How to succeed in online learning?

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The idea behind online learning is quite simple – to enable more people to learn for less money. The mission of empowering students of all ages is a noble one, but however it is not always easy to fulfill it. Online learning is difficult for many and you have to really want to do it. The determination is not the only parameter of success. Distance learning requires big time commitment and you have to know exactly what you are going to get out of any online program before starting if you want to succeed. Knowing some of the challenges, you might want to hear about the benefits of e-learning. (The info graph can help you understand the benefits and positive sides of the e-learning Digital learning) How to succeed in online learning? Continue reading “How to succeed in online learning?”

Social media spring cleaning for graduates

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Social media spring cleaning for graduates When applying for jobs, it is customary to go through a mental checklist. A stunning CV? Check. Snappy covering letter? Check. Up-to-date LinkedIn profile? Of course. Appropriate Facebook, profile? That’s the one that seems to be catching more and more people out. Last month, seventeen year old Paris Brown, a youth crime commissioner, came under intense media scrutiny for the controversial content of her official Twitter feed. According to Victoria McLean, Director of City CV, this is proof that “all it takes is a few poorly judged status updates to well and truly stall your career before it has even begun.” These days, an individual’s online identity can be as much of a deciding factor in the selection process as qualifications and experience. After all, your social media profiles could be interpreted as the ultimate CV: personal, honest, and 100% you. Which is why employers are increasingly looking at the online presence of their candidates before making a decision. If you are a student preparing for graduation and steeling yourself for the notoriously competitive job market, then it is absolutely crucial that you get your social media profiles in order before sending out a single application. Says former technology recruiter Nick Bryan: “As someone who has reviewed CVs for IT jobs: yes, we look at your Facebook. And Twitter. And blog.” While it is hardly an exact science, evidence exists to suggest that certain traits (such as intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness and agreeability) can be determined through the nature of the content that people upload to Facebook. A wide range of personal interests and photographs of travel are generally well received, and even snaps of nights out can demonstrate an extroverted, sociable personality (within reason). However, a recent study conducted by YouGov found that 42% of university students are concerned that their Facebook photographs, status updates and comments may end up causing them some embarrassment when they go on to seek work. To further complicate matters, it has been found that in some cases, deleted Facebook content can be viewed up to three years after removal. The constant changing of the settings regarding security and privacy on Facebook also means that a user may believe their profile to be only viewable by approved members, but it is in fact visible to a much wider audience. In these cases, using your own judgement is vital. We would advise, as a rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it in the office, don’t say it on the Internet. If you’d like further help with your CV or online profiles then call us on +44 20 7100 6656 or email enquiries@citycv.co.uk We’re always happy to help. You’ll also find us on citycv.co.uk, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

How do students learn in 2013?

Students of our days have changed their manner of learning. They rarely use books and choose other online variants or technology of getting information needed.

Brave new learning

Brave new learning The technology is transforming the traditional classroom, blackboards, chalks and brick-thick textbooks are being replaced by tablet computers and classrooms with virtual learning rooms. Worldwide governments are advancing electronic learning in local schools by rolling out pilot schemes and granting funds, maximizing the benefits of e-learning. Ambient Insight, has researched the e-learning, and has established that inquiry-based learning paves the way to a successful future for students in a digital economy. Student – centered scheme is becoming a global trend. Apart from the new and interesting modes of learning, another important aspect in this industry is the level of earning. According to the report from Ambient Insight it is estimated that that the world’s e-learning market will be worth US$49.6 billion by 2014 and that Asia will be the fastest-growing region. Continue reading “Brave new learning”

Brilliant outdoor games with kids

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outdoor-games “Build an amazing volcano in the backyard with the kids this spring or go outside to preserve a wonderful spiderweb.” There is no doubt that spring time is outdoor time! This is the right time to do simply brilliant things with your child outdoors and have fun yourself. In the direction of helping you find the most amusing things with you the Kids Activities Blog has been established. It is a website created by two moms, who collectively have 9 children, Rachel Miller and Holly Homer from June Cleaver Nirvana. Their daily goal to inspire parents and teachers to play with kids and inspire them to do fun and entertaining things, it is interactive website that publishes simple things to do with kids on a twice a day basis. Kids Activities Blog is a really great tool for moms and teachers to find kid-friendly activities that create memories and sneak learning into the fun. Continue reading “Brilliant outdoor games with kids”

Online learning benefits the environment

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ASHFORD-UNIVERSITY-ONLINE-LEARNING It is a know fact that online students have the flexibility to log in and complete their coursework at any time from virtually any place. By customizing their schedules and pace to accommodate work, family, lifestyle and other considerations they save time and energy by taking courses online. The students realize that the cost savings associated with commuting, such as bus fare or gasoline, parking, vehicle wear and tear, as well as time away from work, child care and various other expenses also contribute to the environment print. Online learning benefits the environment: consider the energy consumption associated with on-campus classes, meetings and study groups! Environmental impacts vary from electricity to lighting, heating and cooling campus facilities to the use of consumables, such as traditional textbooks and other paper products. United Kingdom’s Design Innovation Group found out in their study that producing and providing online educational courses consumes up to 90 percent less energy and produces 85 percent less in the way of CO2 emissions per student than comparable on-campus courses. Out of 79,000 plus students who attend Ashford University, approximately 99 percent are enrolled in online classes – the world is their classroom and they’re making the world a greener place. Ashford University’s academic offerings, specifically in environmental studies, prepare students for increasingly popular green-collar careers in private, non-profit and government sectors. “Online higher education is innovative and forward-thinking,” says Dr. Adam Selhorst, who chairs the environmental studies department at Ashford University. “It conserves resources and reduces education’s carbon footprint on our environment.” About Ashford University Ashford University is one of the leading defers of the modern college experience, by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community, where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. The University has practical and progressive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University motto is : where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu

Which is the best menu while at university?

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Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually. Français : Les pommes sont célèbres en Amérique pour une alimentation équilibrée (8,6 kg annuellement). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There will come a point in your children’s lives when they will have to leave home and learn to take care of themselves. Often this will occur when your child sets off for a new life at University, when it will be essential to learn to get along by preparing food at home using inexpensive ingredients. Continue reading “Which is the best menu while at university?”

Home education for children with special needs

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special-needs-children Homeschooling is challenging to get going with, but it adds the suspicion of succeeding even more if you are teaching a child with special needs. This does not mean that it can not be done, but that best possible resources need to be used. There are lots of youngsters with disabilities being home-schooled and the rate of successfully at that is increasing. Regardless of this fact, there are some confusions and roadblocks along the way which can be resolved with the following suggestions and advice that you might want to consider and examine when times get arduous.
  • Baby steps: It is especially imperative when homeschooling your special child to make a plan in education him or her. A good way to start is to make smaller steps in going over the material and divide it into smaller units so that you present it and teach it slower. Structure the lectures in a manner that you invest an enduring time on each step, in order to be able to facilitate your son or daughter in education the information.
  • Reading and math: If you decide to teach only these two subject as essential it means that you are running out of time. Supporting subject matter and must be can be taught within the context of these two skills. Do not skimp on reading or mathematics.

  • Disability professionals: You should ask for advice from professional on disability teaching. Read, track down backup groups, see what educating plans work and boost your children developing. You will be only hurting your child if you try to ignore that he/she has some special schooling needs. Society schools may have some resources here and there, so you need to check them too.

You can find more at: Homeschooling Special Needs Children Homeschooling Tips: How to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs iPad for learning disabilities, elevating our child’s potential Lets Cook Class Curriculum Practical money skills for special needs pupils

18 ways to enhance your language skills

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online-teaching – Tips for teachers – You are probably aware that learning a language can be achieved easily id you are determined to learn it. With the available resources in the libraries, schools, and online courses it is only an excuse to postpone the learning of a foreign language that can improve your skills, help you find a better job or boost your self-confidence. Here are 18 strategies that are offered for enhancing language skills and managing language challenges. Continue reading “18 ways to enhance your language skills”

4 Cognitive skills for successful learning

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memory There is nothing that any human being knows, or can do, that he has not learned. This excludes natural body functions, such as breathing, as well as the reflexes, for example, the involuntary closing of the eye when an object approaches it. Apart from that, a human being knows nothing, or cannot do anything, that he has not learned. Therefore, all cognitive skills must be thought. Here are the most important cognitive skills:

1. CONCENTRATION

Paying attention has to be distinguished from concentration. Paying attention is a body function, and does not need to be taught. Paying attention is a function that is quite useless for the act of learning because it is only a fleeting occurrence. Attention usually shifts very quickly from one object or one thing to the next, so this is why the child must be taught to focus his attention on something and to keep his or her attention focused on this something for some length of time. When a person focuses his attention for a certain period of time, we refer to it as concentration.  Concentration is based on two grounds. First: it is an act of will and cannot take place automatically. Second: it is a cognitive skill, that has to be taught. Although learning disability specialists acknowledge that “the ability to concentrate and attend to a task for a prolonged period of time is essential for the student to receive necessary information and complete certain academic activities,” it seems that the ability to concentrate is considered as a “fafrotskies” , a word coined by Ivan T. Sanderson, standing for “things that fall from the sky.” Concentration must be taught, after which proficiency can be constantly improved by regular and sustained practice.

2. PERCEPTION

The terms “processing” and “perception” are often used interchangeably, so before one can learn anything, perception must take place, i.e. one has to become aware of it through one of the senses. Usually, one has to hear or see it. Subsequently one has to interpret whatever one has seen or heard and then, perception means interpretation. Lack of experience may cause a person to misinterpret what he has seen or heard. In other words, perception represents our apprehension of a present situation in terms of our past experiences, or as stated by the philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): “We see things not as they are but as we are.” The following situation illustrates how perception correlates with previous experience:  Suppose a person parked his car and walks away from it while continuing to look back at it. As he goes further and further away from his car, it will appear to him as if his car is getting smaller and smaller. In such a situation none of us, would gasp in horror and cry out: “My car is shrinking!” Although the sensory perception is that the car is rapidly shrinking, we do not interpret that the car is changing size. Through past experiences, we have learned that objects do not grow or shrink as we walk toward or away from them. You have learned that the actual size remains constant, despite the illusion. Even when one is five blocks away from one’s car and it seems no larger than one’s fingernail, one would interpret it as that it is still one’s car and that it has not actually changed size. This learned perception is known as size constancy. Interpretation is a sensory phenomenon, that can only be done on the basis of past experience of the same, similar or related phenomena. Perceptual ability heavily depends upon the amount of perceptual practice and experience that the subject has already enjoyed. Perception is a cognitive skill that can be improved tremendously through judicious practice and experience.

3. MEMORY

The ability to remember things can be defined as a memory. It is essential in gaining new skills, knowledge and behaviour. Memory can be categorised into the following subgroups: Receptive memory: the ability to note the physical features of a given stimulus to be able to recognise it at a later time. The child with receptive processing difficulties invariably fails to recognise visual or auditory stimuli such as the shapes or sounds associated with the letters of the alphabet, the number system, etc. Sequential memory: the ability to recall stimuli in their order of observation or presentation. Many dyslexics have poor visual sequential memory, whereas naturally, this will affect their ability to read and spell correctly. Every word consists of letters in a specific sequence and in order to read, one has to perceive the letters in sequence, and also remember what word is represented by that sequence of letters. By changing the sequence of the letters in “name” it can become “mean” or “amen”. Some also have poor auditory sequential memory, and therefore may be unable to repeat longer words orally, without getting the syllables in the wrong order, words like “preliminary” and “statistical” can be problematic for someone to pronounce them correctly. Rote memory: the ability to learn certain information as a habit pattern. The child who has problems in this area, can not recall with ease those responses which should have been automatic, such as the alphabet, the number system, multiplication tables, spelling rules, grammatical rules, etc.
Short-term memory: lasts from a few seconds to a minute with the exact amount of time varying. When you are trying to recall a telephone number that was heard a few seconds earlier, the name of a person who has just been introduced, or the substance of the remarks just made by a teacher in class, you are calling on short-term memory. You need this memory to retain ideas and thoughts when writing a letter since you must be able to keep the last sentence in mind as you compose the next. You also need this memory when you work on problems. Suppose a problem required that we first add two numbers together (step 1: add 10 + 26) and next divide the sum (step 2: divide sum by 2). If we did this problem in our heads, we would need to retain the result of step 1 (36) momentarily, while we apply the next step (divide by 2). Some space in our short-term memory is necessary to retain the results of step 1. Long-term memory: this is the ability to retrieve information about things learned in the past.  Learning disabled develop adequate skills in recalling information, i.e. they will continue to face each learning situation as though it is a new one. No progress can be attained by either the child or the teacher when the same ground has to be covered over and over because the child has forgotten. Most critical need that the learning disabled have, is to be helped to develop an effective processing system for remembering, as, without it, their performance will always remain at a level much below what their capabilities indicate.  While memory is universally considered a pre-requisite skill to successful learning, attempts to delineate its process in the learning disabled are few, and fewer still are methods to systematically improve it.

4. LOGICAL THINKING

“Brain Building” by Dr Karl Albrecht explains that logical thinking is not a magical process or a matter of genetic endowment, but a learned mental process. It is the process in which one uses reasoning consistently to come to a conclusion, where problems or situations that involve logical thinking call for structure, for relationships between facts, and for chains of reasoning that “make sense.” The basis of all logical thinking is sequential thought, involving taking the important ideas, facts, and conclusions involved in a problem and arranging them in a chain-like progression that takes on a meaning in and of itself. To think logically is to think in steps, this is why the logical thinking is also an important foundational skill of math. “Learning mathematics is a highly sequential process,” says Dr Albrecht. “If you do not grasp a certain concept, fact, or procedure, you can never hope to grasp others that come later, which depend upon it. For example, to understand fractions you must first understand division, to understand simple equations in algebra requires that you understand fractions. In addition to this, solving ‘word problems’ depends on knowing how to set up and manipulate equations, and so on.” It has been proven that specific training in logical thinking processes can make people “smarter.” It is good to emphasize that logical thinking allows a child to reject quick and easy answers, such as “I don’t know,” or “this is too difficult,” by empowering him or her to deliver deeper into his or her thinking processes and understand better the methods used to arrive at a solution.

What do you need to know about distance education?

If you would like to have a concise summary and overview of the characteristics and the advantages of the online education this infograph will get you a brief glimpse: Continue reading “What do you need to know about distance education?”

Choice theory

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follow-your-heart You might wonder what is a ‘CHOICE THEORY’ ? Defined in simple words, it is actually an explanation of all human behavior developed. (Dr. William Glasser) Basically, there are five components of this theory: – the basic human needs, – the quality world, – the perceived world, – the comparing place and – total behavior. Continue reading “Choice theory”

Distance learning must be monitored

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distance-learning-in-cloud Academics from around the world have gathered in Dubai on 13 November 2012, to address the challenges of the online education, or e-learning. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU), H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the International Council for Open and Distance Education Standing Conference of Presidents 2012 (ICDE SCOP 2012), a first-of-its-kind gathering in the Arab region was attended by 150 presidents of open and distance learning universities from around the world. Continue reading “Distance learning must be monitored”

Hyperactive child or else?

hyperactive-child I don not think that there is anyone in that has not taken, does not take or will not take a medication for something. Regardless whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate problems, thyroid dysfunction, ulcers, flue, cold, or depression just to name a few. Not to mention that medication is something that is needed by many, just to stay alive. Preventive medicine and post-preventive medicines are part of this group. Children have always needed medications for childhood illness and some childhood diseases, at larger or at smaller scale. Only within the last 20 years, we have seen school aged children medicated with psychotropic drugs sometimes even as early as preschool. Continue reading “Hyperactive child or else?”

Exercise your mind with e-learning

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mind-exercises Every New Year, we are given a clean slate upon which to draw a brand new future. With the New Year’s resolution to exercise your body, it is the right time to consider exercising your mind. Now is the perfect time to continue your education! Of course the big question is, how do you fit it into your already insanely busy schedule? If you have ever hesitated to pursue further education because you couldn’t handle the rigors of a traditional campus, e-learning is perfect for you. Whether you are a handy man ready to take on a new career, a mid-level boomer ready for another challenge, or just somebody who loves to learn, online education can give you the boost you need. Online education, also known as distance learning and e-learning, is rapidly gaining popularity as a convenient, efficient and often lower-cost way to improve your mind, your life and your career opportunities. There are opportunities available for almost everyone: no matter if you are seeking a college degree, a career change, or a new trade, there are a multitude of choices being offered by numerous schools. Some are well-known brick and mortar institutions offering off-site, distance learning or “limited residence requirements” programs to meet every student’s need, plus there are numerous accredited online education programs that meet the criteria for financial ad. Searching the right online education program for you, your child, or your company might be a lengthy, time-consuming process as there are many things to consider – study, finances, and of course, which school to attend.  What is important is to make sure that your chosen distance education program is accredited by the appropriate agencies, so that insures a better chance at financial aid, as well as better opportunities after graduation. Make this a 2013 a year to remember with new attitudes and new goals! Online education can help you improve your self-worth, net-worth and your overall well being.
 

The future of e-learning

We can hardly predict the future events with accuracy, but in e-learning we have several guiding principles that can show the realistic development scenarios of online education trends. Have a look at the overview below and leave your comments:
The Future of E-Learning  

One simple trick to supercharge your time management habits

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time-management What is time management? Time management is a very important skill that can help you finish tasks on time while keeping stress levels to a minimum. Everyone would love to have extra hours in the day. While most think its impossible, the reality is that by disciplining yourself and removing bad habits you will actually surprise yourself by finding extra hours in the day. Continue reading “One simple trick to supercharge your time management habits”

5 online education advantages

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search - advantages A larger number of people is being involved in logging into massive open online courses (MOOCs) and following courses of their interest for free from the top universities worldwide. This is just one way of the distance learning manner of reshaping the way institutions offer learning services. Michael B. Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of Innosight Institute, specializes in disruption of online education and on November 8, 2012 has had his presentation at Educause 2012 conference in Denver. The Education Dive audience was able to hear his talk about the changes that are currently underway in the new models in higher education. Horn did not stop at higher ed and he also address how MOOCs will influence high schools. Continue reading “5 online education advantages”

Give your classroom a summer revamp

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As summer is knocking on the door, teachers and students alike get excited about the holidays.  Thoughts tend to wander off to sunny beaches, picnics in the park, and general serenity.  However, there is one important thing you as a teacher can do before the holiday season begins; prepare your classroom for the coming term. It might be the last thing on your mind, but you will thank yourself for it later.  Whether you are a primary school teacher, a college tutor or a nursery teacher, the classroom atmosphere facilitate your success in a very big way.  There are many tidbits and larger-scale ideas you can pursue to improve your classroom and education supplies and school furniture in ways that enhance the learning process. Continue reading “Give your classroom a summer revamp”

How does a child get used to the classroom environment?

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pre-school-child It’s always tough adjusting to new things, and children can get understandably stressed when going to a new school. Whether the family has moved or the child has advanced to a new school, whether it’s a public or private school, it helps to keep these tips in mind when a child faces a whole new experience. Continue reading “How does a child get used to the classroom environment?”

What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?

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What do distance learning institutions need to improve further? It goes without saying that online education is the future of gaining all the needed knowledge, for every nationality, every social group of people and for everyone’s budget. The benefits from distance learning are well known: ease of access, time stretch studies upon one’s needs, low or no fees, convenience of learning everywhere and at any time. However, online students have to be aware of the following challenges: Continue reading “What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?”

Successful e-learning experience

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instaGrok: new innovative way to learn

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instaGrok: new innovative way to learn Research, customize and share! instaGrok is an educational search engine for students and teachers provides kinds of resources on a keyword via videos, images, websites, and quizzes. What is it used for: Continue reading “instaGrok: new innovative way to learn”

Concentrate in 4 magic steps

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There is no doubt that one of the main problems that deter a person's success is their lack of concentration.Lapses can encourage disturbances to get in the way and stall progress.

However if ones wishes to proceed on their road to success, it is imperative they learn how to concentrate. Here are some easy to learning exercises that are easy to implement.
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Does your “shadow” love you?

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The psychologist, Carl Jung, had described the hidden part of our psyche as “the shadow”. It is the part that sometimes frightens us with the things we do not know, or do not want to know about ourselves. Essentially it is our unconscious mind, telling us what it wants. Sometimes it comes in dreams, other times is welling up of emotion. Continue reading “Does your “shadow” love you?”

How to get started with home schooling?

How to get started with home schooling?
How to get started with home schooling? Education being a very important aspect of a human being’s existence is needed to nurture the child’s craft, hone his/her talents, and provide him/her with all the possible answers to all of the wonders of this world. We, the parents know this fact, and this is why we would always want the best for our children. In this respect, when the concept of homeschooling was introduced into the society, we have been astonished by the fact that there are other ways in educating our children. At first, opting for home schooling is an overwhelming matter, as most of the parents think that it is impossible to teach a child through home schooling method. However, on its basic concept, homeschooling refers to the alternative way of educating children. It is different from the usual type of schooling because the learning process is done at home and the teachers are usually the parents themselves. A particular type of teaching method obtained in a different institution is used and that provides the actual homeschooling programs. Like with many other types of education, homeschooling has provided many advantages and benefits to both parents and children. This is why many parents opted for home schooling in providing their child with the indispensable education that their children need. Some parents may find homeschooling a daunting task. For ones who find homeschooling a bit of an overwhelming task, here is a list of useful tips on how to get you started in homeschooling your child:

1. Decide

The problem that most parents face when opting for home schooling is the fact that they find it hard to finally decide whether to home school their child or not. Deciding on this kind of thing is relatively important especially because the future of the child is dependent on it. The choice should be based on the capacity of the parents to conform to the requirements in homeschooling their child. If they are able to wholly participate with whatever items were entailed in the program in order to provide the best education for their children, then a decision has to follow.

2. Process

You should keep in mind that homeschooling is not a one or two-time event, but rather – it is a process. Since you are aware of this, should take things one at a time. For instance, if you have a pre-school child, you should focus more on what pre-school students should learn. You should not delve more on how to teach higher levels of education that are fit for students in higher levels.

3. State laws

Get familiar with your state laws regarding homeschooling, as each state in the US has its own laws regarding homeschooling. It is best to know what your state asserts about homeschooling so that you can provide the best education for your children in conformity with the law.

4. Support group

Homeschooling should not be the only the responsibility of the parents. This is the reason why it is important to find a local “support group” where you can mingle with other homeschoolers, who can provide you with additional pointers regarding the process. Each member of the “support group” can help each other regarding the best technique in teaching the children.

5. Homework

You will get started on the right track by doing your homework, before beginning the homeschooling. In this manner, you will be able to know the important details you need to be familiar with, in order to provide the best education for your children. Knowing in advance, what you have to do, will give you the best guidance in homeschooling.

6. Child’s learning manner

Lear the way your child learns best. It is best to assess your child’s learning manner before you choose a particular homeschooling method. Conforming to your child’s learning manner will provide the best way to your homeschool your child. As there are many choices available when teaching your child through a homeschool program, it is still best to always pattern the program that you will choose on your child’s learning style.

7. Organize

Get the things needed for the homeschooling organised. Just like in a typical school – homeschooling your children would need different materials and a proper place where they can easily and comfortably learn new things each day. Therefore it is best to organise the place where you will be learning first, by providing an adequate space for the learning. Most children would respond to the process easily if they are comfortable with the place where their classes are held.

8. Budget

Plan how much money you will need to spend on organising the homeschooling. Some parents tend to over indulge with the materials needed in homeschooling, but this is not necessarily a good option. Just because you have lowered your expenses with opting to home school, compared to sending your children into a typical public or private school, does not have to mean that you can spend the equal amount of money or more. Set a budget for homeschooling, as there are many books and other materials that can be found on the Internet which is definitely cheaper. Homeschooling is not just a process, but also a lifestyle. It is something that you should be best acquainted with, in order to give your children the best possible education they need.  

Can e-learning make the academic cheating a history?

cheating-at-exams The first thought  that comes to one’s mind when someone mentions academic dishonesty is cheating and plagiarism, the theft of ideas and other forms of intellectual property, which occur within an educational setting. In high or secondary school, a standard penalty for academic dishonesty is a failing grade, where as in college it can result in expulsion. However, still the most widely spread forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism. These notions are usually easily identified, because a clear distinction between the terms is quite obscure. Cheating comprises of giving and receiving information during an exam, using and dissemination of material during an exam, taking an exam or writing an exam for another student, or asking someone to do so, submitting the same paper for more than one course, misrepresenting and fabricating written work. Continue reading “Can e-learning make the academic cheating a history?”

The truth about argumentation

presentation Argumentation is commonly associated with debate and its using does not require being adversarial. When trying to persuade, your first thought might be to avoid it. The kind of argument being discussed here is not bickering or being obnoxious or even debate, therefore do not think of it as attacking the opposing point of view. In its simplest form, it is putting forth reasons for or against a certain point of view. Argumentation can involve deductive reasoning, presentation and elaboration. It starts with a proposition, followed by an expression of a point of view on a subject and then supporting an evidence. The last one is added as principles to support the proposition used. Reasoning on the matter, applying inductions and deductions to the proposed thought are part of the argumentation. Continue reading “The truth about argumentation”

What kind of listener are you?

 src= Ernest Hemingway once said: “When people talk, listen completely, most people never do.” As much as the technology with which we communicate has evolved, it would seem that the most basic component of communication – the ability to listen – still lags behind!

Listening styles

The experts have divided listening up into five basic styles. While people may generally use a specific style, good listeners can adapt their listening styles to different situations. Continue reading “What kind of listener are you?”

How do we study?

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How do we study?
Did you know that when you learn something new, the involved synapses change?
Upon this, once the information is stored, the more your recall what you have learned, the more simultaneous the process becomes.
The same reaction occurs when we learn something new, gain a new information, learn a new skill. As you learn, your brain  grows!
The brain being an incredible, and unexplored it is  very sensitive to our life habits.
This is why staying up late and feeling fatigued can cause problems in the cortex, the main area in the brain for storing information. It is a common knowledge that learning things slowly, over a period of time, is most beneficial for memory. If you want to learn more visit The science of study
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How to boost confidence in children?

How to boost confidence in children?

How to boost confidence in children? VIRTUE LESSONS: What parents should not do

Luckily, there is no set formula on how to raise children, because each child is different, unique, so parent’s relationships with their children are one of a kind. Knowing this, when you are trying to bring up your child, you should always have in mind – that there are things which are counterproductive when talking with a child (trying to correct him/her in her/his action) and it is a question of what parents should not do under any condition. I will try to explain these points in the following paragraphs: If you want to bring up the child with a good understanding of moral values and a good discipline, you must first develop the child’s consciousness a routine to do it’s best in the tasks to generate the positive image of his/herself. You must avoid anything that can destroy this positive image. Out of ignorance, anger, annoyance, irritation and sometimes desperation, parents use lawful methods in raising their children. The commandment “Thou shall not sin”, should be remembered, to avoid using any of the following methods:

NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO HUMILIATE THE CHILD

With every negative comment to the child, you erode his/her confidence.

NO THREATS

With every threat to the child, you teach him/her to become afraid of you, or even hate us. Threats are absolutely useless, as they do not improve the behaviour of the child.

NO EXTORT PROMISES

A promise means nothing to a small child. The promise, the same way as the threat, is more relevant in the future development as they understand more. The children live only in the present! If they are sensitive and conscientious, the exhortation of promises will develop own fault syndrome each time he/she breaks the promise. If he/she is not sensitive, it will teach him/her cynicism: when the words and reality differ from each other.

NO EXCESSIVE SPONSORING

It belittles the child in his own eyes, while excessive trusteeship gives her/him the idea, that he/she can not do anything. Parents can underestimate the ability of the child to do something independently, therefore it is necessary to accept the motto: “Never do for the child what he can do for him/herself “.

NO LONG TALKS

Long explanations, without any particular reason, mean to the child: “You are not capable of understanding simple things, you better listen what I am telling you now”.

NO DEMANDS ON IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE

If your husband tells you: “Dear, leave everything that you are doing and prepare me a cup of tea!” Would you like this? This is how your child reacts when you are demanding to do something immediately. Try to give advice, before demanding anything.

NO PAMPERING

If it is a question of permissiveness, the child will feel that the parents are afraid to be firm in observance of borders, that they are afraid to say “no”. This boosts the confidence in the child, that all rules are not firm, and that they will stretch just under a little of pressure. Even though this can work within the home, it will be a bitter disappointment outside! If you indulge the child, you deprive him/her the opportunity to grow into a person who can adapt to any situation.

BE CONSISTENT IN THE RULES YOU MAKE

Consistency is necessary for the child, as he/she should know what he/she should expect. Confusion in following the rules – allowing one thing one day and forbidding the same on another day – does not promote good discipline. It confuses the child and he/she will not know what to expect from the parents next time.

NO UNNECESSARY MORALS

If you are ‘preaching’ too much, this instils a feeling of fault in the child. Then it leads to developing a negative self-image, which as mentioned, will lead to low self-esteem. All of the morals in the children’s world sum up to: What you have done is bad! or You are bad because you did this! How could have you done such a bad thing after doing so many good ones? Reprimand and critics on a regular basis decrease the child’s self-worth. Scientifically it is proven, that under such “strain” the child becomes ‘disconnected’, becomes paying less or no attention. It is his/her unique way of defence, which he/she quickly masters. As the child cannot be disconnected completely and eventually feels guilty, it is advisable that you measure the moral stories and try to be more proactive.

NO REQUEST TO DO THINGS THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE AGE OF THE CHILD

Do not expect a three-year-old child to obey like a six-year-old. You demand from her/him mature behaviour, that she/he is not capable of understanding. This affects the development of his consciousness in an undesirable manner. I hope you will find the advice on your children upbringing useful and that will try to implement some of them not only in the general building of their characters but also in helping them in their educational growth. You can find more at Kind book.

5 Benefits of environmental educaton

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environment Environmental education has never been so important and fortunately, also so popular thanks to a greater passion than ever before for the subject. Of course, it’s understandable at all levels why environmental education from primary school, right up to under and postgraduate study is of such interest. Let’s take a look at the benefits from this form of education. Continue reading “5 Benefits of environmental educaton”

9 Must-remember tips for writing a scientific paper!

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9 Must-remember tips for writing a scientific paper! A scientific paper is based on empirical methods and aims to provide the general conclusions of the experiment. Regardless of the nature of your experiment, there are some common elements that must be included in a scientific paper. Here they are: 1. Start by creating an apt title for your project. The title should define the gist of your scientific experiment. Here you will include your full name, date along with the title. Keep the title on the middle of page without making it bold, italicized or underlined. Make it specific and precise. Continue reading “9 Must-remember tips for writing a scientific paper!”

Best lecturers available to everyone

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Best lecturers available to everyone As one of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, Bill Gates is always interesting to listen to when the topic of “future of education” is in question. This technological pioneer is keen to present new, challenging ideas to the preexisting ones of how we learn, has been helping many areas of Africa become Internet adapted, and sees the students, using more technology to achieve their academic ambitions in the future. Continue reading “Best lecturers available to everyone”

Education predictions

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e-learning With the developments in the education and the increasing number of online possibilities to gain knowledge many of us are asking the question, what will be education of future look like? According to a recent cover story in The American Interest, it will not look like the current one, because the colleges will cease to exist !! Author Nathan Harden estimates that in 50 years, half of the approximately 4,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. will cease to exist. This will happen through technology development, virtual classrooms, lectures through streaming videos, online exams and all that we have already seen being developed.  These innovations will crop up at major academic institutions, but they will only proliferate on a much larger scale and disrupt the higher education system as we know it. Continue reading “Education predictions”

Teacher’s guide to social media

Teacher are no longer left to a board and a class. They have many aids that help them make the classes better and make them become more proficient and provide higher quality education. Read the infographic below and tell us your comments: Teacher-Guide-Social-Media-800
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Future studies will be different from today

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future - education It is very much likely that the future students will be faced with an entirely different set of choices than they do have today. College or career straight after high school graduation, will not be the only paths in front of them. The four-to-six-year commitment to a highly esteemed institution will not be the fastest way to a fruitful career or a rich network. Considering the fact that the online education is quickly gaining the momentum, as well as the increased emergence of massive online courses (MOOCs) higher education is shaken to its core. Its value, its status, its cost is also changing. The fact how young people envision their education is changing their < future development and choices. Continue reading “Future studies will be different from today”

How to get pupils interested in activities they don’t like?

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borred-pupil When I think back to high school, the overriding feeling I get is one of boredom. Don’t get me wrong; some of my lessons were great, but a significant number were lack-lustre and immediately conducive to demotivation. You might feel exasperated trying to engage your pupils, but with these easy tips on how to get pupils interested in activities they don’t like, your pupils will all be motivated and on the way to success. Continue reading “How to get pupils interested in activities they don’t like?”

Education systems in international context

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Education systems in international context Facts you need to know about education verification. There is no doubt that the goal of improving education plays important role among policymakers and other stakeholders in societies worldwide. They might not be able to quantify it, but the governments in most countries empower the link between the knowledge and skills with which young people enter the workforce and long-term economic competitiveness. Because of the fact, the interest in research which explores the factors that bring some countries to outstanding educational performance, and ultimately to better qualified workforces is increasing. Continue reading “Education systems in international context”

Education leads to freedom-continue learning

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Great scholarship opportunities for students in 2016   There are many things in life that I care about, but there are also a few things that I get passionate about enough, to write about to people I don’t know. One of the things that I just can not talk enough about is education as I believe that everyone who lives in the Western countries needs to understand the absolute privilege and value of education. I became passionate about education when I lived close to a family growing up their children and was not able to afford having their. I had no idea of the reasons why or even the legal ramifications of the situation. I just know that they did not go and that they never learned how to read or write. I remember feeling really sad about this, because I didn’t understand why I got to attend school and learn all these things when they couldn’t. And sad because I knew somehow that their lives would be very different than mine because they did not have the opportunity for an education. Continue reading “Education leads to freedom-continue learning”

SXSWedu: top education projections and developments in education

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SXSWedu: top education projections and developments in education   In 2010 SXSW Interactive has introduced a new event covering education and technology called SXSWedu. In its third year of hosting the SXSWedu Conference and Festival, the event has quickly emerged as a catalyst for the change in education. During its activities and numerous presentations from the education stakeholders and practitioners of all backgrounds, including teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders, the converge at SXSWedu is to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and how we learn. Continue reading “SXSWedu: top education projections and developments in education”

More news in learning are expected to occur

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Petar Atanasov An interview with Prof. Petar Atanasov, PhD Coordinator at the Postgraduate studies-New Media and social networks, member of the Centers for inter-ethnic relations, culture, media and communications, ISPPI, UKIM, Skopje, Macedonia, Professor of Sociology and Communication 1. What is your opinion on the development of the online education globally? It is a fantastic process. Not quite sure what you literally mean when you say online, but every part fits into the learning technology and in the globalization conditions. As the world is getting digitalized, this type or manner of learning will be more present. Since the online learning is a part of one general process of online living, it can not be separated from it. To illustrate the trend, larger universities in the Western countries are issuing distance learning diplomas. In future the services will be more diverse and the online education will grow. In addition to this, the expenses for studying will be overall lower on all educational grounds. 2. Are you of an opinion that the online education will dominate in the next 10 years in the developed countries in the world? No, the standard and the traditional institutions will still prevail, as they are already established, structured, both administratively and financially perplexed. However, the online life and the education will grow, together with the other spheres where there will be more electronic and digital presence. The traditional education system will still be the dominant one, al least in the next 10 years. If the same entities create this online learning on behalf of these same universities, then the learning will also grow. A diversification of the services and in the education is expected to occur in the market. Just one example, how come General Motors does not sell management education at this very moment?, and other similar cases. Changes will occur in these areas. 3.If you would have to choose between a traditional and an online class, with all characteristics of top quality of settings fitted to the students’ needs, what will be your choice? Of course, the traditional class is still a priority. I want a live contact, words said person to person. This is particularly important in the social sciences. The relation professor-student is irreplaceable. Other educational sciences differ – in the medical sciences a camera can be the tool, where as in the natural sciences figures are more utilized. There is no doubt that the combination of e-learning and the traditional studies, will maximize the success in gaining knowledge. In any case, the traditional class is irreplaceable in respect to the lectures on concepts and science. Just an illustration: a couple of weeks I participated at one digital e-conference in Slovakia (I was in Skopje). All presentations were on the web, there were comments, debates and an excellent communication, but without live world or contact. Another example-with my colleagues in London I communicate via Skype and debate on a particular project that I am involved in. A lot of news are occurring, there will be more to come.
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4 facts on online colleges: The process of enrolling

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books Selecting online courses or college is getting more popular in our days. The procedure of enrolling at one of these courses is simple and straight forward. Students are requested to apply to one of the college’s degree programs, after researching the best accredited institution. Once accepted into an online program, students are asked to sign up for appropriate courses. Upon this, follows the registration process at the chosen course. When the students are accepted into the program, the real work begins. Continue reading “4 facts on online colleges: The process of enrolling”

In-door universities’ lectures will be replaced by distance learning

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distance-education Standard university classes will be replaced by distance learning Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – free online courses offered by prestigious universities are getting more popular. The privileged students can no longer have the exclusivity of hearing the best professors. It was about time, most of the people eager to learn – would say! Continue reading “In-door universities’ lectures will be replaced by distance learning”

Why not being under mind control with e-learning?

Why not being under mind control with e-learning? An interesting question passed around at a party or among friends this Friday: How do you determine if you’re under mind control? The fact is that you just cannot know, as everything you are doing could be a response that fits perfectly into another persons plans. If you take that as a possibility you could simply just give up and settle with the fact that NOTHING is truly within your control, think twice as there is a healthier option. Just ask yourself: “Am I acting or am I reacting?” If you are reacting then you are respond to something outside of your control and trying to gain some control back, which is a potential sign of some form of mind control. Since no one likes to feel powerless and out of control the solution is to do something intentional and positive, that is NOT a response to the external environment. Continue reading “Why not being under mind control with e-learning?”

How to get your skills shown online?

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online-skills If you are a recent graduate or a newly starting freelancer you want to showcase your skills online in an efficient manner. There are so many websites out there to do this. One of the newest applications to enter this market is the Enthuse website that has brought something new to the market. The best points about this website for new graduates and freelancers is its simplicity to use and view as well as the fact that it won’t cost you much to use. In fact it won’t cost anything. Continue reading “How to get your skills shown online?”

Online students’ habits

As you already know, one of the most valued aspects of online learning is that you can do it at home, in your local coffee shop, library and just about anywhere you want. Working students, parents, schoolars and active-duty military worldwide, can benefit from this particular characteristics of the online learning. Having this in mind Allied schools” has surveyed around 70 of their students, asking them questions about their study habits. It is not a big sample to generalize, but the results are pretty much interesting and go for the general online students. Continue reading “Online students’ habits”

Can a dream tells us the Future?

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Can a dream tells us the Future?   Undoubtedly much has been written regarding dreams and their meanings or purpose. Mankind has been fascinated with our dreams since the first dreamer awoke and have been wondering about what their visions meant. Since ancient times we have looked to our dreams to find the signs of what our future holds.  The first written dreams that the human kind is aware of were in 4000 BC, whereas the earliest writings we have on dreams are primarily texts on their religious and spiritual significance. Continue reading “Can a dream tells us the Future?”