The Convenience of a School Desk

The Convenience of a School Desk

School is necessary. It’s what helps the creative geniuses explore their imaginations, or at least get to live out their dreams as doctors and lawyers. No one ever said that school had to be unpleasant. Sure there will always be the people that make it uncomfortable for others, but as far as the classroom is concerned, it does not have to be uncomfortable. Schools are going the extra mile of providing usable school desks to the students in a bid of making the learning process a bit better. The square designs that were common in the past are now gone, and replaced with rectangular ones which offer more usable space.

School desks may or may not have storage space. Those with storage may have a top opening design. Because of accessing complexities, most school desks come with a fixed top but an opened end to grant easier access to the little space availed. For the others especially the colleges, the school desks offered are more intuitive. They simply have a seat and a writing pad, conveniently raised to a comfortable level. No storage room is offered since most students have their backpacks with them. These desks are often built to last, so their longevity comes before their ornamental appeal. Most have smooth finishes as writing demands it. Wood and metal is used in their creation; metal for durability and wood for appeal, and for good writing surfaces. That is as far as school is concerned.

Homes too do offer their own kind of school desks. After all, the learning process is not one limited to school alone. For homes however, these desks have a more complex, more bankable design. Since most students have personal computers in their room, they have some PC room included. Storage space for books is availed in form of drawers and cabinet spaces which are all included in the school desks. Others include CD racks for a CD collection. When it comes to the material of make, these ones usually adopt wood, like oak and cherry. When retailing, these usually come disassembled and it should not take more than an hour to piece the desks together. When shopping for one, make sure that it fits the space that you dedicate for it. Most are big, though there are smaller designs, which offer as much room for usability but not for storage.…

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How To Get Them Writing By Using Personalized Pencils

How To Get Them Writing By Using Personalized Pencils

With all of the technology available from computers with word processors, text messaging, email and tweeting, kids don’t write things down nearly as much as they used to because the need to write things down just isn’t there. But having good penmanship is still important, not only because there are times things do have to be written down such as filling out forms, taking notes in class or even making out a grocery list. One way to get kids interested in improving their penmanship, using personalized pencils is a great way to do it.

Since there are still a lot of situations in school that require handwritten work, having good penmanship is still very important. Not only will teachers appreciate being able to read the answers on tests and on homework, later in life, the kids will appreciate being able to read their own handwriting as well. In order to encourage kids to practice their handwriting skills, personalized pencils can serve a dual purpose.

First, having personalized pencils gives the child something that connects them to the writing process. They’ll have more desire to write with an instrument that has their name on it and personalized pencils fit that bill perfectly. The kids will actually enjoy writing with them more than a regular pencil and they’ll love the fact that everyone knows they’ve got pencils with their name on them.

The next purpose is the carrot and stick approach. While they’re practicing and using them for school work, they’ll be using those pencils. You can offer to buy them more personalized pencils as they use them and when they show improvement in their penmanship, you can offer to buy them personalized pens as well. This gives them a goal to work towards and a reason to practice their handwriting skills as any kid who enjoys having personalized pencils will certainly appreciate having personalized pens.

Yes, handwriting may not be as necessary as it was before computers and the internet came along. There are still plenty of reasons kids need to learn how to write and having good penmanship is as important now as it was back in the days when everything had to be written down instead of printed off. Not only is it easier to read well penned papers but with excellent penmanship it’s actually enjoyable to read. Encouraging your children to invest some time and effort into their penmanship by getting them personalized pencils with their school supplies can be the trigger that brings out the artist in them.…

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Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Amidst recent controversy over recruiting practices and poor job placement, for-profit education institutions have begun to recruit non-profit administrators in an effort to influence what can be a predatory, misleading admissions culture. The intent is to demonstrate to Washington and critics in general that there are many positive similarities between for- and non-profit schools, and that for-profits offer accessibility and opportunity to students who may be unable to enter a traditional non-profit.

Diane Auer Jones, an assistant secretary for postsecondary education during the George W. Bush presidency and a lobbyist and Congressional staffer, is one of the first to make the move. Jones recently accepted a position as Career Education Corp.’s vice president of external and regulatory affairs.

Long before her career began in education, Jones was a massage therapist student at a for-profit college in Baltimore. Her son, similarly, attended a for-profit college. Jones has remarked that she would never work for a “bad actor” and that the for-profit sector, despite criticism, is “not all bad.” Her reputation and work will be a huge asset to the company, but Jones was quick to warn that for-profits have proven themselves and can stand on their own. “If by hiring me it does help some people open their eyes that the sector is serious about doing it the right way, then great. If people look at my credibility and that lets them look at the sector in a new way, then that’s a benefit for the company.”

Geri H. Malandra, a former official at the University of Texas System and the American Council on Education, has followed Jones’ lead and switched sectors. Malandra recently accepted the provost position at Kaplan University and brings to the table extensive experience in the education sector. Malandra has said that she has followed and been interested in for-profit education institutions since the 1990s. During the 90s, Malandra headed a continuing education project at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities which operated as a for-profit. Her experience, she says, “helped me come to see that for-profits are just as passionate about the quality of education, just as passionate about student outcomes, just as passionate about serving our nation” as the best nonprofit colleges.

Jones and Malandra are just two non-profit administrators that have chosen to move to for-profit education. And it’s not just the pay. Larry A. Isaak, the former president of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, recently made the move to Capella University, assuming the university’s presidency. Isaak recently noted that his decision wasn’t based on for or non-profit. He was driven, he says by “the university’s focus on adult learners, innovations in delivery and offering a student-centric approach.”

Although for-profit education institutions have established an admirable traditional and reputation (despite some recent criticism) all their own, the decisions made by some of non-profit’s best to switch sectors speaks volumes.…

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Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

A college degree is central to most people’s conception of the “American Dream,” but the dearth of good jobs resulting from the economic downturn has people re-evaluating exactly what a college degree looks like.

The Associated Press and Stanford University teamed up to poll over 1,000 adults nationwide; the poll measured their opinions of educational quality in four-year colleges and universities versus community colleges and technical schools.

The vast majority of those polled, nearly 70%, said that many community colleges offer an education as good as one from a four-year school. The majority of respondents also noted that it’s “sometimes better for students to pursue a diploma or certificate from a two-year school than aim to enter a four-year college.”

Larry Wyse, one of the adults interviewed for the survey, said that the traditional mindset that “every student should attend a four-year college,” is frustrating. Wyse, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, chose instead to pursue a technical trade and has run a heating repair and plumping business for almost 30 years.

Says Wyse, “not every student who graduates from high school has the capability or the financial means or the intestinal fortitude that it takes to complete a four-year degree. There are a lot of skilled trade and technical service type jobs that are begging for applicants.”

The results of the AP and Stanford poll appear to reiterate this sentiment as more Americans are choosing community colleges, trade schools, or online universities to earn a certificate or degree in a specialized field of study or trade.

When asked if college degrees prepare students for the workforce, 62% of respondents answered “yes” for community colleges while 68% responded affirmatively on behalf of four-year schools.

The close proximity of these figures is telling and supports the rise in popularity, prominence and educational equality of community colleges, trade schools, and online universities versus their four-year, traditional counterparts.…

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Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Learning is a progressive work that never ends at any stage. There are many new things that are being created daily with the advancements in the field of Information and Technology, Rocket Science and Research and Development. Thus there is no limit for the learning process.

Initially the learning process was experienced only at the schools and colleges. Later on with the advent of the internet there was the possibility for any person to refer any kind of data by sitting at home. And now with the advent of the latest technologically advanced mobile phones one can say that the phenomenon of m learning is really an exciting one. There is the possibility for the immediate access of data anytime and anywhere just with the presence of the mobile. Here we can have the discussion about the evolution of the process of mlearning.

The workshop which took place in Birmingham in the year 2002 would not have thought that the content of that workshop would have transformed that much. Yes, the first learning workshop as held there only. There have been several of these kinds that have been happening in the recent past. The latest one was the 6th workshop that was held at Melbourne in Australia. There has been the tremendous growth that has been experienced in the field of mlearning since 2002.

It is a simple concept that can be developed into all the latest technologically advanced mobiles. There is the linking with the internet that makes the mobile as a learning tool. One can also say that in mobile learning, the mobile is only used as a tool to project the information. Since mobile is a common device that is available among all it has become a huge hit. The internet serves as a perfect base for this learning.

There are several advantages when it comes to mobile learning. The instant availability of data is the main advantage and hence preferred by many. Also the latest possible data is plucked on from the web and provided which makes it more reliable. There were several themes that were followed in each of the mobile learning workshops. Some among them are “Significant potential availability”, “New Possibilities”, “Learning in your hands”. With these themes in mind the development of mobile learning has happened in the past. Hence we can expect more and more advancements in the coming years.…

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