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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 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. Creative Role-Play Encourages Deeper Science Learning. How to Generate Leads with Mobile Marketing.

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How does educational media impact children? Educational “screen media” time, while considered beneficial by parents, drops sharply after age 4 While 78 percent of screen media consumed by children ages 2-4 is educational, that figure drops drastically as children age, down to 39 percent among 5- to 7-year-olds and 27 percent in children ages 8-10, according to a national survey released on Jan. 24. “Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America” analyzes parents’ experiences and opinions of the educational media their children use. The survey aims to identify the subjects parents think their children learned most about from educational media, what platforms they think are most effective, and what are some obstacles to more widespread use of educational media. Lower pricepoints have enabled lower-income and minority families to increase device ownership and “catch up” to their middle-class and white peers, notes Victoria Rideout, the report’s author.

(Next page: How parents view educational media’s benefits) Five pressing education issues you’ll see in 2014 - eClassroom News | eClassroom News | 2. Below are the five biggest issues that CSG has identified as facing education in 2014. Technology and digital learning Used more and more to supplement face-to-face instruction, Goins notes, this will come as no surprise to ed-tech advocates and stakeholders. But the move to a more digital form of learning, the increased prevalence of “bring your own technology” and one-to-one initiatives, and expanded access to mobile devices and apps mean that educational technology remains at the forefront. Accompanying this is the issue of access and ensuring equitable and reliable high-speed internet access for all students in all schools. K-12 assessment and accountability systems States are moving to online assessment systems as the Common Core State Standards are implemented, and two assessment consortia–PARCC and Smarter Balanced–aim to create assessments that collect data and enable teachers and administrators to analyze that data for real action.

Early childhood education. Unite for Quality Education. Presentation Ideas, Tips, and Case Studies | The Haiku Deck Blog. A TEDx Talk We’ll Never Forget We always love getting mail from our creative community. 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. I used it to prepare the slides for my TEDx talk. I didn’t use the Haiku Deck slides directly – but found the Flickr images, and created a presentation in high-def that was highly informed by the incredible service you provide.” First off, Kent’s story –and TEDxSBU talk–is incredibly powerful and definitely worth a watch. Bringing the TEDx Story to Life We were especially intrigued by Kent’s process. Here’s a Haiku Deck he made outlining his step-by-step process. Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad Q&A with TEDx Speaker Kent Gustavson Haiku Deck: What inspired you to try Haiku Deck?

Kent: I first found out about Haiku Deck through a friend who is a thought leader and creates “decks” all the time with various programs. 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. 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.

Keeping an eye on metrics can make sure you're spending marketing dollars wisely and targeting the people who are most inclined to make a purchase. The Basics Image: Monetate. 8 Reasons To Try the New Web App Beta. Hi Roger- Do any of these sound like you? 1. You like Haiku Deck, but you'd prefer to work on decks on your computer. 2. You'd like to edit a Haiku Deck you made on your iPad on your computer, or vice versa. 3. You wanted to try the Web App, but the whole private beta thing was confusing. 4.

You requested an invite to the private beta, but didn't see an invitation from us. 5. If any of these describe you, we suggest taking a few quick minutes to try out the new Haiku Deck Web App Beta! You might also want to check out: How the Haiku Deck iPad App and Website Work Together: One of our most popular blog posts, completely rewritten to describe all the cool new things you can do Haiku Deck for Everyone: A Web App Haiku Deck announcing the end of the private beta period The New Haiku Deck Web App Has People Talking (and Tweeting): A Haiku Deck of things users are loving about the Web App Beta, like this: Thank you! Team Haiku Deck. 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. 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. Non-profits have been engaging with YouTube for years, but it's still important to have a specific online video strategy. The following five tips can help organizations maximize their YouTube offering for the most impact. 1. The YouTube Nonprofit Program provides for extra benefits like branding capabilities, increased uploading capacity, and call-to-action overlays. "In a single weekend, it was viewed over half a million times and raised enough to feed over 140,000 children," said Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski, Head of Web at the World Food Programme. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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. 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. 1.

When Google reads a website to index it, it reads the code directly, not the snazzy presentation that humans see. 2. 3. 4. 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. 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.

So how do you disseminate and make sense of all this hashtag madness? By going through the art of the hashtag step-by-step, of course. This short guide details how to identify, track, use, and organize hashtags in an efficient and useful way. Just be sure not to flaunt your new hashtag wisdom. Have a tip to share on hashtags or a unique way you utilize them? 1. What the Trend? 2. What's buzzing on Twitter right now? 3. 4. 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. 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. They provide easier, faster involvement with supporters, and require fewer resources. For example, the hugely successful Blame Drew's Cancer campaign was started by a single person, cancer fighter Drew Olanoff. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.