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Ajarn Donald's Blog: A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

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Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

 

President Denise M. Trauth
Texas State University-San Marcos
November 2, 2006

 

Panel discussion
Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference
Presented with
President Lois DeFleur, Binghamton University
President George Wright, Prairie View A&M University

 

I was asked to talk today about the Closing the Gaps initiative and its impact on the state of Texas, and I’m happy to do that because its goals are absolutely critical to the future of Texas and have implications for the nation, as well.
Demographics are behind this initiative, and demographics have everything to do with our theme today. I have been fascinated over the last couple of weeks by the flurry of features and news stories surrounding the fact that the United States population hit 300 million. Maybe the milestone got such widespread press because most of us are looking for a respite from war and election news, but it has been interesting to sit back and look at who we are as a nation. Newspapers, talk shows and news magazines are full of graphs and stories about what the country looks like now and what we will look like in 20, 30 or 40 years.

 

One story forecast what the nation will look like when the population hits 400 million, expected about the year 2043. By then, it says, the U.S. will be 22 percent Hispanic, up from less than 13 percent today, and Anglos‘ share of the population will have fallen from 70 to 55 percent while African-American numbers will grow slightly to a little more than 13 percent. But by 2043, 20 to 30 percent of the population will be multi-racial, blurring the lines among races altogether.

The face of Texas has already shifted to the point that today less than half the population is Anglo. We are a minority majority state. By the year 2020, Anglos and Hispanics will be about the same percentage of the population, and by 2040 more than half of all Texans will be Hispanic.

 

Shifting demographics mean that the face of higher education must also change. Currently, by age 25-29, about a third of whites in the United States have obtained bachelor’s degrees, while just 18 percent of African-Americans and 10 percent of Hispanics have a degree. In Texas almost one quarter [22 percent] of the population has less than a high school education - the highest percentage in the country. Thirteen percent of Hispanics have an associate’s degree or higher in Texas, compared to 40 percent of whites. In our state, the education gap between whites and minorities is widening, not closing. Despite increases in educational attainment for the Texas population as a whole, educational attainment for Hispanic males has actually declined over the last 20 years.

 

In the year 2000 the state of Texas took a long, hard look at its economic future, and alarms went off. Texas was faced with a “growing unskilled, under-educated population that cannot meet the demands of a technology-based workplace.” The average household income in Texas was expected to decline by $4,000 in constant dollars by the year 2030. Texas was faced with increased public spending on prisons, welfare and Medicaid as a result. Enrollment in higher education was increasing, but the participation rate was declining. The participation rate had been 5.3 percent in 1990, was 4.9 percent in 2000 and was predicted to fall to 4.6 percent by 2015. In contrast to Texas’ 4.9 participation rate, other large states were doing better: California’s was 6.1, Illinois’ was 6.0, New York’s 5.6. Additionally, the percentage of ninth graders who complete high school and enter college was dismal in Texas: 32 percent of Texas ninth graders completed high school and entered college, as compared to 54 percent in New Jersey, 49 percent in Illinois, 43 and 44 percent in California and New York.

 

That’s a lot of numbers, I realize. Sum it up by saying that Texas was behind the educational rates of other populous states and was falling farther behind. That forecast was not a pretty picture for the future economy of the state or for the quality of lives of future Texans.

 

The question was what to do about it. The legislature adopted an ambitious initiative called Closing the Gaps that proposed goals in participation numbers, graduation numbers, research funding and numbers of nationally recognized programs.

 

The first goal was the real news-maker, however. It called for Texas to put 500,000 more students into college by the year 2015 – half again as many as were enrolled in 2000. And that figure was later revised upward to more than 600,000.

 

To reach or even get close to this goal of Closing the Gaps, we are going to have to assure that a college education is a possibility for all our citizens. This means that it must be affordable to everyone. And right now we are going in the opposite direction. We are putting a college education farther and farther out of the reach of many of our people.

 

College tuitions are rising, and more and more students are being left behind because of costs. Most of those left-behind students are ethnic minorities. Low-income students, regardless of race, who score in the top quarter of standardized college admission tests attend college at the same rate as high-income students in the lowest quarter. Texas’ median family income remains well below the U.S. average. In fact Texas ranks 37th in the country. And our lower-income student population is the fastest growing segment of our public schools. Texas is No. 6 in the nation in K-12 growth, increasing by 11 percent between 1999 and 2005 with the largest percentage of growth among lower-income and minority students.

 

Between 1995 and 2005, average tuition and fees across the nation rose 36 percent at private four-year colleges and 51 percent at public four-year colleges. In Texas between 2002 and 2006, average tuition and fees at public universities increased 61 percent and at community colleges 51 percent.
Costs have risen in large part because state funding nationwide has fallen to its lowest level in more than 20 years. In 1980 almost 10 percent of states’ budgets nationwide was spent on higher education. Today it’s 7 percent.

 

Nationwide, the state share of per capita personal income going to higher education has dropped almost 20 percent since 1977. Educational appropriations per FTE in public higher education institutions decreased 12 percent between 1991 and 2004. It is common place on state university campuses for financial officers to say that we used to call ourselves “state supported.” Then we changed it to “state assisted,” and now we should change it to “state located.”

 

If we continue on this trajectory, we poison our future economy in obvious and not so obvious ways. The most obvious way is lost tax revenue. Under-educated citizens earn less money, therefore pay less tax. A Census Bureau study out last week says that a college education is worth $23,000 a year. It reported that figure to be the gap between adults with a bachelor’s degree, who average $52,000 a year, and adults with a high school diploma, who average $29,000 a year. It also reported average annual earnings of $19,000 for high school dropouts and $78,000 for those with advanced degrees.

 

This educational advantage has been clear for a long time -- more education, more money, although when I was an assistant professor, I probably would have argued with that! But there are not-so-obvious costs -- quality-of-life costs -- as well. An under-educated citizenry costs the state and nation in terms of health care, job training, welfare, and criminal justice spending.

 

Health care costs rise when citizens are uninsured, and percentages of those insured increase with educational attainment. Nationwide 8 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree are uninsured, compared to 25 percent of those with no high school diploma. In Texas costs are even higher: Texas has the highest non-insured percentage in the country -- a 24 percent average but 39 percent for those with no high school diploma. College educated people by and large don’t go to jail; they live longer, smoke less and vote more.

 

So higher education is important not only to our individual good, but to our collective good as well. We have lost sight of this fact in recent years. The thinking has become, “If you get a degree, you’ll be better off; therefore, you should pay for it.” We have retreated from the notion of higher education as a public good.

 

We unveiled a statue of Lyndon Johnson on our campus this fall. It’s a wonderful likeness of Johnson as a young man, walking down the Quad with his books. The statue was a gift from our students, who believed -- rightly so -- that because we are the only Texas institution to have graduated a U.S. president, we should have a statue of that president. With the statue is a quote: “This nation cannot rest while the door to knowledge remains closed to any American.” Johnson said that and passionately believed it.

 

Almost exactly a year ago, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act by President Johnson on our campus in 1965. Education was close to Johnson’s heart. He believed education to be the solution to all the problems in the world. But while that notion came from his heart, it also came from his head. He knew that education was, and is, a wise and profitable investment for any country.

 

And he was hardly alone in his thinking. The Higher Education Act sailed through Congress – perhaps owing partially to the fact that LBJ was a master politician but probably more to the fact that Congress and the country saw higher education as a public good. Passing it was -- in current language -- a “no-brainer.”

While Closing the Gaps does not state the fact as such, its clear message is that higher education is a public good. Meeting the goals of Closing the Gaps will benefit not only those who will be brought into college but all of us. Perhaps it will help us get back on the track of viewing higher education with a higher purpose.

The Texas plan is incredibly ambitious. It’s as brassy as Ann Richards and as in-your-face as Lyndon Johnson. Of course, Texas is not alone in the goals it needs to meet for the future good of the state. But Texas is approaching it in a very Texas sort of way.

That wonderful Lone Star philosopher Jerry Jeff Walker may express this mind-set best in his recording of London Homesick Blues. He croons, “When a Texan fancies, he’ll take his chances; and chances will be taken, that’s for sure.” That’s what Texas is doing: taking a chance. It’s the biggest, boldest chance that Texas has taken in a long time, and it’s the right chance to take. Other states would do well to follow suit.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.

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The Teaching Online Giveaway – Win Mentoring and Much More (Worth $816)!

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If You’re An Online Teacher or Want to Teach Online, You Won’t Want to Miss This!
(Want to enter without reading? Just scroll to the bottom!)
Teaching English online has done amazing things for me. I have been able to build a very successful teaching business; educating learners and teachers from all around the world through my one-to-one lessons, group lessons, courses, and books.
And now it’s your turn to become a successful online teacher: in my unique giveaway you can win a one month mentoring program with me along with other great prizes.
Here is what’s included in the giveaway:

A 30 minute consultation session – with pre-call questionnaire and a report based on our consultation ($197 value)
A month of Google Drive collaboration: ask me anything and get advice and feedback within 24 hours ($297 value)
A landing page (to increase conversions) for your website ($197 value)
The ATR 2100 microphone: my favourite microphone for lessons and recording audio ($80 value)
A year’s upgrade to Evernote Premium ($45 value)

This is open for English teachers and other teachers alike. You’ll be crazy not to miss this! But before you enter, let’s talk more about teaching online.
Why Move Online 
Moving online has done INCREDIBLE things for me and for other teachers who I talk with.
Going online and doing your own thing allows you to:

Earn more by targeting those who LOVE to pay what you’re worth.
Have the flexibility to live where you want.
Work from home and be your own boss.
Teach the way YOU want to teach.
Bring down the barriers to your earning potential.
Offer courses and products on top of your coaching.

That’s just a quick summary of why people are moving online. But success isn’t guaranteed…
Mentoring
This is where my mentoring and courses come in. Through my experience of teaching online and my online marketing expertise, I can offer you SO much value.
(please note: this is open for newbies to online teachers and experienced teachers alike)
I’ve seen people start their own thing online only to get stuck a couple of months later. My mentoring package is going to ensure that you head in the right direction, build the right foundations, and that you actually become a successful teacher.
Here are the specifics of the mentoring package in this giveaway:
Step One: You download the questionnaires that I provide and send them back to me. These questions can be challenging, but this ensures that you think about the things that matter most.
Step Two: We meet for 30 minutes on Skype. I give you advice based on your answers, and then you have the opportunity to ask me any questions that you like.
Step Three: We start collaborating on our private Google Document: you can ask me anything and get me to check things – and I will give feedback and advice on this document. This lasts for one month.
In your mentoring package we will discuss (among other things):

Finding the niche that is right for you (what to teach, who to teach, and how to teach it).
Pricing the right way (many people get this wrong).
What you need to include on your website and how to easily set one up.
How to get those in your target audience to do what you want them to do.
How to write copy that sells.
How to find paying clients.
Your long-term plan and how to implement it.

Writing this is getting me so excited about giving this away to one lucky person!
And remember, I’m also giving away a landing page for your website, my favourite microphone, and a one year premium membership to Evernote.
Will You Be the Lucky Winner?
Enter your email below to enter the competition. You will need to confirm your email address to be entered. And here’s some more good news…
To maximize your chances of winning you can earn 5 MORE ENTRIES for each person you refer to the competition. Sharing the competition will actually increase your chances of winning!
Full details will be sent once you enter.
So, what are you waiting for? Enter below and good luck!
– Jack
P.S. Remember to confirm your email address – your entry won’t count otherwise.
P.P.S. This is most likely going to be a one-time thing. So, don’t miss out!
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Teaching English in Thailand
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Paul Maglione is the co-founder of Entertainment Learning and English Attack! Ajarn puts Paul in the hot seat to talk about the 'gamification' of on-line English language learning, the future for e-learning websites and traditional paper textbooks - and lots more!


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English as a Second Language (ESL): Lesson Plans, Resources and More

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Discover English as a second language (ESL) resources online. View top sites for information on English as a second language (ESL).
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Love Remind?Please share us with fellow teachers. It's the best thank you that we could ask for!

 

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Virgin Media Pioneers | Forum | English Attack! Thailand | Virgin Media Pioneers

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Virgin Media Pioneers is an incredible online community of enterprising people who use videos and blogging to share their ideas and experiences
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English Attack! is a totally new approach to learning English, developed by media and videogaming experts in collaboration with researchers in cognitive neuroscience.
Our innovative learning method combines videos, photos, games and social networking for a daily English workout.
It’s fun and effective. Once you try it, you won’t want to learn any other way.

Video Boosters represent a major breakthrough in how to learn English.
These self-contained exercises are based on video clips. They enable you to practice a range of language skills across six contextual exercises.
Each Video Booster takes about 10 minutes to complete: an ideal timespan for sustained concentration.
There are over 1,000 video exercises, with more added each day based on the latest movies, TV series, music and current events.

Our catalog of Photo Vocabs is the most comprehensive collection of visual dictionaries for learning English.
Each Photo Vocab is based on a subject or theme, and contains about 20 vocabulary items illustrated with photos.
Each word or expression includes a definition, a word-for-word translation, a sample sentence in which it is used, and pronunciation playback.
Once you’ve experienced the new vocabulary, memorize the words and expressions with Practice Games accessible directly from within the Photo Vocab.

To retain a new word or expression in English over time, it needs to be seen and used at least seven times, ideally in different contexts. Repeat exposure and use in games is an ideal way to consolidate new language items without it seeming like hard work.
Our range of language games allows you to review vocabulary items seen in a Video Booster or Photo Vocab; to practice your irregular verbs; or to fine-tune your oral comprehension. From spelling-based games to video karaoke, the diversity of available gameplay styles means you’ll never be bored.
Practice through play: it’s fun (and effective) with English Attack!

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TechinEDU

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A site where various resources are shared in order to help facilitate the use of technology in the classroom.
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A site where various resources are shared in order to help facilitate the use of technology in the classroom.

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Obec rolls out English for poor students

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The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) is going to prepare underprivileged children in rural areas for the Asean Community next year by providing them with English language instruction geared towards employment.
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I’ve commented ‘I really believe that the English Attack! 2.0 Online English learning platform would be an excellent choice for this initiative.
English Attack! is a totally new approach to learning English, developed by media and...’ on a Bangkok Post ‘Obec rolls out English for poor students’ story at http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/news/420550/obec-rolls-out-english-for-poor-students. Do you agree?

I really believe that the English Attack! 2.0 Online English learning platform would be an excellent choice for this initiative. 
English Attack! is a totally new approach to learning English, developed by media and videogaming experts in collaboration with researchers in cognitive neuroscience.
Our innovative learning method combines videos, photos, games and social networking for a daily English workout.
It's fun and effective. Once you try it, you won't want to learn any other way.

http://www.english-attack.com/

You can use English Attack! learning units - video exercises, visual dictionaries and practice games - with your learners both in the classroom as well as for out-of-class learning.
The wide range of content categories and difficulty levels available on English Attack! makes it an ideal complementary English learning resource for students in Middle School through to secondary and university-level education, as well as for those enrolled in language institutes.
A deep and constantly expanding catalog of contextual exercises allows the learner to evolve English language proficiency over the course of his or her education. The format and currency of the units (clips from films, news, music, etc) generates enthusiasm and motivation.
English Attack! for Education consists of a Teachers and Schools Platform and special Education price plans.
English Attack! is currently being used in schools, universities and language institutes throughout the world. Your learners can prepare for your lessons with a Video Booster (video exercise) related to the theme or subject you would like to cover. You can also ask them to review a Photo Vocab (visual dictionary) containing key vocabulary they will need for the lesson.

You'll find your learners keener and more familiar with your planned lesson's theme and vocabulary if they have warmed up for it with the appropriate English Attack! learning units. Using interactive multimedia resources in class is a great way to capture the attention of your learners.
If your classroom is equipped with a video projector or an interactive whiteboard, you can achieve a high degree of learner participation by going over a Video Booster with them directly in class. You also have the option of playing the video part of the exercise in full-screen mode and coming back to the exercise format later.
Photo Vocabs are perfect for class work on specific vocabulary or content themes.
Going through the Photo Vocab with your learners as a group can be a nice lead-in to a class discussion on the topic of that visual dictionary. At the end of your lesson, ask your learners to consolidate the new language items they've seen in class by playing some Practice Games at home.
English Attack! Practice Games allow for contextual revision of language items seen in Photo Vocabs and Video Boosters, and as such are highly effective for locking in recently learned content.
While not at all feeling like "homework," these games use contextualization, repetition, and image/text association to enable learners to move language items from short-term to long-term memory. Your Teacher Account not only gives you unlimited access to all English Attack! learning units; it also comes with a set of Teacher Tools that enable you to manage your learners' work on English Attack!
Thanks to your unique Invitation Code, your learners can easily connect with you as a Teacher on English Attack!. You can create as many online classes as you like, and easily assign each of your learners to one or more classes.
A simple click of a button on each learning unit (Video Boosters and Photo Vocabs) allows you to flag that unit as an assignment for one or several of the classes you've created.
Each of your learners will have a "My School" page on the site where they can see and complete the units you've assigned to them. You can also use the Messaging functions to communicate with each class as a whole or with individual learners.
An Activity dashboard allows you to monitor a learner's frequency of site use; his or her assignment compliance, and the score obtained for each assigned learning unit.
Are you a Teacher interested in using English Attack! with your learners? Contact us. It's quick and easy to get English Attack! set up for your school; dozens of educational establishments have done so already.
Our Schools Platform allows for multi-site deployment; automated user account creation for both teachers and learners; and automated assignment of learners to classes.
Your learners' usage statistics are available, in real-time, to various levels of your organization.
Our licenses can be set for flexible time periods according to your school calendar needs. And of course our multi-user license prices are volume-discounted for both teachers and learners.
Are you a school owner or administrator wanting to know more about English Attack! multi-user licenses? Contact us. Supawan 088-249-4917 supawan.inbunna@english-attack.com 
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Ajarn Donald's Blog: America, The Beautiful From Ajarn Donald In Thailand

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America, The Beautiful From Ajarn Donald In Thailand I would like to wish all Americans a Safe and Happy 4th, of July 2014. If you aren't anAmerican, then what ever nationality you are, I would also love to wish you and your families happiness, success and freedom everyday. Bless you all!

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Ajarn Donald's Blog: Cut In Line To Help Motivate Thai Students

Ajarn Donald's Blog: Cut In Line To Help Motivate Thai Students | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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This case study is very well prepared and I personally like to say thank you to Professor Jyrki Loima and Ajarn Jutarat Vibulphol for taking the time to conduct this case study and sharing the results in a post (link above).

Next I would like to say that with my 13-years experience having taught more than 6,500 people English in Thailand in ages 4-60 years old but most were secondary students (teenagers M/1-M/6 = 7th graders-12th graders) that I fully agree with these results.

How can we get the parents, students, teachers and schools to come together and examine what are the realistic and practical ways to change this negative trend and make it positive for all students?

 

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Richest in Thailand

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Central Group jumps to first place with 27% revenue growth passing CP Group. Thaksin still 10th-richest despite decline in wealth.
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Central Group jumps to first place with 27% revenue growth passing CP Group.

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History of Memorial Day Video - Memorial Day - HISTORY.com

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Take a look at the holiday marking the official beginning of summer and America's most solemn occasion.
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MEMORIAL DAY VIDEOSHistory of Memorial Day

 (4 min) TV-PG

 

Take a look at the holiday marking the official beginning of summer and America's most solemn occasion.

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What's new in business news: May 22, 2014

What's new in business news: May 22, 2014 | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Thaksin's sister fined for insider stock trading, rubber glut & low prices expected to last two more years & bright outlook for Thai food industry as trade fair opens.
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Thaksin's sister fined for insider stock trading, rubber glut & low prices expected to last two more years & bright outlook for Thai food industry as trade fair opens.

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Rainy Season

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โปรโมชั่นพิเศษสุด เรียนภาษาอังกฤษช่วงซัมเมอร์


30 ชั่วโมงมีหนังสือประกอบการเรียนสองเล่มพร้อมซีดีราคา 700บาทฟรี   นักเรียนคนเดียว ค่าเล่าเรียน 15,000 บาท   เรีบนภาษาอังกฤษกับครูต่างชาติ เจ้าชองภาษา จากเมืองชิคาโกประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกามีประสบการณ์ในการสอนในเมืองไทย
มามากกว่า12 ปี สอนนักเรียนมามากกว่...
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30 ชั่วโมงมีหนังสือประกอบการเรียนสองเล่มพร้อมซีดีราคา 700บาทฟรี นักเรียนคนเดียว ค่าเล่าเรียน 15,000 บาท เรีบนภาษาอังกฤษกับครูต่างชาติ เจ้าชองภาษา จากเมืองชิคาโกประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกามีประสบการณ์ในการสอนในเมืองไทย มามากกว่า12 ปี สอนนักเรียนมามากกว่า 6,500 คน นักเรียนโรงเรียนชิโนรส โรงเรียนสุวรรณพลับพลาพิทยาคม โรงเรียนสวนศรี หลังสวนจังหวัดชุมพร ECC สาขาชลบุรี  สาขาศรีราชา ECC เดอะมอลล์ท่าพระ สยามคอมพิวเตอร์ลาดพร้าว บิชติชอเมริกาเดอะมอลล์บางแค  นักเรียน ผู้สนใจ เลือกวัน เวลาเรียนได้ วันจันทร์ถึงวันศุกร์08.00-10.00 น.11.00 - 13.00 น.14.00-16.00 น.
หรือเวลาอื่น สนใจติดต่อเพิ่มเติมที่  ศุภวรรณ โทร. 088-249-4917 หรืออีเมล์มาที่  supawan@ajdon.info
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Paul Maglione | Hot Seat | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand

Paul Maglione | Hot Seat | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Teaching English in Thailand
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Paul Maglione is the co-founder of Entertainment Learning and English Attack! Ajarn puts Paul in the hot seat to talk about the 'gamification' of on-line English language learning, the future for e-learning websites and traditional paper textbooks - and lots more!


http://www.ajarn.com/ajarn-street/hot-seat/paul-maglione


One of the barriers to more widespread adoption of evolved EFL approaches, of course, is a lack of budgets in state schools. In recognition of this reality, our Thai partners have come up with a very special campaign for all government secondary schools (M-1/M-6) under which schools or students pay only 1 Baht per day per student if there is a minimum of 200 license purchased per school. 

A very important rationale behind the 1 Baht campaign is that signed-up students can use English Attack! every day, including during long holidays, not just during the school year.


Supawan Inbunna 088-249-4917
supawan.inbunna@english-attack.com

Donald Patnaude 081-855-2701
donald.patnaude@english-attack.com


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The Ajarn Daily

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The Ajarn Daily, by Donald Patnaude: Founded in December 2001 by Donald Patnaude & Supawan Inbunna. Donald had just arrived in November 2001 for what was to be his sixth and final visit to Thailand. He ended up staying and teaching.
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Ajarn Donald's Educational Services: 66/212 Soi 12, Nisachon Village, Jarunsanitwong Road 13 Phasi Charoen, Bangkok 10160 Thailand 6681-855-2701/ English or 6689-201-1680/6688-249-4917 Thai Fax: 662-865-2670 


ajarn.donald@gmail.com


http://about.me/ajarn

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Competitions | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand

Competitions | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Teaching English in Thailand
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Hello Teachers of English in Thailand ONLY! Here's your chance to win a full year's free access to English Attack!, the most exciting new English teaching and learning platform available today.

English Attack! is a totally new approach to learning and combines videos, photos, games and social networking for an amazing daily English workout. It's fun and effective! Once your students try it, they won't want to learn English any other way.

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Education news and schools coverage from the Chicago Sun-Times

Education news and schools coverage from the Chicago Sun-Times | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
The latest news about Chicago Public Schools and education news from the Chicago Sun-Times.
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The Chicago Sun-Times is a complete source for the best local and in-depth news, award winning journalism and extensive sports coverage.

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#Ajarn on Tagboard

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ESL in Thailand #ESL #EFL #IELTS #Thailand #English #student #teacher #school #university #games #videos #photos #dictionary #language #BKK
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ESL in Thailand #ESL #EFL #IELTS #Thailand #English #student #teacher#school #university #games #videos http://www.english-attack.com/

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Donald Patnaude | Hot Seat | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand

Donald Patnaude | Hot Seat | Ajarn.com | Teaching English in Thailand | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Teaching English in Thailand
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A familiar path that many teachers tread in Thailand is to start at the '200 baht an hour' language schools and work their way up. Eventually you might even be lucky enough to open your own language school. Donald Patnaude is one such man.

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Crackdown on student cheats

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Chulalongkorn University & other universities using computer program to catch students who dishonestly copy the words and ideas of others in their thesis pretending they are their own work.
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EDUCATION

Chulalongkorn University software detects plagiarism

26/06/2014 
Thitirat Muangsiri 

Chulalongkorn University along with 17 other universities and institutions has agreed to adopt the new Akarawisut computer program to detect plagiarism in theses submitted by university students. 

The universities signed the academic collaboration agreement to use the Akarawisut (clean text) program to maintain the quality of students' theses, said Pirom Kamolratanakul, president of Chulalongkorn University. 

Prof Pirom said Chulalongkorn University had been focusing on trying to solve the problem of plagiarism and hadlaunched several measures to detect it. 
  
These measures were developed into text analysis software such as Akarawisut and Turnitin. 

The programs had been applied to more than 1,000 theses in 2013. To extend the plagiarism detection policy, Chulalongkorn University allowed other educational institutions to use the Akarawisut program free of charge under the agreement. 

The universities and institutions include the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA), Mae Fah Luang University, University of Phayao, Burapha University and Thaksin University. 

The collaboration led to an increase in quality standards among post-graduate theses and helped encourage Thai students to be honest in their work, he said. 

Amorn Petsom, president of Chulalongkorn University graduate school, said the agreement was the first step to create connections among institutes to detect thesis plagiarism and prevent students from committing it. 

“We believe human resources are the best foundation for developing the country. This is why Chulalongkorn University aims to create good-quality graduates and staff,'' he said. 

"Technology makes it easy to plagiarise these days, but this program will help prevent it. The collaboration with other universities is important.”

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Donald Patnaude (ajarn) on about.me

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View Donald Patnaude on about.me. About.me makes it easy for you to learn about Donald Patnaude’s background and interests.
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Today's Mission: Ajarn Donald's wants to be able to provide within the Kingdom of Thailand to every person who chooses to learn English the best educational products & services to meet their demands, ultimately leading to a successful and productive future in any professional, academic or personal capacity they desire. This also must be done without allowing limitations such as income, religion, nationality etc. stand in the way in our efforts to achieve our goals and that is to find ways to teach everyone who wants/needs to learn the English language. A decision to learn or improve your English language skills + Ajarn Donald's English Language Services together with English-Attack! Thailand = success to your destiny.http://www.ajdon.info/

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At least 12 Vietnam students killed in crash - The Nation

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At least 12 Vietnam students killed in crash The Nation 13 die in Chaiyaphum at 7am as driver falls asleep at the wheel
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Police suspect that Weerachai fell asleep at the wheel at about 7am on road number 201 (Kaeng Khro-Phu Khieo).

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General Prayuth gets down to work

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With paying rice farmers top priority, General Prayuth began dividing up govt responsibilities among leaders of armed forces & police.
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With paying rice farmers top priority, General Prayuth began dividing up govt responsibilities among leaders of armed forces & police.

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THAILAND IN CRISIS

THAILAND IN CRISIS | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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It's not a coup, the Army says, but it is martial law, invoked to restore order following months of anti-government protests. What's the difference? We'll soon find out.

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