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Finnish Education Chief: 'We created a school system based on equality' Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted, The Atlantic reports.

Finnish Education Chief: 'We created a school system based on equality'

Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests. Yet over the past decade Finland has consistently performed among the top nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world.

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How does educational media impact children? Five pressing education issues you’ll see in 2014 - eClassroom News. Below are the five biggest issues that CSG has identified as facing education in 2014.

Five pressing education issues you’ll see in 2014 - eClassroom News

Technology and digital learning. Unite for Quality Education. Presentation Ideas, Tips, and Case Studies. A TEDx Talk We’ll Never Forget We always love getting mail from our creative community.

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Recently we heard from speaker, publisher, and thought leader Kent Gustavson, who wrote: ”I thought I would tell you about my amazing experience with Haiku Deck. Marketing 101: The Importance of Conversion. In our new Metrics That Matter series, Mashable is speaking with digital marketers about the metrics they pay attention to and why.

Marketing 101: The Importance of Conversion

While it's always a good thing to have consumers tweet nice things about you and "like" your Facebook posts, marketers are in the business of selling, and they need to influence consumer behavior. The goal is first, to let people know about a product and second, convince them to buy it. But to do so, they need a solid grasp on the best ways to convert consumers. Monitoring KPIs and analytics are obviously helpful for assessing performance and efficacy, but they're much more than that. "They are early indicators of where resources should be allocated, either to improve problems, or increase growth or revenue," says Hugo Smoter, director of marketing for ecommerce site Spreadshirt.

One of the most crucial metrics marketers monitor is that of conversions. The Basics. 8 Reasons To Try the New Web App Beta. Hi Roger- Do any of these sound like you?

8 Reasons To Try the New Web App Beta

1. 5 Ways Non-Profits Can Increase Engagement With YouTube. Geoff Livingston co-founded Zoetica to focus on cause-related work, and released an award-winning book on new media Now is Gone in 2007.

5 Ways Non-Profits Can Increase Engagement With YouTube

According to ForeSee Results' 2010 Social Media Study, YouTube is the second most powerful social network for consumer engagement. This critical component of the social web remains vital for causes, associations and government organizations. 4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts. This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts

In addition to writing for their human readers, web writers and bloggers have to consider the digital web crawlers employed by search engines like Google. Your business can't skip the task. Since most would-be readers use search engines to find blog posts, you need to make sure that Google ranks your site highly when those readers search for terms related to your business and the content you're writing. You could spend thousands of dollars to have a search marketing firm optimize your business's blog for search engines, but chances are that you can learn a lot of the fundamentals yourself, saving yourself a lot of money as long as you have the interest and the time.

Here's a basic primer on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your company's blog. 1. 2. HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags. One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the hashtag, a topic with a hash symbol ("#") at the start to identify it.

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags

Twitter hashtags like #followfriday help spread information on Twitter while also helping to organize it. The hashtag is a favorite tool of conferences and event organizers, but it's also a way for Twitter users to organize themselves: if everyone agrees to append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in search, and more likely the topic will appear in Twitter's Trending Topics. 8 Tips for a Successful Social Media Cause Campaign. Meaghan Edelstein has gained national media attention through her blog, I Kicked Cancer's Ass, which she started to document her battle with end stage cancer.

8 Tips for a Successful Social Media Cause Campaign

She is an attorney, the founder of the non-profit organization Spirit Jump, and the Social Media Director for Cause marketing can be described as the mutually beneficial relationship between a business and a non-profit organization. Social media cause campaigns are similar, but not identical to traditional cause marketing, in that they allow for more flexibility. Small businesses can gain exposure without breaking the bank, and large companies can reach millions of consumers in a matter of hours.

Social cause campaigns can be run by individuals and non-profits without big company sponsorship. For example, the hugely successful Blame Drew's Cancer campaign was started by a single person, cancer fighter Drew Olanoff.