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NASA's Extraordinary Youth Projects

April 28, 2017

The space agency's little-known educational programs are well worth exploring

America’s space agency, NASA, will of course go down in history as the organization that put the first humans on the moon, sent probes to Mars, Jupiter and beyond, and led the international coalition that built the International Space Station (ISS), among many other extraordinary achievements. But far less well known are its amazing educational programs, often involving college students, high schoolers and even kindergarten-aged kids.


In just one example, the agency has a program called High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH), in which high schoolers create machines and technology for actual use in space. For instance one team of students in New Jersey created a locker that will end up on the ISS:


The HUNCH Locker will provide containment for

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Education and Artificial Intelligence

April 13, 2017

Artificial intelligence is quietly following a path that may bring immense changes to education

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing a great many workplaces, thanks to applications ranging from robot assembly lines to driverless taxicabs to stock trading algorithms, but there is also huge potential for positively influencing the classroom.


Machine Learning algorithms, programs that glean patterns from data and provide insights and suggestions, help teachers to find gaps in their teachings and point to where students are struggling with subject matter.


Spotting struggling students is just one of many potential benefits offered by AI in the classroom. In time, AI may grade students, keep teachers on point and, incredibly, even provide tutoring:


AI-based tutoring systems are another interesting concept that use big data and machine learning to provide persona

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Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Special Needs Students

March 31, 2017

The nation's highest court has redefined how public schools should educate students with exceptionalities

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that could very well impact learning for disabled students across America. Currently, the law requires equal access, but not equal outcomes. Standard practice, therefore, leads schools to do little more than go through the motions when it comes to educating students with challenging disabilities. Parents of these students are left with few options -- either keep them in school where they are unlikely to get a proper education, or opt for costly private options.


The justices of the court, however, unanimously found that public schools must to better. This could potentially impact the lives of thousands of parents from coast to coast:


“The fact that it’s unanimous shows we know a lot more about educating kid

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Keeping Your Youngster Organized for School

March 17, 2017

Of all the educational skills needed for success, organization is perhaps the most important

Doing well in school takes hard work. There are just so many skills involved. You have to know how to study, how to write papers, how to take notes -- the list is mighty long. But one skill that often gets overlooked is organization; just keeping everything properly sorted.


The good folks at WikiHow created a detailed how-to guide that will help every student. How detailed? Very detailed! It even includes a section on keeping one’s locker organized:


Clean out your locker. If you have a locker, it may get messy. See if the school will allow you to bring in a shelf. That way, you can put books, extra papers or supplies on one and keep them away from your other things. But before you install that shelf, rip up all the papers you don't need so they won't be copied

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Tips For High School Volunteering

March 2, 2017

There might be more high school volunteering options than you realize

It’s not at all unusual for high schoolers to volunteer their time in their community. It’s a great way to contribute positively to the world, not to mention meet new people and explore career options. And of course it also looks great on a college application. But there can be so much more to volunteering than most people realize.


Just looking at the federal government, there are a great many volunteer possibilities. You can receive disaster training from FEMA, or at your local VA, or even with the Secret Service. There’s a handy search engine to help find opportunities.


Many professional associations, such as the American Dental Association or the many medical associations related to faith, speciality or local community, have opportunities. You can volun

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Changes In the Works For Standardized Testing

February 16, 2017

Standardized testing is almost universal in America, but moves are afoot to gradually phase it out in favor of the ACT and SAT

Standardized testing has become almost universal in public schools from coast to coast as school boards have sought to find ways of ensuring teachers and learners are getting the biggest bang for their educational buck. It has created problems, however, as testing can often crowd learning time out of the classroom.


Various alternatives pop up from time to time, but as with all educational reforms change happens slowly. An interesting idea, however, is slowly gaining momentum in Florida -- replacing state-based standardized tests with the ACT or SAT exams.


Key state senators have said this year they plan to push a bill — though it isn’t filed yet — to reduce testing in public schools. Their proposal, they said, likely would allow a swap of the ACT or SAT fo

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Helping students juggle sports and schoolwork

January 25, 2017

High school sports can place a lot pf pressure on student schedules, but it can all run smoothly

Balancing school, sports and life


It can be very hard for a young person to devote all the time necessary to get done all that needs doing, especially when they’re heavily involved in student sports. Fortunately, with some planning, ex-marine and current high school coach Jeanne Goodes says it can be done:


Use a big desk calendar for school and sports. Write down all due dates for schoolwork, projects, and papers. Write down all sports practices and games. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections.


It’s also critically important to stay on top of everything -- indeed, if possible, to stay ahead of schoolwork and other tasks:


Whether this pertains to homework, schoolwork, grades, or sports practices, it is easier to stay ahead of scho

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Twitter for Tutoring?

January 12, 2017

How to use Twitter while tutoring students

What is Twitter?

Most teens have heard about and most possibly use Twitter already. As an online social networking and microblogging platform, it allows users to communicate using messages of up to 140 characters from a computer or mobile device. Millions use it to keep abreast of a variety of topics.

Is it Good for Learning?

Twitter can help encourage and grow communication skills. Distilling what you want to say down to only 140 characters is not as easy as some might believe. Critical thinking and writing skills need to be engaged to effectively communicate using twitter. Keeping up with the fast pace conversations and trying to answer a question in one sentence encourages children to focus on the key points.

How to Use it…

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Tutoring Business: Get Ready for Back to School

March 14, 2016

Article discusses tutoring business and how to get ready for back to school.

With the first day of school just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for another school year.  If you’ve decided to make some changes to your tutoring business, now is the time to implement them.  The beginning of a school year provides opportunities that may not exist at other times during the year.  When school begins, students and parents are focused on getting off to a good start and making the most of the upcoming school year.  To take advantage of this renewed desire to succeed, you have to be prepared.

Create a Marketing Plan

Ensure you have a steady stream of clients throughout the school year by marketing your business now and continue to market yourself consistently.  Don’t stop marketing just because you have a full client ros... Read full article
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Creating a Marketing Plan for Tutors

January 18, 2016

Article lists five steps for creating a marketing plan for your tutoring business.

Marketing isn’t just for large companies.  If you want to be a tutor, you need clients.  Unless you have a large network of referrals, you’ll need to do some marketing to attract those clients.  But creating a marketing plan for your tutoring business doesn’t have to take months of planning and result in a 50-page document you’ll never refer to again.  A couple of pages are all you need.  And if you don’t want to write anything down, that’s okay too.  But taking the time to think about the information listed below will help you develop a plan to reach your target market.

Service Analysis

This one may seem obvious.  But it’s not enough just to say you’re a tutor.  Be as specific as possible about the... Read full article
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