Does it Matter How Long it Takes a Student to Learn?

Friday, August 31, 2012
Student studying

Learning is not a marathon. We each have our own pacing. Most individuals have academic strengths and weaknesses, and even different learning styles. For instance, some students learn quicker when the subject area is interesting or aligns with their favorite class. For others, the timeframe for mastery is dependent upon…

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Should Attendance Still be Considered a Requirement in Virtual School?

Friday, August 31, 2012
Student raising hand

It’s elementary. Education, by its very nature is intended to be an interactive medium. Teachers teach. They provide tools, techniques, key concepts, and exercises to help students to gain and master important skills and increase their knowledge base. Students, in turn, process, apply, complete assignments, pose questions, test theories, and…

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Where You Study Matters

Thursday, August 30, 2012
School

You are more than likely already aware that a healthy breakfast, sharpened pencils and plenty of paper to write on are all important items for a student’s academic success. But according to a new study, there is more that goes into achieving greatness in the classroom. Now, researchers are realizing…

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What Australia Can Learn From Finland When It Comes To Education

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Finland

In 2006, Australia was ranked in the top 10 countries for education in reading and science, and thirteenth for math by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While these rankings are high, there is an obvious room for improvement – and some educators believe that Finland may just have…

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Teaching Outdoors Boost Grades

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Teaching outdoors

We talk a lot about classroom environments and where students learn best, but teaching outdoors is a new one even to us. Still, the argument made here makes some sense. Instead of telling students about the world as it is, why not allow them to experience it first-hand? According to…

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Students Using Mobiles To Cheat

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Mobile phone

Since the beginning of time, clever kids have found ways to do less and achieve more. This is particularly true when it comes to cheating for better grades. In simpler times, techniques included writing answers on body parts, passing notes in class, and sneaking peeks in books while the teacher’s…

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Will Plagiarism Affect The Effectiveness of Online Learning?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Originality

Plagiarism exists.  It has existed long before the advent of the Internet and digital communication.  It should be noted as well, that it is not confined to college courses and online study, but applies to other walks of life and situations as well. For example, famous authors and music industry…

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What Makes a Teacher Great?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Teaching

Teach for America is one of those admirable programs that throws brave new teachers into a mix of troubled classrooms and helps take students living in less than desirable conditions get a solid education. These teachers are the influencers and have shown their capability time and time again of giving…

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Teachers, Here’s Why You Need To Network

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Networking

With the popularity of social media these days, few would argue the importance of being “well-connected”. Online networking affords people from all across the globe to come together for collaborative projects, to discuss and debate timely issues, and to exchange ideas for the purpose of greater growth. Teaching is no…

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What Do Employers Think of Online Education?

Monday, August 27, 2012
Pondering

Technological advancements have more universities that ever to offer online programs. While these programs were created initially for students who were unable to participate in traditional programs, like older students and working parents, today, individuals from every age group and background are enrolling in online degree and certificate programs. While…

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