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Feb
2012

Find a Job on LinkedIn in 5 Simple Ways

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 by admin

That you can connect with professional acquaintances and view job listings on the social network LinkedIn is probably known to most users of the site. However, the site offers many other tools that job hunters can use to get ahead in their careers – tools that not every user of the site is aware of.

In 2011, for example, a social news feature was introduced to help users stay abreast with the developments in their industry; furthermore, status updates to company pages were added and the search options for those trying to make connections on the site were improved. All these improvements helped LinkedIn exceed the 150 million mark in its user count by the end of the year. So, with improvements to the portal being made constantly, even if you are a longtime user of the site, you’re probably not using the site to its fullest potential.

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Feb
2012

How to Handle Anti-Gay Bullying in Your Classroom

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 by admin

Maintaining a classroom environment that makes all students feel comfortable is crucial for students’ success. According to Ryan Roemerman, executive director of the Iowa Pride Network, a nonprofit focused on strengthening the ties between gay and straight communities, if a student’s experiences in the classroom are unpleasant, he or she may not even show up to class. It is very difficult for a harassed student to concentrate on lessons, let alone progress and excel in academic work.

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Feb
2012

Do US Schools Need to Teach Chinese?

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 by admin

In response to China’s rising economic strength and growing influence in international affairs, US schools are adding Mandarin Chinese to their foreign language offerings. But no other western nation, besides Sweden, is taking Chinese language education as seriously. According to Time reports, Swedish education minister Jan Björklund recently announced plans to add Chinese to their nationwide grade school curriculum. Björklund is of the opinion that learning Chinese is going to “be much more important from an economic perspective” than the traditionally offered European languages. Do US schools need to follow suit to stay in the game?

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Feb
2012

Do-It-Yourself Projects Can Help a Teacher Enhance Learning

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 by admin

Johny Chung Lee—a bespectacled computer science graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg—hardly fits the stereotype of an avid video gamer. When Lee bought a new Wii gaming console, he did not throw himself headlong into playing tennis, bowling, and golf games that came with the popular system. Instead, he modified and developed his new Wii to perform a variety of tasks that only expensive sophisticated technology is thought capable of handling. Furthermore, Lee posted online videos of his new creations along with instructions to use them. Sample some of his creations: with about $50 and a trip to Radio Shack, you can turn a blank wall space into an interactive whiteboard, thus saving about $1,500. Another project he devised instructs intrepid hackers in the best way to create a steadycam for stable video work, a device that will cost as less as $14.

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Feb
2012

Designing Smart Classrooms for Today’s Learners

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 by admin

Creating a smart classroom environment   conducive for learning and development of students is not about cramming technology in classrooms. A more methodic approach in designing the basic shell, the teacher’s space, and the students’ independent and collaborative work areas is essential in the creation of a smart environment that truly enhances student learning.

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Oct
2011

Tips to Improve Your Classroom Management Skills

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 by admin

Implementing an effective classroom management plan can be a difficult task. The behavior of the current generation of students and the teachers’ inability to handle disciplinary situations simply add to the woes of both the teacher and the taught alike. The situation is getting worse due to a variety of factors; thus, it is no surprise that people everywhere are looking for classroom management plans.

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Oct
2011

Do Students’ Personal Lives Predict Their Dropout Rates?

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 by admin

One of the major challenges universities are facing today is the declining graduation rate of its students. The number of students who graduate within six years is perceived as an indicator of a school’s quality; with this figure looking grim for several schools, it is little wonder that they are under pressure from all sides to boost graduation rates and increase the schools’ individual brand equity. This has pushed admissions offices to be stricter while taking into account SAT scores, high school transcripts, essays, extracurriculars, and other factors in an effort to pick students who are most likely to graduate successfully if enrolled. But what if schools are looking at the wrong indicators to predict the likelihood of graduation?

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Oct
2011

UMass Faculty Develop Open Education Resources to Cut Course Material Costs

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 by admin

Universities are waking up to the idea of alternatives that save money spent on course material and stationary, thus finally beginning to address concerns of students complaining over the humungous costs. The average college student now spends $1,000 annually on books and supplies alone. Schools around the country have taken up the issue and are seriously looking for alternatives. Some schools that are open to the idea of adopting free or low-cost alternatives to $200 textbooks are grappling with concerns about the quality and variety of electronic materials already on the market. To overcome this problem, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recently launched the Open Education Initiative, which will award grants to faculty members seeking to develop low- or no-cost course materials as an alternative to traditional textbooks.

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Oct
2011

Gaming Revolution: Students Can Play Their Way to Learning

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 by admin

Studies reveal that by the time a student turns 21 years of age, he/she will have played nearly 10,000 hours of video games. In this post-modernized era that we live in, the adverse effects of gaming among children is much debated and decried, so much so that many might have failed to notice the bright side. A few educators in the United States, recognizing that students aren’t responding to old-school lectures, are looking to go out of their way to engage the gamer generation by bringing gaming into the classroom.

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Oct
2011

Are Single-Subject Elementary School Teachers to Be Preferred?

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 by admin

Of late, education reformers in the United States have been mulling over the idea of converting public schools into charters and increasing standardized testing for closing the achievement gap in education, but our counterparts in the UK are taking a radically different approach. According to The Telegraph, British Education Secretary Michael Gove recently proposed plans to change the number of subjects that an elementary school teacher is required to teach. Grade school educators will no longer be generalists who teach English, math, science, and history, but will become more like high-school teachers—specialists trained in a particular subject.

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