July 5, 2015

Learning Systems – They Come In All Colors and Styles For Your Child

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Learning systems are tools that provide all sorts of lessons. They introduce a wide range of important concepts such as the value of perseverance, the difference between right and wrong, cause and effect, and many other ideas that are essential to your child’s development.

Lesson of Life: Master of Your Universe

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There is only one me. There is only one you.

The words I say, the words I write belong to me; as do my desires, ambitions and talents, as do my shortcomings and frustrations. Your words, desires, ambitions, talents, shortcomings and frustrations, belong to you. …

When the identity of my body flickers and the last ember dies, I must answer only to myself. And when your lifetime is over, you must answer to none other than you.

Online Schools vs. Brick and Mortar: What Does the Future Hold?

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I recently heard an excellent podcast (audio recording) “Getting an Education on the Internet,” Sept 22, 2009 regarding online schools vs. traditional brick and mortar schools. Although the talk was focused on Higher Ed (college), I felt it an applicable discussion for all Education in general. …

Without a radical change to our entire capitalistic society, I don’t think K-12 teachers need to feel threatened about technology replacing them. Instead, I recommend they embrace and utilize it to make their already difficult lives a lot easier.

Common Core – Friend or Foe?

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This infographic was shared with me to shed light on why some system, like “Common Core” was needed for American students. I thought it well done and it does shed light on why CHANGE was needed. Now, whether or not all of its parts and workbook questions are sane is another debate. But, I think you can see from these statistics, that an overall change was required. The question now becomes: Where do we go from here?

There More Than One Way In This World To Be Educated

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Tweet “Why I hate school, but love education,” is in incredible Spoken Word performance that is packed with truth so beautifully told.  Thank you Sulibreezy; Everyone needs to hear for just as many different reasons.  

I Will Not Let An Exam Result Determine My Future

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Tweet A powerful and beautiful video founded on solid truth. Either video version below ( prezi-like presentation or video)  is created using the same Spoken Word. If you have never seen this, break out the tissue.  

Join The Debate — Behind the Common Core Standards

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Tweet It doesn’t matter whether your child or grandchild is being home-schooled, in private school, in public school or other –these standards will affect his/her entrance into college, their necessary entrance tests scores, and even the classes they take within college. This :40 minute video is a VITAL watch.  You will see interviews from some […]

Can You Apply Academic Learning and Teaching Theories to a Homeschool Situation?

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As part of my Masters of Education, I took a Teaching and Learning Theories class. I wanted to see what a homeschool scenario would look like if you applied leading Academic Teaching and Learning Theories from Education Psychology to it. I learned how to make my first screencast, video and prezi with sound. Admittedly, it’s a bit rough, but I’ll get better.

Even 79 Year Olds Can Have Superpowers

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Don’t tell me you don’t want to be Paddy at age 79? You know you do with whatever talent is yours. No matter your age you can still be spectacular and beautiful and amazing.

Hack Your Body To Have Superpowers – for Realz

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I am becoming a real fan of the Forward Thinking group. Smart – Real – Possible. Take a look at this video showing actual science behind body-hacks for superpowers.

Is Technology a Threat to Our Education?

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Adaptive Tutor Software — Personalized Learning — Matrix Brains — what does our future have in store for us?

Watch this video…

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Child Care Center

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YouthMUSE thanks our guest blogger Erika Schmidt and her insight into Child Care Centers:
“Have you ever envisioned your child in the future?

What would he be like or where would he be?

It is quite a challenge for every parent to establish that future. However, there always is a start for every success you wish your child to achieve, and it all starts in Child Care Centers. “

“Out of Touch” – The Alternate Universe of Minecraft

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I’ll get the usual lecture: “I’m out-of-touch with reality, no child should waste “all day” playing video games.”

Talk about a waste—she’d lost an hour of her short life in useless slumber while I had built an entire village from dirt to dome, enriched an economy, created cathedrals and manufactured my monuments.

Enemy or Friend? Youth Digital Social Identity

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Our children are growing up in a converged hybrid environment. There are bugs. There is limited legislation controlling how your thoughts are being recorded and used. Be educated — it’s your protection. Privacy may be dead, but you are not. Watch this short Video …

Look Up – Best Advice for Cultivating Superpowers

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Outstanding video poem on Digital Identity, brilliantly performed and created. A message we all, including myself, needed to hear and heed.

Hacking Education to Give Kids Back Their Superpowers

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The brilliant simplicity of this video and its inspiration should herald in the unconventional and perfectly sane Hack Schooling method.

The Superpower of “Activities” vs. the Evil of “Assessments” A.K.A Tests without the “T” Word

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Children will tell you the problems and their brilliant solutions if you bother to survey and really listen to them. You actually have an advantage of finding the truth as they have fewer filters on their mouth. All good marketing technology has you locate your exact public, survey them for what they need and want, then package the material in such a way that it fits their needs. Marketing technology works for all fields, including Education. How to package and label (title) any action in Education is as important as the packaging and labeling a product in the business world.

The virtual K12 curriculum has made a key marketing and learning process blunder. This blunder is actually preventing full application-based learning.

This same mistake could be made in any school setting, by any educator, thus this article.

A Super Power or Evil Baddie? The Digital Identity of our Youth

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Children (and even adults) are searching for their own identities and the identity of the world they find themselves in. They want to know who they are, why they are and where they should be going in life. Due to the technological advances, they can now search at record speeds. “Facts” (non-fictional and fictional) are flying at them everywhere they turn.

We are utilizing this technology to help us answer the age old questions that we, as humans, have sought to answer for a millennium – Who? What? When? and Why are we? The problem is every single step and act me make in this direction is being recorded and can be used by the unscrupulous to their own ends.

The Superpower and Art of Problem Solving – The Artistic Edge

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Convincing people of the importance of an education in the arts can be a tough sell. In 2012, math and science are heralded above all else and the general public still tends to overlook the arts. When a school faces budget cuts – music, visual art and drama are typically the first to go.

The reality is that we are doing our children a great disservice by not immersing them in the arts. More and more studies are proving how children exposed to an arts curriculum demonstrate increased skills in critical thinking when compared to their peers.

Think about it. Why wouldn’t an arts education with its focus on creativity, produce young people capable of thinking outside the box? Artists are constantly pushed to explore unchartered territory. The truly great ones are those that produce new and exciting work that has never before been created.

Review: “Who Was or Is …?” Book Series – The Inspirational Superpower of Real People

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One challenge in a virtual school or home school scenario is having enough fun books that are truly a pleasure for a child to read while also being educational.

Our family filled this need with the Who Is or Was …? Series. It’s a fantastic biography series that has got us totally hooked. We are all reading them! Most of the books have a different author but each is well-edited to ensure a smooth read for 3rd-5th Grade reading level.

This series is real people telling their real and interesting stories. It doesn’t get better than that.