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Fun and Hassle Free Learning
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Fun and hassle free learning





Being a parent always comes the irrational fear of doing something wrong and not doing the best in terms of raising children. Face it, no one is perfect and as with most everything else in this world, the concept of perfect or worse is relative to the observer.



Instead of worrying all the time and ending up being very strict with your child, loosen up and realize that as a parent, you are a guardian and loving guide of your child - not a dictator.



For instance, computer games and online gaming have become quite a craze among children, so much so that children tend to get hooked on these games and neglect all else.



This obviously is unacceptable but perhaps instead of banning computer games for your children, you can suggest better, more enjoyable computer games that are actually educational. This way, you two can reach a compromise and come to a win win situation for all involved instead of a master and conqueror type of setting that only breeds further problems that may well be carried on to the future.



Curtail your child's less than nice behavior by reinforcing good ones. Choose the best educational software for children that are truly fun, interactive and educational. Your children will unknowingly never stop learning as they continue to work on these educational software programs.



For some ideas on good quality educational software for children, below are a few picks off the market.



Enhance logic and analysis



Get your child a new pet that will keep them entertained and learning while having fun. With Clifford the Big Red Dog's Musical Memory Games, your child will be able to develop and enhance memory, logic and primary mathematical skills through fun and engaging challenges. This educational software for children boasts of 19 entertaining activities and challenges; engaging stories to motivate children to play; interactive programming that adapts to the player's learning progress; designed to allow your child to play independently; and it includes a comprehensive parent's guide.



An RPG adventure



Role Playing Games or RPG are quite popular among children from nine to twelve. Why not introduce your children of this age to ClueFinders' Math Adventures: Mystery of the Himalayas.



Get your child to figure out which of the Clue Finders he or she can relate to the most. Introduce your child to feisty Joni, level headed Santiago, Leslie the braniac, and the hamburger eating Owen. The interface of this game is so easy to use and the graphics are exceptional that keep even adults glued to the screen.



This children's educational software offers a host of puzzles and never ending adventure that will keep your children on an adventure toward honing and increasing their mathematical skills.



Enhance your child's inner Einstein



Give your kids the ultimate in children's educational software with the innovative Zoombinis Island Odyssey: A Heroic Trek of Math, Logic, and Science!



At Zoombini Isle, your child will embark on a thrilling adventure through cryptography, astronomy, ecology, mechanics, and a whole lot more. This particular children's educational software program is the third installation to the award-winning Zoombinis series.



The diabolical Bloats helped evacuate Zoombini Isle after they decimated the once-fertile and prosperous utopia. The Zoombinis, now settled in their new homeland are alarmed to learn of the island's sorry state... and are especially concerned about the fate of the wild Zerbies that once roamed the land. To restore Zoombini Isle and save the Zerbies, kids team up with a determined band of Zoombinis to navigate seven intriguing puzzles, with three levels of difficulty each.



This new and innovative scientific-thinking adventure is an exploration into astronomy, ecology, mechanics, cryptography, and more. The riveting story line and feeling of adventure capture your child and builds their scientific skills by following the scientific processes of collecting data, observing patterns, logical reasoning, forming and testing hypothesis and decoding complex processes. This children's educational software is the third title in the award-winning Zoombinis series. \

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Advantages and disadvantages of distance education online
Friday, November 9, 2007
Advantages and disadvantages of distance education online




Advancements in technology have changed the face of education all over the world. With the birth of the Internet, education can now be taken anywhere in the world. Virtual classrooms have become quite popular especially for graduate students who cannot find the time to spare everyday classroom attendance. Now, students need not go to school and attend classes in the flesh. All they have to do is to open their computer and Internet accounts and log in to the site of the school where they are enrolled.



Assignments and projects are even uploaded over the Internet. You don’t have to go to the school and pass the manuscript yourself. Classrooms discussions are also done through chatting. Payments of tuition fees are of course done over the internet thought the use of credit cards.



One advantage that distance online education provides is the fact that students from anywhere in the world can avail of education from ivy league schools and other international universities without having to pay for air fare and lodging.



Another savings for the students is the fact that they don’t have to pay for miscellaneous fees such as laboratory fees and other kinds of classroom maintenance fees. This is huge savings especially for students coming from third world countries in Asia and in South America. They can get the same education that students studying in the country get minus the skyrocketing expenses!



Another advantage that online distance education provides is the savings in time. Logging in for your classrooms instead of showing up to the classroom saves a lot of time, not to mention energy. This is especially advantageous for people who are already working or those whose schedules are very hectic.



Online distance education also allows students to become more interactive in their classrooms. Because classroom discussion are done through chats and virtual meetings, students who are shy or those who are not used to doing recitations will now be able to participate in class. In fact, students in online distance education are required to participate in chat sessions. Some are even graded for the number of their comments in class.



Still, even with those advantages, people still feel that online education students are being short-changed. Traditional classroom settings are still highly recommended especially for the undergraduate levels because more than the education and lessons that classroom setting provides, the interaction with students is essential in developing well-rounded individuals.



Psychologists believe that virtual education de-emphasizes the need for social interaction and friendship. Although this can also be developed in other surroundings, especially by the family, the school plays a big role in developing a person’s social skills. This is perhaps why distance online education are only recommended for people who are already working and those who have already taken up their graduate degrees.



Another downside of online distance education is the fact that interaction is highly impersonal. Everything is done over the Internet. Sometimes, classmates do not even see each other until after they get their degrees, sometimes even never. This happens with international online courses where students are mostly foreign and telecommuting. Students do not even get to meet their professors.



Another downside to online education is the absence of opportunities for extra-curricular activities, which for some people develop their social skills and their leadership potentials.

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Virtual classrooms offer actual degrees
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Virtual classrooms offer actual degrees



If for some reason and at any point of your life you find yourself wanting to earn a degree but life circumstances keep getting in the way of you finishing school and getting your degree, don’t despair—continuing education online is the answer to your problem.



No matter if you are a senior citizen, a single parent with two jobs and have your hands full with caring for your children, you can still opt to continue your education online and reap the benefits of having a degree.



No need to hide behind the excuse of lack of time or money to pursue your dreams. Continuing education online is a convenient, time saving method with flexible payment terms that will ensure that with a little commitment and effort, you can finally earn the degree you’ve always longed for.



There are however a few things to keep in mind when choosing an online school to earn your degree in. First, decide what degree you want to earn and make sure that this is what you really want.



After all this time, it is important to be certain of what you want. After choosing the degree you want to earn, scout around for online schools and campuses that offer the degree that you want. When you have the list of virtual schools, short list the ones that boast of a strong orientation towards your coveted degree.



Even in regular campuses and traditional teaching, some schools are known to have specialty courses that offer strong backgrounds on certain degrees. This is definitely a thing to consider. You have waited this long to earn your degree. Now is not the time for mediocrity.



Next, make sure that the online campus you choose has a proven track record when it comes ton online teaching. Research and ask around for the success rates of these schools in terms of number of enrollees and the number of graduates. More importantly, find out the success rates of actual graduates of these schools to see how effective are the teaching methods employed by this school.



Something to find out also is whether the online campus has the proper accreditation. The internet is wonderful. It can open up a whole universe for you and unfortunately, the universe also contains less than credible groups that may just be after profit rather than an actually having the integrity needed to successfully teach their students.



Some online courses offered work harder in getting you enrolled and staying there rather than helping you get out and graduate. When you have decided on a school and your degree, do check the course outline and choose a flexible yet firm schedule that will make sure that you don’t spend the rest of your life enrolled and still working to finish a degree.



Also, it is important to compare teaching methods and techniques before choosing the school to earn your online degree in. Make sure that you do get the proper attention that you need. Don’t enroll with online campuses that allow large enrollments. As in traditional teaching, the attention of the teacher or professor is sorely stretched when there are a huge number of students per class.



Remember that continuing education online is convenient, time saving and allows for flexible payment schemes. Just don’t lose sight of the important factors to note when deciding which online campus to enroll at.

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