Cheating and Plagiarism

A letter to students on cheating and plagiarism: Learning to think and work independently is all part of the educational process. Your school expects you to take responsibility for your work and actions in your courses. Sometimes the expectations to obtain a certain grade or meet a tight deadline can make you feel pressured to take short cuts … Continue reading Cheating and Plagiarism

Five Tips for Success in Your Online Course

You’re enrolled in a self-paced, online course. Where do you start? How will you maintain focus? One really important thing to remember about this style of learning is that the self-motivation and self-direction required to complete the course are excellent life skills that will be of benefit to you far beyond your “school” days. So while you’re learning … Continue reading Five Tips for Success in Your Online Course

Student Engagement: Creating Effective Multimedia Content for the Online Learning Environment

Keeping up with the latest technical advancements for use in classrooms has posed numerous challenges for educators to overcome. However, these new approaches have created a seemingly infinite number of new ways for tech-savvy teachers to engage their students. Students have unlimited access to high-quality, engaging online content, whether it be at home or on … Continue reading Student Engagement: Creating Effective Multimedia Content for the Online Learning Environment

This One’s For the Kids: 5 Ways Sports Make Us Better Learners

You’ve probably heard this before: “if you put half the time into practicing [insert a subject you don’t like] that you do in playing [insert a sport or extracurricular you like], you’d be in good shape.  It’s true– if you approached your studies in the same way you do your training, you’d improve. Think about … Continue reading This One’s For the Kids: 5 Ways Sports Make Us Better Learners

Using GIS in Geography and History Classrooms

In the last decade, GIS has dominated the discipline of Geography. It has also started to reshape the way history is taught. But what exactly is GIS? How does it work? How can it be applied to the the teaching of history? And what are some options for using GIS in classrooms? What is GIS? … Continue reading Using GIS in Geography and History Classrooms

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Students, Part One

Today’s students are under great stress as a result of academic pressures, busy schedules, constant input from multiple sources of media, worries about the future, as well as all the interpersonal drama and negotiation that takes place with family and peers.  These stressors, combined with a lack of knowledge about healthy stress-reducing practices, has led … Continue reading The Benefits of Mindfulness for Students, Part One

Why are the people of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky blue?

When this question is posed in a science class, you can immediately see postures improve as students sit up a bit straighter, disengage from their iPods (or whatever electronic device had their attention), and gaze attentively as they await the answer. This is where the magic of case studies in science begins. Instead of providing … Continue reading Why are the people of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky blue?

Are Today’s Students Being Prepared For Tomorrow’s Workforce?

It’s interesting to look back twenty or thirty years and compare the vast changes in how we work. Then, it was imperative to show up to an office or assembly line for your nine-to-five shift. Phones were tethered to walls, whole floors were dedicated to filing cabinets and desktop computers had as much power as … Continue reading Are Today’s Students Being Prepared For Tomorrow’s Workforce?