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Do we need humans in education?

Students now have many ways to access information – digitized textbooks, YouTube videos, free online asynchronous content such as Khan Academy and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and adaptive learning software.  Educational companies are constantly developing online content to serve to students – it is less costly than paying for a teacher or tutor.  These […]

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ACT Writing Tips and Grading Rubric

Do you have college bound patrons who are planning to take the upcoming ACT exam? Here are some tips for the writing portion of the test: ACT graders spend less than 5 minutes reading and grading the essay. The most effective way for students to get a good score on this section is to make […]

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Motivation

Any teacher at the elementary, secondary or even post-secondary level, as well as many parents, would undoubtedly agree that motivation is one of the thorniest issues in both education and child-rearing. Like so many aspects of learning and teaching, it’s complicated. Motivation arises out of the totality of our individual experiences including our emotions, belief […]

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Lessons from the road: Generational differences in learning

Have you ever wondered how world and national events influence generations? At the recent Eduventures conference in Boston, Tammy Erickson, thought leader, author, and researcher, presented a fascinating overview on how national and global events and trends shape and define a generation’s views and perspectives. Here are some findings from her presentation:* Gen Y (Born […]

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What Matters Most to Colleges?

Essays, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations all go a long way in showing admissions committees the talent, curiosity, and engagement a student would bring to campus. But grades and test scores still take the lead. According to a recent report by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, grades, academic rigor, and standardized test scores […]

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