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Matt Renwick

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers - CSMonit... - 30 views

  • cornerstone of reading comprehension is vocabulary
  • words that need to be learned are encountered in literature
  • Students' reading amount peaks in sixth grade
Rachel Hinton

20 essential Android apps for college students - 76 views

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    Summary: Out of the thousands on offer to make your life easier, here is a roundup of the most essential Android applications for students.
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    Summary: Out of the thousands on offer to make your life easier, here is a roundup of the most essential Android applications for students.
massicg

Twitter Boosts College Grades and Class Engagement [STUDY] - 1 views

  • Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, discovered that students using the microblogging service as part of their education are more engaged and have higher grades. In fact, she considers it “a new literary practice,” as she explains in her study “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New form of Literary Practice.”
Paul McKean

Teachers, students should be Facebook friends, officer says - Parentcentral.ca - 58 views

    • Paul McKean
       
      I agree with this, providing the teacher uses a school account, not their own personal account, as this would open up lots of other issues.
    • nimmog
       
      I don't know how much I agree with this. I reckon that I would rather deploy statusnet on a server, as it is free, takes only a little amount of technical ability (or you could perhaps recruit the help of a computing teacher if you have access to one) and it then gives you, or some other trusted individual/group control and ownership of the data.
Steve Ransom

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters - Finance and Accounting Jobs News and ... - 44 views

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    Some salient and relevant advice for 21st century learners! "I would have actually networked." "I would have gotten more involved in career-relevant extracurricular activities.""I would have focused more on becoming 'professional.'""I would have kept better track of my achievements.""I would have focused more on developing relevant skills."
xtreker15

College students work to turn algae into fuel - Your Houston News: News - 18 views

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    Students building the future 
D. S. Koelling

Helping First-Year Students Help Themselves - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Educ... - 1 views

  • According to a yearly national survey of more than 200,000 first-year students conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, college freshmen are increasingly "overwhelmed," rating their emotional health at the lowest levels in the 25 years the question has been asked. Such is the latest problem dropped at the offices of higher-education administrators and professors nationwide: Young adults raised with a single-minded focus on gaining admission to college now need help translating that focus into ways to thrive on campus and beyond.
  • Many young adults weren't taught the basic life skills and coping mechanisms for challenging times.
  • The consequences for students who lack those skills have become increasingly clear both on campus and after graduation. At Pitt, where I teach, and at other institutions, student-life administrators have noticed a marked decrease in resiliency, particularly among first-year students. That leads to an increase in everything from roommate disagreements to emotional imbalance and crisis. After graduation, employers complain that a lack of coping mechanisms makes for less proficient workers: According to a 2006 report by the Conference Board, a business-research group, three-quarters of surveyed employers said incoming new graduates were deficient in "soft" skills like communication and decision making.
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  • Parents and high-school educators certainly have a role to play, but college administrators and professors cannot abdicate their role as an influential socialization force to guide young adults toward better self-management.
  • The way to combat the decline in emotional health among first-year students is to offer them opportunities to build such self-efficacy from the start.
  • Teaching interpersonal skills of self-presentation is also essential, as it makes students' interactions with roommates, professors, and professional colleagues flow more smoothly. By following suggestions popularized by Dale Carnegie during the Great Depression—to think in terms of the interests of others, smile, and express honest and sincere appreciation—my Generation WTF students report being happily stunned by more-successful interviews, better relationships with family members, and more-meaningful interactions with friends.
  • While much of my advice seems revolutionary to them, adults from previous generations know that I'm simply teaching a return to core values of self-control, honesty, thrift, and perseverance­—the basic skills that will allow those in "emerging adulthood" to get on with life.
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