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”

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!”

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”

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”

Educating Ladakh at 17000ft

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Imagine yourself teaching a bunch of small kids at 9000 ft! The thought, for sure, is giving you goosebumps. But there’s one lady who dared to think different, who dared to think about those underprivileged kids who had been trying hard to keep pace with the rest, often disconnected from the world due to the harsh winters. And she founded 17000 ft Foundation to help some 8000 children in ‘the land of high passes’, Ladakh. Meet Sujata Sahu, often called the ‘Iron Lady of Ladakh’ who along with her team are trying their best to develop the availability of education in the mountains. Continue reading “Educating Ladakh at 17000ft”

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teacher

 

Prominent management guru, Dr Stephen Covey in his highly acclaimed book, ‘7 Habits Of Highly Effective People’ stresses some principles for personal growth, which are meant for life in general, a life that is beyond those monotonous office desks and business graphs. The seven habits mentioned in the book including being proactive, putting first things first, think win-win are some from the lot, are surely the standards to a complete, successful life. Now, this makes us wonder what can be the habits that make a great and effective teacher and after much research, we bring to you some habits that are surely the traits of an effective teacher.

Read on to find out what are those habits that can make you a good teacher:

1. Never stop learning:

A very important sign of a good teacher is the urge to learn. An effective teacher must never stop from gaining knowledge. Learning from time to time is a good idea not only to improve your knowledge base but also know a student’s perspective. Being on the other side will help you get a good understanding of the learning process of your students.

2. Bring some fun into the classroom:

A little fun added to the class acts as rejuvenation from tedious class work and this is like stress-reliever for students. Moreover, a lively teacher is always loved and admired by students. So, don’t miss the chance of being a favourite teacher to your students.

3. Sense of purpose:

Everyday routine might be mundane, not just for you, but for all. Whatever happens, don’t lose your sense of purpose that will make your road smoother in future. When you have that purpose right in front of you, those difficult boring days will be easily passed by.

4. Regular communication with parents:

A good and successful teacher will never duck from the idea of proper communication with parents. A parent has every right to get information about the ward and it is the duty of teachers to make communion with them and throw light on the student’s activities. So, regular communication with parents is a must-do.

5. Go beyond regular curriculum:

Go out from the regular routine of class work and homework. For an altogether good and completely new experience, let your students think and act differently. Like, after giving your class, some lectures about the World Wars, you can definitely let them go through some war-related movies or talk to ex-servicemen. These extra-curricular activities will engage more attention and excitement from students.

6. Be open to new technologies:

With the present environment where technology has completely influenced education in all possible ways, there may be new tools introduced in the school curriculum. Be open to changes as these new innovations such as Fedena which is a popular school management software is something that’s going to make roads smoother for young students in future.

7. Believe in students:

Believe in your students. Yes, you need to believe that they will succeed and just see the high motivation in them to do it. Create an environment where your students won’t be afraid to fail and set them a bar to let them work hard and achieve it.

 

10 Best Libraries in the World

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘library’? The information it gives, right? While there are people who take libraries as a place to get all the information required, be it for school projects, for personal research or any work assignments. But for many others, it’s a heaven for them to sit and spent hours among books. So, whatever is the reason for your visit to a library, see below which are the best libraries in the world.

10. The Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
Once considered to be the largest library in the world, the Library of Alexandria in its earlier glory was also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Originally built during the reign of Ptolemy II, the present form came into being in the year 2002 at the cost of $220 million. The present state of the library also has museums, art galleries, manuscript restoration lab, a conference center, planetarium and also libraries for blind, children and young adults. The library has a capacity of 8 million books.
9. New York Public Library, New York
Nearly 53 million items catering to 3.5 million people, the New York Public Library has some special stack of books like the first Gutenberg Bible that had gone to America. Not just books, the library is equally famous for its architectural beauty with huge chandeliers and windows, gold plated, painted ceiling adorning the Rose Main Reading Room. In fact, this place is quite recognizable for its multiple features in movies like ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.
8. Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada
This library that sits in the Parliament Hill, at the back of Centre Block in Ottawa, Ontario, has undergone a lot of construction and renovation right after it was built in the year 1876. Presently, the library building is a Canadian icon, appearing on the Canadian ten-dollar bill and houses more than 600, 000 items, maintained by a huge number of staff of 300.
7. Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Abbey Library of Saint Gall stores some rare manuscripts dating back to 8th century and is one of the primeval monastery libraries in the world. A World Heritage Site, the library also offers access to rare manuscripts with dates before 1900 through online portal. Manuscript B of the Nibelungenlied can be found in this library.  Some 400 manuscripts are preserved in the portal and about 160, 000 volumes of picture postcard are stored here.
6. National Library of St. Mark’s, Venice, Italy
Housed in a Renaissance building in the northern part of Italy, the National Library of St. Mark’s is the home to some rare classical texts. It all started with the collection when Cardinal Bessarion donated his collection of 750 codices and 250 manuscripts, but at present, it has a collection of more than 24, 000 works from the 16th century, millions of books, 2880 incunabula and 13,000 manuscripts. National Library is named after the patron saint of Venice, St. Mark.
5. Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome
One of the oldest in the world, the Vatican Library in Rome is believed to be founded in 1475, but there are traces of its existence since the starting of Catholic Church. With more than 1.1 million books, 8, 500 incunabula and 75, 000 manuscripts, Vatican Library have received its collection either as gifts or as a part of inheritance. The earliest complete form of the manuscript of Bible is owned by the library.
4. Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S
Boston Public Library being the first to be funded by the public was established in 1848 and had grown to its present state of 22 million items! It’s equally appealing architecture is well known worldwide for its beautiful murals of the legend of Holy Grail. The main room of the library’s McKim building, known as Bates Hall has a spectacular coffered ceiling. The McKim houses some rare collections like early works of Shakespeare including a First Folio, a good collection of Daniel Defoe, medieval manuscripts and also libraries of great historical figures like William Lloyd Garrison, John Adams and Nathaniel Bowditch.
3. Reading Room at the British Museum, London, England
The Reading Room is located at the center of the Great Court of British Museum and has a ceiling that is made of papier-mache. It is said that the room had served many great figures of history like Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, George Orwell, H. G Wells and Lenin. Currently, the Reading Room also accommodates an information center and a temporary exhibition featuring the well-known Terracotta Army of China.
2. Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK
The library of University of Oxford  established in 1602, the Bodleian Library boasts a collection of 11 million items including many imports of historical importance like a Gutenberg Bible, Magna Carta and First Folio of Shakespeare (from 1623). The Radcliffe Camera is the most famous building among all and accommodates the Radcliffe Science Library.

1. Library of Congress, Washington D.C

Finally at the first place is the national library of USA, the Library of Congress is the biggest in the whole world when it comes to number of volumes and the amount of self space available. Although, this library is available to public, but it’s being a research center of Congress, only members of Congress are allowed to go through books. Library of Congress includes more than 32 million books, a draft of the Declaration of Independence, 61 million manuscripts, 1 million newspapers from the last three millennia, 6 million copies of sheet music, 5 million maps and 14 million prints and photos.