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Get That Degree, Get That Promotion, Get it From Home – Benefits of Online Learning

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Regardless of where a person gets their higher education, there are benefits. Those who pursue online learning or online education reap the same rewards as those who choose the traditional campus based experience plus some. As you read further, I hope you will find these findings helpful in determining if online education is in your best interest as you as you make your educational plans.

Get That Degree, Get That Promotion, Get it From Home - Benefits of Online Learning
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 Convenience.  In our contemporary society, we have become accustomed to drive through windows for fast food, banking, cleaners, pharmacies, and more. In our high tech fast paced lifestyle, we can now add furthering our education online from home, or work. As each semester passes, the number of colleges and universities offering online courses and degrees is growing as the schools compete for the student tuition dollars.

 Flexibility.  According to a recent study, 80% of the students going back to school between 25 and 35 are women, many are working moms, and many of those are single parents. Who could possibly benefit more from a flexible schedule than a working mom? When you can take classes on your terms, and study over lunch hour, or at a soccer game, or after the last “good night mommy”, then there is a way to make this work. Sure, you’ll be tired, but think of how great that better paying job is going to be for you and the family.

Location. This is a major benefit, because with online education, school is where you are 24/7 with just a click of your mouse, there is no distance in distance learning. You can go to school at home, in the park, at the coffee shop, remember you are in charge of your education.

Less Expensive.  You save money on fast food meals before night class, childcare in the evening after work, gas money for trips to campus and the wear and tear on the car. You can enjoy the benefits of having your campus at home without the financial drain and hardships that are associated with attending college. You can trade all of this for internet access which most people have anyway.

Improve online skills. There is a natural benefit gained from online courses and exams, and that is you become more proficient in web related research, bulletin boards, blogging and social networking for business and pleasure. It is the education you get that you weren’t looking for.

 Individual attention. Professors, who teach online courses, often have more one on one interaction with their students than those in classroom settings. I remember those intimate lecture classes with 300 to 500 students, who never talked to the professor, and had a graduate assistant for a lab instructor. Therefore, it is quite possible that your online professor will know more about you and your educational aspirations needs and goals than the university alternative.

Remember, these are just a few of the benefits you can experience by taking online classes. Prior to committing totally to online education, or night school, take … Read More

Online Media and The Way We Learn

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The internet has had a crazy dramatic impact on our lives. There is no question about that. But how does it change the way we learn specifically? Vast sources of information are instantly available at our fingertips and makes resources like text books, articles, online encyclopedias and databases more accessible. Taking an online approach to education is changing the way we process information and learn in many innovative and groundbreaking ways. Let’s take a closer look at online education.

Reference sites are everywhere these days. Wikipedia, Britannica, not to mention private databases hosted by official institutions are available and represent a crucial shift to individualized learning. This opens up an limitless portal through which information may be presented and processed, unique to the user. With online education, all information is presented, but it is up to the user to look up information that will cater specifically to their learning needs and abilities. This allows learning to be more flexible, and completing assignments may be done at one’s own pace, and not based on group learning curricula.

We tend to look at virtual classrooms as less legitimate, less efficient, and maybe even sub-par. This is changing drastically these days with accredited online degrees offered by many leading higher educational institutions. Even more so, we can use virtual learning as a way to complement and supplement traditional learning, adding a whole new dimension of learning and interacting to traditional on campus colleges. This is extremely advantageous, as we can easily schedule our lives to complement our academic pursuits, whatever that may be. More and more opportunities are now available and exponentially growing, making it easier to pursue the degree we want without sacrificing family time, job opportunities and juggling our personal life.

It’s no question the internet and online media is changing how we learn. We have revolutionized traditional methods which have given birth to a more flexible learning model. Learn in a virtual classroom, and immediately apply it at your job, internship, or abroad study, anywhere and anytime in the world. Confused? Ask a question and have professors assist you immediately rather than having to schedule office hours. You are also instantly connected to your classmates and discussion boards for more support.

One size fits all type of lectures are now old methods of learning. You now have the power to shape your own learning at your own pace, allowing you, not private expensive institutions, to design your own educational path. Anyone with an internet connection and some ambition can educate themselves and get to where they want to be.

Top online colleges are now replacing traditional classrooms. Our breadth of knowledge will expand, parallel to technological innovations and learning methods offered online. This is exactly what the internet has done for higher education – made it more accessible to all income levels and demographics. The beginning of e-learning has just begun and it is up to us to truly optimize online educational tools available through online and virtual … Read More

Competing, Winning, Losing, and Preventing Childhood Obesity

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On other occasions we’ve talked about the concepts of competition and winning in the context of Operation Pull Your Own Weight. But for the sake of clarity let me reiterate that we’re the polar opposite of the Superbowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, The Masters, or Wimbledon, all of which produce one winner and a plethora of losers. In contrast, we’re staunch and unapologetic proponents of self-competition in which Johnny competes with Johnny (he competes with himself) on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

In other words when Johnny can honestly say, “I’m a little stronger this week than I was last week, I’m a little stronger this month than I was last month, and I’m a lot stronger this year than last year,” Johnny is automatically a slam dunk winner, regardless of what other kids do! Furthermore, if Johnny cultivates the habit of overcoming himself on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis through his developmental years, he’ll fulfill every ounce of his natural potential and have no problem competing conventionally once he becomes an adult.

Done Right, Everyone Wins

When the stage is set correctly, everyone comes out a winner. No one is threatened with humiliation or being labeled a loser. Done right, the kids aren’t focused on whether Johnny beats Rafael, or Julianne beats Katrina. Instead the entire class is put in a position where they legitimately encourage their peers and feel good when they succeed. After all, under these conditions they can all be winners and they avoid creating losers.

Now Let’s Talk About Losing             

However, we’ve yet to talk about or to define the concept of losing, which is what we’d like to do now. In the context of the self competition orientation, losing is failing to be able to honestly say “I’m stronger this week than I was last, I’m stronger this month than I was last, and I’m stronger this year than I was last.” Losing is failing to take advantage of the time and the opportunities you’ve been given to get stronger every week, month, and year. Losing is wasting your natural born talents, failing to fulfill your true potential, living life on a lower level, and it’s a natural byproduct of the conventional orientation to competition, winning, and losing.

Why Continue Subjecting Our Kids

In this light the question becomes, if the conventional orientation to competition naturally produces a few winners at the expense of many also-rans and/or losers, why do we continue subjecting our young and impressionable kids to this poisonous indoctrination when the cards are inevitably stacked against them? Why don’t we just eliminate it, especially in the early years?

Now then, if self competition naturally produces classes full (schools full, towns full, and states full) of winners who successfully circumvent all the frustration and alienation with which so many kids have been burdened over the years, why wouldn’t we adopt that model instead of the conventional model? Other than sheer tradition, what’s stopping us from making … Read More

How Television Affects Your Children

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  • How television can harm your child…
  • Causes eye problems
  • Causes hearing problems
  • Leads to aggressive behavior
  • Increased chance of developing ADHD
  • Increased chance of developing obesity
  • Impairs emotional development
  • Impairs language development
  • Destroys social skills
  • Destroys creativity and imagination

How to prevent these negative things from happening to your child…

First, make sure your child doesn’t have the TV volume high, don’t allow them to sit close to the TV, and discourage eating junk food while watching TV. It is very easy to do these few things and it quickly eliminates three negative side effects of TV watching.

Children absorb what they see and often copy it. Therefore, if your child is watching inappropriate shows, they may act inappropriately. They won’t understand that it is wrong, they will think what they see on TV is good and right. This is one reason you have to monitor or control what your child watches. You should also watch TV with your child to correct any bad behavior that is shown.

If your child is young have them watch educational shows like Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues or Barney. If you aren’t familiar with a cartoon then either don’t put it on or pay close attention to its rating. Nick Jr. is a great channel to allow your preschooler to watch because before every show it says what it teaches your child, such as counting, sharing, making music, exploring, etc.

Limit the amount of time your child watches TV. Tell your child they can watch TV for 2 hours or that they can watch 4 shows. Always enforce this time limit and when it is up tell them that they must play outside or do their homework. Make sure you play with your child a lot. Play with toys, go outside and play tag or throw a ball. Do crafts, color, dance, play pretend. All these activities are fun and also help your child’s development more than the television.… Read More

Second Language Taught Through Distance Education

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Second Language Taught Through Distance Education

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Having your kid the top education possible is definitely an essential purpose for many parents. Taking benefit of current technological advances can give your kid the chance of a lifetime. With distance education, children are opening gateways to corners of your globe they would have in no way knowledgeable in the past.

Yet another truth to keep in mind is that because of the demanding schedules of men and women wishing or needing to pursue degrees at their own convenience or with out relocation, distance education has evolved into numerous various types. 1 of those is obviously the on the web course. It is possible to really enter a full two year program correct from your desk at dwelling. You can comprehensive all of the expected courses and assignments and get an accredited certificate for the education. Many professors host classes within a chat area setting to ensure that everyone that desires to answer or ask inquiries can do so instantaneously. Homework can be emailed or uploaded onto the class internet site.

Moreover, distance studying is normally far more affordable than a standard education. For parents that can not leave their property to workers who need to make income, it is possible to still get an education. Pick out a program that operates along with your budget as well as your schedule to take the subsequent step towards the career you would like.

In particular studying a language may be the very best to accomplish by means of distance studying. In place of limiting your child’s education to a classroom taught by a professor whose native language is also possibly English, you may give your youngster the opportunity to expertise the language from a professor that lives the language and speaks it naturally and fluently. Have your student speak to other students by means of the monitors and voice transmitters. Enable you children to speak with men and women who can teach the language inside a additional exclusive and meaningful setting. Distance studying is inside everyone’s price range. Some libraries present this kind of education for free or to get a nominal charge. Quite a few college are now putting distance understanding into their standard curriculum. You will discover even extra curricular activities for your children to partake in from applications supplied online and to your dwelling personal computer. Based in your schedule and price range you may have your kid speaking to a Chinese speaking professor concerning the grammar in their language or taking singing Spanish lessons from a teacher in … Read More