Free Educational Resources

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I love free stuff. Who doesn’t I also love learning and gaining wisdom on a wide variety of topics. So I have compiled a list of awesomely amazing free learning resources and educational programs available to business professionals and education guide. I am not paid or affiliated with any of these companies, but I do use their services regularly.

BookBoon.com

BookBoon.com offers an amazing array of free college textbooks, business books, and travel guides. All books are written exclusively for bookboon.com. Business topics range from accounting and finance to time management planning, IT, and marketing. You will also be able to find textbooks for varied areas of study including calculus, engineering, earth science, and statistics. My favorite part of bookboon.com is their wide selection of books on MS Office programs. Guides for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Visio, Outlook, and Publisher are all available for download on the website. An added bonus, Bookboon.com allows users to download multiple books at the same time using a zip

Internet Marketing Education

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While many entrepreneurs find ways to get an education in finances, investment, small business ownership, and other useful topics, they omit to get an education in the marketing aspect. This is even truer with internet marketing entrepreneurs.

Internet marketing entrepreneurs often don’t realize how important the marketing aspect is for their income and overall success. They actually think that they will get by, having only a vague overview knowledge when they really should have an in-depth knowledge of it.

In order to be successful in the online business, getting educated in that aspect is the key to making your business successful, and since it is that important, getting that education from the right source is essential as well.

The only dilemma you might run into, unless you have already heard of some good sources is where to get that knowledge and how to recognize the good teaching sources from the not so good ones.

A very good and easy way to be able to pin point a reliable source of internet education is

Considerations Before Enrolling in Education

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Earning a degree is a good way to better your prospect in life. It is, however, not easy to go back to school especially after being in employment for several years. This is because further studies call for many sacrifices including giving up on personal commitments such as family and education guide.

But thanks to the Internet, it is now possible to reach your educational goals from the comfort of your home computer. Popularly referred to as distance learning, online education enables you to advance your about education online without having to quit your full time job or abandoning your family.

Before joining any online college or university, you take the following considerations:

1. Accreditation – Accreditation refers to a validation process by which schools, colleges and universities are evaluated against established standards to ensure a high level of educational quality. The accreditation status of the college is very important as it determines whether or not your degree will be recognized by other future employers.

Since it is very unlikely

The Montessori Education System

In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire talks about what he calls the banking system of education. In the banking system the student is seen as an object in which the teacher must place information. The student has no responsibility for cognition of any sort; the student must simply memorize or internalize what the teacher tells him or her. Paulo Freire was very much opposed to the banking system. He argued that the banking system is a system of control and not a system meant to successfully educate. In the banking system the teacher is meant to mold and change the behavior of the students, sometimes in a way that almost resembles a fight. The teacher tries to force information down the student’s throat that the student may not believe or care about.

This process eventually leads most students to dislike school. It also leads them to develop a resistance and a negative attitude towards learning in general, to the point where most people won’t seek knowledge unless it is required for a grade in a class. Freire thought that the only way to have a real education, in which the students engage

Current Education Tramples the Mind

INTRODUCTION:

Not a day goes by there is not an article in our local paper on our local Public School System. If it is not a cry for more money, it is complaints over poor attendance, or that many local teachers are not fully qualified. While some schools are being “demoted,” others are being “promoted.” First, one thing and then another. Obviously, there is something amiss in our current approach to educating our children.

Other articles in the local newspaper carry reports of the increased interests and energies being expended by the “little” people to end the imminent threat of our own government by the increasing invasion of our private rights in the name of protecting the people from inside terrorism. People are grouping at the grass roots level to petition their respective government representative, the President and members of Congress, to end these daily threats to our lives. They are sick to the bone of living in daily fear of imminently undermining the guarantees of our Constitution. We need to adhere to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s, Four Freedoms: Speech, Worship, Want and Fear.

With all of this

Strategies to Transform From a Trainer to a Workforce Educator

Corporate training has tremendous potential to promote learning in organizations. There are two primary elements that are responsible for how much potential is realized within the corporate training classroom, and those elements are the materials provided and the method of delivery. An instructional designer, or someone in a similar role, can develop engaging materials but if the delivery is not well executed, the training will not be as effective as it could. In contrast, if the training materials have not been designed in the most engaging manner, or the material is technical in nature, it is the trainer who can still create positive classroom conditions that are conducive to learning.

There are two types of trainers that can be found within organizations that choose to invest in learning and development. The first is a trainer who adequately delivers the required training materials and meets the minimum requirements for their role. The other type is a trainer who has evolved into someone who has a much greater impact on the learning process within a training classroom, a trainer who has transformed into a workforce educator. While it may seem that both are performing the

Your Kids Need Modern Teacher-Educators

In a separate article, titled “Is Your Child Learning For School Or For Life?”, I explain why I believe every parent needs to emphasize for his/her child, the acquisition of knowledge/skills that will enhance the child’s ability to succeed in the real world, OVER mere academic ability.

The traditional educational institutions of old (which were mainly geared towards feeding industries with employees), had teachers concentrate on “moulding” learners to meet employers’ requirements.

Teaching methods were generally rigid and rote learning was emphasized – with dire consequences for learners who did not have the “stomach” for it. One notable example which proved the inefficacy of that approach was Albert Einstein, whose failure to demonstrate “learning” competently via memorization made teachers call him “dull-witted”. How ironic, considering that today, the same person is regarded as one of the greatest minds that ever lived.

Incidentally, Einstein did have a few things to say himself about the “Old School” teaching method. Reports have it that once, when asked the question “What is the speed of sound?” by a reporter, Einstein replied: “I don’t know. I don’t carry information in my mind

Learning Guides a Great Addition

Introduction

Learning guides are a very useful medium for delivering flexible delivery when the topic and circumstances are conducive to it. According to Bruhn and Guthrie (1994), a Learning Guide is a ‘structured booklet designed to direct the learner through a series of learning activities and to a range of resources to achieve specified competencies or learning outcomes”.

A learning guide is not a ‘how to’ manual like manuals that accompany television sets, microwaves and computers etc, but they may be used in conjunction with them. The key focus of learning guides (hereafter ‘guides’) is that they guide users through a structured learning experience. Manuals don’t do that, they simply provide a number of activities users can follow to get certain outcomes. An example will highlight the difference.

Example:

On one occasion I used guides to cover a half dozen or so small topics that were important, but which did not warrant group training sessions (I later redeveloped them as computer based instruction modules delivered online). This was in an organisation that had six offices spread throughout the Northern Territory (Australia), two of which were remote. Costs for training delivery were often very high

Top 10 Books on Online Education

Let’s face it – as potential online students, it is not uncommon for us to turn to our favorite online site for research and news. A quick search in Google or Yahoo will almost immediately bring up information on what we are looking for without us having to do too much work. The speed and convenience of the internet is what has revolutionized business and eduction today.

However, despite the overwhelming use of the internet today, many people still enjoy researching and gathering information from more traditional, off-line sources. The ability to sit with a book and a cup of coffee is something that many enjoy on a daily basis.

With that in mind, listed below are our top 10 list of books discussing distance education and online degrees. This list comes from a search of Amazon.com and includes books that have been rated highly with their popular “star” system. Although these books do not provide an exhaustive overview of the online education system, we hope to provide a glimpse of what information is available in the “off-line” world.

  1. Virtual Education: Cases in Learning & Teaching Technologies by Fawzi Albalooshi
  2. Dollars, Distance, And Online Education: The

Adwords Definite Google Guide

What is the AdWords definite Google guide? If I were to answer that question, my answer will be a definite Google AdWords guide that will transform me into an expert .This should require minimum stress and practical hold by the hand help that produces fast result in a very short time. This is the best way to beat the learning curve and improve AdWords campaigns. In this article, we will not only discover why the AdWords definite Google guide is important, but we will also discover answers to the six important questions that make the AdWords definite Google guide worth trying out.

We will be providing answers to the following questions:

1. Who is my guide or mentor?

2. Why should what he/she says be taken seriously?

3. To what level am I being educated about Google adwords?

4. Is the information I am given recent?

5. Will I make money after applying the guides without further investment into another AdWords Google definite guide?

6. Will it cost me to get the information?

The Best Universities Offer Quality Education

The initial step or the decision to advance your career, by pursuing your education is rather a challenging decision for those who desire to study at a latter stage in life. Time lost is lost forever. All you working moms, and stay at-home moms can make your dreams a reality. Prominent universities have opened doors for all those who feel that you will not fit into an environment where you will feel comfortable to study and for those who do not know where to start and how to start. It is important that the university you choose be a reputed and recognized university and also to make sure that it has received accreditation. Education makes you a better person, giving you more confidence about yourself, and the personal development you receive by graduating from a recognized institution, opens more and more opportunities to secure better employment, thus taking you to a different level in your career. As such, a career oriented education will put you in a great place.

By enrolling with a reputed university, you have already marketed yourself to better your prospects in your career. In a world where education and

The Real Deal of Successful Collaborative Teaching Between ESL

Nowadays, it makes so much more sense for teachers of ELLs working in faced paced classrooms to collaborate. Teachers need to learn from other teachers what works especially when it comes to supporting struggling ELLs. But this is not such a simple task. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” For supporting ELLs, this collaboration never had a more meaningful role in supporting struggling ELLs learn how to read. I think new teachers especially, become frustrated when they don’t use collaboration strategically, but when they get to build on their collaboration, their interest grows.

Teachers can learn from other teachers who work with ELLs in either a general education class or small ESL learning group. They can create supportive learning and working environments when they know the various ranges of activities that have worked successfully for ELLs. They get excited about adapting activities when it can help their ELLs become more proficient readers and decoders. They learn collaborative strategies by collaboration. The key is to put the teacher as the learner.

My first and second grade ELLs enjoy oral work

Affiliate Marketing Guide

This short guide will discuss ten proven steps to become an affiliate marketer. There are literally thousands of affiliate marketing programs, products and sources to choose from. The overwhelming amount of information and misinformation can become disorientating and lead to a start heading in the direction of failure. These ten steps will be used as affiliate marketing guide to a successful start in the process of internet marketing.

Step 1: Finding your niche?

The general definition of a niche is a specific target/area in any given market. Your job is to write down a list of things you have preferably have knowledge in. A example could be fitness and fitness products. Such as exercise equipment or some type of herbal supplement. The idea is to find your personal interest and what you have good knowledge in. Something that you could think, read, talk and write about all day. With the endless amount of products and services out in the world today the list endless. Write down five niches on a piece of paper.

Step 2: Obtaining the right affiliate marketing programs.

Affiliate programs are

The Best Wine Guide for Beginners

People who grew up in the wine sector, or have received some training at home or at a culinary school are comfortable with the subject of wine. People who have little exposure to wines are often frustrated and uncomfortable talking about it, or choosing a bottle for a good meal. People should feel comfortable enough to make wise selections. There are several ways a person can learn and understand more about wine.

Wine Guide

There are numerous amounts of books on the topic of wine. However, whilst extremely professionally put together, they shared a common fault – too much information. A good place to start learning and understanding more about wines is reading a well written wine guide. It provides a concise overview covering all aspects of wine, from grape to glass. A wine guide summarizes the numerous themes of wine, some of them quite complicated, into ‘easy to read’ and understandable sections.

Self Learning

If a person has the financial resources, a great way to learn about wine is to do a self study. As mentioned above, a wine guide is a valuable

Teaching in Further and Higher Education

‘Casualisation’ in Further Education

According to Norman Lucas (Vol.28. 2004) in his article The ‘FENTO fandango’; national standards, compulsory teaching qualifications and the growing regulation of FE college teachers, further education has moved from a sector characterised as being “in a state of benign neglected” by central government to one, which is increasingly becoming more important and regulated during the last decade. The article critically analyse’s the developmental changes taking place in initial teacher training and continuing professional development in accordance with FENTO, together with the introduction of compulsory teaching qualifications amongst other initiatives implemented by DfES. The article illustrates the positive elements of the developments, but conversely argues of the potential danger of over regulation in an area which is largely concerned with the diversity of learners and learning contexts. The writer of this article feels that, seeking policy direction for the next decade or so may prove precarious as it is difficult to embrace the concerns of those who appear to have little opportunity to voice opinion – the teaching academics and the students. Oftentimes, the debate focuses on funding, which inevitably colours the final policies.

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Guide to Choosing LEGO Toys

If you’re looking for toys that are both fun to play with and educational for your child, LEGO toys are a very good option.

LEGO toys are known worldwide as one of the best educational toys for children of all age groups.

Every child can appreciate the quality of LEGO toys. Apart from being fun, these toys help children develop imagination, creativity, and even social skills.

LEGO toys are probably the best sold toys in history. Some recent statistics revealed that the amount of LEGO pieces sold since they first appeared is equivalent with more that 30 LEGO pieces for every person on Earth.

That is more than 180 billion LEGO pieces!

Nothing to wonder, because LEGO toys are really great. They are both educational and fun. From a few pieces your child can build the most interesting structures or machines your child can imagine.

If your child builds a machine and after a while he gets bored of it, he can always dismantle it and build another one, ten times more interesting than the first one.

Educational Toy Magazines

Magazines serve as the mirror of all the current trends and contemporary events, consisting of articles, and discussions reflecting all the regular aspects of a chosen topic, or area of discussion. Moving on the same lines, educational toy magazines also serve the same purpose concerning the market and emergence of new toys. These magazines also can serve as a guide for the first time parents, who are confused about which toy to buy for their child, or which toy has become one of the most popular educational toys, on the shelf.

Various toy magazines inform about the different educational toys, prevalent in the market with a full description about their entertaining functionalities, with the educational aspect hidden behind them This is particularly helpful because, it is not always possible for the parents to visit all the stores and check all the toys to decide on one. A magazine, in this case, can be very useful in providing an overall picture of the market. The magazines list the various price ranges and discount offers classified by store names and time periods.

The magazines often employ consumer goods critics and thus, when

An Itinerary For An Educational Field Trip

When student travel tours are scheduled for New York City, the main item on the itinerary is art and culture, with some standard points of interest, like The Statue of Liberty and Times Square, included. Here is a descriptive sample itinerary for a New York City student field trip, which balances art and cultural highlights with visits to interesting destinations in Manhattan.

Always use a professional educational travel consultant when planning a trip to New York City. Certified tour guides must be used in New York City, and motor coach drivers must be well versed in street layouts and traffic patterns. An educational travel consultant will select qualified individuals to work with an educational tour. The goal of educational travel is to deliver the highest quality learning experience to the group, and to keep the student travel tour on schedule.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Student travel tours planned in advance can easily complement classroom activities. “Modern Teachers” is a MoMA program that allows educators to customize educational tours of the Museum. Working closely with materials on MoMA’s website, an educator can construct a lesson plan to

Online Science Education

Are you looking for online science education resources to support teaching K-12 science? There are many resources on the internet and it is difficult for teachers to find the time to surf the web looking for online resources. The best option is to visit a one-stop resource for K-12 science educators’ that is an online directory of resources designed for science education. Not only can teachers use a resource like this, it would also be perfect for parents’ home schooling their children.

Inquiry Based Teaching and Learning

If you are looking for K-12 science lesson plans, web resources, and references to support inquiry based teaching and learning, you have probably found this search difficult. Like other web resources it takes time to surf the web and find them. What is needed is a directory of science inquiry based resources categorized into topics that support K-12 science teaching and learning. What is needed is for someone to do this for you.

Directory resources that are most valuable to K-12 science educators include lesson plans, assessment guides, curriculum guides, standards guidelines, search engines for science, and more. Also there is a need for online resources that support