Best Educational Apps – Top 3

Parental Guide To Educational Apps.

Being a parent is stressful enough without having to worry about what apps your children are using on their device. If they’re going to be on a phone or tablet they should at least be exercising their mind so we have detailed out the top 3 apps for your child’s growing mind.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel.

The first one will be great for any children aged 3+ or perhaps are really right 2 year old. This app allows your child to play with one of their favorite characters as he guides them through social interaction in varying scenarios. It also has a fun sticker book to play with if they want to switch gears.

Kid’s ABC Phonics

This app will help your child learn and pronounce a variety of words. They will learn to speak, sound out, and read in an app that will constantly challenge them and reinforce what they’ve been taught. Catered for ages 3 and up, this is an amazing app if you’re looking to prepare your child for preschool.

Drawing Pad

If your goal is to spark your child’s creativity this is a fantastic app to do just that. Many apps allow you draw and play with a multitude of colors and backgrounds but the thing that sets this one apart is the fact your child will be able to post their art on parent approved social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The one-touch connectivity

The Turning Point For Higher Education

The Turning Point For Higher Education

There have been several major turning points for higher education. The first one was when it went through a democratization process. In the early days of higher education, it was something that was reserved for the wealthy and powerful. Over time, things gradually began to change. People from a wide variety of social classes started to get the opportunity to seek higher education if they displayed the aptitude, determination and the drive. This has helped to improve the economic opportunities and social mobility for a large number of people.

Another turning point for higher education was when a growing number of women gained access to it and began becoming qualified in a wide range of technical fields. Prior to that point educated women were seen as an anomaly. In many cases, women were discouraged from even attempting to seek higher education. If they did, they were encouraged to study nursing or fine arts. Today, women are just as likely to pursue higher education as men. Countless women receive training and advanced degrees in the most technical areas. That change was revolutionary and has helped to move civilization forward.

The rise in the access to scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid was yet another turning point for higher education. Prior to that time, if one could not finance their own higher education, they did not receive it. This rise in the availability of financial aid has made it possible for almost anyone to pursue higher education. The federal, state and local government, as well as businesses, philanthropic organizations, trade groups and private citizens now provide funds to help people from all walks of life make their dream of getting higher education a reality.

Currently, the ability to go to school online is ushering in higher education’s latest turning point.

Challenging Gender Stereotypes in School

Challenging Gender Stereotypes in School

Gender stereotypes have a pernicious effect on the ability of young people to learn. The pervasive cultural attitude that girls are not usually good at math and science can cause girls to dislike those subjects and feel less confident in them than their male peers. Being reminded of her gender before taking the SAT can lower a female student’s score on the math section of the test as compared to her performance when asked a question about something unrelated to her identity. From the youngest, behaviors like sitting quietly and being neat are praised in girls, while boys are encouraged to take initiative and raise their hands.

Some schools try to challenge these disparities and prevent their negative effects by promoting a gender-neutral environment. Swedish preschools jumble toys together instead of segregating them by gender and use narratives in the classroom that include non-traditional family structures and characters who defy gender roles. The National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom recommends that teachers engage in dialogues with their students when the children put forth ideas that uphold gender stereotypes, asking them why they feel that certain toys, school subjects, or careers are only for one gender or another. Another good strategy is to avoid using gender to divide the children into groups – while it is a quick distinguishing characteristic, it can imply to children that their gender is their most salient, important feature and reinforce stereotypes. Teachers can also try to praise or censure the same behaviors in students regardless of gender, rather than praising children for conforming to their assigned gender role and punishing them for departing from it. In order to avoid negative outcomes like lower test scores, gender imbalance in academic fields, and low self-esteem, it is important to challenge gender stereotypes in the school environment.

Girls better than boys at problem solving

Are Girls Better At Problem Solving Than Boys Are?

Do girls have better problem-solving skills than boys do? According to a new comprehensive OECD educational study, girls are better at solving problems than boys. Here is more info from the latest study.

First, here is some background on the nature of the study. Over 125,000 students from across the globe in 52 different countries were surveyed. The age of the students studied was 15 years old, which would mean that they would be in high school. Countries were selected from both developed and developing nations.

The OECD study looked at factors such as how well a student would work with others in a group setting for the first time in the study. It also looked at their attitude towards teamwork. The study also recorded the participant gender, background and extra-curricular activities at school.

One of the major finds of the study was that girls consistently perform better at problem solving and collaboration than boys do. The study found that this was true across all the countries studied. It did not matter whether the nations were developed or developing. The girls were 1.6 times more likely to be at the top of collaboration assignments. Girls also scored higher on the tests in the study by about 29 points or what the OECD considers to be roughly equivalent to a half a year’s worth of school.

What is even more interesting is that a 2012 study done on students found that boys were much better at solving problems individually than girls. This latest study finds that girls seem to be better at solving problems when they work in groups or in a collaborative environment. When you think of it for a moment, it makes sense. Boys are more likely to be independent and try to solve things on their own. Girls find working in groups and following along easier and more natural than boys than do.

Applying to Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships:

*All about Private Scholarships:

Applying to private scholarships can be a way for an ambitious and bright student to fund their college education. Therefore, it is important to do some research to find as many sources as possible and obtain all required. Essentially a money scholarship is a “gift”. Therefore, a “gift” does not have to be repaid unlike a student funded loan.

There are a host of Scholarships available to deserving students which include:

*Academic.
*Athletic.
*Performance.
*Creative
*Private.
*Community Service.

It is important to find out exactly what kind of scholarships are currently available. Therefore, if you are a high school student more than likely your high school adviser/counselor can assist you with finding this important information.

Once you obtain information about what kind of scholarships are available, the next step is to find out exactly how to apply for the scholarship. There are normally a host of long forms to complete along with documentation you will be asked to submit information concerning:

*Your family financial position.
*Head of household income.
*Size of your family.

Most importantly, you must obtain information which explains how your scholarship (if granted) may affect any other student aid or financial grants. In some situations, a scholarship my exclude you from receiving financial aid and student grants. However, this is decided on a case by case basis.

Scholarship Awards are based upon a student’s ability, overall skills as well as future plans and ambitions. If granted a scholarship, the student must maintain a certain GPA or you could lose part or all of your scholarship monies.

Scolarships can also be based strictly on “Merit”. Therefore, the student must meet or exceed certain guidelines or standards set forth by the institution granting the scolarship. There are normally few exceptions to that rule.

Finally, a student can be granted a partial scholarship or full tuition scholarship. again, this depends upon need as well as scholastic standing. It is true that straight “A” students with a financial need can very well end up receiving a full scholarship to college.

*Deadlines:

It is critical that you be aware of the deadline for submitting required scholarship forms. They are very strict about meeting certain deadlines when applying for a partial or full scholarship. Failure to meet required guidelines can exclude a deserving student from receiving their “gift” of scholarship.

How Colleges Hide their cash

How Colleges Hide Their Cash

The latest proposed tax bill by republicans includes a tax on wealthy private college endowments. The tax would bring in in excess of $3 billion over the next 10 years. This move sent shock waves across most private institutions. A report by the New York Times revealed that many private institutions hide their endowments in offshore Caribbean accounts to avoid taxes on earnings that are not related to education. Endowments are tax exempt if the earnings are linked to education.

Some institutions are starting to use private equity and hedge funds to invest and increase their profits. Through increased fund raising and tax avoidance, schools have dramatically increased their endowments. Stanford University increased its endowment by over 800% between 1977 and 2012 which equated to over $16 billion. The vast majority of this money is not being used to help students or to improve the college education system. Although the wealthiest schools have increased help to students in recent years, it is only a minimal percentage of their endowments. This is because the wealthiest schools tend to only enroll privileged students who don’t need financial help.

Despite a continuous drop in state funding, the top public universities have steadily increased their enrollment over the last 40 years across all economic classes. They also typically enroll more low income students than wealthy schools. Some have proposed that if wealthy schools want to continue to enjoy endowment tax breaks, they need to invest more of the money into helping students and the public.

3 Things You need to know to get into your Dream College

3 Things You need to know to get into your Dream College

There are three main things that you need to know to get into your dream college. The first thing is that you are going to need to practice taking the SAT and the ACT test. This means that you are going to need to become very comfortable with all of the material that is going to covered and the directions of the test. Most of the time, you are going to take the PSAT during your sophomore year of high school. This is going to help to you determine what knowledge and kills that you lack so that you can master them.

The second thing is to spend a lot of time developing all of your essays for college. Therefore, you are going to need to think about what you want to write before you write it. This is because the essays are a way to sell yourself to the college. In your writing, you need to let the college know that you are passionate, exciting, and energetic. You will need to make sure that you are standing out in the crowd of students that are going to be applying. Ask your teachers for feedback on all of your college essays.

The third thing is to be involved in any activities that might be going on in school or around the community. This is especially true for the last four years of high school and during your summer vacations. It is also very important that you keep up with all of the activities that you are involved in. With you volunteer work, you should try to move up to lead positions so that you can demonstrate growth to your dream college. It is a good idea to show a deep interest in a variety of different areas in your community.

3 Myths About Choosing a College Major

3 Myths About Choosing a College Major

There are three main myths about choosing a college major. The first myth is that you have to declare a major in order to get into a college. Choosing a major can be very stressful along with being tough so you need to know that you don’t have to know it as soon as you get into college. But it is going to be easier for you to figure out what classes that you need to take. This means that you will be able to graduate on time. Sometimes it just might be a good idea to major in general studies.

The second myth is that the only way that you are going to be pick a major is through a variety of different elective courses. There is one big difference between the classes and electives at college. The classes are going to be the core things that you are going to be required to learn in order to be an undergraduate. The electives are the classes that you will take to fulfill all of the requirements related to the certain major. Basically, you will be able to use the classes to explore the different majors instead of the electives.

The third myth is that if you are really good at something, then that should be what you should major in. This is one of the main reasons that you need to take different classes so that you are exposed to new things. This is going to help you to figure out that you might be good in a particular subject but you are not passionate about the work that you are doing. Therefore, you should not major in this subject. Sometimes it is going to take a person awhile to figure out what you are truly going to be passionate about.

 

Picking a major is a major bad idea

Why Picking a Major is Not Needed

As a high school senior, there are a lot of choices to be made about ones future. It can be an especially stressful time for the student as well as parents. Even after applying to different schools and getting accepted, there is the matter of financial aid, housing, getting supplies, moving and finding out what your child wants to study.

Having a major when starting college is not necessary. Although many students may have an idea of what they want to study when they enter college, they can change their minds or decide that they want to specialize more in a topic, such as marine biology instead of just biology.

When a student begins college, there are generally three or four semesters of general education classes to take before a student can really dig into their major’s courses. General education classes can help guide a student on what they would like to study. For example, a course on literature may interest a student and lead them to study literature, or even study to become an English teacher. These courses could also help change a person’s mind on what they would like to study.

An influential professor or even the course itself could cause a student to become interested in a subject that they would have passed over before. Plus, if it is known that the influential professor teaches more classes in that major, it could help a student decide to pick that subject.

Entering college with a major decided is not necessary and may prohibit a student from being open minded to different subjects. Having an open mind and knowing that a major of study is not needed when entering college can help a student make a healthy transition from high school to higher education.

What colleges want on your application

How to Make the Most of a College Application

Getting the most out of the application to that college of choice can seem daunting if you do not know what the admissions office is looking for. Shedding some light on the process, it becomes a simple matter of what things to highlight and what to omit in an application.

First, to debunk a myth, a legacy student is far from guaranteed admission. Having alumni in the family will not hurt an applicant’s chances, but the prospective student should have more to show than a guardian’s good word. On the other side, it should be noted that schools are looking to be seen as accessible. If an applicant is a first-generation or low-income applicant, it can give a needed edge.

Another factor an admissions officer is looking for is the ability to pay. If an applicant can, in whatever way, cover all or some of their school expenses, this is seen as a definite positive. Similarly, if an applicant is positive on their first choice of school, it displays commitment to the admissions officers to apply early.

In the sphere of the applicant’s education and character, SAT/ACT scores, grades, and enrollment in advanced placement classes will look excellent in the academic sphere and should never be discounted. An oft overlooked aspect of a student’s education, however, is in the extracurricular sphere. Creativity, critical-thinking, risk-taking, and leadership are huge bonuses to an applicant’s chances. Sustained activity or volunteer work that demonstrates any of these characteristics displays outlying character traits that many schools are specifically combing applications for and should always be included.

So long as these highlights are used while you or your hopeful student put together that college application, you will have the best chances possible.