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When Should Students Take a Computer Coding Class?

Are Computer Coding Courses Right for Every Student? Most parents would agree that children should learn how to use computer applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. But what about computer coding, or programming? And just what is computer coding anyhow?...

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The Top 10 Tips to Prepare Your Student for Art School

If you have an art student (or you are one), then I know why you are here.  Perhaps you are getting a little nervous or confused as you look at the future of your budding art student.  You may be concerned about how he/she will get into college or wonder what should...

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Filmmaking with a Global Vision

Filmmaking with a Global Vision In the middle of the spring semester, usually in April, I teach my filmmaking classes from somewhere outside of the U.S. Last spring it was from Thailand. This year Holland. I've taught my online classes from Turkey, Spain, Finland, and...

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3 Reasons Students Should Travel

Research shows that educators consider travel a priority to raise students’ cultural awareness, and they believe that it has a positive impact on students’ lives. As an educator, but also as one who has traveled, I bring you my first-hand perspective of the benefits....

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The Merit of Your Library

In some of my high school level classes, I require the use of outside sources during paper composition, and students often seem baffled when I require at least one source to be a book source. They ask, “Can’t we just use the internet? Where will we find a book to...

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Dual Credit for Free: Why That Might Not be the Best Idea

Now that I am approaching my mid-50s, I find myself in a strange situation. I have become an experienced homeschooler and an experienced educator. In a blink of an eye, I have become a homeschool parent who has graduated three students as well as a teacher of hundreds...

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Why Should We Embrace Learning Together?

Isolation limits accomplishment. Most people would agree that it would be silly to learn how to use a turn signal on your vehicle without learning how to drive-- just as it would be silly to learn every comma rule but miss out on how to put words together to form...

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How Much Help Should I Give My Online Learning Student?

How Much Help Should I Give My Online Student? You have signed your child up for an online class.  You’re both excited.  Visions of outsourcing and having less items on your ever-growing “to do” list begin to dance in your head.  But wait! How much help is your...

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3 Reasons Why Your Child Should Study Geography

You’ve probably all seen videos like this one where a reporter stops people on the street and asks them geography questions.  Often the person responding shows a sad lack of even basic knowledge about the world.  Granted, in this particular video, these National...

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How to Have Success in Online Classes

After more than seven years of teaching live online Spanish classes, I have come up with a list of good habits that students should employ in order to optimize their chances of success in a live online environment.   Come to class every week. If it is not...

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