Advantages of Toys in Learning

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The next time your children asks you to buy toys for them, don’t hesitate; just buy them! Here, you have the option to let your children grow with toys and that really make some difference. Toys are not just for fun and enjoyment, some add value to your child’s learning as well. There are variety of educational toys available in the market that can help in developing the learning skills of the kids. Learning capabilities of children have no limit and as a parent, you should do your best to find all possible ways to help them develop skills. Before you choose the right toys that can deliver educational benefits, you should know the advantages of using such educational toys. Follow the article and know what are they.

Wide varieties of toys are available for kids that cater to the different learning requirements. Toys with motor engines often require varied physical movements to control, thus throwing some light on how motor engines function and how much pressure it requires to function. On the other hand, there are obviously, those toys that force the youngsters to think and act.  Older kids who are regular to schools can deal with science toys to sharpen their imagination power and the urge to explore.

Studying the complexities of science can be tiring to many; but when it comes to doing the same with toys, it probably lessens the confusion and bring in more joy and fun to it. Toys with proper instructions to do science experiments can make fun games yet teach them valuable science lessons. This kind of toys is ideal for those children who are older enough to study science subjects. But, when it comes to toddlers, this type of experimental toys are too difficult for them to handle. Instead, get them toys like the one that comes in bricks with alphabets or numbers on them and help kids learn how to spell alphabets and know numbers.

During your child’s growing years, it is very important to provide them with the necessary amenities to let them grow. Jigsaw puzzles in different forms can contribute to a great extent to your effort. Plus, toys with mathematical analytics is surely a blessing for kids in their growing days when learning at every stage of their life is crucial.

If you want to contribute to the progress of your child, right from his days of growing up, then get hold of some educational toys which are mostly quite expensive ones and won’t burn your pocket. Let their imagination flow and allow them to crave for learning new things. Some toys that can be as simple as animal miniatures can help them connect with the real world and know about the creatures. So, gift some smart educational toys to your children and see them learn as they grow up!

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10 Countries with High Literacy Rate in the World

Top 10 countries with the high literacy rate

  1. Russia
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Israel
  5. USA
  6. South Korea
  7. New Zealand
  8. UK
  9. Finland
  10. Australia

Every country puts a lot of attention to the education sector for, no one can deny the importance of a high literacy rate behind a good overall performance of the nation. Countries which are considered to be developed boasts a high literacy rate. If more and more citizens of a country are literate, the country can cope with the fast-changing world, ever developing the technology. There are countries with high literacy rate and there are countries who spend a good portion of their GDP or the Gross Domestic Product. Check out this list to find which are the countries with the highest literacy rate in the world, based on data collected between 2010-2011.

1. Russia: The country with the highest literacy rate in Russia with almost 53% of the population has tertiary education. It is estimated that 95% of adults in Russia have higher secondary education and the country spends some 4.9% of GDP on education.

2. Canada: With an education expenditure of some 6.6% of GDP, Canada has the highest proportion of career and skill-based education. The country boasts an overall 51.3% of literacy rate in the population with tertiary education.

3. Japan: Although the country spends a small portion of the GDP on education, nearly 5% of it, Japan has 46% of the population with tertiary education.

4. Israel: Israel spends some 7.5% of the GDP on education and boasts a literacy rate of 46%. Men and women in Israel, in the age group of 18 to 21 and 18 to 20 respectively are required to join the military.

5. United States of America: With a literacy rate of 43%, United States stands 5th in the list. Education expenditure of the country is some 7% of GDP, with an annual growth rate of 1.4% for 2000-2011.

6. South Korea: South Koreans have a good record of placement after receiving education. The country has a literacy rate of 40% with an education expenditure of 8% of GDP.

7. New Zealand: It is estimated that more than 15% of the adult population of New Zealand receives some kind of college education. This small nation spends 7% of its GDP on education and has a literacy rate of 39%.

8. United Kingdom: 40% of the population in United Kingdom have tertiary education, which are mostly funded by private sources, as estimated in the year 2010. The country spends 7% of the GDP on education.

9. Finland: The education system in the country is said to be very effective as measured from the performance of secondary students. Finland spends some 7% of the GDP on education that goes beyond secondary school. 39% of the population in Finland has tertiary education.

10. Australia: The country has always been a hotspot for international students and they constitute almost 25% of the population of Australia, as measured during the year 2009. 38% of the population has tertiary education in Australia which spends some 6% of the GDP on education.

10 Coldest Colleges in North America

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The blast of the bone-chilling polar air that has gripped most parts of the United States, right from Chicago to New England, has forced airports to call off flights, closed down schools and colleges and compelled people to not leave even a tiny part of their skin exposed which would otherwise be frostbitten immediately. When educational institutions in most parts of the country are shutting down, unable to cope with the bitter weather, for some, the weather seems to be a normal winter phenomenon.

Students from some colleges in the country, mainly situated in upper Midwest, are accustomed to the bitter winter temperatures as for them summers are really short and winters are cruel. According to reviews collected from students and also winter and summer precipitation amount, the website College Prowler has named the 10 coldest colleges in the country.

Check out which are they (The colleges are in no rank or order):

Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota

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Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

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St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

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Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota

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Macalester College, St. Paul

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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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University of Northwestern, St. Paul

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University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

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10 iPad Apps that will make your Child Smart

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Little children, nowadays, are so attracted to electronic devices and can spend hours on iPads, fun books and phones, playing games. If you are worried about your kid spending more and more time in iPads, doing nothing but playing; you must read this article and find out what are the best apps that can help your child learn while spending endless time in the iPad. Load your iPad with these apps and let your child play and learn with the device!
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5 Ways to Use Internet Productively

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Did you ever think about the amount of time you spend surfing the internet and is it likely that most of the time is spent on surfing things that are mostly non-productive. You can make the most of it by reading random articles that are good source of information or do something that is more refreshing. Read this article as we bring to you some interesting websites to look to while surfing the internet and make some productive usage of time. Continue reading “5 Ways to Use Internet Productively”

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5 Inspiring Videos on 21st century Education

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Education in the 21st century is no longer restricted within the walls of a classroom or the premises of a school. It has become bigger and better with newer technologies being introduced that have facilitated in an education that caters to an individual’s overall growth and not just academic skills, as the words of famous international adviser on education, Sir Ken Robinson says, “Now more than ever, it is vital to encourage all areas of young people’s intellectual and personal capabilities and to recognize that doing this is not at odds with their academic development.” Continue reading “5 Inspiring Videos on 21st century Education”

5 Famous Homeschoolers of the World

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Who said homeschooled kids never learn how to deal with society; are nonathletic, culturally backward and negative in their approach? There are lot of known faces in the society who have spent most part of their education life at home, getting home schooled by their parents, yet achieved equal degree of fame through their talents. Their achievements have proved that it is the knowledge that one posses and individual talent that makes one stand out of the lot, irrespective of whether one is educated in a mainstream school or a homeschooler. Check out the list as we bring to you 5 prominent faces in the society who are homeschoolers and achieved name or say, notoriety with their individual characteristics and skill. Continue reading “5 Famous Homeschoolers of the World”

Education is Fun with Comics!

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Using comics in education has been seen as a tool to instigate motivation among children. Whether usage of comics in education is actually doing any good or not, has been a long standing point of discussion among many. Various studies and researches have been carried out to prove the fact that comics can indeed grab the attention of students. The academic potential of comics was a topic of research when W.W.D. Sones, a professor with the University of Pittsburgh in 1940’s carried on a series of researches with comic books in education. Continue reading “Education is Fun with Comics!”

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10 Interesting Educational Apps for iPad and Android Devices

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Apps are no more just for fun; they have become important source of knowledge too! There are in fact, plenty of educational apps available that can help your learning, both for your iPad and your Android device. Check out some of the interesting apps available for Android devices and your iPad.

5 interesting apps for iPad

1. Best Books for Tweens: Ideal for parents, librarians and teachers of students from the fifth and sixth grades, Best Books for Tweens is the most useful app to get info about the best books available for these standards. Add any book to your list with tags like ‘I want this’ or ‘I’ve read this’. You can also email your list to show the books you have completed reading and which you want.

2. Evernote: Another great app for iPad is the Evernote, a free app that helps you store your ideas. Take down all notes, create your own to-do list, take photos and even create voice recorded reminders and use them at your ease, be it at home or at work!

3. Edmodo: Its now easy for teachers and students to get connected with each other with the help of Edmodo and share any information. Both participants can exchange notes, messages and post replies, submit assignments and share info about upcoming events, even when not in classroom.

4. Khan Academy: More than 3500 video materials are available at your use, free of cost. And it doesn’t matter who you are- a teacher, a student, a school head or even an individual who is returning to studies after long gap, this app is just perfect for you.

5. TeacherKit: Exclusively for teachers, this app acts as an organizer that allows proper organisation of classes and students as well. With a simple and easy-to-use interface, teachers are able to take attendance, record grades and even behavior of students.

5 interesting apps in Android

1. Duolingo: Learn languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English, all for free. No gimmicks, no ads and fun to learn, Duolingo was noted as ‘Far and away the best free language-learning app’ by The Wall Street Journal.

2. Chemistry Helper: For any quick reference to chemistry, check this app that includes periodic table linked to Wikipedia, a table of polyatomic ions, constants, solubility rules, a tool to calculate molecular masses of compounds (with the help of a button at the top to do simple grams/moles calculations, calculate mass percents and do stoichiometry with that compound), a table of reduction potentials, compound lookup that links to major chemical search engines (and wikipedia, of course), organic chemistry functional groups and a whole lot of others.

3. uVocab- Vocabulary Trainer: Ideal for competitive exams like SAT/GRE/GMAT, uVocab lets you improve your knowledge of vocabulary through realistic tests to keep a track of your progress. A customizable UI and a collection of some 5000 quality words, this app is surely the one to help you with learning new words.

4. Math Formulary: This app includes all necessary formulas that are in use in school and university. Some topics are well described with the help of graphics that makes it easy to learn. Math Formulary includes content covering areas of maths like geometry, basic arithmetic, algebra, logic, trigonometry and analytical geometry. It supports SD-Card installation and is also available in other languages like Spanish, German and French.

5. Anatomy 3D- Anatronica: A 3D description of the skeletal and muscular anatomy along with an interactive touch interface in 3D, this app offers Grays and Wikipedia anatomy information too!

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10 Movies on Education that we all Loved

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Education has always been a strong subject in movies, with most of the movies highlighting common issues in school and colleges like equality in education, teacher-student bonding and a whole lot of other issues that are tackled well. At times, these movies carry a strong message for everyone and today, we have selected 10 such movies that have celebrated education in the best possible way. Continue reading “10 Movies on Education that we all Loved”

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Planning to Study Abroad? Know the pros and cons Before Moving Ahead

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Studying abroad is a dream come true for many and the whole new experience of getting education in a new country, amidst new culture can be a thrilling opportunity. The very thought of living your life on your own in a new land, in a completely different social environment can sound exciting, but before taking this crucial decision that’s going to make or break your career, you must take a look at both the benefits and disadvantages of choosing universities abroad. Continue reading “Planning to Study Abroad? Know the pros and cons Before Moving Ahead”