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   eNews                                January 2016 Vol. 19-01


President's Message

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we have started another New Year!  But here we are! I hope your year has started out well and you are looking forward to a great and wonderful 2016.  

Our year has started off with much to accomplish.  We are awash in solicitations, papers, grants and queries.  And, there are those loose ends which need to be completed from the end of the year.  All this activity gives us energy and drives our continued enthusiasm for the work we do....e-learning. 

We find it abundantly clear that e-learning, online learning, finally, is going to be the driver that changes education as we know it today.  We still have a way to go, as most of what we see are segments of learning...we hope it won't take too long before all these parts can be pulled together in a coherent whole for the full instruction of our students. 

Those of you who have been following us for years, know that this has been our life's work.  We believe that all students deserve a quality educational program, no matter where they live in the world.  The advent of the internet, so many years ago, gave us a way to reach students who may not have access to good teaching and learning or they may just want a choice of an alternative way of learning. While we are not there yet...it is coming. 

We continue to work toward broadening our exposure into international markets.  In that regard, we have been participating with the World Trade Center - Denver to develop our international business skills and hope to receive our certificate of international trade within the next few months.  

The new year promises to be another busy, successful year!  We are excited about all that a new year offers.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.


    

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The most important thing about goals is having one.

 



Learning with eTutor

eTutor creates a virtual educational community of learners effectively linking students, parents, teachers/tutors and administrators.  The virtual learning community provides various ways to interact and successfully link student learning to those who support the learning: parents, teachers/tutors and administrators.  Tools in the Communication Center include announcement and message boards, email, threaded bulletin boards, chat rooms and white boards.  In addition, eTutor provides Reminder Service, Filing Cabinets, Learning Resource Center , After-School Fun, Art Gallery and Study tools.  The communication and administrative tools integrated with the many interactive lessons provide a seamless learning environment that successfully uses the capabilities of the Internet.

All curricular content is original, written by teachers from across the country.  Quality control is maintained through the adherence to an online template created just for the purpose of obtaining original content for eTutor.  eTutor lessons are rich and varied and each has a unique voice,  expressing the diversified, and often regional, instructional wisdom of the individual writer. 

eTutor lessons are learning modules that consist of a series of  tasks and information that reinforce the skill or concept taught in each lesson.  Each task in the lessons requires the student to use critical thinking skills and the work involved becomes progressively more difficult; later tasks often require the knowledge gained, skills acquired and activities completed in earlier tasks.  In these activity-based tasks, students become active participants in their own learning.  In the ideal sense, eTutor enables students to learn things in order to do things.  The tasks are often research based, deliberately challenging and require continuous use of the pre-selected Internet sites, which are part of each of the lessons. 

Knowledge HQ plans to position eTutor as the Internet program of choice for individual subscribers.  Our goal is to influence parents to rely on eTutor for all of their Internet-based instructional needs.                                                         

If you are not an e-Tutor subscriber, we are waiting to hear from you.  Parents and students, alike are excited about this great way of learning!

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Writers' Circle

The easy to use template makes creating online instruction for your students a snap. Remember that there is no cost for using the template.  Your lesson modules are available to you and your students to use in and out of an instructional program.   Interesting topics from LessonPro this month: 

What Is  A Compound Sentence?
Ancient Greece
Of Mice and Men
Inheritance and Various Principle
The Monkey and the Crocodile
Reading 

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!

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877-687-7200

 
 

   The Book Case            

Belling the Tiger  
By Mary Stolz


    Ages:  6-11 
              

Asa and Rambo, two little kitchen mice, are assigned to the task of putting a collar and bell on Siri, the cat so that the rest of the mice are alerted when she is headed their way.

But poor little Asa and Rambo get side-tracked and end up getting on board a sailing ship and then their journey begins . . .

This is a charming story and suitable for children who are beginning to read longer chapter books and like pictures in their reading.

1962 Newberry Honor Winner 

 
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May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, 
and peace in your heart.

Indigenous Arctic Proverb

 

Merriment Makers

Life is full of the ridiculous, and children have  knack for seeing it everywhere. 
Children are the merriment makers. Giggling starts as a ripple and may expand into a deep belly laugh. It's truly therapeutic, relaxing, and calming.  With a little laughter you're free to enjoy the absurd.  Kids are quick to laugh, and you don't have to be a comedian to entertain them. Little kids, especially, will laugh at just about anything....just give them an excuse. A silly face or an absurd comment can elicit shrieks of delight, especially coming from you.  

Never squelch those giggles.  If you find that you haven't felt giddy for a while, try talking gibberish or singing a nonsensical tune to break the ice; the reaction you get from your child will certainly keep the momentum going.  And if you have really forgotten how to giggle, invite a team of thirteen-year-old girls to afternoon tea.  That will surely get things going in the giggling direction.  

Adapted from How to Love a Child by Judy Ford


A Tech Lesson

Advantages:

  •  Allow self-paced instruction. Computers allow learners to proceed at their own pace, receive feedback immediately, and review as often as they like.

  • May incorporate text, graphics, audio, and video.  With the trend toward digital audio, digital video, and computer animations, it is easy to incorporate various media into computer programs.

  •  Allow high levels of interactivity. Computer technologies allow embedded questions and interactions, as well as online collaboration. 

  • Provide written record of discussions and instruction. Computer logs can easily be generated for computer interactions in distance learning.

  • Inexpensive. With access to the Internet, it is relatively inexpensive to participate in computer technologies for distance learning. 

  • Worldwide access.The Internet can be accessed by millions of people throughout the world. There is no other way to reach so many people for so little money. 

Disadvantages:

  • Require hardware and software. At a minimum, a computer and Internet connection are required for most distance learning options that involve computers.

  • Generally rely on written communications. Although it is possible to include audio and video in computer-based distance learning, most of the communications are in the form of text. 

  • Require substantial planning . E-mail and other asynchronous computer technologies require a great deal of planning and preparation on the part of the instructor.

  • Computer viruses.  If students send assignments via a computer, there is always a risk of viruses -- especially if they send programs or attached files.

  • No guaranteed performance.  Computer networks are notoriously unreliable. If students wait until the last minute to check their e-mail messages or search the Web, there is always the risk the server may be down or the Web sites may have moved.

Adapted - Florida Center for Instructional Technology,
College of Education, University of South Florida

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To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. 

Student Community 
Service

This week we heard from a person from Harvard University who has started a consortium of Universities that are looking at student enrollment applications in a different way.  One of the criteria they are placing an emphasis on is community service rather than extra-curricular activities.  Students reap numerous benefits from volunteer experience. Among them:

  • Career benefits.  Students learn job-seeking skills and good work habits.  They can explore career alternatives.  Students with no employment history gain vital work experience.

  • Social skills.  Students learn how to cooperate and interact with other people outside a school setting, including adults other than parents and teachers.

  • Self-esteem. Young people often are made to feel that they are part of society's problems.  Those who do community service work learn to see themselves as productive citizens who are valued, needed and respected.  They gain a sense of personal power that comes from recognizing they can make positive changes in our society.

  • Values exploration.  Many young people who volunteer must confront issues like hunger, illiteracy, homelessness, poverty and environmental pollution. Their service work may get them thinking about these issues for the first time.  Students also learn basic civic values that include fair play, respect for the opinions of others, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our society. 

Adapted from School Public Relations Service


 Good Talk Nine Ways

You are in conversation all day, but have you though about what separates the good ones from the bad ones? Researchers found nine factors that make conversations sources of information and power rather than frustration:

  1. Showing mutual respect.
  2. Allowing enough time to both speak and reflect on what is said.
  3. Listening even while disagreeing.
  4. Judging arguments but accepting people.
  5. Preserving the relationship beyond the conversation.
  6. Exploring questions that matter.
  7. Creating shared, mutually evolved meanings.
  8. Learning something new or important.
  9. Strengthening mutual commitment to the work to be done.

Adapted from Powerful Conversations, Phil Harkins


Instructional Gaming

Over the last few years we have been interested in how game-based learning can add another dimension to the teaching-learning process.  After all, capturing a student's interest and making concepts come alive is an educator's greatest challenge. Engagement is the key to unlocking the magic that lies within each student. 

To progress in a game is to learn. When we are actively engaged with a game, our minds are experiencing the pleasure of grappling with (and coming to understand) a new system. This is true whether the game is considered entertainment or serious.  The same factors that make well-designed games highly motivating also make them ideal learning environments.

New ways of learning that are aligned with a student's world, style and capabilities in the form of game-based learning may improve upon the present teaching-learning process in education today.  It represents an effective and doable means to alter the learning process that appeals to, and excites, the games generation.

 

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Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

 

Great Links for January:

Chemistry Comes Alive:  From the Journal of Chemical Education. Exciting movies of some explosive, flaming, and colorful chemical reactions. You will need the free QuickTime Player to watch.  Scroll down for the Samples.
https://www.chemedx.org/video

Gigagalaxy Zoom:  An amazing sky map from the European Southern Observatory (Chile). Comprehensive and engrossing content, something that all sky observers will love - especially city slickers.
http://www.eso.org/public/

El Nino Theme Page:  Presented by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), this site provides satellite imagery and other information concerning El Nino.
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao/elnino/nino-home.html

LabLit:  A forum for all topics related to the culture of science in fiction and fact. The site is a magazine with essays, reviews, profiles, and interviews about science/literature/art/media. It also contains a discussion forum.
http://www.lablit.com/

U.C.Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Public Exhibit:  A fascinating exploration into the past. The "Web Lift to any Taxon" is especially interesting. Follow the path of evolution!
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibit/exhibits.html

 

Wishing you a fabulous New Year!

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