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November 2014 Blog Posts (5)

Thanksgiving: Time to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a wonderful occasion to give back something to the community. Learn practical ways to encourage gratefulness this Thanksgiving. 

Most people view Thanksgiving as a holiday when family comes together to share a delicious meal. However, there is more to this…

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Added by Dorothy Hastings on November 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Methods: Tradition vs. Relevance

This morning I read a post from a higher education educator about the negative effects of Tech in lectures. The author was perplexed when he realized a great many students in his lecture hall were paying attention to Facebook, or attending to email during the course of a two-hour lecture. His school chose to ban tech devices from the lecture hall. Additionally, students were required to use nametags, so that the lecturer could address…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 21, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

I'm a serif kind of gal.

I love typefaces. I fell in love with them during my graphic design classes in art school. I think that some of them are so beautiful, they give the words they display more meaning. They are a subtle way to add a level of expression to the words they spell out. "I love you" written in Times Roman is a much different expression than when it's written in Edwardian Script.



I have my favorites, of course, as everyone does. The delicate shifts in weight and graceful…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on November 20, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Hour of Code

I received some mail about the Hour of Code last year around this time. I had no idea what it was and I was barely interested in it, but I looked through it because I'm always looking for new things to add to my technology curriculum. I went to the website and watched the intro videos and started working through the activities. It took a few minutes, but I was hooked and I knew my students would be too. The Hour of Code introduces students to a skill they might not know they have; the…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on November 20, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Free pilot test of Rainforest Journey, K-5 life science program from EdTechLens

EdTechLens is offering a free pilot test of Rainforest Journey, a web-based K-5 life science program. Rainforest Journey uses video, photos and leveled text to engage students. The program is aligned with the NGSS standards and can be used for classroom lessons on digital whiteboard, or individually by students on computers or tablets. Testers complete 3 feedback surveys during the pilot testing period, and receive a license to use the program for a year. To sign up, to this link:…

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Added by Laura Dwight on November 20, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

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Studying at the public school VS private school

Whether you are looking for a school for yourself or for your child, it’s always hard to decide on which institution is best suited for your needs. There are so many choices to consider even without thinking about public or private schools as different entities.However, if you take a look at any student testimonials and pay closer attention to what they have to say, the differences are quite huge indeed. What are some of the most notable differences between public and private schools and how…See More
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Online learning VS traditional learning

Choosing the type of education that suits your interests and talents can be difficult in this day and age. The sheer number of options at our disposal is staggering, not to mention the ability to completely skip academic studies and opt for online learning instead.But what are the differences between learning something online and learning it in a college environment? Besides the obvious difference that comes from their names, what are some of the most essential and useful points to note when it…See More
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