. Maybe you know someone who is thinking of converting to Judaism but needs a way to get started. Or perhaps someone in your family is Jewish, […] The post Jewish Federation Offers Intro to Judaism Programs appeared first on Planet Princeton.
  • Dr. Nancy Snyderman Breaks Silence on Ebola Quarantine

    Krystal Knapp
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:12 pm
    For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. Princeton resident Nancy Snyderman, the former NBC News chief medical editor, has finally broken her silence about the Ebola quarantine. Snyderman gave an exclusive interview to the Hollywood Reporter that is available online now and will appear in the Sept. 4 issue of the magazine. She discusses her time in Liberia with the cameraman who […] The post Dr. Nancy Snyderman Breaks Silence on Ebola Quarantine appeared first on Planet Princeton.
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  • Online Study Tools: Group Studying

    Lauren E. Mach
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    The internet is full of websites designed to meet your every need, from political gossip to cat memes. However, when it’s time to get down to business it can be difficult to find reliable tools to help you get the job done. This series presents a collection of websites that offer distinct, well-developed resources to increase your productivity. Part III: Group Study Tools Whether you’ve been assigned a group project or just prefer to study with others, group study requires a different set of tools. The following sites can help you coordinate schedules and projects, collaborate without…
  • Hack Studying Abroad: Free Tuition in Europe

    Lauren E. Mach
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    The opportunity to study abroad is one touted for its educational and cultural benefits by the majority of American universities, but many students believe that it’s simply too expensive to even consider. In order to continue receiving financial aid, students are typically required to enroll in study abroad programs sponsored by their US-based school, which can cost ten times as much as international student tuition at the host school. While higher education costs are rising stateside, the trend in Europe is toward extremely low-cost or even nonexistent tuition fees. Tuition-free…
  • How Chrome Can Make You More Efficient

    Lauren E. Mach
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Spend enough time in the IT department of any college, and you’ll likely hear several conversations about Internet browsers: whether to use Chrome or Safari, why Firefox is under-appreciated and whether Internet Explorer is really finally dead.  Arguments about the pros and cons of browsers are entertaining. However, at the end of the day, all you really need to do is work on assignments, peruse Facebook and study, so what difference does it make which one you use? I’d like to posit that the important question isn’t which browser you use, but how you use it. The following are some tips…
  • Tips for Nailing Job Interviews

    Amira Selimovic
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The job interview…every college student’s worst nightmare. It always seems like that interview is the only thing standing between you and your future, so making sure you nail it is crucial. Luckily for you, I am somewhat of an interview expert. I’ve compiled a list of tips that have always helped me get the “you got it!” call. Craft Your Resume Having a well-constructed resume is key to even securing an interview. How you represent yourself on your resume carries over to the interview itself; employers have an idea of your background and skill set before you walk in the door.
  • Online Study Tools: Information Retention

    Lauren E. Mach
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The internet is full of websites designed to meet your every need, from political gossip to cat memes. However, when it’s time to get down to business it can be difficult to find reliable tools to help you get the job done. This series presents a collection of websites that offer distinct, well-developed resources to increase your productivity. Part II: Information Retention Need to memorize the first 600 digits of pi? Study for your American History final? Figure out the calculus homework from that class you slept through? If so, check out these free tools designed to help you…
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    Education - A World Bank blog on the power of investing in people

  • Can providing information on school performance lead to improvement?

    Harry A. Patrinos
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Also available in: Español | العربية In high-income countries, learning outcomes have improved as a result of an intervention that increases transparency and accountability through the use of test scores.  In a previous blog, I mentioned examples of ‘high-stakes testing’ accountability systems, such as No Child Left Behind.  A high-stakes test has important consequences for the test taker, school, or school authorities. It carried important benefits if the test is passed, such as a diploma, extra resources to the school, or a positive citation. Some of these…
  • How universities can respond to the new demands of the labor market and society

    Claudia Costin
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Every moment- but most especially today- we should celebrate young people and the great potential they have. Happy International Youth Day! I’ve been fortunate to meet and talk to several bright young people in my work. Last May, on the sidelines of the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Armenia, I had a chance to visit the (World Bank-supported) Simulation Center at the Yerevan State Medical University. My colleagues from Armenia and I observed how mannequins connected to a computer simulated medical situations where students would work on a dummy and it would ‘respond’ to them by…
  • Technology in Nepal’s classrooms: Using impact evaluation as a learning device

    Quentin Wodon
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Impact evaluations are key to how we think about development. Pilot programs suggesting statistically significant impacts are hailed as breakthroughs and as candidates for scaling up. Programs without such clear impact tend to be looked down upon and may be terminated. This may not be warranted.  A primary function of impact evaluations should be to improve existing programs, especially in fields where evidence of positive impacts remains scarce. The experience of OLE Nepal, which is part of the OLE network and aims to improve learning and teaching through technology, is instructive in this…
  • Yunus to youth: Create your own future

    Robert Hawkins
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    “What are you waiting for?  Get out there and create your future”.  This conveys the spirit of Mohammed Yunus’ lecture last week at the World Bank. His messages on social business and entrepreneurship raised a number of questions as to how we think about education, skills, employment and the future prospects of youth in the world.
  • Fresh on Flipboard--- read about our efforts to boost education

    Bassam Sebti
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    From among 2,500 applicants, 20 year-old Fatima was able to secure a seat in an information technology (IT) class at an educational institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. The training of 209 students is delivered with financial support from the World Bank.  Like Fatima, millions of children and youth across the world have been benefitting from World Bank-funded projects. The Bank is the largest external education financier for developing countries. It supports education through an average of $2.8 billion a year in new financing to help these countries achieve their education goals. To further…
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    Classroom Aid

  • If You Are A Learning Architect (#xAPI)

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you are a learning architect, how will you design an ideal learning experience? Leveraging ubiquitous technologies for learning opportunities anytime, anywhere => you need “Mobile Learning” or “Seamless Learning” Learning-on-demand, Just-In-Time, and Just-For-Me => you need “Performance Support” Learning is …a state of play, an experience of flow => you need “Gamification or Game-Based... Read More ›
  • How to Improve Engagement and Impact of Video-Based Learning

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Whenever a new communication medium arrives, people first tend to use it just like how they used existing media. For instance, many early television shows were simply radio broadcasts filmed on video, early digital textbooks were simply scanned versions of paper books, and the first online educational videos were videotaped in-person lectures. As time progresses,... Read More ›
  • A Teacher with AcrossX Solution Enabled by #xAPI

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Before her school implemented the AcrossX solution, Ms. Lin used several software tools and content resources in her teaching practices, and it was a big pain to put together the workflow and data locked within different applications. AcrossX Solution Enabled by xAPI AcrossX solution solves this problem for her. Here is a top view of integrated... Read More ›
  • Across System Learning Environment and Dashboard Design for K12 Teachers and Students (#xAPI)

    13 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a presentation for xAPI design cohort #3 project from team AcrossX on ADL xAPI bootcamp, at Washington DC. (more about xAPI Bootcamp) Project outline: Implementing xAPI to create integrated learning experiences and data in several educational technologies and creating learning design/story narratives for analytics development : Flipped learning platform – 1Know IRS and... Read More ›
  • Beacons, #IoT and #xAPI for Contextualized Learning

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Technically, beacons are devices that transmit signals that enable other devices like smartphones(can recognize the signals) to determine their relative proximity. The smartphones run apps that deliver content(trigger an action such as opening a website, playing a video or sound and more) to the users based on that proximity. Beacons go by various names including... Read More ›
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  • New Features You Should Know about Windows 10

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Microsoft has recently launched its new Windows 10 update and it has got a lot of new features that you must know about. You can also read the news happened this week in tech if you are in interested. Solet’s get started. 1. New Start Menu: The start menu has been changed and you can…
  • Three Reasons to Monitor What the Internet is Saying About Your Company

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    The internet has had a major impact on the way business is conducted. Just about every industry in the world has been impacted in some way. Along with improved functionality, lower costs, and the ability to reach consumers virtually anywhere, the ability to post articles about a company, event, or organization has also arisen. Everyone…
  • What is a VPN?

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private network which can be used across a public network. It means that a networked device is able to share information with another one across a public network but the date is kept private as if a private network is used. There are different methods to ensure the privacy…
  • Save Your Own Moves While Playing Computer Games

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Are you a gamer and always into playing different computer games online or offline? Do you love to share your success story in every stages of the game you make with your friends? Well how do you do that? Just by telling them in person? Do they believe you? If not, then you must be…
  • Military Advances that Changed the World

    15 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    It’s difficult to believe, but some of the everyday items used by millions around the world originally came from the military. Some came out of necessity to serve the needs of soldiers on the battlefield. Others, such as technologies used for Homeland Security, were developed because of the increased need for advanced security and safety.…
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    College Financial Aid Advisors

  • 8 Simple Ideas That Can Boost Social Media Effectiveness

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Having a strong social media presence is one of the most effective ways a small business can compete with competitors that might have larger media budgets. The internet has put everybody on the same playing field, but it is up to you to pick up the ball and start running. Here are eight simple ideas for stepping up your social media game: 1. Ask people to do something: Many small business entrepreneurs are great at putting out content, but not so good at getting their audience engaged with it. They are simply not asking people to do anything – they never ask for the “like,” pose a…
  • Are Student Loans Still on Your Back-to-School Shopping List?

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
      It’s more than halfway through August and back-to-school shopping is in full swing. Does it seem like the shopping list gets longer and harder as your child grows older? By the time a student hits high school parents have to figure out what a graphing calculator does, find money for the senior prom and senior class trip, and join different booster clubs. The money train doesn’t come to a stop, as many parents are surprised to see just how much it costs to get a child ready to attend college. Campus visits, application fees, and testing fees all add up quickly. Now that classes are…
  • How Lousy Writers Can Create Captivating Content

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    You have probably heard about the importance of creating fresh content for your website. This helps keep visitors engaged, and also draws attention from the search engines. But what if you just aren’t a good writer? Many small business entrepreneurs can be very successful with their business, even though their writing skills may be lacking. So how can you overcome your weakness and keep up a fresh stream of content? Here are some ideas: • Get Your Customers to Do It For You: Ask your customers to write stories which reveal what they like about your product or service. You could make it…
  • Can Millennials Find Jobs to Repay Their Student Loans?

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    It might be difficult to realize it with all the presidential campaign hoopla, but there are other interesting stories in the news that should capture our attention. On one hand, it appears as though the economy is recovering and more jobs are being created. But, on the other hand, we are still reading about a trillion dollar debt crisis in student loans that could pull down the economy again. The group most affected by these competing stories is the Millennials. Roughly aged between 18 and 34, the older members of the generation have been buffeted by the economic winds, while their younger…
  • Understanding the Gap Amount

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Has your child’s college tuition bill arrived yet? For some unprepared parents, this might provide their first look at the amount of money they are actually expected to come up with to send their student to college. Their child is excited about attending and is already looking at possible courses, but the parents may be thinking, “How did they calculate this amount, and where are we going to get this money?” This could be an unwelcome introduction to the term, “gap amount.” The gap amount is the dollar figure that is left over after all costs have been added up, and all “free”…
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    The Student LoanDown

  • Getting ready for junior year

    Dana Fulton
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Your junior year is a good time to start preparing in earnest for college, and making a step-by-step plan to work through next year’s applications. Meet with your school counselor about the year ahead. Ensure that your courses and your grades put you on the right track for college admission; there is still time to pull your grades up if you begin now. Also ask about test dates for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT, and find out if your school offers any test preparation classes, or if you qualify for a fee waiver. Take the PSAT. You’ll need to register up to six weeks ahead of time, so look into…
  • How to plan for college costs

    Dana Fulton
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Senior year is decision-making time for college-bound students. For many families, cost is a big part of that decision. As you and your student work through college choices, take some time to work through the cost details, so you’re certain about how different colleges compare. Consider what the college can offer. Some colleges offer institutional aid that can help reduce their overall costs. Grants, scholarships and Work-Study jobs can help minimize the debt your student will need to take on. Find out what your school can offer in this arena, in addition to opportunities for scholarships…
  • Succeeding at your first semester at college

    Dana Fulton
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Now that your paperwork is in and you’ve made a financial plan, it’s time to register for classes. College can be very different from high school, so take a look at some of the ways you can prepare for the changes and make your fall semester a successful one. Where to start? Think about your schedule. You get to pick your classes and create your own schedule. But remember, your next class might be on the far side of campus. Take study and travel time, as well as jobs or other extracurricular activities, into account when planning your schedule. Review your course catalogue. Request a list…
  • Simple ways to stay connected with your college student

    Caroline Hanson
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    You know it’s coming. You’ve likely been preparing for it for years. But as a parent, it can still be tough to adjust when your student heads off to college. You’re the parent of a young adult now—how do you stay in touch yet still give your student space? How often to check in? This is a good thing to just ask your student about. Some students may want to stay in closer contact and others may want to focus on getting settled without calls from home. Maybe talking once a week will work, or perhaps texting every few days is a better plan. However, don’t be surprised if your student…
  • Five Advanced Placement study tips your teacher won’t tell you

    Dana Fulton
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Advanced Placement (AP) tests may require a lot of time and effort, but they can be well worth it. A good AP score can save you on college tuition and free up time in your academic schedule to pursue your passions and try new things by letting you get credit for the college-level work they require. Ready to hit the books? Here are a few ways to outsmart the AP test blues: Start studying on the first day of class When it comes to studying, there’s nothing worse than the stress of cramming. Even a well-planned study schedule can be overwhelming when you’re expected to cover the material of…
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    Classroom as Microcosm

  • Help for the Restless Reader

    Siobhan Curious
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    In recent years, I’ve become a restless reader. I just can’t relax. Maybe it’s because I spend so many weeks of the year reading stuff I don’t feel like reading, including some really terrible writing, because I’m an English teacher. Maybe it’s because the Internet age has broken my brain. Maybe it’s because I’m an adult with adult responsibilities, like emptying the dishwasher and watching all four seasons of Scott and Bailey as fast as possible. Whatever the explanation, I look back fondly on my childhood days of curling up in an armchair or…
  • Nellie Returns

    Siobhan Curious
    18 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Nellie and the Coven of Barbo is back! After a hiatus of a few weeks to wrap up the school term, I have returned to the regular publication schedule. In today’s chapter, we pick up where we left off: kids have disappeared, other kids are concerned, strange conversations have been overheard, and now two classmates have run into one another down by the river in the middle of the night… You’ll find the latest chapter here. If you’d like to start at the beginning, go here. Happy reading! And if you haven’t yet, please subscribe; chapters will appear once or twice…
  • Time to Catch Up With Nellie

    Siobhan Curious
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    If you’ve been postponing reading Nellie and the Coven of Barbo, my YA adventure novel about preteen angst, new beginnings, and witches, now would be a good time to get caught up on the first 15 short chapters.  Nellie will return on MONDAY, MAY 18, after I’ve plowed through all this test preparation, essay grading and research proposal writing.  While you’re waiting, check out the shenanigans of Nellie and her friends as they try to work out where two of their schoolmates have disappeared to, and why. Let me know what you think!
  • Ten Chapters In: Thoughts on Online Serial Novel Writing

    Siobhan Curious
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    What are you going to do with your long weekend? Maybe you’d like to read the first ten short chapters of a serialized novel about a twelve-year-old girl who suspects something funny is going on in her small town of Gale Harbour, Newfoundland.  If so, you will find this novel, Nellie and the Coven of Barbo, over here. So far, the process of serializing a novel has been 1. inspiring and 2. discouraging, in about equal measure.  I’m considering taking a break from the serial in order to reassess my decision to self-publish in serial form.  Here are some of the considerations. 1.
  • My Other Blog is a Novel: Introducing “Nellie and the Coven of Barbo”

    Siobhan Curious
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Dear readers: Where have I been? I’ve been writing a little novel. It’s about half done. I’m going to post it, as a serial, on a blog. If you’d like to read it, it starts here. The working title is Nellie and the Coven of Barbo. It’s an adventure story about being a twelve-year-old girl.  There will be some witches. Here’s the (temporary) blurb: Cornelia (Nellie) Pike has always believed that she’s an extraordinary person meant to accomplish important things.  As she begins seventh grade, she’s haunted by the feeling that something’s not right…
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    Used Books in Class

  • Maybe the Film Credits Are the Best Lesson

    22 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Twice this summer, I found myself thinking that maybe educators are not taking advantage on how we could show films  in class. We seldom, if ever, show the film’s credits. Perhaps the lack of attention to film credits is because there is not enough time already for what many educators might consider a passive activity of sitting and watching. I have worked for administrators who have limited or banned films entirely from curriculum because they perceived that a movie shown in class was merely a babysitting tool. In these situations, I would try to convince them that film is…
  • POETRY FRIDAY: The Average in “Beauty is Truth”

    20 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Several years ago, I was teaching John Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn to a group of sophomore students. While they did struggle with the first four stanzas of the poem, they lingered on the the memorable last stanza of the poem: O Attic shape! fair attitude! with brede Of marble men and maidens overwrought, With forest branches and the trodden weed; Thou, silent form! dost tease us out of thought As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!                           45 When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a friend to man, to whom…
  • FYI, Jrs: CT’s CCSS SBAC DOA ; ^ SAT

    15 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Notice how I am trying to beat the character limit on headlines? Here’s the translation: For your information, Juniors: Connecticut’s Common Core State Standards Smarter Balanced Assessment [Consortium] is Dead on Arrival; Insert Scholastic Achievement Test Yes, in the State of Connecticut, the test created through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) based on the Common Core State Standards will be canceled for juniors (11th graders) this coming school year (2015-16) and replaced by the Scholastic Achievement Test  (SAT). The first reaction from members of the…
  • Sky Stories from the Perseids Meteor Shower

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    The conditions for the Perseids shower were excellent this week, a meteorological event unusual for Connecticut’s usually overcast conditions. The moon was in its new phase leaving a darkened sky for viewing. Clear skies for over 48 hours, defied Mark Twain’s sentiment, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Watching the trails of light trailing the metereroids as they bounced against Earth’s atmosphere, the meteorologic conditions in New England were perfect for …well, watching meteors! The name Perseids…
  • The Increasing “Quid Pro Quo” Elementary Homework

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    “…but first, I give them a quiz,” the 2nd grade teacher was telling me. “A quiz?” I was surprised, “Why?” “Well, how will I know they read their homework?” she responded. “But…they are only in 2nd grade…so……” I trailed off; she blinked expectantly. I didn’t finish my sentence. “So… this is how the madness starts,” is what I wanted to say. Quid Pro Quo Assignments Homework has always been a bit of an educational  “quid pro quo“ (Latin). The “give…
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    Postgrad Blog

  • Dealing with first draft dissertation fallout

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Unhindered by Talent  So, you’ve handed in a draft of your dissertation (well done!) but now it’s covered in red pen, and you’re being told to make a ton of changes. This can be incredibly stressful – but don’t … more... The post Dealing with first draft dissertation fallout appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Study Tip: Learn to be a morning person

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Shinmi0205  Have you ever thought about how much easier your postgrad life would be if you could just be a morning person? Being able to make your classes on time, actually seeing the world outside your window before midday? … more... The post Study Tip: Learn to be a morning person appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Deep Clean Your Student Renting Deposit Back!

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Chiot’s Run  As a postgraduate, you’ve already gone through the hassle of trying to gain your deposit back from your undergraduate house – maybe one, two or even three times! You might have been one of the lucky ones, … more... The post Deep Clean Your Student Renting Deposit Back! appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • Taking a Masters Module Outside Your Subject

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  michael_d_beckwith  A postgraduate degree often offers a much wider range of options than an undergraduate one, though of course, you still want to specialise. Many universities will allow you to take modules outside of your subject/school for credit, so … more... The post Taking a Masters Module Outside Your Subject appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
  • How Vitamin D Can Improve Your Grades

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
       by  Laura B. Dahl  As many of us know, what you eat impacts how you are – your energy levels, your stamina, a whole bunch of things. But did you know that one of the big things that lots of … more... The post How Vitamin D Can Improve Your Grades appeared first on Postgrad Blog.
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    Bookshare Blog

  • Students with Print Disabilities Accelerate Reading with Bookshare

    Bookshare Communications
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Assistive technology helps students with disabilities love books Bookshare has been a game changer for Brennan Draves, a fourth grader with a visual impairment, and Reagan Reeves, a ninth grader with dyslexia. Both students need schoolbooks in alternative formats to help them read and study. Brennan, a fourth grader at Mackensen Elementary School in Michigan, has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that makes it impossible to read traditional books. He used to read and study with printed braille books which were heavy and took time to produce. Since using Bookshare, reading…
  • Get in the Back-to-School Groove with Bookshare

    Bookshare Communications
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Summer is winding down, and a new school year is around the corner. How can we make sure students with visual, physical, and learning disabilities are set up to have their best academic year yet? Get their books in accessible formats and the best tools around from Bookshare for free! Since last back-to-school, the Bookshare team has been busy adding more and more books to our library. Our collection is bigger than ever with over 350,000 titles in formats like audio, braille, and large print that are accessible to people who cannot read traditional print. These titles include textbooks, Common…
  • Meet the Fab Four: Benetech Summer Interns

    Bookshare Communications
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    2015 Benetech summer interns from left: Alyssa Aliotti, Paige Brown, Michelle McLaren, and Mitchell Mankin Benetech’s Summer Internship Program has been going strong for three years. Each summer, several college students work on Bookshare-related projects and learn about Benetech’s programs in the areas of global literacy, human rights, and Benetech Labs. Read on to learn about our four fabulous interns — Alyssa Aliotti, Paige Brown, Michelle McLaren, and Mitchell Mankin — as they describe the valuable work they accomplished. My name is Alyssa Aliotti and I am entering my…
  • It’s a Wrap! Thank You for Turning It Up & Telling the World

    Bookshare Communications
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Summer is winding down and so is the Bookshare Summer Reading Challenge. For the past six weeks Bookshare members have found adventure in Travel & the Great Outdoors; tasted new cuisines in Food & Cooking; worked up a sweat in Sports & Fitness; played and tinkered in Games & Gizmos; saved the earth in Sustainability & the Environment; and explored their creative side in Crafts & the Arts. Many of you finally read that book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Thanks to all of the members who joined us on this journey and recommended their favorite books. Here…
  • On the Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: Betsy Beaumon’s Op-Ed

    Bookshare Communications
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in the mainstream of American life. As we celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, writes Benetech President, Betsy Beaumon, it is imperative to consider not only how far we have come in eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities, but also how to extend the ADA promise to a new generation of Americans, particularly in the education field. In her op-ed, Beaumon argues that the digital…
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    Applied Educational Systems

  • How to Rock the Middle School CTAE Georgia Performance Standards

    Sarah Layton
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Do you struggle to meet CTAE Georgia performance standards for introduction to business and computer applications? Meeting standards is a top priority for teachers. Here’s how one new teacher found his stride in the transition to teaching and figured out how to easily meet Georgia performance standards. (Short on time? Get a FREE Microsoft Excel lesson plan here.) Tale of a New CTE Middle School Teacher William Graham is a business and computer science teacher at Holcomb Bridge Middle School, part of Fulton County Schools, Georgia. And he knows business, having acquired his Masters…
  • The Ultimate Guide to IC3 Certification

    Sarah Layton
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    How can I align my content to IC3 certification? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you aren’t alone. We recently did a training session for business teachers in Pinellas County, Florida. Our product development manager, Ken, went through the normal routine of talking about the organization of modules, teacher resources, and management software features. At the end of the session, one of the teachers told us that she really would have like to hear more about best practices. Ken asked for some details and she explained that the IC3 certification was important for her students and…
  • Quick Guide to Excel Lesson Plans

    Sarah Layton
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Computer applications teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to teach Microsoft Excel to their students. For each of these teachers, a common question is “Where can I find great Excel lesson plans?” Rather than spending hours upon hours creating your own Excel lesson plans, wouldn’t you like some that you can simply integrate into your existing computer applications curriculum? It seems that there are a lot of lesson plans out there for teaching Microsoft Excel, but many of them are outdated (I found some for Excel 2003… Yikes!) However, I managed to find a few Excel…
  • 3 Challenges in Principles of Health Science Courses

    Sarah Layton
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Do your principles of health science courses get students excited about health science education and careers? Are your students engaged to the point of wanting to continue to pursue health care as a career? Basically what we’re asking here is, “does your principles of health science course rock?!” Because we all know that it needs to. These are the courses that determine whether or not students decide to continue in your school’s health science program. There’s a lot at stake. Here are some teachers who face some challenges that might sound familiar to you.
  • Cengage SAM vs. Pearson MyITLab: Microsoft Office Curriculum

    Sarah Layton
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Are you trying to figure out which resources to use to teach Microsoft Office to your students? If you teach a computer applications course that includes Microsoft Office topics, you’ve very likely investigated or been approached by several of the big name publishers who produce instructional materials for your type of courses. While the promise of this digital technology is big in education, it takes significant due diligence to narrow down the choices and really sort out the features and curriculum that will bring lasting change to your school, courses, and students. It’s a tough…
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  • Can DHS Totally Ignore the Federal Court Ruling on STEM OPT Extension?

    Raghuram Sukumar
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Every international student in USA is waiting to hear from DHS. What will they do about STEM OPT Extension Rule cancellation. How will they respond? Will DHS use this opportunity ... The post Can DHS Totally Ignore the Federal Court Ruling on STEM OPT Extension? appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • 25 Pictures Show Why Hunt Library is NOT Your Typical College Library

    Raghuram Sukumar
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    I think Hunt Library in NCSU is one of most fascinating library in the world. It’s unlike any other “typical” library. By typical, I mean, there’s rows and rows of ... The post 25 Pictures Show Why Hunt Library is NOT Your Typical College Library appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • Are You Affected By STEM OPT Extension Cancellation? Check Here.

    Raghuram Sukumar
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    Federal Judge Cancelled 17 Months STEM OPT Extension with effective date of Feb 12, 2016. So, biggest question is, How does this affect you (students)? To be more specific, here ... The post Are You Affected By STEM OPT Extension Cancellation? Check Here. appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • STEM OPT Extension – Latest News and Updates

    Raghuram Sukumar
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Related Post Can DHS Totally Ignore the Federal Court Ruling on STEM OPT Extension? Every international student in USA is waiting to hear from DHS. What will they do about ... The post STEM OPT Extension – Latest News and Updates appeared first on Happy Schools.
  • 11 FAQ’s About 17 Months STEM OPT Extension Cancelled. What Happens Next [Video]

    Raghuram Sukumar
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Federal Court Vacated  17 Months STEM OPT Extension rule on august 13, 2014.  Here’s the list of questions answered by Immigration Attorney Murali Bashyam from in this video interview ... The post 11 FAQ’s About 17 Months STEM OPT Extension Cancelled. What Happens Next [Video] appeared first on Happy Schools.
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    Fractus Learning

  • 15 Cool Science Books For Kids: Experiments And More

    Gillian Pemberton
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    With all of the apps, electronics, kits, and games, it’s easy to forget that science books continue to be a fantastic resource for both education and entertainment. There are countless science books available for kids of all ages and education levels. The best books teach scientific concepts and ideas through fun, memorable, and engaging content. Many books, and quite a few on this list provide multiple science experiments that can easily be performed at home, using common household items. Whether it’s a book of experiments and activities, a biography of a historically significant…
  • Discovery Toys: 10 Archaeology Kits For Kids

    Gillian Pemberton
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Discovery toys are designed to not just to educate, but to entertain. Toys like archaeology kits encourage children to engage their minds and their hands as they play. They give children a fun opportunity to dig and discover artifacts, fossils, and gemstones. Keep in mind that some of the kits can get a little messy, so you may want to set it up outside or on an old sheet or papered table. A good archaeology kit should be challenging but not impossible. As they are generally one time use, you’ll want your young scientist to get a few hours of digging time. Many kits include unique ways…
  • 5 Simple Ways To Add Movement In The Classroom

    Meghan Zigmond
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    It’s that time again! We’re heading back into our classrooms to start another year of learning and growth. I don’t know about you, but I love the freedom that summer gives me. I know our students do too. So as we head back into schedules, and structure, here are 5 ways you can boost thinking and productivity with a little movement in your classroom. Movement allows our brains a break from the intense thinking and focus required in schools. It’s a chance to reboot, and even burn off a little of that extra fidgety energy. It can be a real struggle for many students to…
  • How Can We Spark Wonder in Our Classrooms with Tools and Techniques?

    Amy Heavin
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    When I was young, my parents bought a telescope, with the intention that my brother and I would learn more about the constellations and the objects in space. I remember the joy of setting up this exciting new tool, and with anticipation, I waited for a clear, dark night, and saw the stars magnify in my eyes. I looked up a few constellations in an encyclopedia, but to my dismay, never found many in the night sky. I had a cool tool with a few resources to help me discover the stars. Today though, this experience can be very different. With the iPad app SkyView, our children can unlock the stars…
  • Back to School: 9 Best Laptop Backpacks for Students

    Gillian Pemberton
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    It’s back to school time, again! It still feels like summer but vacations are ending and kids are heading back to class. With school comes school supplies, and maybe a new book bag. Students are transporting a variety of tech with them each day, and this can include laptops. Rather than just shoving a laptop into an ordinary book bag, laptop backpacks can help to make carrying a laptop more convenient, and hopefully a little safer. A good laptop backpack for students can fit a laptop, books, and other school supplies, all without too much weight and bulk. When selecting a laptop…
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    The Organized Classroom Blog

  • DIY Star Student Poster

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Hey teaching friends and TGIF!  As you know, I have teamed up with the fine folks over at Cricut to show some fun things you can do with the Cricut Explore One in your classroom!   And as those of you who have followed me for a while know:  I am not crafty.  HAHAHAA!   No seriously. But the good news?   The Cricut Explore One makes it easy to be crafty even when you aren't crafty at all. I decided this morning I wanted to make a fun Star Student poster for a classroom.  So, I whipped out the Cricut Explore One and used the Design Studio to find some star-themed borders.  I cut them…
  • Welcome Back Banner Freebie!

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Hey teaching friends!   I whipped up a little freebie for you to use to welcome students, parents, and staff back to school!   Perfect for Open House Night, a staff meeting, or even the first day of school!  {I had to do something to kill my time.  I am taking my oldest to college for the first time tomorrow and am trying to stay busy - lol.} Tip about printing:  Make sure to print borderless so you just have to use a paper cutter to cut off the egdes of the paper.  Makes it a snap! To hang, use a hole punch on the top corners of the white inset.  Then string with twine, use o-rings,…
  • Supply Bags in a Snap!

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Hey teaching friends!   So - I was contacted by the amazing folks over at Cricut and they sent me a fun box of goodies in the mail, including a Cricut Explore One! Of course, I couldn't wait to dive in and check out this awesome machine and I am blown away at how easy it is to use and all the things it can do!  I haven't even come close to scratching the surface yet! For my first project - literally out of the box - I thought about how tough it is when students are switching teachers for classes and their supplies are all over the place, dropping folders on the floor, and more.   One…
  • Over the Door Poster Holder

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Hey teaching friends!  I have a short and quick idea post for you today!   It is one of those ideas where you say "why didn't I think of that?"  As I was out shopping with my daughter for college dorm essentials, I came across this handy dandy guy in the Target Dollar Spot.  YUP - $3 gets you three door hangers. So, of course as my teacher mind is always working, I thought about how this could really come in handy in the classroom too!   You could use it over the door to hang your posters, anchor charts, and bulletin board borders out of the way!  Simply add them to pants hangers, and…
  • Classroom Games to Support Real World Learning

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Hey teacher friends!   Hope the summer is ending on a high note for some of you and the school year is starting with a bang for the other half of you.  :)   This time of year is tricky for me because there is about a 6 week period with some ending, starting, and waiting on school.  The overlaps can definitely be tricky to be able to address everyone's needs. How about something that isn't tricky at all?    How about a giveaway! You know I heart my friends over at Educational Insights because they always have the best learning materials that kids love!  This month, they sent me over…
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  • Home educators and the Local Authority

    Ross Mountney
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is the legal right of all parents to choose not to send their children to school and to home educate instead. But how this is interpreted sometimes affects the relationships between home schooling families and their Local Authority. The law states that a child should receive an efficient full-time education suitable to age, ability, aptitude and special needs. (For more information on the law see here) This leaves opportunity for an open interpretation of what is a suitable education and parents, educators and the LA can have very divided views. Since each individual family – and child…
  • Ten benefits of home schooling

    Ross Mountney
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The start of the new school year is often the time parents reconsider home education. But what are the benefits of this alternative to schooling? Here are the main ones: Being able to meet your child’s particular needs, rather than having to work to the needs of thirty others. You can use approaches which best help your child learn, concentrate and achieve. E.g. your child may be one of those who needs to be active in their learning rather than still, work better in quiet or on their own, or need short sharp bursts of concentration rather than long continuous ones. Your child can learn at…
  • 6 Tips for making the leap to home schooling

    Ross Mountney
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    ‘I’d like to home school, but don’t know how to start?’ This is sometimes what I hear from parents who sense that home educating could really work for them but feel too daunted to make that final commitment. Below are some tips that may help overcome that: Making the decision The decision is often the hardest part. It might help you make that final commitment if you keep in mind that it is not necessarily a decision for life. Children grow and change and therefore their educational needs change too. Home education may very well be the right approach for the time being and it is the…
  • What to expect from GCSE Engineering

    Jon Ellis
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    GCSE Engineering is a practical subject perfect for students who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning. This vocational GCSE will provide you with a taste of the real working world as well as an opportunity to explore the engineering sector, so you can figure out whether it’s right for you. If you are eager to get a taste of the real world and you enjoy active learning then this GCSE Engineering may be a great choice for you. What is Engineering all about? As you will already be aware, engineering quite simply involves designing and building things. But, of course, there is a lot…
  • Tips for supporting your child’s learning at home

    Ross Mountney
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everyone talks about the child’s needs – particularly politicians who want to make themselves popular! We assume that schools fulfil those needs in ways that will help young people learn best. But there are obstacles; teachers are limited for time and schools also have other agendas – to fulfil the needs of the school as a business and the demands of Ofsted. Failing to have their child’s needs met is often cited as a reason parents turn to home educating after trying school. They feel they can provide a climate and approach which cater for needs that would be difficult to meet in…
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  • Science Review of X-Ray Astronomy

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Overview Astronomers have discovered many high-energy objects in the sky that give off X-rays. Since the atmosphere blocks most X-rays from reaching observatories on Earth, astronomers have used telescopes from high-altitude balloons, rockets, and satellites to observe thousands of sources. X-Ray Sources X rays are part of the electromagnetic spectrum in high energy ranges beyond visible light and ultraviolet light. Their wavelength is between 0.01 and 10 nanometers. Extremely hot gases in the range of 1 million Kelvin to hundreds of millions Kelvin are thought to produce X-rays. In order to…
  • English Review of Comma Errors

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Overview Commas separate parts of a sentence grammatically, as well as separate items in a series. Without commas separating clauses, some of the meaning can be changed or lost. Commas in Series Use commas to separate each word, clause, or phrase in a series of three or more. For example, “She bought bread, milk, eggs, and coffee at the store.” Similarly, “The witness promised to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Do not use a comma if there are only two items in a series, such as “The only items on the shopping list were bread and milk.” Commas after…
  • English Review of Pronoun Errors

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Overview Some common types of pronoun errors include pronoun agreement, pronoun ambiguity, pronoun shifts, and pronoun case. Those errors affect clarity of expression. Pronoun Agreement Pronouns should agree in number, person, and gender with the noun or noun phrase to which they refer. A singular pronoun refers back to a singular noun and a plural pronoun refers back to a plural noun. For example, “Jane grabbed her books and threw them in her backpack.” The pronoun them refers to the plural noun books. Similarly, the possessive pronoun her refers back to the owner of the books, Jane. One…
  • Math Review of Linear Functions

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Overview In order for functions to be linear, they must follow two criteria. First, each domain value must be paired with one range value. If a domain value is paired with more than one range value, the relationship is not a function. Second, the paired domain and range values must fall on a line to be a linear function. Identifying Functions In order for a relationship to be a function, each domain value (x) must be paired with a range value (y). Suppose that a particular set has ordered pairs of {(4, -4) (3,-2) (2, 0) (1, 2)}. The domain values are (4, 3, 2, 1) paired with range values of…
  • Math Review of Arithmetic Sequences

    16 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Overview Arithmetic sequences are sequences in which the difference between one term and the next term is a constant amount. They can be defined by developing a rule that relates that constant to the pattern. Finding the Pattern The first step in determining the sequence is to arrange the terms in order. Suppose there is a set of numbers such as {5, 11, 3, 9, 1, 7}. It is difficult to tell what kind of pattern there might be, because there isn’t any order to the terms. When they are ordered from smallest to largest, the pattern of numbers becomes more clear, {1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11}. If there…
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  • Find yourself interning in Barcelona!

    Rachel Skinner
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Need something to make you stand out on your resume? Or perhaps you loved your first abroad experience and are just waiting for a way to return? API Internships are a fantastic way to get both professional experience as well as immerse yourself in a new culture. API currently offers internships in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, Santiago, and Seville and three new locations in Australia, Shanghai, and New Zealand! API Internship’s application deadline for spring start programs is September 1st so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Interested in interning in…
  • My Interview Process

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:31 pm
    After I spoke with a representative from API, I was contacted by one of the main coordinators for the teach abroad programs the organization offers to set up an interview. To prepare for the interview, I reviewed my resume and my past experiences and why I wanted to go to China to teach; like you would for any type of job interview. Teaching abroad is something that I have always wanted to try and I thought that if I didn’t try it now, then when would I? Would that be something I would later regret? I had also tutored two children before and wanted to build upon that experience, so I…
  • New Summer Study Abroad Programs in Quito, Ecuador

    Rachel Skinner
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Starting Summer 2016, API is excited to announce two new summer study abroad program options in Quito, Ecuador! Are you interested in getting an inside look at how a government office functions or perhaps looking to take a few course electives over the summer? The Government Internship Program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is designed for students interested in public policy and administration, social development and international cooperation. Available for rising juniors and seniors, this program offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience within a…
  • “To Begin, Begin.” – Wordsworth

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    “TO BEGIN, BEGIN.” -WORDSWORTH Hello and welcome to my blog – a place to share stories and adventures to those far away and close to home. My name is Lucas McCamon, a recent graduate from Oklahoma State University, about two weeks away from my new life teaching English in the city of Vinh, Vietnam. All in all, it’s a trip long in the making. In the winter of 2001, my family adopted a little girl from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The world, once unimaginably huge, became that much smaller with her entrance into her family. For 14 years, I’ve wanted to travel to Southeast Asia, to…
  • New Study Abroad Program in Santiago, Chile!

    Rachel Skinner
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    API is excited to announce a new study abroad program in Santiago, Chile! Offering semester, academic year, calendar year, and January intersession programs, students will certainly find Santiago a fantastic option to expand their Spanish language skills. In conjunction with the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, API is accepting Spring 2016 applications for this program in Santiago. This Integrated Studies Program gives advanced-level Spanish-speaking students a truly immersive experience as students are given the opportunity to take courses alongside Chilean students and get a look inside Chilean…
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  • Now-ism: Why Perfect Scores Don’t Matter And What To Focus On Instead

    Saga Briggs
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Education is what people do to you; learning is what you do to yourself.” These are the wise words of Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab. In a recent TED Talk, Ito reveals a revolutionary style of innovation that he and his colleagues discovered during a time when they had to take learning into their own hands. It all started with the magnitude nine earthquake that hit the Pacific coast of Japan in March 2011. Ito was at a meeting in Cambridge at the MIT Media Lab, but his wife and family were in Japan. As the news started to come in, Ito panicked. A cloud of fallout from the…
  • Learning to Ask Better Questions: 12 Tricks

    Saga Briggs
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    There’s plenty of literature on how to ask other people questions, but what about directing questions to ourselves? We can ask our students all the tricky questions we can think of, hoping to boost their critical thinking skills, but the ability to ask questions oneself–rather than just answering them–separates true learners from the rest. Of course, this is similar to something like the Socratic method, where a series of questions help you reveal what you think about an argument or idea. Regardless of how you approach it, the end goal is to learn to think critically and…
  • Pedagogue or Peer: Addressing the Social Dynamic Between Tutor and Tutee

    Saga Briggs
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Where did it come from? This blind respect young people give their elders, children their parents, followers a deity. These students didn’t know me. I didn’t have a master’s degree. They hadn’t read my book. I hadn’t written one. Throughout the semester, I would see one boy grooving at a party (Shouldn’t he be working on his second draft?), one girl performing in a dance show (Look how talented she is), another girl racing alongside me in the 800 meter dash, the young man with the Groucho Marx mustache eating alone in the cafeteria, studying biology, and…
  • The Truth About Deliberate Practice

    Saga Briggs
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    It’s been six years since Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of deliberate practice in his book, Outliers. What made it so popular was the notion that, when approached correctly, practice could effectively replace talent. As long as you reached the magic mark of 10,000 hours of dedicated study, you could become an expert in nearly anything. This “rule” could be traced back to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, a professor at the University of Colorado, and had been confirmed by numerous studies. But as is the case with many trendy scientific concepts, the 10,000…
  • The Power of “I Don’t Know”

    Saga Briggs
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    We have a real problem with intellectual humility in this country. Or should I say, lack thereof. It’s frowned upon to be uncertain, to lack expertise, to meet a question with another question. If we don’t know the answer to something right away, it’s viewed as a weakness rather than a strength. And sure, this may be the case if a question requires simple arithmetic or rote memorisation, but it’s not the case when questions dig deeper. In a 2013 interview with National Public Radio, Leah Hager Cohen, author of I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance…
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  • Premed Case Studies: Louise (Part Three)

    Don Osborne
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Overview of the Series In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full
  • Premed Case Studies: Louise (Part Two)

    Don Osborne
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Overview of the Series In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full
  • Premed Case Studies: Louise (Part One)

    Don Osborne
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Overview of the Series In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full
  • Premed Case Studies: Amin (Part Three)

    Don Osborne
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Overview of the Series In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full
  • Premed Case Studies: Amin (Part Two)

    Don Osborne
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Overview of the Series In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full
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    Online Cultus

  • School fees made easier

    Aleksandra Arsik
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    School fees make a large part of one household expenses. If parents decide to send their offspring to private school, they are free of the long waiting lists, but they have to invest a lot more money into this. Financial advisors are even recommending that parents should start saving for tuition and additional expenses, as... The post School fees made easier appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Student loans don’t have to break you The average student loan debt sits right around $29,000, according to a report by the Institute of College Access & Success’ Project on…
  • e-learning v.s. hybrid

    Aleksandra Arsik
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    hybrid or e-learning, or maybe blended… difficult to decide!! Probably a lot of you are wandering whether the wave of online courses and education will benefit your future and what is the best possible way to use them. Here is an explanation of three type of learning: 1. Web-enhanced courses Face-to-face courses have a presence... The post e-learning v.s. hybrid appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Blended learning intro Blended learning is a formal education program, where student learns at least in part of the curriculum through online delivery of content and instruction, with…
  • Quotes: There are always flowers

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The post Quotes: There are always flowers appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Online writer? – Be ready for plagiarism! The Internet is such a treasure trove of information, that it is incredibly easy to do research online. As a copywriter, you want to create content that is informative, interesting and widely read, but you also don’t want your work to be copied and passed off, as somebody else’s. If you have worked hard to...... Quotes: Different, but still the same Quotes: Necessary Quotes: Necessary... Quotes: Beauty Quotes: Strength and gentleness
  • People and expectations

    Aleksandra Arsik
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”  ~ Donald Miller     The post People and expectations appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Online writer? – Be ready for plagiarism! The Internet is such a treasure trove of information, that it is incredibly easy to do research online. As a copywriter, you want to create content that is informative, interesting and widely read, but you also don’t want your work to be copied and passed off, as somebody else’s. If you have worked hard to...... University of People University of the…
  • Quote: Natural abilities

    Aleksandra Arsik
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    The post Quote: Natural abilities appeared first on Online Cultus. Read further: Online writer? – Be ready for plagiarism! The Internet is such a treasure trove of information, that it is incredibly easy to do research online. As a copywriter, you want to create content that is informative, interesting and widely read, but you also don’t want your work to be copied and passed off, as somebody else’s. If you have worked hard to...... Thought of the day: Beauty “A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness.” – John…
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    Nigeria Schools Blog

  • Gov. Ortom To Improve Primary Schools With

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Friday in Makurdi said his administration would spend N6.4bn on the provision of infrastructure in primary schools in the state. Ortom spoke while receiving officials of the Nigerian Union of Teachers who visited him at the Benue Peoples House. He said the Universal Basic Education Commission had provided a grant of N3.2bn for […] The post Gov. Ortom To Improve Primary Schools With appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • 2015 WAEC GCE Nov/Dec Registration Closing Date

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    2015 WAEC GCE registration has been scheduled to close by the West African Examinations Council on the Monday, 31st August, 2015. Check: 2015 WAEC GCE Timetable. All interested candidates should keep this to mind. The post 2015 WAEC GCE Nov/Dec Registration Closing Date appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • Postponement Of Federal Poly Ilaro Entrance Exam

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro hereby announces the POSTPONEMENT of Entrance Examinations for HND FULL TIME, HND PART TIME AND ND PART TIME earlier slated for August 29 and 31, 2015 respectively. Consequently, sale of admission forms for all programmes in the Institution continues. New dates would be announced for the examinations via the media, the Institution’s website […] The post Postponement Of Federal Poly Ilaro Entrance Exam appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • UNIPORT Postgraduate Admission Form For 2015/2016

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for admission into its postgraduate programmes for the 2015/2016 academic session. . GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES A. FACULTY OF HUMANITIES All Humanities PhD Programmes require a minimum CGPA of 3.5 on a 5 point scale except English Studies which requires a minimum CGPA of […] The post UNIPORT Postgraduate Admission Form For 2015/2016 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
  • CRUTECH Supplementary Post-UTME/DE 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    This is to inform all prospective candidates who did not choose Cross River University of Technology in the 2015/2016 UTME but scored above 180 and also those who made CRUTECH their First Choice but missed the Aptitude Test or where not selected,that Supplementary Aptitude Test for admissions will hold on Saturday, 17th October, 2015, in Calabar Main Campus. On-line registration […] The post CRUTECH Supplementary Post-UTME/DE 2015 appeared first on Nigeria Schools Blog.
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  • Happy Rakshabandhan

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Raksha Bhandan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters. This is an ancient festival which has been celebrated since the time of king’s rule. The Rajput Queens and Princesses use to send rakhi to their brothers on the battle field to express their prayer and love. Raksha Bhandhan has become so popular that it is […]
  • Happy Onam

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Onam is the state festival of Kerala. The four days celebration started as first Onam (Uthradom),second Onam (Thiruvonam), Third Onam (Avittom) and the fourth Onam (Chathayam).Onam Celebrates the annual visit of King Mahabali from Pathala.Keralites believed that the king was so much attached to his people and will come annually once to see his people are living happily.     Mahabali’s […]
  • GRE Verbal Mock Test

    21 May 2015 | 4:55 am
  • Study in UK at University of Bedfordshire for September 2015 intake

    19 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Are you planning to study in UK for this September 2015 intake. Here is an opportunity to meet University of Bedfordshire delegates on 22nd of May at our SRNagar office, know the first hand information and start your journey, Confluence Educational Services Private Limited,Hyderabad will assist you in every st Scholarships at University of Bedfordshire […]
  • Universities in Scotland

    11 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Scotland universities are world renowned in offering internationally recognized qualifications in subjects ranging from science to fashion to fine arts. Many Scottish institutions are ranked among the top in the world that remain as a cutting edge for international teaching and research. Few of the top Scottish Universities are: University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow […]
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  • The impact of commercialization on Nigerian Public Enterprises

    emmanuel obasi
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Right from the beginning the Nigerian administration registered it importance with an unprofitable government companies and left no one in doubt as to its plan to sell them off to the public if only to make them more efficient. Before the promulgation of Decree No. 25, 1988 Commercialization and Privatization programme, the Buhari’s administration (in 1984) and focused attention on the necessity of restructuring the Nigerian economy when it established a number of study groups to address various aspects of the Nigerian economy. The former Chief of General Staff Commodore Ebite Ukiwe, Ex-ray…

    emmanuel obasi
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Propaganda is one unique device of politics. This is mostly observed in any electioneering campaign.  Longe and Ofuanu (1996:17) argue that propaganda is solely introduced to damage character. “Propaganda means information, doctrines opinion etc that are often derogatory, as in political propaganda Films and plays. These are said to be derogatory because they tend to damage or take away credit from something or someone. The sole purpose of propaganda is to misinform and mislead and to consciously indoctrinate.“ The use of propaganda   many times, present the propagandist (that is the…

    emmanuel obasi
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    As Green IT has been issued, many companies have started to find ways to decrease IT cost and overcome economic recession. Cloud Computing service is a new computing paradigm in which people only need to pay for use of services without cost of purchasing physical hardware. For this reason, Cloud Computing has been rapidly developed along with the trend of IT services. It is efficient and cost economical for consumers to use computing resources as much as they need or use services they want from Cloud Computing provider. Especially, Cloud Computing has been recently more spotlighted than other…

    emmanuel obasi
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    Faced with the problem of insecurity on customer accounts, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February, 2014 initiated a compulsory bank verification number exercise which provides account holders with a unique number that enables the account holder to have a single identity in the banking system,  aimed at protecting bank customers from identity theft and other financial/economic crimes emanating in the banking sector of Nigeria (Orji, 2014) . The Bank Verification Number (BVN) is a bold step taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria, to strengthen security in the banking sector of Nigeria.
  • The Effect of Material Management Techniques on Production Planning Processes

    emmanuel obasi
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Material Management is an integrated management approach to the planning, purchasing, warehousing, stock keeping allocation and movement of needed material from point of source to user department. It can also be defined as the process of management of materials which involves purchasing, storage, inspection, control and transportation. Material management is a relatively new discipline. The 20th century’s rapid growth and the significant industrial development has played a major role in the relationship and effective management of the traditional 5Ms which are: Machine, material, men, money…
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  • General Awareness Quiz - 29 August 2015

    Ramandeep Singh
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    General Awareness Quiz for today :- 1. Which country will host Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships which will be organized during 11th to 15th October 2015 ? 2. The interactive energy scenario building tool ‘India Energy Security Scenarios (IESS) 2047 launched by which organization ? 3. Who is the Chairman of 7th Pay Commission ? 4. Which Port of India... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Computer Memory Quiz for IBPS exams

    Deepak Kumar
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    Computer Memory is an important chapter for banking exams point of view. Q1. ROM (Read Only Memory), is a type of memory that can ________store data: a) Permanentlyb) Semi Permanentlyc) Permanently or Semi - Permanentlyd) None of These Q2. Which among the following is correct about ROM:a) ROM is non volatile memory because any data stored in ROM remains there, even if the power is turned... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monetary Policy - Banking Awareness Quiz

    Deepak Kumar
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    Monetary Policy quiz. Read Monetary policy notes here. Q1. Monetary Policy is a regulatory policy by which the ______or monetary authority of a country controls the supply of money, availability of bank credit and cost of money that is the rate of interest: a) Central Bank (RBI)b) SBIc) IBAd) None of These Q2. _______controls the supply of money and bank credit:a) RBIb) Indian Banking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Current Affairs Updates for 29 August 2015

    Gagandeep Broot
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    Current Affairs Updates for today :- Festival ‘Thiru Onam’ celebratedThe festival ‘Thiru Onam’ celebrated on 28th August 2015 which is fall during the Malayalam month ‘Chingam’. Kandakatla Manohar appointed as Director of NIMSKandakatla Manohar appointed as Director of Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) on 27th August 2015. Air India Hockey team won Guru Tegh Bahadur Hockey titleAir... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pipes and Cisterns - Concepts and Tricks

    Premlata Biswas
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Pipes and cisterns problems are almost the same as those of Time and work problems. Thus, if a pipe fills a tank in 6 hrs, then the pipe fills 1/6th of the tank in 1 hr. the only difference with Pipes and Cisterns problems is that there are outlets as well as inlets. Thus, there are agents (the outlets) which perform negative work too. The rest of the process is almost similar. INLET: An... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    MSB Blog

  • Vet Tech Students from Blaine and Woodbury Join Forces to Learn About Wolves

    Julie Kresh
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    On August 12 the students from Julie Oglesby’s Lab Animals, Exotics and Pocket Pets class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine joined fellow students from Globe University-Woodbury on a field trip to The Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, MN. The field trip was led by Dawn Harvego, CVT. Veterinary technology program students from Globe University and Minnesota School of Business at The Wildlife Center in Columbus, MN. The Center is a non-profit organization, aimed at providing exposure though education, research, and conservation. Here, they conduct various humane studies in…
  • MSB Lakeville Students Explore Minnehaha Falls

    Madeline Rudawski
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Jay Moore’s Environmental Issues class at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville recently took a trip to Minnehaha Falls Park in Minneapolis to put the concepts learned in class into practice.  The class met at the park on August 3rd to explore the waterfalls, the surrounding park, and see firsthand the natural environment they’ve been learning about in their class. The class visited Minnehaha Falls not only because of its convenient location, but also because it’s the most-visited park in the Twin Cities.  It also boasts a gorgeous waterfall that is host to many of the…
  • Staff Spotlight: Amy Harms Hoad

    Madeline Rudawski
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Amy Harms Hoad is currently an adjunct instructor for the Minnesota School of Business – Lakeville Campus, and this quarter, she’s teaching Professional Communications I.  Because she’s a general education instructor, she has the excellent opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of students from a diverse array of programs.  Harms Hoad’s unique professional background gives her plenty of real-world experience to apply in the classroom with her students. She grew up on a farm in Titonka, Iowa (population: 612), then went on to attend the University of…
  • Use Facebook to Stay Connected to MSB-Blaine!

    Julie Kresh
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:12 am
    At Minnesota School of Business-Blaine, we use social media to reach out to our community.  You’ve seen the MSB blog posts that are highlighted in emails.  We use LinkedIn to post articles and add discussions at Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Alumni & Career Resources Group. We also use the Minnesota School of Business – Blaine Facebook page, especially to connect to students, alumni, and employees.  Our Facebook page administrator is Jessie Karnis, career services assistant at MSB-Blaine. Jessie wanted to share a few details about managing our Facebook account.
  • Meet Your New Career Services Coordinator

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Kristina George started at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus in April of this year. She quickly impressed Shannon Templin, director of career services, who chose her based on “student advising experience and exhibited essential leadership and management skills that can place Kristina in the role of a mentor to our students. In addition, her Masters in English is a huge asset to our department.” Now that she is getting settled in her position, it is time for her students and coworkers to get to know her. Tell us about your educational and professional background: I…
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    Magical Methods

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    21 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
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    Crack CAT Smartly……by working differently...Winners don't do different things, they do things differently-- Shiv Khera, World-renowned motivator and teacherToday MBA is the most sought after career. And if you can do MBA from any of the IIMs, nothing like it. More than 3,50,000 students take CAT every year. They have a DREAM of doing their MBA from IIMs. But do you know that how many of them really make it to IIMs? To enter into IIMs, you should be a CAT material.Are you a CAT material?CAT is difficult when you try to crack it in…
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    eLearning Infographics

  • The Typical Millennial Learner Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Characteristics of the Typical Millennial Learner The Millennial generation or Generation Y is made up of people who were born between 1982 and 2000. They were born into technology and grew up tinkering with gadgets and video games. They prefer to express themselves in 140 characters instead of writing an email. They think and learn differently than the Baby Boomers. So it is no wonder that you have to revamp your training to catch their attention, hook them, and make them come back for more. Here are the characteristics of the typical millennial Learner: 1. Millennials are Tech-Savvy.
  • Businesses Love Tablets and Video for eLearning Infographic

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
      Businesses Love Tablets and Video for eLearning Infographic Tablets and videos are making waves in corporate and retail operations. The Businesses Love Tablets and Video for eLearning Infographic shows how organizations are incorporating this technology into a wide array of functions across training and eLearning including collaboration and content delivery. The goal of this infographic for eLearning and Training professionals was to: Showcase the undeniable growing trend of tablets in the workplace. Underscore how quickly the ROI of tablet implementation can be seen. Improve the…
  • Pros and Cons of Open Education Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Pros and Cons of Open Education Infographic Open Education is the institutional practices and initiatives that broaden access to learning and training through formal educational systems.Check out The Pros and Cons of Open Education Infographic to get to know the pros and cons of open education. Major Open Education Players OERs (Open Educational Resources) are used primarily for the remixing and modularization of educational elements. MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are offered by some of the nations preeminent universities for free and to massive audiences. Pros: Open Education is…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Create an Engaging eLearning Course Infographic

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    5 Easy Ways to Develop an Engaging eLearning Course Engaged learners are what we are actually looking for in eLearning. The 5 Easy Ways to Create an Engaging eLearning Course Infographic provides 5 tips to create engaging eLearning courses that will allow you to increase your audience’s engagement levels. 1. Make the content relevant to students. The purpose of a course should be to provide students with relevant content that is packed with useful information, it’s easy to understand, and helps students reach their learning goals. 2. Make the content visually appealing. An…
  • 2015 Back-to School and College Retail Trends Infographic

    Smaragda Papadopoulou
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    2015 Back-to School and College Retail Trends Infographic Behind Holiday, Back-to-School is retail’s second biggest season and often a barometer of how well retailers will perform the last half of the year. NRF’s annual survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, is among the most anticipated consumer research releases each year. The National Retail Federation asked online shoppers if they plan to use retailers’ omnichannel delivery options, including free shipping, same-day delivery, ship-to-store and reserve online. The topics they ask about each year — from school…
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    Talk in French

  • 6 Tips on how to read in French like a boss

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
      Hey, you. Yes, you awesome person hovering over this page. How do you feel about reading? ….in French? Ha! Gotcha! I know that majority of you readers were about to say yes but froze halfway through. If you’re one of the 58.9% French learners (a totally made up percentage) who looks like this... The post 6 Tips on how to read in French like a boss appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Available Now: Learn French with Stories for Beginners

    14 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There was once a young boy who worked as assistant at a café in Paris. His name was Henri and he was 14 at the time. One day, a special guest came to their café. It was no less than the Prince of Wales himself, the future King Edward VII of England! A prince! In their café! And among his guests was ... The post Available Now: Learn French with Stories for Beginners appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 10 Tips on How to Dress Like a French Woman (+ Timeless Advice from French Style Icons)

    13 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    Heads up, ladies. For this article we’ll be talking about… French fashion and style. It’s impossible to talk about French culture without discussing fashion. In fact, I knew it was only a matter of time before we have to tackle the pink elephant in this website: French women’s fashion. It has been d... The post 10 Tips on How to Dress Like a French Woman (+ Timeless Advice from French Style Icons) appeared first on Talk in French.
  • 10 Easy French Recipes to Try at Home

    8 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Often when people hear about French food, they think long, complicated processes, difficult to pronounce ingredients, and hard, awfully hard work. French cuisine is synonymous with gourmet food and this is oftentimes enough for amateur home cooks to shy away from.   And they go: But hey, guess ... The post 10 Easy French Recipes to Try at Home appeared first on Talk in French.
  • Which Parisian Restaurant Suits you Best?

    6 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    This week, I am launching my newest e-book Paris for Foodies and I can honestly say that it’s got all the things any foodie travelling to Paris would absolutely love. (I swear!) So to celebrate the launch of this e-book, I came up with a fun quiz especially designed for all kinds of foodies out ther... The post Which Parisian Restaurant Suits you Best? appeared first on Talk in French.
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  • Encouraging the Military's Innovation Initiatives

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, a physicist by trade, announced at a visit to Camp Pendleton a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx. The Pentagon's innovation outpost will make its way to Silicon Valley to scout for new advancements to see how they could be applied to the military. Keeping an eye out for emerging innovations means staying connected to the scientific scene.Companies continuously seek new technologies and ideas to invest in. Sometimes they buy those technologies outright while at other times they invest directly into the business. The military isn't that much…
  • Values or Duty?

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    It has been said that personality is stable over one's lifetime. By the age of seven we will maintain the same outlook on life unless something drastic has happened. Character comes with internal personality and values while duty is a promise to uphold a certain value system. To uphold a duty when no reward is forthcoming is a deeper value system based into the way the person sees themselves. Are we driven by values or duty?Consider a person with character who seeks to live life with meaning and ensure they they treat people with justice and kindness. They have character and are capable of…
  • Emerging Online University Models

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Online education is as credible as traditional education and is growing every year. Despite heavy regulation and the desire to support traditional models it is suspected that most universities will offer online classes to augment their expensive infrastructure. As online models change and adjust to meet multiple stakeholders and regulatory shifts one has to wonder about stronger emerging models. Models come and go but those that are likely to make it might transform higher education models as to provide what stakeholders need while still capitalizing on the efficiencies virtual colleges…
  • China at the Crossroads of Reform

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    China is at the crossroads between a path that goes left and one that goes right. To the left is political stability that pulls from the bag of old fashion communist economic policy while to the right is a path that forces Chinese businesses to be compete without as much government support. The process of reform will become more apparent as time moves forward. Recent market corrections are an opportunity for Chinese businesses to reach out to American companies for collaborative partnerships that expand both economies.Both mentalities come with some risks. Communist approaches provide for…
  • The Lines of Bureaucracy-Models of Inefficiency

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Bureaucracy can be difficult to deal with. Waiting in lines, filling out large forms, waiting weeks for a response, and trekking down to some physical location can be pretty tough. Where we experience bureaucracy we generally feel annoyed and sometimes devalued as a person. The modern conveniences of this century sometimes feel absent when large clunky operations grip with white knuckles to ineffective models. Those organizations that don't change eventually are buried in history. You know you are standing in one when everything looks worn out, old, and dilapidated. Bureaucracy breeds…
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    On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog

  • A Real-Life Phenomenon, More Incredible Than Matrix (And Why Writing About It is Doomed to Succeed)

    Mike Hanski
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    Unappreciated writing is as good as dead. Every person, from a college student who writes essays to a pro writer, is struggling to get recognition. If you think that being dependent on others’ opinion is beneath your dignity, I have a shortcut for you: just press CTRL+W. (And those writing gems with zero hassle are […] The post A Real-Life Phenomenon, More Incredible Than Matrix (And Why Writing About It is Doomed to Succeed) appeared first on On College Life and Writing | Bid4papers Blog.
  • Thoughts Behind Habits of Famous Writers [Infographic]

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Great Activities for the First Month of School

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The first month of school is all about getting to know your students and setting the tone for the rest of the school year. Many teachers have a list of tried and true activities that they use in the classroom, but we’d like to throw some new ideas into the mix. Whether you’re a new teacher looking for ideas or a veteran teacher who just wants to start the year with something different, these activities will help you and your students get to know one another and become comfortable working together as a team. Most of these activities were designed with elementary students in mind,…
  • Back-to-School Tips for Teachers

    9 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    It’s back-to-school time! If you want the new school year to be a great one, it’s important to start it off right. Whether a new teacher or a veteran teacher, it helps to take a moment, get into the back-to-school frame of mind and make sure you’re prepared to start the new school year. Armed with these 10 tips, the new school year is bound to be a success. 1. This Year is Not Last Year Whether you had a great year of teaching or a horrible year of teaching last year, head into this school year knowing that it will be different. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a great year, it just…
  • 5 Rules for the First Day of School

    William Campione
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Typically it’s the students who receive rules to follow on the first day of school. Instead, here are five rules for teachers to make the first day of school go smoothly. 1. Be welcoming Many veteran teachers live by outdated axioms, such as “Don’t smile until Thanksgiving!” and “It’s easier to go from mean to nice than from nice to mean!”. While these nuggets of wisdom contain some truth, experience has taught me that most students – even those with behavior issues – benefit from a warm, welcoming environment, and not one based on obsolete clichés. Welcome your students…
  • 3 Tools to Help Kids Learn Over the Summer

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    Kids don’t have to be in a classroom to learn. When they’re out of school for the summer, they are still plenty of opportunities for them to gain new knowledge. You can help them learn by introducing them to three simple tools designed to get them interested in learning, even if they don’t realize that’s what they’re doing. 1. Ask Questions Sometime during the toddler years, kids go through a why phase. They use that question to help them figure out the world and everything in it. Unfortunately, many kids quickly grow out of the why stage. To help kids learn over the summer,…
  • 3 Steps to Cultivating an Effective EdTech Culture in the Classroom

    12 Jun 2015 | 4:39 am
    Technology isn’t automatically valuable for teachers. Tech tools, ranging from student community platforms to online reading logs, become integral to classroom instruction when you create a culture around effective and educational use of technology with your students. This requires you and your students to consistently evaluate and adapt while being purposeful with the tools you choose and the lessons you pair them with. Here are three different ways to ensure that you’re cultivating an effective EdTech culture in your classroom—one that promotes both education and fun learning…
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    Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success.

  • Good Feedback on Student Work (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    A students comes into your office, during office hours. They explain that they are not doing well in your course and also reveal that they are having personal difficulties and explain what they are. The post Good Feedback on Student Work appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Start Planning for a Successful Career in Real Estate (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    If you will be graduating college soon, you may be considering your career options, including the possibility of getting into real estate career. Even after the housing crisis several years ago, working in real estate continues to be a worthwhile career with many opportunities for success. The post Start Planning for a Successful Career in Real Estate appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • What You Need to Know – The New SAT (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    CollegeBoard will be implementing a major overhaul to the SAT for the first time in eleven years. The new test has been redesigned to more accurately assess student preparedness for the demands of collegiate academics. What type of different content will be included? How will the new scoring system work? Check out the infographic below for an easy-to-read overview of the new SAT! The post What You Need to Know – The New SAT appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Sponsorship: A Win-Win Opportunity (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    It’s mutually beneficial - the sponsors gain a valuable opportunity to market to students, and you enjoy low cost goods or services. Sponsors became a staple in the nearly 100 events I helped organize as a student, and I’m going to let you in on how easy it is to find them. The post Sponsorship: A Win-Win Opportunity appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
  • Senior Summer: A Roller Coaster of Mixed Emotions — College Parent Central (de Roulet, Pecoraro)
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Source: Senior Summer: A Roller Coaster of Mixed Emotions — College Parent Central The post Senior Summer: A Roller Coaster of Mixed Emotions — College Parent Central appeared first on Student Caring - Helping Parents, Professors and Their College Students Achieve Success..
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    Common Sense School Leadership

  • Managing for Success in Your Classroom

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Opinions about the best classroom management practices are as varied as the teachers who use them.  Despite that variance, most agree that you have to have some sort of systematic approach to classroom expectations.  Starting the school year with a vague idea of what is acceptable behavior can make for a long and trying year. Here are a few thoughts adapted from “The Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips” via Edutopia.  What others would you add? Greet students at the door When you greet students at the door it tells them that you are ready for them.  It…
  • Here’s to a satisfying year!

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Well, here we are on the brink of another school year.  Every year brings a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm.  The possibilities are endless in August and September.  The challenge for all of us is keeping the momentum going throughout the year. The same amount of planning that goes into preparing for the school year needs to be applied evenly over the course of the year.  Many schools start out with fun and motivating themes, but it is easy to lose our focus and direction once the school year gets into full gear. It’s important for school leaders to build checkpoints into the…
  • A “Teachers’ Principal”

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    I had the fortune of hearing Todd Whitaker speak this week.  Two years ago I attended his keynote at NAESP in Baltimore.  His message never gets old.  Having him at our district’s leadership conference this week was a great way to bring closure to the school year and provided motivation in planning for next year. After listening to his words of wisdom, I am even more committed to being a “teachers’ principal.”  What is a teachers’ principal and why does it matter?  The term “players’ coach” gets used often in sports.  The term generally refers to a coach who has a good…
  • Summer Brings the Chance to Re-gain Your Balance

    4 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    How will you spend your summer? Summer offers us the chance to “sharpen the saw.”  Stephen Covey encouraged us to seek balance in our physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual lives.  When all four dimensions are in balance, the result is personal and professional synergy.  The sum of synergistic living is always greater than its parts.  When all four dimensions are balanced, everything falls into place. The modern educator can easily be overwhelmed by the challenges of teaching and leading.  If we don’t take the time to renew ourselves on a personal and professional level,…
  • Standing at the Back of the Elephant

    6 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    The headline of Lyndsey Layton’s Washington Post article yesterday reads, “Most states lack expertise to improve worst schools.”  Layton notes in her article that the government’s 3 billion dollar investment hasn’t led to improved performance in our most challenged schools.  Apparently, the states “did not have the staff, technology and expertise to pull those schools out of the bottom rankings.” The schools that were targeted for improvement had to choose one of four school reform strategies:  replace the principal and at least 50 percent of the staff; close the school and…
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    Voyageur Outward Bound School

  • A Bold Audacious Goal: The Grand Portage

    Theo Theobald
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Nine miles of sweat, grime, grit and finally, glory. Outward Bound is hard – by design. But that doesn’t mean throwing students to the wolves and hoping for the best. A big part of course is learning to set goals and then working toward them. Grind through struggles, persist through the uncertainties, celebrate successes and... The post A Bold Audacious Goal: The Grand Portage appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Service with a Smile

    Calvin Croll
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Diego’s shirt was filthy, caked with dirt and sweat, but all I could focus on was the smile on his face. He kept looking at me the entire time as he stood up to his full height, lifted his knee, and then hurled the ball towards me. Then it seemed like time slowed down. It... The post Service with a Smile appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • All Youth Are at Risk; Outdoor Programs Can Help

    Mary Milodragovich
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Sometimes we work with teens. Sometimes we work with at-risk teens. But I repeat myself. When we talk of “at-risk” youth we often think of the outside factors that teens are “at-risk” for: friends, drugs, failing school, etc. But I think we should be more concerned about the internal factors that influence these decisions. Self-confidence... The post All Youth Are at Risk; Outdoor Programs Can Help appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Theory of Change Part 3: The Impact

    Poppy Potter
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    The impact of an Outward Bound course is both different for everyone, yet the same. Chia Vang, a 2013 graduate of Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) and a partner school, the River’s Edge Academy shared, “these programs taught me about moving past obstacles and what it means to be a leader.” She goes on to... The post Theory of Change Part 3: The Impact appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
  • Theory of Change Part 2: The Design

    Poppy Potter
    29 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    “She is significantly more confident and better able to hear what others are saying and correctly interpret those words into something meaningful.” “He sees himself as a leader and looks for opportunities to lead….I think he thinks for himself more.” These parent comments are no accident. Our aim is to develop and build upon the... The post Theory of Change Part 2: The Design appeared first on Voyageur Outward Bound School.
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    ProofreadMyEssay's academic blog

  • How to Use Apostrophes

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our proofreaders often find apostrophes in unexpected places. And at other times these important punctuation marks are conspicuously absent. In either case, failure to use apostrophes correctly can seriously affect the quality of your written work. Yet despite the confusion that apostrophes seem to cause, it’s actually quite easy to master this important element of punctuation. All you need to remember is that apostrophes have two main uses: indicating possession and contractions. Possessive Apostrophes A possessive apostrophe isn’t one which jealously guards its stuff, but rather an…
  • Word Choice: Envelop vs. Envelope

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The words “envelop” and “envelope” both evolved from the Old French word enveloper, which meant “to wrap up”. But in English “envelop” is a verb and “envelope” is a noun, so it’s important not to get them confused. This is especially true in academic writing – where clarity is vital – and in the world of work – where even small errors can undermine professionalism. As such, you should take care to learn the difference between these two words. Envelop The verb “envelop” means “to wrap, enclose or cover something” – pretty much the same as…
  • Formatting Tips: Double Spacing in Microsoft Word

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Most university style guides (as well as influential groups like the American Psychological Association) specify the use of double spacing in your written work. But what exactly does this mean and how do you ensure that your work is formatted this way? Line Spacing – The Basics Line spacing is the vertical gap between each line in your document. The purpose of line spacing is to make sure your work is easy to read, as when text is squashed up it can be difficult to follow. This is why double spacing is favoured by most universities: it’s much easier for markers to read a large number…
  • Word Choice: Duel vs. Dual

    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The words “duel” and “dual” sound alike when spoken and look similar when written down (separated only by a vowel). It’s therefore quite easy to mix them up, even if you know roughly what they mean. But since such errors can impact on your ability to communicate ideas effectively in writing – an essential skill in both academic and business settings – it’s vital that you avoid this type of confusion. To help out we’ve prepared this quick guide on how to use “duel” and “dual”. Though don’t forget that you should also have your work double-checked before…
  • Dissertation Tips: Creating a Linear Outline Plan

    14 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Before starting on your Master’s dissertation or PhD thesis project, it’s important to plan everything first. One way of doing this is by creating a linear outline plan. A linear outline plan is what the name suggests – a step-by-step plan outlining what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it. Herein we set out some of the main things that most dissertations should include. Try to use it as a framework for thinking about your research. Introduction & Rationale The introductory section is where you set out the general area being investigated and the specific focus of…
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    The Edvocate

  • 8 More Reasons the US Education System is Failing

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    In the first part of this series, I discussed 10 reasons the US education system is still struggling to return to its glory days. In thinking about the future of education in this great nation, we are inspired by innovation. At the same time, K-12 institutions seem notoriously slow to adapt to the new practices and technologies that are constantly emerging. This is not only a disservice to students, but also problematic for the economy at large. Better access to top-notch education starts before Kindergarten – not after a high school diploma has been earned. In the final part of my series,…
  • Building a Nurturing and Supportive Environment for Students

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    As a student-centered instructional method, culturally responsive instruction is focused on catering to the social, emotional, and educational needs of the student.  Among the first goals that teachers must achieve in order to successfully create a culturally responsive environment is convincing their students that they genuinely care about their cultural, emotional, and intellectual needs.  There are several strategies that you can use to build trusting relationships with diverse students.  These strategies include such subtle gestures as being sure to learn the proper pronunciation of…
  • Should We Rewrite American History Books?

    Matthew Lynch
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    “History has a point of view; it cannot be all things to all people.” – Samuel Taylor When it comes to textbooks, every school district in the nation has its own system for ordering. What a district chooses impacts what the students in those boundaries learn. When it comes to subjects like math, science and even English there are some absolute truths that must be followed. When it comes to history or social sciences though, there is some wiggle room. These subjects have their own facts, of course, but the perspective can make all the difference. Of all topics, these have the ability to…
  • 3 Ways to Become a Culturally Responsive Teacher

    Matthew Lynch
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Given the wealth of diversity in our nation’s public schools, it is no wonder that culturally responsive pedagogy is becoming more of a presence. Culturally responsive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student’s cultural place in the world. It’s great that instructional theory is advocating a shift toward a pedagogy that emphasizes a comfortable and academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races,…
  • Libraries of the Future: Where Trends Are Taking K-12 Public School Libraries

    Matthew Lynch
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain but the principle trends are readily identified in various research efforts. The goal of this post is not absolutely to regurgitate the details of high-brow research, but rather to summarize the key points, to paint a picture of what the libraries of the future will look like and how they will support students, teachers, administrators, and even parents. The first thing to note is that students are going to have, at their disposal, a greater range…
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    CTET Preparation

  • Teaching Strategies – Child Development

    NIIT Litmus
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    1.            The method chosen for teaching is based broadly upon the following:- a)            Awareness. Knowing about child development and learning what is typical at each age and stage of early development is essential. This knowledge, based on research, helps teachers decide which experiences are best for children’s learning and development. b)            Individual…
  • Types of Socialization: CTET Concepts

    NIIT Litmus
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
      1.     Humans are not only social but also cultural. It is the culture that provides opportunities for humans to develop personality. Every society prescribes its own ways and means of giving social training to its new born member so that they may develop their own personality. This social training is called Socialization. The human child comes into the world as a biological organism with animal needs, it is gradually molded in society into a social being and learns the social way of acting and feeling.  …
  • Factors Influencing Socialization: CTET Concepts

    NIIT Litmus
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    1.            Imitation.       Imitation is copying by an individual of the actions of other Mead defines it as self-conscious assumption of another's acts or roles. Thus when the child attempts to walk impressively like his father swinging a stick and wearing spectacles he is imitating. Imitation may be conscious or unconscious, spontaneous or deliberate, perceptual or ideational, imitation. The person imitating performs exactly the same activity as the one being performed before him. Imitation is the main…
  • Everything About Mathematics: CTET Preparation 2015

    NIIT Litmus
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Nature of Mathematics It relies on both logic and creativityIt is pursued both for a variety of practical purposes and for its intrinsic interest.It is the science of patterns and relationships It is also an applied science It has got the relationship between almost all other fields of basic and applied science It is the chief language of science  Roger Bacon said that Mathematics is the gateway and key of all sciences Aims of teaching Mathematics  Methods of teaching Mathematics According to Brondy(1963), ‘method’ refers to the formal structure of the sequence of…
  • Factors Affecting Child Development : Basics for CTET Exam !

    NIIT Litmus
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    1.         Child development is affected by a variety of factors ranging from societal, governmental policies to individual cognitive and physical abilities. Hence children enter school demonstrating various levels of readiness. Therefore it is essential that a teacher have the basic understanding of the factors that affect the development of a child. Understand that the ultimate effect of these factors on the child’s learning are moulded by other conditions related to the child, its family, community and society at large. In most cases it is a…
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    Early Childhood Development BlogFeed

  • 5 Great Morning Hacks for Busy Families

    Lynda Way
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    A few of us have mornings down to a fine art, and unless you are wide awake from the moment you open your eyes each day, you’re likely to need a little help. If you have youngsters to organize in … Read More The post 5 Great Morning Hacks for Busy Families appeared first on .
  • 6 Steps to Plan a Smart Back-to-School Budget

    Lynda Way
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Store shelves are full of notebooks, backpacks and the latest kids clothing styles. Summer is coming to an end and it is the time to get ready for back to school. Parents get excited about this on one hand, but … Read More The post 6 Steps to Plan a Smart Back-to-School Budget appeared first on .
  • 6 Interesting Activities You Can Do This Parents’ Day

    Lynda Way
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. This day is an ideal opportunity to put aside some special family time and do something exciting that everyone will enjoy. Here are 6 interesting activities you can do this … Read More The post 6 Interesting Activities You Can Do This Parents’ Day appeared first on .
  • How to Ensure a Safe Summer for Your Child

    Lynda Way
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Summer is an ideal time for families to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend some quality time outdoors with their children. Whether you’re heading out for a day trip to a zoo or you’re setting off for a week long … Read More The post How to Ensure a Safe Summer for Your Child appeared first on .
  • How to Get Your Child to Organize Their Bedrooms

    Lynda Way
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Getting children to clean up their bedrooms can be a huge challenge. There is no doubt that a messy bedroom is an eye sore, but most of the times, children will not clean up their rooms no matter how hard … Read More The post How to Get Your Child to Organize Their Bedrooms appeared first on .
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    Brilliant or Insane

  • 10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School

    Angela Stockman
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane I remember the welcome letters that arrived in our mailbox during the final weeks of summer when my girls were in primary school. My daughter Laura had a first grade teacher who included a picture of herself attending the same school at the same age. Nina had a kindergarten teacher who encouraged the class to wear funky […] The post 10 Awesome Ways to Welcome Students Back to School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 4 Back to School Habits that Cultivate Community

    Angela Stockman
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane The beginning of a new school year is rich with opportunities to cultivate community and build a solid foundation for interdependent learning. Rather than focusing on rules and consequences, why not devote time at the beginning of the year to building these four habits instead? Doing so will help your students turn to one another […] The post 4 Back to School Habits that Cultivate Community appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • Why Extracurricular Activities Are Crucial to Learning

    Forrest Miller
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Brilliant or Insane With summer in full swing, many parents are still looking for ways to keep their child occupied and on the path to success.  Extracurricular activities, regardless of the student’s age, are a great way to do this.  Rather than just plopping them down in front of the T.V., getting kids involved with a soccer camp, swimming […] The post Why Extracurricular Activities Are Crucial to Learning appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 5 Ways to Help Students Make a Smooth Transition Back to School

    Angela Stockman
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:01 am
    Brilliant or Insane My daughter Nina is a night owl. She loves to stay up late, reading, gaming, chatting with her sister and friends, or catching up on her favorite television shows. And I don’t stop her, when she has no reason to rise early the next day. This is what summer and weekends are made for, after all. In […] The post 5 Ways to Help Students Make a Smooth Transition Back to School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
  • 4 Brain-based Strategies to Help Struggling Readers

    Mark Barnes
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Brilliant or Insane Sometimes kids just don’t like to read, because they’ve never had much access to books. Other times struggling readers have brain-based issues that inhibit their reading abilities. This infographic examines struggling readers and brain-based issues and provides 4 strategies for helping struggling readers, while considering the neurology involved with reading. Find more education infographics on […] The post 4 Brain-based Strategies to Help Struggling Readers appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
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    The Montessori Group

  • Recommended Montessori Books

    Montessori Group
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Whether you’re interested in expanding your own Montessori book collection or are shopping for a colleague or friend, you’ll find a wealth of recommendations at the American Montessori Society website.
  • Screen time for children

    Montessori Group
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Meet Naima Nahid, a seven year-old. A first grader, she already takes selfies everyday, uploads them on Facebook (she has a Facebook account), gives about a dozen of check-ins in a month and enjoys playing video games on her mother’s tablet. “Without these, life would be boring and unimaginable,” she says. Many parents, like those […]
  • Nutrition & Health News for Families

    Montessori Group
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Water Safety Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water Follow these safety tips from the Red Cross whenever you are in, on or around water. Make Water Safety Your Priority Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or […]
  • Nutrition & Health News for Families

    Montessori Group
    14 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Children are more prone to dehydration than adults In a study, kids who were given just 1 cup of water before visual and memory tests, scored better and had longer attention spans than kids who didn’t drink water. Children dehydrate much faster than adults. Always keep water, Gatorade or other fluids on hand while outdoors […]
  • Ways to Aid Self-Discipline

    Montessori Group
    5 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Change Parenting Attitude Parents first, child second – “Nurture Oneself” Children are more likely to respect the parent, when the parent respects themselves. Tired and stressed parents have difficulty setting boundaries. When your “cup is empty” you have nothing left to give. The Media does not have to dictate how you parent. Do not let […]
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    MMO With Shahnawaz

  • 3 Best Affiliate Marketing Business Model For Newbies

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    Best Affiliate Marketing Business Model -  I plan to create this guide because I was getting email everyday from newbie that how they make money online on long term basis. I asked them always what their skill /what are the interest areas but most of them just wanted to make money and don’t know their weakness and strengthens. After giving suggestion of CPA, YouTube Marketing to newbie I found that many of them are losing  money and getting demotivated. As you also know CPA marketing take lot of testing to get a successful campaign. I started work on a niche The post 3 Best Affiliate…
  • Best IM And SEO Tools For MAC OS X

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    I am searching from last couple of hours for "Best IM And SEO Tools For MAC OS X " but didn't find any good resource, I found only one resource which is of Matthew Woodward .So I thought to add some more awesome tools in the list and make it more handy for you guys. Ill be adding free, trail and paid version IM And SEO Tools For MAC OS X and you pick what you like. One more thing its possible that I may miss some good SEO Tools For MAC OS X  so you please comment below and let me know Ill The post Best IM And SEO Tools For MAC OS X appeared first on MMO With Shahnawaz.
  • How To Sell T-shirts Online To Make Money

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    How to sell t-shirts online Hello everyone today I will be telling about how to sell t-shirts online on Facebook or on your website. There are several questions which have been asked to me regarding selling t-shirts. Ill answer all questions for sure and for me this is one of the best method to make money online and it is easily scale-able also. The only thing you need to do is design a t-shirt of your own choice and you should keep it in mind that the design which you have made or the pattern you have selected must be related The post How To Sell T-shirts Online To Make Money appeared first…
  • CopyBuilder Review – Best Copy Writing Software 2015

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    CopyBuilder Review Today I am going to do review of a awesome copy writing software named Copy Builder . I took some time to write about this copy writing software because I wanted to make sure that I ll be writing for a good product only. Now aI am well satisfied from CopyBuilder copy writing software.I hope you will also enjoy CopyBuilder review. CopyBuilder is build on SAAS framework that make process simple and effective to generate high quality and conversion-able sales copy. To create this high level of copy writing software couple of master mind / brilliant marketer clubbed. Alex…
  • Video Skins Review – Best “Video Call To Action” Technology

    Shahnawaz Sadique
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Hey guys welcome again . To day I am doing a review of Video Skins software which allows you to add  Video Call To Actions technology with out any hustle. Before going further on Video Skins Review Let me give you a little brief about this one of the best video marketing software. Product Create - Sam Bakker And Brad Stephens Niche - Advanced Video Marketing Price - $27-$47 (Launch Price for limited time) Refund - 30 Days Money Back Guarantee Support - Very Good ,Fast Response and supportive . Official Site - My Opinion - Highly Recommended if you The post Video Skins…
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    Free PowerPoint Presentations

  • Why To Add Slide Transitions?

    FPPTP Admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Keeping your audience focused on the subject is really sophisticated job, you need to make sure your speech is being heard to the last row & also make sure you are on the exact slide. As a presenter we are aware of what comes next in our presentation but for the audience, its a surprise, that can either encourage their anxiety or just keep them lay low. But how does the audience know – on which slide presentation is proceeding? Or What has been covered so far? According to Carmen Simon (Rexi Media) “Audience remember only the 10% of the presentation, either its a…
  • PowerPoint 2016 – A Collaboration Tool

    Rajashekhar Intha
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    World is updating itself with each and every second, thanks to the brains that collaboratively work to make this change, and no wonder the ages to come are totally depended on the team work. For example we have seen what Facebook has achieved in recent years, being a social media platform, Facebook turned out to be a huge collaboration tool of marketing media where actually the users are collaborators. So, this proves that the work of tomorrow in not the way it is today but it is something that is quite connected and effective. Following this very new trend of working, PowerPoint 2016…
  • PowerPoint 2016 New Features – Inking

    FPPTP Admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    In our very recent article we reviewed some new features of the new PowerPoint 2016 and in today’s article we are going to quick explore one of the new feature in PowerPoint 2016 called  as “Inking”. This feature is not quite new but it is something that wasn’t accessible directly within ribbon. In earlier version of PowerPoint, the inking feature was only available on the slideshow view whereas in PowerPoint 2016 you can access it right under Review section and perform annotating right away on the current slide. On clicking Start Inking you get few more special…
  • Things You Don’t Know What PowerPoint 2013 Can Do!

    Rajashekhar Intha
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    I’ve been using PowerPoint for almost 5 years now and every time I use it I discover new possibilities, and I wonder how a presentation tool can transform complex work into simple. Its not just a program that is quite easy to use but it is something that empowers creativity of yours. So focusing on the title “Things You Don’t Know What PowerPoint 2013 Can Do!” Here are 4 very things I’ve explored and been working with PowerPoint that most people don’t know or usually work.   1) PowerPoint as a Video Editing Tool It was a dream come true when…
  • Download Magic Hat Entrance Text

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Inserting a video behind the slide is a thoughtful idea but it doesn’t quite help if its a big presentation. Videos as backgrounds is a good thought for PowerPoint but still the implementation is quite complex as the program doesn’t support well. But making short video intros is quite possible in PowerPoint, and to show a demo of what we are talking about is right down below   Download the presentations explore it and get started. Download Magic Hat Enterance     The post Download Magic Hat Entrance Text appeared first on Free PowerPoint Presentations.
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    Speed Reading Lounge

  • What are the best speed reading books?

    Mark Ways
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Popular books to teach yourself accelerated reading techniques Learning to read fast is a challenging task that takes time, patience, and practice. Furthermore, studying effective reading methods are essential to increase focus, motivation, and reading confidence. There are various ways you can achieve your goals be it with software, online courses or live classes. Another way, and often underestimated, are using books that will teach you how to become a more effective reader. The following lists contains some of the best books that are comprised of strategies to help readers learn to read…
  • Does a speed reading test make sense?

    Mark Ways
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Why you shouldn’t always care about words per minutes One activity most courses will ask you to do is to test your current reading speed. Doing those tests can be a hassle; at least I didn’t like them. After running such a test, I knew was an average reader with average comprehension and average bad reading habits. Since then I certainly have tested my performance at various occasions seeing good improvements, but compared to earlier times I don’t actually mind the numbers anymore. Trust in my reading skills is more important than words per minute. So, is a speed reading…
  • AceReader iPad Review

    Mark Ways
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Read mobile content faster with the AceReader iPad app Are you interested in increasing your reading performance using your tablet? Would you like to be able to quickly read through information while still comprehending the content as you read? If any of these things are what you are striving for, then the AceReader iPad App can help you achieve these goals! It uses the popular award-winning reading improvement software, AceReader, and is particularly designed for mobile use. Having great reading skills is something that does not always come naturally. For some, reading skills grow with both…
  • 9 Tips to sleep better to boost your reading experience

    Mark Ways
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    How a good night’s sleep can improve your reading performance I recently came across a Twitter tweet (see below) about the best six doctors anywhere: Sunshine, Air, Water, Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep. The latter is indeed a crucial factor to our general wellbeing, but it also plays an important role when it comes to our work and – in regards to this post’s topic – reading performance. We intuitively know how important sleep is for our body to function well, but often ignore its need for sufficient rest. “Sleep is for the weak” you might say, but…
  • Syllable App Review

    Mark Ways
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    Syllable eBook speed reader for iOS devices An amazing skill to get through quickly with lengthy books is through speed reading, but sadly it also takes some time to fully master this skill. Syllable is a well-known app for iOS to teach you techniques on your iPhone. It can extract articles from your Instapaper, clipboard or even Pocket. The app is particularly suitable for users wanting to improve and boast their book reading skills. Keep reading this quick review on Syllable to learn the main features, settings and highlights. Syllable App Review: Highlights and Features Import content…
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    CITE » Blog

  • The Week in Education News 8/24/15

    John Russo
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Your Week in Education by Danielle Bonnici Thanks, but no thanks…. Over 200,000 middle schools students in New York State declined to sit for Common Core test this year- four […] The post The Week in Education News 8/24/15 appeared first on CITE.
  • Education News Briefing 8-14

    John Russo
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Your Education Briefing By Danielle Bonnici It’s been an eventful week in education news: Teacher Shortage A teacher shortage is putting a damper on “back to school”: The New York […] The post Education News Briefing 8-14 appeared first on CITE.
  • New Chicago Grading System

    John Russo
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chicago’s school history is a testimony to the lack of difference that different reform movements have made; Chicago has tried them all to little avail. Chicago is now trying something else […] The post New Chicago Grading System appeared first on CITE.
  • Regional Support Centers in NYC

    John Russo
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chalkbeat has a nice piece on the philosophy behind Chancellor Farina’s reorganization of support services. The goal of creating consistency across the city is crucial, but really difficult. I have […] The post Regional Support Centers in NYC appeared first on CITE.
  • Credit Recovery Program

    John Russo
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    According to Chalkbeat, the city is cracking down on inflated graduation rates, by way of a new task force. (PUBLISHED: Chalkbeat August 4, 2015)  Chancellor Carmen Fariña at the Bronx […] The post Credit Recovery Program appeared first on CITE.
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    DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar

  • What Is Love?

    DU Khabar
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    So have you ever fallen in ‘Love’? I fear that it’s not “Love” that you’ve fallen for… It’s the “Idea” of Love What Is Love? is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar | Delhi, NCR's Leading Youth Media House The post What Is Love? appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Fashion Times

    Aakanksha Rishi
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    College is the most amazing and memorable time of one’s life. The excitement, new-found freedom, making friends and no uniforms! You can Fashion Times is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar | Delhi, NCR's Leading Youth Media House The post Fashion Times appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Online College Book Renting Website

    DU Khabar
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Readhopper wasn’t an overnight spur off the moment thought but something that was cooked over the years. The seed was planted in Online College Book Renting Website is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar | Delhi, NCR's Leading Youth Media House The post Online College Book Renting Website appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.

    DU Khabar
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC) recently held its Student’s Union Election for the academic year 2015-16. The Elected Union has four posts- JDMC STUDENTS UNION 2015-16 is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar | Delhi, NCR's Leading Youth Media House The post JDMC STUDENTS UNION 2015-16 appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
  • Students’ Union Election Dates Announced

    DU Khabar
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Delhi University on Wednesday announced dates for the election of office bearers of Delhi University’s Student Union (DUSU) and members of Central Students’ Union Election Dates Announced is a post from: DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar | Delhi, NCR's Leading Youth Media House The post Students’ Union Election Dates Announced appeared first on DU Khabar - Delhi University Khabar.
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    The Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching

  • The I Do WE Do YOU Do Model Explained

    Shaun Killian
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    When Robert Marzano reviewed the research on the effectiveness of different teaching strategies, explicit teaching came out on top. The I Do We Do You Do model is a simple and catchy way to convey the essence of explicit instruction.   I Do In a nutshell, the I Do phase of a lesson involves you telling students what they need to know and showing them how to do the things that they need to be able to do. Research confirms that this is a powerful part of an effective and efficient learning process. In more specific terms, it involves teaching strategies such as informing, explaining,…
  • 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On

    Shaun Killian
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Robert Marzano and John Hattie have both reviewed research into what teaching strategies make the biggest difference to students’ results. While they used different methods and terminology, they agreed on these 8 powerful strategies.   Strategy 1: A Clear Focus for the Lesson John Hattie highlights how important it is for you (and your students) to be clear about what you want them to learn in each lesson. According to Hattie, teacher clarity is one of the most potent influences on student achievement. Robert Marzano agrees, including lesson goals in his top 5 list of factors that…
  • Lessons from Finland

    Shaun Killian
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    In recent years, Finland’s students have been at the top or near the top on a range of international indicators. Furthermore, Finland’s commitment to social equity has led to low levels of variance in student results from school to school. However, this has not always been the case. In the early 1990s, Finnish students achieved mediocre results on international tests such as PISA and TIMMS. Yet, they turned this around. Notably, they didn’t do this through introducing high-stakes testing, introducing charter schools, or enforcing superficial compliance with central mandates. Rather,…
  • Visible Learning Into Action

    Shaun Killian
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Visible Learning Into Action: written by John Hattie, Debra Masters, Kate Birch; published by Routledge; with a release date of 25 October 2015. John Hattie’s soon to be released book, Visible Learning Into Action, gives you a collection of living, breathing examples of how schools across Australia, USA, Hong Kong, UK, Sweden, New Zealand and Norway are using Hattie’s research findings to dramatically improve their students’ results. His first book, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Related to School Achievement: Was the culmination of over 15 years of…
  • The 10 Best Evidence Based Study Tips

    Shaun Killian
    13 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    There is no doubt that studying helps students to excel at school. John Hattie found that teaching students how to study (d=0.59) had: More than double the impact on students’ results than homework Nearly triple the impact of strategies such as teaching test-taking, and initiatives such as charter schools Put another way, encouraging your students to study while providing your students with study tips can help improve their marks from a: D to a C C to a B B to an A Sadly, many students don’t study and others are not shown how to study effectively. Not only should you teach your…
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    Kids Play Box

  • Science Experiments for Kids: Erupting Apple Science

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Science Experiments for Kids: Erupting Apple Science This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Setting up science experiments for kids can be just as fun as watching them engage in them. I usually involve the kids in the entire set up process. Other times I set up the science experiment and have them guess what the ingredients are why certain reactions are happening. Both methods have their own benefits. This time however I set up the experiment by myself so that the older kid, 6 will have a chance at making observations…
  • Watercolor Apple Tree Craft

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Apple Crafts for Kids : Watercolor Apple Trees This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Turn a fun apple craft into props for pretend play. While engaging their creativity and their finger muscles children can create an end product and use them for pretend play. With apple season around the corner, we are exploring more kids activities with an apple theme. Today we share creating apple trees with coffee filters and liquid watercolors. Want more apple crafts for kids? Materials { affiliate product links below} Liquid…
  • Toddler Activities: Apple Tree Craft

    6 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Toddler Activities: Sticky Apple Tree Craft Many of the kids activities we do usually are open ended that both my kids ( 5 and 3) can do together. Every now and then we create an activity with one particular age group in mind. Today we are focusing on toddler activities. In the past we have had fun with many toddler activities in the form popsicle painting, Jelly bean bush activity, color matching garden and many more. {All our apple activities in once place here} Follow Kids Play Box’s board Apple theme on Pinterest. Although we can’t see the seasons change clearly in Southern…
  • Mixed Media Family Portraits

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Recycled Art Activity: Mixed Media Family Portraits This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  The children are going back to school in a few short weeks after a gloriously fun summer. New teachers, new classroom, new school, possibly a we new friends. Often first week of back to school season involves a few fun back to school art projects and other activities. When we did this recycled art activity we didn’t envision it to be a good back to school activity. This art project just happened when we happened to notice…
  • Picture Frame Wall Art

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Picture Frame Wall Art Make  colorful wall art for your kids’ rooms using picture frames and nail polish. Simple kids art activity. {all our kids art projects here } This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.  Finding colorful wall art for kids’ rooms can be simple and easy on the wallet. My children and I enjoy creating art to hang them in their play space and in their rooms. They loved creating the spring themed wall art. We have also turned out tissue paper tie-dye art into wall art for their rooms. Today…
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    Nigeria Education, post Ume Update And Latest Education News in Nigeria

  • NUC Releases List Of 57 Illegal Universities In Nigeria

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    List Of 57 Illegal Universities In Nigeria Of recent, there have been speculations about some universities that are awarding illegal degrees. So the National Universities Commission has released a list of 57 illegal degree awarding institutions operating in Nigeria Prof. Julius Okojie the Executive Secretary of NUC, has warned that “certificates obtained from the institutions would not be accorded recognition for the purpose of election and participation in the National Youth Service Corps”. The commission also commenced investigation of over eight other illegal institutions…
  • JAMB 2016/2017 Registration Form is Out –

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Officially from the UTME registration Portal, it have been confirmed that that the 2016/2017 Jamb Registration have commence. So all interested candidates/different Schools/coaching center are hereby notified that JAMB 2016/2017 UTME e-Registration will commence as soon as possible. This officially came out some few days ago that the Joint admissions and matriculation board (JAMB) has finally lunched the UTME 2016 e-Registration portal. W2ell, according to our reporters monitoring the situation at the moment suggests that the online registration scratch card is not specifically out for now As…
  • NECO RESULTS 2015/2016 CHECKER | www:mynecoexams:com

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    NECO RESULTS 2015/2016 CHECKER | www:mynecoexams:com NECO 2015 June/July Result  – It has been officially announced that the 2015 June/July Result of National Examinations Council (NECO) will be released very soon. So for applicants who wrote the examination, they will be learning through this process on how to check their NECO results, applicants can also use this medium to gain knowledge of how to check their NECO June/July 2015 result from NECO official portal. Please note that applicants can only access their 2015 NECO Result online through NECO Result Checker. Steps On How To…
  • WWW.JAMB.ORG.NG – JAMB Registration, Exam, Results

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:08 pm
    WWW.JAMB.ORG.NG – Report have suggested that one of the main the importance of having knowledge of what should be done before any examination contributes highly to  exam success. You will surely agree with me that there are due procedures when it comes to JAMB examination, result, or any other thing Jamb Does. Today i have decided that i will be sharing with you all you need to know and do when engaging in WWW.JAMB.ORG.NG, which includes; JAMB registration, jamb exam date and requirements, checking of  jamb results, change of course and institution. Buying and filing direct entry form,…
  • National Common Entrance Examination – NCEE 2016 Registration.

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    National Common Entrance Examination – NCEE 2016 Registration. National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) Well i will be showing us in this article the basic method involved in registering your ward in the forth coming National Common Entrance Examination. But please be notified that the category of pupils that could partake in this form of examination are pupils in 6th year basic education. The sole actual aim for this form of examination is to simply select the best students across the various primary schools in various states for the various federal unity colleges across the…
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  • A Probabilistic Generative Model for Mining Cyber Criminal Networks from Online Social Media (George John)
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    Illegal or immoral use of the computer or its resources is cyber crime. It includes unauthorized access to private pages, stealing credit card information, piracy etc. As the cyber crimes are increasing day by day, it's affecting the industry on a large scale. Existing Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), and anti-malware system rely on low level network traffic features on program code signatures to detect cyber attacks. However, since hackers can constantly change their attack tactics by, it is extremely difficult for the existing security solutions to…
  • Advanced vehicle security system with theft control with GSM and GPS (George John)
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Initially passive systems were developed to support in tracking and navigation for location-based applications. For the applications that require real time location information of the vehicle, these systems cannot be employed, because they store the location information in the internal storage that can only be accessed when vehicle is available. This is the main disadvantage of the existing method.
  • Difference between having and where clause (George John)
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Where clause can be applied to a single row, where as Having clause is applied to the whole group. But, it does not mean that we cannot have both Where and Having clause in a single query. If both where and having clauses are used together in single a query, where clause will apply filter condition to the list of records and it will filter the group of records from the table and Having clause will be applied to this resultant group and groups which meets the condition given in having clause will be filtered in the resultant table.
  • Incineration Plants (George John)
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    A waste treatment technology, which includes the combustion of waste for recovering energy, is called as “incineration”. Incineration coupled with high temperature waste treatments are recognized as thermal treatments. During the process of incineration, the waste material that is treated is converted in to IBM, gases, particles and heat. These products are later used for generation of electricity. The gases, flue gases are first treated for eradication of pollutants before going in to atmosphere.
  • Refrigeration Tutor (George John)
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Objective of this mechanical project is to perform test on the refrigeration tutor to determine different COPs and other performance parameters.
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    InfoTech Site

  • How to Make Gradient Image Using CSS

    Shuseel Baral
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    There is a function in CSS which creates a CSS gradient image that can be used anywhere an image URL is required. You can use this gradient image with including background-image, border-image and can also used on list-style properties. With this property, you can create two types of gradient image Linear and Radial. In linear gradient image, color moves from on point to another point i.e. from
  • How to Make 2-Columns or 3-Columns Using CSS

    Shuseel Baral
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you want to make 2-Columns, 3-Columns or more then 3-Columns in a HTML document, it is possible using a CSS property columns which can be used to create and give style to columns. The columns property is a shorthand definition of the number of columns and their widths in a multi-column text flow. It has two values column-count and width, where column-count is a positive integer for the
  • How to Change Display Style Using CSS

    Shuseel Baral
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:10 am
    You can change the default display style of any HTML element using display property in CSS. This property specifies an elements display style and can override an element's defined presentation. The different values used in this property are inline, block, list-item, run-in, inline-block, table, inline-table, table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group,
  • How to Generate Custom Content Using CSS

    Shuseel Baral
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Content property in CSS can generate custom content in a HTML document with the :before and :after pseudo-elements. With this property, you can add any string, image url, any attribute values, open quote and close quote before and after any element. You can also style a list by adding custom counter with adding additional content on a list. CSS rules can also be used to style the generated
  • How to Customize List Style Using CSS

    Shuseel Baral
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:41 am
    In CSS there is a property list-style which helps to customize style of a list. Using this property you can apply different types of list style like bullet, numbered and using custom image in bullet list ordered and unordered list. List styles values disc, circle and square are used on unordered lists and the values decimal, lower-roman, upper-roman, lower-alpha and upper-alpha are typically
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    Republic 3.0

  • America’s most small business friendly states

    Anne Kim
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:41 am
    Rhode Island and Illinois are among the worst states for small business owners, says a new survey, while Texas and New Hampshire are at the top. The post America’s most small business friendly states appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • The not-so-simple politics of inequality and the middle class

    Stephen Rose
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    Soaring inequality should be leading to policy and political change. So why hasn’t it? The post The not-so-simple politics of inequality and the middle class appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Social Security’s budget crisis begins next year

    Phil LaRue
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    11 million Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits could face painful cuts as early as 2016. The post Social Security’s budget crisis begins next year appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Garbage to gas

    Anne Kim
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    Landfills and sewage treatment plants are an overlooked source of clean energy - but a boom in biomethane might be coming. The post Garbage to gas appeared first on Republic 3.0.
  • Getting child care off the “mommy track”

    Anne Kim
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We may finally see progress on child care – if it can break from its pigeonhole as a “women’s issue.” The post Getting child care off the “mommy track” appeared first on Republic 3.0.
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    Rack up Skills

  • The Chief Customer Officer Is Now Part of the C-Suite

    Shep Hyken
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Rack up Skills To be effective, customer service must go all the way to the top. It’s something I’ve been saying for a long time, and it’s catching on. In many companies, there is now a seat at the boardroom table for the Chief Customer Officer. The CCO has an important job – ensuring that everything the company does is focused on the customer, from the […] The post The Chief Customer Officer Is Now Part of the C-Suite appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Metta Center

    Johannes Castner
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Rack up Skills Metta Center for Nonviolence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1982, on the inspiration of Sri Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. We help people answer the question of how nonviolence works, where it is happening and how to cultivate a deeper awareness of its power. The post Metta Center appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Customer Service May Rule, but Rules in Customer Service Don’t

    Shep Hyken
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Rack up Skills Even while on vacation with my family, I can’t help but take note of the customer service – or lack thereof. One resort employee denied a simple request using one of my least favorite phrases: I’m sorry, it’s our rule. Six of us had gathered for an early morning breakfast and wanted to sit together on the patio, where all of the tables were set up […] The post Customer Service May Rule, but Rules in Customer Service Don’t appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • How to fall back in love with your job

    Nicole Schaerer
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Rack up Skills Like any job in any industry, there can be times that you feel a little uninspired and unmotivated. Some days you feel energised and ready to take on whatever the day will throw at you. Other days, you’ll want to crawl back into bed. Steve Jobs once said, “When that goes on for a few days (that feeling of being uninspired and unmotivated) I […] The post How to fall back in love with your job appeared first on Rack up Skills.
  • Bite Size Learning

    Jessie Pressman
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Rack up Skills There is a dichotomy of success today. Employers want all of their employees to be specialists as well as generalists. The trick is to be a specialist in your field and also know just enough of what’s going on around you to have an intelligent conversation with other specialists. With the plethora of information available at our fingertips, it often […] The post Bite Size Learning appeared first on Rack up Skills.
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  • Career in Embedded Systems

    Swaroop Burre
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This article gives you an idea on embedded systems, how to get into the world and make a career in embedded systems, pitfalls, challenges and problems. What is an Embedded System? It is a small scale digital system or device designed to do some specific task which uses a microprocessor usually or microcontroller frequently. The... [Read More] The post Career in Embedded Systems appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Arduino I/O Port Expander – An Introduction

    T.K. Hareendran
    22 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    If you are looking for a circuit to maximize the input/output (I/O) ports of your Arduino microcontroller, here is a tried and trusted solution. In this article we talk about how to use the Microchip MCP23017 16-bit serial expander with I2C serial interface for our task. The MCP23017 integrated circuit is a great way to... [Read More] The post Arduino I/O Port Expander – An Introduction appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Precision Time Base For Microcontroller Circuits

    T.K. Hareendran
    16 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The time base circuit, which is useful and easy to build, was designed for providing a stable clock signal (time base) to any microcontroller-based circuit. It may, however, be used for a number of other applications. The circuit does not need any special/difficult-to-get components and parts. In principle, this design is extremely simple. It is... [Read More] The post Precision Time Base For Microcontroller Circuits appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • Power Supply For Microcontroller Projects

    T.K. Hareendran
    6 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    There are inexpensive power supply modules on the market that can be plugged directly into a microcontroller circuit. The circuit we have in mind has an excellent price to performance ratio. In other words, although based on a relatively simple design, the power supply module offers enhanced features at a modest investment. In addition to... [Read More] The post Power Supply For Microcontroller Projects appeared first on CircuitStudy.
  • 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 in resistors are shortly explained below. Open resistor A resistor may become open by excessive current through resistor. Mechanical stress in... [Read More] The post Common faults in Resistors appeared first on CircuitStudy.
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    Top Hat Blog

  • Top 10 Memes Your Undergrads Won’t Get

    Matthew Baggetta
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    Without further ado… 10. Faculty Minions   9. Free time, remember that? 8. But beards are in! 7. No not a fight, a debate. 6. And suffering… 5. And make it look easy. 4. What, there’s no knob! 3. It’s a sensitive subject ok?? 2. No, this isn’t irony. 1. Give me the red pill!   Top Hat is designed to connect professors and students in the classroom and to create a more engaged and active learning environment. If you’re interested in a demonstration of how Top Hat can be used in your classroom, click the button below. The post Top 10 Memes Your…
  • Digital Pedagogy: Is There Too much technology in the classroom?

    Tiffany Ford
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I look out at my classroom and it’s a sea of students staring at their phones, I have to ask: have we taken digital pedagogy too far? As an instructor in the field of Computer Science I am often presented with a problem that isn’t present in other fields–too much technology in the classroom! Many years ago, when I first started teaching, adding different technologies into your teaching was all the rage but today, the digital divide seems smaller than ever.  Incoming students are well-versed in how the Internet works and how to use many of the available tools that help make them…
  • Cooperative Learning Strategies & Engaging Social Intelligence

    Jeremy Haynes
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Cooperative learning strategies are the backbone of the active learning classroom. If you’ve ever spent more than a minute on a university campus then you’ve no doubt noticed that there is a significant social element at play in undergraduate education. Developing a social intelligence is a critical part of the post-secondary experience…it’s also the only part of that experience that doesn’t come with a syllabus…not that students would look there. Regardless of the size of your classroom or the number of students in it, there is literally no end to the benefits of…
  • 3 Fun Classroom Activities to Inspire Undergraduate Learning

    Monika Semma
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Has your classroom ever become unbearably quiet? What do you do when student engagement starts to dwindle? Incorporating fun classroom activities into your lesson plan can be intimidating at best, but sometimes our students need more than just a lecture. When I was walking into the classroom to lead my very first tutorial, I started to imagine that teaching would be a lot like parallel parking in front of an audience… Logistically, I knew what I was supposed to do, but throw in a few onlookers and the margin of error suddenly seems to grow. In full disclosure, it was a lot like parallel…
  • 4 Ways to Cultivate An Active Learning Classroom

    Jeremy Haynes
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    The active learning classroom is the classroom of the contemporary University. We need look no further than the modus operandi of the modern undergraduate student preparing to attend post-secondary institutions across North America in the coming weeks. Each of them likely has access to a public or private computer, an internet connection…and a Netflix account (which they’ve never paid for). Bottom line, the technological speed of learning these days has already necessitated that students develop active learning habits. The question is: how do we develop an active learning classroom…
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  • Jaw-droppingly beautiful monarch metamorphosis [video]

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Why wait a month to watch a monarch caterpillar make its incredible change when you can see it happen in three minutes, thanks to FrontYardVideo? The post Jaw-droppingly beautiful monarch metamorphosis [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Weird Al helps a man propose [video]

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There are a few routes a man can take when he decides to propose. He could be over-the-top romantic, pulling off some elaborate stunt. On the other hand, he could be romantic and intimate. The guy in this video struck the perfect balance. Plus a little dose of weirdness (via Weird Al, of course) doesn't hurt. The post Weird Al helps a man propose [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Can all of Wikipedia be fit into a single QR code? [video]

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    There's an old lecture by Richard Feynman called, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." In it, he describes how we can cram tons and tons of information into very, very small spaces. While Feynman didn't predict QR codes, he did predict the question in the video: Can you fit all the information in Wikipedia into a QR code? The post Can all of Wikipedia be fit into a single QR code? [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • Architecture of the American house, from 1600 to present [chart]

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Did you grow up in a mid-century ranch? A colonial? A craftsman? Or do you not have a clue what the style was called? The post Architecture of the American house, from 1600 to present [chart] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
  • The best “Roxanne” cover since the original [video]

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Sting's epic wail in "Roxanne" is unparalleled––heck, even sting himself can't do it anymore! But these guys, however, have got it down! The post The best “Roxanne” cover since the original [video] appeared first on Holy Kaw!.
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  • Back to School Costs Burden Parents in Northern Ireland

    VoicED Admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Back to School Costs Burden Parents in Northern Ireland: According to new research, the costs of children returning to school are a burden on parents in Northern Ireland. The findings suggest that around one in five parents has had to cut back their spending on food (17%), with more than two thirds (70%) stating that the amount of cash they need to spend on school uniforms is creating a ‘burden’. Back to School Costs Burden Parents in Northern Ireland Speaking in more detail about the cost-burdens returning to school places on parents, three quarters (74%) felt that schools were not…
  • Infographic: Why Do Teachers Change Exam Boards?

    VoicED Admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:48 am
    Infographic: Why Do Teachers Change Exam Boards? At VoicED we like to keep up to date with what’s going on in the wider world of education, and with only a day to go before the release of A-level results in the UK, we decided to utilise our VoicED Panel – one of the UK’s best-known teacher panels – to run a quick poll to gather some qualitative feedback about teachers’ experiences of changing exam boards. The results are presented in a neat infographic below  – courtesy of our in-house data visualisation specialist (click to expand)  – and we discuss some of the key…
  • More students than ever working to fund university, survey finds

    VoicED Admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    A recent survey by insurance firm, Endsleigh, has revealed that a record number of students have to work to pay for university and approximately 50 per cent rely on their overdraft to make ends meet. Of the students in the survey, 77 per cent found a job to earn some money to put towards the cost of university. This figure represents a significant increase from 2014’s 59 per cent and 2013’s 57 per cent. The survey of 4,642 students revealed that 63 per cent have a part-time job and 33 per cent work part-time during term time. 14 per cent of the respondents said that they have a full-time…
  • Mental health issues rife amongst children, head teachers reveal

    VoicED Admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    A recent survey of more than 1,000 head teachers has discovered that mental health issues in children are a growing problem. A recent survey of more than 1,000 head teachers has discovered that mental health issues in children are a growing problem. The annual survey – conducted by education management support organisation, The Key – discovered that 67 per cent of those in the survey were concerned by the mental health of their pupils, which represents a notable contrast with 2014’s figure of 14 per cent. The 2015 survey discovered that schools all across England were worried…
  • More Pupils ‘Vaping’ Than Smoking

    VoicED Admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    More Pupils ‘Vaping’ Than Smoking: According to new official figures, more 11-15 year old pupils in England have tried ‘vaping’ – via electronic cigarettes – than have tried smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. The data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre is based on a survey of 6,173 pupils in 210 schools. More Pupils ‘Vaping’ Than Smoking According to the figures, only 3% of respondents had tried legal highs. The data is the latest in a number of studies suggesting that the number of children taking up smoking is falling. In 2003, more than two fifths (42%)…
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    Next Scientist

  • 16 Honest Hacks To Save $74,427 In Graduate School (And Still Enjoy Your Life)

    Julio Peironcely
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    Going to graduate school to do a PhD is absurdly expensive. In some countries you pay for it and when you finish you are the proud owner of a debt similar to that of a south European country. Some PhD graduates report being up to $225,000 in debt after their PhD. That’s insane!! In some other countries, government (or society, or a research funding institution) covers most of the bill, which was my case by doing a PhD in The Netherlands. Either way, you don’t have much money. Wouldn’t it be great to save money in graduate school? Or even better, earn extra money? In this…
  • How To Know If You Should Leave Academia … Before Wasting Years In Postdocs

    Shelley Sandiford
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    HINT: it isn’t “Do I want to be an academic?” HINT 2: read till the end of this post. There you will find an infographic with a summary of all you need to know. Gone are the days where you could do a PhD and be guaranteed a tenure track position.  Gone, too, are the days where the choice to stay in academia and succeed was yours to make. Instead, the most important question you need to be asking yourself during grad school (and fight hard to know the answer to before you graduate) is: “Am I competitive to stay in Academia?” Are you? Why is this so important? Because, if the answer…
  • How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing

    Julio Peironcely
    10 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both? Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga. I decided to interview her because she is launching her new course “Start Writing And Get It Done“. In it she combines productivity and motivation advice to get you in the habit of writing daily. Does that sound like a dream to you? Well, it is possible, doable, and even a bit easy. You…
  • 6 PhD Productivity Tips To Have (And Manage) A Social Life

    Norah Martin
    1 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    PhD productivity, it feels like we are never productive enough. Writing a PhD thesis is never an easy job – not because your subject matter is difficult or the research you have to perform is extraordinarily unachievable, but due to a different factor: life organization. By the time you have reached this level of education, you are probably at least twenty-five years old. You have about five years of college experience behind you. Now you cannot spend your free time hanging out with your friends and binge-watching TV shows. Having responsibilities and in some cases a job, means that your…
  • 3 Symptoms Of PhD Loneliness (And 5 Ways To Fix It)

    Julio Peironcely
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    PhD loneliness will hit you when you are working at midnight on some research topic nobody in your continent understands (or give a damn about) except for you. You are in a scientific micro-niche. So micro, you got nobody to talk with. And you feel alone. After all, you are born alone. You do a PhD alone. You die alone. It’s true that a PhD means doing independent research. YOU need to figure things out. YOU need to make it work (because your PhD matters). We agree on that. But from that to being alone in a PhD there is a stretch. Who wants to suffer from PhD loneliness? Nobody. Yet PhD…
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  • Becoming a Google Certified Educator #GCE Level 1 and Level 2

    Mr. Zoras
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    This spring I was looking to do some of the Google Exams but saw some changes were coming. I decided to wait until the summer and give the training a go. The training for the exams was excellent PD on its own. The training was almost like it’s own online course, you can log in, check your progress, see teacher examples and learn technical aspects of Google products. What I think is very important to know is that the focus is not on the tool, but what you can use the tool for. From time management, creativity, communication and digital citizenship are just some of the topics covered.  You…
  • MOOCs the Future of Teacher Professional Development #MOOC #EdX #Coursera

    Mr. Zoras
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    This summer I tried out a MOOC! After hearing so much about them the last few years and actually missing being a student since I completed my masters and all the AQs I needed. I decided to go with edX ( as I saw the course “Teaching With Technology and Inquiry: An Open Course For Teachers” ( first I was a little hesitant that it was offered by University of Toronto as my undergrad, B.Ed., M.Ed. and an AQ have all been from there but I knew it was going to be high quality and I…
  • Hackathons as a New Pedagogy | Edutopia #EdAppHack

    Mr. Zoras
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Check out my article in Edutopia – Hackathons as a New Pedagogy
  • When #HipHopEd meets Augmented Reality with Brainspace Magazine

    Mr. Zoras
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    A few months ago we hosted the Hip Hop STEMposium with some amazing workshops, keynotes, a film screening, a debate and a community town hall. I met Nicky from Brainspace Magazine over the March Break as part of the ROM’s and MaRS Futurology program.  Her magazine concept is amazing! To combine traditional print magazine with augmented reality using the Blippar app on a smartphone or tablet.  I got to see ducks swim, dinosaurs come to life and professors explain math concepts right on the magazine pages through the app. When I let her know about the Hip Hop STEMposium she thought it…
  • EdTech Review:’s Planboard

    Mr. Zoras
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    For all my lesson planning I use’s Planboard! It’s a great way to stay organized and share your plans. Sign up below:
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    Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

  • Screenshots and Annotations Are Easy With the New Snip for Windows

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    The Windows Snipping Tool is a useful app, but a limited one. There are, after all, many better alternatives like Skitch, Snagit, or even the OneNote Clipper. Today, Microsoft added another to this list. It’s called Snip. Although currently still in beta, Snip allows you to take screenshots, add annotations, record audio, and save your clips […]
  • How to Make Professional Looking iPad Screenshots

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    When creating materials for professional development with teachers, I always try to ensure that my visuals are clear, well-designed, and easy on the eye. So, when I do iPad training, I often turn to a variety of screenshot apps in order to achieve these goals. The apps below are some of my go-to apps and […]
  • Padlet for iPad is Now Available!

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The schools I work with use all kinds of different devices and different platforms with which to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. There are very few tools that are used in all of these districts, but one that is popular no matter where I go is Why? Because it is a free, […]
  • 10 Tips for Windows 10

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? Microsoft are offering it as a free upgrade for consumers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but is it really worth it? In a recent article for Hubpages I wrote about 10 Top Tips for Teachers Using Windows 10. Together, I believe that these features are a compelling […]
  • Free Mystery Skype Curriculum for Schools

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Do you use Mystery Skype in your classroom? If so, you are probably familiar with how it works, but if you are looking for some extra tips, or want to get some other teachers involved, you should check out the new Mystery Skype Curriculum that Microsoft has put together for teachers who are connecting their […]
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    bodyLITERATE Research Initiative

  • RESEARCH NOTES: Learning how to learn. Art of learning a passion applied to everything

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    RESEARCH NOTES: Learning how to learn. Art of learning a passion applied to everything My interest in dance is about learning how to learn. Growing up, I was not known as a physical expert. I was always picked last for basketball games in the school-yard; I couldn’t tell my elbow from my forehead. I fell in love with dance, watching Pilobolus, a dance company that uses physicality to represent various abstract ideas. However my interest in dance, personally, is less about mastering the art form. Instead it’s about learning. I seek to master learning–and I do this through…
  • RESEARCH NOTES: helping children develop a future orientation

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    RESEARCH NOTES: helping children develop a future orientation As an executive functions coach, one of the skills that I seek to develop with the students I work with is developing a future orientation. This is the ability to sense how the future might play out–predicting a logical outcome based on decisions they make. Children do this all the time, intrinsically. Watch children playing in a school-yard, and you’ll see them pretending to be soldiers, or playing house, creating make-beleive worlds, where they are predicting “what would happen if…” and then they…

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    SUMMER CAMP RECAP: Play Lab bodyLITERATE is excited to have hosted “Play Lab” taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro.  The camp was a one week laboratory for child-led artistic creation through playing with various material.  Through explorations the students transformed the bodyLITERATE Incubator (our studio space) into an intricate art experiment that incorporated all five senses, a light show, and an intricate make-beleive world, with crocodiles, horses, aliens, Minions, weather and otherworldly features. I appreciated how the kids took us into their world; I felt like I was…
  • RESEARCH NOTES: teaching young learners to self-study for SHSAT, SAT, ACT etc.

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    RESEARCH NOTES: teaching young learners to self-study for SHSAT, SAT, ACT etc. Each year families spend thousands of dollars on tutors for test preparations for the major tests that play a roll in education.  These tests include the SAT, the ACT and other tests in the middle school years, such as the SHSAT, ISEE, etc.  How can we teach students to study and master these tests on their own?  This would teach them 1) a valuable lesson in self sufficiency and 2) it would save a lot of resources (tutors are expensive).  For some students, the motivational aspects of working with…
  • Books and video on self study of the Alexander Technique

    19 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Books and video on self study of the Alexander Technique I recently worked with a couple on the Alexander Technique. They wanted some additional video and reading material on the technique. While the technique can be learned through self study–it is generally best learned through ongoing one-on-one lessons with a teacher. Ideally, the student will study until he or she can sufficiently work by herself. —The technique is ideally studied with a teacher over a period of at least 10 lessons to develop self sufficiency in working on yourself. I went through a number of online videos…
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  • Ways to Pay for College

    Z Prep!
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    No matter how you look at it, college is an expensive proposition nowadays. Both public and private colleges and universities have had to raise fees and tuition as costs have increased. As a result, college student debt has skyrocketed and many students end up with loan payments years, sometimes even decades, after graduation. But with some careful planning and creative thinking, there are lots of other ways to help pay for college and avoid being stuck with big loan payments after graduation. In most cases, the best solution to paying for college will be putting together a lot of different…
  • Is Your Child Ready for the SSAT?

    Z Prep!
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    If you’re thinking about private school for your child, you probably have questions about the secondary school admission test (SSAT). Many independent, private and boarding schools use this exam as part of their admissions process to gauge students’ mastery of grade-level skills and to compare them to other students their age. To help your child do their best on the exam, here are a few facts and tips on the SSAT. What is the SSAT? The SSAT test is available for students in grades 3 through 12. While the Elementary Level SSAT is just under two hours long, the Middle Level and…
  • Tips for Preparing for the GRE

    Z Prep!
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Do you have to take the GRE? Here are some things you should know about this grad school entrance exam. What is the GRE? Like the SAT for undergraduate applicants, the GRE, a standardized test required for admission to many graduate schools, measures a student’s potential for achievement in advanced studies. Different programs and schools weigh a student’s GRE results differently, and some even weigh certain sections of the exam more heavily than others. For example, a school considering an applicant for a literature program would likely focus more closely on the Verbal section than the…
  • GMAT Review Tips by GMAT Section

    Z Prep!
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    GMAT Prep and Review by Test Section As the gateway exam to business school, GMAT tests your analytical, decision making and reasoning skills, that is skills that will be useful in leadership positions and that will help you succeed in an MBA program. The test is structured to present you with arguments and situational problems, and of course data analysis, for decision making. Although many of these skills will be ones you already have, the task now is to put them to work on an exam with a particular structure, that is long and that has to be completed within strict time limits, and that…
  • Does Studying Music Help SAT Scores?

    Z Prep!
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    High school students are well aware that they will need sharp reading, writing and math skills to do well on the SAT. The SAT directly tests reading comprehension, grammar, editing skills, mathematics reasoning and computation. There’s also an optional writing test. It would seem logical, then, that students should spend their high school years on extra English and math courses rather than electives in the arts, which are not tested. Not so fast! A growing body of research indicates that students who study music score significantly better on a variety of assessments, including the SAT.
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    Free Technology for Teachers

  • The Week in Review - 3300 Downloads

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where it shaping up to be a perfect late summer day. It's not too hot, it's not too cold, and the sun is shining. In other words, it's a great morning for sitting on my deck and drinking coffee while I write. I hope that wherever you are this weekend, you have an equally relaxing weekend. Nine days ago I released the Practical Ed Tech Handbook. Since I hit publish on that post, more than 3300 people have downloaded it. I've heard from a handful of people who have printed it give to their colleagues. That is what I hoped would happen. Helping teachers learn…
  • 5 Things I Learned While Re-reading Invent to Learn

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    While book publishers send me many books to read throughout the year, very few ever get mentioned on this blog because I am not in the business of writing book reviews. That said, when I do find a book that I think many of you will enjoy, I'll share it. When Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager published Invent to Learn a couple of years I quickly read it on my Android tablet through the Kindle app. Then in March of this year I had a chance to talk with Gary for a while at a conference that we were both invited to in Sydney. While there I bought a paperback copy of Invent to Learn. I have now read…
  • Six Tools for Creating Online Timelines - A Comparison Chart

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Last winter I published a comparison of five tools for creating timelines. This week I updated that chart to include a timeline creation tool that I've come to love over the last seven months, HSTRY. You can read more about HSTRY and learn how to use it by clicking here. My updated chart is embedded below as a PDF. You can also view it here in Google Docs format. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.              Related StoriesTake a Virtual…
  • Take a Virtual Tour of Mount Vernon

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    Around this time last year I shared an interactive map of George Washington's life. That map was produced by From the same organization comes a virtual tour of Mount Vernon. The virtual tour of Mount Vernon features 54 parts of George Washington's estate. Each stop in the tour is an interactive image on which you will see pinpoints that you can click to read or watch a video to learn more about what you're seeing the picture. You can rotate each image 360 degrees. To navigate the tour you can either click the directional arrows in the images or select an feature of the estate…
  • Formative - Quickly Gather Responses Sketched by Students

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    A few weeks ago I published a review of a new assessment tool called Formative. One of the best features of Formative is the option to have students sketch responses to questions. They can sketch on their tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops and submit those sketches to you in realtime. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how the draw responses function works in Formative. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.
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  • No More Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Approach anxiety can cripple your success with women but if you are reading this, you are just about to learn how to beat and overcome approach anxiety. Let’s read what experts have to say. David Wygant On How He Overcame Approach Anxiety Man, I’ll approach anybody. I could care less. I mean, I flirted with Uma Thurman in Whole Foods. I picked Drew Barrymore up on the streets of Santa Monica. I’ve got no anxiety whatsoever because I don’t care what people think. They’re total strangers. This is what I tell people all the time: That’s a total stranger…
  • Cool Techniques For Guys To Overcome Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Once again, we will be asking top dating and pickup experts for advice on how guys can overcome approach anxiety. You are going to learn some of the coolest techniques that will help you beat approach anxiety. Bobby Rio Teaching How To Overcome Approach Anxiety Well, I’ve had a girlfriend for a couple of years, and I’ve actually avoided approaching because it always leads to me doing something bad or putting me in a position to do something bad. But yes, I don’t think anyone ever truly gets rid of approach anxiety. I mean, you manage it by doing it. And the first girl of…
  • Simple Techniques To Help You Overcome Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    In this article we will be learning some powerful and yet simple to use psychological techniques to help you overcome approach anxiety. Let’s read what masters have to say. Drew Canole I don’t get approach anxiety anymore. One of the biggest things that I did to get rid of it was to act like a complete jackass. If you go out and literally act like you are on the show Jackass, this is an extremely valuable exercise. I was recently in San Diego and there was this girl lying on a lawn and I went and lay down and I put my arm around her – a complete stranger. Then 10 minutes…
  • Let’s Discuss Approach Anxiety And How To Manage It

    Martin Chris
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In this post we will be asking several pickup pickup artists if they get approach anxiety and what do they do to manage it. Let’s get started. Vin DiCarlo Talks About His Method For Managing Approach Anxiety I don’t have approach anxiety anymore. It all has to do with a person’s mindset. If you have approach anxiety it means that on some level, you feel that approaching a woman is a bad thing. If you think of a woman as if she’s an opponent, yeah of course you’re going to get approach anxiety. In my weekend training seminar called “Breakthrough Confidence,”…
  • How To Go Out And Meet Women

    The Writer
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    In this article some of the best pickup artists will be sharing their personal tips and techniques to go out and meet women. Let’s get started. John Alanis On How To Go Out And Meet Women I’ve always said that the reason that you want to go out and meet women is to build equity in your life, not just for romance, but you’ll never know when some female friend who is attracted to you could bring you opportunity, or the woman commits in your life for it, so the first thing is to get clear on that. The second thing is to make it your business to be around women and hang out…
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  • School Fundraisers – Ideas, Options & Benefits

    5 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Fundraisers for schools seems indispensable as schools wish to advance and upgrade to the latest and the cutting-edge trend in education. Schools primarily wish to provide the best and constructive features for their students to enhance the knowledge of the students to the best and in the every best possible way. School management generally are keen […]
  • Your Query Answered! Trend & Certainty on School Management Software.

    Subashini Srikumar
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    Why should your school opt for School Management Software? The penetration of technology is experienced in all industries and when it comes to education, it cannot be denied being supplied with ample software for various purpose. In the recent past over hundreds of study helped exploring about how exact the schools of the new era […]
  • 10 Tips for Students for New Academic Year

    Subashini Srikumar
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:48 pm
    How to arrive to School, the Mystic world to Read, Write and Learn! Students, you might have been in break from school for quite a long time that kept you away from studies, assignments, uniforms, schedules and of course your friends and classmates. Your chase with time and schedule is back and be sure you […]
  • What rewards should I expect as a teacher?

    Vishal Varia
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We have often heard or read that “teaching is a profession that creates other professions”. Having read this, it compels one to think that teaching is above all other profession as it is the creator of other professions. The concept behind this saying could be that since teaching involves making one learn and think creatively […]
  • Let’s be the Master of Technology and not it’s Slave

    Vishal Varia
    17 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Technology has penetrated in most of the activities and livelihood of human beings. With the penetration of technology there has been tremendous change in the method of work and activities of people. Technology has helped reduce cumbersome tasks, increase speed of transactions, eased the tasks of repetitive nature, helped people to forecast the output of […]
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  • Interview Preparation Tips for B-School Admission

    Iliana Bobova
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    B-school admissions interview preparation can pay off with a seat in the next class at your dream b-school and even with a generous scholarship. It is never too early to start your preparation. Here is what you should do at each step of your MBA preparation, so that you ensure an interview invitation and are happy with your interview performance. Although the interview normally comes at the end of the process, there is something to do at each step of your preparation for admission. Let’s look at some tips. Step 1: You are now selecting b-schools School selection is essential for your…
  • How Great Leaders Inspire Action (Video)

    Iliana Bobova
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    How leaders inspire is an evergreen topic. It is especially curious for those aspiring to MBA studies with the goal to grow as business leaders and top managers. See how the ‘golden circle’ works and what the core question is that great leaders answer. In this TED video Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include analysis of the success stories of Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers. Join the discussion below, share what inspires you, give your…
  • IELTS Academic Test Preparation (MOOC Review)

    Iliana Bobova
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Preparation for the IELTS test will help you achieve the score you need for admission to Master’s or MBA degree programmes taught in English. Here is a free online course which you can follow from home. In our weekly MOOC Review section we present the “IELTSx: IELTS Academic Test Preparation”. As the course is self-paced, you can complete all of the course units in sequence, or only select the areas you want to focus on. Find out quick facts about the IELTS test here. About the course This IELTS course will prepare you to take the IELTS  Academic tests. You will have immediate access…
  • Interactive MBA Preparation E-Book

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    MBA preparation helps you to compete with strong applicants from all over the world for a seat and scholarships in international business schools. Start early in order to achieve high test scores and tailor an outstanding application package. PrepAdviser’s Step-by-Step Preparation Guide to International MBA Admissions is a free e-publication that will guide you through the whole process. You can also benefit from additional free advice on provided by international test preparation experts and admissions consultants. This 25-page interactive guide provides comprehensive…
  • Why Get an MBA from Universities in Canada? (Video)

    Iliana Bobova
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    Are you considering universities in Canada for your MBA? Learn why someone from the USA would go abroad for MBA studies. All arguments in this video are worth considering when choosing the location of your business school, no matter in which region it is. In this official GMAT video Rebecca To, MBA alumna of Queen’s School of Business, explains why she decided to leave her lifetime home in the San Francisco Bay Area to head north to Canada when she wanted to pursue her MBA and what it has meant for her personally and professionally. She lists a number of essential aspects of business school…
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    Lazy Kids

  • Best Free Responsive Blogger Templates 2015

    vishal jadav
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    Crown Responsive Blogger TemplateCrown is a clean and Light Weight design that gets rendered very quicky and it is optimized for All small Devices. It is an easy-to-use blogger template, A perfect fit for Bloggers, Content Providers, Magazines etc. Live Demo DownloadHotmag Portfolio Blogger TemplateHotmag is a responsive blogger template with a fluid responsive layout mostly suitable for Magazine, News, Tech Blogs. Hotmag is a 2 column blogger tempalate with Features like Featured Slider, Drop Down Menu, Social Media icons, Threaded Comments and a lot more. Live…
  • Watch Live Apple WWDC and keynote stream 2015

    vishal jadav
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    When is WWDC 2015 and what time is the keynote?First, let's get the basics established. WWDC 2015 is set to take place at the Moscone Centre in San Fancisco, California on 8 - 12 June. For most people, it's the keynote that's the important bit, as that's where Apple will show off what it's been working on behind the scenes. The keynote will take place on 8 June at 10 am Pacific time, which is 6pm here in the UK. You'll be able to watch it online, and we'll be providing a live blog with all of the first reactions and comments about the announcements. Read on to find out more.Apple's annual…
  • How to Add Contacts to Google Maps

    vishal jadav
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    Any addresses you save for friends and family in Google Contacts will display in Google Maps when you type in the names of your contacts. To add Contacts to Google Maps, you must input the names and addresses of your friends into your Contacts list.1-Sign in to your Gmail account at on “Gmail” at the top left corner of your session and select “Contacts.Click on “New Contact.3-Type the name and address of the contact you want added to Google Maps.Click on “Add.4-Navigate to Google Maps on your mobile device, or go to Google Maps…
  • Watch Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote live on any device including Windows, Linux and Android

    vishal jadav
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:58 am
    Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off today, Monday 8 June, in San Francisco, with the big keynote speech scheduled for 10am PST/6pm BST.As WWDC is for software developers, Apple doesn’t usually reveal major new hardware -- typically it’s just updated versions of existing products. You can certainly expect news on iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, as well as Apple Watch.You can also expecting Apple to launch a music streaming service, and to announce Apple Pay in the UK, and possibly other countries. The new Apple TV was expected to make an appearance (after all its shape is visible…
  • Bazel: A new build tool from Google

    vishal jadav
    7 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    Google uses a tool called Bazel to build most of it’s software. And it has been partially open sourced. If you did not know what Bazel is, according to their website, Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google’s software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google’s development environment, including a massive, shared code repository, in which all software is built from source, an emphasis on automated testing and releases and language and platform diversity. According to Google, Bazel is…
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  • Indo-Canadian Teen Creates Search Engine 47% More Precise than Google

    Probytes Pune
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
      At 16, Indian-origin Canadian citizen, Anmol Tukrel has created a personalized search engine, which is 47% more accurate than Google. Even more interesting is the fact that he developed it in a couple of months. This search engine which took about 60 hours to code is submitted as a part of Google Science Fair,The post Indo-Canadian Teen Creates Search Engine 47% More Precise than Google appeared first on Edsys.
  • Government Officials, Officers to Send Their Children to Govt. Schools in Allahabad! Know Why

    Probytes Pune
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
      “Each and every government officials and the folks who get benefit under government must send their children to government schools”, said the Allahabad high court. The court has said the chief secretary of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government, “steps should be taken within 6 months to make applicable the directions mentioned above for theThe post Government Officials, Officers to Send Their Children to Govt. Schools in Allahabad! Know Why appeared first on Edsys.
  • Education Loans to Become Easier: Learn How

    Probytes Pune
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
      MUMBAI: Almost each and every student wants to get admitted to higher or top level educational institutions to build their future. Considering this huge demand, banks have come up with an idea – provide a common online platform simplifying the loan application and sanctioning procedure. “On behalf of every bank, Indian Banks Association hasThe post Education Loans to Become Easier: Learn How appeared first on Edsys.
  • Tips to Use Technology Smartly in Classroom

    Probytes Pune
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
      The concept of make-over is getting much attention these days. “Flipped classroom” is a buzz word related to classrooms and learning methods. It’s a classroom closely knitted to technology. Integrating technology in classroom needs special care. You can’t just introduce schools apps to the children and say, “Now we have got technology”. How technologyThe post Tips to Use Technology Smartly in Classroom appeared first on Edsys.
  • Australian Students to Have Robots as Classmates

    Probytes Pune
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
      Mebourne: South Australian school children will soon be having robots as a part of a research programme conducted on how robots can contribute in primary and secondary school curriculum to improve classroom learning experience. The three-year research project conducted by Swinburne University of Technology will see the trial of NAO robots – humanoid robotsThe post Australian Students to Have Robots as Classmates appeared first on Edsys.
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    Home Literacy Blueprint

  • A Super Simple Storytelling Game

    Erin Wing
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Here’s something to try the next time your kids are bored, or arguing, or when everyone just needs a quick change of pace. It works with all ages, and with 2 or more players. The beyond-easy, super simple storytelling game: Walk into your playroom, kids’ room, classroom or wherever you have a few types of toys or other random objects handy. Each player can grab one or two objects and place them all in a pile together. Now take turns making up a story using the toys and objects as inspiration. For the pile pictured above, it might start something like this: Once upon a time there…
  • Alphabet Summer!

    Erin Wing
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    This is the last week of school for my three boys and we’re all gearing up for some summertime goodness! What do we do to keep brains sharp while we enjoy the very lazy days of summer? Alphabet Summer! Yes, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve heard me talk about Alphabet Summer once or twice, or possibly a million times. (This will be our eighth year of it!) This post from my old blog explains how we got started, way back when. Since most of our Alphabet Summer info is buried on that old blog, here’s one big overview of all the versions we’ve tried,…
  • Make a List

    Erin Wing
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I found an old picture of a wish list, written by my middle son a while back. It’s written from bottom to top, in order of importance. (He was still figuring out that top-to-bottom idea.) He was going through a time when he wished for a lot of things, so I suggested that he make a wish list. I always do that when my kids ask for stuff. When they say something like, “Mommy, can I get a set of vampire teeth?” I can say, “Great idea! Let’s add that to your list.” They may or may not actually ever get the vampire teeth, but writing it down feels like a…
  • 10 Family Literacy Talks for March

    Erin Wing
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Here are a few green ideas to chat about with your kids this month. Use these family literacy talk topics during dinner, on the walk home from school, or anytime! Brainstorm books that would be great to read in March. After you read them, talk about why they’re excellent March selections. Do you think the authors meant for these books to be read at this time of the year? Would they work for other times as well? What kind of a March book would you like to write? Pretend to be the author of a book set in Ireland. How would you introduce the setting? What descriptive words and phrases…
  • Critical TV Time

    Erin Wing
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Thinking and talking about the media with kids is something we as parents and teachers need to do early and often. Understanding the way advertisers cleverly craft messages to get us to buy their products not only helps us make informed choices and keeps us from running out to buy every next big thing, but it also helps kids understand the art of persuasive writing and speaking. Next time you watch TV as a family, incorporate some critical thinking! Next time you watch TV together, try this… Ask your kids if they know about the main types of propaganda. Challenge them to watch TV with a…
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    PEN Magazine

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    10 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
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    Laiq Qureshi
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    An Advertisement based Coffee Table Magazine The post PEN is Edutainment appeared first on PEN Magazine.
  • Reach Students Anywhere @ AnyTime

    Laiq Qureshi
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:04 am
    More Admissions –  More Students – More Reach The post Reach Students Anywhere @ AnyTime appeared first on PEN Magazine.
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  • Don't Start Co-Teaching Without This!

    18 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Do you have a new co-teaching partner? If so, be sure to talk about these two key questions before the first day of school. 1.     How will we introduce ourselves to students? It is important that you introduce yourselves in a way that clearly tells students you are both teachers in the room with equal authority. While your areas of expertise may differ, you are both experts in teaching. 2.     What are your pet peeves? Don’t find out the hard way that her pet peeve is allowing students a bathroom pass near the end of class. Take a few moments to…
  • Customized Sticky Notes

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Over the summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with teachers all around the country. One of the things I love about teachers is how willing they are to share ideas. Here’s one I had never seen before (perhaps you haven’t either!) 1. Begin by printing the template, found here. Because you will be reusing it, consider printing it on card stock so that it will last.  2. Stick a 3x3 note on each of the spaces. 3. Download the template for your text. You can find it here. Then type in your customized messages. 4. Place the sticky note covered template in the paper feed of…
  • 5 Apps You Probably Haven't Heard Of

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    There are so many wonderful teacher apps available – but here are 5 low cost or no cost apps that aren’t well known and yet have great possibilities in the classroom. I have written about them before with classroom examples, so I have included the links to the original posts. 1. CoachMyVideo was designed to help weekend athletes get coaching on their technique. See how I used it with students to film and coach classroom behaviors.Explanation and teaching ideas here!2. Make Dice allows you to add your own text or photos to each face of a die. Explanation and teaching ideas here!3.
  • Lesson Planning

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    My lesson planning form is in a constant state of change. I am always refining it as I learn more and more about effective instruction. I am also finding a need to change it as my memory wanes! If I don't have a prompt on the page in front of me, I am likely to forget to consider a key element in lesson design. This year I have added "authenticity" as a prompt. I know the importance of this for all learners, but I don't weave it into my lessons as often as I should. Now that I have it listed on my "elements to consider," I hope to provide more authentic opportunities for student learning.
  • Are Your Students Escape Artists?

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Always on the search for new ways to motivate students to read carefully and closely, I decided to craft a lesson about being an escape artist. Two recent experiences inspired this lesson - a trip to the awesome Denver Escape Room and a visit to a Houdini museum exhibit in Appleton, WI. Students were "locked" into Room 1, our first Google doc. In order to escape, they had to read this document and answer the questions (questions represented the lowest two levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.) If they answered correctly, they were given a code by the teacher (a tiny url) that would get them into…
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    Military Spouse Program

  • What is a Milspouse Friendly Employer?

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Let’s face it. Military spouses, both male and female, often have a terrible time getting hired. Unless you luck out and get a job at the new installation, you may run up against some decidedly unfriendly employers. After struggling for a few months, you will likely give the title of Milspouse Friendly Employer to anyone who will give you any job. Take a Place at the Table One of the most common errors that job hopefuls commit is that they forget to interview the company. Just like employers sit you down for an in-depth interview if they are interested in your resume, you should do the…
  • Fort Wainwright

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    So, you have orders that will take you to Fort Wainwright to join the Arctic Warriors! If you are thrilled about seeing the Northern Lights for yourself or trying out some dog mushing, this is the posting for you. The outstanding natural beauty, the unusual weather conditions, outdoor sporting opportunities and, above all, the rewards of significant career challenges will make sure there is little time to be bored. Yes, the weather does get cold in the winter, but you can take comfort in temperatures in the 50s to the 70s in July. If you think you will be living in a rustic shack and your…
  • Your Husband Wants To Re-Enlist…Now What?

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
      The time is here: re-enlistment. Maybe it’s the first time, or maybe it’s the second (or third…). Regardless, there’s always a sense of apprehension and a lot of questions going through your mind. What comes next? What is the best choice- for him, for you, for the kids? Is it best to stay in the military and with the security of what we know, or do we venture out and try to brave the civilian world, come what may? But your husband does want to re-enlist. He wants the security of a guaranteed paycheck and benefits, especially in this economy. He’s worked…
  • Popular Careers for Military Spouses

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    As a military spouse, your life is different, much different than the typical working spouse. You still have all the bills and the regular challenges but throw on an extra layer of moving, stress and being able to handle anything else that comes along and well you already know. Trying to find a career that “fits” your lifestyle can be a challenge. One of the benefits of the MyCAA program is that they pay for training for careers that will fit your lifestyle. These are careers that are considered, portable. Basically if you move, your career can move with you. It may be that you…
  • You have PCS orders… Now what?

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Just when it starts to feel like home it’s time to move again. Being a military family means you move around a lot. Moving does not have to cause hair pulling anxiety and nail biting stress! Here are just a few tips to help you and your family have a smoother PCS move. Do your research. Moving to a new city can be very overwhelming. Talk to friends and family, find the people who have lived or visited your new city. Chances are someone in your military family has been stationed or at the very least been to training at your new duty station. Check your new post’s website, as well…
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    All BD Results

  • 34th BCS Exam’s Final Viva Result Download

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    34th BCS Exam’s Final Viva Result Download. Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) recently published the final viva result of 34th BCS Exam’s. Number of total selected candidates are 21 59. If you have appeared in this exam then go through the below given result to find out your desired roll or registration number. Congratulation to […] The post 34th BCS Exam’s Final Viva Result Download appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Download Humayun Ahmed Books All Directly

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Download Humayun Ahmed Books Directly. Humayun Ahmed is one of the most famous writers of Bangladesh. He had been an evergreen writer in Bangladesh. In an Word you can say that he was the Rabindranath of Bangladesh. Bangladesh will always miss this eminent writer. He has written a lot of famous books such as novels, […] The post Download Humayun Ahmed Books All Directly appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Bangladesh Bank Assistant Director (Research) Job Circular

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Bangladesh Bank Assistant Director (Research) Job Circular. To get a job in BB is always a prestigious matter. Recently this central bank has published a job circular for the post named Assistant Director (Research).  This is a first class job. The number of total post is 20. This may be sounds little in number but remember […] The post Bangladesh Bank Assistant Director (Research) Job Circular appeared first on All BD Results.
  • Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University Admission Notice 2015-2016

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University Admission Notice 2015-2016. Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University has published their Admission Notice 2015-2016 on the Daily Jugantor on August 28, 2015. You can also download the original circular from their official website named . This admission circular is for 1st year undergraduate engineering/hon’s, BBA and B.Pharm Program. An applicant […] The post Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University Admission Notice 2015-2016 appeared first on All BD Results.
  • 35th BCS Written Seat Plan Download Directly

    Md. Anwar Sadat
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    35th B.C.S Written Seat Plan Download. BCS is the most competitive job exam of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has published the 35th BCS Written Exam’s seat plan on august 26, 2015. If you are going to appear in the 35th B.C.S written exam then go through the below given seat plan to find […] The post 35th BCS Written Seat Plan Download Directly appeared first on All BD Results.
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    FSc I.C.S F.A Java C++ Notes

  • Question Answers Related to Networking Management and Administration:

    Asad Hussain
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    Question Answers Related to Networking Management and Administration: Q: What is Access list and its types?Ans: Access list are basically a set of commands, grouped together by a number or name that is used to filter traffic entering or leaving an interface. An access control list (ACL) is a table that tells a computer operating system which access rights each user has to a particular system object, such as a file directory or individual file. Each object has a security attribute that identifies its access control list.Types of Access list:Standard ACLs provides basic packet filtering in…
  • Question Answers Related to Enterprise Application Development or Enterprise Java Beans (EJB).

    Asad Hussain
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Question Answers Related to Enterprise Application Development or Enterprise Java Beans (EJB).Q What you mean by platform independence?Ans: Platform independence means that the same program works on any platform (operating system) without needing any modification.Software that can run on any hardware platform (PC, Mac, Sun Sparc, etc.) or software platform (Linux, Mac OS, UNIX, Windows, etc.) has a platform independence behavior. In general, programs written in Java language can be executed on practically every platform.Q What is the purpose of HTML?Ans: The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)…
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 14 Transport Definitions

    Asad Hussain
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 14 Transport DefinitionsActive immunity:The use of vaccines or antigens, which stimulates the production of antibodies in the body and makes the person immune against the disease or infections, is called active immunity. Active transport:The movement of molecules from lower to higher concentration by the expenditure of energy is called active transport. Adhesion:The attraction of water molecules with the cell wall of the xylem cell is called adhesion. This helps water molecules to move up. Antibody:The antibodies are special types of proteins called…
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 6 Kingdom Prokaryotae (Monera) Definitions

    Asad Hussain
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:31 am
    FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 6 Kingdom Prokaryotae (Monera) DefinitionsAerobic bacteria:These bacteria require free oxygen for the respiration.Akinetes:Akinetes are thick walled, enlarged vegetative cells.. These are the resting spores of cyanobacteria.Antibody:Antibody is a substance that protects the host against the infection due to attack of virulent organisms. These are produce in response of antigen.Antiseptics:Chemical substances used on living tissues that inhibit the growth of microorganism are called antiseptics.Autotrophic bacteria:The bacteria which can synthesize organic…
  • FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 4 The Cell Definitions

    Asad Hussain
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    FSc Notes Biology Part 1 Chapter 4 The Cell DefinitionsActive transport:The movement of molecules from lower concentration to higher concentration by the expenditure of energy is called active transport. Cell:The cell can be defined as structural and functional unit of life.  Cell theory:All the living organisms are composed of cells and cell products. Chloroplast:The membrane bound structure, containing green pigment is called chloroplast. Present only in plant cells. Colloidal solution:The solution in which size of particles of solute is bigger than solution is colloidal…
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    Bartending School

  • Top 10 Organic Beers You Should Try

    15 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    There is no doubt that organic beer has become very popular and a lot of people are choosing them over traditional beers.  People are becoming more interested in knowing what their food - and in this case, drinks - get treated with. Lately, people are starting to agree that unhealthy pesticides may cause health issues in the long run and affect our environment negatively. In this article we are going to give you the top 10 organic beers you should try. They are in no particular order as I believe that everyone has a different taste in beer and I will let you judge for yourself. 10-Eel River…
  • How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hosting a wine tasting party is a fantastic alternative to having just beer and chips! It shows style, elegance, class and sophistication. However, for the newbie—it can be quite daunting to think of how to arrange one to host, let alone what type of wines should be held in court for the night. With these simple steps below, you will be well on to way in holding your wine tasting party! 1) Decide on what type of wines you wish to have present at the party. You can choose one wine maker and go with his/her range as opposed to holding strictly just red or white wines. 2) Establish the food…

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Kegworks…Wow! You know how I’m always happy to share when I find a really good website, well, this time I found a real beauty. It’s a place called and boy do they have some cool stuff. Now most of my people here are bartenders, so I would suggest  you go over to the bar tools section. Of course they have your shakers and strainers and jiggers, and even some magnificent complete bartending kits, but they also have stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily think of. If you’re supplying liquor for an event how many times have you wished you had the mesh webbing sleeves for bottles so…
  • The Bar Book

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Thirty-three Percent: The Untold Story I just searched for a “recipes for Whiskey Sour” and got 562,000 results in a third of a second. Clearly there is no shortage of drink recipes online. Yet opinions are so divergent from each other… The funniest one I’ve heard was “How can it be a Whiskey Sour if you made it with Rum?!” The Three Steps The key to success in making a good cocktail is broken down into three parts. First you choose your recipe; you find the best one, which is most suitable to your purpose, and you make that your go-to recipe. Clearly with half a million results…
  • Catered Events vs. Bars

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    What's better? You probably have a regular gig with a local dive (small neighborhood bar) that pays the rent.  It’s nice to have a home port that you can rely on. As an adjunct to that, there are other opportunities that don’t involve regularly working for a paycheck from someone else.  You could provide an outdoor bar at a wedding, staff the bar near the dance floor at the same affair, or some other event, such as product demonstrations for a commercial producer.  It might be irregular or it could grow to become your main source of income if you’re a hit with your customers. If you…
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    Hope Speak

  • Exploring the Taiwanese tourism

    Hope Speak
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Taiwan is a beautiful island with wonderful sites and great weather.  (Source: The National Park Taroko contains some vertical rock cliff, valleys; beautiful and small streams. The most prominent thing here is the tunnel... The post Exploring the Taiwanese tourism appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • The differences between Mandarin and Cantonese

    Hope Speak
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Both Mandarin and Cantonese are parts of the Chinese language. They share almost the same written characters, yet they are very different as a spoken language. Let’s read on to find out what the... The post The differences between Mandarin and Cantonese appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Taiwanese Culture

    Hope Speak
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Taiwan is an island at Asian Region located in the southeast of China, the south of Japan and the north of Philippines. Today Taiwan is going to be our main topic, especially its culture.... The post Taiwanese Culture appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Dining manners in countries

    Hope Speak
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    New Year is at the trigger and everybody is excited of the exploration on new destinations. How people in each country behave during the meal is one of the most important things that needed... The post Dining manners in countries appeared first on Hope Speak.
  • Useful Japanese words for your trip in Japan

    Hope Speak
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you are about to take a trip to Japan without knowing any Japanese words, at least try to memorize some of the expressions below; they will come in handy at some points. (Source:... The post Useful Japanese words for your trip in Japan appeared first on Hope Speak.
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    Dr. Robert Kohen: Personalized SAT & ACT Prep

  • ACT Science: Conflicting Viewpoints Shortcut

    Robert Kohen
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Most ACT Science sections contain one “conflicting viewpoints” passage. This passage, which resembles a reading comprehension passage, contains an introduction followed by two lengthy and conflicting viewpoints on a scientific topic (“Scientist 1” and “Scientist 2”). Unlike the other passage types, there are no tables, charts or graphs included. The two arguments are labeled and presented in sequence, i.e. Scientist 2’s argument follows Scientist’s 1’s argument. Fortunately, there’s an easy way you can navigate and do well on this type of passage. In each of these…
  • The Counterintuitive Trap On ACT Science

    Robert Kohen
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    ACT writers work hard to make you miss questions. When the content they’re testing isn’t very difficult, they turn to well designed traps to make you miss their questions anyway. On the ACT Science section, one of the most common traps is what I call the “counterintuitive” trap. This trap involves any two things that seem like they should relate one way, but in actuality relate the opposite way. Let’s say the ACT is talking about “heat flow,” i.e. the transfer of heat from something hotter to something cooler. The test makers tell you that “insulation” helps preserve heat.
  • Solving Percent Problems Quickly On SAT and ACT Math

    Robert Kohen
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Most SAT and ACT percent problems can be solved in a matter of seconds. Here’s how: Sign up for my popular newsletter for more free SAT/ACT and admissions tips.
  • Colon Or Semicolon? SAT Writing and ACT English

    Robert Kohen
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    The SAT and ACT test your knowledge of colons (:) and semicolons (;). While this might seem like an arcane area of English grammar, colons and semicolons are actually governed by a relatively short and simple set of rules. Learning them is an easy way to pick up points on either test. Colons Colons do two major things: (1) introduce an explanation or (2) introduce a list of things. They must be preceded by an independent clause—a clause that could stand on its own as a sentence. Let’s look at an example of uses (1) and (2). (1) I don’t like video games: their flashing lights give me…
  • Developing Outstanding Extracurriculars: An Interview With Steve Schwartz

    Robert Kohen
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Steve Schwartz is a professional college admission counselor with more than a decade of experience. He’s written the popular Get Into College Blog since 2009, moderates Reddit’s college admissions forum, and now hosts a podcast, College Admissions Toolbox. Steve, please tell us a little bit about yourself and the work you do with college applicants. I wowed Columbia’s admissions team with a college essay about my experiences lobbying government delegates at a United Nations conference in South Africa. (The real UN, not Model UN.) Delegates from government and non-profit…
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  • 6 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Preschool Children

    Vicki Palmer
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    They might be little, but there is so much that we can learn from preschool children. They are positive, enthusiastic and energetic. They make friends easily and are walking, talking sponges, ready to learn and absorb all that the world will throw at them. I’ve been a preschool teacher for 35 years and learning from my class is part of what makes it so special and keeps me coming back each year. In no way is it a one way exchange, from adult to child. I have always felt honored to be able to spend such an important time with the next generation and help to set them on the right path for…
  • 7 Easy Reading Comprehension Strategies you can Use With Your Child (for Free!)

    Vicki Palmer
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Reading is an essential foundational skill for all children. Teaching reading is more than teaching a specific set of reading strategies. Reading comprehension is a complex process that involves knowledge, experience, thinking and teaching. As a parent or early childhood teacher I encourage you to look at the holistic child. Each individual child has their own skills, talents and attributes. Over the course of my 35 years as an early childhood educator, I have formed the firm belief that a child’s self-esteem and confidence is critical and just as important as more specific ‘reading’…
  • Preschool Bulletin Boards: Eye Catching and Effective Communication Tool

    Vicki Palmer
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    Preschool bulletin boards are a great way to communicate with parents about what is happening in the preschool and the community. There is so much that you can do with a preschool bulletin board – get creative! You are the person who knows your children and parents best: you will know what type of information parents will be interested in, or need to know, and the most effective way of conveying this information to your specific group of parents. I like to use a preschool bulletin board to provide fun updates, as well as reiterate any important policy changes or updates that have already…
  • 10 Productivity and Organization Tools for Teachers – and all are FREE!

    Vicki Palmer
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    We’ve all felt that sense of overwhelm when we think about all the resources, activities and lesson plans we need to keep in some sort of order. And that doesn’t even take into account the absolutely endless to-do list. Why does it never go away? I’ve changed my teaching life in the last few years by utilizing applications that help me create a sense of order in my resources and make the amount I have to do feel more manageable. I sincerely hope that some of these productivity tools will be new for you and help you move past the chaos. I think that the most important productivity and…
  • 15 Benefits of Performing Preschool Science Experiments

    Vicki Palmer
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Science experiments are an incredibly effective means of getting preschool children interacting with the world around them, both inside and outside the classroom. There is no limit to what you can do with science and the children absolutely love it. Science is all around us – our bodies, in nature, through cooking and gardening to name just a few. In my 35 years as an early childhood educator, as you can imagine, I’ve carried out a lot of preschool science experiments! It’s one of my favorite learning experiences to explore with the children, due to the inevitable delight that they…
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    Minreeva Learning - Blog

  • Why we Desperately Need Digital Citizenship in our School Curriculum

    10 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I always remind my kids that the internet is a "very, very, bad place, full of very, very, bad people." They can't seem to believe it - as the internet, for them, is a wonderful experience - getting to play games, chatting with their friends, posting their funny videos, and sharing their pics online. Of course, we - as responsible adults, know better. In a virtual world with (almost) no rules, there has to be a certain "Code of Conduct" to govern the internet. Unfortunately, there are none. There is, however, a concept - fairly new - relative to the existence of the…
  • What are Location-based Services?

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Let's welcome a new week with yet another addition to our expanding educational technology vocabulary. This week, let's discuss location-based services.Location-based services are based on the mobile network's infrastructure of triangulating your position. Moreover, it also uses GPS to be more accurate. Location-based services (LBS) then use this information to give you a better experience thru different apps. These apps, in turn, can search - either actively or passively - and advise, the best possible course of action based on your location. Here's a recent text message I got from MMDA…
  • 5 Steps to Flipping Professional Development

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    We've been talking quite a lot about K-12, primary/secondary education, and classrooms. Let's now look at the other side of learning - professional development.Professional development is also a big topic when it comes to educational technology. Whoever said that only students can have all the fun? Professionals can join in on the action too!  Step 1: Find out what your Learners' Needs areThe best way to find out about your learners' needs (without spending too much time and effort doing focus groups) would be to shoot them an email a month before a learning session. In that email, you…
  • What are the differences between Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal Learning?

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It's that time of the week again when we add more edtech jargon to our vocabulary. This week's special: Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal Learning. At first glance, it's seems easy to differentiate and define what all three are. Common sense dictates that formal learning equates to classroom and schooling. Things get a little complicated though  while non-formal and informal learning merit anything outside the classroom. Yes. The definitions stated above are actually correct. However, we need to delve more into those three terms and break them down into the different types of…
  • Will Republic Act 10665 improve the State of Edtech in the Philippines?

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    It was just only recently (July 9, 2015 to be exact) that the Republic Act 10665 was signed by Pres. Benigno Aquino III. Republic Act 10665 or the Open High School System Bill has been around for almost a decade. It was piloted by the Department of Education sometime last 2006 (see the DepEd memorandum on the pilot here). It has then been co-authored by different congress members and senators last 2008 and 2010. It had it's 3rd and Final Reading in Congress last 2014, and was finally signed by the president on July 2015.  What is Republic Act 10665?Republic Act 10665 or the Open High…
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    The Best Schools

  • Utah Education

    Rich Tatum
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Utah became the 45th state to enter the Union in 1896 but its system of higher education was already quite well-established by this time. Its first postsecondary institution would actually come into existence almost a half-century before the territory gained statehood. The University of Utah opened its doors as the University of Deseret in 1850. […] The post Utah Education appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • Tennessee Education

    Rich Tatum
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    Tennessee began its existence as a part of North Carolina before becoming a part of the Southwest Territory and, in 1796, the 16th state. By that time, the state’s first college had already been operational for two years. Tusculum College established itself in 1794 as a private liberal arts school under the direction of the […] The post Tennessee Education appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • South Dakota Education

    Rich Tatum
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    South Dakota joined the Union in 1889 along with its neighbor directly to the north. As the fifth least populous and fifth least densely populated state in the nation, South Dakota was home to just 33,000 students in 2013. However, these students do enjoy a variety of higher education options that are extensive relative to […] The post South Dakota Education appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • South Carolina Education

    Rich Tatum
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    As one of the original 13 colonies and a leading force in the development of Southern culture and identity, South Carolina found itself on the forefront of many historical moments in American history. Though the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788, it had been the first to ratify the Articles of Confederation […] The post South Carolina Education appeared first on The Best Schools.
  • Rhode Island Education

    Rich Tatum
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    One of the original 13 colonies and, in May of 1776, the very first to declare its independence from the British Crown, Rhode Island is also the only state whose official name is too long to fit on a license plate. Technically, the nation’s smallest and 2nd most densely populated state is called Rhode Island […] The post Rhode Island Education appeared first on The Best Schools.
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    Online Hazwoper Training Refresher | Teksafety

  • HAZWOPER Training Courses is now Accessible on Mobile

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Image  Source: Environmental Trainers, the industry leader in online environmental health and safety training (EHS) declare the overview of their newest product, the mobile accessible HAZWOPER training courses. Now, anyone that needs to take HAZWOPER training (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) can access these courses through mobile devices. National Environmental Trainers is the only provider of mobile OSHA services.“We are very happy to be able to make available important Hazwoper training courses on mobile…
  • Another Bleach Spills of 2,000 Gallons in El Cajon

    17 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    EL CAJON, Calif. — A harmful materials spill was reported Monday at an El Cajon pool supply company.Around 5:30 a.m., workers at Abcana Industries revealed that a 4,000- gallon storage tank filled with bleach had been drained to half its volume, Heartland Fire and Rescue spokesman Sonny Saghera said. The 2,000 gallons of bleach went into a secondary containment area that also had a breech, and the chemical afterwards flowed into the storm drain and the company’s parking lot at 545 W. Bradley Ave., Saghera said. Heartland Fire and Rescue personnel were joined by San Diego County and…
  • The costs reaches $62 million for California Oil Spill Cleanup

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cleaning up cost of the oil spill that polluted beaches last May on California coast has grown to $62 million so far, the pipeline company said. The Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no schedule for when the cleanup will be completed, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.  The company is responsibility for footing the bill after a pipeline break near Santa Barbara and enforced the closure of two state beaches and urged a fishing ban in the area. Hodgins said the pipeline operator…
  • Definition of Hazardous Waste

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Image Source:"According to EPA: Hazardous waste is waste that is potentially harmful or dangerous to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be the thrown away commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes." From comprehensive definition of hazardous waste:It is a solid, liquid or solid substance identified in 40 CFR 261 that is a "Characteristic…
  • The BoatUS Foundation offers Free Online Fuel Spill Training

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Video Source via, Md. – As the summer boating season is in progress, harbors, boat yards and clubs are now on operation. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers are in charge for refueling hundreds of boats – but the question is? Do they have the training to avoid a fuel spill? With a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the BoatUS Foundation now provide these seasonal employees a serious learning tool, “Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff,” at…
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    360 Authoring Program-Blog

  • Getting it Right: A 3-Step Approach to Building Your Online Course

    Shazia Wajid
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    Interested in teaching online? Creating an online training course and offering it for sale is a great way to bring your expertise to life and make money from it. The most challenging part of the course development phase can often be getting started. You may have dozens of course ideas dancing in your mind before you even begin writing, making you unsure about where to begin, what to share, and how. Follow this 3-step approach to convert your ideas and expertise into marketable courses. Step 1: Decide on a topic The first step of writing an online course is selecting the most appropriate…
  • Making the Move: Converting Training into Online Courses

    Shazia Wajid
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    eLearning is on the rise and it’s here to stay. Effective instructional technologies and rich learning experiences coupled with flexibility and cost-effectiveness make elearning an ideal way for people to develop knowledge and learn new skills with ease. Online learning empowers learners with complete ownership of their learning. It also offers a wealth of opportunities for trainers, subject matter experts, lecturers, teachers, and instructors to teach millions of online learners across the globe, providing diverse teaching experiences and boosting their monthly income at the same time. If…
  • Power Up Pictures with PowerPoint

    Shazia Wajid
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A picture is worth a thousand words. What pictures are you using in your course? Relevant, attractive, and appropriately stylized images can serve as powerful visual stimulation in online training. If you have software tools that let you edit your photos and carefully plan your diagrams, fantastic! If not, do you have PowerPoint on your machine? Not only is PowerPoint a powerful way to put together a presentation, it can also be a quick and simple way to export formatted, perfectly-sized images. Here are some quick tips to get you started. Set up PowerPoint to your target dimensions. To use…
  • Bridge the eLearning Gap with Effective Feedback

    Shazia Wajid
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Before we begin, let’s imagine a situation. Envision yourself taking highly effective professional development training which contributes profoundly to your career. The training is useful, interesting, and highly interactive. All is going well, when suddenly you get confused about a certain point. You reach out and ask the instructor your question, and guess what he has to say? “That’s not right! Try again.” How would you feel in such a situation? While envisioning this situation is frustrating, imagine the confusion, a student in an elearning course would face if all they received…
  • Top 5 Tips for Mouth-watering eLearning

    Shazia Wajid
    20 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Authors! Have you cooked up a delectable feast of content for your elearning course? After completing your first draft, it’s time to take a taste and analyze it. How is the pace of your course? Is it “well-spiced” with things that engage and delight—but not overloaded with elements fighting for attention? Does it leave your learners feeling satisfied after they consume it? While there are many ways to improve elearning content, the following are a few easy tips to fine-tune it before serving it up to learners. Take these into consideration, and you’ll soon be on your…
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    Core Education, LLC

  • Survey: Most High Schoolers Feel Unprepared for College, Careers

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A recent survey finds that more than half of high school juniors and seniors across the country don’t feel they’re ready for college and careers, even though these remain top goals for students. The survey was a multi-year College and Career Readiness survey of 165,000 high school students conducted by YouthTruth, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. The survey of juniors and seniors was conducted from the 2010-11 through the 2014-15 school years. More than 260 schools across 31 states partnered with YouthTruth. The participating schools represent a cross-section of all high schools…
  • Do we know how to help teachers get better?

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    TNTP has spent the last two years trying to answer the question, “Do we know how to help teachers get better?” Their new report,The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development, shares what they found. The Mirage examines how three large public school districts and one charter school network support teachers’ professional growth-and how their support affects teachers’ performance. It is based on surveys of more than 10,000 teachers and 500 school leaders, and interviews with more than 100 district office staff members. TNTP wanted to identify what…
  • The 2016 Schools of Character application is now open!

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Schools of Character program has provided hundreds of schools with a framework and professional feedback that has improved their school culture and climate. In a more supportive environment, students thrive and schools see increased academic achievement and decreased behavioral issues. Every school can and should become a school of character. Apply to join the network by completing an application, open through December 1. Some of the info you will provide in the application: A narrative of your character story: your history and areas of improvement Your school’s implementation of the 11…
  • High School Rigor Matters to Students Who Don’t Attend College, CPE Study Finds

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Center for Public Education has released the second in a pair of reports focused on high school students who do not continue their formal education after graduation and factors that contribute to positive outcomes and future success. A rigorous high school program boosts the chances of success for both college goers and students who do not attend college after high school. High school graduates who do not attend college are more successful later on if they have taken high-level math courses and focused vocational training in high school. The results of the second study of a series,…
  • State Standards and Assessment Landscape is Continuing to Shift

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    As we move into the 2015-16 school year, the standards and assessments landscape is continuing to shift. State legislative and executive actions over the past year have resulted in changes to how, when – and in some cases, if – districts and schools will implement Common Core and aligned-assessments. An overwhelming majority of states are continuing Common Core implementation despite dozens of bills aimed at delaying or repealing the standards; some will continue or begin reviews of the standards with an eye toward revising them. A number of states’ assessment plans, on the…
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    Driving Tests Resources

  • How to drive through a flood

    Darren Cottingham
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Flooding can happen at any time of the year. It occurs when the input of water is greater than drainage can take away. This can be caused by local rain, or by a river bursting its banks from rain upstream.…Read more ›
  • Are wider roads safer, and how are road widths decided?

    Darren Cottingham
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:51 pm
    A two-lane road in New Zealand usually consists of a lane in either direction that is 3.25m wide plus a 0.5m shoulder on either side which can be increased to 1.2m if it’s designed for cyclists. Traffic signs are located at…Read more ›
  • What is the difference between an accident and a crash?

    Darren Cottingham
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Accident and crash are two loaded words. A discussion frequently occurs about whether an accident is really an accident – aren’t they just all ‘crashes’, and all preventable? It is a discussion that can be confusing if you let the semantics…Read more ›
  • Can you ride a skateboard on the road?

    Darren Cottingham
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Are cars and vans the only four-wheeled vehicles allowed on the road, or are you allowed to ride a skateboard? Foot- and gravity-powered skateboards, scooters and skates You are allowed to use these on the road (unless expressly forbidden) but you…Read more ›
  • How to become a driving instructor

    Darren Cottingham
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    This article covers the requirements of becoming a driving instructor, plus advice on starting out, including the advantages of each type of option for your employment. A driving instructor is the only person allowed to teach people to drive for…Read more ›
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  • My Uninvolved Parents

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    I’ve seen the gamut of parental involvement during my career. Some parents couldn’t have been bothered to answer their phones. Others would lose their composure if they didn’t get daily phone calls from their children’s teachers. The range I’ve seen has made me reflect on how my parents handled my school experience, or perhaps how they didn’t handle it. I can’t quite compare my education with that of the students I taught. I can’t compare their parent’s reactions with those of my parents. Having exclusively taught students with disabilities, I worked with parents who had…
  • My Detached College Experience

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    Twenty years ago this week, I started my undergraduate program. At the time, I would’ve just called it college. In a word, I’d say my college experience was detached. I’m not certain anything that could be called a typical college experience exists any longer. I know mine wasn’t typical. I enrolled reluctantly. All through high school, I had vowed I wouldn’t go to college. I had all sorts of impractical ideas about what to do instead. None were anything close to tangible by the time graduation arrived. I ended up enrolling, largely because I was in a band and had a girlfriend. These…
  • Learned Cynicism and Altered Expectations

    20 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Some reasonable predictions can be made about outcomes for students. In special education, children with the most severe disabilities might have clear destinies before they start school. For higher functioning children, estimations remain possible, but they can be more difficult and thereby are dangerously suspect. Where students are at the end of high school might not be a good indication of where they have the potential to go. Just because they don’t appear prepared for adult life doesn’t mean they won’t figure it out. I should know. Throughout high school, I slacked with the worst of…
  • Standardized Testing, Corporate Influence, and Relative Sanity

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’m a veteran test taker. This doesn’t make me special. Most adults who have pursued some kind of professional licensure share my veteran status. Actually, most adults who have attended any kind of school are veterans like me. I don’t know how standardized tests have impacted the lives of others. I do know that I’ve survived the tests I’ve taken with little scarring. Corporate interests in education have been apparent all along, but they haven’t claimed me as a casualty. My test taking career began sometime early in elementary school. Each year, I took some kind of standardized…
  • Psychological Testing For Students With ID (Repost from

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Below is an article I wrote for about the importance of IQ scores for students with intellectual disabilities who are on the cusp of exiting school. Visit Kokua Network to find resources for parents of children with special needs.
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    Lawless French

  • Kwizbot’s Back to School Sale

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    To celebrate the start of the new school year and help you get back into the swing of things, Kwizbot (the artificial intelligence behind Progress with Lawless French) is offering a 10% discount on Premium annual subscriptions - learn more. Published on Lawless French.          
  • Devoir vs Falloir

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Devoir and falloir are fairly synonymous, but these two French verbs are not interchangeable. Their meanings are slightly different, and they each have additional meanings, depending on how they're used. Published on Lawless French.          
  • Au lieu de

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Instead of playing a game, read this lesson on the useful French expression au lieu de. Published on Lawless French.          
  • Olives et huiles d’olive

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Il n'y a pas d'arbres à olives noires et d'arbres à olives vertes. Sur tous les arbres, les olives sont vertes au début et deviennent noires en mûrissant. Published on Lawless French.          
  • Chez

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    The preposition chez is unlike anything in English - it carries more meaning than a simple preposition and has a number of different uses. Published on Lawless French.          
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    The Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching

  • The I Do WE Do YOU Do Model Explained

    Shaun Killian
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    When Robert Marzano reviewed the research on the effectiveness of different teaching strategies, explicit teaching came out on top. The I Do We Do You Do model is a simple and catchy way to convey the essence of explicit instruction.   I Do In a nutshell, the I Do phase of a lesson involves you telling students what they need to know and showing them how to do the things that they need to be able to do. Research confirms that this is a powerful part of an effective and efficient learning process. In more specific terms, it involves teaching strategies such as informing, explaining,…
  • 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On

    Shaun Killian
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Robert Marzano and John Hattie have both reviewed research into what teaching strategies make the biggest difference to students’ results. While they used different methods and terminology, they agreed on these 8 powerful strategies.   Strategy 1: A Clear Focus for the Lesson John Hattie highlights how important it is for you (and your students) to be clear about what you want them to learn in each lesson. According to Hattie, teacher clarity is one of the most potent influences on student achievement. Robert Marzano agrees, including lesson goals in his top 5 list of factors that…
  • Lessons from Finland

    Shaun Killian
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    In recent years, Finland’s students have been at the top or near the top on a range of international indicators. Furthermore, Finland’s commitment to social equity has led to low levels of variance in student results from school to school. However, this has not always been the case. In the early 1990s, Finnish students achieved mediocre results on international tests such as PISA and TIMMS. Yet, they turned this around. Notably, they didn’t do this through introducing high-stakes testing, introducing charter schools, or enforcing superficial compliance with central mandates. Rather,…
  • Visible Learning Into Action

    Shaun Killian
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Visible Learning Into Action: written by John Hattie, Debra Masters, Kate Birch; published by Routledge; with a release date of 25 October 2015. John Hattie’s soon to be released book, Visible Learning Into Action, gives you a collection of living, breathing examples of how schools across Australia, USA, Hong Kong, UK, Sweden, New Zealand and Norway are using Hattie’s research findings to dramatically improve their students’ results. His first book, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Related to School Achievement: Was the culmination of over 15 years of…
  • The 10 Best Evidence Based Study Tips

    Shaun Killian
    13 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    There is no doubt that studying helps students to excel at school. John Hattie found that teaching students how to study (d=0.59) had: More than double the impact on students’ results than homework Nearly triple the impact of strategies such as teaching test-taking, and initiatives such as charter schools Put another way, encouraging your students to study while providing your students with study tips can help improve their marks from a: D to a C C to a B B to an A Sadly, many students don’t study and others are not shown how to study effectively. Not only should you teach your…
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    Room mom and classroom parent ideas, tips, and help - HomeRoom Mom

  • 17 Things I've Learned from Veteran Room Moms

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Advice to new room moms, from veteran room moms There's a reason so many room parents return to the classroom year after year. With all that experience, they've certainly learned a thing or two (or twenty) that's worth sharing with all the newbie room moms out there.  So without further ado, we’d like to share a few snippets of advice from the veteran room moms in our Facebook community. Cheers to kicking off your first school year as room parent – hopefully, it’s just the first of many more to come! 1. It's okay to make mistakes. Always keep communicating with your teacher as to her…
  • 10 String Cheese Classroom Snack Ideas

    14 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Sponsored By: Frigo Cheese Heads Build a Bright Future Promotion.If you are looking for a self-contained, easy, and healthy classroom snack, look no further! We've pulled together 10 fun ideas for spicing up string cheese for classroom parties.1. These string cheese pencils are perfect for your back to school party!via moneywisemoms.com2. Boo! These cute ghost faces couldn't be any easier for you to whip up for the classroom Halloween party.via My Life as I Pin It3. Do you want to eat a snowman? Everyone will love these Olaf inspired cheese sticks.via HomeRoomMom4. These string cheese…
  • The Step-By-Step Guide to Being Room Parent

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    We LOVE room parents! Thanks for taking on this important role in your child’s class this year. We know it can seem overwhelming right now, but it’s so worthwhile to be such an integral part of the school year. Not convinced? Read what real room moms say about the experience. To help you kick off the year in high gear we’ve put together this Room Parent Starter Kit with everything you’ll need to get organized, communicate with parents and the teacher, host great classroom parties, and make awesome crafts with kids. Back to School: This is an important time of year as it sets the tone…
  • Room Moms: Let’s Talk Money

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    To get your job done as a room mom, you are going to have to ask parents for money and keep track of it. This process doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. With a little planning at the start of the school year, you should be fine.First, decide whether you will do a one-time collection at the start of the school year or ask for donations throughout the year as each class party or event occurs. We suggest you talk to the teacher about this. She may have a better sense of the parents and what approach would work best with them.Per-event collectionHow it works: Send a per-event donation…
  • Back To School Clip Art

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Start the year off right and use our fun back to school clip art to get parents involved!Download Back-to-School BannerDownload Back-to-School NightDownload First Day of SchoolDownload Welcome Back School BusDownload Welcome BannerDownload Welcome BackDownload Open HouseDownload School SuppliesDownload Room Parent Needed Download Room ParentDownload Volunteers
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    Engineers Corner

  • UPTU Revised Final Exam Schedule for Special Carry Over Exam Aug-Sep 2015

    Yatharth Singh
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
    Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) is conducting Special Carry Over Exam in August & September 2015 for 1st year, 2nd year & 3rd year students except final year. The Special carry Over exam for final year will be conducted separately. UPTU released Revised Final Exam Schedule for Special Carry Over Exam for B.Tech (All Branch), B.Pharma, ... The post UPTU Revised Final Exam Schedule for Special Carry Over Exam Aug-Sep 2015 appeared first on Engineers Corner.
  • Flipkart launches “Ping” a new social shopping in-app feature

    Yatharth Singh
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Today Flipkart India’s leading e-commerce marketplace launches ‘Flipkart Ping” a new Social Shopping with your Friends & Family members. Flipkart’s new in-app feature “Ping” is used  to chat with friends while shopping, and share experience using text, photos, emoticons in real time. Flipkart Launches the new #FlipkartPing Feature during Bloggers Meet at F Bar & Lounge, ... The post Flipkart launches “Ping” a new social shopping in-app feature appeared first on Engineers Corner.
  • Direct Download Link for RRB JE/SSE Admit Card 2015 | Railway Recruitment Board JE/SSE Hall Ticket 2015

    Yatharth Singh
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Many Candidates are not able to Download their RRB JE/SSE Admit Card 2015 ( CEN – 01/2015) which is conducted by Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) from 22nd August 2015 to 5th September 2015. The RRB JE (Junior Engineer) Exam is conducted in Aug 2015 while RRB SSE (Senior Section Engineer) exam will be conducted in Sep 2015. Candidates ... The post Direct Download Link for RRB JE/SSE Admit Card 2015 | Railway Recruitment Board JE/SSE Hall Ticket 2015 appeared first on Engineers Corner.
  • Result Out: JKBOSE Higher Secondary Part Two Annual 2015 (Private) Jammu (Summer Zone) Result 2015 Declared

    Yatharth Singh
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Jammu & Kashmir State Board of School Education conducted Higher Secondary Part Two Annual 2015 (Private) Jammu (Summer Zone) Exam & the result of the same is officially declared by the JKBOSE. The Much Awaited Result is finally declared, JKBOSE Students were eagerly waiting for JKBOSE Higher Secondary Class 12th Part-II Annual 2015 (Private) Jammu (Summer Zone) Result 2015 & ... The post Result Out: JKBOSE Higher Secondary Part Two Annual 2015 (Private) Jammu (Summer Zone) Result 2015 Declared appeared first on Engineers Corner.
  • HP Pool Campus Drive for 2015 Batch at Galgotia University | Apply Now

    Yatharth Singh
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    HP is Conducting Pool campus drive for Freshers of 2015 Batch at Galgotia University for B.Tech (CSE/ IT/ ECE/ ET/ EEE/EI) Students. Interested candidates who wish to Apply for this Job Checkout the complete description below to Apply Now & check Eligibility & Registration Link below. Company Name: HP (Hewlett-Packard Company) About the Company: The Hewlett-Packard Company ... The post HP Pool Campus Drive for 2015 Batch at Galgotia University | Apply Now appeared first on Engineers Corner.
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    Creative Sol Vibrations

  • 5 Sure Shot Ways to Fend Off Your Food Cravings

    Creative Sol Vibrations
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Is there a constant war in your head over deciding whether to choose that healthy snack option or delight yourself by getting one bite of that rich chocolate brownie? It’s only worse if you are on a weight loss journey and always end up getting tempted by the temptations. Luckily there are solutions for it […] The post 5 Sure Shot Ways to Fend Off Your Food Cravings appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Bageshwar – A Perfect Weekend Getaway from Delhi and Neighboring Cities

    Atul Chaudhary
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Bageshwar is a small yet significant part of Uttarakhand. It is a spiritual place dedicated to Lord Shiva and situated on the conflux of Gomti and Darju rivers. Visit the quaint town for a relaxing vacation and pick from the best hotels in Bageshwar. Uttarakhand is the land of Gods and there are numerous places […] The post Bageshwar – A Perfect Weekend Getaway from Delhi and Neighboring Cities appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Tips to Make Your Home More Inviting

    Creative Sol Vibrations
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Looking for ways to make your home feel more warm and welcoming? Read on for some great tips on how you can do just that. 1. Personalizing your home Incorporating your personality through DIYs or family pictures makes your home feel like it really belongs to you. After a long tiring day looking back at […] The post Tips to Make Your Home More Inviting appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • On-Site Storage Containers – Help You To Store Things Well

    Creative Sol Vibrations
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
    On-site storage containers can be defined as the portable containers that are specifically designed for business and commercial purposes. As you opt for the on-site storage containers, you can save a lot of your precious time as well as resources which you would have otherwise spent looking for the storage facilities that can be taken […] The post On-Site Storage Containers – Help You To Store Things Well appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Hill Stations Near Bangalore

    Creative Sol Vibrations
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    India is full of beautiful places. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and oceans on all sides, it offers abundant beauty everywhere. One such beautiful Indian city is Bangalore. Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru) being the capital of the state of Karnataka and the IT hub of India, a lot of cosmopolitan crowd lives here. To break-free […] The post Hill Stations Near Bangalore appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
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  • HEC Application Process

    9 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Over the past few years, Bernard Garrette, HEC MBA Associate Dean, has a clear goal for the HEC MBA – firmly establish HEC as among the top three full-time MBA programmes in Europe. In order to achieve his goal, he needs students to ensure that students get the most out of the MBA programme, maximising their talents in order to have successful post-MBA careers. There are two primary factors that allow the MBA programme to achieve this with its students – (a) accepting a better quality of students, and (b) ensuring that their personalities fit the programme’s, thereby allowing them to…
  • Indian School of Business (ISB) Admissions: Round 1 vs. Round 2

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    A substantial number of B-school aspirants always deliberate on which round to apply to. This mass always wonders which of the rounds holds the maximum probability of getting in  the desired B-school. ISB has 2 rounds of admissions each year. The school gets a chance  to interact with as many applicants as it can and choose only the best in class. ISB makes it a point to intake the same proportion of diversity in both these rounds. This article uncovers various facts around admissions to ISB. Fact 1: You have to introspect and think through your present professional life. If the much…
  • HEC Admission Process

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    The seemingly holistic process of granting a candidate admission to a top B School program anywhere in the world is necessarily less so because of the varying targets at each stage of the process. In effect, this grants the candidate considerable advantages if he or she is able to identify the levers whose application will most enhance the chances of a successful admission. The HEC MBA program is no different. Schools can typically be classified into categories based on certain broad parameters like class size, specialization, ranking, average GMAT score and so forth. Subsequently this also…
  • Analyzing ISB PGP’s Essay 2 – Option A For 2015-2016 Intake

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    ISB 2016 Intake has already released the list of its essays on 2nd May 2015. There have been subtle changes to some of the ISB essays while the other ones have remained to be almost same. Here we will analyze ISB PGP’s Essay 2- Option A and some tips you should consider while writing this essay and to increase the chances of admission in ISB PGP courses. Defining moment in your personal / professional life when you had to make a risky decision, and explain what you did, why and the outcome? What is the essay’s objective? The essay is designed to check the aptitude of a candidate. A risk…
  • ISB Hyderabad – A peek inside the business school

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:54 pm
    THE INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (ISB) is one of the largest private business schools of India. It caters its worldwide students with high-grade MBA program. The institute campus is based in Hyderabad and Mohali, which is not just beautifully built but also endow students with all mandatory amenities. The architects of the campus have preserved the amazing rock formation and tree canopies, including the modish building and conveniences with a picturesque landscape. Spread in an over 160 acres of area, ISB’s Hyderabad campus provides full-fledge amenities to the students they require while…
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    Learn Mandarin Now

  • Find Chinese speaking partners with HelloTalk
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Anything that can make learning Mandarin Chinese easier has to be a good thing! Having said this, our website, Learn Mandarin Now, rarely recommends any resources for learning Chinese. We feel that many sites are simply selling a course or Apps which are not that useful. Or only trying to make you pay money for resources which may not be that effective in helping you learn your chosen language. However, we recently heard about HelloTalk, a language exchange social networking App that allows you to connect with language exchange partners in over 100 different languages. We have seen some great…
  • Top 10 Tips for Learning Mandarin Chinese
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Today we are very pleased to invite Narelle Evans to share her top 10 tips about learning Chinese. We know Narelle from her site LTL Mandarin School, which offers a number of Chinese language courses in China. You can also find articles by Narelle on her blog offering information on living in the country and learning Chinese. We hope you enjoy Narelle’s tips and use them to improve your Chinese! 1. Don’t be shy Talk One of the most important ways to learn Mandarin is to get stuff wrong. Language is no different from everything else in life; you learn from your mistakes. But the act of…
  • How to start learning Mandarin Chinese – top 10 tips from Sara at TutorMing
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    It’s always helpful to have advice from experts running their own business teaching Mandarin Chinese. Therefore, today we are very pleased to invite Sara from TutorMing, a well known, popular website site for students from all over the world, to share some tips and advice about how to best start learning Mandarin Chinese. 1. Sara, thanks for making time for this interview, can you tell our readers a little about yourself? I was born in the United States, but moved to Beijing, China at a young age with my family. I’ve always been fascinated with Chinese culture, and I was glad to have such…
  • Learn to Read Mandarin Chinese: 15 Characters to Get Your Reading Off the Ground Learning to read
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Chinese is daunting. Once you decide between Simplified and Traditional, between writing and typing, between apps and classrooms, how do you know where to start? To try and answer that question, we turned to our teachers. We asked them what characters they thought should be the first ones you learn…and their answers might surprise you. Everyone approached the question differently. Some went for practicality, while others went for the beginnings of how to express your ideas and emotions. The end result is a list that is a good spot for everyone to start, whether you’re learning to travel…
  • The best ways to learn Cantonese
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    It’s often a major challenge for many students working out how best to learn Cantonese—or deciding to learn Cantonese instead of Mandarin. To help get some answers, we are very pleased to have with us Paulina from the popular blog My Hong Kong Husbandwhich happens to be one of the favourites at Learn Mandarin Now. We understand Paulina has been learning Cantonese for some time so we asked her for some suggestions and tips. Paulina 1. We know you learnt both Mandarin and Cantonese. Which one did you learn first? I should say I started to learn Mandarin first, but I gave up after few…
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    Speak like Native

  • Endangered Languages – Learn them before it’s too late!

    Adam Kotala
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Last time we took a look at Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World. What we have discovered is the fact that all these languages are spoken by more than 50% of the world population. Incredible, right? Dozen of languages will extinct in the near future And now imagine that there are another 6000 foreign languages, which are spoken by the rest 50%. What’s more, most of them don’t even have more than 100 native speakers. These languages are seriously endangered, which may lead into their extinction or transformation into so-called ”dead language”. Areas of endangered languages…
  • Jan’s Traveling Blog – Camping in National Park Terelj

    Adam Kotala
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hello everybody! In the previous blog we talked about Mongolia in general and now we`ll take a closer look at the first stop we took along the journey across Mongolia – the beautiful Terelj. This National Park is not far from Ulaanbaatar and you can reach it by bus, taxi or both (like we did). In Mongolia you can camp basically everywhere. Just sometimes, be careful, if you set your camp on an inconvenient place, like dry river basin, the locals will come and help you to relocate. On the way to the National park we met two other travelers, with whom we spent the evening together. It was not…