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Classmint- Awesome Study Notes

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

 

Classmint is an interactive study notes service rooted in research-proven scientific techniques that help to learn faster and apply learned knowledge.

Classmint lets anyone create annotable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like a paper. It also maintains automated revision list to aid in timely revision.

Students/Teachers can keep their notes private or publish them.

Save trees as you choose to use less paper.


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Classmint notes features ability to add complex math, computer code, add images, explain notes with text and image annotations etc. to help create a note that you would love to study with.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:42 AM

Interactive study notes. 


Classmint lets anyone create annotatable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like paper. It also maintains automated revision list to aid in timely revision.

Students/Teachers can keep their notes private or publish them.

Amélie Silvert's comment, September 6, 2013 12:33 PM
Not only can you add links but also, you can "play" the note.Nice look and helpful for students.
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RoomRecess | Educational Games for Kids & Elementary Students

RoomRecess | Educational Games for Kids & Elementary Students | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Free educational online games for children. Our games reinforce the skills that are vital to elementary students. We offer many math and reading games.

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Games are what they are...games. Making them relevant and an addition for enhancement is the key AFTER appropriate strategies for learning are in place. What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree?

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Audrey's curator insight, September 2, 2013 5:41 PM

These educational games can really help youngsters use their brains.

 

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 2014 7:51 AM

Geared for elementary students, there's a few flash type games that can help students with spelling, writing, and math. For review purposes, I tried Shot Clock. I just so happen to love basketball. It offers addition, subraction, multiplication, or division problems. After the question is displayed, you must use the answer to know which basket to shoot at. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I had today's highest score with 41 points. Can you beat it? Pics or it didn't happen...

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college.


Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/#ixzz2bfi3WYHm


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A collaborative, solution-oriented approach is becoming the trend rather than an individualistic, problem-oriented approach.

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Fawn Canady's curator insight, August 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Haven't looked through all of these, but looks promising!

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:08 AM

Estupendo.

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12 Powerful PDF Tools For Teachers And Administrators

12 Powerful PDF Tools For Teachers And Administrators | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We all seem to use PDFs every day. Here are a few powerful (and mostly free) PDF tools for teachers and admins worth trying.

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PDFs have become too convenient to avoid. Now we find them being used everywhere. Since many teachers and administrators use PDFs regularly, this site offers a list of a dozen great PDF tools.Check them out including a crisp description of what you can do with them.

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Shannon Petty's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:35 PM

Tech tools

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:35 PM

Excellent collection with goood brief decriptions

Robin Skogen's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:23 AM

Tech help w/ PDFs

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Study Skills Teacher Resource Guide and Activities

Study Skills Teacher Resource Guide and Activities | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In this section we help students and teachers better understand how they learn best. We provide a ton of examples and survey sets.

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Helping students understand HOW they learn!

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Beatriz Montesinos's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:23 AM

Muy buena página de recursos para profesores.

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How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly

How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Too many teachers are still afraid to use Wikipedia in the Classroom. I'm here to right that wrong and show educators how they can use it responsibly.

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So much right at the fingertips! Why not explore all of the possibilities? What is there to lose about gathering more knowledge?

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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 18, 2013 9:34 AM

Thank you for posting this---students' Wikipedia use is second-nature to them and it is positive that they are researching and wise for educators to guide them toward scholarly citation!

John Purificati's comment, May 18, 2013 11:48 AM
I agree, students think Wikipedia is like our Encyclopedia Britannica's once were.
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 20, 2013 10:20 AM
Times have definitely changed John.... :-)
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8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios

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8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios

 

Digital portfolios are becoming increasingly popular in classrooms across North America.

 

School administration, teachers, parents, and students are all recognizing  the benefits of this amazing tool. Digital portfolios have the ability to impact education and student learning in ways that we simply have not been able to do before technology evolved to the level it is at today. This exciting new technological era will change the ways students think and learn, creating digital arenas for sharing work and building on knowledge.

 

Many educators are eager and willing to incorporate digital portfolios into their curriculum. Others are more hesitant, but remain curious about this newly evolved portfolio – wondering about how this technology might inspire and engage their students into more self-directed learning and reflection. Whichever side of the fence you are on, here is a list of classroom-approved resources to help get you started!


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Of the 8 educational apps offered one costs only $1.99 and all others are free. How cool is that?

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Odile Dupont's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:22 PM

6 apps et 2 outils via PC connecté à Internet.  3 apps/6 pour android et IOS

Abe Soltani's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:57 PM

Great ePortfolio tools.

Kelly Bryant's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:00 PM

I've been looking for ways in which to make portfolios digital but I haven't found any apps or websites soley dedicated to such a task.

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The Importance of Art in Education

TeacherTube is an educator and student friendly site for sharing the best content including educational videos, docs, audios and photos for your classroom, staff, and campus.

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Click the video on this page. Title carries you to a download page.

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Brittany Anne Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 1:21 AM
i believe this is very important in children's education. They are able to learn about self expression and also creating something from nothing. There are no mistakes in art.This is a really cute video.
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5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning

5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

I am actually working on an academic paper on Education 3.0 which I am intending to publish in one of the mobile tech journals. I will provide you with a synthesis of the main points I am covering but I can not republish it here in my blog though I have the full authorship rights because republishing a published paper is prohibited by most academic journal policies. However, one of the things that really drew my attention while working on this paper is how teachers can document students' learning in a world increasingly going mobile. Digging deeper into this topic, I decided to share this short guide with you to help you better understand and learn about the mobile tools to use to document your students learning while on the go.

There are actually five ways for teachers to document students mobile learning :


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The world of technology never ceases to amaze me! Did I retire too early? Nah!

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Carolyn Wiberg's comment, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM
Sharla, I ask myself if I ducked out too early all of the time!
Sharla Shults's comment, May 8, 2013 9:34 PM
I know I retired at the right time but still marvel at all the new technology. Still an educational consultant but get to work at home! Love it :-) Not ready to completely sever the educational umbilical cord!
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How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com

How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This article discusses how technology can be used as an educational tool in the classroom to foster meaningful learning.

 

Some of the first educational technologies were illustrations in 17th-century books and slate chalkboards in 18th-century classrooms. Educational technologies in the 20th century include lantern-slide and opaque projectors, later radio, and then motion pictures. During the 1950s, programmed instruction emerged as the first true educational technology, that is, the first technology developed specifically to meet educational needs. With every other technology, including computers, educators recognized its importance and debated how to apply each nascent commercial technology for educational purposes. Unfortunately, educators have almost always tried to use technologies to teach students in the same ways that teachers had always taught. So information was recorded in the technology (e.g., the content presented by films and television programs), and the technology presented that information to the students. The students’ role was to learn the information presented by the technology, just as they learned information presented by the teacher. The role of the technology was to deliver lessons to students, just as trucks deliver groceries to supermarkets (Clark, 1983).

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If you deliver groceries, people will eat. If you deliver instruction, students will learn. Not necessarily! Learn why later in the article...

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Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory

Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Peter Nonacs, professor of biology at UCLA, teaches Game Theory in his Behavioral Ecology course.
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Talk about sizzlin'...Don't let the title fool you! This is an AWESOME find. An incredible learning experience indeed! Read it to believe it...

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Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD

Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Are the most successful students the ones who ace every test? Nowadays we measure and rank students, teachers, schools, and entire nations according to test results. If you don't score well, you're labeled a failure. But in "I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate" 20-something North London-based spoken word poet Suli Breaks raises the call for education to be more relevant to the real world, and for push back against the use of tests to decide which students have talent and will be successful:"

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While this article may be breaking news on this day, April 27, 2013, it is not something entirely new. I retired with almost 30 years in the educational field and still work as an educational consultant in retirement. It has been researched and documented decades upon decades that if instruction is not made relevant, that is, recognized as being applicable to the real world, students will be turned off to learning! With that being stated, I beg the question, "Why do we still teach to test or teach to the test?"

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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.

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The innovation of technology integration in the classroom!

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Anand Davda's comment, May 13, 2013 6:51 AM
I would like to share on thing here for e-learning visit to http://www.redchipsolutions.com/elearning.php
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Simple iPad Usage Guidelines For The Classroom

Simple iPad Usage Guidelines For The Classroom | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If you hand out an iPad or two, what do you do next? You better take a look at these straightforward iPad usage guidelines before proceeding!

 

When I was a kid, my dad always made me wash my hands before I was allowed to play video games. I’m not kidding. He would go on and on about how he hated picking up a sticky controller. When I went to friends’ houses, it felt like an immense luxury – a permitted naughtiness of sorts – to sit down and play video games without washing my hands first.

 

So what’s the moral of that story? Every family has different practices. You have expensive devices in your classroom, and you can’t necessarily assume that your students will have been all taught the same way to take care of those devices. If you want to keep your classroom devices intact and fully functioning, it is important that your students know what is expected of them when they’re using that device. Have you clearly communicated device usage guidelines to your students?


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The author of this article, Katie Lepi, was a teacher, graduate student, and is now the lady who makes sure Edudemic is as useful as possible. She oversees the editorial process and is basically a Swiss Army Knife of solutions.

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Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Google Forms is one of the potent services Google provides for free for its users. Using Google Forms, you can very easily and without the need for any advanced technology knowledge create all kinds of forms to use with your students from contact forms to quizzes and polls. Since its inception a few years ago, Google Forms has undergone some major updates and the last one in this regard is enabling users to embed pictures and images into forms."


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Just another step into the future of education!

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 17, 2013 7:24 PM

I haven't used Google forms in a while and this is a reminder to check out the new services it has on offer. You can now embed images, so quiz making just got a whole lot better.

Dico Krommenhoek's curator insight, August 18, 2013 7:07 AM

Inderdaad heeft forms nu net als Socrative de mogelijkheid afbeeldingen toe te voegen. Handig 

thanks John for sharing

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Lists of great technology tools for teachers broken down by category - Learning, Lesson planning, etc
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Stay connected, organized and increase the ease of building multimedia lessons and learning tools.

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Daily 5 Work on Writing-Monthly Resources - Second Story Window

Daily 5 Work on Writing-Monthly Resources - Second Story Window | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Can I just say that this sight makes me so happy! There's a basket for each month just chock-full of writing goodies. (Rubber maid stackables for the win!)

 

The framework stays the same each month: journal prompts, list tags, research cards, and stationery.  Only the content changes.

 

 

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Enter the site for a month-by-month look...

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Picture Match -Matching Game for Young Learners

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Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds.

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Phonological awareness at the phonemic awareness level and phonics are crucial to learning to read! Sounds of the spoken language lay the foundation for the sound/letter relationships in the written word.

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Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:24 AM

cool picture based phonics practice

Morten Ulstrup's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:46 AM

Ser ud til at være et godt værktøj i begynder-engelskunderviningen i DK

Suzie Sue's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:35 PM

Perfect for small classes and also for issuing as homework. 

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Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD

Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Parents have always held visions of what professional uniforms their sons or daughters should wear. These visions are becoming fetishes in a world in which professional titles provide license to a reframed American Dream.

 

Christina Freeland describes it as a "winner-take-all economy" in which "education is the trump card." Consequently, parents over time have increased their investments in education to ensure that their children are not second-class citizens in a high skilled economy.

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City Year corps members prove that civics is not just a course to take. Service is not a noble but extraneous distraction. Service helps translate classroom lessons of English into improved moral discernment in our neighborhoods. Service provides opportunities for students to decode mathematics into community building. Through deeds and presence, service helps make clear the choices we all possess to make conditions in our communities better. And isn't that the point to a great education?

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14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit

14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit

 

The most popular website at my school, hands down, is Minecraft. Even 1st graders love it (I'm amazed parents let six-year-olds use this sometimes violent game, but they do). Because kids would opt to live in this blocky virtual world 24/7, I only let them play it two lunch periods a week. Those days, my lab is always packed. Kids have no idea they're learning math (estimation, geometry, shapes), science (geology, rocks, minerals), building, or softer skills like thinking and reasoning, problem solving, hypothesis-testing, risk-taking, and collaboration. They don't realize they're exercising that delicate skill called 'creativity' or care that Common Sense Media raves that "Minecraft empowers players to exercise their imagination and take pride in their digital creations as they learn basic building concepts."


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Best news: These are all free.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:39 PM

There are some great sites here for use in a variety of classes. Worth adding to the toolkit you create for your schools.

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:41 AM

A "student" or learner desire to visit and explore usually leads to success and motivation.

Tim Scholze's curator insight, May 5, 2013 8:09 PM

Yeah, let the kids play! Learning will take place through discovery.

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Our schools need more arts education

Our schools need more arts education | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Our schools need more arts education. Despite including the arts as being one of the 10 core academic subjects, the No Child Left Behind law has helped to push arts classes to the side. Schools, especially those struggling, can retain their best teachers by becoming incubators for creativity and innovation; places where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates-findings that cut across all socio-economic categories. Congress should support an expansion of the federal arts education program to provide the best models for schools to include the arts in their curriculum.



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The importance of arts education is priceless!

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The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR

The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

One of the ongoing debates in education is whether so much testing in schools is taking away time for young people to develop their own critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, the White House has talked about the importance of innovation when it comes to staying competitive in the global market. The intersection of both of these issues could be the arts. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel talks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair about her reporting on the role the arts play in helping low performing schools improve, and in nurturing creativity that can help young people in all subjects.


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For a lot of students, the one class they might actually enjoy is art class, or music. This holds true from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond.

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Kids are Heroes - Kids are making a difference in this world

Kids are Heroes - Kids are making a difference in this world | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Inspiring children to become involved in their communities.

 

Kids Are Heroes® is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.

We provide a pathway toward leadership and compassion for all children. Heroes on this site may influence your kids as to which path to take.

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The future of our world is in the hands of our children! Kids ARE heroes and indeed have the power to make a diifference. Support the kids!

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I’m waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island."

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Did this article ever hit home! While I am not an advocate of disbanning online learning, I do see extreme merit in a combination of online and face-to-face. Our daughter, Nicole, is presently working toward her Master's Degree in finance. While she has performed extremely well in both the classroom and online environments, she was told recently by one of her professors that she would have better success in landing that higher salaried job at the executive level if she allowed her education to venture outside the virtual into the real world. In other words, interact face-to-face with teachers, professors, students, for there is a plethora of learning to be made outside the boundaries of a keyboard! Afterall, when the education is complete, doesn't the 'job' require personal communication and the ability to communicate effectively?

 

I find this also true in my own educational consultant work which has transitioned from the face-to-face to totally online. It is often very difficult to put into the written word what could so easily be communicated face-to-face. We are not all born writers but we are certainly all born talkers!

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources

TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies,
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In a society (that's right, in America!) where education is definitely NOT at the top of the totem pole, survival is dependent upon teachers helping teachers. The doctors, lawyers, corrporate executives, etc., would not be where they are today without teachers! Can you imagine going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer who may not have even acquired a GED? I don't think so.

 

Then, why isn't a higher importance placed on the role of the teacher? Why is the teacher the one underpaid and overworked? Something is gravely amiss! Isn't it more feasible to place education at the top with all others residing under this foundational umbrella? Would this be the key to unlocking the door for teachers who are indeed highly qualified to either seek or perhaps remain in education?

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