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A Teacher’s Guide to Long Distance Tutoring

There are only so many hours in a school day — and for some students, it’s just not enough. Whether they’re preparing for standardized testing or trying to catch up to their grade level, students today often need help outside of traditional classroom hours. In many cases, staying after school for tutoring sessions just isn’t an option, which results in vulnerable students getting left even further behind. Luckily, new distance learning technologies are changing that. Now, teachers can connect with

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5 Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into Learning

With a motto like, “Ideas worth spreading,” it’s almost like TED Talks were made for the classroom — after all, spreading ideas is fundamental to what education is all about. The TED Talk format is great too: talks are relatively short, deal with the most pressing issues of the day, and are packed with interesting ideas and inherently shareable information. It’s no wonder that they’re embraced by all kinds of learners in every stage of life across the world. And

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Three Critical Elements to Ensure Online Learning Programs Remain Fresh

Freshness.  Freshness means different things to different people.  For me, it is a break of dawn, blue sky, 67° degree bike ride, crunchy green grapes, and firm, tart blueberries.  We often do not think of ‘freshness’ in education and online learning.  But we need to. To date, much of the focus on online learning has been about ‘access’ to the online platform, effectiveness of online learning, and whether or not online learning is strategic.  For the most part, colleges and

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Affordable Online Colleges in America: 2016 Rankings

Edudemic ranked over 180 online colleges based on student value, price, and reputation. We recommend these schools for online students. This ranking provides you with information about the most affordable colleges online out there today. We first assessed the schools using a complex group of variables, then stack ranked them, and eventually determined objective measurements of how far a dollar takes you at each one. The end result pointed us toward the colleges that had the best balance of low tuition

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Which Learning Style Works For You?

It wouldn’t come as a shock for most teachers to hear that the way students learn things differs from child to child. Some may absorb more from a hands-on experiment while others only need to see a diagram. These divergent ways of understanding a concept are called learning styles, and they’re both useful in the classroom and controversial. Learn more about what defines a learning style, which one fits you best, and how to use them in teaching. What are

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5 Tips From Successful Online Students

In the age of MOOCs, degrees which give you the option to take some classes ‘distance’, and other programs that are all-online, many people are considering the pros and cons of taking classes on the internet. If you’ve never taken a class online before, the concept might seem too good to be true – no worrying about getting to class on time, being called on to speak about a topic you’re not really comfortable with, or sitting in an uncomfortable

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Who Actually Started Online Education?

While we tend to think of online education as a phenomenon welded largely to the past decade, in reality its history extends significantly further back than that. Think “before the Internet was even a thing that existed.” Experiments in welding computing to the classroom are almost as old as computing itself, with recognizable components of current Internet-based learning roughly (very roughly) appearing around the late 1950s and early 1960s. We realize, of course, that plenty more pioneers contributed to the

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9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development

The beginning of the school year for many teachers includes something that many are grumbling about. Do you hear those low-pitched rumbles? That’s right, I’m talking about your school’s required professional development. While nearly all teachers are required to complete continuing education credits in order to keep a current certification (and by extension, a job!), the school-mandated and offered ‘training’ days are often broad in scope, and many report that they’re not that helpful. Other schools don’t have the funding

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