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Category Archives: Education

Protect Yourself Fom Online Education Degree Scams

Well the best way is to be sure that any school or distance-learning program that you choose is fully accredited. This means that the school or program has been reviewed by its peers in the education field and validated or verified as providing a high quality education according to excepted educational standards. This assures you then that the education you will receive at this particular online college or university is worth investing in because it is generally recognized for its educational value.It also means that a degree in this program will be valuable as you attempt to find employment later on.

Although being sure that a distance learning program is fully accredited is important, these days is becoming necessary to take it even a step further. It seems that some of these diploma mills had even gone so far as to set up their own accreditation agencies so that it will appear that they are an accredited school when in reality they are only accrediting themselves through another agency that they also own.

So how can you make sure that a school is legitimately accredited then? Perhaps the best way to do that is to visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or CHEA website. This is a nongovernmental agency that does research on accreditation issues in the education field. Basically they maintain a list of accrediting agencies that are up to proper standards. So all you have to do to be sure that a particular distance learning school is legitimately accredited is to visit their web site, enter the name of the educational institution, and conduct research to see if it’s accreditation is indeed by legitimately recognized agency.

Essentially this means that you not only have to check that an online college or university is accredited, but also that the accrediting agency is reputable as well. This may seem to be a lot of extra steps to have to go through, but doing so will help assure you that whatever distance learning degree program that you choose will be a wise investment for your future education and employment.

Getting An Online High School Education

Step 1: Assess

Start by looking at where you are and where you want to be. If you are only a couple of classes short of the requirements for high school graduation in your school district, maybe they offer the classes over the internet, and you could finish up and graduate from your home high school.

If you need more than a couple of classes to graduate, you could earn your diploma and graduate from an online high school, taking classes to meet their graduation requirements.

Look at where you want to be, too. If you are finishing high school for your own self development, or so that you can advance in your present job, online high school education classes might be what you need. If, however, you want to go to college after you get your diploma, you might be able to find “double duty” classes that will give you both high school and college credit, so that you can enter college ahead of the game.

Step 2: Gather Information

There are four places you should look for online high school education classes: your local school district, community education in your area, local colleges and online high school education providers. Compare the requirements each program has for high school graduation, and what you would have to do to complete those requirements.

Look into ways to pay for your online high school education. If you are under 21, your local school district may be a good place to look for funding. Whether you get help from a local school district or not, you should be able to find a way to complete your high school education for free or at a low cost.

If you plan to enter college when you are done, find out what the entrance requirements are for your top three or four college choices. If they require two years of foreign language, for instance, it is much less expensive to take the classes as part of an online high school education than it is to make up the deficiency later.

Step 3:

Get started. Put together all the information you have gathered, and decide how you will go about getting an online high school education. Do the paperwork, go through the hoops and enroll in a class. You are on your way to completing your diploma through online high school education.

About Homeschooling and Socialization

The issue of socialization is a very serious one, considering the importance of proper development of social skills in any individual’s life. And when a whole educational system is being questioned about its alleged or supposed negative effects about socializing, it has to be considered very seriously. It is also important to note that this belief has been made and supported by professional educators. However, if it is analyzed any further, it would be proven to be something that’s entirely untrue.

What has served as the basis of the belief that homeschooling affects the development of social skills is that those who say so feel that school is the sole place where kids have any chance of learning and developing social skills. To a certain extent, school does help in the much needed development of social skills, but kids who are home-schooled also have opportunities that are not really available to kids who go to a regular school.

Since their time is, shall we way a little more “flexible”, home-schooled kids have more opportunities to travel and visit places such as museums, parks, beaches, and even shows. And they are able to do this when it is not too crowded, with just the right chance to socialize and learn about the place and the other people visiting it as well. It has also been shown that home-schooled kids are also active in different sports, are seriously taking up art, acting, music, dance, and many other kinds of classes.

For the parents who are really concerned about socializing but would like their kids to go through a homeschooling program, there are some things that can be done. Some of these things that they or their home-schooled children could do are the following:

It would help to seek out others who are also into homeschooling and make friends with them. With the kind of technology we have today, this is pretty easy. Or, you could opt to go the old route and try to meet them in public places such as libraries.

There are also groups that you can join, groups such as 4 – H. It is a youth development organization that kids can join and then make choices about the clubs within the organization that specifically cater to his or her interests.

Games to Stimulate the Brain

Counting

When your child is young, it is important to teach them numbers. There are many ways to squeeze numbers in your daily life because numbers are all around. One way to get numbers in your life is to count the animals, flowers, cars, or buildings on your way to school. Count them out loud with your child so he or she will see the number of something, hear the numbers with you, and count them over every day then this will create self confidence in counting and learning their numbers.

Writing

You don’t have to wait until your child is in school to teach them to write. They can learn to write as soon as they can grasp a pencil. When writing, it takes a considerable amount of brain power to make it work and to create the right lettering, stay in the lines, be coordinated, and more. You can help your child be creative, express themselves more, and be able to communicated when they may struggle otherwise.

Song and dance

When your child is up and moving to music, they can learn anything as long as you put it to rhythm. If you don’t have a radio to play music, clap your hands to keep rhythm, dance around, create a drum beat with wooden spoons, and more. You can sing your ABC’s, 123’s, or learn about colors.

Choose ABA Approved

ABA approved Paralegal institutions offer Associate of Applied Science, Post Degree Certificate, (only those who have already obtained a bachelor or associate degree are qualified). Bachelor of Science degree on Paralegal Studies and Certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting are two other programs offered by ABA approved paralegal study institutions.

ABA approved Paralegal institution’s minimum course duration is 1 – 2 academic years and internship is mandatory in most schools.

If you are looking for ABA approved Paralegal Education Program, then the Standing Committee on Paralegals Directory of ABA approved Paralegal Education Programs is where to look.

Some work experience is usually beneficial for an intending paralegal student like you. Courses, depending on the type of institution, can run for between 2 (for community and junior colleges) to 4 years in a University. Aside from the general requirements above, the ABA Standing Committee Directory listing carry varying standard requirements for different instructions in terms of duration of course, course content and admission requirements.

Therefore, you should consider the factors favourable to you while choosing any particular school or institution.

More than 1000 institutions are offering Paralegal degree and certificate programs in the United States of America, but the ABA approved Paralegal institutions can be found at the ABA standing committee Directory of Paralegal schools.

NOTE: ABA approval for Paralegal schools or instructions is not mandatory by law so it is not a measure of the quality of or reputability of an institution that it is ABA approved, yet institutions have found it necessary to get ABA approval by meeting the ABA requirement in order to, I suppose, bluster their image. My advise is that you should go for ABA approved institutions for your paralegal studies.

Online institutions like their offline counterparts are of different categories and as such offer different qualities of course content programs. You should as a matter of fact take a critical look at the institution offering the Paralegal Degree Online program you chose. Carry out your investigation with the information below to ensure that such institution is an ABA approved paralegal degree online program.

INSIGHT INTO ABA ONLINE PARALEGAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

Paralegal degree programs prepares you for employment as a paralegal or legal assistant in a private law office and even both the public and the private sectors such as banking, insurance, real estate etc. Care must, however, be taken to ensure that a chosen school or online paralegal degree program is approved by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the institution being an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal education (AAFPE) and other relevant regulatory bodies for Paralegal studies.

Accelerated Online Courses

Some online schools, usually linked with a traditional university, require you to attend a certain number of classes at the school itself. If this does not suit your needs then you need to search for accredited online classes with a “no residency” requirement. But it is important to make sure you still sign up for a recognized accredited school.

According to the article “Accelerated College Degree Online: Learn how to Get One,”* at certain schools “you can…gain credits through challenging exams, life experience assessments, military service, job training and continuing education.” Again, it is important to ensure these programs are officially recognized before paying anything.

The more legitimate accelerated online courses require you to study and earn your degree online, usually over a two-year period, which is still only half the normal time required to obtain a degree. And the accelerated online classes cost far less than half of traditional university costs.

These accelerated online programs allow you to learn and earn your degree with minimal disruption to your work and family life.

Classical Education Model

Grammar Level

This stage is the based on concrete learning. In Bloom’s taxonomy, this is considered to be the base of the learning pyramid. In this stage, rote memorization is the emphasis. Many public school systems call this “kill and drill.” The idea is for kids to learn the vocabulary, rules, and basics first. This level is recommended for the elementary ages of children.

During this stage, children are taught Art, Bible, Geography, History, Literature, Math, Music, Oratory, Science, and Writing.

Dialectic Level

Also considered to be the analytical thinking and understanding stage, this is recommended for the middle school age kids.

The student learns to reason and to string isolated ideas together.

During this stage, students are taught more in-depth concepts in Art, Bible, History, Literature, Math, Music, Oratory, Science, and Writing. Language, Logic, and Government are introduced at this time.

Rhetoric Level

This is where abstract thinking and self-expression come in. It is recommended for the high school years.

During this stage, students take all that they have learned and develop the ability to apply that knowledge to abstract ideas. Rhetoric and Philosophy are added to the studies while Government and Logic receive less concentration.

Shift to Online Tutoring

You Have More Flexibility

Since the whole world is your marketplace, you can select online tutoring services that fit your most convenient time. Logistics should be the least of your concerns.

Whether you are a student or a parent, schedule should never be an issue anymore. A lot of tutors are available 24/7 and all you have to do is to find a suitable and convenient time for you or your children. This flexibility allows you to perform all of your duties in the office or at home with no detriment to your children’s education.

You Have More Tutor Options

You have a whole world of instructors at your fingertips. With traditional tutoring, you are limited to what your city can offer. If you live far enough, you also get lesser options. You are tied up with the quality of instructors available in your area, let alone choose high quality services in different academic domains. In addition, many tutors will not travel that far going to your home due to the costs of transportation. This leaves you with a smaller pool of tutors to choose from if home service is what you need.

Online, you can choose tutors who live on the other side of the world. You have feedback mechanisms to review and validate the effectiveness of the instructor. You can select tutors on the basis of their specialization. You can choose based on their language, too.

You Have Access to a Ton of Learning Materials

In the brick and mortar world, you are limited to the books available within your academic environment. Though it is true that you can browse online after your tutoring session, the materials you find are not designed for your specific needs. You will waste your time sifting through all these information before you find the right one for the subject you are studying for.

Online Homeschooling

This learning style is assessed by the theory of multiple intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner in his book Frames of Mind and widely used by professional accredited home schools. This theory was transpired from cognitive research and helps to document a student’s way of learning, remembering, performance, and understanding in multiple ways. In his book Gardner quoted “we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, and the use of the body to solve problems or make things, an understanding of other individuals, and understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences – the so-called profile of intelligences- and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains.”

This is where an accredited home school differs from a traditional school, where it doesn’t assume that everyone can learn a particular thing in the same way. We can find different learning styles in the following:

Visual-Spatial Analysis – Does your child like to:

1. Draw pictures?

2. Doodles a lot on notebook?

3. Daydream a lot?

4. Read maps, charts, or diagrams more easily than text?

5. Find his/her way around a new place without any direction?

6. Enjoy taking things apart and then putting them back together?

7. Enjoy building three-dimensional objects, for example LEGO?

Bodily – Kinesthetic Analysis – Does your child:

1. Move around or tap when sitting somewhere for a long time?

2. Enjoy activities like swimming, running, riding a bicycle or skating?

3. Use body movement and hand gestures when talking to people?

4. Like to touch something that is new to him/her?

5. Learn to play sports easily and exercise without getting tired?

6. Show different physical sensations while thinking or working?

7. Imitate other people’s gestures?

Musical Analysis – Does your child:

1. Enjoy listening to music?

2. Like to sing or hum?

3. Get annoyed when music sounds off-key?

4. Enjoy playing a musical instrument?

5. Easily remember the melodies of songs after listening only once?

6. Have a good voice to sing?

Intrapersonal Analysis – Does your child:

1. Have two or more close friends?

2. Understand their friends’ feelings from their facial expressions, gestures, and voice?

3. Care about their friends’ feelings?

4. Approach others with empathy?

5. Help friends to solve their problems?

6. Seem to be street smart?

7. Take place in school organizations and clubs?

8. Seem to be a natural reader?

Linguistic Analysis – Does your child:

1. Enjoy reading books?

2. Like to learn new words and use them when talking or writing?

3. Like to tell and listen to stories?

4. Have a good memory for people, places, names, and dates?

5. Get irritated when someone uses language that is grammatically incorrect?

Logical – Mathematical Analysis – Does your child:

1. Enjoy math class?

2. Enjoy solving math problems or adding numbers in his/her head?

3. Like to work with computers?

4. Ask questions about how things work?

5. Enjoy strategy games, logic puzzles or brainteasers?

6. Like playing chess or checkers?

7. Enjoy doing science experiments?

Online Nursing School

If you are a working professional you should investigate if the school facilitates clinical studies and if you can carry out the same in your workplace. The clinical studies should involve sufficient practical experience; you can check with current and past students about a college’s reputation regarding clinical practice. Financial aid is an important consideration; schools offer various financial aid programs in collaboration with banks and other lending institutions, some are need based and some are merit based. The kind of campus placements that are offered by the school need to be weighed along with the other factors.

A few rules of thumb for selecting an online nursing school would also include the idea that you must first settle upon a course and then choose a school that offers a program most suitable to your needs. It is not a bad idea to factor in the distance of the school as you may benefit more by visiting the campus once in a while. You may also wish to compare the NCLEX pass rate records of different schools. It is a useful indicator of the manner in which a school grooms its students. Last but not the least; compare tuition fees as these can vary sharply between schools.