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
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
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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What Is A Compound Sentence?
Of Mice and Men
Inheritance and Various Principle
The Monkey and the Crocodile
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
By Mary Stolz
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 .
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
May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp,
and peace in your heart.
Life is full of the
ridiculous, and children have knack for seeing it
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
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
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
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.·
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.
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.
viruses. If students send assignments via a computer, there is always a risk of viruses -- especially if they send programs or attached files.·
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
Adapted - Florida Center for Instructional Technology,
College of Education, University of South Florida
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
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:
Students learn job-seeking skills and good work habits. They
can explore career alternatives. Students with no employment
history gain vital work experience.
skills. Students learn how to cooperate and interact
with other people outside a school setting, including adults other
than parents and teachers.
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
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:
- Showing mutual respect.
- Allowing enough time to both speak
and reflect on what is said.
- Listening even while disagreeing.
- Judging arguments but accepting
- Preserving the relationship beyond
- Exploring questions that matter.
- Creating shared, mutually evolved
- Learning something new or important.
- Strengthening mutual commitment to
the work to be done.
Adapted from Powerful
Conversations, Phil Harkins
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.
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.
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.
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
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.
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.
El Nino Theme Page:
Presented by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration),
this site provides satellite imagery and other information concerning
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.
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!
you a fabulous New Year!
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