Educational resource for eco-aware families

If you’d like to educate yourself as well as your family about topics related to the environment, being more eco-friendly as well as learn about choosing products that have as environmentally friendly packaging as possible, the new website launched by Evergreen Packaging might be meant just for you. The website is located at the address choosecartons.com and has been built as a community to educate the consumers about the advantages of carton packaging. Among other things, you can find lots of great eco-facts, tips for living an eco-friendlier lifestyle and it also offers downloadable children’s activities.
According to EcoFocus Worldwide’s 2013 EcoFocus Trend Study today more moms than ever consider being eco-friendly and installing the same views on their children extremely important. Many of them try to choose products with packaging that is as eco-friendly as possible. Packaging responsibly and in materials that are recyclable isn’t anymore just a marketing technique but a true need both for the mother Earth and to us, the people.
The survey actually brought out that nearly three-fourths of women with kids could be classified as EcoAware Moms who believe that there is a very visible correlation between personal health and environmental health.

Knowledge is everywhere, for everyone

And that’s a fact. Another fact is that you can get the knowledge independent of your age and location. Ashford University with Bachelor’s as well as Master’s degrees offered in a wide number of subject fields is also a fact. And they offer both studying options on campus as well as an online option. Fact. However, there’s one more fact that is often forgotten.
University should not be just about studying and in this sense, I would highly suggest everyone to participate in on-campus studies. To hang around with other students, to live the student life, to enjoy life in general! Studying….yes, that’s important too. But think about the TV show Community, for example, you need to have fun too! And when we come back to Ashford University, you definitely shouldn’t forget about the fun-factor. Whatever you do, keep it fun! Attend the Cosmic Bowling, go out and have fun with your newly found friends, have a grill out, play board games. Of course, in between everything, before and after, have some water with vitamins (you know what I mean by that, right? Water with lots of B vitamin!)

The pursuit of athletic and academic excellence deserves recognition

Independent of your age, excellence deserves recognition. Wendy’s Resturants that is sponsoring Wendy’s High School Heisman Award understands that. Wendy’s High School Heisman Program in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee has honored over 400 000 nation’s most esteemed high school seniors since the creation of the program in 1994.
Each year, thousands of students are honored, students who pursue athletic and academic excellence, high school seniors who excel in learning, leading, performing as well as doing something for the community.
This year’s two National Winners will be announced live on ESPN2 from New York’s Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Banquet on December 7, 2012.

The award was named after former college football player and coach John Heisman who lived between 1869 and 1936.

Make History Reading Fun for your Kids

We might as well admit it: by the time your kid hits middle school, textbook reading just isn’t as “fun” as it used to be. Back in elementary school, a book on history might have twenty pages with three print lines each, and every spread was another cool photo of ruined palaces or ancient weaponry. Now, suddenly, kids see 300 pages of dense, serious words. It’s a whole new level and style.
We often assume that kids will know what to do, but in fact, they usually need help with a straight-up, practical skill: the ability to dive into texts and come up with major facts. It can be hard, especially at first. And lots of kids, faced with that challenge, will do just about anything to dodge it.
But there’s good news for parents: you’re actually in a great position to help. The next time your child comes home with history reading, try this simple technique, called “Preview, Read, Review”:
No matter how tempting it sounds, don’t start with, “Just sit down and read.” That’s fine for summer whodunits, but history textbooks usually require a boost from the reader if they’re going to be interesting at all. Kids need to learn to “read with a purpose,” delving in to seek and harvest a factual story.
Instead, insist that your child preview the pages assigned. This means: In five minutes or less, look at headings, pictures, maps, graphs, and captions…ONLY. Ask: What is the main idea of this reading? Does it relate to anything you already know? Great! Does it remind you of that summer you drove by the Civil War battleground on the way to Six Flags? OK! It’s a connection! Finally: if your child has been assigned “comprehension questions” look them over now. In many cases, your child will know, just from the preview stage, where the answers will appear.
Then, and only then, allow your child to read the text carefully. Make sure, however, that he or she continues to check how the information fits with the big picture. If your child is looking for answers to questions, he or she can stick a post-it in the margin where that answer appears, or highlight it if you happen to own the book outright.
To finish the job, you need to insist on review. This stage, which again takes only five minutes or so, includes going back to the headings, pictures, maps, graphs, and captions, and asking, “What did I just learn?” As students become more practiced readers, they will also ask themselves “What did I not understand?” and re-read those sections until they make sense. In the meantime, this is also the stage when kids should write the answers to any questions the teacher has required.
The first time, this method may seem like a slog. But you and your child should quickly find that it’s a huge time-saver. By previewing, your child is taking charge of the reading process; this, in turn, means that your child will understand it on the very first read-through, not the third, fourth, or fifth—or, worst of all, after the test is all done and the next unit has begun.
Finally, “preview, read, review” is a real-world skill that will help for years to come. Lawyers, doctors, and politicians, for example, must all be able to read the complicated material and understand the main idea and supporting facts. This is a thinking process that kids are beginning now—and congratulations, parents! You can make all the difference.

Technology to advance education

The longer you read this blog the more you will know just how important I believe the use of technology is to the successful advancement of our education system. I was so excited the other day when I wrote about TutorVista that I did some more looking to see what others have to say about the fantastic tutoring program. Let’s see what others are saying:
* Reviews for tutorvista – They recommend TutorVista and though they point out the price as being high, they also note that the price is for an entire month of tutoring vs the average cost being around $25 an hour for a one on one private tutor.
* Reviews for tutorvista – This review done by teachers, for teachers recommend TutorVista as a powerful online tutoring took and a better and more cost effective solution (especially in small towns) then other learning centers.
* Reviews for tutorvista – Wikipedia shows that though the company initially struggled to gain acceptance given that it was founded by an unknown Indian company, they have now received backing from noted educational materials companies as American Book Company and Pearson.
For a company just out of the start-up phase TutorVista is rapidly gained acceptance in Education community. Their combination of technologies is what I think gives them the edge. Making use of internet phone for one on one conversations; online collaborative whiteboard software; and internet chat technology is a giant leap in the right direction for our education system. I believe that the more we embrace the possibilities presented to us by technology the more we can dramatically advance the education system in America. But that’s just my opinion – do some looking then let me know what you think.

The Next Step: The Necessity for Better Education

Students today aren’t the traditional youth of generations before them. Now they’re living in a post-industrialized society where production is no longer the main economic driving force behind our market. It’s a growing process. Once America was in the position to produce factory goods at competitive costs. The problem is that this is the old way of doing business, since it has now become cheaper to send factory job oversees. Also, other developed countries, such as China, have become more competitive. We’ve yet to totally make the change from industrial technology to information technology. Many people are realizing that to be successful and have a future in this new age, education is the key.
Saying that education is the key is more than a buzz phrase. It’s actually essential if you want to get a decent job, but an education is merely the foundation for future success. People are flocking back to schools in order to retool their career path. According to an article produced by Back 2 College, there are many factors fueling this transition of non-traditional students, over 25, to seek further education.
Since most older individuals returning to school are likely to have certain obligations, such as work or family, that hinder their abilities to compete in the college world, there have been many programs that have cropped up to meet this demand. There has been an increased enrollment in online programs and evening classes, which have grown in popularity and were born out of necessity.
Online and evening classes are an excellent resource for those who don’t have the kind of flexible schedule as younger students. Classes can be completed at their convenience and scheduled around busy work schedules. As universities expand there online programs, the opportunities for returning students is increasing. Online programs have become a university staple, and you can even get apply for online doctoral programs through certain academic organizations.
This newfound re-emphasis on education is very important to help our country through this awkward transition period. In order for Americans to remain world market competitors, we need to realize the role education plays in society. Further education is the first step in this process to being a part of world innovators.
Students today aren’t the traditional youth of generations before them. Now they’re living in a post-industrialized society where production is no longer the main economic driving force behind our market. It’s a growing process. Once America was in the position to produce factory goods at competitive costs. The problem is that this is the old way of doing business, since it has now become cheaper to send factory job oversees. Also, other developed countries, such as China, have become more competitive. We’ve yet to totally make the change from industrial technology to information technology. Many people are realizing that to be successful and have a future in this new age, education is the key.
Saying that education is the key is more than a buzz phrase. It’s actually essential if you want to get a decent job, but an education is merely the foundation for future success. People are flocking back to schools in order to retool their career path. According to an article produced by Back 2 College, there are many factors fueling this transition of non-traditional students, over 25, to seek further education.
Since most older individuals returning to school are likely to have certain obligations, such as work or family, that hinder their abilities to compete in the college world, there have been many programs that have cropped up to meet this demand. There has been an increased enrollment in online programs and evening classes, which have grown in popularity and were born out of necessity.
Online and evening classes are an excellent resource for those who don’t have the kind of flexible schedule as younger students. Classes can be completed at their convenience and scheduled around busy work schedules. As universities expand there online programs, the opportunities for returning students is increasing. Online programs have become a university staple, and you can even get apply for online doctoral programs through certain academic organizations.
This newfound re-emphasis on education is very important to help our country through this awkward transition period. In order for Americans to remain world market competitors, we need to realize the role education plays in society. Further education is the first step in this process to being a part of world innovators.

Cost Cutting Tips For Those Returning to the Education Game

When the economy has a downturn, community members tend to consider returning to school to take advantage of available jobs in an upswing with advanced credentials. This is a popular trend, especially with non-traditional students, such as moms, victims of the recent layoffs, and older adults, and it is a legitimate way to increase your viability and candidacy for employment. This trend is likely to continue among universities and different types of trades, such as medical, electrical, and massage schools. Cost is always a factor and going back to school has hidden expenses.
Here are a few tips to save on books and other items for returning to school.
BUYING A COMPUTER:
Having a reliable computer will make research and communication easier. With all the selections and computer features on the market, it can be difficult to decide which system will be best for your needs. Before you start browsing models, have an idea of what you need to make the best informed decision. You don’t want to buy a computer that offers software you don’t need since the software will figure into the final price. The Acer Aspire 5315, Dell Vostro V13, and the Gateway NV5387u are all matched in speed, memory, and software capabilities, which makes them a good choice for students, and are all under $600. All these systems are also designed to perform your basic computing needs, such as Internet browsing, emailing, and word processing. They might not be as high-tech as a new Macbook Pro, but unless you need Mac-based, specialized software, such as Final Cut Pro or Numbers.
BUYING USED BOOKS OR ONLINE:
Books for university courses tend to be expensive. Most universities and state colleges have bookstores on campus that provide you with all the literature and hard material for your classes, but for a huge markup. Although some university bookstores offer used versions of the books, they sell out quickly. Before you purchase from the bookstore, compare prices online. Ebay, Amazon, and BookMooch offer the same product online at a fraction of the cost, and the books are most always used. Make sure that it’s the right edition or translation. Sometimes there are several different formats in which the book is presented.
WORKING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE:
On returning to school, people usually feel the need to go on a shopping spree for school supplies. It’s a huge step to return to school, and you obviously want to be as prepared as possible. However, you don’t want to buy lot of items that you may already have lying around the house. These items can be simple things, such as notebooks, pencils, pens, backpacks, and other materials. These are smaller items that individually don’t cost much but when added together result in big costs. Consider repurposing the things you have around the house and work with what you already have.
Going back to school is a risk but also an opportunity to find a career path that leads to a higher standard of living. Save where you can, and look into all available channels for scholarships and grants.

Great tools for finding great schools

So you have decided you want to go to college online. These days there are so many great choices for an Online University. How do you know which one to choose?
You can get a degree online now in a wide variety of subjects. available majors range from arts and business degrees to widely diverse number of degree options in computer fields such as online degree programs in game design and much more.
But the question still remains, how do I choose? Fortunately, the process of choosing the school that is right for you has never been easier. There are so many to great articles on the internet about schools that you can look at but perhaps the biggest help is school search sites like the one shown in the links above.
Once you have chosen a school you can also get assistance on how to PAY for your college education but going to a very helpful site http://studentaid2.ed.gov/gotocollege/collegefinder/advanced_find.asp. This site will help you fill out your FAFSA as well as find other funding sources to help you afford your college journey.
I think if you want to school should use an online university. What do you think? What will you study?

Ways to Upgrade the Classroom: Internet Technology

A few years ago the Internet was a limited resource reserved for the elite few with access and the computer technology. It wasn’t until recent advancements in computer technology have educators been able to consider using iPad or a classroom response system as a part of the classroom educational model. There are now many ways to integrate computer technology into your classroom.
Here are reasons why you may consider technology updates:
– Research opportunities
– Class Projects
– Community/Website Building
– Online Assessment
Once you have a reason to use the technology, you have to develop a plan to constructively implement Internet usage. First, consider the cost and availability of the computer technology. If students are expected to share, how will this change lesson plans? There also needs to be knowledge and timely objection. Most educators already have an overwhelming amount of material to cover for a student curriculum, but the Internet can be a supplement to this education if used wisely.
Obviously, some parents may voice concern about content available online, such as language, pornography, and subversive information, but most computer-based technology has parental control capabilities to block certain sites.
Integrating Internet technology into the classroom is more than just allowing student’s access to the Internet, it’s an opportunity to deepen and enhance the learning process by equipping students with the technology necessary to function in an unfiltered world. Also, with technology tools and a project-learning approach, students are more likely to be engaged by the content, which will reduce behavioral issues within a classroom.
While students will benefit from the inclusion of Internet technology within the classroom, it will also benefit administration and educators with an interest in different teaching styles for different types of learners and will help teachers assess student understanding. As technology assumes a large role in daily lives and the classroom, there will be a different level of accessibility to education and an enhancement of the student-teacher relationship.