month we have had much interest in how we happened to get started in
creating an online instructional program. In 1997, we were working
with school districts throughout the state of Illinois on school
improvement planning. Much of that work centered around curriculum
planning and therefore provided the impetus for the research and
development of tools and programs
to assist educators in their daily tasks. We were intrigued with
how the Internet could widen the exposure for students no matter where
they lived in the world. In those early years it was difficult to find
school districts who believed as we did that internet based learning
was an opportunity to change the way instruction is delivered.
Although not quite ready for prime time, nevertheless
we moved forward and created the online learning program, eTutor.
We are pleased to see schools and districts now adopting online
learning in the daily teaching learning process. Many of the
concepts we included in the eTutor program are now common place in
online learning, such as "crowd sourcing" and
"flipping." Although we did not give names to these
concepts, we knew that what we were doing was good for teaching and
then eTutor has helped to improve the learning of thousands of students
from every continent of the world, except Antarctica. And, we are just
beginning, the technology and acceptance of easy to use hand held and
tablet computers opens new vistas for those of us who continue to look
for alternative ways for our students to learn.
have been visited by old man Winter, several times already this
month. I am not ready to put on the heavy clothing and parkas
yet, but the weather is not going to wait for me. So, I plan to
take advantage of the beautiful days this month still offers to enjoy
the color and the change of season.
Enjoy a remarkable
As the months go by, we
are enjoying more and more these opportunities to pass onto you news
and information about what is happening in online learning. You
will learn that we have a certain bias toward innovation and
creativity in instruction. We hope you will add your thoughts
and comments and challenge our thinking.
Information about learning and education in general. Add your own comments, as well. Those who
"like us" grows each month.
eTutor has several videos on YouTube. However don't be fooled there
are several who are using our name.
Connect with us through Twitter.
Parenting and instructional tips and ideas are part of the interesting
topics on which we focus in the eTutor Blog.
The children's books we list on Pinterest
are of much interest by others.
Life is a gift...not a game..
Learning with eTutor
makes eTutor different from other online programs?
is an innovative, educational website and Internet-based learning
system for K-12 students! By
providing educational content in a pre-structured delivery
environment, eTutor sets a standard for quality, interactivity and
consistency that simply cannot be replicated.
believe that in order for online education to succeed it must be
different than what is offered in instruction today.
Most educational curriculum on the Internet has been adapted
from textbooks, workbooks or CD programs.
Other education offerings include webquests, games, targeted
topics and reference links. eTutor has incorporated the best of each
of these in a format that replicates the best qualities or instruction
for the Internet.
Internet gives us an opportunity to do something different in
education. eTutor has been
designed exclusively for the Internet.
Each lesson is an original.
Content has not been adapted from texts, workbooks or a CD
lessons include many parts….vocabulary, lesson problem, resources,
study guide, activities, extended learning and evaluation.
eTutor lessons incorporated related websites within the body of
each study guide that reinforces the concepts or skills being taught
in the lesson.
New Lesson Modules were added
to eTutor this month.
Over 3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
template makes it easy to create internet-based instruction, which you
can use with your students. There is no fee for using the template and
using it with your students. Since our last newsletter over 90 teachers have signed up
to use the LessonPro template.
An Ohio teacher has published three lesson modules and has one in the
works since our last newsletter. Some interesting topics this month:.
- DNA - Structure nd Replication
- Colonies Take Root
- Planning Nutritious Meals
- The Life Cycle of a Ladybug
- Fraction Expressions
- Island Tomb of the Unknown
- The Crucible
- Solving Linear Equations
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
by Cornelia Meigs
Ages 9 - 12
When two children come to stay with
their cousin, they immediately realize something is wrong, but
no one will tell them what. Their cousin is strangely altered:
nervous, preoccupied, hardly aware of their existence. They soon
discover that a conflict is brewing among the hills and farms of
the Medford Valley, one whose origins reach back over a century.
They must piece it together from scattered clues, and from the
stories told to them by a mysterious bee keeper and his
daughter. This 1922 Newbery Honor Book tells of the traits that
run in a family—honor, stubborn pride, and a dark lust for
wealth—and how they shape the destinies of three generations.
the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
to Improve Reading and Learning
Studies on memory have shown that
it is easier to recall lists of related words rather than
unrelated words. For example, people have less difficulty
remembering words in A than those in B because A is comprised of
members of a category, Vegetables.
A: lettuce, corn, onion,
beans, peas, squash
B: nail, bakery, planet,
heart, ice, suitcase
Learners find this strategy most
helpful when they encounter passages that consist of several
pieces of information or contain comparisons. The use
of synonyms, antonyms, connotations, and analogies are ideally
suited for this strategy. You may recall that analogies are
no longer included in SAT testing, however its use in memory and
listening activities is very important in understanding words and
Antonyms: first- last
Connotation: Willy serves overripe fruit. Willy serves
Analogy: We write with a pencil. We paint with a
for Successful Learning
In a study conducted
several years ago by Human Resource Management Foundation found that
the following three things should be included when teaching basic
"kinship" group to provide emotional, psychological
and even spiritual support. The groups should consist of
administrators, educators, and peers.
usually one to two weeks, to allow for a quick sense of
built on common words and p0hrases, names and terms.
While the study focused on
adult learners, the results and indicators are applicable for any age
Adapted from Richard G.
- Recognition and praise
- Time spent with leaders
- Learning how what they are doing now is making them more
- Opportunities to learn new things
- Fun when learning, ie., structured play, harmless
practical jokes, cartoons, light competition and surprises
- Small, unexpected rewards for jobs well done.
- Hearing about the past, especially yours
- Inflexibility about time
- Being watched and scrutinized
- Feeling pressure to convert to traditionalist behavior
- Disparaging comments about their generation's tastes and
- Feeling disrespected
Everyone excels in something.
Any Great Ideas Lately?
If you want to achieve
something, you have to set a goal. Everyone knows that. However,
with all the focus on goals, we often forget that setting a goal is
not the starting point. It is actually the second step. In fact,
if the first step is working well, setting goals is almost automatic.
Before we can seta goal,
we must first come up with an idea. Every great enterprise, and even
the not-so-great ones, began as an idea in someone's mind. Ideas are
precious because they precede all achievement. Whenever people say
they have trouble coming up with goals, you will usually find they
don't have many ideas, either. They may not recognize the few ideas
they do have, or they may reject their ideas as foolish day dreams.
Useful ideas come most
often to people who have an active, open, inquiring mind. Do you ask a
lot of questions when you read news and magazines, watch television,
or just observe activity around you? Do you ever wonder why
things work out a particular way? Do you ask "what if"
questions? Do you ever think about how to solve the problems or
meet the needs of those around you?
A questioning mind is an
excellent breeding ground for ideas. You can gain new ideas if
you read good books, attend lectures and seminars, or join discussion
groups. All these activities will help to increase the raw materials
your mind has to work with in generating new ides. Ideas may be
your most valuable asset, too. The more thoughts you have, the better
off your are. Since they don't cost much, you can have all you
want. What re you doing to generate a continual stream of new ideas
Adapted from Working
Halloween festivities are
chock-full of sugary fun, especially when it's trick-or-treating time.
But there's no getting around the fact that while candy tastes yummy,
eating too much can have frightful effects on blood sugar levels,
dental health, and more. To keep Halloween's ghoulish side
effects to a minimum, heed these tips from Nelda Mercer, Rd,
spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
kids about moderation. The bite-size candies often passed
out at Halloween aptly demonstrate that less can be more.
Encourage children to savor one or two pieces after dinner each night
instead of gorging on the whole bag at once.
say yes. Forbidding sugar will encourage your child to
crave it and seek it out at someone else's house. Halloween is
only once a year, so indulging a bit won't undo a usually healthful
away sugar. Even healthy treats, such as cereal bars,
trail mix, raisins, and fruit leathers, deliver sugar that is damaging
to teeth, so be vigilant about brushing. On the go? Have
kids swish with water to rinse away sugary bacteria until they can
the wealth. Let kids choose and keep their favorite
trick-or-treat candies. Then go with them to donate the
remainder to a nursing home, clinic, or homeless shelter.
From 10/2011 eNews
your thoughts and you change the world.
Clock: You will want to spend some time on this
page presented by the U.S. Census office. Find population data
by day and year; regional population by year; age and sex; most
populous and high density and watch the population grow in real
Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle:
This site features an interdisciplinary Web-based project designed for
middle school math students to determine how much it would cost to
build an Egyptian pyramid today.
From the New York University Scientific Visualization Laboratory,
MathMol (Mathematics and Molecules) is designed to serve as an
introductory starting point for those interested in the field of
molecular modeling. Includes Hypermedia Textbooks and K-12 Activities.
Collaborate with others throughout the world to determine how
temperature and hours of sunlight per day are affected by your
location and the equator. Involves general science, mathematics,
language arts, and geography. They recommend upper elementary, middle
school and high school students (ages 11-18). Students will: a)
measure the temperature and record the number of minutes of sunlight
per day; b) compare and contrast the results; and c) determine how
proximity to the equator affects average daily temperature and hours
of sunlight. Sponsored by Center for Improved Engineering and Science
Elementary and middle schools students are the target audience for
Math Cats. This site has many interactive applets that will invite
children into playful explorations of important math concepts. If the
child loves cats, then this site is almost guaranteed to please!
a boo...tiful month!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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