is no speed limit on the pursuit of excellence.
The quality of education we provide students is the driving force behind the way online teaching and learning takes place. Knowledge HQ adheres to the following
benchmarks. They have been adapted from those identified in a study
for higher education on the measures of quality in online education,
however, the benchmarks apply to the K-12 arena as well. We
thought you might like to see how we measure ourselves.
Institutional Support Benchmarks
∑ A documented technology plan that includes electronic security measures to ensure both quality standards and the integrity and validity of information.
∑ The reliability of the technology delivery system is as failsafe as possible.
∑ A centralized system provides support for building and maintaining the distance education infrastructure.
Course Development Benchmarks
∑ Guidelines regarding minimum standards are used for lesson development, design, and delivery, while learning outcomes -- not the availability of existing technology
-- determine the technology being used to deliver lesson content.
∑ Instructional materials are reviewed periodically to ensure they meet program standards.
∑ Lessons are designed to require students to engage themselves in analysis, synthesis, and evaluation as part of their instructional requirements.
∑ Student interaction with tutors is an essential characteristic and is facilitated through a variety of ways, including voice-mail and/or e-mail.
∑ Feedback to student assessment is constructive and provided in a timely manner.
Course Structure Benchmarks
∑ Before starting the e-Tutor program, parents and/or students are advised about the program to determine if they have access to the minimal technology
required to access the program.
∑ Students are provided with supplemental course information that outlines course objectives, concepts, and
ideas and learning outcomes for each course are summarized in a clearly written, straightforward statement.
∑ Students have access to sufficient library resources that may include a "virtual library" accessible through the World Wide Web.
Student Support Benchmarks
∑ Parents and/or students receive information about programs, including fees, technical and requirements and student support services.
∑ Students are provided with information to aid them in securing material through electronic databases, inter-library loans, government archives, news services and
∑ Throughout the duration of the program, students have access to technical assistance, including detailed instructions regarding the use of the program and
convenient access to technical support staff.
∑ Questions are answered accurately and quickly, with a structured system in place to address student email.
Faculty Support Benchmarks
∑ Technical assistance in lesson development is available to tutors, who are required to use it.
∑ Tutors are assisted in the transition to online instruction and are assessed during the process.
∑ Tutor training and assistance, including peer mentoring is offered.
∑ Tutors are provided with written resources to deal with issues arising from student use of electronically-accessed data.
Evaluation and Assessment Benchmarks
∑ The program's educational effectiveness and teaching/learning process is assessed through an evaluation process that uses several methods and applies specific
∑ Data on enrollment, costs, and successful/innovative uses of technology are used to evaluate program effectiveness.
∑ Intended learning outcomes are reviewed regularly to ensure clarity,
utility and appropriateness.
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Oh, No! Wrong Again!
People who do the wrong thing at the
wrong time usually are tackling activities in one part of their lives
first, rather than attacking all the things they do in order of importance.
Mistake caused by habit: Parent B
always finishes the day's planned work before he goes home for the
night. . So, he works late on a low-priority task that could
wait for another day and misses his daughter's softball playoff
As a countermeasure to this natural
tendency to tackle tasks by category, make a list of all the roles you
play, including friend, parent, spouse, child, manager, peer and
subordinate. Then make a list of upcoming tasks to perform
within each category. Rank all tasks in priority order,
regardless of which categories they fall into and tackle them in that
never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Charles Schultz Philosophy
This was sent to me by
friends. I think you will like it. You don't have to actually
answer the questions. Just read straight through and you will
get the point.
Name the five
wealthiest people in the world.
Name the last five
Heisman trophy winners.
Name the last five
winners of the Miss America contest.
Name ten people who
have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
Name the last half
dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
Name the last decade's
worth of World Series winners.
How did you do? The
point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These
are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are
forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their
Here's another quiz.
Se how you do on this one:
List a few teachers
who aided your journey through school.
Name three friends who
have helped you through a difficult time.
Name five people who
have taught you something worthwhile.
Think of a few people
who have made you feel appreciated and special.
Think of five people
you enjoy spending time with.
Name half a dozen
heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Easier? The lesson:
The people who make a
difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials,
the most money or the most awards. They are the ones that
Shared by my friends
Barbara and Alan
Keeping Slang Out of Your Kids'
Plz practice your writing B4 U head bak
2 school. CU in a few wkz.
Millions of children (and adults!) use
language like this to chat with friends, make weekend plans and stay
in touch with out-of-town relatives via e-mail and Instant messaging
(IM). It's important that this informal writing style of
shortened words, improper grammar, lack of punctuation and use of
"emoticons" such as smiley faces, does not follow them into
their learning activities. The following tips will help children
boost their effective writing skills:
- Talk to children about using
different writing styles to communicate with different
audiences. Describe the importance of personalizing messages
and why it's important that students know their audience.
While it's okay to close a letter with "C ya" to a
friend in an IM, it is not okay to include this slang in learning
- Have fun with writing. Provide
children with enjoyable ways to practice their writing.
Involve your child with writing grocery lists, thank you notes,
dates on calendars and messages.
- Review learning activities for IM
and e-mail style language. Encourage your children to write
properly and take the time to carefully review their written
- Talk with children to establish
ground rules for using IM and e-mail. Work with your child
to develop a plan for using IM and e-mail to make sure other
responsibilities such as completing learning activities and chores
are met before going online to chat with friends. Discuss
time limits with your children and make sure they are kept.
Consider putting your family rules in writing and posting them
near the computer.
- Create a writing zone. Whether
writing on a computer or with a notebook and pencil, it's important
that your child has a well-organized place to write. Set up
an area in your home for writing....a desk or table with a flat
surface and good lighting. Make sure the area is free from potential
distractions and that writing tools, including a dictionary, paper
and pens, are at your child's fingertips.
- Encourage your child to read.
Read with your child at least 15 minutes per day....or one hour
per week....since reading will help teach them about sentence
structure, grammar and vocabulary. Reading and writing
support each other and good readers become good writers. The
more your children do of each, the better will be a both.
ARA Content, Pioneer
people spend their lives climbing the ladder of success only to find,
when they get to the top, the ladder is leaning against the wrong
These tips really work to increase how
much sticks with you!
||Design some rhyming
pegs to hang facts on. The classic is: one=run,
two=shoe, three=tree, four=door and so on. Think of the
first thing you want to remember as running toward you, the
second is stuck in your shoe and so forth.
||Take the first
letter of each thing you want to remember and create a word or
phrase that is easy to remember. For example, the colors
of the rainbow spell out Roy G. Biv. Try this ASAP.
||When you want to
remember a spelling or a sequence, use a goofy story.
For example, here's a story for the spelling of
"arithmetic": A real individual thought
he might eat turkey in church.
||Steve's last name is
Wallis. To remember his last name, I visualize him
scaling a wall. The more outrageous the association, the
better you'll remember it (Just don't tell people how you
remember their names; it might get weird.)
The Next Step Magazine
the Positive Energy of Conflict
We learn early on that "Compromise
is good; conflict is bad." Conflict is a critical element
in everything we do. Without it there is no growth, no
challenge. Without conflict we would have boring sameness.
Conflict equals excitement. Because conflict is inevitable, why
not harness its positive energy? To tap the positive energy of
conflict, you must first identify the outward signs of conflict.
Keep in mind that agitation and resistance are triggers. You
must determine what preceded the trigger. It's important to
observe non-verbal signals. It will help if you:
- Ask the person: "What is
it you want me to do?" to find out his or her interests.
- Observe the surroundings. For
example, are you in a family room, living room or
- Ask others in the family for
input: "What do you think about the problem?"
Next, find out how the person wants to
be treated and treat him that way. Ask him:
- "How do you want to be
- "What changes do you think need
to be made?"
Use the information you collect to
figure out creative solutions and devise a plan for action and
accountability. Also, get an agreement to prevent similar
conflicts, affirm the positives and thank the person for doing a
difficult thing. When you attempt to resolve a conflict, you
must have enormous maturity. You must be able to find out the
other person wants to be treated and then be mature enough to treat
them that way. Increasing tension, especially, requires great
Sincerity and Mutual Trust
From honesty comes sincerity, a quality
that builds mutual trust. Doctors must have sincerity to instill
confidence in their patients; lawyers must have it to create rapport
with clients; executives must have it to inspire employees;
salespeople must have it to persuade customers to buy; great
politicians have attracted votes with it. Sincere people are
those who have ideals, values, beliefs and conform to them. They
project these characteristics to others.
The story is told about Abraham
Lincoln, who, after listening to the case of a would-be client, responded,
"You have a pretty good case technically. But it just isn't
right in justice and equity. So you'll have to find another
lawyer to handle it for you. Because all the time I was standing
there talking to the jury I'd be thinking, 'Lincoln, you're a
liar!' And I'm afraid I'd forget myself and say it out
loud!" You wouldn't have any trouble trusting a person like
that, would you?
So if a person-to-person relationship
is going to be worthwhile and productive it must be constructed with
mutual trust. Mutual trust is nothing more important than one's
own egotism, self-concern or personal ambition. Suspicion, doubt
and envy must be set aside. Above all, the relationship must be
based on honesty....not only to others but one's own self. As
the father said to his son in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "This
above all; to thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night
the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."
Adapted from Public
is not what happens to a man. It's what a man does with what
happens to him.
Scholastic Winter Storms: Students hear all sorts of stories about winter storms. This is your
chance to tie those stories into the science of storms, and look at severe storms over the past three hundred years. My two favorite areas
are the Interactive Weather Maker and the Winter Storms Timeline.
Book Adventure: This website houses a free motivational reading program for children in
grades K-8. Reviews help children pick a book to read, either from a library or bookstore. After the book is read, children can take a quiz
online, with the incentive of prizes after a number of quizzes are completed. Parents can monitor their child's activities and find
resources for reading challenges in their families.
Dino Directory: Search by body type, or location where dinosaur bones/fossils have been
found. A great activity would be to look at different type of dinosaurs, and map the countries where their bones and fossils were
Last Expressions: Art from Auschwitz:
The Block Museum at Northwestern University features the art created by
prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau during their incarceration during the
Holocaust. You can browse the art by media, artist or location. Included are biographies of the artists that explain how they came to
create the artwork, often being transferred by guards to office duty. Students can examine re-occurring themes found in the artwork.
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center:
The National Youth Violence Prevention Center organizes current statistics, publications, and research on violence committed by and
against children and teens. Find the latest information and programs from all the US Agencies that deal with the issue of violence and
minors, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of
Justice. Resources are grouped for use by parents, professionals and teens.
The Little Shop of Physics: Online Physics Experiments:
Colorado State has some great experiments here. Choose from experiments
using common household items, experiments you can do with your computer,
or shockwave experiments (requiring a shockwave plugin that works with
your browser). Demonstrate Bernoulli's principle or find out how those
annoying sounds are generated for the Emergency Broadcast System. Enjoy
these fun activities for all ages.
Create a Graph:
The National Center for Education Statistics created this online tool so
that anyone can make an area, bar, pie or line graph and print it out
or download the image to a computer or disk. Older students can benefit
from the link that shows how graphs can be used in probability. Younger
students will quickly learn the difference between the left X and Y axis
when they need to create their own line graphs.
Wishes for a Happy Month!
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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