Sal Khan is spreading education to the masses. With short lectures in a wide variety of subjects, he breaks down the most complex topics and makes them accessible to millions. Do you think this could be the future of education? 

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Khan Academy: The future of education?
CBS Special - 60 Minutes

Free computer science courses, new teaching technology reinvent online education!
Stanford Engineering professors are setting out to add a new level of interactivity to online education by offering three of the university's most popular computer science classes for free. This is a wonderful opportunity for 11th and 12th grade home school high school students to obtain a university experience before attending college. In addition, when the student completes the course they receive a certificate of completion, which looks grate on a college application and curriculum vitae. 

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A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added.
Mind maps have many applications in personal, family, educational, and business situations, including notetaking, brainstorming (wherein ideas are inserted into the map radially around the center node, without the implicit prioritization that comes from hierarchy or sequential arrangements, and wherein grouping and organizing is reserved for later stages), summarizing, as a mnemonic technique, or to sort out a complicated idea. Mind maps are also promoted as a way to collaborate in color pen creativity sessions.

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This article reflects on the rhetoric of ‘Web 2.0’ and its potential versus actual impact. The author suggests that we need to do more than look at how social networking technologies are being used generally as an indicator of their potential impact on education, arguing instead that we need to rethink what are the fundamental characteristics of learning and then see how social networking can be harnessed to maximise these characteristics to best effect.


Pearltrees is an excellent tool for curation, and could also be utilized for collective intelligence 
in the classroom. Give it a try!
How do you write a letter of recommendation about your own child?  The link to the article below will demonstrate how this can be done in a very effective and practical way. Enjoy!

Letter of Recommendation! 
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling!

 Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior. 
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Stanford University offered three of their most popular computer science courses to the public fall, 2011 online for free. The courses were so popular that Stanford’s doing it again in January 2012. These courses are wonderful in helping prepare the student for the rigors of college. In addition the student is awarded a certificate of completion. 

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Great resource for home school high schoolers. These courses are great college preparation facilitators!

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Our friend Howard Rheingold uses Twitter, search, Diigo Delicious, DEVONthink, Scrivener to find, refine, organize information -->knowledge via Screenr!  

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