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Bullying – What Children Should Do if They Are Bullied

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It’s normal for children to be frightened or angry when other children bully them. But they can discourage attacks by showing confidence and not overreacting.

Children should not fight with a bullying child or make verbal or written insults. This could lead to more aggression and possibly serious injury. Have your child call out for help or find an adult or peer right away if he or she feels unsafe.

Face-to-face and cyberbullying

Children who are bullied online or in text messages should not reply. It is best for them to show the message to an adult and block any more messages from the sender. Remind them to only accept messages from people they know.

Give your child these tips to handle face-to-face bullying:

  • Talk to the bullying child if it feels safe. Look him or her in the eye and say strongly but calmly, “Leave me alone” or “You don’t scare me.”
  • Walk away from the bullying child or children. Children who are being bullied should not run (even though they may want to). It may strengthen a feeling of power in the bullying child.
  • Tell an adult about the episode. It might help for children to identify an adult at school to tell if incidents occur. Children who see another child being harmed also should seek help from an adult right away.

Children may worry about making other kids angry by telling on them. But exposing the abuse is the only way to stop the problem. A child can ask to remain anonymous when reporting an incident.

If your child gets left out

Bullying happens when children shut out or exclude others. These actions can be subtle. But they can be very hurtful to the child who is abused. This type of bullying is called emotional or social bullying, and it is very isolating. It’s also hard to manage because the pain it causes is not physical and can be hard to explain to an adult.

Girls who bully tend to do so in social or emotional ways. And boys who bully tend to do so in both physical and emotional ways. Both boys and girls can be targets of emotional bullying. Gossiping and “backstabbing” are common techniques used by girls who bully in this way.

Although there is no easy or foolproof solution, it may help to try some of the following strategies.

  • Recognize the behavior. Trying to ignore it won’t make it go away. Help your child accept that there is a problem and know that you will help him or her through this difficult time. Help your child understand that he or she is not to blame.
  • Role-play. Practice, practice, practice ways to respond to hurtful comments or actions until they come naturally. Help your child think up different scenarios and different ways to respond in them. Have fun with this—make up absurd or outrageous situations. Also, practice using humor as a way to be assertive. Sometimes saying things like, “Oh, please! You’ve been watching too much TV!” or simply, “I don’t need that!” and walking away can stop bullying. This creative thinking can help your child relieve tension and gain some feeling of control.
  • Encourage your child to pursue interests in a different environment. Assure your child that he or she will meet friends who value him or her. Help your child look for areas of life where he or she feels accepted, likable, and normal. And help your child find opportunities to develop well-balanced friendships.
  • Talk to school leaders. If the bullying occurs in certain social situations or school activities, sometimes it is just best to remove your child from the situation. It is not always in a child’s best interest to “stick it out.” Often, in fear of causing disappointment, children do not want to tell their parents that this is the solution they prefer. Ask your child if he or she really wants to continue to be in the activity. If the bullying occurs in a general school setting, work with teachers and counselors to help your child not be around those who bully.
  • Stay out of groups who bully others. Sometimes a child who was shunned before will suddenly be “invited” into or back into a group. Talk about the fickle nature of such friendships. Ask your child how he or she would feel if pressured to exclude another person. Help your child discover the qualities of long-lasting and true friendships.
  • Let your child know you are always there for him or her. You may not be able to come up with the perfect answer for the problem. But you can help by telling your child that you will always be there to listen and to help him or her think about new ways to handle being bullied.

20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools

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Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.

13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.

15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.

16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.

18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

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1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.

3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.

5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a “me first” attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.

6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

7. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

8. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.

9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.

10. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on “doing,” as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.

11. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. Music contributes to mental health and can help prevent risky behavior such as teenage drug abuse, which often leads to institutionalization in a teen rehab.

12. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.

How to Become a More Effective Learner

Are you interested in finding ways to learn new things faster? Do you want to become a more effective and efficient learner? If you are like many students, your time is limited so it is important to get the most educational value out of the time you have available.

Speed of learning is not the only important factor, however. Retention, recall, and transfer are also critical. Students need to be able to accurately remember the information they learn, recall it at a later time, and utilize it effectively in a wide variety of situations.

So what can you do to become a better learner? Becoming an effective and efficient student is not something that happens overnight, but putting a few of these tips into daily practice can help you get more out of your study time.

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1.  Memory Improvement Basics

We’ve talked before about some of the best ways to improve memory. Basic tips such as improving your focus, avoiding cram sessions, and structuring your study time are a good place to start, but there are even more lessons from psychology that can dramatically improve your learning efficiency. Check out some of these memory improvement tips to maximize your memorization and retention of new information.

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2.  Keep Learning (and Practicing) New Things

One sure-fire way to become a more effective learner is to simply keep learning. A 2004 Nature article reported that people who learned how to juggle increased the amount of gray matter in their occipital lobes, the area of the brain is associated with visual memory. When these individuals stopped practicing their new skill, this gray matter vanished.

So if you’re learning a new language, it is important to keep practicing the language in order to maintain the gains you have achieved. This “use-it-or-lose-it” phenomenon involves a brain process known as “pruning.” Certain pathways in the brain are maintained, while other are eliminated. If you want the new information you just learned to stay put, keep practicing and rehearsing it.

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3.  Learn in Multiple Ways

Focus on learning in more than one way. Instead of just listening to a podcast, which involves auditory learning, find a way to rehearse the information both verbally and visually. This might involve describing what you learned to a friend, taking notes, or drawing a mind map. By learning in more than one way, you’re further cementing the knowledge in your mind.

According to Judy Willis, “The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is. This redundancy means students will have more opportunities to pull up all of those related bits of data from their multiple storage areas in response to a single cue. This cross-referencing of data means we have learned, rather than just memorized.”

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4.  Teach What You’ve Learned to Another Person

Educators have long noted that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Remember your seventh-grade presentation on Costa Rica? By teaching to the rest of the class, your teacher hoped you would gain even more from the assignment. You can apply the same principle today by sharing your newly learned skills and knowledge with others.

Start by translating the information into your own words. This process alone helps solidify new knowledge in your brain. Next, find some way to share what you’ve learned. Some ideas include writing a blog post, creating a podcast, or participating in a group discussion.

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5.  Utilize Previous Learning to Promote New Learning

Another great way to become a more effective learner is to use relational learning, which involves relating new information to things that you already know. For example, if you are learning about Romeo and Juliet, you might associate what you learn about the play with prior knowledge you have about Shakespeare, the historical period in which the author lived, and other relevant information.

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6.  Gain Practical Experience

For many students, learning typically involves reading textbooks, attending lectures, or doing research in the library or on the Web. While seeing information and then writing it down is important, actually putting new knowledge and skills into practice can be one of the best ways to improve learning.

If you are trying to acquire a new skill or ability, focus on gaining practical experience. If it is a sport or athletic skill, perform the activity on a regular basis. If you are learning a new language, practice speaking with another person and surround yourself with language-immersion experiences. Watch foreign-language films and strike up conversations with native speakers to practice your budding skills.

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7.  Look Up Answers Rather Than Struggle to Remember

Of course, learning isn’t a perfect process. Sometimes, we forget the details of things that we have already learned. If you find yourself struggling to recall some tidbit of information, research suggests that you are better offer simply looking up the correct answer.

One study found that the longer you spend trying to remember the answer, the more likely you will be to forget the answer again in the future. Why? Because these attempts to recall previously learned information actually results in learning the “error state” instead of the correct response.

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8.  Understand How You Learn Best

Another great strategy for improving your learning efficiency is to recognize your learning habits and styles. There are a number of different theories about learning styles, which can all help you gain a better understanding of how you learn best. The concept of learning styles has been the subject of considerable debate and criticism, but many students may find that understanding their learning preferences can still be helpful.

Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences describes eight different types of intelligence that can help reveal your individual strengths. Looking at Carl Jung’s learning style dimensions can also help you better see which learning strategies might work best for you. Other models such as the VARK learning styles and Kolb’s learning styles can offer more information about how you prefer to learn new things.

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9.  Use Testing to Boost Learning

While it may seem that spending more time studying is one of the best ways to maximize learning, research has demonstrated that taking tests actually helps you better remember what you’ve learned, even if it wasn’t covered on the test. The study revealed that students who studied and were then tested had better long-term recall of the materials, even on information that was not covered by the tests. Students who had extra time to study but were not tested had significantly lower recall of the materials.

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10.  Stop Multitasking

For many years, it was thought that people who multitask, or perform more than one activity at once, had an edge over those who did not. However, research now suggests that multitasking can actually make learning less effective.

In the study, participants lost significant amounts of time as they switched between multiple tasks and lost even more time as the tasks became increasingly complex. By switching from one activity to another, you will learn more slowly, become less efficient and make more errors.

Technology And Learning Is Perfect ?

Instructors face the same challenges with online learning and the use of technology in the classroom as they face with conventional instruction: getting students to read and think critically about the information with which they are presented. Moreover, instructors will be required to use distance learning technology more and more in the future. Some in politics and higher education are advocating expanding online course offerings, especially at public institutions of higher education, because it can “expand the supply of seats” and the number of students an institution can accept, thereby increasing a university’s tuition revenue. Clearly, if the politicians have their way, online learning will only increase in the future (Ruiz, 2011a).

Online instruction and learning is one of the most important pedagogies of the twenty-first century. Instructors should integrate the use of technology and online sources into all of their instruction so that students see that, whether in a conventional class or an online course, the amount of work is similar and just as important. Demonstrating to students that research and learning is hard work, work that technology can make “easier” if approached properly, will better prepare our students for advanced learning and their professional careers. Instructors must demonstrate to students that work in regular courses is not more arduous than in online courses and that technology and online sources are important components of all learning. Instructors can help students realize that the technology they use must be used for more than mere communication or entertainment—it can be used for learning about the world around them. Above all, instructors must also impress upon students that independent learning will be vital to their professional careers later on. Students should embrace these independent learning skills now, in the classroom, in whatever subject they are studying to be better prepared for the job market upon graduation. Online learning exposes students to the skills they will need long after they have left the campus.

Therefore, all students should be required to take at least one serious online course in their college career in order to learn how to master the process of information gathering and presentation, and to use the technology effectively. There is no easy way out of critical thinking, research, and learning, not even with today’s advanced technology. Instructors can prepare students effectively only when we clearly demonstrate to them the connection between technology and learning, and how vital this connection to their future careers. It is the most important pedagogy of the twenty-first century.

Quality in India of Human Resource Management in Education Field

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1. Work as Standing of Development, Regard and Protection

In the same period, it’s very apparent that lots of are drawn towards degree careers of the love for readiness or training to connect themselves. To be able to create the larger education careers more attractive personal and government organizations are increasing the wages of teachers and teachers. The charm by President APJ Abdul Kalaam to boost the wages of college academics and protection employees is just an enhancement for this field. Accepting that just around 11% of the Indians follow advanced schooling, the range of implementing and mobilizing recruiting in education field won’t be reduced recruits within the military as Senior Commissioned Officers.Even each year instructors. It has to become doubled to handle the thousands that are increasing.

With huge concentrate on the problems around recruiting within the education field, the significance of ‘knowledge communities’ has acquired measurements such as for example: i) education like a provider of recruiting two) recruiting for supply of training. The very first one requires a chart to develop, apply and perform the shipping design through experienced assistance providers like fund, management, planning and quality brains.

The 2nd one may be create, the primary element primarily set to attract and keep quality academics through efficient recruiting management. The individual capital therefore mobilized needs to be dispersed on degrees of offer and ‘teacher need’ in city and rural areas. The guidelines are: constant understanding update for improvement, quality divorce, site knowledge, instruction degree, operating problems, personal job choices, performance-monitoring program and work necessity.

Hiring of recruiting towards the training field has fundamentally three skilled phases- recently certified or cleaner, skilled and probationers. So far as our nation can be involved, HRM has duties like creating a quick and steady personal job development and range for mobility and predicting the work needs on the basis of the Planning Commission’s statement. Beautifying the team comfort and determination rely on the degree to that the standing recognized and of the trainer is approved within the culture when it comes to financial benefit.

2. Range and Utilization for Potential of Quality Sources

The methods in controlling the recruiting rising include quality up-gradation, ideal usage of the abilities and preservation of quality effort. A recently certified instructor might remain the work that is encouraging for around 30 yearsapproximately, without flexibility upwards. When the extra quality instructor sufficiently qualifies for an he or she might be straight marketed towards the position of the Lecturer/ Asst.Professor if inside a decade of senior school training encounter.

It’s the obligation of the administration the effort employed is used completely towards the ideal amount. Never must experienced team overlooked or be underutilized for need of fundamental structure, low-accessibility to pupils, insufficient payment and bad operating conditions.

A profitable that are versatile program will certainly help a constant influx of top quality employees who’ll join the staff, every year. The Pay Review Commission suggested repairing up age superannuation of university and college academics throughout Asia at 65 years and particular reemployment on commitment schedule to age 70. This can guarantee maximum usage of assets for the years’ rest. This notion pertains to college faculty members and senior school, extra degree . At any point-of period, more quantity of seniors is likely to not be unavailable in barrier.

A scarcity is around 8, middle-school educators and 00. Provided the vibrant populace of India, the problem doesn’t appear encouraging: 6.5% of the educators of India retire each year; with 50, 3 and middle-school academics, the nation is likely to be left only at that price by 2011 finish.

Originally, all colleges need to become caused within colleges of comparable panels or routine of training and flexibility to be planned under a broad swimming. Hiring and emptiness is just a constant process. Academics retire each month and thus openings do occur. Not necessarily the openings are loaded instantly; temporary team or experienced low-site academics are appointed temporary. Required actions need to be taken by reducing the lead-time up to link the space by efficient HRM.

3. Where Possess The Academics Eliminated, Hibernation?

Academics have become as an endangered species. Several skilled academics within our nation transformed or have possibly moved the professions for greater prospects.

Their quantity is preserved while academics move inside the nation however the particular condition or college is likely to be deprived of the solutions. Then it’s brain drain when they move abroad. The entire country is deprived of the solutions. Why is the training effort that is extremely skilled to become transported combined with the present that is offshore?

Regional authorities and the college managements coping with establishments of advanced schooling within the Northwest, especially in England and america, are pleased with the many Indian teachers employed by them’s standard efficiency. Going right through the ads in Web or papers, it’s accurate that these nations have debt effort to deal with Math Technology and Language Language. Regardless of the functional issues confronted by them, a common understanding is due to their intelligent and educational efforts. Your academics who may not allow it to be about the property lawn and experience underpaid and undervalued, discover moving the following most suitable choice.

Very curiously, our background has documented Buddhist teachers’ migration to China and Tibet throughout the amount of Nalanda along side libraries. Additionally, it cites the trade of learned students between Kasi and Kanchi. Nowadays, our nation has transferred from being truly a job seeking economy need is to 1 that’s being pushed by need in developed countries for migrant workers and providers.

4. Part in Hiring of Teachers of Consultant

Ma foi Management Consultant began recruiting teachers for colleges in England and Dubai, where there’s increasing interest in Indian academics. The employing specialists keep the airfare along with other costs of academics and spend consultant costs they get. A lot more consultancies came out with established emigration permits to assist the British- Very Skilled Migrant Plan named HSMP is flown on by speaking academics.

While an unique hiring travel made and is prepared to assist our academics that are national to move, any actions help with to foster enhancement of recruiting by Planning Commission in training field is going to be useless.

Although the Ministry of HRD hasn’t yet show up freely to prevent the offshore recruiting push for academics, the migration cans atleast decelerate by applying efficient administration program in the united states. Any excess quantity of academics, after achieving HRD’s objective, might be permitted to proceed abroad to assist the international training. Normally, block one shall be returned to by the issue.

Asia may be the fourth-largest developing earth provider of teachers. Although India is concerned about the mind strain of academics, it’s more worried about supplying approximately 10 thousands students with careers.

There’s been a scarcity of employees in most industries. A quick motion will become necessary on the war-footing to load the lacuna when a field that creates individual capital for numerous industries of the economy faces it.

5. Reforms to systemize Preservation, Hiring and Enhance Quality

The instructor-pupil rate is considerable and India stands AT1:14 with one-point up or along regarding the united states, Sweden, Philippines, Asia, and UK. Mainly, employability of effort depends upon lots of delicate skills besides educational certification, site knowledge and expertise, like persistence, conversation, computer effectiveness, demonstration and individuals management abilities. The issue this is to create utilization of their development for the economy?

Several individual establishments came to provide temporary programs on induction classes. There goes of training CAn’t be trained a ‘the artwork’. Regardless of qualifying to get a professional diploma, one must grasp of achieving the pupils through involvement the methods.

the UGC and also the Federal Government need to chalk an agenda to fully capture the essential recruiting out, targeting the protection from higher-secondary to college-level. This period of training of pupils is important for decision making on potential span of profession.

Some better approaches to guarantee preservation of academics are producing the operating environment more appropriate and equal to that of the corporate, raising the cultural standing with great pay, offering techniques for constant understanding and understanding enrichment, non traditional and casual means of training techniques, guest talks, Web and also the broadband accessibility, online tutoring etc. While guests can’t create it-up, teleconferencing service could be supplied. This style of achieving the people was already followed closely by many more and Indira Gandhi National Open University, because the 1980s.

Worldwide or inter state Academics Trade applications might be mooted to provide an internet connection with cross cultural changes, fresh program of training, training information, evaluation routine, social strategy, therapy, guidance, administration, combinational ways of training, analysis methods, horizontal enrolment in higher education plan for academics etc.

Academics, underneath the common system-in every condition, ought to be collected ‘grade smart’ in general. Advantages and the payment need to complement the federal government recommended norms for individual colleges also. While personal establishments cannot deal with the fixed norms, highly-skilled academics abandon the task or possibly move themselves. Permits do not need to be approved if individual establishments don’t achieve as much as the objectives of the norms. Hence, the pilfering of recruiting could be halted. It’s time the government systemized the profession of the teaching school and applied the Minimum Wages Work.

‘Given our citizenry, we have to increase the amount of training framework which is impossible using the sector. We require the private market and to message in similarly’, stated Planning Commission Chairman MS Ahluwalia.

On level with businesses that are corporate, Education’s Panel must develop a period-analyzed approach to redress issues, consider discontent, enhance efficiency evaluation and attract career ideas that are effective. Favoritism and governmental force ought to be purely held away. Any unjustified and illegal punishments within transfers’ type ought to be halted forthwith.

6. Bifurcation of Large Push and HRM Program

City and every taluk needs to make ‘Action Teams’ underneath an Academic Representative, and also require all information highly relevant to his zone and sub zone, in the press of the button’s guidance. Quantity of colleges whatsoever amounts, purposes awaiting fresh sanction, each college power, quantity of academics, low-training team, spend framework, data of retirees, memos, exchanges, openings, trade applications, standard of quality, etc. need to be efficient. Assets module’s administration -smart, simplifies the director’s job and also supervision’s emphasis is increased with accuracy.

In the micro-level, Sub-Directorates may manage extra and main panels of college management within change as well as in their particular areas, is likely to be managed from the Main/State Directorate. At the moment, the Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Panel uses just one-screen guidance to assist it secure the specified selection of publishing within emptiness that is available. It’s been seen in the Gujarat Panel that phony records have snooped in combined with the applications along with a big amount of period has been eaten within the task applications’ confirmation.

Lately, AP’s Government has had a choice to employ academics on the large size to load the openings within the Government-assisted colleges of their state. Consequently of the, over 50,000 academics is likely to be hired 213 colleges, in 76.

To reinforce this method of administration program and fresh government, several low-training assistance services employees need to be employed at sub zone level. Some mature academics might be regarded for that instruction school jobs on deputation, agreement schedule or elective profession, using the team university. This period of multiple-work helps you to relieve the procedures of the main work stress from many stations formerly occurring and helps you to refresh and reinforce the community.

As populace is advancing, numerous paths have to handle recruiting as time passes and its own ideal usage to ultimately achieve the ‘win-get’ scenario. Henceforth, the training occupation is much more and a sensible sought within the forseeable future after collar’ work.

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He or she can also be signed up for course free from any cost when the pupil enrolls in class program. There is a login supplied to each pupil where the movie classes can be viewed by one on each subject.
We promote the pupils to go over any question within the class while classes are shipped because it makes the class participative and assists additional pupils additionally. Nevertheless, the pupils are liberated to request their question following the course also. The pupils may also publish their question on forums that will be obtainable in program that is online.
To monitor students’ efficiency we’ve normal assessments. You will find two type of assessments: Online. We’ve around 150 little assessments on numerous subjects of training within our online program. The internet assessments are also split into two ranges. Stage 1 and Level-2 has 10 objective concerns that have to become responded in 30 min and 10 objective concerns that have to become responded in 60 minute, respectively. Those tests’ outcomes after distribution of check can be found soon along side comprehensive answer. The efficiency in these check are documented within every student.At’s quality book the finish you will see 10 assessments that were traditional purely based prior to the examination on exam routine 30 days.

Tv and Training

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Whilst the period of time that kids spend watching tv (televisores) increases, therefore does the problem for how it influences their academic capability. Kids are viewing normally four hours of tv each day, and substantial study has been converted to the results. Nevertheless, there’s presently no data indicating that tv (televisores) viewing impacts efficiency that is children`s in college in a way that is negative. Actually, contemporary study continual educational outcomes and has unearthed that there’s a confident relationship between television of 10 hours each week.

Tv (televisores) could be a very helpful educational device, and it has been utilized in the class for educational reasons because the 1970`s. The tv programs therefore are utilized alongside additional training materials, and are accustomed to aid kids in a variety of subject matter, to provide a well-rounded method of learning materials. As kids choose understanding successfully in a young age it has demonstrated effective. for this objective, several programs were created previously. Nevertheless, using the degree of study that’s gone into children`s tv (televisores) and also the feedback of ruling systems like the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and also the Federal Communications Commission, this perspective has improved.

Study in to the ramifications of tv (televisores) on children`s conduct and efficiency has been around position because the 1950`s. Nevertheless, using the Motion for Children`s Tv culture in 1970’s development, the study addressing a number of places and continues to be substantial. The significance of this content of tv that was children`s has generated ruling systems on each tv community to ensure they’re currently fulfilling their obligation that was public. The study is measured against present problems, product need and training, and goals to ensure that figures are great role models. Including eliminating stimulating and stereotyping cultural threshold.

Consequently, normal tv (televisores) today regularly exhibits programs of an academic character. These programs can quickly be available on stations for example the understanding funnel, breakthrough, and also national regional, in addition to on common channels worldwide. It had been the well-known children`s tv program Sesame Street which was broadcast in 1969 that transformed academic TV’s facial skin for kids. It confirmed that kids don’t just discover through educational documentary-style programs by acting good behaviors on tv but they discover abilities.

Study has unearthed that repetition is key to some child`s training, and instructional television viewing is applied to by this. It says that reruns are helpful because they produce circumstances and recognisable figures that really help kids to understand about trigger and impact, sequencing as well as enhance their knowledge of the world and also people around them. Children`s tv programs are repeated as much as four-times annually although obviously, this helps with expenses to increase the potential.

Another helpful function of tv is the fact that it discusses issues that are challenging within the regions of integrity and morality. Through the method of tv (televisores), kids are subjected to suggestions and made conscious of civilizations that they’ll certainly not knowledge for themselves. Tv also helps with subjects which are difficult to approach such intimidation and as bereavement. Then it may be simpler in order for them to examine and planned of these topics, especially if they’re highly relevant to their particular activities whilst the topic is elevated outside the child`s atmosphere. Tv is just a common method for promoting such suggestions in classes all over the world of preference.

Your final indicate contemplate is the fact that tv (televisores) is just a visually exciting method and it is of attention to kids. Consequently, it may be used-to aid students that were hesitant by eliminating stress that may accompany conventional learning methods and making curiosity.

Tv (televisores) is just a helpful instructional device if utilized in control as well as properly. Tv can help with educational understanding as well as their psychological and interpersonal growth. It’s the perspective towards tv and its own uses that produces an effective atmosphere by which kids may discover though more study will become necessary.

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The Modernization of on Colleges Training and its own Impact

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Training performs with an important part in culture, moving it to pupils, making understanding and fostering development. Modernization is just a procedure for socio cultural change. It’s a comprehensive planning process regarding buildings, norms and ideals of change. Based on the sociological viewpoint, training doesn’t occur in reaction of the requirements of the person, however it occurs from the requirements of the culture which the individual is just a participant. In a culture that is fixed, the academic system’s primary purpose would be to transfer the social history towards the new years. However in a changing culture, these continue transforming from era to era and also the academic program in this society mustn’t just transfer the social history, but additionally help with planning the youthful for modification to any modifications inside them that’ll have happened or will probably happen in future.

The diffusion of specialized and medical understanding by contemporary academic establishments might help within the development of experienced effort to perform the occupational functions required from the commercial economy. Additional beliefs like individualism ethics etc may also be inculcated through training. Hence training is definitely an essential way of modernization. The significance of training could be recognized in the proven fact that all societies often stress about the universalization of training and also it has been already achieved by the modernized communities. To 1 specific team, training was focused within the historic times. But aside from their caste, faith, tradition and financial history, today everybody has use of education, using the modernization of education.

The effect of modernization is visible within the colleges also. The current day schools are fully-equipped with products that are theoretically audio that aid kids create their knowledge in a far more articulate way. Efficient amenities supply hurdle-free entry for people with problems, are free of ecological insurance and health risks, provide room that is sufficient for academics and pupils, and therefore are designed with suitable engineering for educational and class use. Find out more about the problems surrounding by going into these assets modernization and college services. The beneficial life to get a school-building is suffering from how pupils and academics interact for understanding. Structures could also have to change to support them as training techniques change. More versatility is required by present training versions in course areas compared to one class design. Pupils working in teams, for instance, may use the areas between classes in certain of the most recent primary schools within the area.

LMS Systems: The World of Education

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We understand and all know that engineering is changing every minute nonetheless while you examine this-but that does mean for understanding reasons that will be the very best they are able to get free from it that individuals are benefiting from it when it comes to developing. On these systems that are online it’s not difficult for pupils to connect to their academics and viceversa without actually needing to talk with one another personally. You request? They connect to the aid of online boards, videoconferences, talks in addition to e-mails that and all in the convenience of the own houses. There are lots of capabilities on a web-based learning management program that aids features for example program paperwork, this objective, management as well as analysis which assists the pupils discover but additionally assists the academics monitor their improvement.

Should you select LMS methods of any type or corporate LMS methods then you definitely also may enjoy the advantages. Let us have a look at that which you have having a LMS program available for you personally.

LMS Systems Are Simple

It’s no solution that the learning management program is just a main link for training and understanding. It’s a software which allows instruction and improvement, exemplary information to become agreed to anybody anytime around everywhere on the planet. It’s the administration of the LMS’s job managing understanding and correct instruction mail directly on occasion in addition to to make sure persistence.

These methods not just revolutionalize the procedure of understanding but additionally simplify it so they may fulfill their requirements as well as in doing this they guarantee they’re attentive to the customers. It’snot challenging to determine why if you’re pretty new-to it, you will get the hold of it very quickly and that’s. The functions that it provides with itself which make learning simple are the following.

· Recording

· Recording

· Tracking

They make sure that the machine adjusts itself for your requirements based on potential improvement in addition to your current and all of this in one single software!

Reliable This Software Is

Many people available today depend on engineering for training which is what ultimately offers all of the required resources in addition to methods not just for that pupils but in addition for the academics and that’s why a receptive software that assists both events is essential for output and effectiveness.

LMS Systems Can Benefit Your Business

LMS enables individuals with physical flexibility that is small to understand for their own houses in the convenience. Additionally, it gives an opportunity to quickly access their balances from wherever they’re that will be overall good for a business to the workers.

Individuals may find out more about social networking systems using the aid of an LMS as it could use Facebook and Facebook for conversation which consequently escalates the group of the pupil providing an opportunity to connect to additional individuals like herself to him.

Reports show when it’s not compelled and that’s why involved understanding is very effective that pupils display more curiosity about training. Below pupils may manage their very own improvement and pace hence feeling like they’re producing their very own choices while also achieving with the instructor’s deadlines. Their improvement is their own; their effects also are their own.

Effect on Domestic Abuse and Improvement of Training of Females Through Training

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Effect on Domestic Abuse and Improvement of Training of Ladies through Training

LAUNCH

You are able to inform the health of a country by taking a look at its women’s standing.

– Jawaharlal Nehru

“Fictional training is of no worth, if it’s unable to build an audio personality up.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Training continues to be seen as the device for changing the subjugated place within the culture of women. It-not just grows rationality and the character of people, but qualifies them to satisfy particular governmental, financial and social capabilities and therefore enhances their socioeconomic position. Among the immediate objectives from academic improvement in a culture may be that is why Training was incorporated whilst the fundamental right of each individual within the Declaration of Humanrights and the decrease in the inequality among people. UNESCO’S structure directs its initiatives to achieve ideal of equality of academic option to competition, intercourse or any difference without respect, cultural or financial’.

Domestic Violence (often known as domestic abuse or spousal abuse) happens whenever a member of the family, companion or ex-companion efforts to actually or mentally dominate another. Domestic abuse frequently describes abuse, or assault between couples but may also contain low and cohabitants -committed companions that are personal. Violence happens in most civilizations; folks of sexes, nationalities, beliefs, all contests and courses could be perpetrators of abuse. Both women and men perpetrate domestic abuse, happening in both same-sex opposite-sex and relationships.

What’s Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is managing conduct and contains a myriad of erotic, bodily and psychological neglect within a myriad of personal connections. The perpetrators of misuse or violence are often males and also heirs or the patients are often kids and ladies they understand. It offers:

• Striking and putting

• Biting

• shoving and Driving

• having to get sex

• cut or Being overwhelmed with items that are different

Neglect blackmail, • Disrespect

• Verbal swearing and abuse

• Being eliminated from viewing people or heading out – being remote

• Laying, nuisance and placing stress you through threats

1:4 females encounter domestic assault sooner or later within their lifestyles and 1:10 is likely to be experiencing domestic violence today

GIRLS VIOLENCE OF INDIA IN STATES

With Bihar leading the listing by their partners committed ladies in the nation were patients of physical abuse more than 37 percent. Less assault was confronted by ladies in Himachal Pradesh athome when compared with additional claims in the united states. The most recent National Family Health Study-III unearthed that 37.2 reported insufficient training whilst the crucial cause of their worries and percent ladies had experienced assault. ” other women were not a lot more probable than Women without any training to possess experienced spousal assault. However abuse reaches ladies who’ve more or extra secondary degree training, with 16 percent reporting misuse,” the study stated.

The study confirmed that national more ladies encounter assault in rural places (40.2) when compared with these within the cities (30.4).

Women in metropolitan areas fared worse than these in areas. It had been 58.5 percent ladies in towns although 62.2 percent experienced the upheaval in cities.

One of the metros, the lighter gender was better-off in Delhi (16.3) and Mumbai (19.5) documented fairly minimal proportion when compared with Chennai (40.6) and Kolkata (26.7).

Almost, assault has been observed by 17 percent ladies in Goa, with 17.2 ladies in areas in the receiving end when compared with 16.4 percent ladies in cities.

During Jharkhand, the number was 37 percent in Chhattisgarh, an overall total of 30 per cent females endured in the fingers of the partners. About 40.8 percent ladies in Jharkhand towns discovered the heading tough-as when compared with 24.6 percent within the cities.

Within the slope state-of Uttarakhand, almost 28 percent females experienced assault, with these in towns (29.8) fared worse than their metropolitan alternatives (22.8).

· One offense against women every 3 minutes

· every 29 minutes to One rape

· every 77 units to One death situation

· One situation of cruelty by relatives and spouse every eight units

Suicide every 240 minutes.

CHILD ABUSE

Kids would be the belongings of the country. A kid that is happy can make his / the nation and also her house pleased. Any country’s continuing future is determined by its children’s best childhood, that sufficient possibilities for nutritious growth and a congenial atmosphere are crucial.

Based on UNICEFis “Their State of the Planet’s Kids,” statement for 2006, one third of the worldis children lack sufficient protection, 31% absence basic sanitation and 21% don’t have any use of clear, potable water. Malnutrition, disease, and early demise are typical when kids lack the standard safety.

A government-commissioned study has unearthed that over 53 percent of kids in India are put through abuse, but the attacks are n’t reported by many to anybody.

The study, launched April and which included feminine child neglect in addition to various types of child abuse erotic, bodily and psychological, unearthed that two from every three kids have now been abused.

Individuals recognized to the kid or ready of obligation and confidence, parents and relatives were mainly discovered to become child abuse in the country’s perpetrators. Based on baby development ministry and the ladies -backed statement, which thinks higher importance within the Nithari killings’ background that introduced into target the problem these within the age bracket of 5-12 years, of youngsters’ security documented greater degrees of misuse.

Although delivering the study, Child and Ladies Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury stated, ” child-abuse is surrounded in secrecy and a conspiracy is of stop round the whole topic. The ministry is focusing on a brand new regulation for safety of youngsters’ privileges by stiffening punishments and plainly indicating offenses against children.”

The study completed across 13 states with an example measurement of 12,447, exposed that 53.22 percent of kids described having confronted a number of types of sexual abuse, with Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Delhi confirming the greatest proportion of such situations. In 50 percent of child neglect situations, the abusers were recognized to the kid or were ready of obligation and confidence and the problem was not reported by most kids to anybody.

The study, backed by WCD ministry and completed from the NGO Prayas in colaboration with UNICEF and Conserve the Kids, unearthed that over 50 percent children were put through one or even the additional type of actual neglect and much more kids than women were abused physically. The very first-actually study on child neglect in the united states revealed that almost 65 percent of schoolchildren noted facing punishment beatings.

Of children abused in 88.6, in households percent of the instances, it had been the parents who have been the perpetrators. Over 50 percent have been abused with techniques that fondling to milder types of molestation that included kissing or ranged from serious for example rape.

The research also questioned 2 teenagers between your ages of 24 and 18, nearly 50% of whom claimed being actually or abused as kids. Every minute kid was put through psychological attack as well as in 83 percent of the instances, as it pertains to psychological neglect, parents were the abusers.

Kids coping with domestic abuse may:

• Show behavioral problems.

• have issues at college or be much more prone to truant.

• Change to alcohol.

• Self-harm attempt or suicide.

Based on the NSPCC (National Society for that Avoidance of Cruelty to Kids) of Kids coping with domestic abuse:

Are psychologically abused.

Are emotionally abused.

Ø 26% are abused.

Ø 13% are hurt.

Ø 7% are abused.

Current numbers in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) demonstrate that:

v Internationally, 1 in 6 kids function.

v 218 thousand kids aged 5 – 17 take part in child work worldwide.

v 126 thousand kids work-in dangerous situations.

V child labourers’ highest amounts have been in the Asia/Pacific area, where you will find 122 million children.

v the greatest percentage of child labourers is in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 26% of kids (49 thousand) take part in function.

Training may be the procedure for coaching targeted at the over-all improvement of girls and boys. Prejudice is dispelled by training. It’s the only real prosperity that CAn’t be robbed. Understanding contains the ethical ideals and also the enhancement of the techniques and also personality to boost mind’s power.

When India Nehru’s Prime Minister stated, “you are able to inform a nation’s health by taking a look at its ladies “‘s standing. That is not definitely false. Lady of any country may be the reflection to its world. It suggests that the culture has already reached an amount of readiness and feeling of obligation while a picture brings up when the reverse holds true if ladies appreciate great standing. Indian women’s tale is really not as young whilst Indian civilization’s background.

Kumud Sharma of the Center in New Delhi for Women’s Growth Studies tracked the relationship between domestic and training violence. “Informed females know about their privileges,” she said. “They’re no further prepared to follow instructions blindly. It causes issues, which, consequently, results in assault once they ask questions. In several Indian claims, also have no control over their funds and performing ladies are requested at hand over the spouse their salary. Therefore, when they begin saying their right or quit doing, there’s destined to become friction.”

Based on last census literacy in the country’s proportion is 54.16%. The literacy rate in the united states has improved to 65.38% according to 2001 census from 18.33PERCENT in 1951. The feminine literacy rate has additionally elevated to 54.16% from 8.86% in 1951. It’s realized while man literacy rate increased by 11.72% that the feminine literacy rate throughout the time 1991-2001 improved by 14.87%. Thus the feminine literacy rate really increased when compared with literacy rate.

LADIES COLLEGES IN INDIA

Ø Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati, Sri Padmavati School

Ø Delhi

Lady Shri Ram University for Women Nagar

Ø Maharashtra

SNDT Mumbai, Women’s College

Ø Rajasthan

Banasthali, Banasthali Vidyapith

Ø Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Stella Maris College

Women’s Chennai, Christian School

Madurai, Madura College

It’s essential to create schools and even more colleges for ladies in India. Training is just a remedy for almost any kind of issue within the culture. Training provides energy, power and personality. Training helps you to enhance financial place likewise within the culture.

Ladies job seekers’ number has improved to 106.1 lacs in 2004 from 99.3 lacs in 1999. Hence ladies job hunters towards the complete work- seekers’ proportion has additionally elevated to penny in 2004 from 24.6per penny in 1999.

Table 1: Quantity Of Ladies Job Seekers

Year

Quantity of Females (in lacs)

Proportion to complete

1999

99.3

24.6

2000

104.5

25.3

2001

108.8

25.9

2002

106.0

25.9

2003

107.5

26.0

2004

106.1

26.0

Quantity of Informed Girls Job Hunters as on November 2004 was 7537.7 thousand. Informed Females at the conclusion of 2004 accounted for penny of the sum total informed work-hunters.

Table 2: Quantity Of Informed Girls Job Seekers

Year

Quantity of Women

Proportion to complete

2000

7911.7

27.1

2001

8525.6

28.1

2002

7921.4

26.8

2003

8032.4

26.6

2004

7537.7

25.8

Perspective for Women of National Commission

Dr.(Miss.) Girija Vyas required around as Chairperson of the National Fee for Ladies on 16th February, 2005.

Nowadays Culturally’s Women grounded, Internationally focused Healthful, Informed, Self-Reliant Safe in her House and Secure Exterior With Use Of all the Citizen’s Privileges With Chance To Lead in most walks of existence.

MODERN INDIAN WOMEN

Ladies in contemporary India’s standing is just a kind of a paradox. If in the maximum of hierarchy of achievement she’s similarly, about the other-hand she’s mutely struggling the assault affected on her behalf by her very own household members. They’ve to however travel quite a distance as in contrast to previous ladies in present times have accomplished a great deal however in truth. Their route is saturated in hurdles. The ladies therefore are today within the battleground of existence and have remaining the guaranteed site of the house, completely armored using their expertise. They’d established themselves. However in Asia they’re however to obtain their fees. India’s gender proportion suggests that the culture continues to be not fair against woman. You will find 933 females per-thousand guys in Asia based on 2001’s census, that will be significantly below 990 females’ planet average. There are lots of issues which ladies in India need to undergo everyday. These issues have grown to be package and the component of existence of Indian ladies and they have been approved by some of these as their destiny.

Ladies had performed with an essential part within the Modern World. Here are first ladies of the planet, who direct An Event, a Country, a Situation, etc & some of the very effective.

· First Indian lady Leader of Indian National Congress — Sarojini Naidu (1925)

· First lady Ambassador from Asia — Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (to USSR from1947-49)

· First lady Governor of an Indian Condition — Sarojini Naidu (UP from 1947-48)

· First lady Minister of an Indian Condition — Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (UP)

· First lady Main Reverend — Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

· First lady film-star to be always a person in Rajya Sabha — Nargis Dutt

· First lady Chief Minister of an Indian Condition — Sucheta Kriplani (UP from 1963-67)

· First lady Audio of an State — Shano Devi

· First lady champion of the Bharat Ratna — Indira Gandhi (1971)

· First lady Chief Justice of the High-Court — Leila Seth (CJ of Himachal Pradesh 1991)

· Indiais formally acknowledged billionth person — Aastha (Created on May 11, 2000 at ND)

FINDINGS

Indian females have learned everything which a lady may imagine. But she nevertheless needs to proceed quite a distance to attain equivalent standing within Indian men’s thoughts. Indian women’s wish could be summed up within the subsequent outlines of an African Ladies’ of ‘Tune:

I’ve just one request.
I don’t request cash
Though I’ve need of it,
I don’t request beef. . .
I’ve just one request,
That you simply remove
The street block
From my route.

Teach all of the kids within the household. Training may be the most effective device for women’s improvement and kids within the March is noticed as the Evening of Global Women. It’s essential to enjoy the Evening of International Women in a great way. Your leader Pratibha Patil that is existing can also be a lady. It’s credit and the ability of lady. It’s also extremely important to enjoy Kids’ Evening on Mom’s evening and November 14th.

Research:

1. National Institute of Human Growth Insurance And Child Health. (2001). The National Reading Screen: Reviews of the Subgroups.

2. UNESCO Institute for Data: Literacy prices, childhood (15-24) and person (15+), by area and sex (June 2006 Evaluation).

3. Heilbroner. M. (1995) Thoughts into the future: the remote past, recently, today,

4. Kid and Ladies Development Document, (2006), Ministry of Ladies and Child

New Delhi, improvement, Government of Asia.

5. National Family Health Study, (2006), Government of Asia, New Delhi.

6. National Crime Records Office, (2007), Government of Asia, New Delhi.

7. Census of India, (2001), Government of Asia, New Delhi.

Importance of training of English Language Center in most phase

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ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CENTREis an essential part of college, the College and schools. The college provides a selection of Common and Educational Language language applications, research visit programs and English instructor education providers (TESOL) for overseas students in addition to visiting teams.

The English Language Center is section of a global top study College to review Language in a College. The center skilled training team and condition and provide top -of-the-art amenities.

Childhood education is crucial. Kids acquire understanding, the fundamental abilities and tendencies for assurance and achievement in college and lifestyle. The ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER it is the initial step in understanding language well and supplies a secure and patient atmosphere.

Academic English Paths for that pupil at university-level of Adelaide:

Its understanding is offered by the School of Adelaide in two deals. Academic English Paths is for that pupils who’d not fulfilled the minimal understanding that is Language.

Academic Language or PEP Path: That Is straight a choice for that access pathway for that further reports in Adelaide’s University. Your proficiency examination report was completely relied upon by along your plan. Should you effectively qualify the pre enrolment Language program (PEP) then there’s you should not stay for almost any additional ENGLISHLANGUAGE CENTER before you enter your College plan.
Academic Language or GEAP Path: This Can Be A packed plan that involves a combination of Common Language for Educational Reasons (GEAP) and Pre Enrolment Language Plan (PEP) courses. There are an additional ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER needed.
Quality of training you obtain from Adelaide’s University
Beside an plan, the ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER offers learning design which places a focus on creating problemsolving abilities and your team-work. The College provides you with the chance so you may develop your assurance to show your effort. Just your vocabulary capability will enhances, you’ll also create abilities that may be used for your job or further research, specifically away from class.

Every pupil discovered to not become same with special research objectives. They target the GEAP plan to meet up with their objectives. Whether you’re seeking to increase your english-language ability you then have to rating, in reaching your objective as well as for this ENGLISHLANGUAGE CENTER can help you.

Growing the capabilities that are initial
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER offers pupils having a stability of play and organized plan -centered encounters that help develop English language’s data. We take inspiration from instructor or the teacher to identify englishlanguage as qualified, powerful and inspiring students’. Character and a powerful impact within their Center also play. Participating and innovative interior and outside areas, such as the sandpit, cubby home and vegetable area, dirt home supply enjoyable and diverse learning possibilities for that pupil who attempt to understand english-language in College.

Further Your Education With an Online Course  

Adults who are looking for a career change or enjoy challenging their brains can often find it hard to balance an existing family and work life with study. While often discarded, online courses provided the perfect complement to a hectic life for adults looking to further their education. Below we will take a look at three online courses which can offer you a complete change of career or simply just stimulate your mind.

Programming

You only need to look around at people staring at their screens that technology is here to stay. If the idea of becoming involved in its progression but you aren’t sure where to start, an online course in programming or app development provides an excellent testing ground. One of the most appealing benefits to a course such as this is the level of interactivity. You likely already own a cell-phone and learning to develop an app or a mobile-focused web page to fill a personal need keeps the learning engaging.

Yoga Instructor

The health and fitness industry has well and truly taken off, and no style of fitness is more embraced than Yoga. If you are already benefiting from attending yoga classes in Chicago, then you already have the perfect way to transfer your online learning into a real-world environment once you complete your course or to fulfill your practical requirement. Additionally, hosting your own yoga classes at home can be an excellent way to start your own home-based business with minimal overheads.

Circus Arts

We know what you are thinking – seriously?! But it’s important to remember that not all further education needs to be professional, and can be solely for enjoyment. And that’s exactly what an online circus arts course will provide. With instruction from how to make balloon animals to juggling to clown makeup and even how to ride a unicycle, a circus arts class is an excellent way to keep your mind learning skills it definitely wouldn’t in your regular life. If you think a course such as this has no further employment potential – have we got news for you! Popular among stay-at-home Moms, this course provides excellent skills which can be used to start a weekend business, either as a clown or just entertaining kids with tricks and balloon animals at local birthday parties.

There are more online courses than you could imagine, and as you can see from this list, the range of subjects is nearly endless. If you are looking for a change in career, a mind stimulant or even something which can bring in a little extra money on weekends, online courses are a great way to achieve your goals.

Career Counselling Is More Impactful With Psychometric Test

The word ‘career’ has elevated itself from being a mere profession to growth in individual life, where earning is no more a short termed venture.  Planning in life has become one step closer to reality, where working a job is not the half task done. In the educational front too, there has been paradigm change in the general outlook. Gone are those days of earning theoretical educational degrees, where practicality has been a game changer in the mindsets of all young job aspirants. Side by side, it is also evident that the rise of new job domains has garnered huge interest among the next generation of tech savvy individuals. The demand of the job market has also changed considerably in all these years. Gone are the days when people used to wait patiently for public service jobs or prepare for those bureaucratic posts. Digital innovation has paved the path of a completely new era of modernization where traditional jobs have been replaced by brand new employability options. Even central and state governments are supporting such new ventures with profitable features. Individual entrepreneurship has been on the rise where job creation has become the sole motto with qualitative feasibility analysis. The change in general outlook has not only been trademark but also opined the need of strong workforce; rather one can say, the need of alternatively skilled manpower has become the broad viewpoint of most countries. Not only the corporate, but also the conglomerates are looking forward in entrapping the present lucrative scenario and the smooth flow of monetary capital has been encouraging indeed for all sides.  Students and job aspirants are also well aware of the changes and trying to cope with new reality so that they can acclimatize and get maximized advantage in the new context.

Now, the question is, with the advent of online psychometric career tests, do students need anything else at all in the present scenario? Well, this question isn’t that easier to answer. Firstly, there is no denying the doubt that the merits of online psychometric career tests are indeed appreciative. For the first time, there has been some sort of standardized test available where all job aspirants can test their existing abilities and update or upgrade themselves as per the results. Side by side, there is also the added advantage of brushing up indeed personality. Previously, individuals were completely unaware of their logical aptitude, verbal, non verbal and reasoning skills. Also soft skill remained an area which was not at all taken care of. The option of giving examination ‘online’ has been a blessing altogether, giving the much needed flexibility to students all over. But let us not forget the shortcomings of online psychometric career tests as well. Such generalized tests can often be misleading or lack the human touch needed to nurture individuals. Also, there is certain degree of error or misjudgment with regard to this online test. As far as differently abled persons or persons with special abilities, this test can fail to appreciate inner qualities. Thus the traditional career counseling approach is still a way out which is not only frequently looked at, but practiced also all over with much rigour. As far as conceptual, cultural, linguistic diversities are concerned, career counseling plays a supreme role that software oriented online psychometric career tests.

The human touch of career counseling is something, which is unparallel in all aspects. Experienced career counsellors, who are aware of the changing trends as well as the common fallacies of the job domain, can certainly guide the young professionals and job aspirants in the right path. Also, they are the ones who have witnessed numerous such examples of individuals and remain a true motivator core to the heart. Other serious issues like peer problem, openness, liberal understanding of issues and various other multifaceted moments can be best explained by the career counsellors themselves. Customized off beat guidance is another domain where career counsellors are much different from those theoretical advices of online psychometric career tests. It can obviously be said side by side that often the online psychometric tests are trendy and fail to give innovative solutions to problems of the job aspirants or individuals.

As far as impact is considered, it has been observed that certain students, who are shy or slow learners, are not at all comfortable in interpreting the results of online psychometric career tests. Many individuals consider to be just another exam to judge their ability, and in the meantime, the purpose of the test is lost. On the other hand, career counsellors can sit in one to one sessions with individuals and openly discuss the available opportunities. Apart from that, he can also help in preparing CV, mock interviews and also reveal all the flexible job opportunities with their advantages and shortcomings.

The Pros and Cons of Taking Summer Classes in College

Summer school is not for everyone, but for some people, it can really be a saving grace. If you’ve been considering taking summer school courses, you should really think about what your goals are, what your learning style is, and how it will affect your time in college. Here are the pros and cons of taking summer classes in college.

Pro: Graduate Earlier

One of the best things about taking summer school classes is that you can fast track your way to graduation. Of course, this all depends on how many units you take over the summer, but if you take a couple classes every summer, you can really race through your college degree program. Whether you’re earning bachelor’s in political science at UCLA or OU’s online MBA no GMAT, you will be able to earn your degree and get out into the real world much faster than everyone else.

Con: Less Time to Decompress

When you take summer school classes it’s hard to really feel like you got a summer vacation. In fact, you may not be taking a full course load, but you won’t really feel like you’re on vacation either. If you have a highly demanding major, then those summer months can be really necessary for you to decompress from all of your time spent reading, studying, writing papers and sitting in lectures. If you don’t get that time to recuperate, you could feel exhausted before even getting started with fall semester.

Pro: Lighten Your Normal Load

If you don’t plan to graduate any earlier than normal, taking summer school classes could help you to lighten your course load during your fall and spring semesters. This could make everything a lot more manageable throughout the year for you so that you don’t have to take too much on at a time. If you’re the type of person who really likes to dive deep into the material that you’re studying, then this could be the best route for you.

Con: Time Away from a Job

A lot of college students tend to work over the summer so that they can make money for the rest of the school year. However, if you take summer school classes it could really take away from the time that you could be earning money. If your parents are not supporting you through college, then summertime could be a season when you really need to hustle, in which case, summer school classes really aren’t for you.

Pro: Easier to Focus on Each Class

Since you won’t have nearly as many classes during the summer, you will really be able to invest a lot of time and energy into each class that you take over the summer. If you have a course that you had to drop because it was too difficult for you during the fall or spring semester, then taking this course over the summer might be the best option for you. That way you can really give the course the major attention that it requires.

The Latest Trends in Online Education

 

It’s amazing what one can learn with online education nowadays. There are all kinds of degrees that can be earned through distance learning and even major, top tier universities are offering online degree programs and innovating the field of online education. With each coming year there are new trends that arise, and the past few years have really shown quite a bit of progress. Here are the latest trends in online education.

Gamification

One of the biggest new trends in online learning is gamification. This is the practice of using games that are designed to imitate the process of working in the field of whatever subject you are studying. If you are taking a course in city planning, you will have a game that allows you to design a city and interact with all of the people that you will need to interact with in order for your plans to be implemented. You will also see what kinds of consequences you will have to face if you make any major mistakes.

Synchronous Instruction

Rather than having you play a game, synchronous instruction is a way for students to interact with people who pretend to be working in the field for which the student is studying. For example, if you are studying advertising and marketing, you might be asked to come up with an ad campaign for a clothing company. You will then meet with the company’s board members in a video chat to pitch your ideas and answer questions about how you will reach their target audience.

Project-Based Learning

The traditional model of learning was based upon spending a lot of time listening to lectures, taking notes, completing assignments based on those lectures and then being tested on how well you understood the material with a final exam. However, project-based learning takes a completely different approach. In this new approach, students are given reading assignments that will hold all of the information they will need in order to complete a project. Student will be given a specific project to complete, either independently or with a group, which will evaluate how well they understand the course material.  It also offers students a chance to put their learning in action and apply their knowledge in a quasi-real world scenario.

Big Data

These days there are so many people studying online that we’ve reached a point where a lot of data can be gathered from the tendencies and the trends among the students in these programs. With big data, statistics based on completion time and rate can be gathered in order to make assignments more realistically manageable. Data can be gathered based on how students click and work through the material. This way, the structure of online classes can be refined so that they maximize the learning and performance of their students.

Medicine

We’ve actually reached a point where even degrees within the medical field can be earned online. For example, you can earn UIC’S nursing informatics degree, in addition to several other different types of degrees in the world of medicine. Of course, you will need to interact with real humans at some stage in the game, but a lot can be learned online before that point.

Is Online College Right for You?

At the beginning of the 21st century, online colleges were just starting to break onto the education scene and most people didn’t take them very seriously. They were usually advertised by colleges with minimal accreditation that offered degrees that were more or less meaningless. However, these days, just about every major university has some kind of an online program. So should you take classes online, or should you enroll in a traditional in-person university? Here are a few questions that will help you decide if online college is right for you.

Are You Tech savvy?

If you are thinking about enrolling in an online college program, especially if it’s a particularly challenging one, like Pepperdine’s AACSB online MBA, you’re going to need to be a bit tech savvy. Online college programs rely on all kinds of cutting edge technology to view and share lectures, communicate with other students, and turn in various assignments. If you are not capable of managing the technology that the class requires, then it won’t be easy to get all of your work done and prove to your professor that you are following the class and keeping up with all of your work.

Are You a Self Starter?

If you’re the type of person who needs to be forced to get your work done, then online college is not right for you. You need to be the type of person who takes assignments on strictly because you feel compelled to do so and you hold yourself to high standards. Otherwise, you may need the structure of knowing that your lecture will be held on a specific day and at a specific time in order to ensure that you keep up with the pace of the course and turn in all of your assignments on time because being a self starter is all about having an independent sense of discipline.

Do You Live Near any Good Universities?

If you live in a town where there are a few universities to choose from, then you may be able to apply to a college in your own home town. That way you don’t have to move or quit your day job in order to earn your college degree. However, if your home town doesn’t have any decent universities, or if you have your sights set on a university that is known for a specific program that you would like to study, then you may want to see if there is an online program you can take from the comfort of your own home. After all, you do live in the 21st century, so you may as well take advantage of it.

Do You Have Kids?

It can be extremely difficult to take on an in-class college program if you have kids. Although, it really does depend on the age of your kids, the particular needs that your kids may have, and whether or not you have a partner or other family members who can help support you in raising your kids. If having kids makes it difficult, or even impossible to enroll in an in-person college program, then online college may be the best option for you.

How to Survive Group Projects in College

Group projects in college can be an absolute nightmare. It’s one thing to rely on yourself to complete all of your homework assignments, but it’s a completely different thing to trust several other people to do the same. Here is how to survive group projects in college.

Choose Your Group Members Wisely if You Can

The success of a group project is often dependent upon the people that you are working with. If your professor gives you the option of choosing your group, you’re going to want to make sure that you choose that group wisely. If there are certain people in your class who you know like to participate frequently, show up on time, and turn in all of their assignments, then you’re going to want them in your group. If you have a friend in the class who is not a good student, you’re going to want to make sure that you find a way to keep them out of your group, otherwise things could get weird and uncomfortable between you two.

Break the Project up into Smaller Assignments

Once you have everyone in your group, you want to break the project into smaller assignments and assign very specific tasks to each member of the group. Make sure that everyone feels as though the tasks are being distributed evenly and that everyone understands how to complete their part of the assignment. If you feel as though the group is asking you to take on the lion’s share of the project, be sure to speak up.

Exchange Contact Information with Everybody

The very first time that you sit down with your group, you want to make sure that each and every person gets the contact information of the other members of the group. This will be important so that you can keep group emails or text messages running and let one another know if you need any assistance. There will inevitably be times when someone is running late, needs to request an alternate meeting time, or doesn’t understand something about the project. So make sure that they have a way of contacting everybody and fixing the problem before it gets too serious.

Meet Multiple Times

The last thing you want to do is give everyone their assignment and then try to put it all together the day before the project is due. This is the best way to ensure that something goes wrong. If you are working on a project for a very difficult college program, like UC’s respiratory therapy schools, then you are going to want to make sure that you meet multiple times with your group. Each time you meet, you and your group members should have a chunk of work done so that everyone is making steady progress together. If someone shows up without completing their portion of the work, then you need to consider kicking them out of the group.

Inform Your Professor if Someone is not Doing their Work

If you can’t kick somebody out of the group, then it’s important that the rest of the group contacts your professor and informs her/him that there is a problem. Your professor should have a preferred way of dealing with the problem.

How to Make the Most of Group Projects in College

Whether you go to college at a traditional university campus or if you study at an online college like UAB Online, you are probably going to have to complete a group project at some point during your collegiate career. Some people love group projects while others hate them. It all depends on how they are structured and who ends up in your group and if everyone contributes to the team’s success equally. Here is how to make the most of groups projects in college.

Create a Clear Schedule

When you are working on a group project, it’s important that you break everything up and divide up tasks well in advance of your due date so that you don’t have to worry about it all getting done at the last second. You should try and find several times when the whole group can get together and make sure that everyone is on the same page and on track with the overall timeline. Every time you get together, each and every person should have some kind of assignment that they have completed.

Exchange Contact Information

Along the way there are probably going to be moments when you or the others in your group may have questions about the assignment and how to complete it. In addition, when you do have a plan to meet with your group, you’re going to want to have a way to send reminders to everyone and also alert the team if anyone is running late. That’s why it’s important that every person in the group has every other person’s contact information. You should definitely exchange phone numbers in addition to email addresses. It’s best if you don’t rely on social media because you can’t be sure when someone will check that account and you should try to keep your Facebook and other online accounts separate from your studies for reasons of professionalism.

Everyone Needs Specific Assignments of Similar Magnitude

It’s important to make sure that no one person is responsible for more work than the rest, and that no one person relieves themselves of their fair share of responsibility. That’s why you want to make sure that each person has a very specific aspect of the project that they are responsible for completing and that a chunk of that work is finished each time that the group meets. This way the group won’t be stressing out the whole time about whether or not each person will finish their work in time.

Make Agreements to Hold Everyone Accountable

It’s important that the whole group make some kind of agreement about the consequences of not getting your work done on time. If someone shows up to a meeting and hasn’t completed their work, then there should be some kind of consequence. In the end, you may have to tell a person that you are kicking them out of the group and find a way to redistribute their work to the rest of the members before it’s too late. After all, you want to make sure that all of the work gets done, and no one should be earning credit for work that they didn’t do.

Don’t Commit to more than Your Fair Share

If you do have to kick somebody out of the group, be sure that their work gets distributed as equally as possible. If you take on much more than the rest of the group then you are going to resent them for it and you mayeven feel cheated.

How to Determine If Online College Is Right for You

Online college is not for everybody. However, it can be ideal for some people and there are a number of reasons why. If you’re considering the possibility of earning your degree with an online university, then there are a few questions that you should ask yourself before you make that decision. Here is how to determine if online college is right for you.

Do You Work Well Independently?

If you are thinking about earning a difficult online degree, like one from Rutgers’ online MSW program, then you are going to have to be the type of person who works very well independently. This means that you will have to be able to grasp all of the concepts in each class without the help of a study buddy, and you won’t be able to raise your hand to ask questions in class. You will, of course, be able to email your professor questions, but depending on how good you are at getting your reading and work done well before their due dates, you may or may not have enough time to wait for the answers.

Are You Disciplined?

Online college courses are not ideal for those who are not very disciplined. When you take in-person courses you have very specific times when you need to be in class, and that is what will really force you to get your reading and your work done at very specific times. When you are studying online, you need to make your own schedule, and you need to stick to it. Just because you have the option of doing your reading later if you decide to postpone your planned studies for the evening in the event that a friend drops in, that doesn’t mean that you should so willingly put all of your plans aside. You need to be able to really set boundaries for yourself so that you can ensure your own academic success.

Do You Need to Stay Local?

If you have a very secure job that you cannot afford to lose, then you will probably have to stay local, which means that an online college program might be best for you. However, if you don’t have any reason to keep you close to home, then it might be in your best interests to study at a traditional in-person university. It all depends on what kind of a degree you are trying to earn, what kind of learning style you have, and what kinds of limitations you may have regarding your living situation. Online programs can be great for people who simply can’t leave the nest.

Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Both kids and pets are major reasons why many people prefer to study online. It can be difficult to raise kids or take care of pets if you are in classes all day, and if you don’t want to move then you are limited to the universities within your own home town. If there are other universities that you would like to take classes with, then you can easily choose from hundreds of schools around the country without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Great College Degrees for Foodies

Do you consider yourself a foodie? When you eat a meal do you think very specifically about all of the different ingredients that went into that meal? Do you think about what does or doesn’t make them work well together? Do you think about how those ingredients affect your health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might want to use your keen observational skills when it comes to food as the center point of your career. There are many different majors you can choose that will allow you to do this. Here are some great college degrees for foodies.

Consumer Journalism

Have you ever wanted to review restaurants for a living? As a consumer journalist, you could find a job with a magazine, newspaper, blog, or any other kind of publication tasting and rating restaurants and cafes. Not only that, you will analyze what makes a particular restaurant popular, and the changing trends in popular dining. Whether it be craft cocktails, fried appetizers, or low-carb entrees, you will be reporting on the shifting tides of restaurant culture.

Master’s in Public Administration

If you live in San Francisco and are highly concerned with the kinds of foods that are available to certain communities, you might want to apply for USF’s MPA programs. With a master’s in public administration, you will be able to work with policy makers, making decisions about what kinds of foods should be served in schools, how the local food industry should be regulated, and how to encourage healthier eating among the public.

Agriscience and Environmental Systems

A society that eats healthy food starts with regulating the way that their food is grown. With a degree in agriscience and environmental systems, you will learn all about agriculture, permaculture and especially about the best practices thereof. These days, the margin between the price of organic food and non-organic food is shrinking significantly.  This is thanks in part to those who study agriscience and help to improve farming practices.

Consumer Foods

Did you ever see that episode of Breaking Bad where the CEO of a fictional fast food chain was sitting with some scientists in lab coats, trying different condiments that they had created in the lab? Well, with a degree in consumer foods, you could be doing just that. You will study a bit of biology and chemistry, but you will also be studying psychology and sociology to determine exactly what kinds of flavors will appeal most to very specific communities and how that could help different food brands to increase sales.

Dietetics

With a degree in dietetics you will be studying nutrition and all the different ways that foods break down in our bodies. You could become a nutritionist and help individuals discover what kind of a diet is best for them based on their biology and their health goals. Or you could one day start your own fad diet based on your findings in dietetics. Basically, you will be at the forefront of nutritional studies determining the best ways for people to eat in order to stay healthy.

Great College Degree Options for Animal Lovers

Are you a serious lover of animals? Do you love animals so much that you want to build a career that allows you to work with animals? If so, then there are a lot of different types of degrees you can earn which would help you to start that career. Some of these degrees are much more difficult than others to complete, like Washington State’s online MBA degree, and some are relatively straight forward. Here are some great college degree options for animal lovers.

Animal Grooming

If you love spending time with animals, but don’t want to become a veterinarian or any other kind of animal doctor, then you may want to become an animal groomer. Animal grooming is a special skill that requires a lot of knowledge about animal anatomy, but you won’t ever have to operate on an animal. This way you will always be helping with making animals look and feel better, without having to worry about being responsible for their health.

Farm Animal Breeding

There’s a great need for farm animal breeders wherever there are farms raising animals. Breeders are important because every farm needs to maintain its numbers, and they want to be sure that all of their animals are as healthy as possible. As a farm breeder, you will determine which animals are the most compatible for breeding and ensure that they are ready and willing to mate when the time comes.

Veterinary Medicine

If you are looking for a lucrative career that requires high intelligence and affords you the opportunity to save the lives of countless animals, then you probably want to major in veterinary medicine. As a veterinarian, you will be responsible for all kinds of elements related to animal health such as diagnosing and treating sick animals, spaying and neutering, and putting them down when necessary. You will need to know how to operate on a number of different types of animals, and you will have days that are filled with both happy and sad pet owners who entrust you with the lives of their pets.

Wildlife Ecology

A degree in wildlife ecology is great for anyone who wants to spend much of their life in the great outdoors. You will study the delicate balance that must exist in any ecological biome between the flora and fauna that inhabit a certain territory. If their populations are not well balanced, then there could be serious ecological consequences. It will be your job to determine how to best intervene so that balance can be maintained.

Avian Science

A degree in avian science is great for anyone who has a serious love for birds. Birds are very unique animals, and much of their nature is still a huge mystery to scientists. You will discover all kinds of information about the ways in which they communicate, procreate, and much much more. Did you know that crows can read traffic lights and they actually hold funerals for one another?  These are the types of things that you will learn about, but it will be your job to hypothesize all of the answers to why they behave in one way or another.

5 Helpful Tips for Selecting a Course Schedule in College

Having a strong and successful semester is all about planning things out right, and that planning starts with selecting your courses. You will determine a lot about your success when you make these key decisions, so you really want to be thoughtful about it. Here are 5 helpful tips for selecting a course schedule in college.

  1. Know Your Circadian Rhythms

When you start looking at different scheduling options, you want to be very honest with yourself and your sleeping habits. If you are not a morning person, then you don’t want to force yourself to be in class early in the mornings. Even if you can trust yourself to actually get there, you can’t force your brain to turn on. Similarly, if you start getting tired easily in the evenings, then you want to be sure that you don’t enroll in any evening classes.

  1. Give Yourself Time to Transition

Make sure that you always have some time between each class to digest everything that you learned, grab a bite to eat, and prepare yourself for your next class. If you don’t give yourself that time between classes, then you will really start to check out in the middle of class. It can be extremely difficult to stay focused for several hours at a time. You want to make sure that you don’t set yourself up for failure by over estimating your attention span.

  1. Get Your Lower LevelCourses out of the Way

If you are still in your freshman or sophomore year of college, you want to be sure you get all of your general education courses out of the way now so that you don’t have to worry about them later. Not only will you want to be able to focus strictly on courses for your major by the time you are nearing graduation, but you also won’t want to be in a bunch of classes with freshmen. Of course, if you feel like taking on a pretty heavy load, you can start taking a few upper division courses now. Just be sure you don’t overload yourself.

  1. Consider Online Courses

Did you know that if you go to University of Southern California you have the choice of taking both online courses and in-person courses? It’s true. So if you don’t want to be on campus all day long, or if you want to get some of your classes out of the way over the summer, but you also want to go home for the summer, you can still earn several credits online.

  1. Group Classes Wisely

Some people like to take their science and math classes on one day, and then their arts and humanities classes on another day. This helps them to keep their mind thinking in one particular way for an entire day. However, others like to switch things up throughout the day so that they can shake things up a little bit from one part of the day to the next. Whichever you prefer, make sure that you think of this while you are putting your course schedule together.

College Freshman Finances 101

Most of our parents have learned the hard way how to manage their money.  Some have probably hired finance professionals to help.  Hopefully they’ve taken the time to impart their knowledge and experience and you’ve had the wisdom to listen.

Even if you’re one of the lucky students that had some instruction pertaining to finance before you got to college, you certainly don’t know it all and you could probably use a few pointers.  If you want to keep your finances on track, your accounts in order, and your credit score on the rise, here are a few tips for the college freshman just learning to handle money.

Take a Finance Class

Whether or not your parents taught you the value of money, the basics of managing accounts and ledgers, or the merits of keeping books and a budget, it’s not a bad idea to get a professional take on the topic of finance.

\Most business students will have to take at least one or two finance courses as part of the curriculum, but every freshman should consider adding Finance 101 to their schedule.  It can only be to your benefit now and throughout your entire life.

Learn to Budget

If you learn nothing else associated with finance, you should take the time to create your own budget right off the bat.  If you can’t fit a finance class in your schedule, at least look for templates and tutorials online to help you get started.

With a budget in place you’ll have a clear view of your income, such as it is, and your expenses, ensuring you know how much you can afford to spend on extras each month (if anything).  It can also help you determine where to cut costs if it looks like you’re spending more than you’ve got coming in.

This is the most basic financial tool you can have, and learning to budget properly as a freshman is great practice for the rest of your life.

Pay Attention

A budget won’t do you a lot of good if you’re unaware of what you’re spending each month.  You therefore need to make sure to track both cash and credit expenditures so that you can adjust your budget monthly to compensate.

Treat Credit Like a Snake

Just like a snake, credit can bite you, and it can poison your credit score.  As with any wild beast, you have to be careful when it comes to credit.

The trick is to use credit cards only enough that your credit score improves as a result, but not so much that you can’t pay them off on time and in full each month, avoiding unnecessary interest payments.

Never Pay Full Price

As a student at Northeastern’s AACSB online MBA program you may have access to all kinds of discounts and deals related to your student status.  Finding out about these discounts is as easy as flashing a student ID or simply asking, and you can also search online for student rates for everything from books and clothing to airline tickets.

You should also get frugal in every way possible.  Shop for clothing at thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange to find gently used garments, brand new retail overstock, and credit for trade-ins.  Buy non-perishable food in bulk and split the cost with other kids in the dorm or roommates.  If you live off campus, host potlucks instead of dining out.

There are endless ways to cut costs during your time in college, and learning to live frugally is a lesson that will pay off now and in the future.

Alternative Student Loan Options

Being saddled with student loan debt for the next 10-20 years probably doesn’t sound very appealing to most students.  However, it’s the sad reality for many young adults looking to pursue a higher education.

The payoff, if you choose the right major, is that you’ll have more and better job opportunities after graduation, hopefully helping you to pay down loans more quickly.  You might feel like you’re mortgaging your future, though.

Luckily, there are a few alternatives to consider that may deliver the education you seek at less cost, and in some cases without the need for traditional student loans.

A Job

This is not a popular idea for most students, who would rather focus on their studies than split time between cramming for tests and whipping up grande-non-fat-no-whip-double mochas for other students on campus.  However, some students don’t have much choice but to get a job to help chip in for living expenses and supplement student loans.

Another option is to take a break from school in order to work full-time and sock away money.  If you’re able to live with your parents for a year or more, you could take a couple of classes at your local community college while saving money for tuition.  Within a year or two you could have several thousand dollars set aside and some of your general ed classes out of the way, to boot.

Grants and Scholarships

With all the scholarship websites helping needy students to find and apply for the millions of scholarship dollars that go unclaimed each year, you can practically make a job of applying for scholarships in the same way coupon moms save thousands on consumer purchases each year by clipping and filing coupons eight hours a day.

You can also apply for grants to help pay your tuition tab, and often you are automatically entered for some when you fill out your FAFSA application.  You should take the time to seek additional grants and scholarships through your school or with local institutions or groups in your city.

Personal Loans

There are private lenders willing to offer loans for education, but they’re not very easy to find and they might not give you a huge sum.  Also, their repayment schedule won’t wait until you’re done with school – you’ll have to start repaying immediately.  This is why most students opt for federal loans.

A better option is to talk to your family about giving you personal loans with the understanding that they will work much the same as federal student loans.  You’ll start repaying the money when you earn your degree (or at such time as you’re no longer maintaining an agreed upon course load) and you’ll pay a set amount of interest on top.

Your family loves you and wants you to succeed.  As a result, they may be willing to help you with school costs and they’re likely to be a lot more lenient when it comes to terms.

Peer-to-Peer Loans

This is an interesting idea that sprang up several years ago.  The concept is similar to crowdfunding in that you use an appropriate website (like Lending Club or Green Note) to find “investors”.

You create an account stating the loan you need and what you plan to do with it, after which private investors offer their terms for a loan.  If you accept the terms, you’ll get the funding you need to attend Maryville University or any college of your choice.  This can be a great alternative to consider when you’d rather give your interest payments to a person than the government, or more likely, your financial aid doesn’t quite cover what you owe for tuition.

5 Important Life and Money Lessons for College Grads

Life after college can be a whirlwind, what with moving, starting a career, considering marriage and children, and trying to figure out where your life is headed.  As a result, you might not pay undue attention to your finances or far-off future plans.

However, you can’t let life simply happen to you.  If you want to live it to the fullest instead of waking up one day and wondering what happened, you need to be proactive.  Here are a few life and money lessons to keep college grads on track to take control of their own lives and destinies.

  1. Recalculate Your Budget

During your time in college you should definitely have taken the time to create a working budget.  Once you graduate, though, both your income and expenses are going to change and you’ll have to adjust your budget accordingly.

After graduation, you’ll have a lot more freetime on your hands, and with your diploma you can start seeking gainful employment opportunities.  After all, that’s why you went to college in the first place.  Hopefully, this will bump up your income.

Unfortunately, you’re also going to face greater expenses following graduation, not the least of which is your student loan payments.  As soon as you get your degree the bills will start coming in, and depending on how much loan debt you carry, you could be on the hook for a pretty penny each month.

In short, it’s time to recalculate your budget, as you should do every time you see major changes to your income and/or your expenses.

  1. Learn to Live Within Your Means

Having goals is one thing, but keeping up with the Joneses will only land you in debt and potentially damage your credit.  So spend wisely and learn to appreciate what you’ve got.

  1. Give Yourself the Best Shot at Employment

If you’ve already graduated, it’s too late to change your major or take on internships in the hope of improving your job prospects.  That said, there are plenty of ways to increase your odds of finding employment.

First, make your resume as good as possible with help from friends or an online service.  Then take the time to do practice interviews so you can confidently nail the interview process.

Also, try not to be picky.  Any experience you add to your resume can only help you to secure a better position in the next year or two.  Be willing to pay your dues in entry-level positions, apply for everything, and consider increasing your search area to include other cities, states, or even countries.

  1. Get Your Credit in Order

This is a biggie.  Eventually you’re going to want a car, a house, or a loan to open a business.  Working to improve your credit score now (or at least maintain it) will help to ensure you’re eligible for the loans you seek at low interest rates later on.

  1. Plan for the Future

Okay, you’ve earned NEC’s forensic accounting degree and now you’re out job hunting and trying to earn a living.  It might not be the best time to start thinking about retirement accounts and life insurance since you can barely pay your rent and your electric bill in the same month.

However, you should start thinking about these things, and soon.  The earlier you start socking money away, the more you’ll have for your retirement.  As for life insurance, it’s no surprise that young, healthy candidates secure the best rates, and as long as you continue to pay for a whole life policy without fail, your rates will never go up.

5 Helpful Money Lessons for College Students

If you’re lucky, your parents will give you a crash course in finance or instill in you sensible money management skills before you ever go off to college.  Even so, being in control of your finances for the fist time in your life can be a heady experience, one that causes you to make spending decisions you might not otherwise.

In short, you can easily get in trouble with your spending if you don’t manage it accordingly.  When your focus is on classes and other interests, it’s all too easy to overspend.

Unfortunately, this can leave you with undue debt and even damage your credit if you’re not careful.  With a few helpful money tips, though, you should be able to control your spending, stay on track, and even improve your credit score during your time in college.  Here’s how.

  1. Be Aware of Spending

Whether you rely mainly on cash or you use ATM and credit cards, it’s tempting to spend without really paying attention…right up until everything is gone and you’re facing overdraft fees.

A better idea, however, is to save receipts and enter them in your account at the end of the day so you know exactly where you’re at with your money.  Even easier is to use online banking to check accounts frequently so you don’t end up overspending.

  1. Create and Follow a Budget

Creating a basic budget isn’t very hard – all you have to do is create two columns to indicate income and expenses.

Your income may come from several sources, including a job, student loans, and contributions from parents, grandparents, or other family members.  Note all regular sources of income on your budget.

As for expenses, break them down into monthly costs, even if you pay them annually or every six months.  Known expenses will include tuition, rent, and some utilities, as well as an auto loan, insurance, and other fixed costs.  Unknown expenses are a different matter, but you can find ways to create estimates for food, books, transportation, and so on by saving receipts and calculating monthly averages.

You can adjust your budget monthly based on what you’ve spent or saved the prior month.  This will help you to keep your finances in good order.

  1. Use Credit Sparingly

Credit cards are great to have in case of an emergency, and they certainly make it easier to book travel, but you should try to use them as little as possible so that you can pay them off in full each month.

Using credit a little bit can help you to build credit, so try to use your card for expenses you might pay cash for anyway (gas, groceries, etc.).  Just make sure you don’t spend more than you can afford to pay off each month or the boots that should have been $50 could cost you a lot more with interest payments factored in.

  1. Make the Most of Rewards

If you’re going to use a credit card, make sure to get one that optimizes the rewards you’ll use most, like cash back or travel miles.  If you can get money or plane tickets for using your card wisely, you’ll build credit and save money at the same time.

  1. Use Your Student Status

Whether you’re an undergrad business student or you’re working toward Marylhurst’s masters in sustainability, you should know that students have access to all kinds of discounts from restaurants, movie theaters, museums, online outlets (like Amazon), and even airlines.

Flash your student ID everywhere you go to find out if you’re eligible for discounts on products or services you were going to buy anyways.

Look Into The Variations Of Medical Assistant Job Outlook

Medical assistants are basically known for their clinical and administrative tasks, as taking place in offices of hospitals, physicians and other forms of healthcare facilities. Depending on the size, state law, experience and location of practice, medical assistant salary also varies a lot.

What are the basic duties?

If you are willing to bag the best job as a medical assistant, then better get acquainted with the duties needed to be performed. Their primary aim is to record history of the patient along with other noteworthy personal information. This is defined as a basic duty.

What is the other duty to perform?

After you have noted down the medical history of patient, being a medical assistant, you have to know the art of measuring some vital signs. Some of the basic ones are checking out blood pressure, nerves and more. They are trained separately for performing these arts.

Can they help in patient’s exam?

Well, once you have the best diploma and degree program from affiliated schools, it means you have been trained separately in examining a patient to know his present health condition. They are known for helping out doctors in examining the patient and detecting the main problem, which took place here.

Can they provide injections?

Offering injections to patients is regarded as a basic work, along with other forms of medications. A reliable medical assistant can help in providing patients with injections and other types of medicines, as directed by doctors. These are permitted by following state laws.

What are the last steps to follow?

Apart from the points already mentioned, a medical assistant helps in scheduling appointments for patients. If you need to prepare blood samples, get that done by them and under their strict guidance. The experts will enter any kind of patient information into medical records.

Enjoy learning English in London

There are numerous language schools in London so it’s essential to choose the right one for your studies.  Thankfully you won’t have to browse online long to find schools in London that have been accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language.  This means that recommended language schools are regularly inspected by the British Council which guarantees the quality of:-

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Premises
  • Resources
  • Welfare
  • Accommodation

As you would expect, private as well as public language teaching establishments in London as in the rest of the UK, adhere to a strict code of practice to ensure professional teaching for all students.

Apply for a free test

If you’re a little unsure about which English school in London to attend why not apply for a free test?  Recommended language schools in London provide the opportunity to apply for a free test by completing an online application process.  Begin by leaving your personal details such as:-

  • Your first name
  • Your last name
  • E-mail address
  • Contact telephone number

It won’t take long to complete the rest of the application process so you can start your free test online.  One of the best reasons to book an English language course online is that you can benefit from a 20% discount off the total cost, maybe for:-

  1. General English
  2. Business English
  3. Part time English courses
  4. One to one classes
  5. Year round junior groups
  6. Exam preparation

Check out what other students from around the world have had to say about reputable English schools in London by reading online blogs and articles.

How to enrol

You can enrol for an English language course by phone, online or in person.  When enrolling, all students must complete a booking form then submit it along with the payment for the particular course they are interested in. On receipt of the booking form and payment, you will receive confirmation.  Payment cannot be made by cash, it must be made online by credit or debit card or bank transfer.

How much you will have to pay depends on the following:-

  1. Course fees, based on the course of your choice
  2. Enrolment fee
  3. Booking fee
  4. Transfer fees, if applicable, for the transfer from a London airport to your selected accommodation
  5. Accommodation fees, if applicable, based on the type of accommodation chosen

When it comes to London accommodation for students studying English, there are lots of different options available.  Some students from abroad like to stay with a host family so they can experience as well as feel more integrated with the local culture.  Others might like house shares which is fast becoming a popular choice.  There’s also the residence which usually comprise of blocks of rooms or apartments with student sharing facilities, like a university.

It’s a good idea to book at least a few weeks accommodation with an established language school before your course begins so you have somewhere to stay when arriving in London.  You can get in touch with accommodation managers online who can arrange accommodation to suit your requirements.

Exciting London

London, the capital city of England is an exciting place to study.  Professional language schools can be found right in the heart of London only a short walk away from:-

  • Shopping in Oxford street
  • Night life of Soho and the West End
  • The culture of Covent Garden

You really couldn’t find a better place to study English while enjoying what London has to offer. London’s fascinating history stretches back over thousands of years.  This vibrant, modern city boasts world heritage sites like the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Maritime Greenwich.  While studying here make sure you set some time aside to visit many of the other major attractions, many of which are free for instance:-

  1. The Royal Botanic Gardens
  2. The Tate Modern
  3. National Gallery
  4. The Victoria and Albert Museum

Of course, London also has lots of parks and open spaces where you can relax on fine days away from your studies for a while.  There’s also a huge range of shopping destinations, restaurants, cafes, along with bars when you can soak up the atmosphere and have some fun.

Learning facilities

Highly regarded language schools in London provide students with the very best learning facilities.  Students can benefit from:-

  • Spacious and bright classrooms
  • Computer rooms
  • Lounges and study areas
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • A good choice of all year round daily social programmes
  • Maximum class sizes of 15, average of 12, minimum age of 16
  • Discounted long stay programmes
  • Examination and business programmes

Spend some time browsing online to find out more about general and intensive English courses.  Don’t worry you won’t spend all of your time learning English.  There’s also an extensive social programme throughout the year designed to interact with other students to help create a more relaxing atmosphere.  Social activities usually include:-

  1. Attending major sporting events in London
  2. Easter celebrations
  3. Halloween parties
  4. Walking tours
  5. Summer BBQs
  6. Beach parties
  7. Taking part in sporting tournaments

There’s nothing quite like competing with other learning establishments in a variety of sporting events to create a team spirit and social bonding.

Any questions just ask

If you have any queries or questions regarding English language schools in London, have a chat with a friendly online adviser.  He or she will be able to tell you everything you need to know concerning:-

  1. Courses
  2. Schools
  3. Prices
  4. Accommodation
  5. Free online test
  6. Social events
  7. Jobs and careers

Having a job or career within a language school can be very rewarding.  If you’re interested in this type of exciting vacancy, set the wheels in motion today by contacting an online recruitment expert who can arrange a job’s workshop without delay.

Reasons Why Kids Should Go to School

Reasons Why Kids Should Go to School

 

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Overview

Close to 50 million children attended America’s public schools in 2010. Five million more students occupied lockers in private schools. Prekindergarten and kindergarten enrollment numbers are breaking records accoring to the United States Department of Education. More than 3 million teachers dedicate themselves to teaching these youngsters. The important lessons of reading, writing and arithmetic are just three reasons that these children and teachers will fill the classrooms.

Gain Social Skills

Family Education lists the development of important social skills as one of the leading reasons to send a toddler to preschool. By interacting with other children at an early age, kids learn how to take turns, how to listen and how to share. Playing with other kids also helps children learn about their own personalities, and their own likes and dislikes. The independence that kids gain in preschool is also a lesson that is hard to learn at home.

Social development doesn’t stop in kindergarten. Throughout elementary and secondary school, children learn how to negotiate, compromise and interact with their peers. Without learning these valuable skills as children, individuals would struggle in a professional setting when they are old enough to start working.

Learn Other Viewpoints

Public School Review explains that children who learn only at home have an individual learning experience, whereas children who learn in school do so through relationships. Learning through relationships is more reflective of the adult world in which people contribute to society by working together. Children in school systems hear other people’s ideas and viewpoints. They learn to merge different beliefs to create their own values and principles. In a school setting children learn to listen to various thoughts before forming their own opinions.

Qualify for Jobs

According to the Education Commission of the States, more than half of today’s employers insist on hiring people who have at least graduated from high school. That is up from 20 percent in the 1940s. The organization claims that young people with high school diplomas also earn more and are less likely to turn to public assistance or crime than those who haven’t graduated. A high school diploma shows colleges, technical schools and potential employers that a student has important life skills such as problem solving abilities, negotiation skills, and the ability to focus. A diploma is not given lightly. It is earned by students who go to school and succeed.

How to Talk to Sad, Jealous, Anxious Kids

However, we’re right on top of people, so we hear the goings on, especially with a neighbor family whose kids play outside. The parents are cool and friendly people in their 30s, and they’ve got two boys. The older boy is five, and the baby is just under two. The boys have very different temperaments. The baby is very adventurous and giggly, and the five year old is more careful, a little bit delicate, and he cries loudly when he’s scared or his feelings are hurt. A sensitive guy.

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When the dad comes home from work, he and the boys play outside for about an hour, and over the weeks we’ve been here, a change is occurring. The older boy was the main play pal for his dad, but now the baby is walking and running, and it seems that dad is bonding a little bit better with the baby.

He and the baby will be crawling around in the ivy and laughing while the five-year-old stays separate and gets dramatic about falling or tripping or something. You can see the dad’s frustration at being called back constantly to attend to the older boy’s difficulties, and you can see that the older boy is trying to get his father back on his side, but he’s going about it all wrong.

Today, I heard someone yell loudly in a very mean way, “What do you think you’re DOING! You don’t take his toys! Get inside!” It sounded like an 11 or 12-year-old girl who was babysitting and hating it. But today’s a school day, so I looked outside, and it was the boys’ mom! I’ve never heard her yell like that, so it sounds as if the tension is increasing between the boys, even when Dad isn’t in the picture. Whoops.

This is a story that occurs every day, but how could it be different? Clearly, the older boy is feeling jealousy, envy, anger, anxiety, and grief. And he’s acting from all or most of them without any direction.

He’s a mess. But each of his emotions is true. He is losing his place in his most important love relationships (jealousy). He is losing his access to status and material possessions (envy). He is losing his old sense of self and his place in his world (anger). He doesn’t know what bad thing will come next (anxiety). And he is experiencing a serious loss (grief). It’s all true.

So how does a parent or a teacher help? First, of course, is to accept the emotions as true, even if they’re annoying. If you know what the emotions mean, you could ask the boy, “Do you sometimes feel like your parents like the baby more?” or, “Do you think the baby gets more attention than you do?” or, “Wow, when my little sister was born, I was so sad! How did you feel when your brother was born? How do you feel now?”

If you give a child the chance to explore his emotions in a safe place, he will learn how to manage them without other people needing to yell at him.

I know it’s hard. Every one of us as parents has gone all wild-eyed and acted like an 11-year-old babysitter who wasn’t getting paid enough. We’ve all done it, and if our emotions are working as they should, we have also felt shame for doing it. So the practice for shame is to make amends. To apologize to our children and let them into the emotional backstage of our lives — so that they’ll know that there IS an emotional backstage, and that everyone struggles.

Photo of LegosOur boy outside, he feels alone. But he’s not alone. We all struggle with our emotions in this emotionally-confused world, and we’re only alone if we lie to people and pretend we’ve got our emotions figured out.

Everyone needs training in emotions, and everyone needs a safe place to talk about them, so let’s make a safe place and change the world, yes?

I think I’ll see if our boy wants some Legos that I’ve got in the garage. Sensitive little people often love Legos, don’t you find? And you can talk about all sorts of stuff when you’re building with Legos. Sneaky!

11 Ways to Increase IQ

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1. Exercise

People who exercise tend to have higher IQ scores than those who don’t. On average, individuals that take care of their bodies tend to be more intelligent than the chronic couch potatoes. Exercise is known to stimulate brain cell growth through a process called neurogenesis and flood the brain with pleasurable neurotransmitters like dopamine. Fitter individuals in high school are more likely to go on to college and do well there.

A lot of people don’t realize how powerful an effect rigorous exercise can have on decreasing stress and improving cognitive performance. I tend to think that exercise is one of the easiest ways to boost your IQ simply because it’s free and you can do it any time that’s convenient.

2. Stimulants and Nootropics (Smart Drugs)

Taking smart drugs like Adderall and NuVigil may help boost your IQ score. The abuse of these psychostimulants and cognitive enhancers is becoming more common these days to help people dominate the competition. They help people get into universities and graduate with good grades. These drugs will help you learn quicker and retain more information. There are many other enhancers like Ritalin on the market which stimulate the brain and boost brain power.

Any pill that increases your overall cognitive ability is going to help you improve your IQ score and performance on an IQ test. These are referred to by many as “smart drugs” for a reason. In my opinion, these boost mental brain power similar to taking steroids for improved physical abilities. Should you decide to take these medications to simply improve your cognition, just know that what comes up must come down; there’s no biological free lunch.

Eventually your tolerance is going to increase to the point where these no longer have an effect and withdrawal is generally tougher than most people admit. If there were one item on this list I would probably not want to get caught up in heavily, it would be the use of these smart drugs.  Read: “The Potential Dangers of Nootropics.”

3. Supplements

There are a variety of supplements that you can take to help boost your IQ. Will taking all of these supplements help you increase your IQ? Really the only way to find out is to experiment for yourself and see what happens. One of the most common ways to get a quick IQ boost is to drink some caffeine because it helps stimulate brain activity.

Caffeine + L-theanine – In combination these substances help improve performance on cognitively demanding tasks.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18681988

Creatine – Has been shown to help improve brain performance.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1691485/pdf/14561278.pdf

Ginkgo Biloba – Has been shown to help improve attention in healthy young volunteers.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11026748

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Improves working memory. I’ve sorted out the best fish oil supplements and best krill oil supplements if you aren’t able to get sufficient dietary omega-3s.

4. Meditation

It is known that meditation can help decrease stress, improve mood, and light up brain activity. Additionally, it can increase performance on intelligence-related measures and increase IQ scores over time. There are many different types of meditation that can be practiced, but one that has been proven effective is Transcendental Meditation. Nearly all types of meditation will improve general brain functioning and cognition, so if you are already practicing your IQ and cognition should continue to improve.

Transcendental meditation involves sitting peacefully with one’s eyes closed and focusing on a specific mantra. This helps your brain focus on one specific thing at a time and can help improve overall focus. Although there are many different types of meditation, if you want to improve your IQ score, I would recommend a focus-oriented approach. In other words, choose a type of concentration meditation as opposed to mindfulness meditation.

5. Healthy Diet + Vegetarian?

Researchers have found that diet does play a role in IQ and brain development throughout childhood. The degree to which IQ is affected later in life by food choices isn’t as well documented. However, if you want to boost your intelligence, it is best to avoid eating processed foods. Individuals who eat a lot of processed foods tend to have lower intelligence scores than people who eat healthier non-processed items. The researchers found that diet influenced IQ regardless of other factors.

Another interesting finding was that individuals that reported being a vegetarian by age 30 had scored (on average) 5 points higher on IQ tests than those who were non-vegetarian. Since higher IQ’s are linked with: less obesity, healthier hearts, and living a longer life – some researchers suggest vegetarianism may play a role. Theres a link between healthier lives and IQ, and a link between higher IQ and vegetarianism. Does that mean there’s a link between vegetarianism and health? Possibly – more research needs to be conducted for me to believe that being a vegetarian increases IQ especially because I tend to think meats and fish are healthy for the brain.

6. Neurofeedback

Although there aren’t many studies linking neurofeedback with improvements in IQ scores, there is evidence that it can help increase intelligence among individuals with ADD and ADHD. People with ADD and ADHD tend to have slower brain wave activity in certain brain regions compared to normal individuals. Training their brains to speed up production of brain waves in specific regions can help them perform better and improve their intelligence scores.

Despite the fact that neurofeedback isn’t used much other than to help with cases of ADD and ADHD, it does have potential to improve cognitive performance in a normal brain as well. If the brain wave patterns are slightly abnormal on the EEG, uptraining SMR, low beta, or mid range beta may help improve intelligence.

7. Brainwave Entrainment

In most therapies involving brain waves, the purpose is to help people who struggle with ADD and ADHD. People that don’t have any major problems with focus or concentration likely don’t need brain wave stimulation to help them improve their intelligence. Despite the fact that brainwave entrainment has only been studied in people with ADD and ADHD to determine whether it would boost IQ, it was effective and increasing the GPAs of college students.

 

Additionally, low levels of gamma brain waves have been linked to brain development problems and mental retardation. Gamma waves are the range higher than beta waves and at 40 Hz or 40 cycles per second, they are claimed to be associated with peak cognitive functioning – especially in regards to memory and perception. That does NOT necessarily mean that if you up-train gamma you will automatically become “in the zone” or develop an awesome memory.

I am a bit skeptical of most brainwave research out because it seems to be largely conducted and pushed by companies selling brainwave-related products. Based on what I’ve read it seems as though targeted uptraining of certain frequencies help individuals with ADD and ADHD more than anyone. There is still relatively little research involving brainwave entrainment in general – more needs to be conducted.

I’ve written up an article documenting the benefits of brainwave entrainment as well as the types of brainwave entrainment on the market.  If you’re interested, consider reading those articles.  I’ve also highlighted some potential dangers of brainwave entrainment, so do not assume that it’s always a utopian option.  With the wrong type of training, you may reduce your IQ.

8. Brain Games, Brain Training, Puzzles

Many people swear by doing crossword puzzles and sudokus to keep their brain as sharp as possible. Companies that sell brain related puzzles and games tend to market the fact that they will help you boost your IQ and become smarter. What these games have potential to do is give your brain some exercise. They make you think and put forth some mental effort which is a good thing.

  • Dual-N-Back training – This is a game that torches your working memory, and requires sustained time and effort.
  • Crossword puzzles – Crosswords make people think and can keep your brain stimulated.
  • Lumosity – There are specific brain training protocols on this website.
  • Puzzles – Other types of puzzles that make you think and focus are good for your brain.
  • Video games – Games like brain age and big brain academy may help your cognition.
  • Sudoku – This is a popular game involving logic and numbers.

It was found that “memory training” helped give kids an IQ boost. Most of these games will help stimulate brain activity, thinking, and memory. If you are going to use a brain game in attempt to boost your IQ, research the program and determine whether others have had success with it as well.

9. Enriched Environment

Some agree that one of the most important things for developing a higher IQ is to grow up in an enriched environment. Many believe that individuals who grow up in an enriched environment tend to be smarter and have a higher socioeconomic status than those who do not. Although I think genetics plays a big role in determining intelligence, I think growing up in an enriched environment during pivotal developmental years can play a role too.

  1. Active learning – Actively learning new things helps your brain learn and may help you make connections that before were not possible. Learning a new skill such as chess, how to play a sport, how to juggle, or anything new for that matter – may help your brain in ways you never thought possible.
  2. New experiences – In addition to actively learning or engaging your brain to learn new things, new experiences can also help rewire and increase your intelligence. Something like taking a trip to a foreign country, becoming fluent in their language, and lifestyle is going to have an influence on your brain.

Although heredity plays a major role in the development of IQ, there is evidence that environment still plays a role. It is best to stimulate your brain as much as possible while growing up before the brain reaches adulthood. There are plenty of studies conducted on enriched environment vs. non-enriched environment – the enriched environment will produce a higher IQ.

10. Intermittent Fasting (BDNF)

It has been proven that the act of Intermittent Fasting helps improve cognitive functioning in both mice and humans.  It works by increasing the amount of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).  If you properly learn how to intermittently fast, you will be increasing your BDNF – which has been linked to improvements in both learning and memorization.  It is obvious that if you are able to improve your ability to learn as well as your memory, you should experience an overall boost in intelligence.  Ironically, the process of intermittent-fasting is also linked growing new brain cells.

Intermittent-fasting is nothing too complex.  It involves eating for a specific window of time, followed by a period of “fasting” or not eating for a period of time.  This can be done in windows of a specific number of hours, or this may be conducted on an alternative-day (i.e. every other day) basis.  Not only could intermittent fasting give you a boost in intelligence, it also seems to be physically healthy and is hypothesized to help prevent against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

11. Reading

Reading is especially important if you want to boost the IQ of your children. Some non-scientific studies have shown that reading can increase a child’s IQ by up to 6 points. Generally I would take these studies with a grain of salt since they are not published in any major journals. However, the fact is that reading will stimulate thought, learning new vocabulary, and helps people make connections between certain events should be good for the brain.

The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling

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1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family’s future as homeschooling.

2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them.

3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process.

4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and equivalency laws. The best way to find out what your state laws are is to contact a local support group in your area. To contact a representative from your state, please visit our list of local homeschooling groups. They are well versed in your states particular laws and regulations and can assist you.

5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to scratch it several times and start over. Don’t sacrifice your family’s happiness to “school” your children. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family.

6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most important, their parents.

7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to become a scientist, or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a community college class, with a tutor, or through text books.  After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don’t worry about it when they are ten.

8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each other. Tell each other that it’s okay to sometimes feel that your children didn’t seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you!

9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time. While you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all- how to create the life of their dreams.

10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without school.

8 Reason Teens and Their Parents Choose Online High School

Every year more teens choose to study through online high schools. Why ditch traditional brick-and-mortar programs for online learning? Here are the top reasons that teens and their families choose online high schools.
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1.  Online high schools help teens make up missed credits.

When students fall behind in traditional schools, it can be difficult to make up missed credits while keeping up with the required coursework. Flexible online high schools let teens make up courses – some teens choose to enroll online while still attending their regular high school, while others decide to move completely to the virtual realm.

2.  Online high schools help teens get ahead and graduate early.

With online learning, motivated teens don’t need to be held back by classes that must take four months to complete. Instead, they can choose an online high school that allows students to finish courses as fast as they are able to complete the coursework. Many online high school graduates have earned their diplomas and moved on to college one or two years ahead of their peers.

3.  Online high schools provide flexibility for teens with unusual schedules.

Young people involved in consuming activities such as professional acting or sports often have to miss classes for work-related events. Instead of constantly struggling to catch up with their peers, these talented teens can complete online high school courses during their down time (which may be later in the evening instead of in the middle of the day).

4.  Online high schools help struggling teens get away from negative peer groups.

Troubled teens may want to make a change but find it difficult while surrounded by former friends. By learning online, teens are able to get away from seeing the same people every day and make new friends based on shared interests rather than shared locations.

5.  Online high schools let teens work at their own pace.

By choosing a flexible online high school, teens can speed ahead when they feel confident and take longer when they are dealing with subjects they find confusing. Instead of struggling to keep up or sitting bored waiting for the class, teens can progress through coursework at a pace that accommodates their strengths and weaknesses.

6.  Online high schools allow teens to focus on their academics & avoid distraction.

Some students simply lose focus of their education when surrounded by the distractions that school can bring. Online high schools help students focus on academics and save socializing for their off hours. Sometimes students study online for a semester or two to get back on track before re-enrolling in a traditional high school.

7.  Online high schools let teens esape bullying.

Bullying is a serious problem in traditional schools. When school officials and other parents turn a blind eye to a child that is being tormented on school property, some families choose to withdraw their teen from the situation by enrolling him in an online program. Online high schools can be a permanent academic home for bullied teens or they can be a temporary solution while parents find an alternative public or private school where their child is protected.

8.  Online high schools let talented teens access programs not available locally.

Virtual programs give students in rural or disadvantaged urban areas the ability to learn from a top-notch curriculum that may not be available locally. Elite online high schools such as Stanford’s EPGY program are competitive and have high acceptance rates from upper-tier colleges.

Tips making learning fun for ADD/ADHD Childern

One positive way to keep your child’s attention focused on learning is to make the process fun. Using physical motion in a lesson, connecting dry facts to interesting trivia, or inventing silly songs that make details easier to remember can help your child enjoy learning and even reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Helping children with ADD/ADHD enjoy math

Children who have attention deficit disorder tend to be “concrete” thinkers. They often like to hold, touch, or take part in an experience in order to learn something new. By using games and objects to demonstrate mathematical concepts, you can show your child that math can be meaningful—and fun.

  • Play games. Use memory cards, dice, or dominoes to make numbers fun. Or simply use your fingers and toes, tucking them in or wiggling them when you add or subtract.
  • Draw pictures. Especially for word problems, illustrations can help kids better understand mathematical concepts. If the word problem says there are twelve cars, help your child draw them from steering wheel to trunk.
  • Invent silly acronyms. In order to remember order of operations, for example, make up a song or phrase that uses the first letter of each operation in the correct order.

Helping children with ADD/ADHD enjoy reading

There are many ways to make reading exciting, even if the skill itself tends to be a struggle for children with ADD/ADHD. Keep in mind that reading at its most basic level made up of stories and interesting information—things that all children enjoy.

  • Read to children. Read with children. Make reading cozy, quality time with you.
  • Make predictions or “bets.” Constantly ask the child what they think might happen next. Model prediction: “The girl in the story seems pretty brave—I bet she’s going to try to save her family.”
  • Act out the story. Let the child choose his or her character and assign you one, too. Use funny voices and costumes to bring it to life.

How does your kid like to learn?

When children are given information in a way that makes it easy for them to absorb, learning is a lot more fun. If you understand how your child with ADD/ADHD learns best, you can create enjoyable lessons that pack an informational punch.

  • Auditory learners learn best by talking and listening. Have these kids recite facts to a favorite song. Let them pretend they are on a radio show and work with others often.
  • Visual learners learn best through reading or observation. Let them have fun with different fonts on the computer and use colored flash cards to study. Allow them to write or draw their ideas on paper.
  • Tactile learners learn best by physically touching something or moving as part of a lesson. For these students, provide jellybeans for counters and costumes for acting out parts of literature or history. Let them use clay and make collages.

It’s tough to enjoy learning when there is something undiagnosed standing in the way. In addition to ADD/ADHD, children may also be affected by learning disabilities. These issues make even the most exciting lessons extremely difficult for students. Like children with attention deficit disorder, children with learning disabilities can succeed in the classroom, and there are many ways you can help.

What Are the Causes of Child Behavior Problems at School?

What Are the Causes of Child Behavior Problems at School?

When a child misbehaves at school, it can be disruptive to everyone concerned. Sometimes it’s difficult to know the difference between normal and abnormal behavioral issues. What’s considered typical conduct for a 5-year-old might be unacceptable when it’s displayed by a 12-year-old. Acting out in school may have roots in a personality issue or a behavioral disorder.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

A child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may find it difficult to pay attention at school. The American Academy of Family Physicians says the primary features of ADHD include lack of focus and impulsiveness ADHD can interfere with a child’s ability to listen and follow instructions. A child may be forgetful and disorganized, making him apt to lose school assignments and parental notes. A child with ADHD may be fidgety, overly talkative and unable to wait for her turn in class.

 

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

While it’s normal for a child to occasionally become upset and irritable, a child with oppositional defiant disorder is almost constantly disruptive and argumentative. This can cause numerous problems at school as he shows a blatant disregard for the rules, challenges authority figures and intentionally annoys classmates. A child with ODD may find it hard to make and keep friends and often seeks revenge on others.

Shyness

Sometimes a child is so shy that it interferes with her day-to-day functioning at school. An extremely bashful child does not adjust as easily as her peers in the classroom or on the playground, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The longer this pattern persists, the harder it becomes for a timid child to become more socially confident.

Peer Rejection

A child may be rejected by his classmates for being overweight or lacking in personal hygiene, or because of the clothes he wears. In some cases, a child is rejected by his peers because of his disruptive behavior that may be due to a behavioral disorder. A child may also be labeled an outcast by his peers for no apparent reason. Whatever the cause for dismissal, a rejected child is made to feel unwanted and unwelcome. He may respond by bullying classmates and breaking rules.

The 30 Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools Part-1

30. The George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

30. The George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

The online facilities at The George Washington University in the U.S. capital are so effective that associate dean Toni Marsh believes the school’s “on-campus program has gotten better as well.” Moreover, technology has played a big part in this. As the official website explains, “Technology continuously presents opportunities to challenge our students while expanding their access to information.” Students may undertake synchronous or asynchronous degree and certificate programs and can expect to use software such as iTunes U to access podcasts, and Second Life to enter a virtual classroom environment. Blackboard and Embanet are learning management systems favored by the school, while Skype, video conferencing and real-time chat rooms are also available to help online learners reach their potential.

29. University of Texas at Brownsville – Brownsville, Texas

29. University of Texas at Brownsville – Brownsville, Texas

Management systems, web conferencing and virtual drives come together at the University of Texas at Brownsville to create a progressive learning environment that’s ideal for online students. The school runs 17 fully online courses covering a selection of master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates. Blackboard is employed for the organization and synchronous and asynchronous delivery of the school’s programs, while the digital settings of Second Life, or Blackboard’s own Collaborate software, can be used by students and faculty members to interact with one another and cooperate on assignments. The university’s impressive Tegrity Campus will also record lectures for live streaming, and these are then all made available for downloading.

28. University of Bridgeport – Bridgeport, Connecticut

28. University of Bridgeport – Bridgeport, Connecticut

The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut’s website helps offer online learners their pick of several programs including undergraduate, graduate and post graduate options. The myUB portal allows all of their students to register for their courses and will hook students into learning management system Canvas as well as ample other services – including email, provision of the latest school information, and library resources. Teaching tends to be asynchronous, making use of discussion threads and internet-based tests within Canvas and the university integrates video into their online courses as well as other multimedia materials. The faculty can also engage students via live messaging or conferencing with technology such as Blackboard Collaborate. Unrestricted technical assistance and a free eTutor are among the additional benefits for online students at the school.

27. Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

27. Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Two popular technologies are used across all online classes at Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University: Blackboard for course management and Adobe Connect for web conferencing. What’s more, this is enhanced by multiple web-based applications, including VoiceThread, Mediasite and JShare – the latter being the school’s cloud sharing tool, which offers every user five gigabytes of free online storage. Faculty members can take advantage of Facebook and live streaming technology software like Panopto. Meanwhile, online learners may connect to the campus via group chats with instructors in real-time, and student discussions on Skype and in webinars are also encouraged. The school placed well in three 2014 graduate program honor rolls by U.S. News & World Report.

26. Fort Hays State University – Hays, Kansas

26. Fort Hays State University – Hays, Kansas

Online student Michelle Fairbank described “trying new things with technology that [she] never in a million years thought [she] would do” in completing her master’s degree at Hays, Kansas’ Fort Hays State University Virtual College. Distance learners use Blackboard to remain hooked up with their courses and can join in with classes in real-time or watch video recordings of them at their own leisure. Students also get free access to the website Smarthinking for tutor assistance as well as having the option to email, call or Skype their professors. There is a selection of over 40 online degree programs from which to choose, too, with the majority of them taught by Fort Hays State staff.

25. Utah State University – Logan, Utah

25. Utah State University – Logan, Utah

Student support is an important part of online life at Utah State University. As well as receiving attention from teachers and fellow distance learners, students taking an online course at the Logan-based school also benefit from an academic adviser. Meanwhile, a dedicated eTutoring website provides learners with three outlets for help: a writing lab, real-time sessions with a tutor, and an offline aid service. There are eight bachelor’s plus six master’s degrees and ten additional courses to choose from, available via Utah State’s online learning platform, Canvas. Content has been optimized for smartphones and tablets, and the university even has its own app.

24. Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

24. Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

Interactivity and community are essential elements of Boston University’s online degree and certificate courses, with technology the bedrock of the students’ virtual classrooms. Blackboard, Adobe Connect and Echo360 blend seamlessly, facilitating a variety of programs – and helping the school to have ranked second and eighth on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs and Best Online Graduate Business Programs lists, respectively. Recorded lectures are accommodated online, as are animations and chat sessions, while Respondus LockDown Browser software ensures that learners complete their examinations in a controlled context. Distance learners are further encouraged to bond with their peers using allocated course web spaces.

23. Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

23. Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

In 2006 Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona became the first institution of its kind to utilize Google Apps for Education. Besides which, the forward-thinking school encourages learners to use social media site Facebook to contact instructors and connect with their classmates. And that’s not all. Students may create, edit, save and share documents and view lectures in an on-demand, asynchronous context within the school’s course organization system, LearningStudio. Hallway Conversations is another useful feature at Arizona State; it’s an “open forum” where “we can set up study groups, post questions and reply to them,” according to one student. Meanwhile, learners can get guidance 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the school’s technical support team as well as unlimited library access via an online chat facility. Furthermore, the library offers digitized versions of its collections.

22. McKendree University – Lebanon, Illinois

22. McKendree University – Lebanon, Illinois

In addition to offering online students substantial I.T. support, access to the Holman Library and the benefits of the Academic Support Center, McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois also provides assistance with writing, both online and in-person. TheWriting Center offers interactive online sessions with writing consultants, who work collaboratively with students to improve their writing skills and can assist during any stage of the writing process. Graduate and undergraduate classes are available – and in terms of student support, education and technology, the school was ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

 

21. SUNY Delhi – Delhi, New York

21. SUNY Delhi – Delhi, New York

SUNY Delhi in Delhi, New York took joint top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 honor roll for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The school’s learning management system is called Vancko Hall, more widely known as open source e-learning software Moodle. Writing workshops and academic advice are among the benefits received by online students, who can also enjoy around-the-clock access to SUNY Delhi’s comprehensive Resnick Library – a repository of around 35,000 journals stored in 30 databases. The school’s regard led to it being a “critical component” in the launch of the innovative Open SUNY network, an online learning system that brings together all 64 campuses of New York’s state universities.

20. Pace University – New York City, New York

20. Pace University – New York City, New York

“Cutting-edge web-based technology” is used to deliver both wholly online and online-offline hybrid courses at New York’s Pace University. The school’s iPace program for course completion takes advantage of virtual learning management system Blackboard, while other software such as Echo360, Respondus and ProctorU helps give students a flexible and accessible distance learning experience. Pace also has a devoted advisory group for online students, who feel connected to the main campus thanks to programs that include web chats and other live online elements. Additionally, the school has a partnership with iTunes, providing an accessible platform that hosts submittable educational material. Pace University believes the amount of interaction – whether real-time or otherwise – between remote students and their instructors and peers should mirror that of the on-campus experience.

19. Central Michigan University – Mount Pleasant, Michigan

19. Central Michigan University – Mount Pleasant, Michigan

U.S. News & World Report featured Central Michigan University (CMU) in joint first place on its Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list for 2014. CMU’s Global Campus is based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and the school’s online classes offer prospective students a range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as graduate certificates. Distance learners can also use the Blackboard application 24 hours a day to access relevant material, submit work and chat with lecturers – and students may also be required to log in to planned live discussions. Besides which, anyone struggling to keep up can enlist the help of an Online Ally – a knowledgeable, advanced online learner able to offer insightful guidance and support.

18. Wright State University – Dayton, Ohio

18. Wright State University – Dayton, Ohio

Wright State University calls its distance education program a “new kind of learning” – and to back up this claim, the Dayton, Ohio-based school now boasts online classes featuring “new interactive video instruction” that “moves beyond the traditional e-learning environment.” That said, the more conventional aspects of distance learning are still comprehensibly covered, with all students using the school’s dedicated online portal, Pilot, to access course resources and information. Students can also enjoy the additional assistance of 24-hour tech support, seven days a week and utilize the university’s career services and library database. Live and recorded video will see learners through a selection of degree programs such as master’s in nursing and information systems.

17. Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

17. Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University has offered online programs for nigh on 20 years, and in 2010 the school was presented with the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education. More than 100 online courses are taught by on-campus staff at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based school, with Blackboard Learn used to enable students to collaborate on assignments and sit in on “live classrooms” with instructors and peers. Additional teaching tools include multimedia presentations and online threads. Through the Writing Center, students may also take advantage of real-time discussions with tutors, who can help with papers by offering guidance. Plus, there’s a mentoring scheme dedicated to “improving the student experience.”

16. University of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California

16. University of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California

U.S. News and World Report placed the online master’s degree at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science second on its 2014 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs list. Distance students get the same courses as their on-campus counterparts, with lectures and class materials made available via the school’s learning management system. Frequent real-time chats with instructors support learners through their study and are recorded and uploaded for students who can’t make the sessions. Meanwhile, the school has three lecture-capture studios on hand for the faculty; two are equipped with Echo360 software for asynchronous sessions and the third is provided with Blackboard Collaborate for live discussions and debates.

The 30 Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools Part-2

15. Sam Houston State University – Huntsville, Texas

15. Sam Houston State University – Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville, Texas’ Sam Houston State University boasts seven lecture theaters spread out across two campuses that have been equipped with interactive television technology. This enables classes to be streamed live to distance learners, with the added benefit of adjustable cameras and multiple microphones. Julie Combs, director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership, believes this “allows students from many different regions to join a class in a face-to-face format.” Online undergraduate and graduate programs are both run by the school, which utilizes Blackboard to organize course content while also enabling web-based students to use the university’s library, career services and writing hub.

14. Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California

14. Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California

More than 40 online master’s programs are available through the University of Southern California’s Distance Education Network at the Viterbi School of Engineering in Los Angeles. A number of interactive applications – such as Skype, Cisco WebEx and BlueJeans – are used to encourage teamwork, and remote students even have access to a toll-free number to contact their professors for assistance. Lectures are streamed live from distinctive “studio classrooms” before being archived along with the relevant notes. The school’s commitment to distance learning is also seen in its innovative Viterbi iPodia program, which strives to “create a true ‘classrooms-without-borders’ paradigm around the world.”

13. Westfield State University – Westfield, Massachusetts

13. Westfield State University – Westfield, Massachusetts

Massachusetts-based Westfield State University’s distance program is called PLATO, or People Learning and Teaching Online. Six bachelor’s completion courses and four minors as well as numerous other online classes are offered, all backed up by free eTutoring from Smarthinking. Podcasting is encouraged through the use of Audacity software, while image and video capture is made possible by TechSmith’s Jing application. Blackboard Collaborate is the university’s latest web conferencing tool, and students receive considerable concessions on Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software thanks to the school’s licensing agreements. Meanwhile, faculty members are put through their paces at Web Camp, an acclaimed training program for effective online teaching, helping the school rank number 1 in 2013 and number 3 in 2014 for Training and Faculty Credentials by U. S. News & World Reports.

 

12. Washington State University – Pullman, Washington

12. Washington State University – Pullman, Washington

“Our faculty and course designers work together to ensure the online classroom is engaging, lively and interactive,” states Washington State University’s official website. The school’s online learning platform, Angel, is the property of Blackboard and is largely maintained on campus in Pullman, Washington. Instructors are also encouraged to utilize a variety of technology to deliver course content. Students can employ digital pens to easily review notes from lectures and may record presentations using screen capture software like TechSmith’s Camtasia. “Virtual field trips” are promoted, as is the option of creating digital games directly in Angel. The online community is further supported by access to a student government, virtual mentors and extracurricular events.

11. Northern Illinois University – DeKalb, Illinois

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With official Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts and more all accessible from the university’s own social media “SmashUp” page, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois is proud of the “community-building” capabilities of its technologies. One faculty member responsible for the online courses stated, “If you are not moving ahead in this field, you are falling behind.” That’s why iOS and Android platforms can deliver course content to online students, and software like Adobe Connect and Blackboard are used alongside podcasting, blogging and a custom “lecture capture” classroom. In 2014 the school topped U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs list.

10. Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, North Carolina

10. Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, North Carolina

Distance students at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina can augment their education with the use of live streaming video and audio as well as with remote access to their instructors. The school began offering distance education in 1997, and it constantly endeavors to take “maximum advantage of the changes in information and communications technologies.” So whether enrolled in a fully online course or a hybrid degree, learners still have access to the university’s Hunter Library – including the ability to directly receive information and research services 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Students may use the library’s comprehensive database to retrieve digital texts and request materials from the physical collections.

9. East Carolina University – Greenville, North Carolina

9. East Carolina University – Greenville, North Carolina

At Greenville, North Carolina’s East Carolina University, distance education is made easy with the use of collaborative communication applications from Blackboard and Saba. Furthermore, each online learner is given access to the school’s own Onestop student portal, which enables them to customize the system’s interface and browse a variety of relevant materials. The school boasts over 80 online courses, with live talks between students and teachers available in some of them. Coursework is submitted digitally, and tutors are also on-hand during stipulated hours so that distance learners can feel connected to the main campus.

8. St. John’s University – New York City, New York

8. St. John’s University – New York City, New York

At St. John’s University in Queens, New York, nearly three quarters of all distance courses are taught by current on-campus staff, and every full-time remote (and on-campus) degree learner is given a new laptop. Additionally, distance learners have the opportunity to access important aspects of university life such as the library and ministry. Daily communication with lecturers is encouraged, and much of the program involves active engagement in online discussion boards. These exceptional features have helped the school reach fifth place on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs list for 2014. Recent graduate Errol Adams says that his online course “kept [him] abreast of all the advances in technology throughout [his] profession.”

7. University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

7. University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

“Our philosophy is to embrace technology to improve and accelerate learning for busy adults,” states the University of Denver’s official University College website. The physical campus is based in Denver, but the online learning platform Canvas is accessible to distance learners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can enjoy real-time messaging with peers, stream multimedia and contribute to talks via web conferencing tools. Master’s and bachelor’s degrees are available, along with other courses and certificates, and there’s also the option to be fully online or part of a blended class – although the course content in both cases is identical. What’s more, with technical support on hand all day, every day, there’s no excuse for being late with an assignment.

6. Regent University – Virginia Beach, Virginia

6. Regent University – Virginia Beach, Virginia

As a Christian-affiliated school, Regent University in Virginia Beach offers its online students not just 24-hour technical support, but around-the-clock spiritual guidance as well. Benefits include access to the school’s digital library, writing center, internet-based seminars and workshops (at the Center for Student Development) and the ability to stream content from Regent’s chapel. Blackboard Collaborate is used to create a virtual learning environment incorporating scheduled face-to-face educational exercises, while a personalized Regent webpage is offered to each student to allow ease of access to learning accounts and emails. A variety of undergraduate and graduate online degrees are obtainable – more than 50 in total – alongside several hybrid courses.

5. University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Platteville, Wisconsin

5. University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Platteville, Wisconsin

Desire2Learn, Pioneer Administrative Software System (PASS) and Atomic Learning are three technologically savvy means used to deliver online courses at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. PASS is responsible for program registration and financial support. Desire2Learn, meanwhile, is the school’s education management system of choice; it’s a solution that in addition to taking care of media content and prospectuses, can connect with Atomic Learning’s digestible video tutorials to improve learning. In 2014 University Business magazine selected the school as one of its eight “Models of Efficiency” in the U.S. – an acknowledgement of “innovative approaches for streamlining operations through technology,” according to the university. Faculty member Dawn Drake explains, “We find technology to support what we do to help students get the education they need.”

4. New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering – New York City, New York

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The 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs placed the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in New York City at number twelve. The school’s director of online and virtual learning, John Vivolo, says that the programs are “diverse, interactive and ever-evolving” in terms of the technologies that they use. Lectures are available to be viewed live or at a later date – even through smartphones and tablets – while content is also delivered via the Blackboard learning system. Plus, distance students can remotely access the university’s library resources and career services and benefit from frequent communication with peers and staff by utilizing online discussion boards and webinars.

3. Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Science, Columbia University – New York City, New York

3. Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Science, Columbia University – New York City, New York

Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York City topped U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Engineering Program list in 2014. Its graduate remote-learning school, the Columbia Video Network, has been described by one student as providing an “Ivy League, world-class education” and having an “outstanding” choice of classes. All of the relevant course resources are accessible online, and distance learners are taught identical lessons to those of their on-site peers. This is achievable through the use of bespoke on-campus classrooms, which record live lectures that can then be streamed or downloaded by online students – with the additional benefit of high-resolution footage. There’s also a special Student Center system that makes virtual collaboration possible.

2. Wilmington University – New Castle, Delaware

2. Wilmington University – New Castle, Delaware

There are in excess of 80 fully online classes on offer at New Castle, Delaware’s Wilmington University. Each virtual classroom is kept to an average of 17 learners, fostering a “personalized” educational experience with easy communication between instructors and peers. This can be accessed through the school’s Blackboard discussion boards, email, Skype or the web conferencing tool, Collaborate. Attendees may even take advantage of the online student association’s monthly meetings for all web-based students in a comfortable webinar format utilizing Blackboard Collaborate. Advanced multimedia content is added to Blackboard by Kaltura Building Block software, while faculty can use Swivl to record classes. Learners also benefit from an array of online student services – from writing workshops to mentoring – as well as around-the-clock technical assistance.

1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida

1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida has been offering distance education opportunities since 1971. Today, it presents an array of master’s, associate and bachelor’s programs, with the university ranking joint fifth on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list for 2014. Students enrolled in an online course can benefit from an impressive range of services, such as 24-hour tech support, seven days a week and a variety of apps for tablets and smartphones. Embry-Riddle Worldwide also employs an innovative, staff-developed piece of software called EagleVision Home, which enables remote students to experience live classes in a virtual environment and interact with peers and faculty in real-time.

Taking the First Steps Towards Teaching With Video Games


Educators at Nordahl Grieg Upper Secondary, a public high school in Norway, are taking a unique approach to teaching that treats video games as just another classroom tool.

If teachers use books, music, videos and websites as resources for teaching, video games should also be included on that list, according to Nordahl Grieg teacher Tobias Staaby. He and his colleagues, including Aleksander Husøy, have been demonstrating the uses of video games to educators by inviting them to a workshop at the school each semester.

Staaby says it helps to take a look at who plays games. According to the Entertainment Software Association, which represents the video game industry, the average age of a video game player in the U.S. is 35 years old, which can be closer to the age of a teacher than a student.

Staaby and Husøy were at the Games Learning Society conference in Wisconsin earlier this month to talk about how they use video games in the classroom. When they host their workshops for teachers, they start off with these steps:

Show That It Works
When educators observe classrooms that use video games for learning, they can see the discussions that unfold and the lessons learned through the platform. In digital games like “The Walking Dead,” players have to make choices, explain their decisions and experience the results of their selections. Controlling outcomes, such as a character’s path and responses, makes a video game a different and more immersive experience than traditional books or movies in which the content is fixed.

A screengrab of The Walking Dead game by TellTale Games. The player has to decide how to respond to a group of strangers.

A screengrab of ‘The Walking Dead’ game by TellTale Games. In this scene, the player has to decide how to respond to a group of strangers.

Attending a Nordahl Grieg workshop to learn about video games in the classroom is one option, but there may be a teacher nearby who is using games. For educators with specific content areas and needs, there are game reviews written by educators on Gamindex and Common Sense Graphite.

Play!
In the workshop, educators can start playing games to see how they work. Staaby and Husøy start them off with “Gone Home,” “The Walking Dead” and “This War of Mine.”

Create
After trying out the games, educators look for ways to create lessons. Staaby, Husøy and their colleagues share and develop ideas during the workshop, but encourage anyone interested in using video games in the classroom to take ownership over how they will use them.

“It’s important to experience autonomy and be in control of whatever you’re doing,” said Staaby. “We say it’s important for students to be motivated and be in control of their learning situation, but that applies to teachers as well.”

And while there are out-of-the-box lesson plans, Staaby encourages educators to adapt lessons to their own classrooms. He says to think of a lesson plan as a recipe that can be adjusted for the ingredients you have available and that will meet the dietary needs of your students.

Rethink Learning Goals
In some cases, the learning that takes place when using games isn’t immediately obvious. Many of the workshop video games at Nordahl Grieg were not designed to be educational and don’t come with specified learning goals, but creative educators identified benefits for students anyway.

Staaby likens this approach to what teachers already do with films, books or videos that weren’t created with students in mind but can spark lessons, even if those sources are not packaged as educational content. He refers to an observation Husøy made about the bias many educators feel against video games as a learning tool.

“It’s weird the assumption that games have to have this stamp of approval,” said Staaby. “If it’s the EDU version, it’s OK. But we don’t have EDU versions of classical literature or music or movies.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Games allow players multiple attempts at accomplishing any goal, a good model for educators to use in their own approach to teaching with video games. Often teachers feel they need to be technically savvy with the game before using it as a teaching tool, but games are the perfect opportunity for teachers to share responsibility for learning with students. Trusting students in this way gives them learning autonomy, builds relationships and lets them be the experts, a great way to learn.

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure

 

In the first pages of Being Wrong, Kathryn Schulz writes, “In our collective imagination, error is associated not just with shame and stupidity but also with ignorance, indolence, psychopathology, and moral degeneracy.” This cultural terror of messing up, combined with modern modes of parenting and schooling obsessed with narrow versions of academic and career “success,” are making students more than risk-averse.

Books like How to Raise an Adult and Teach Your Children Well say kids are coming to college “underconstructed,” at best unsure of who they are and where they fit, at worst anxious and depressed, because their parents have protected them from the uncomfortable and unacceptable state of being wrong. Focused on getting the grades or winning the game and excused from helping out around the house, these children have internalized the pressure, and it’s morphed into a monster that paralyzes kids in their ability to take risks, screw up, find out the consequences and learn from their mistakes.

Parent and educator Jessica Lahey, author of the new book The Gift of Failure, wants parents (and teachers) to back off. She said it’s time for adults to do the responsible thing and let the children fail. Trying something and failing, she writes, is how children learn and make discoveries about themselves and the world around them. This applies to unloading the dishwasher as well as the science fair. Becoming autonomous gives children pride in themselves and their abilities, and makes them independent thinkers and doers who can cope with the ups and downs of life.

But it will be messy, and adults should expect as much. To Lahey’s credit, The Gift of Failure defiantly rejects the binary choices of either “triumphant or bumbling adulthood” as end goals, and sees growing up as a series of peaks and valleys with lots of time to figure things out in between. Instead, she offers practical advice, steeped in the latest research, on how to let kids find their own way as parents and teachers guide them, the key word being guide — not instruct, dictate, or enable. Giving kids autonomy may or may not make them a big “success,” but the research supports that it will make kids happier, less anxious and depressed, and more fulfilled to work towards agency in their own lives.

Lahey taught middle school for more than a dozen years, and said that in that period of time, she watched as kids went from cautious to take risks to too terrified to even make a move — write a sentence, for example — without considering what people might think or how it would affect their grade.

“The thing I began to notice was not the fear of an ‘F’, it was the fear of any mistake,” she said. “It’s not that students couldn’t get to a final draft, they couldn’t get even their ideas down. From a teacher’s point of view, that’s a nightmare! If they can’t take a risk, then certainly they aren’t raising their hand with an I-wanna-try-this-idea-out kind of thing.”

Many educators already know this, but what to do about it? Educators can play a crucial part in helping kids to get comfortable with failure, which Lahey calls “autonomy-supportive teaching” and goes hand-in-hand with “autonomy-supportive parenting.” She says there are ways educators can encourage parents to let go, and here are a few:

Encourage parents to think of raising a child as a long-haul job

Stop bringing forgotten homework to school, Lahey tells the parents of her students. And stop stressing over how your daughter will do on next week’s quiz: instead, focus on what your daughter can learn if she does it all herself, without nagging and pestering and pressure. If she does indeed fail the quiz, she may be forced to ask herself what went wrong, and what she could do better next time. Parenting is a long-haul job, Lahey says, and parents and teachers need to think more about what’s going to make kids happy in the long term. In the case of the quiz, the short-term goal is getting an ‘A,’ but the long-term goal of self-sufficiency eclipses that minor ‘A’ by a long shot.

“It’s so freeing!” she said. “You can stop worrying about the stupid details of the moment-to-moment junk, and start focusing on the big things. Just think about where your kid was one year ago today. They’re amazing!” Lahey said she’s not sure if adults just forget, or worry that’s not true. She suspects, though, that parents don’t see the amazing growth in kids because they aren’t given the opportunity to show it very often.

Focus on Process Instead of Product

Lahey confesses this is a tricky balance, especially since schools today are inherently — almost obsessively — focused on product (and may inadvertently be contributing to parents’ anxieties over academic success). But there are ways to get around that, she says.

Adjust expectations (and grades) to make room for real student work. In the book, Lahey asks a kindergarten teacher what her kids can do that their parents don’t think they can. She responds: “Everything!” In autonomy-supportive teaching, work that students plan and orchestrate themselves will look like — well, like a kid did it. That means no more science projects worthy of their own Nobel. “Teachers need to move their expectations as well. Our lines for where grades should be have creeped up anyway, based on our expectations for what the product should look like. Our expectations have been skewed by the work of the parents.”

Back away from the parent portal

One of the biggest pitfalls to autonomy-supportive parenting, Lahey says, are the parent portal websites, with access to up-to-the-minute feedback about scores and grades. Lahey and her husband decided to forgo the parent portal for their older child. They handed the password over to their son, telling him he’d need to let them know if he was in academic trouble. Some of her friends were shocked, “as if we were defaulting on our parental duty,” she writes. “I disagree. Checking in on children’s grades is a type of surveillance, which is one of the forms of control and is often mentioned in the research as an enemy of autonomy and intrinsic motivation.”

For parents who decide to forego the parent portal (or only check it occasionally), Lahey recommends sending a note to teachers about the decision, explaining that your student is now responsible for her own communication information.

Consider the Fear of Failure May Affect More Kids Than You Think

Some educators have called out the rash of overparenting books as only written for a few upper-class parents; some have called The Overstressed American Child “a myth.” Many students are well-acquainted with failure, both their own personal shortcomings as well as the systemic failures of their schools and homes. While Lahey openly admits that The Gift of Failure doesn’t apply to everyone, she cautions that it’s not just the 1% who are terrified of their kids failing: “What I did find out by talking to teachers, is that it’s far more pervasive than we thought,” Lahey said. “We’re talking about a big chunk, a lot of middle class kids are getting the same kind of pressure,” as kids at the top. Many times, she said, the pressure’s even greater if a family doesn’t have the means to pay for college — especially when it comes to sports and scholarships.

Fear of failure destroys the love of learning

In chapter 2, Lahey relates the story of one of her students, capable and intelligent Marianna, who has “sacrificed her natural curiosity and and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault.”

We taught her that her potential is tied to her intellect, and her intellect is more important than her character. We taught her to protect her academic and extracurricular perfection at all costs and that it’s better to quit when things get challenging rather than risk marring that perfection.

Above all else, we have taught her to fear failure, and that fear has destroyed her love of learning.

And this is the real shame: fear of failure taints the waters of learning, keeping kids from taking risks. Making failure normal — even celebrated — Lahey contends, may be uncomfortable in the short-term, but in the long haul makes for happier, more confident kids.

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose


Students and their teacher watch the progress of their paper rockets during a “tinkering day.”

Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years. He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school. Instead, he says a teacher’s main job should be to help students develop key skills necessary for when they leave school. He contends there are seven essential things young people need to be successful lifelong learners:

  1. Formulate good questions
  2. Communicate in groups and lead by influence
  3. Be agile and adaptable
  4. Take initiative and be entrepreneurial
  5. Effective written and oral communication skills
  6. Know how to  access and analyze information
  7. Be creative and imaginative

Wagner worries that unless the U.S. starts focusing on cultivating these skills, the nation will no longer produce innovative people who drive job growth. He interviewed dozens of innovative young people and asked them about their experiences in school. One third of those he interviewed couldn’t name one teacher who had impacted them. The other two thirds named teachers, who upon further investigation, were outliers in their schools. Their teaching styles and approaches were at odds with the dominant school culture.

Wagner found that all of these tremendously influential teachers ran classrooms that emphasized interdisciplinary learning, real team collaboration, risk taking, creating learning as opposed to consuming knowledge, and cultivated intrinsic motivation in students. These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them. He co-authored “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era” with Tony Dintersmith.

5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools

Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and educators, a different sort of picture has emerged. We’ve learned about who teaches and learns online, and why, what works and what doesn’t, and perhaps most importantly, whether online learning affords the same quality of education as that of traditional schools.

I spoke with Apex Learning CEO Cheryl Vedoe, one of the leading online curriculum providers to traditional and virtual schools; Maureen Cottrell, a science teacher at iHigh Virtual Academy in San Diego, California; Rian Meadows, an economics instructor at Florida Virtual School; Patti Joubert, the mother of two full-time Florida Virtual School students; and Carylanne and Christiane Joubert, her two daughters.

As with most issues in education, nothing is black and white. There are many different kinds of learners and teachers, and while virtual education may be a revelation for some, it would never work for others.

It’s true that Skyping and instant-messaging can’t replace the face-to-face experience — and for those who need the social interaction — both teachers and students — virtual schools would be difficult. “The high school experience in which you’re socializing with your peers or doing sports after school is important. There are a lot of teachers who would hate to use Skype all the time; they’d prefer being in the classroom. They would hate my job,” said Cottrell, a science teacher at iHigh Virtual Academy. “I think you have to be a certain personality type and have a certain mindset to be a virtual teacher and still ensure student success.”

That said, here are five surprising perspectives you might not have associated with online learning.

1. Students get more one-on-one interaction with teachers, not less.

  • “Students still talk with their teachers; you might even say they talk more. When I was in school, you didn’t have many one-on-one conversations with your teachers. Your teachers spoke to you, they didn’t speak with you. Here, they do oral exams, they talk with the kids, they really get to know each student.” — Patti Joubert, parent of Florida Virtual School students
  • “If you have an issue, if you’re not quite getting something, you can email or text your teacher. I get a call from one of my teachers at least once a week asking if I’m doing okay, if I need help. I think you get a better way to talk to teachers [in virtual school]. You get that one-on-one.” — Christianne Joubert, 13, Florida Virtual School student
  • “The one-on-one interaction with students is key. My students will say, ‘You’re there to help me when I need it!’ It takes down a lot of barriers that kids have to asking questions in class.” — Rian Meadows, economics instructor, Florida Virtual School.

2. Online courses are not necessarily easier than traditional courses.

  • “Many students get into our system and find that they didn’t know how difficult it was going to be. I think the virtual world does make your life easier in a lot of ways. But it doesn’t make education easier. You’re not going to learn more easily or teach more easily; it’s just different.” — Maureen Cottrell, science teacher, iHigh Virtual Academy
  • “Our courses are often viewed as too rigorous by the schools. One of the things the New York Times article pointed to was that the student wasn’t required to a read a work of literature. We do require that, but school districts don’t always choose to implement the entire curriculum.” — Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning
  • “Most of the assignments are essays and take hours to do,” — commenter and student of FLVS.

3. Online learning could work for unmotivated students, as well as for those who are self-disciplined.

  • “People always say, ‘It has to be for the highly motivated.’ No. That is our job as teachers. I don’t care if you’re a virtual or a brick-and-mortar teacher. We all have to help motivate our students across the board to be an effective instructor. Parents of children with learning disabilities will say, ‘How will my child be able to fit in?’ But often, if a child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), most of what it might say we already do here, such as allowing unlimited time on tests or letting kids redo assignments.” — Rian Meadows, economics instructor, Florida Virtual School
  • “Whenever I meet another kid my age, I always recommend it as another way to do school. Especially for kids who don’t have an easy time with homework or with school.” — Christianne Joubert, 13, Florida Virtual School student
  • “Credit recovery is not new, but in the past the only option schools had was to have the student repeat the course. This was typically unsuccessful. If they failed it the first time, they might fail it the second time using that model. But they might succeed in a different model. Students can go quickly through the material and only take time when they need to work on specific skills.” — Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning

4. Online learning can create a lot more free time for extracurricular activities.

  • “I get to travel at whatever pace I want to. If I’m having a bad week, or a bad day with my diabetes, it doesn’t matter. I have Monday through Sunday to do my work. The flexibility makes it a lot easier. And with more time on our hands, it’s easier to do other activities like volunteering or Girl Scouts or other clubs.” — Carylanne Joubert, 14, Florida Virtual School student
  • “By having this type of learning, we are able to still have a family life. We have the ability to travel when we want to and choose our time. You can’t do that in traditional schools.” — Patti Joubert, parent of Florida Virtual School students

5. Students can learn how to work cooperatively even without face-to-face interaction.

  • “In all the courses they’ve taken so far, they’ve had assignments where they pair up with another student and do a project together. It’s a good experience — they’re learning how to overcome the challenges of working with someone else and to interact with other kids. Just because you don’t ‘see’ someone doesn’t mean you’re not interacting.” — Patti Joubert, parent of Florida Virtual School students
  • “I’m in the newspaper club at FLVS. I’m able to have my voice heard and get across what I think is important. We have online meetings every Tuesday through Eluminate Live. It’s just like every other school newspaper, we’re just online.” — Christianne Joubert, 13, Florida Virtual School student
  • “We have great phone conversations and discussion-based assessments. The students connect with one another, too. We have discussion groups where students post something and other students will post back; plus, they do a lot of collaborative projects and group work.” — Rian Meadows, economics instructor, Florida Virtual School

10 Advantages to Taking Online Classes

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The current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, including higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, have caused many students to search for alternatives. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs  and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.

All of this means that students, from working professionals to recent high school graduates, find many reasons to take all or some of their courses online. Below are 10 advantages to online learning.

  1. Variety of programs and courses: From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for students. This means that no matter what students wish to study, from nursing to neuroscience, they can find online the courses or degree programs they need. They can also earn every academic degree online, all the way from a career certificate to a doctorate.
  2. Lower total costs: Online programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges. Though not all online degrees have less expensive net tuition prices than traditional colleges (link to OEDB article I wrote about college costs), associated costs are almost always less expensive. For example, there are no commuting costs, and sometimes there is also not any required course materials such as textbooks because those are often available for free online. In addition, many colleges and universities have begun to accept credits earned via free massive open online courses (MOOCs), the most recent advance in online education. Free online courses such as these can help students fulfill general education requirements at little to no cost.
  3. More comfortable learning environment: Commercials that featuring online students studying in the pajamas only skim the surface of one of the primary benefits of online education: there are no physical class sessions. Lectures and other materials are electronically sent to the student, who will then read them and complete assignments. Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.
  4. Convenience and flexibility: Online courses give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work when they are at their peak energy, whether that’s early morning or late at night. Course material is always accessible online, so there’s no need to schedule special trips to a library either. All of this makes online learning a good option for students who need to balance their work and family commitments.
  5. More interaction and greater ability to concentrate: While there is contradictory evidence about the rate of online student participation versus participation in traditional courses, one thing is certain: online courses offer shy or more reticent students the opportunity to participate in class discussions or chats with more ease than face-to-face class sessions. Some students even report that online courses are easier to concentrate in because they are not distracted by other students and classroom activity.
  6. Career advancement: Students can take online courses and even complete entire degrees while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family. This academic work will explain any discontinuity or gaps in a resume as well. Also, earning a degree can show prospective employers that you are ambitious and want to remain informed and prepared for any new challenges.
  7. Continue in your profession: Even if someone wants to complete a degree program, it doesn’t mean that they want to leave their current job. For most students today, college costs mean that it’s necessary to continue working while in school. The previously mentioned flexibility of online degree programs enable students to keep working while also pursuing academic credentials.
  8. Avoid commuting: During snowstorms and thunderstorms, colleges may cancel classes; if they don’t, you run the risk of getting hurt in dangerous driving conditions. Rather than miss important class sessions, students in online courses can always “attend” by participating on discussion boards or in chat sessions, turn in their work on time, and watch lectures or read materials. Many students also find that the amount they save on fuel costs can be substantial if they don’t have to commute to a physical campus in general, no matter what the weather conditions may be.
  9. Improve your technical skills: Even the most basic online course requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The skills students learn to participate in their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into your assignments, completing online training sessions, etc.
  10. Transfer credits: For college students who want to attend summer classes, but who live too far from their colleges or have to work summer jobs, taking online classes from an accredited college and transferring the credits to their primary college is a good idea. Students will be able to earn college credit while still enjoying their summer vacation or fulfilling the responsibilities of their seasonal jobs. Similarly, if a college or university is unable to offer enough open sections of a required course, students can take the course online at another college and transfer the credits.

The 50 Best Online High School Diplomas Part-1

Online-StudentAn Online High School Diploma may be your ticket for graduating high school as well as your springboard to a first-rate education. Having a high school diploma has significant advantages over passing the GED, or the General Education Development test, which is supposed to certify academic skills at the high school level, but sets the bar much lower than a good high school education.

Many reasons exist why people are discouraged or prevented from completing high school in the traditional way. It’s important to realize, however, that adults with a high school diploma or GED earn an average of $11,000 per year more than adults who haven’t finished high school (US Census Bureau). Furthermore, those with diplomas make considerably more than those with GEDs. For more about the advantages of a diploma over a GED, see our article “High School Diplomas versus the GED.”

The variety and availability of online high school diploma programs can be both liberating and frustrating. Diplomas from quality online high schools are academically equivalent to those earned in the traditional high school setting, and should be recognized as such by potential employers and colleges and universities. However, searching for an online high school diploma program without knowing certain facts and pitfalls can waste time, money, and energy.

In determining the quality of a potential online high school program, accreditation and state approval are of prime importance. Programs accredited through agencies recognized by the USDE (U.S. Department of Education) are your safest bet in terms of legitimacy. These are usually regional or national accrediting agencies.

Regional accreditation is the most accepted in terms of transferring coursework or pursuing a college degree. If a school isn’t up front about their accreditation status or the accrediting agency isn’t recognized by the USDE, you may want to look elsewhere. Legitimate online high school programs must also be state-approved. This means they must be approved in the state from which the diploma will be issued, regardless of the state in which the student resides.

In determining the value of an online high school program, you will want to consider the following: rate of successful program completion, ease of communication with the school and with teachers, flexibility and delivery of classes, counseling and tutoring services, individualized programming, availability of specialization (engineering, religion, arts, etc.), dual credit offerings, and extracurricular activities or clubs.

The cost for an online high school education ranges anywhere from $0 – $10,000+ per year. This depends on the type of high school and whether government funding is available. All schools should provide an itemized list of costs and should explain how tuition is charged (by credits, by class, by semester, etc.).

Four Basic Types of Online High School Diploma Programs

There are four types of online high school diploma programs: private, public, charter, and college/university sponsored. Many parents of homeschool students turn to programs offered by private, accredited high schools for curriculum and assistance. Each program type has its place; it’s up to you to figure out which is right for you.

Public & Charter Online High School Diplomas:
Public and charter school programs are government funded, are offered by particular states or districts, and are free to resident minors. They are usually accredited regionally and are state-approved. Online public schools have rigid guidelines, have limited course selections, and often cater only to certain resident populations. Charter schools offer more flexibility with either specialized or individualized programming, but they run the risk of losing funding and are viewed as less stable. They are also often not available to students outside of certain districts.

Each state’s department of education maintains a list of funded online programs, including charter schools. Because these programs are based on each state’s approved curriculum and are restricted to certain populations based on residency and age, it is meaningless to rank these programs.

Private Online High School Diplomas:
Private online high schools vary greatly in terms of quality, recognition, and cost. This avenue demands the most research (which we’ve greatly assisted in) but also offers some top-notch education programs at great values. Private online high schools are usually offered nation-wide and have limited government oversight. They offer great programs in terms of catering to the needs of individual students, offering specialized interest programming, and meeting a variety of learning styles.

Homeschool graduates most often use private online high schools for the curriculum, even though they may receive their diplomas through their resident states. Many of these private schools have programs that cater specifically to the needs of homeschool students. The drawback of private schools: They can be very costly. Furthermore, even the most exciting programs need to be properly accredited for a valuable education.

College & University Sponsored Online High School Diplomas
University sponsored online high school diploma programs offer many programming advantages and often have regional accreditation. Most university sponsored programs offer a high quality education, flexibility, and advanced and dual credit programs. However, these programs often have more selective admission standards, have less interaction with instructors or services, and can be expensive.

University sponsored programs tend to work best for students who can monitor their own progress and work independently. Motivated students may have the opportunity to complete a full year of college courses by the time they graduate from high school. This can be a significant value for students planning to pursue college degrees. For the purpose of classifying high school diploma programs, programs offered by colleges and universities are usually not public, even if the institution is a public college or university.

 

The Best Online High School Diploma Programs

Best-schools-sealThe following private and university-affiliated high school diploma programs have all received regional accreditation, except for the two that are independent school districts in the state of Texas. To find more about accreditation, click here.

The listed schools were evaluated based on their programming, academic oversight (accreditation status at publication time), state approval, performance, inclusivity, personal attention, and cost. Refer to the cost table provided to identify tuition ranges.

$ = $1,000 or less $$$ = $4,001 – $5,000
$+ = $1,001 – $2,000 $$$+ = $5,001 – $6,000
$$ = $2,001 – $3,000 $$$$ = $6,001 – $7,000
$$+ = $3,001 – $4,000 $$$$+ = $7,000 or more

 

1. Northstar Academy

Northstar-Academy-logoNorthstar was the first online Christian school to receive accreditation and has maintained it ever since then. Northstar offers quality academic courses, learning materials and resources, instructor support and an interactive community of online users. Students can enroll at anytime with classes forming monthly.

The course selection at NSA includes almost 200 core and elective courses, including Advanced Placement courses. Many courses are designed “in house” and deliver a Christian worldview. Students can pursue the Standard, Advanced, or the AP International high school diploma. Additional programs/initiatives offered include the following: homeschooling assistance, supplemental courses, Christian school support programs, dual credit college courses, ESL courses, parent-led courses, and Bible studies and interest clubs. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $+

2. Indiana University High School

Indiana-University-High-SchoolIU High School offers high school diplomas to both youth and adult learners. IU has been educating distance learners since 1925 and its reputation attracts students from around the world. Meeting the needs of online students, the school provides high quality courses, an experienced, professional staff, licensed and certified instructors, and academic advisors. This program supports students from a diverse population, including homeschoolers, gifted students, artists and athletes, incarcerated students, children of military personnel, and home-bound students.

Online courses are offered through Dragon or Oncourse, with Oncourse being IU’s course management system. Through either system, students can access course content, view course syllabus and grades, and apply for exams. While courses are self-paced, IUHS requires a minimum of six weeks on each course and lessons to be done in the order presented and turned in one at a time. This allows instructors to give helpful feedback to assist in future lessons. Students can pursue one of three high school diploma options: general education, college preparatory, and academic honors. Additional programs/initiatives available include print courses, supplemental coursework, AP courses, and dual college credit courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $$

3. Forest Trail Academy

logohighresForest Trail is committed to offering an educational foundation that will serve for both students pursuing continued education or entering into a career path. The College Prep high school diploma track requires foreign language classes and for half the program credits to be in specified rigorous-level courses. Parents and students can access the Advisor System, which offers assistance in course and program selections and college exploration and application.

Forest Trail encourages students to socialize through various cross-curricular online activities. Programs and initiatives offered include the following: vocational education diploma, part-time status, summer school, high school equivalency certificate, and a prescriptive/adaptive program. Tuition is calculated by academic year for programs and by credit for supplemental courses.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and National Association of Private & Home Schools (NAPHS).
Cost: $+ – $$

4. Christian Educators Academy

Christian-Educators-AcademyCEA uses high-quality curriculum, professional Christian teachers, and a wide variety of courses to tailor instruction to meet the needs of each student. A low student-to-teacher ratio allows teachers to get to know the students and to encourage positive intellectual and emotional development.

Students can choose from three high school diploma options, creating a 3-5 year graduation plan: college preparatory track, honors/advanced placement track, and standard academic track. While students can start courses when they want and work at their own pace, they are given a year to complete up to 6 courses. Additional programs and initiatives include: remedial courses, Literacy Advantage, honors/AP, career-vocational training, and home schooling assistance. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
Cost: $$

5. Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences

Christa-McAuliffe-Academy-A&SThe Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences upholds a Personalized Education Philosophy, using curriculum and teaching methods based on current brain and educational research. Students engage in self-paced, mastery-based courses, that are personalized to their interests, goals and learning styles. Students can access their classes at anytime and have regular interaction with instructors.

CMSAS offers several high school diploma options based on student goals: standard, college prep, and career prep. Many extracurricular activities are available, such as language clubs, a student newspaper, and a technology club. Other programs/initiatives offered include Honors/AP coursework, adult high school completion, service promotion, and a global adventure program. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Cost: $$+

6. University of Missouri—MU Online High School

Mizzou-online-high-schoolMU Online offers more than 180 courses with a variety of delivery methods for learners, both minors and adults, to take towards earning a high school diploma. Students can choose between self-paced independent study and semester learning. In semester learning courses, students progress through the class with an instructor and classmates as a group. This method offers online live chats and discussions, increased time with instructors, weekly calendars, and assignments with due dates. Self-paced courses have rolling enrollment and can be completed in as few as six weeks. Students can choose to take core classes, electives, languages, and even college credit class through this delivery method.

MU Online offers two high school diploma tracks, the general and the college prep. Students can take dual credit courses, earning high school and university credit through one course. All students are required, through the State of Missouri, to pass a test on the Missouri Constitution and the U.S. Constitution which is incorporated into the American Government or Civics courses. Other programs/initiatives include supplemental courses, textbook repurchase program, personal development and character education, career planning courses, and practical arts courses. Tuition is calculated on a per unit basis, dependent on course type (averaged below).

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $$

7. Penn Foster High School

Penn-Foster-High-SchoolPenn Foster has been educating students for 120 years and now is the largest high school in the U.S., with over 40,000 students. Penn Foster offers a career-focused education that is affordable. More than 150 courses are provided that enable high school students to acquire core competencies, as well as college and career preparation. Courses integrate contemporary learning strategies and interactive media.

Extensive student support services, including an online library, provide for student needs and interests. The program is organized so that students take the same courses, at the same level, in the same order, except for electives. Traditional students and adult learners can both enroll in the high school diploma program on a year-round, rolling basis. Additional programs/initiatives available include the following: DANTES, veterans education benefits, Early College program, and a Career Services department. Tuition is calculated on a monthly basis.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Cost: $

8. James Madison High School

James-Madison-High-schoolJames Madison High School, a part of Ashworth College, enrolls thousands of students each year. Courses are offered open enrollment and are self-paced. James Madison helps students pick up wherever they left off in their high school education, whether they need just a few classes or the whole high school diploma program.

James Madison strives to develop students in effective communication, critical thinking, professional and life skills, and qualifications for advancement. Students are assisted and encouraged by the student services staff, tutors, and certified teachers. Courses included web-based eBook supplemental materials, such as study guides, learning objectives, reading and practice assignments, teacher tips, and exam books. Students can pursue a general track or a college prep track high school diploma. Additional programs/initiatives offered are as follows: adult diploma completion programs, at-risk programming assistance, homeschooling courses, and summer school. Tuition was calculated based on a full program amount.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Cost: $

9. Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother-of-Divine-GraceMODG seeks to develop students to be active learners, effective communicators, independent thinkers, and multifaceted individuals. MODG pursues this goal through classical methodology consisting of interdisciplinary studies and courses that augment the stages of learning and promote an awareness of being a member of a universal, Catholic community.

MODG has a strong reputation for high academic standards and preparing students for college. College-bound coursework integrates religious study and classical academia, including Latin. An Alternative Course of Study is also provided that is still rich in religion and the classics. MODG also promotes the fine arts with courses in music, visual arts, and performing arts. MODG offers families three program types based on the level of independent learning desired: assisted, directed, and enhanced directed. Additional programs/initiatives offered include: supplemental course attendance, apprenticeships, homeschooling assistance, and teacher services/learning support. Tuition is calculated per academic year based on program desired.

Accrditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$

10. University of Nebraska High School

University-of-Nebraska-High-SchoolThe mission of UNHS is to assist students in developing “skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable them to be thoughtful, committed and successful people in whatever calling they choose”. Students can pursue either a general studies or a college preparatory diploma track. Students at UNHS are able to transfer qualifying high school or home school credits, earn their diploma anytime of the year, and graduate early. The high school diploma program is offered to adult learners, as well as minors.

All diploma programs offer open enrollment, self-paced courses, and experienced, certified teachers. While courses are self-paced, students are required a five week minimum per course and assignments must be done in the order outlined and turned in one at a time. This allows instructors to give helpful feedback to assist in future lessons. Various course delivery formats, content levels, and instruction methods are made available as part of UNHS’s individualized study approach, which strives to meet the different learning styles of students. Students can access coursework, grades, and instructor feedback through WayCool, the UNHS course management system. Additional programs/initiatives include printed courses, placement tests, Online Worldwide, and AP and dual college credit courses. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis, non-resident (Nebraska residents have a lower tuition rate).

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $+

11. Liberty University High School

Liberty-University-Online-High-SchoolStudents at Liberty receive a customized learning plan that draws upon the variety of courses and formats offered for academic success. The “structured, yet flexible” program offers open enrollment, continuous access to curriculum and grades, and self-paced classes.

LUOA’s curriculum is taught from a biblical perspective with Christ-centered instruction. Certified teachers and trained staff offer oversight and encouragement and assist in administrative and technical matters. Online classes are interactive and engage students in the learning process. Electives include classes such as America’s Colonial Foundations, British Literature, Essentials of Business, Spanish, and State History. Students can pursue either a General Education or an Advanced Studies high school diploma. Additional programs/initiatives include Christian homeschooling, dual enrollment/EDGE courses, standardized testing, and part-time and supplemental courses. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$+

12. National High School

National-High-SchoolCustomized educational plans, cutting edge technology, schedule flexibility, and self-paced courses allow National students to achieve peak academic performance. Through National’s Learn Center, students can access course syllabi, assignments, exams, and instructional guidelines, as well as interact with teachers and other students through dedicated chatrooms, email, and message boards. School administration offices can also be contacted through the Learning Center.

National’s curriculum offers a strong foundation and was developed internally with the assistance of SACS and the Georgia Department of Education. Courses were designed to promote strong critical thinking skills, analytical, and communicative skills. Additional programs/initiatives offered include credit recovery, advanced and remedial courses, home school integration, enrichment program and adult diploma completion. Tuition is calculated on a monthly basis.
Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $+

13. Laurel Springs School

Laurel-Springs-SchoolA personalized learning approach is the hallmark of Laurel Spring’s educational system. Students are given five learning assessments to discern their developmental stage, interests, talents, learning style, and strengths. Teachers, who are credentialed with advanced degrees, work as a team with parents to ensure a curriculum that matches the student. Laurel Springs provides one-on-one time with teachers, individually-graded assignments, and real-time events and clubs.

While two options are available for high school diplomas, both are considered College Prep tracks. Laurel Springs has developed programming that is particularly sensitive to and enriching of students that are gifted/talented, performers, or competitive athletes, such as their Personal Project Portfolios and integrating experiences. Teachers and counselors are engaged in each student’s pursuits. Additional programs/initiatives offered include college/career counseling, home schooling assistance, educational travel options, parent support groups, and summer school. Tuition is calculated on an all-inclusive academic year basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$+

14. Sevenstar Academy

Sevenstar-AcademyAcademically rigorous courses are designed to teach a Christian worldview and to develop critical thinking. Over 90 online classes are available, with an additional 100 dual credit courses from partner Christian colleges and universities. Christian teachers and academic coaches facilitate the curriculum progression and offer advice and support.

Because professional educators are skilled at motivating students, Sevenstars has achieved an 85% course completion rate. Sevenstar has supports in place to be of service to a variety of students and situations, including accelerated learners, struggling students, missionary families, military families, and homebound students. Students may pursue either a standard or an honors high school diploma. All students must complete 40 hours of volunteer service for each year of enrollment. Additional programs/initiatives offered are supplemental courses, homeschooling assistance, and international student support. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $$+

15. New Learning Resource Online

New-Learning-Resource-OnlineNLRO works to assist students in obtaining their high school diploma, whether they are pursuing the full-time program, seeking credit recovery, or supplementing their home school’s course offerings. All students are treated equally and receive support and attention from the staff and faculty.

Students can pursue one of two high school diploma paths: college preparatory or career/vocational. Both contain the same high academic level core courses. The Career Pathway incorporates basic skills and knowledge with viable career preparation. Students are awarded a certificate of training completion in the vocational field they complete. Parents maintain the control of choosing between a variety of core course and elective options. Additional programs/initiatives offered are as follows: Job Corps Center, adult diploma completion program, homeschooling assistance, and student community forums. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Cost: $+

16. Alpha Omega Academy

Alpha-Omega-AcademyAOA caters to thousands of students from over 40 countries, offering more than a hundred Christian courses. Students can pursue a general studies track or a college prep track high school diploma.

AOA offers two types of online classes to meet students’ different learning styles, Ignitia and Switched-On Schoolhouse, as well as print-based classes through LIFEPAC and Horizons. Students can interchange class types as desired. Teachers are readily available during online classes and set office hours. Students are able to socialize with each other through the virtual student center.

Accreditation: AdvanceED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: Undisclosed, “Tailor-Fit.”

17. CompuHigh Online High School

CompuHigh-SchoolGoing also by the name Whitmore School, CompuHigh has been on the forefront of online high school education, offering online classes since 1994. Students can pursue either a general studies or college prep high school diploma. Online courses are easy to understand and use a conversational tone, which can be sampled on the school’s website.

While the regular diploma program mainly depends on parents and the student to navigate the coursework and progress, CompuHigh offers a Diploma PLUS Program that offers more institutional support, planning, and progress evaluation. Supplemental programs/initiatives offered include Adult degree completion, “life experience” credit, summer school, demo courses, and virtual graduation. Tuition is calculated by academic year and is dependent on diploma program.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Cost: $ (regular), $+ (Plus Program).

18. Texas Tech University Independent School District

Texas-Tech-IndependentAs an alternative to a traditional campus-based school, TTUISD offers flexible educational opportunities and awards a Texas high school diploma. TTUISD has graduated over 2,600 students from 58 countries. This program offers a quality educational platform, incorporating sophisticated instructional techniques, management, and technology, and extending to learners regardless of age, location, or physical limitations. The curriculum is designed to incorporate different learning styles, include application activities, and emphasize higher-level thinking skills.

Students can typically average completing one course in a two-month period (30 day minimum), amounting to 6-8 courses per year, which can lead to an accelerated graduation time. It is encouraged that students stay enrolled in at least four to six courses at all times. Students can pursue either the Foundation Plan or the Endorsement Plan for a high school diploma. Students must pass certain state-required assessments in order to graduate. Additional programs/initiatives offered are as follows: Summer Academic Camp, print courses, credit by examination, and dual college credit courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis, online program.

Accreditation: Texas Education Agency as an independent school district.
Cost: $+

19. Orange Lutheran Online High School

Orange-Lutheran-High-SchoolOrange Lutheran Online (OLO) is committed to offering the exceptional academic structure and teaching methods of its on-campus program to its online students. Christian character development is important at OLO and all students are required to complete 20 hours of community service annually and take theology classes.

Fulltime students at OLO take three to four courses at a time for an 8-week semester (half of a term). Therefore, students could finish a yearlong course in 16 weeks, which spans a term. OLO offers two terms, plus a summer session (half of a term). Orange Lutheran instructors develop the courses and meet together weekly to address student needs. OLO maintains a web portal, myOLu, where students can track grades, get assignments, and access relevant information. Additional programs/initiatives available are as follows: supplemental courses, a Blended option, AP courses, and STEM program. Tuition is calculated on an annual basis, using the Lutheran Non-Association amounts (Association tuition is lower).

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$$$

20. International Connections Academy

Connections-AcademyIndividualized instruction at iNaCA is supported by a multi-dimensional curriculum, hundreds of K–12 courses, trained, certified teachers, and an experienced educational management system. iNaCA’s parent company, Connections Education LLC, has established 25 successful virtual public schools in 23 states.

Full-time students receive a Personalized Performance Learning plan, a comprehensive plan based on individual strengths and needs, designed to challenge and motivate students. Certified teachers and licensed counselors work with students to evaluate their progress and help them reach their goals. Students can pursue one of three high school diploma programs: Minimum, Recommended, and Distinguished. Additional programs/initiatives available include the following: school community for social development, clubs and activities, learning coaches for parents, 50+ Honors and AP courses, and college acceleration programs. Tuition is calculated on an academic year.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
Cost: $$$$

21. Keystone National High School

The-Keystone-SchoolKeystone has been offering correspondence and remedial study since 1974, and continues to offer its correspondence program along with its online high school diploma program. Keystone students receive the advantage of interactive lessons, one-on-one teacher consultation, a resource library, and technical support.

Students can pursue either a college prep track, with Advanced Placement courses, or a career track high school diploma. Courses are self-paced and students can accelerate the time needed to graduate. Keystone allows students up to a year to complete each course. Additional programs/initiatives offered include supplemental courses, extracurricular clubs, and college and career counseling. Tuition is calculated based on an academic year.

Accreditation: Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Cost: $$

22. Advantages School International

Advantages-School-InternationalAdvantages offers over 400 courses, including advanced placement, honors, and world languages courses. Advantages School specializes in working with international students, including expat citizens and students residing or travelling outside of the USA.

Licensed teachers and advisors support students in obtaining their educational goals. Students can pursue a general studies or a college prep high school diploma. ASI administers the following programs in addition to the online high school diploma program: independent supplementary courses, credit recovery, adult learners, and summer school. Tuition is calculated on a yearly basis and includes unlimited enrollment in courses.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $$+

23. Greenways Academy

Greenways-AcademyGreenways Academy promotes continual improvement and staying on the cutting edge of educational methods. The school holds a fantastic completion rate of 100% of their students complete their courses on time. Access to teachers, superior network quality, counseling support, and multi-sensory course materials assist in subject comprehension and increased confidence.

Class customization through a Learning Styles Profile allows teachers to meld a learning plan to fit each student’s needs. Additional programs/initiatives offered are IEP and 504 Plan modifications, parental monitoring codes, tutoring service, and over 200 vocational courses. Tuition is calculated on an academic year or by credits.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Cost: $$+

24. The University of Mississippi Independent Study High School

Ole-Miss-Independent-Study-High-SchoolUM-ISHS offers comprehensive high school academic services, whether used to supplement other high school courses, to allow adults to complete their diploma, or to serve as a high school for students to pursue a diploma full-time. Courses are available to meet a wide variety of learners, including the following: low-enrollment courses, interest-specific electives, college-remedial courses, courses for special needs students, and advanced level courses.

UM-ISHS employs certified teachers, who provide students with instruction, fast responses to inquiries and assignments, and one-on-one attention. Although students may enroll in courses as they want, instructors are available to assist students in the creation of individualized pacing guide. Blackboard is utilized for students and teachers to submit and return assignments. Additional programs/initiatives offered include a free credit advisory course, print-based courses, and academic advising. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$

25. Clonlara School

Clonlara-SchoolFounded as a school in 1967, Clonlara’s Home Based Education Program began educating students around the world in 1979. Clonlara is a non-profit institution that has educated over 40,000 students. For each student at Clonlara, a personalized educational path, based on goals, strengths, and interests, is developed by a school advisor or teacher, the parent or mentor, and the student. For this reason, the school does not distinguished between high school diplomas.

The student and their parent/mentor evaluate progress, with advisors assisting on content and learning approaches, educational materials, and resources. Additional programs/initiatives offered include college planning support, Clonlara Commons, home based education program, and supplemental course enrollment. Tuition is based on an academic year.

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA CESS).
Cost: $$$+

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26. University of Texas High School

University-of-Texas-High-SchoolStudents at UT High School can pursue academic success in a high school diploma program through this state-approved educational alternative. These programs cater to a variety of students, including students that are homeschooled, are in remote locations, and have professional careers. Other reasons students choose UT High School are to accelerate their education and to have more independence in academic choices. All students receive monthly progress reports prepared by the academic counselor, which helps make sure students are staying on track.

In addition to over 50 online high school courses, students can access dual college credit courses. High school courses through ASKME offer multimedia activities, virtual manipulatives, concrete models, self-assessment tools, and instruction by a certified teacher. There is a state-mandated exit-level assessment that must be passed in order to graduate. Additional programs/initiatives available include state-issued college tuition credits, AP courses, credit by exams, and supplement courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: Texas Education Agency, independent school district.
Cost: $$

27. Smart Horizons Career Online High School

Smart-Horizons-Career-Online-High-SchoolSome of the tools used at Smart Horizons to facilitate academic achievement are instant feedback on lessons and exams, a Gradebook and Pace Guide, an eLibrary with learning resources, and academic support services. Academic coaches and qualified, certified instructors are available to students for questions and advice.

Students work towards becoming certified in a chosen career area in addition to receiving their high school diploma. They attend seminars and prepare necessary work documents, like resumes and cover letters. The certified career tracks include child care and education, protection officer, transportation services, and office management. Additional programs/initiatives available are as follows: Career Portfolio, supplemental courses, open enrollment, and real life experience elective credits. Tuition is calculated on a program basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $

28. The Oaks Private School (TOPS Online)

The-Oaks-Private-SchoolStudents are considered for admissiom to TOPS Online who are willing to set personal and academic goals, to establish study habits and schedules, and to take classes in religious studies. TOPS promotes high quality educational materials grounded in Christian values and beliefs. Instructors take an active role in the education process, including hand-grading to examine the student’s thought process.

Because students can take up to eight courses a year, they can accelerate the time needed to graduate. Students can pursue one of three types of high school diplomas: standard, college prep, or honors college prep. Additional programs/initiatives available are dual enrollment college courses, “My Personal High School Plan”, and career/vocational courses. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Florida Commission of Christian Private Schools Accreditation (FCCPSA).
Cost: $$

29. George Washington University Online High School

George-Washington-University-Online-High-SchoolGWUOHS provides a personalized educational experience that focuses on student success in high school and beyond. Courses are provided online through a partnership with K12, a world leader in curriculum development, and are engaging and sequenced and evaluated for content mastery. This partnership results in a rigorous, high-quality education with emphasis on theory and practice and integrity.

Students pursue a college preparatory high school diploma. Faculty and staff at GWUOHS strive to know each student well and serve as champions in their development, both intellectually and socially. The school promotes student-wide community activities. Students attend live, teacher-led classes, where meaningful discussion and engagement are promoted. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes through initiatives, such as Summer AP boot camp, an AP Coordinator, and an assigned faculty AP Mentor. Additional programs/initiatives include college planning and preparation, 1:1 Orientation, Peer Mentoring, dual college credit courses, and student interest clubs and activities. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA CESS).
Cost: $$$$+

30. Excel High School

Excel-High-SchoolExcel High School offers high school diploma programs for school-aged and adult students, as well as single course independent study. There are two programs available online for adult students, one preparing students to secure a high school equivalency certificate and the other to obtain a high school diploma.

School-aged students can pursue either a General Studies or a College Prep high school diploma. Online core and elective courses are always accessible and are self-paced. Rigorous courses, at every level, have built-in assessments to ensure concept mastery of all lessons. Excel also maintains Excel College, where students can take college courses in business and general studies. Additional programs/ initiatives offered include the following: make-up credits, PSEO, common core and state standards, drop-out prevention program, and comprehensive planning tools. Tuition varies across programs, but all fall into the lowest category.

Accreditation: AdvancED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
Cost: $

31. WiloStar3D Academy

WiloStar3D-AcademyWith the use of a 3D virtual world, WiloStar3D Academy is a safe, interactive 3D campus environment. Students create their own academic objects, like books and pencils, and customize their school desk, which enhances creative thinking and fosters student engagement.

WiloStar3D caters to different learning styles through an active learning approach, encouraging problem-solving skills, reading comprehension, and group projects. The school promotes parent intercommunication, student support, and proven evaluation methods. A strong curriculum, live online class meetings, and certified teachers support collaborative thinking and innovative learning. In order to graduate, students must attend at least one academic year and complete an individual senior project. Tuition is based on an academic year.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$

32. Stanford University Online High School

Stanford-Online-High-SchoolStanford University Online High School (OHS) offers a high school program that is stimulating and challenging for gifted students. OHS demands “passion” from their students, who will have to perform at their highest potential, and from their instructors who will challenge and lead students to communicate proficiently, master the principles of analytical reasoning and critical argumentation, and to be intellectually mature and responsible.

Through the course content, instruction methods, media enhancements, and scope and sequence of curriculum, OHS challenges and inspires students toward exceptional academic achievement. A strong support community works with students to achieve academic and personal goals. OHS strives to cultivate lasting relationships among students and instructors through collaborative projects and extra-curricular activities. Courses are maintained on a college-style class schedule and offered in seminar-style and directed-study instruction. All students pursue the Core Sequence, where course content develops toward post-AP and university levels and embodies professional methods and intellectual habits for each discipline. Additional programs/initiatives include the residential summer program, critical reading and argumentation, orientation sessions, and academic counseling. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$$$+

33. Franklin Virtual High School

Franklin-Virtual-High-SchoolFVHS sustains a student-paced online, interactive high school diploma program, including test preparation and vocational specific electives. Coursework can be pursued full-time or part-time.

FVHS offers a streamlined Adult High School Diploma track that helps students graduate in the shortest amount of time, while meeting educational requirements and containing costs. Programs/initiatives available include a career focused education, college prep program, home schooling assistance, credit recovery, SAT/ACT test preparation, and summer school. Tuition is calculated monthly for most programs.

Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $+

34. Liahona Preparatory Academy

Liahona-AcademyLiahona offers a distance education based on its campus program. In fact, students attend live classes daily, interacting with teachers and students, over a 32-weeks period. Classes are also filmed and can be viewed anytime to offer flexibility in scheduling. Classes are divided into a four year rotation and provide a strong academic base, integrating Latter-day Saint gospel principles and patriotism.

Students can get what they need to transfer in or recover credits by using the Fast Track Courses or supplementing with off campus courses. The school also offers a safe place for students to develop relationships with each other and introductions can be made on the “Warrior Wall”. “The Scoop” offers daily class overviews, supplemental materials, tests, and quizzes. Additional programs/initiatives offered include the following: interest clubs and activities, Youth Conference, service trips, graduation ceremonies, and supplemental courses. Tuition is calculated on a per course, monthly basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Cost: $$+

35. International Virtual Learning Academy

International-Virtual-Learning-AcademyIVLA fosters individual learning styles by offering six full online curriculums, each presenting coursework in a different way. They also offer curriculums that specialize in particular type of content, such as full Christian curriculum, full honors and AP courses, Rosetta Stone language courses, and extensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. However, in the case of full curriculums, students can only pursue one.

Students are assigned an advisor who supports them by tracking progress, giving personalized attention, and helping with any problems that obstruct progress. Additional programs/initiatives include adult diploma completion programs, literacy assistance, English language learners, and summer school. Tuition is calculated per academic year according to curricula program chosen (averaged below).

Accreditation: AdvancED and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
Cost: $$

36. American High School

American-High-SchoolAmerican HS has enrolled over 8,000 students since it began offering classes in 2004. With a goal to prepare students for success after high school, the high school diploma program provides a full range of courses from technical to advanced academic. The wide selection of electives includes such courses as Game Design & Programming, Criminal Justice, Health Services, and Business.

Instructors at American HS are certified and experienced, with advanced degrees and/or credentials, and are committed to being easily accessible. Special initiatives/programs offered include the following: SAT/ACT test preparation, tutoring, advising system, advanced and remedial classes, and summer school.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
Cost: $$

37. Grigg’s International Academy

Griggs-International-AcademyGIA is a global educational institution maintained by Seventh-day Adventists. GIA students can pursue either a college preparatory or a standard high school diploma online. Diploma programs promote community service through requirement. GIA also offers web-supported/paper-based programs if desired.

Online instruction provides accessible teacher communication, quick lessons turnaround, and broadened educational experiences. GIA’s high school diploma program is organized into daily instruction and assignments and relies on a parent and teacher partnership. Tuition is based on an academic year.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Cost: $$

38. K-12 International Academy

K12-International-AcademyK-12 encourages students to master core knowledge, contribute to the community, embrace diversity, pursue academic and extracurricular interests and reach their potential. K-12 has a strong international presence offers a U.S. high school diploma to students around the world.

Full-time students of K-12 receive a range of benefits including course materials, teacher support, orientation and on-boarding, academic coaching, access to Family Connection, and college and career planning. K-12 offers a “360-degree solution” through trained educators, a social learning environment, and an Individual Learning Plan. Parents are encouraged in their role as an active educator through an extensive parent network and staff support. Additional programs/initiatives offered include the following: SAT/ACT prep, DIBELS screening, Study Island, dual-credit courses, and student clubs and activities. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA CESS).
Cost: $$$$+

39. North Dakota Center for Distance Education

North-Dakota-Center-for-Distance-LearningNDCDE is a non-profit school that has been providing global education since 1935. Through its vast experience it can coordinate with a variety of educational arrangements, such as homeschooling and supplemental course rendering. NDCDE employs full-time licensed instructors, offers more than 260 courses, maintains flexible, self-paced classes, and promotes direct access to teachers and tutors.

Students are encouraged to pursue the recommended curriculum for college-bound students, which still allows for choice of electives. Additional programs/initiatives offered include credit recovery, printed courses, and optional high school curriculum. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis for a non-resident of North Dakota (ND residents are offered a lower tuition rate).

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$

40. Calvary Online School

Calvary-Online-SchoolCalvary delivers a Christian school curriculum that is student-paced, technologically advanced, and content rich. Blended model instruction incorporates independent study with live, interactive teacher support. Qualified teachers collect and go over assignments, answer questions, and grade and give feedback.

Calvary offers two distinct high school programs, online school and independent study. While both offer the same rigorous college prep courses, the online school encompasses a multitude of support services that the other doesn’t. Both programs require set attendance and assignment deadlines. Tuition is calculated on an annual basis, dependent on program (group and minister family discounts are available)

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$-$$$

41. Hadley School for the Blind

Hadley-School-for-the-BlindThe Hadley School offers an online high school diploma program free-of-charge for people who are legally, progressively or functionally, visually impaired. Students can earn a diploma at Hadley’s High School or transfer earned credits to other institutions to complete a degree program.

The diploma program is open to students from 14 years old through adulthood, who are able to read course materials. Blindness-specific and accessible media courses are also offered. The diploma program offers a wide selection of career/vocational courses as well. Instructors are readily available to assist with course content. Students can check their grades and course records online through OASIS.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Cost: None

42. Halstrom Academy

Halstrom-AcademyHalstrom has educated 16,000 students since its founding in 1985. Because Halstrom believes that teaching to the unique needs of a student leads to significant increases in positive outcomes, they maintain a tested one-to-one learning model. Students and teachers work together in a mentor relationship where skills, interests, needs, and progress can easily be discerned.

Classes are offered in focused interaction sessions of 45 minutes and are focused on content mastery. Students can choose their class times, how many classes to take, their teachers, projects to work on, and personal and educational goals. Students are offered rigorous college prep courses that are taught through 15-17 weekly class sessions. Additional programs/initiatives offered are supplemental courses, homeschooling assistance, UC/CSU dual credit courses, and online seminar classes. Tuition is calculated on an academic year basis.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$$$+

43. University of Miami Global Academy

University-of-Miami-Global-AcademyUM Global Academy offers a variety of programs, including the full-time high school diploma program, which are high quality, student-centered, and flexible. The curriculum supports classes that develop curiosity, critical thinking skills, leadership potential, and character. Courses are broken down into completion time periods, such as 20-weeks, and have to be completed in consecutive weeks.

Students pursue either the High School Scholar or the High School Extreme Scholar diploma programs. The Student Service Learning experience is considered important to character formation. Through this Student Service Learning experience, students are guided in connecting classroom instruction with projects that are beneficial to their local communities. This is considered an important component of character-building. UM Global Academy fosters global learning experiences, where students interact and complete projects with their international peers. Additional programs/initiatives offered are as follows: iESOL Program, remedial courses, flexible summer session, and an online newspaper. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$$$

44. The American Academy

The-American-AcademyThe American Academy offers open enrollment with weekly class starts, licensed instructors, and over 100 self-paced courses. High school diploma programs are available for both college and career seeking students, as well as the ability to design a custom program. Licensed teachers monitor progress, grade assignments, and are available during office hours.

The American Academy has an “innovative program for dropout recovery and prevention.” Additional programs/initiatives include the following: make-up credits, summer school, adult graduation completion programs, and homeschooling support. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
Cost: $+

45. Oak Meadow School

Oak-Meadow-SchoolThe progressive online curriculum at Oak Meadow School contains everything needed for a full school year, divided into weekly lessons. This program provides a challenging academic education for independent learners through engaging courses and creative projects, while allowing flexibility to pursue and explore interests and talents. All students are required to complete and advanced study project.

Teachers supply one-on-one support, grading, and full narrative evaluations. Families can choose to continue working with a particular teacher over the course of several grades. Additional programs/initiatives offered include college counseling, dual enrollment, AP & technical courses through Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, travel and summer programs, and life experience elective credit. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$$+

46. The Ogburn School

The-Ogburn-SchoolIndividualized curriculums, self-paced courses, and open enrollment allow students of The Ogburn School to design a program that meets their needs. Students receive teacher support, grading services and academic counseling. Honors courses and vocational electives are available.

Students can pursue courses or a certification program through The Ogburn School’s Academy of Environmental Studies. This academy was established for students to explore their interest in the environment through the study of conservation philosophy and methodology, including sustainable communities. A high school diploma with a concentration in Environmental Studies is awarded upon completion. Additional programs/initiatives include the following: homeschooling assistance, adult diploma completion, and summer school. Tuition can be calculated on an academic year or credit hour basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $$

47. Park City Independent

Park-City-IndependentPark City welcomes all qualifying high school students to pursue a diploma whether they are high-school aged or adults. They also welcome students who wish to supplement their education at another institution. The certified instructors and professional academic staff help students create a tailored graduation plan and support their progress towards a high school diploma.

Curriculum is always accessible through the virtual classroom, which allows for a flexible, self-paced educational delivery. The general high school curriculum includes coursework in Applied Technologies, such as computer science, business/career, and consumer science. The college prep curriculum includes additional courses in foreign languages. Additional programs/initiatives offered are credit recovery, supplemental courses, and summer school.

Accreditation: Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
Cost: Undisclosed

48. National University Virtual High School

National-University-Virtual-High-SchoolAt NUVHS, students have the opportunity for top quality academic achievement by engaging in an active, cooperative online learning environment. Students can drive their education and can even complete a semester course (.5 unit) in as few as four weeks or they can choose to pace themselves over as many as 16 weeks.

While distinct high school diploma options are not awarded, students are encouraged to pursue a college preparatory track, taking advantage of the advanced and AP courses offered. Additional programs/initiatives offered are dual credit through the UC system, Guided Study, and dual credit through the National University. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cost: $$+

49. Blueprint Academy

Blueprint-Academylueprint offers a self-paced, open enrollment online high school diploma programming. Students can pursue either a standard or a college prep diploma option. Over one hundred interactive online courses are available, including Honors and 33 electives.

The self-paced component allows students to work on one class at a time or up to the maximum four classes at a time and does not require weekly work submissions. Additional programs/initiatives administered by Blueprint Education include accelerated graduation, adult diploma program, and therapeutic, hands-on programs. Tuition is calculated on a per course basis.

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Cost: $+

50. Brigham Young University Independent Study High School Program

BYU-High-SchoolA full high school education experience is available at BYU University Independent Study. Students can pursue one of three different programs: the Standard Program, the Advanced Program, or the Adult Diploma Program. The Standard and Advanced Programs do not issue diplomas. In these programs, students will receive an official transcript that denotes high school completion. All three programs are four-year programs, although they do allow students to transfer into the programs.

Students in the Adult Diploma Program receive a degree through the Provo (Utah) School District. Once a student is accepted into a program, they will receive a student progress report (SPR), which shows all transfer credits and lists credits needed to complete the program. BYU Independent Study HSP offers more than 550 online courses, which are secular in nature. Students may choose teacher-led courses, which offer one-on-one mentoring, a course orientation, and a weekly live, teacher-led class. Additional programs/initiatives available are as follows: recovery credits, supplemental courses, traditional paper courses, SAT/ACT preparation, and dual college credit courses through BYU. Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis, dependent on course type (averaged below).

Earning a Special Education Credential Online

Special education was originally a classroom full of kids who for one reason or another, couldn’t learn at the pace of their original classmates, or who had behavioral problems.  Today there are several categories of special education and in most states, licenses to match those categories.  That means special education teachers face an additional educational component for licensure and when they obtain it, will most likely be paid at a higher scale than regular classroom teachers.

The options for obtaining special education licensure are usually the traditional educational institutions because of the requirement for supervised classroom work that is a feature of any teacher education program.  However there are a few schools with online programs that are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) or by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Categories for Special Education Students

The education community and the organization of school psychologists have assembled a list of impairments that require special education.  Those include impaired hearing, impaired vision, emotional disability, developmental delay, autism, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, speech impairment, traumatic brain injury, and a category for “other” health impairments.  Then there are the specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia that are not the result of any physical condition or injury.

Online Programs at Traditional Universities

The University of North Carolina offers several online programs for licensed teachers.  The East Carolina campus has a master’s program for licensed teachers that leads to a MAEd with emphasis on one of the following: mental retardation, emotional/behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, or low-incidence disabilities.  The Chapel Hill campus has a MAT program with general training in special education for students with mild disabilities. The Western Carolina campus offers an online MAEd with three tracks: mild disabilities, severe disabilities, and gifted children.

The University of Massachusetts Online (UMassOnline) has several special education options.  There is a Master of Education in special education for children with impaired vision, and a MEd in vision rehabilitation.  A MEd in Curriculum & Instruction is available with emphasis on children with autism.  There is also a certificate program for Behavioral Intervention with Autistic Students.

A Mixture of Specialized Degrees and Certificates

The University of North Texas and the University of Minnesota/Mankato both have graduate certificate programs in special education.  Florida State University offers the Master of Science in Special Education with specialization in severe disabilities (autism and severe cognitive disability), early childhood special education (birth through age 5 years), and high incidence disabilities.  The University of Kentucky and Gonzaga University both have online graduate degrees in special education.  The University of Missouri/Columbia offers a MEd in Mental Health Practices in Schools, designed for both teachers and administrators.

Most of these programs are designed to meet teacher licensing requirements in the state where the campus is located; however there is a license reciprocity agreement for teachers with at least 33 states as participants.  There are a few exclusively online schools with accredited special education programs; the first to achieve NCATE recognition is Western Governors University, which also offers several K-12 teaching degrees that meet licensure standards.

If you are a licensed teacher wishing to break into special education there are several viable online programs available to you.  There are also MAT programs in special education for individuals who are not licensed teachers but are interested in making a career change into education.  Special education has become a respected and well paid educational niche that requires extra education, which is increasingly available to teachers who would like to go back to school and continue working.

Three Reasons to Homeschool High School

Homeschooled students are often placed back in school at the high school level. While it is possible that placing a homeschooled student back in traditional school for high school will be advantageous, there are distinct advantages to keeping the student home and homeschooling high school.

Time Management

By the time a homeschooled student has reached the high school level he is generally had to learn how to manage his schedule to complete assignments in a timely manner. Time management is a real world skill, and one that will be useful in any future endeavor whether that is college or the work place.

Why would a homeschooled high school student have more of a chance to learn time management skills than a traditionally schooled student? Primarily because the traditionally schooled student is not allowed to manage their own time, but most homeschooling parents encourage students to take responsibility for their own schedules. Traditionally educated students are told when to change classes, when assignments are due, and are held to a schedule that is designed to fit the majority of students. A homeschooled high school student is not dependent on the schedules or abilities of others.

Part of the benefit of homeschooling, especially in high school, is that the education is customizable. If a student needs a little longer to master an advanced math skill it is possible to adapt the homeschool schedule to accommodate that. If the student finishes a literature assignment early, the student can move on and it is not necessary for him to wait until all the other students in the classroom have completed the assignment.

Independence

Homeschooled students who have reached the high school stage have generally achieved some level of independence. By placing a formerly homeschooled student back in the traditional high school setting some measure of the independence the student is accustomed to is removed. As with time management, the student’s schedule is no longer their own when they must adhere to the schedule of others.

High school level homeschooled students often have more input into their education, not just in what they want to learn but also how they will learn it. Homeschooled students will have the ability to determine how long they will work on a particular subject. An example of this is science experiments. In traditional school it does not matter if an experiment is completed in the 50 minutes allotted, when the bell rings, the student needs to move on to a different class. In homeschooled high school the student would continue the experiment to completion, not interrupted by the end of a class period.

Acceleration/Specialization

A third benefit to the homeschooled high school student is somewhat related to the time management and independence benefits of homeschooling. Most traditional schools must teach to the masses. That is their purpose and with the reductions of funds, most schools do not have the ability to allow students to accelerate to a higher grade, or specialize in a certain subject.

Homeschooling, with its inherent flexibility and individualization can accommodate both. Some homeschooled high school students take dual credit, which is a way to gain not only high school credit but also college credit for courses.

Other homeschooled high school students find that they can finish academic classes more quickly, and therefore can spend more time practicing a specialty. This would allow a student who was a musician more time to practice her musical instrument, or a student who excels in dance or gymnastics to complete schoolwork around necessary practices and coaches schedule.

Some might worry that homeschooled high school students might be isolated from the socialization available through traditional education. The reality is that socialization is about teaching the students the things they will need to know to be functioning adults in the world they are about to step into after graduation. Homeschooling high school is a great way to foster real world skills such as time management and independence. By allowing homeschooled high school students to excel in one area, or accelerate their entire high school education, we are encouraging the real world skills of management and independence that will make them sought after by colleges and employers alike.

Homeschool vs. School-at-Home

Most people believe that if your child does not go to public or private school that they are being homeschooled. Maybe or maybe not. That depends on who you ask and what definition of homeschooling you follow.

School-at-Home

School-at-home is generally considered at school curriculum administered at home. Sources of the curriculum might be the public school system, private school system, or an independent full curriculum distance school.

The pros of school-at-home are numerous but let’s choose two pros that are particularly interesting to people who never thought they would homeschool.

The first pro is that the entire curriculum is administered by a school, whether it is a local school or a distance learning school. This means that they generally interface with your state’s department of education to make sure that you are educating at home legally. Sometimes the local or distance school will also have accreditation. What this used to mean is that your child’s diploma would hold the same weight as a private or public school diploma but that is not exactly the case anymore. I will tell you a bit more about that shortly.

The second major pro of school-at-home is the idea that everything, the entire curriculum comes as a package. The parent does not need to collect various materials from different places. The curriculum is standardized and every student enrolled in this type of education will get the same instructional materials.

The pro of the entire curriculum coming in a package can also be one of the cons of this type of school-at-home. By having a standardized curriculum the parent is not given the option of allowing the student to study any one subject more in depth than any other. The student is expected to complete work at a pre-determined pace, and there is little flexibility to allow for a student’s individual learning style.

This is actually the point where the contrast between school-at-home and homeschool are most notable.

Homeschool

Homeschooling can differ greatly from school-at-home, but it can also resemble school-at home.

One of the most important hallmarks of true homeschooling is flexibility. When a parent chooses to homeschool they are choosing to take control over their child’s education and also ultimate responsibility. What this means is that parents choose what their children study, in what order, and what depth. This allows not only for student interests but also the student’s learning style. There are many sources to choose from when choosing homeschool curricula and it is possible to pick different subjects from the source that best fits your child’s learning style.

A second important aspect of homeschooling is the idea that the parent is in control of timing and schedule. In most states this means that parents choose when and if to have their children submit to standardized tests. Being in control of the family’s schedule can be very important, especially if there is any aspect of the family’s schedule is variable. One particular example might be children in military families. Deployments do not occur according to school schedules. Having the schedule flexibility to take a break when the military parent returns is of great benefit.

It was mentioned earlier that school-at-home often provided accredited diplomas for high school graduates. Recently, many states have passed rulings that allow diplomas from any homeschool to hold the same weight as other schools. This is good news for families who educate at home.

Which is better?

So which one is better, school-at-home or homeschool? Well, that would depend on you, as the parent, and your child’s needs. Some students need a lot of structure, and need to move at a pre-determined rate. Other students need to move at their own pace, faster in some subjects, slower in others. There are positives and negatives to both methods of educating children at home. Consider which might work best for your family if you are considering home education.

Keeping Records For Your Homeschool High School

Even the most well-intentioned homeschool parent sometimes falls behind on their homeschool record keeping, so if you find yourself in that situation, you’re in good company! Recently I talked to a friend who needed a transcript right away (in a day), but had nothing put together! She hadn’t thought she would need one, but her son suddenly decided that he wanted to enlist in the Navy, and they required him to submit a transcript! What a rotten situation to be in!

Another friend needed some help with her homeschool records, because she couldn’t quite remember what they had done over the years. She opened up her folder where she kept her homeschool records, and—there was nothing in there! She had labeled a few things, but had not kept any papers, records of curriculum, or anything! We looked through her tub of homeschool papers and paraphernalia, and tried to piece together some courses and a transcript. We spent hours going over every aspect of her homeschool, and documented all the courses her children had taken. As I was leaving, I asked her what the family’s plans for the weekend were. She replied that they were going to a Latin competition…but she had never mentioned that they had taken Latin!  There wasn’t anything in her binder or her tub that talked about Latin!

No matter how great a homeschool teacher you are, if you don’t keep high school records, you won’t be able to come up with a high school transcript, and in all likelihood, you will need one at some point in your child’s life. That doesn’t mean that you have to keep strict records and spend copious hours writing everything down. Even if you take time once a year to record what happened that year, sort of like I do with my taxes, you’ll be able to create a successful transcript. If my friend above had made a transcript every year, she would never have forgotten something as significant as four years of Latin!

Make sure that you set aside time each year, and preferably more frequently than that, to record what you’ve done in your homeschool. Set aside copies of the papers your children have done, some of their tests, pictures of what they did, and books or curriculum they used. You can take pictures of curriculum instead of storing the actual books themselves, and for anything that’s too big to store, pictures also work well. Look at your calendar to remind you of the activities you spent time on, and look at your checkbook to see where you spent your money. Ask your kids to look over the list, to see if they remember anything that you’ve forgotten.  Homeschool records don’t just create themselves; you must be diligent to record what you’ve done! The payoff will come when you apply for college admission and scholarships, and can show the schools all the great stuff your child was involved in, and how well they excelled. Colleges love kids who are involved in unusual or unique activities, so make sure that your child’s individual interests and passions shine through on their transcript!

What You Need To Know About High School Transcripts For Homeschoolers

While the path home schoolers follow through high school may be very similar or radically different than their public school counterparts, all applicants are in much the same boat when it comes to college admissions. The big challenge, of course, is how to impress an admissions officer enough to receive an acceptance letter from the student’s school of choice. But a homeschooler without a GPA, class ranking, or high school transcript poses a unique challenge to any admissions office.

Many colleges and universities these days are notably more flexible than in the past about evaluating homeschooled applicants. Some accept portfolios of student work in lieu of the usual requirements, but a list of high school coursework, in one form or another, is usually necessary. That is where a transcript comes into play, a written record of the grades received or aptitude achieved in each course or area of study.

High school transcripts prove useful for more than college admission. They’re used for enlisting in the military, applying for jobs and internships, and even earning the “good student” discount for a family’s auto insurance rates. It’s also useful to have a transcript for the many scholarship applications that require one.

The most common need for a transcript is college admission. But admissions policies vary widely, so when a homeschooler narrows down their list of potential colleges, it’s smart to call and ask those schools directly what they’re looking for. At one end of the spectrum, Harvard doesn’t require transcripts at all, and at the other end, some colleges want high school transcripts to be aligned to state standards set by their Department of Education. Most schools will fall somewhere in between, and it’s up to the applicant to find out where.

For example, Wesleyan College in Connecticut has admitted homeschoolers with simply a portfolio of the student’s high school work, but they prefer a transcript, and the more detailed the better. Ohio State University does require an official transcript, and Southern Methodist University not only requires a transcript but also makes homeschoolers take several exams that are not mandated for other applicants. Each school has a different set of requirements, which are easily ascertained by contacting the admissions office.

Some schools will accept a spreadsheet format, easily compiled on a home computer. Others want courses listed by semester, or perhaps including course descriptions so they know exactly what material was covered. There are both fee-based services and free downloadable templates available online designed to make the chore of writing a transcript easier, but keep in mind there is no “one size fits all” approach, and each college could require something different.

As homeschooling continues to gain popularity, homeschoolers will increasingly compete with traditional students for a limited number of college openings. Considered together with many other criteria, such as SAT or ACT scores and extracurricular activities, high school transcripts serve an important role that homeschoolers cannot ignore. College bound homeschoolers should keep detailed records beginning by 9th grade, and be ready to translate those records into whatever format needed to compete with the ever-changing college admissions process.