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Speed-Reading Techniques By Keith Drury, Associate Professor, I was a college student when one of our chapels featured a guest speaker who taught us how to speed-read. At the time I didn't need the skill since most collateral reading assignments in my courses were under 500 pages. Just the same I started practicing for the fun of it—sort of like a private parlor game. Step one: Get rid of the Myths MYTH 1: is linear. MYTH 2: True reading is word-for-word. MYTH 3: is a laborious task which takes a long time. MYTH 4: All parts of a book are of equal value. MYTH 5: faster will reduce retention. So, having banished the reading myths about reading, what are the actual steps toward rapid reading? Step one: Get Ready to Read Rapid reading is serious work and you must get ready for it just like you’d prepare for racing in the 500. FIRST: eliminate distractions: Get rid of anything your mind could think about besides the reading material. SECOND: Ask, what is my purpose? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  Learning Sites & Help For Students

Ditch the Backpack: 100 Essential Web Tools for Virtual Students | eLearning Gurus While learning at home offers great opportunities for working on your own time and schedule, it can also offer drawbacks when it comes to working with others or getting immediate help on a problem. Whether you need help, collaboration, or just want a little extra knowledge when completing your assignments, these web tools will help you find what you need. From note taking to researching to staying organized, the following resources will have you making top grades in your classes. Collaboration Studying online doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the brainstorming and social connection. Zoho Show. Bookmarking and Note-Taking Internet research is a great way to find information for your assignments. Writing Tools From spell checkers to bibliography creators to word counters, these tools will help you write like a professional. orangoo. Research Google Reader. Study Tools Everyone can use a little extra help when it comes to those difficult classes. Quizlet. Mind Mapping VUE.

Celebrating Women’s History: 100 Amazing Libraries and Collections on the Web | eLearning Gurus Women have played a big and sometimes under-appreciated role in the shaping of history in the United States and around the world. Take part in celebrating the achievement of brave, smart, and determined women from all countries and time periods by learning about women’s history online. There are numerous sites on the web, many through libraries and archives, that can provide you with access not only to information but to documents, photos and first hand accounts of women as well. Here is a list of 100 places to start looking to learn more about women’s history. Libraries and Archives Check out these large collections and libraries for a huge range of photos, documents and other information on women’s history. The Women’s Library: This UK-based library is home to an incredibly extensive collection of resources on women’s history. Government Resources The U.S. government is a great source for information about women’s history. Suffrage and Women’s Rights Special Collections Photos Documents

30 Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly “Thanks to your list of 110 sites that pay writers, I just sold one of my blog posts (originally written for Wording Well) to Income Diary for $150 USD. I just wanted to say thanks for that resource! ” – Lorraine Reguly In this article, I’ll be listing 30 unique websites that will pay you to contribute an article to them. While there are websites that give you a part of the revenue your article generates, it is often difficult for writers wanting to make quick cash to benefit from this websites. Get the UPDATED 2015 Version of this List: The new updated version of this list includes 110 websites that PAY writers, and it is updated and verified for 2015. The good thing about most of the sites listed below is that they also allow you to include a bio with a link back to your website. Note: A few years after publishing this list, I’ve compiled and published a more recent one that features 46 additional websites that will pay you to write. Here are 30+ sites that pay you to write an article.

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White. Plenty of authors, including Austen, have used “which” exactly as I use it in the title. It’s very commonly used like this here in England, so I’m guessing my comments are coming from US readers. There was never a period in the history of English when “which” at the beginning of a restrictive relative clause was an error. I thought about putting “that” in the title – but I like the sound of “which” between “secrets” and “writers”. And with that out of the way, enjoy the post! A few years ago, I’d look at published writers and think that they were somehow different from me. They were real writers. I’m going to go through eight secrets. Secret #1: Writing is Hard The truth is, though, that writing is hard.

Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools When I was in elementary school I was very annoyed by all this studying. But my idea and hope was that once I was done with school, I would also be done learning. I couldn’t wait. Thus I was rather irritated when I heard that my dad had to complete training for his job to learn new things. Some 20 years later I’m still a student and I know I’ll never get done learning. 1. Dynamic Periodic Table This periodic table helps in keeping elements apart. Periodic Table of the Elements This periodic table is more compact than the previous one and it’s great for a quick summary for each element. 2. Foldit Foldit is not really a tool you’ll need for your everyday biology class. Simon has reviewed the tool in detail in his article Foldit – Solve Puzzles for Science. 3. Mathway This is an online tool that will help solve your maths challenges. Varun previously wrote about Mathway – A Step By Step Mathematics Problems Solver. SpeedCrunch (Windows, Mac, Linux) 4. LiveMocha VerbaLearn 5. wePapers

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools

Top 14 websites for students 100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009 by Staff Writers By Sarah Russel Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists. But thanks to the Internet and the generosity of many universities and online colleges, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world in this list below. If you’re looking for even more amazing lectures, check out our updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds. General Let the world’s top scientists explain exactly how they do their job when you listen to these lectures. Science and Engineering From materials science to the study of thermodynamics, learn more about the science of engineering here. WTC Lecture – collapse of WTC Buildings: Steven E. Biology and Medicine Chemistry Physics and Astronomy Earth and Environment Technology Science and Business

The Ultimate Student Resource List It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free! 10 Free Applications Every Student Needs Unless you have money coming out of your ears, you probably won’t want to shell out the cash you’ll need to get Office, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, EndNote, and so on — even with your student discount. A top-quality, full-featured office productivity suite — word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, graphics editor, database, the works! 11 Online Tools Students Should Check Out Or 20, depending on how you count. Email: GmailRegister for a solid, plain-jane email address from Gmail, something like 15 Websites for Students (Aside from Lifehack) 30 Pieces of Advice for Students from 7 Online Research Resources

20 Websites To Download Free EBooks (Part III) And we’re back with Part 3! Yes, the world still loves books, no matter what version they are in: printed or electronic. Some of us prefer them in ebook version simply because they are so easy to locate, download and store for future reading and reference. In this list you can download free ebooks that range from Romance to Horror, Sci-fi to Historical Fiction. Read Also: Best Websites To Download Free EBooks – Part I & Part II 1. Kobo has over 1 million free eBooks. 2. Find free ebooks in NOOK books and apps format, provided by Barnes and Nobles. 3. Find an amazing array of free Microsoft eBooks brought together to one single place. 4. eBookMall Many of the free eBooks here are only free for a limited time, mostly as special promotions, so download them while they are still available. 5. Find over 350 ebooks with great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for free. 6. eBook Junkie eBook Junkie offers over 9000 ebooks available for free download. 7. eBooksFree 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 15.

10 Free Online Resources for Science Teachers One of the greatest ways technology can empower teachers is by helping them demonstrate concepts and by making it easier for students to learn through their own exploration and experimentation. Because science teachers are often called upon to teach topics that are too large, too small, happen too fast, happen too slowly, require equipment that is too expensive, or has the potential to blow up a laboratory, the Internet can be particularly helpful in assisting them convey a concept. Universities, non-profit organizations and scientists with free time have put an overwhelming number of resources for teaching science on the web. 1. A group of scientists based at the University of Nottingham added some character to the static periodic table of elements by creating a short video for each one. The group also puts out a non-YouTube version of the site for schools that have blocked the site. 2. 3. Stellarium is a planetarium for your computer. 4. "What happens when you put Cesium in water?" 5.

Resources Resources Since I started this blog in April 2009, there have been a number of resources that have played an integral role in the growth of my blog and all of my social media efforts at my day job running Flightster. Every product below is something I personally endorse and have used myself. First let me start by saying that every single blogger I’ve interviewed has participated in some sort of mentorship or coaching program. Blog Mastermind: This is the course that really kicked off my entry into blogging. One of the things that immediately impacts what people think about your blog is your design. Thesis: Thesis is probably the most popular premium theme and you’ll see Thesis used by across the blogosphere. All of the tools below are mostly free, with a few exceptions. Desktop Applications Mac Journal: Distraction free writing tools are essential to creating content in my opinion. Twitter Clients TweetDeck: If you’re an active twitter user then it’s likely you use a twitter client.

50 Places You Can Learn to Code (for Free) Online If you’re curious about learning a programming language then you’re in luck: there’s no shortage of resources for learning how to code online. University-level courses, tutorials, cheat sheets, and coding communities all offer excellent ways to pick up a new language, and maybe even a new job, too. Read on, and you’ll discover 50 great places to learn how to code, for free, online. University Many big names in education including MIT and Stanford offer programming courses, absolutely free. General If you’re just dipping your toes into programming, or you want to find a variety of resources, these sites offer several different ways to learn how to code. Community Learn how to code on these sites with a heavy community influence ready to offer help to newbs. Language Specific Drill down to the language you really want on these sites, offering expansive learning in one or two specific languages.

30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less Many of us attempt to measure our happiness based on the duration of certain favorable experiences in our lives. The longer a favorable experience lasts, the happier we think we’ll be. But the truth is, life is simply a string of small, independent moments that are always changing. Thus, a few minutes well spent here and there can make a big difference in what we get out of life in the long-term. Here are 30 things you can do in 30 minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those closest to you. And yes, I realize some of these suggestions may lead to activities and projects that will likely take longer than 30 minutes to complete; but they still take far less than 30 minutes to start. What simple life-enhancing activities do you participate in on a regular basis? Photo by: Rachel Sian Related 30 Ways to Save 30 Minutes a Day We're all way too busy. October 4, 2010 In "Hacks" 30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth We are what we repeatedly do. December 25, 2011