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Education - Fundamental Right of Every Child

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development."
-Kofi Annan

Education is an act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical potential of an individual. A vital element to balance the societal factors, education contributes to the economic development of a country. Countries without educated population cannot foresee and implement the best policies necessary for the growth of an otherwise developing country.

The battle to make elementary education imperative for everyone was started by the great son of India, Gopal Krishna Gokhale about hundred years ago. He urged before the Imperial Legislative Assembly to confer upon the Indians the Right to Education. It was only after ninety years in August 2009 that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was enacted by the Parliament.

According to this act, education is declared as a fundamental right for all children of the age group of 6 to 14 years, irrespective of any caste, color or creed. The Right to Education provision eliminates discrimination in the educational system at all levels, thereby, setting standards. The fundamental right to education is explicitly set out in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This act also ensures that private school needs to reserve at least 25 percent seats for the students of weaker section.

However, the fundamental right to education can only be considered accomplished when it strictly adheres to the "4A" components, which precisely refers to Availability (free education), Accessibility (non-discriminatory system), Acceptability (culturally acceptable content) and Adaptability (evolve with changing times).

The free and compulsory education gives children the required sense of independence and empowers them to make a respectful livelihood on their own. One of the recent initiatives of the Indian Government launched in 2001, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), universalizes the elementary education by community-ownership of the school system. It aims at allowing children to learn and become proficient in their natural environment in a manner which allows human fulfillment in a holistic sense. The scheme under the fundamental right of education also include facilities like free school books, uniform and mid day meal.

Role of the Parents

A child's school years plays an imperative role in his overall development process and future growth. So, it becomes integral for the parents to get actively involved in their child's activity. And as a responsible parent, their priority should be towards providing the best education to their children irrespective of any law.

Role of the State

The State is the chief guardian where the Right to Education act is concerned. It functions as a crucial contributor in regulating the provisions of education. Conventionally, education was regarded as the primary duty of parents, but with the rise of education system, the role of parents has diminished and has become a larger responsibility which is why it has become a mandatory rule for the state government to scrutinize the proper implementation of the legislative act. With regards to realizing this particular fundamental right, the World Declaration on Education for All, adopted at the 1990 World Conference on Education states that the "partnership between government and nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, local communities, religious groups, and families" are necessary.

With this, the struggle to get access to education has ended. But to implement the act in a better way, greater awareness among the citizens is required so that its provisions can be clearly understood and incorporated by all institutions, thereby, paving the way for children to become glorious pillars of tomorrow to ensure a bright future.

Minority Education

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

By the late 19th century, educational debates were still echoing on "who was to be educated?" and "how this education was to be carried out?" Such philosophers as John Dewey and (closer to us) Jean Piaget understood that "all knowledge has a special origin and the interests of the child are the primary source of learning" (Spring 1989). The same author said that after the Civil War black leaders, particularly W.E. Dubois and Booker T. Washington debated not the importance of schooling but the kind of education for blacks. The latter, considered by many blacks as a traitor, would acquiesce with the 1895 Plessy v. Ferguson decision that said under segregation schools can be separated and remained equal. According to Perkinson (1991), Washington addressed publicly in 1895,
"....The Negro did not want social equality, that he did not need social equality with the whites. Nor did he want or need political or civil equality ... but cooperation with their white friends. Negro education should be devoted to the practical education of earning a living." P.48

But Dubois vehemently rejected that position and argued for equal rights. Meanwhile, diverse segments of society had been restless protecting their interests after the inaction of Plessy v. Ferguson. The US Supreme Court solved many cases in favor of minorities such as Peirce v. Society of sisters (1922, unconstitutionality of forcing public schooling only) or Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1940, unconstitutionality of forcing Jehovah Witness to salute the flag). None of them delivered a blow to the racist establishment more significant than Brown v. Board of Education of (1954), which stipulated that separate education was inherently unequal. That decision invigorated the position of such minority leaders as Dr. Martin L. King who had long said that the reality of equality will require extensive adjustments in the way of life of the white majority, an adjustment many are unwilling to make", ( Smith & Chunn, 1989). The Brown decision opened the valve for a flurry of other specific legislations to right the educational wrongs done to minorities. For, Perkinson (1991) stated that black parents realized that their children were failing in schools not because they were culturally deprived but because the schools were incompetent to teach black students who, indeed, had a culture, a different culture.

I remain convinced that, on the part of many folks, it was not a matter of how to educate our culturally different children, but a deliberate case of not willing to do so. If we take, for example, Shor and Freire (1987), "It is not education which shapes society, but on the contrary, it is society that shapes education according to the interests of those who have power" p.35; and Perkinson (1991) "By 1965 the schools had polarized American society into self-satisfied whites and victimized blacks, into despondent city dwellers and indifferent suburb amenities by identifying and creating winners and losers" p.220, we shall see that these points of view (Freire/Shor's and Perkinson's) are in direct contradiction while both being sensitive and in the interests of the unfortunate, that include the children of the immigrants.

Bilingual Education

History & Rationale
. As children of the lower class were failing in school and in life, bilingual education (originally) was not meant to rescue them. On the contrary, it was designed to catch up with the Soviets after their launching of the Sputnik, the first manned satellite (Cazabon, 1993). Through the National Defense Education Act (NDEA), the United States Government hoped to be competitive scientifically and technologically while being sophisticated in languages and cultures. As waves of immigrants kept crashing onto our shores, the Federal government passed a series of legislations and decisions to deal with the problem among which the 1965 Elementary & Secondary Education Act (to attack poverty), the 1967 Bilingual Education, the 1974 Lau vs. Nichols (special aid to non-English speaking pupils) and the 1980 Department of Education regulation (mandated Transitional Bilingual Education nationwide for limited English proficient students). Despite all those efforts, Lambert held that there were two faces of Bilingualism; one for language minorities and the other for the mainstream Americans (Cazabon, 1993). To such conservative politicians as former Senator Hayakawa, Bilingual Education would hinder the English development of immigrants (Minami & Kennedy, 1991). To those critics, Jim Cummings replied that students who experienced a preschool program in which: a) their cultural identity was reinforced, b) their was active collaboration with parents; and c) meaningful use of language was integrated into every aspect of daily activities; these pupils were developing high level of conceptual and linguistic skills in both language. Supportively, Krashen (1983) indicated that all languages are acquired the same way through four development stages, namely silent period or comprehension, early production, speech emergence, and intermediate fluency. Given time, a comprehensible input, and a lower affective filter (anxiety-free) the young immigrant will excel.

The situation of bilingual education let to believe that the authorities either want to assimilate every child into the main culture or to create bad cases of bilingual programs for the minorities where they would be proficient in neither language. In reply Skutnabb-Kangas (1986) had put forward the Declaration of Linguistic Human Rights (the rights to identify with, to learn, and to choose when to use one's mother tongue), especially in relation to small children, where it "is close to criminal, real psychological torture to use monolingual teachers who do not understand what the child has to say in her mother tongue" (Skutnabb-Kangas & Cummins, 1986) p.28. Nonetheless, they registered many cases of positive as well as negative bilingual programs. The additive (positive) Bilingualism has been mostly experienced abroad, whereas most of the subtractive ones have been found in the United States.

Models of Bilingual Programs.
When Lau vs. Nichols was settled, it left the establishment too much leeway even though it cited the school districts for violations of the fourteenth Amendment and the Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964. According to Lyons (1990), the law did not seek any specific remedy, but only that the Board of Education apply its expertise to the problems and rectify the situation. Therefore, in its implementation worldwide, Bilingualism had two faces depending on whom it was called to serve. It could be implemented and verified as the best form of education (for the elite, the middle/upper class) or the worst case of educational formation (for the minorities, the working/lower class).

Free Evernote Training Videos on YouTube

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Evernote is one of my favorite and most used apps. I use it for project management, task lists, meeting notes, reference notes, web clippings, personal tasks and more.

I just found out about some great training videos on YouTube that show you how to do different tasks in Evenrote. Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/EvernoteScott?feature=watch

If you don't use Evernote, check it out. It's free, easy to use, and cross platform. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more.

Take Your Education Career to the Top with a Doctorate in Education

Sunday, October 27, 2013

If you're ready to take your degree in education to the highest level by earning your doctorate degree, the options with accredited online colleges and universities are numerous. Professionals in education have busy lives and extremely busy schedules. Making this commitment to educational advancement is no small decision. However, we are talking education, so the example you set when you earn the highest degree available to you expresses your strong belief in the importance of education to your community and the organization you lead.

Earn Your Doctorate in Education or Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Whether you're interested in earning your Doctorate in Education (EdD) or you prefer to pursue your Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD), you can find an online program that will meet your needs. Most individuals seeking these degrees are working professionals in education with master's degrees and teaching credentials.

Earn Your Degree Online and Never Miss a Beat in Your Professional Life

Choosing to pursue your doctorate in education online offers the convenience of studying wherever you are, thus making it easier to attend the program of your choice while continuing to fulfill professional and family obligations.

If you've never experienced online education previously, you can be sure that today's online education programs are designed to help you succeed while maintaining your busy lifestyle.

Earning your doctor of education degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) offers you the opportunity to choose the area of specialization which interests you most. Specialization can often give you an edge over other candidates for competitive jobs. If your career goals include top educational administration positions, attaining your Ph.D. or Ed.D. is usually preferred and will give you the competitive edge you need, regardless of the level. In higher education, a top level degree is essential for a top level position.

Why Earn Your Doctorate?

The US Department of Education lists education as the most popular master's degree and the most popular Ph.D. program in the U.S. Obviously this implicates heavy competition in the field - just one more reason to take your credentials and expertise to the next level by earning your doctorate in education.

The job market for educational administrators is projected to grow 23% from 2002 to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook handbook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average salary for a postsecondary education administrator is $75,800 and for all other education administrators is $66,580.

Online Education Opportunities

Top notch Accredited Online Colleges and Universities offer numerous programs online to help you reach your ultimate education goals. There are traditional programs available as well if your schedule allows classroom attendance. See what today's programs have to offer and find the right one to fit your needs at accredited online colleges. There's no time like the present to start moving ahead.

"Making Marketing a Habit" - Effective Social Media Techniques

Friday, October 25, 2013

You have worked hard to build your practice and an online presence. Your site finally matches your clinical guest experience. You have a Facebook page too, so your job is now complete, right?! Unfortunately, many Physical Therapists in private practice fall into this trap - forgetting to "make their marketing a habit." Marketing through social media, whether it is through Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, should be a HABIT; or an ongoing effort to network with your audience on weekly and sometimes daily basis. By remaining current and sending a consistent message that you care through social media, your practice can benefit from customer loyalty and new networking opportunities.

There are several methods that allow Physical Therapists to make their marketing a habit through social media by: regular posting, promoting follower engagement, offering incentive programs, and networking with other local businesses. By focusing on all of these elements, you have the ability to create "mental real-estate," where your followers will think of you first whenever an injury occurs.

1) Post Regularly

A practice's social media page(s) should consistently be updated on a weekly or even daily basis. This shows followers that you are current and innovative - you actually care enough to keep your page up-to-date. However, your social media pages should never focus solely on advertisements. Customer loyalty is not created because a clinic repetitively boasts about being the best. Such a message lacks an emotional tie and eventually becomes boring to the audience. Instead your posts should focus on engaging the audience and promoting conversation on your page.

2) Promote Engagement

Conversation and follower engagement on social media can be promoted by several different ways:

  • Ask your audience questions and allow open conversation between your clinic and others within your group. For example: "What type of stretching exercises do you complete before an early morning run?" Such questions may be simple, but they offer you the opportunity to create an educational follow up post after several answers have been given by others.

  • Offer educational tips and facts to your followers, encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle and offer advice on how to avoid injury. This shows your followers that you care about them even though they are not currently in treatment. It brings in that emotional tie we focus our guest experience around. Integrating these informational topics into themes such as the holidays or National Physical Therapy month also adds a bit of fun and entertainment to your posts.

  • Ask followers to "like" or share your posts if them found them informative and helpful to increase your clinic's visibility.

  • Be sure to include updated photos and videos often as well as they break up text and make a page more appealing. However, if you plan on including visual elements that include a patient, be sure you have written consent first.

3) Promote Your Page(s) Internally In Your Clinic

Creating a social media page and posting updates as part of your regular routine is a wonderful beginning, but is not sufficient alone for an effective marketing plan. Promote your page(s) within your practice in order to obtain more followers and therefore, better engagement.

  • Post signs around the waiting area asking patients to "like" or "join" your pages.

  • Work with your front desk staff and ensure they introduce your social media page to new patients and offer incentives for joining your network. For example, enter patients who "check-in" at your clinic (an application available on Facebook) into a weekly raffle. Raffle prizes may include small gifts such as a clinic logo-ed T-shirt or water bottle.

  • Offer gift cards to patients at their next visit who offer testimonies on your wall. However, it is suggested to place a maximum allowance of gift cards per person so your page is not cluttered by many posts from one individual, making the testimonies feel un-authentic.

In addition to creating more engagement on your page, each interaction by each patient will act as a referral to their entire social network.

Each time a current patient interacts on your page by offering a positive testimony, "checking-in" to your clinic, or "sharing" and "liking" one of your posts, an update of their activity is sent as an alert to their entire social network, thereby offering your clinic additional visibility. Each activity by a "friend" not only shows the value of your services, but also creates "mental real-estate" in potential client's minds, making you the provider and clinic they think of first when an injury occurs.

4) Business to Business Networking

In addition to focusing on customer loyalty, it is also important to use your social media pages as a way to become more involved within your community. Social media can offer wonderful business to business networking opportunities. Interacting with and following other local businesses and medical referral sources social media can greatly benefit your clinic as more often then not, when you actively participate in another business' page, they will reciprocate the activity. Also invite businesses to local events put on by your practice such as a "Business After 5" program or an open house through your page. This consistent activity and networking creates a foundation of trust and value to other business owners in your area.

Social media can greatly benefit any private practice clinician by offering networking opportunities and the ability to create a customer retention program. Stay loyal to your program and continue to "make your marketing a habit" by: 1) posting regular updates 2) promoting engagement within your page through questions and requests to share/"like" your posts 3) offering incentive programs for patients who participate on your pages and 4) creating business to business opportunities by becoming involved in other businesses' social media. By regularly taking these steps, your clinic will look innovative, fresh and current and gain lifelong customers and ravings fans.

Evernote updates Windows version with over 100 new features

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Evernote, one of my favorite and most used apps, has recently updated the Windows version of their software.

If you don't use Evernote, check it out. It's free, easy to use, and cross platform. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more.

There are over 100 new features in it and I really like the new version.

Here is a link to the official announcement and below is an image with the new features.

Non-boundary Governance of Entrepreneurship Education within Higher Education

Monday, October 21, 2013


The focus of entrepreneurship and innovation education and research at institutions of higher education ipso facto implies a wish to enhance the quality of graduate and post-graduate business venturing prospects as well as business know-how in the normally pre-entrepreneurial stage. This should happen within a sense-making framework that integrates the research and education agenda for graduate entrepreneurship. Further, an entrepreneurship and innovation education and research approach should be followed that guide the content of the competitive landscape in which the prospective entrepreneur will function and not lag behind and thereby looses its relevance.

Of particular importance to entrepreneurial education lies the ability of institutions of higher education to shift and circulate information and technologies across faculties despite different academic disciplines, professional codes, and academic language that act as academic venture boundaries. These boundaries frustrate the need to integrate entrepreneurship education throughout a higher education institution, thus inhibiting the smooth functioning of entrepreneurial education. Thus, a need exists to overcome these barriers by amalgamating the various faculties socially across faculties whereby entrepreneurial educators could play "bridging roles" by acting as "boundary spanners" between faculties and forming close cohesive networks through the whole institution. This will enable educators in entrepreneurial higher education to link otherwise unconnected faculties to facilitate the development of unique knowledge and access to special knowledge and opportunities. This create an advantage over the traditional structural design where educators were only part of a specific faculty cohesive group.

In the new economy, technology and knowledge production on which it is based, have become an intrinsic part of the economy. As a result, it may be envisaged that education and research in institutions of higher education will need to support the whole technology development process, which also include the process of innovation. In this regard, it may be more appropriate to develop education and research policies that addresses the whole technology-innovation chain instead of merely the research-development chain, as the research-innovation chain involves taking ideas, turning them into technologies and taking these, through research and development, out of the laboratory and proving them in real-world situations.


The aim of this paper is to propose an educational governance framework for entrepreneurship and innovation at institutions of higher education to foster the upgrading of entrepreneurial competencies in students whilst preserving the traditional academic competencies of students and the provision of unique entrepreneurial opportunities to students to perform entrepreneurial tasks.

Non-boundary governance

Firstly, with regards to the governance of entrepreneurship education at higher education institutions it is proposed that it should be managed by an "inter-faculty-inter-industry committee" (boundary-spanning leadership is provided) in order to achieve a greater measure of integration (common building blocks is created) in terms of generic entrepreneurial skills requirements that cross over academic disciplines, whilst simultaneously making provision for the unique disciplinary requirements and needs of specific disciplines. This implies a shift away from the traditional independent faculty approach (functional myopia) which lacks commonly shared interests that is adopted by most universities and substituting it for a new re-configured structure able to create entrepreneurial value through a holistic, yet focussed approach (integrated birds eye view) among various faculties. This largely represents the antithesis of the traditional academic governance approach followed at the majority of institutions of higher education. However, it is considered necessary, as it is able to strike out higher potential for entrepreneurship and innovation directions through the whole academic supply chain. In essence a virtual horizontal department - operating on the basis of value chains - is created, without necessarily increasing the staff operational cost to the institution. Creating a virtual horizontal department will ensure that all employees (lecturing staff) interpret the market signals better, and ensure that customer and entrepreneurial concerns become known to all faculties, regardless of their function in the university leading to a better customer focus. By establishing an inter-faculty-inter-industry committee, opportunity is created for healthy and critical curriculum content debate (knowledge interaction), whilst module developers become better informed on borderline subjects and aspects. Even more essential is the protection that will be provided to ensure that the disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary entrepreneurship field of study is not vulnerable to the "tactic of isolation" by claiming academic ownership in one faculty.

Secondly, entrepreneurship and innovation cannot flourish within institutional isolation. Cross-fertilisation of national and international academic and industry business networks is required not only to build leading edge relevant curriculum content, but also to keep up to date with the dynamics in the field. In this regard it would be important to create entrepreneurial knowledge champions in each of the faculties, whilst still operating under the academic guidance of an Entrepreneurial Centre of Excellence that could coordinate all activities and ensure proper co-operation between faculties. In essence, the Entrepreneurial Centre of Excellence's focus is to orchestrate the entrepreneurial functions in all the faculties. This will further ensure that the "big divide" in entrepreneurial education between faculties is largely eliminated. With regard to its functions within the institution the Entrepreneurial Centre of Excellence's role could be to:

·Establish an operating and repertoire-building entrepreneurship and innovation education framework and technique approach applying to real-time methodologies;

·Facilitate new entrepreneurial and innovation horizons for the institution through the diffusion of new information, the establishment of dialogue processes, and the exploration of new required dynamic capabilities;

·Build entrepreneurial talent for intellectual entrepreneurship leadership; and

·Establish bonding entrepreneurial networks that form the nucleus of the core of the university's entrepreneurial value system through web-connectivity, conferences and seminars, mobilising critical mass of people for innovation and the management of Memorandums of Understanding.


This paper emphasised the need to create governance mechanisms that could properly address the disciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of entrepreneurial education in higher education institutions. It proposed the establishment of a joint-responsibility structure able to span the entrepreneurial holes in institutions of higher education whilst receiving guidance from a centrally Centre of Excellence that could coordinate all entrepreneurial education and ensure cooperation by all academic faculties. Implementation of these proposals could be done at minimum cost to the institution.

New Technology and New Solutions in Education

Saturday, October 19, 2013

According to experts, today's education consists of students learning through different softwares used on computers and laptops. Nowadays, teachers and students prefer to learn online rather than attending classrooms to receive degrees. Invention of new technologies and solutions has made it possible for people to think of the unthinkable and do the impossible things as believed at least a couple of years ago.

Social Media

Whenever we talk of new technologies, we instantly think of the various social media websites that are rapidly changing the way we interact and share things. Majority of people around the world are a member of at least one social networking site for personal, professional or for both reasons. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and such similar websites are used to make global audience aware of any new products, service or events. Educational institutes have also started using Cloud-based social media sites to promote their upcoming classes and courses to millions of students located worldwide.

Content is Not Tied to the Classroom

The emergence of the internet has made delivery of learning a worldwide phenomenon. Today, students are no longer entirely dependent on traditional classrooms to receive education. It is easily available online and that too within a few seconds. Online teaching has made the educators easily conduct their classes using a computer with an internet connection. They can instantly upload their course brochures as well as take examinations and provide certificates to students without the need to personally come up and receive the same.

Increases Students Engagement with the Class or Course

Newer technologies and online solutions allow teachers stay in constant touch with their students residing in various far off places. Teachers can keep the students engaged through live discussions on any lesson or project. Learners can also develop a greater attachment with the teacher and other students through real-time connection, interaction, and sharing of thoughts and ideas. Recent addition of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, iPads, and more) has resulted in anytime delivery of course content directly on the students' handset for easy viewing and registering for a class.

Deliver a Seamless Learning Experience

Technology has enabled seamless transition of learning content and delivery of student evaluation reports at the end of each semester. Creating classes and conducting the same has become an easy affair. You don't need to buy or install any software or hardware to start taking classes online. Many class creation and management solutions are available in the market for teachers to use it anytime to deliver world-class learning experience.

Blog to Make Your Social Media Marketing Sing

Thursday, October 17, 2013

By now, you understand how important social media marketing is for the success of your business. You are doing everything possible to strategize effectively. What you may not understand is how much blogging can help your business.

The more active you are on the various social media channels, the more likely you are to understand how a combination of social media marketing and blogging can help you to achieve heightened success for your business rather than concentrating on one or the other. One of the main purposes of social media is to attract people. Blogging will help you to accomplish that. People love to constantly learn new things.

There are several ways in which you can achieve tremendous success for your business by combining social media marketing and blogging.

  • Post your blog articles to your social media channels: If you are not feeling confident about what you should be posting in your social media status updates, never fear. There is an easy approach that will help you to have more confidence and a better understanding of what will work for you. A good rule of thumb is to follow the 80/20 divide. In other words, 80 percent of your updates in social media should be nonpromotional and 20 percent should promote you and your business. The same rule also applies when it comes to the links that you post.

    Your primary goal, when it comes to posting and sharing content, is to educate your readers and make sure that you are offering them valuable content. Your first goal should never be about selling your products and/or services. However, it is also important to remember not to lose your business in the process of helping other people. You still want your readers to pay attention to what you are offering and how they will benefit from your products and/or services. You will want to position yourself as a subject matter expert in the eyes of your readers and your ultimate goal is to get them to think of you first when it comes to their needs that fall under the auspices of what you are selling.

  • Make sure that social sharing is easy: You need to make sure that your online connections find it easy to share information with you and for you. One very important aspect, or building block, is to get your online connections to share your content with people they know. This will do a tremendous amount for your business's reputation and your professional credibility will skyrocket.

    Another wonderful side effect will be that you will gain a larger number of audience members. They won't be just any audience members, however. They will be top-quality audience members. The more top-quality audience members you acquire, the greater your chances will be of having your content shared and regarded highly. That will eventually lead to your doing more business. A great way to get people to share your content with others is by having a social sharing button somewhere on your page (the top and bottom are optimal spots for that). Anther simple way to make it happen (simple and obvious) is to ask your readers to share your content with people they know.

  • Expand your list of social followers through your blog: You are going to want more social followers than you have currently and a great way to expand your list is through your blog. The followers that you acquire through your blog will be relevant, interested, and passionate about what you are offering. Along with that is the fact that many of your followers will be loyal to you and that will encourage greater and more numerous connections for your business. You may want to concentrate on some of the more popular social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. F0r example, if you want to acquire more Twitter followers, make sure to put a retweet button on your blog. You should make it as easy as possible for your readers.


Your social marketing campaign must be build in a brilliant, methodical, intelligent manner and if it isn't done right from the beginning, you won't have a chance of succeeding. It is important to manage your time and efforts correctly to make sure that you include those two elements and really make them work for your business. If you introduce your social media marketing campaign through blogging, you will be even more successful, and the impact that you will make will be even greater.

Continuing Education

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Continuing education is designed primarily for those wishing to pursue further studies relevant to their professions. It enables professionals to procure a new license, as well as continue to uphold it, as required by their profession. Individuals who may have discontinued their education are able to pursue their studies through various continuing education programs.

General continuing education has the same implications as adult learning. It usually pertains to subjects such as literacy, English verbal communication skills, and curriculums such as occupational training or GED training. The syllabus is drawn up keeping in mind the needs of mature learners, specifically students who are already past the usual undergraduate college or university age. It is assumed that a continuing education student has completed basic schooling or some form of formal education.

Continuing education is commonly available through a division or a school of continuing education. These schools are sometimes given recognition as extensions of a university or are treated as an extension of a school. In the United States, community colleges also offer these non-credit courses. This means enrolling in non-credit-granting classes, for individual as well as non-professional growth. Continuing education requires part-time enrollment in college or university credit-granting lessons.

The need for a licensed education arises because governing bodies in numerous fields, such as law and medicine, have made it compulsory for professionals to hold licenses in order to practice a particular line of work. The objective of continuing education courses is to encourage professionals to further their education and keep abreast of latest developments in their field. Apart from institutes, a few standard colleges also offer some of these courses.

Continuing education is imparted in both the conventional classroom as well as in the distance-learning mode. A combination of all of these methods may be used for a systematic continuing education course or agenda. For many individuals, continuing education signifies an opportunity to achieve their aspirations, update their knowledge and acquire degrees that they may have missed earlier on in their life.

Finding the Perfect Early Childhood Education Career

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Do you love playing with kids? Do you like to talk to children and listen to what they have to say? Do children like to confide in you? If you answered yes to these questions, then a career in Early-Childhood Education is just the perfect choice for you!

Helping children learn and succeed is a very rewarding career. As an Early-Childhood Educator, you can participate and facilitate this growth process for children - and get them focused on the path to success from an early age.

In your early childhood-education career, you have several career options and openings. You can work as a child care worker, a pre school teacher, a kindergarten or elementary school teacher, as an education administrator and even as a post secondary school teacher. All of this will depend upon the qualifications you acquire.

There are several degree options available for you if you wish to pursue a career in early childhood-education. There are degrees in early-childhood education which can be taken online as well as on campus. The basic qualification required to start out in your career path is to have a High School Diploma. You can then start out with an Associate Degree or Certification in Early-Childhood-Education. If you want to pursue a career option as a public school teacher, you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Early-Childhood Education. If you go further and study for a Master's Degree in Early Childhood-Education, your career options will increase further allowing you to focus on specialized issues like curriculum development. With a PhD Degree in Early-Childhood Development, you can find career options in colleges and universities and within the field of post secondary education.

While searching for the right university , focus on finding out more about the institution with regards to facts like whether the school is approved by your state, whether it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, what the course contents are, what kind of exposure it will offer you, what educational methodologies and philosophies are they going to teach you, what will your hands-on field exposure be like and so on. This information will help you find the course that is just right for you.

Typically, the salary range for people working in the field of Early-Childhood-Education is between $35,000 to $45,000. You can also have the option of earning a supplemental income by coaching a sport or leading an extracurricular activity. During the off months when the school is in vacation, you can also earn extra income by tutoring or a part time job.

You can thus find a very rewarding career option within the field of Early-Childhood-Education.
Do you love playing with kids? Do you like to talk to children and listen to what they have to say? Do children like to confide in you? If you answered yes to these questions, then a career in Early-Childhood-Education is just the perfect choice for you!

Helping children learn and succeed is a very rewarding career. As an Early-Childhood Educator, you can participate and facilitate this growth process for children - and get them focused on the path to success from an early age.

In your early-childhood education career, you have several career options and openings. You can work as a child care worker, a pre school teacher, a kindergarten or elementary school teacher, as an education administrator and even as a post secondary school teacher. All of this will depend upon the qualifications you acquire.

There are several degree options available for you if you wish to pursue a career in early-childhood education. There are degrees in early childhood-education which can be taken online as well as on campus. The basic qualification required to start out in your career path is to have a High School Diploma. You can then start out with an Associate Degree or Certification in Early-Childhood-Education. If you want to pursue a career option as a public school teacher, you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Early-Childhood Education. If you go further and study for a Master's Degree in Early-Childhood-Education, your career options will increase further allowing you to focus on specialized issues like curriculum development. With a PhD Degree in Early-Childhood Development, you can find career options in colleges and universities and within the field of post secondary education.

While searching for the right university , focus on finding out more about the institution with regards to facts like whether the school is approved by your state, whether it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, what the course contents are, what kind of exposure it will offer you, what educational methodologies and philosophies are they going to teach you, what will your hands-on field exposure be like and so on. This information will help you find the course that is just right for you.

Typically, the salary range for people working in the field of Early-Childhood-Education is between $35,000 to $45,000. You can also have the option of earning a supplemental income by coaching a sport or leading an extracurricular activity. During the off months when the school is in vacation, you can also earn extra income by tutoring or a part time job.

You can thus find a very rewarding career option within the field of Early Childhood-Education.

What Is Social Media in 7 Minutes?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Social Media in 7 Minutes (SMI7M) is a revolutionary online training program designed to not only educate small business owners on how to apply social media into their marketing plan, but also to provide a practical tool which will allow them to implement their marketing plan in just 7 minutes a day.

SMI7M was developed by Black Box Social Media, LLC (BBSM), and Mike Dillard. BBSM is a social media marketing for business consulting group who works with higher end clients, such as former Reality TV Stars, Professional Sports Teams, International Motivation Speakers, Gurus, Infomercial products, etc... Mike Dillard is perhaps one of the most well-respected internet marketing experts in the field today and owner of such multi million dollar companies as the Elevation Group and Better NetWorker. The goal of creating SMI7M was to provide small businesses with the opportunity to understand, create, and implement a social media marketing plan that works in today's tough economic climate.

What Makes Social Media in 7 Minutes Unique?

There are two specific traits to SMI7M that separate it from any other training program:

First, SMI7M is an online video training series. The benefit is that the trainings will be continuously adapted to fit the ever changing dynamic of social media. BBSM Co-Founder Curt Maly says the following:

"If you write a book on social media, it will be outdated by the time it is printed due to the evolving nature of the technology. With SMI7M, we update our videos to match the rapidly chaotic changes of the industry. We update our users; we host webinars to explain new technologies (such as Google+), and we reshoot our videos to provide easy to follow step by step directions on how to implement and perform. There is no other living, breathing training system for small businesses like this available anywhere else!"

Currently, SMI7M offers over 30 video step by step 'how-to' trainings with workbooks revolving around the business utilization of social sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Foursquare. The first part of the video series, it's 'foundation' part, details how to set up and design each social site; which is perfect for beginners. The remaining trainings gradually increase in it's degree of difficulty as the creators slowly reveal their ninja tricks that will allow you to unlock the unlimited potential of this great marketing tool. The trainings also have manuals on how to set up online directories, such as Google Places, Yelp, BingLocal, YahooLocal, etc... to further boost your SEO and social interaction.

As new technologies emerge, such as Google+, SMI7M will create new how-to videos to show users exactly how to set up and utilize these latest technologies.

The second unique benefit of SMI7M is it's own software tool called the '7 Minute Dashboard'. The 7 Minute Dashboard is the crux of the SMI7M product. Once you've been trained on and set up your social media accounts, this tool will allow you to manage all of your accounts from one location quickly, efficiently, simply, and in just 7 minutes a day. The 7 Minute Dashboard will allow users to perform the following functions from one location:

  • Update all Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds
  • Schedule out future posts
  • Respond to all emails, responses, and engagements
  • Update and syndicate all blogs
  • Create and Send Text Messages
  • Create and Send Email blasts
  • Provide detailed marketing reports
  • and much more!

BBSM Co-Founder Nick Bridges details the importance of the 7 Minute Dashboard:

"The problem with most trainings is while they provide great information, the user generally doesn't know how to implement the training; how to put it into action. Our 7 Minute Dashboard is designed to allow small business owners the ability to turn their education into action by managing all of their social media sites in just 7 minutes a day. I don't care how busy you are, you can always find an extra 7 minutes a day to help promote your product and service and make more profits!"

Just as websites are ingrained in Business Marketing 101 as a 'must-have' for all businesses, social media now is a requirement for every website. Here are some telling statistics about the impact that social proof has on influencing consumer buying decisions:

  • 14% of people trust ads while 76% of people trust consumer recommendations
  • 81% of said they'd received advice from friends and followers relating to a product purchased through a social site, and 75% of those who received such advise found it to be influential in their buying decision
  • 80% of US Internet using moms were influenced by word of mouth from friends and family when making a purchasing decision

This great social technology allows businesses to interact with their customers and potential clients and provide social proof in a more personal manner than ever before. A successful social media marketing campaign will have a extremely high ROI with minimal time or monetary investment...if you know what you are doing. Hiring employees is time consuming, risky, and costly. Outsourcing these functions to other marketing consulting companies is very expensive. SMI7M, with its 7 Minute Dashboard is the cost effective, time saving solution to the challenge of 'how to create and implement a social media marketing plan' for small businesses today.

Social Media Marketing Strategies - Generate Traffic Like a Perky Teenager

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Everyday many people come to the internet wanting to make money or build their existing business. About 90% of the people I talk to online are usually trying to build their business through social media marketing. Here are some of the benefits people think they will get with social media marketing:

- Hundreds, if not thousands Of Visitors Daily
- Pre-Selling Your Prospects, so they buy whatever you got
- Exponentially grow a asset online that will give you time leverage.
- Easier rode than using paid methods to generate traffic and sales.

And guess what? Hardly anybody is getting benefits like these in their businesses!! If your using social media as your primary way of marketing your business, you have to understand what drives it and how it works... Their are only two ways you can use social media marketing:

1.) Networking With Others With Similar Interests - You have to spend time with people one-on-one and build a long term relationship with them. This will give you credibility and have them follow you.

2.) Mass Messaging & Broadcasting - This is the action of sending your social media followers a type of mass alert or broadcast. This is all about leverage, this is when you educate them and add value to their lives. Adding more trust to who you are and breaking the credibility-gap...

This is all you can do with social media! Spending 10hrs a day on Facebook will never build you a business if what your doing is outside of those guidelines. Your top priority is sparking conversations and adding value by creating content that solves your target audiences problems. By doing this people will see you as a authority and someone to be followed...

Once you have them completely trusting you, they will be ready to hear about your product, service or opportunity...Their are many ways to build a large following but just remember don't fall into the time traps that most teenage girls spend their time doing...

Teacher Education Philosophies

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It is important for every teacher to have a personal philosophy of teacher education based on a set of values and principles. It should reflect the person's ideologies and philosophies of teaching and the overall development of the children. It becomes a crucial element in guiding the children towards a successful life.

The most famous and important people who contributed to the development of the world had personal, deeply insightful educational philosophies on their own. Albert Einstein, Paul Freire and Rudolf Steiner were some people who wrote and followed powerful educational philosophies in their careers.

John Dewey, one of the most prominent educational philosophers, in his book 'Democracy and Education', even devoted an entire chapter on teacher education philosophy and talks about various aspects that play a formative role in the education of children. Philosophies of teacher education can be classified as Liberal, Behaviorist, Progressive, Humanistic and Radical. Each of these has specific purposes in education and defines the role of a teacher and his relationship with the learner, in the unique perspective of particular philosophical contexts. The liberal philosophy aims at developing intellectual powers, while the behavioral ideologies focus on the survival skills of a human being and the role of education in teaching them. The Progressive philosophy motivates cultural development of an individual in order to bring about societal change, whereas the Humanistic trends look at the overall development of the personality and characteristics of an individual. And the radical philosophers are interested in beneficial changes that should happen in a society from time to time, and the role of education in bringing about political, social and economical changes.

Teacher education philosophy is now used as a major marketing strategy by teachers and has become an essential component of a teacher's resume. This has evolved to become part of the teacher's personal profile, which outlines all of his essential skill sets and unique qualities, and highlights his specialties.

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Adults Returning to Education: A Guide

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Adult education gives high quality education for adults to improve their standard in the society, and it can be continued at any stage of their life. It helps people graduate with the help of nation's various adult education centers and programs. It ensures people to compete in a better way in this competitive society.

There are lots of reasons for adults to return to education after some time. Adult education can help people who wish to continue their education, people who look for a career change, or people who just wish to enhance their knowledge. Adults returning to education programs offer you plenty of choices and features to study. Many new programs and various educational departments guide you with providing high quality education in an interactive manner. It offers basic knowledge regarding computer literacy, numerical ability, and correctional education. Moreover, it allows people in developing different employment opportunities. This can be done by returning to education with various adult education programs which are available in different states.

Many educational providers invite adults to return to education after a formal break. Educational centers like Adults Who Are Returning to Education (AWARE), Center for Adults Returning to Education (CARE) are few amongst the adult education continuing centers that are doing a fine job. Adults who return to education would have had different backgrounds that led to their interruption from continuing education. Instructors in these educational centers are well trained to improve their education level according to their ability. Careful adjustments are given for older students during the learning process. There are various adult education centers and programs in which adults can continue their interrupted education.

There are many foundations throughout the nation that help adults return to education with some major features. They offer many scholarships for the adults who return to education. Adult student technical college scholarships, minority/female technical scholarships, and UW-Marinette scholarships are few of the scholarships for adults who return to education in few of the states. One can continue his/her interrupted education at any stage through these educational centers for adults and many other foundations.

Next Steps For a Media Graduate!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

For someone who has just graduated out of a media program, it can be a little bit intimidating finding work at first. The key is to just start looking for positions that apply to the training and education you have received in school. Journalism is definitely one of the leading media jobs today, and there are plenty of opportunities in this area if you look for them. You can be a journalist for a hard copy newspaper/magazine or web journal. When you think about it, the possibilities are endless. No matter what job you go into however, you will need to be organized and carefully consider what your next step is going to be. Make sure that you keep sending out resumes and applications to companies that you wish to work for. You have to make sure that you are utilizing every possible opportunity and making it easier for you to find a good job somewhere.

Media jobs are not limited to just journalism positions though. They also include advertising, public relations, and advertising. This line of work basically involves any job where you are dealing with a form of media. Becoming an art director, for example, is a great career to get into. It's challenging, fast-paced, and will allow you to exercise your creative skills and knowledge in such a way that will allow you to make the kind of money you want while still remaining happy with the quality of work. Even being a telemarketer is considered a media position, and even within that sub-section there are many titles that you can hold. Even though to most telemarketing doesn't seem like that glamorous of a job, it can profitable if you work at the right company.

When you have a media degree, a lot of doors will open for you, and you will begin to discover just how many jobs you can get. It's great to have such so many different options, especially in an economy that isn't doing great. If you want to go into a different kind of work when you graduate, then you might want to consider being a market development specialist. These are the people carefully study market trends and extract data to better understand how to improve a company's profit margin. It's definitely a challenging job that allows you to break free of tradition and do what you want. You'd be surprised at some of the different kinds of jobs out there that you can get with a media degree. One fun kind of job that you can get with this degree is an animator. You will get to bring to life your own artistic creations and use everything you have learned from your education to stay in the kind of job you've always wanted.



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