Idaho Virtual Academy –September 1, 2010 classes will commence differently for students as they leave the ordinary and traditional campus-based learning. Students will compensate their backpacks with computers logging unto school for the first day.
The initiative is expected to take education for the K12 program to a different perspective as the classes commence. Idaho –which will use the innovated K-12 education program form kindergarten up to the high school level is assumed to give students an education appertaining to the standards or even surpassed expectations.
Beside the education online catered by the online charter school, Idaho Virtual Academy will make the Treasure Valley Hybrid Program operational on the 1st of September. The hybrid program will provide student centered education for those having difficulties academically. The program will be comprised of center based and home instruction to help challenged students to succeed and graduate on their classes.
However, the TVHP has requirements and standards and only those who will meet the state alternative criteria will be eligible to attend the education program which will occupy at least two to three hours per session every week. The sessions will include Math, English subject instructions and support in all subjects; this will be held at the center.
The program is intentionally designed for student’s different learning style and reception pace. The IDVA online public school and hybrid education program are ought to bring the best education suited to each child’s learning preferences. According to Desiree Laughlin, School Head at IDVA, the school is committed in upbringing success to students and looks forward of the kick off of the program for the year.
The IDVA will provide students with complete curriculum, lesson planning programs, books and instructional materials. The Academy will mainly utilize educational technology and equipments. Internet access will be provided right to their doorstep.
IDVA will still be accepting K-8 applicants till February; second semester will enrollment for high school will start in October; the Treasure Valley continues to open enrollment for 7-12 grades and offers credit recovery courses for high school students willing to re-renter and transfer school for September 1 2010.
The role of technology in education seems to be boundless; the upcoming years will definitely display educational technology advancements.
Technology has been very friendly to student’s learning. Education resources and coursework from assignments to daily lessons can e stored in flash disk –and laptops.
Recently, schools worldwide had engaged their students with high technology by providing them with laptop computers. These portable computers are provided by the particular institution to speed up learning and familiarized technology-native students with the latest technology.
For example is Pekin High School which facilitates their students with personal laptops provided that they utilize such given technology in line with learning purposes. The librarian grants each student after informing their parents with the terms and policies behind the use of the laptop; laptops will be confiscated if not properly used.
Technology also draws parents closer to monitoring their children’s progress. Aside from the usual mobile phones, email services have been established by some private high schools. Universities worldwide conferences have been made possible with mobile learning facilities owned by distance learning universities.
The efficient use technology has healed high school student dropout rates in many campus schools and universities. Instructions for those untraditional learners have been personalized through the cable wires. Virtual high schools have increased the graduating student rate.
Open learning have given unprivileged, unreachable and remote continents the chance to experience free and open source education through the browser.
Web-based instruction provided military professionals with advancements in their fields while defending the state’s security. Other professionals have upgraded credentials because of online education.
“Education is a never ending process” –technology proved it; being old has been never a hindrance. Online courses have been very flexible and suitable for adult learners with busy schedules.
Technology when incorporated with education will ease up learning; bringing a lot of advantage to students and teachers alike.
School terms for the newly built special education boarding school had just commenced.
25 children with Asperger’s syndrome are expected to experience an environment especially designed for their exceptional needs.
Specialized teaching history began last August 23 2010 for these gifted kids. These kids who were viewed as low performers in their previous traditional schools are above intelligent children in real time. Kids with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism lack social skills and very vulnerable to bullying. They are also easily intimidated with aggressive kids compared to the normal ones.
These needs cannot be furnished by public schools; often it is unsafe for special kids. Fortunately the Talisman Academy had made it possible and designed a safe learning haven for them.
The academy is under the Talisman Program which has been leading summer camps for special children for the last 30 years. The academy is oriented in determining ways of providing these kids with the right curriculum for success.
Molly Shiver-Blake, the education program director ensures that these kids with non-verbal learning disorders are taught well so they can be returned to their traditional schools prepared and eager to experience the outside world.
The academy’s student teacher ratio is 45:35; these means 35 staff members for 45 students which ages within 12-20. 8-11 students per class will be schooled to develop social skills, self-management and key functioning skills as well as science and math, life skills such as; cooking, and cleaning up their own meals.
Special academies are elite group of institutions in the land; only comprise of few numbers while there could be 2 out of 10,000 children with Asperger’s syndrome.
Marilyn Broadbent –a retired educator experience and observed New York students with such kind of autism to be struggling hard in some activities like gym sessions; these students often find it hard to cope up with the noise. She finds it necessary for such kids to enroll in boarding schools like Talisman Academy.
UK students are being troubled on finding available places in certain universities as the nation is going through a university crisis.
The clearing process surges as universities find ways on designating the rising number of applicants on remaining available courses and degree programs which are mainly competitive are mostly getting full in many UK universities mainly law, economics, psychology, and history.
Last year, the available courses ranged from 48,000 but this year the numbers were cut down to 30,000 places which are giving the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service) lot of calls nationwide. UCAS reported 385,000 placement secured students and 185,000 pending for clearance. UCAS said that this year was the most competitive year compared to the last 10 years.
Several universities have closed down admissions. Few are Bristol and Nottingham University which reported unavailable places and several courses of York, Loughborugh, Royal Holloway and Queen’s University, Belfast. Unfavorably, UCAS reported clearing numbers almost halved from 2009 to 18,000 this year.
Esex University competitive courses such as; politics, economics and modern language are reported to be out of places. Reading University fell short of places for British and EU applicants however admissions are left uncapped for international students. Kingston University reports massive attempts on student admission over 40,000 and clearing conformation service by 1 pm. While Bath University had 19,000 applications for it’s 3000 places.
Thames University opened 46 course offerings and amazingly one course closed within 15 minutes. According to reports, there are 660,000 prospective applicants and 200,000 of them will not be admitted due to shortage of places after many universities opted not to offer clearance and slashed available places.
Meanwhile, the higher education minister, David Willets apologized for the nationwide inconvenience and even suggested that those who missed admissions take alternative education program such as; enrolling in further education colleges or take apprenticeships. However teaching organizations condemned Willets for his simple suggestions and expressed disgrace on degrading the applicants ambition when he suggest that unlucky applicants should take on less competitive courses available.
Nurse practitioners worldwide which have completed university education and landed nursing jobs on Australia are currently facing the risk of deportation. These registered nurses which are coming from India, Thailand, China, and Philippines are expected to enhance English proficiency in order to be saved from deportation and compromising of their nursing jobs.
After spending enormous amount of money from attending university education and community colleges, Indian nursing student Prince Joseph will have to meet Australia’s English proficiency through an eligibility program in order to save his nursing job. Prince Joseph describes it an act of discrimination and an additional burden to pursue another education program set down by the International Language Testing System.
The English proficiency standard has been raised from 6.5 to higher 7 laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board. Such policy which has been replicated from UK made registered nurses working in the Australian land very anxious. Some nurse practitioners complained about the rush and most nurse practitioners will not be able to complete an education program regarding English proficiency in just a short span of time considering that mostly of the nursing job visas are going to expire very soon.
Nursing graduates and those who will be graduating are surprised by such nursing career change before it came into effect last July 1. While most nurse practitioners which have gone through paying their nursing education program and continuing education with their salaries and selling their properties in order to land a lucrative job in Australia have labeled such policy change as absolute bureaucratic debacle.
Such dilemma will make nurses worldwide unemployed after deployment which has a double edge effect on the nursing practice industry both domestic and international aspect. Considering that many nurse practitioners from these countries are finding employment abroad despite the need for local and national nurses. And the only solution thing that these troubled nurses is to re-apply for migration, having efficient English language education program in order to pass the new standard of IELTS.
A home schooling program at Maryville, Tennessee educates children with the middle age pedagogy. The home-based program utilizes classical education curriculum in training young learners. The results are still unseen but the program is becoming popular in the state.
Young students learn in a four walled environment and taught with classical curriculum including grammar, rhetoric and logic. Directors train children with discipline and a lot of memory work. Directors teach students inside but they also conduct sessions on Dotson Memorial Baptist Church in Maryville.
Renae, who has a son diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome, transferred his son from public school to the home school program. According to him, his son has an excellent memory but has problems on social aspects and home school would be fitted for him.
Directors said that children will be taught with strong education foundations breaking subjects into grammar writing and math drills. Students will not be isolated even kept inside because there are 10 students accepted for the program. Parents will also get the privileged of monitoring their children at the same time socialize with fellow parents.
Classical Conversation will open its house on August 31 2010 and will held classes at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, 814 Dotson Memorial Road, Maryville. They have also programs launched at Lenoir city and Knoxville which accepts enrollees year round.
Classical education roots from the western culture and traditions and a glance back to the ancient Greek philosophy of educating man. The curriculum takes great consideration on the systematic framework of teaching based on man’s development phases. The education program are compose of different levels chronologically; the primary, secondary and tertiary education.
In primary education, young children which are considered as sponges are taught with the Socratic Method; grammar, logic and rhetoric. Secondary education is incorporated with astronomy, arithmetic, music and geometry whereas tertiary education comprises law, theology, military strategy, medicine and science.
“Decent human beings with a deep respect for human dignity”, the words of Fr. Johan Pahk –university president of the Catholic University of Korea as the school envision to instill their students with social values. This year, the school strives for competence and bringing their school to the top list of globalized schools nationwide.
But contradictory to the basic means, the university endeavors to procreate and incept developments internally. The university gears for improvement without exporting their students to reputable schools worldwide.
The initiative gave birth to the Global English Outreach program which primarily stresses English proficiency inside a dormitory. The students and professors are required to be sheltered under and English dormitory. Such dormitory will provide home learning to 1,200 students and professors.
Freshmen students and professors will then be intensely immersed to heavy English for about a month in all aspect of activities inside the shelter. Students will be classified and grouped into their own proficiency levels.
Another branch of development which will be focused by the catholic university is in developing warmhearted leaders of the nation. To start the project, the school point’s heavy emphasis on education programs integrated with catholic values.
The university will incorporate Ethical Leaders Rearing Program (ELP) which is a special humanities course consists of problem solving and improvement of humanity. Creativity, Analytical and Problem-solving Competence (CAP) is also an education program component that sharpens student critical thinking abilities.
Catholic University of Korea will focus on Humanities but will not set aside competence and technical skills in their globalization scheme. The university said to penetrate on competence other schools do not posses. This is coordinated with its goal being top among all schools and universities of Korea.
Recently, the university has eight hospitals which give them an unfair advantage over other schools, several campuses in Seoul, Hyehwa-dong and Banpo-dong.
China’s strive for producing high quality students lays the burden on young imaginative children. The heavy pressing of education on kindergarten students marked the increase of children attending extra education programs and parents being anxious of their child’s future.
The goal of the Chinese government to increase the number of preschool and kindergarten attendees by 75 percent in 2020 marked lines on playful children’s faces and it’s beyond tradition where children are left to play until 6 before enrolling them to primary schools according to Du Juan, an education editor. Reports say that Chinese children are enrolled an additional three hours on other day school programs beside the daily 7:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. schedules which their parents consider normal.
“Students are taught to memorize instead of developing creative minds” Du says. The learning processes differ in every age and forcing these children to pursue excellence by immerging them into heavy academics is very unhealthy. And instead letting students discover learning by their selves, the bases of achievement is based on exams. The reason behind the problem according to a education specialist at Michigan State University, Zhao Yong, even with the nationwide initiative of widening enrollment methods, it is China’s college entrance exams that decides the standard of excellence.
Zhao also pointed that parents enroll their children unto pre-schools and kindergartens which guarantees passing the colleges entrance exams emphasizing more on earning credentials rather than learning. The sad fact is, pregnant mothers are pre-enrolling their unborn children to pre-schools and kindergartens because of the fear of limited primary schools getting full.
This is because of the heavy competition among primary schools which has grown intensively over the years. This brought the problem of too many young students pressured to go to school without the security of having an available preschool institution to attend.
In solution to the rising dilemma, Beijing will spend $737 million over 5 years to build 118 kindergarten buildings and for the enlargement of 300 more. But as long as China keeps on producing students with high scores but with ability, Zhao says “it won’t help China recover from its cheap labor economy”.
Becoming a doctor must mean passing a hardcore line up of organic chemistry, physics and the dreadful Medical College Admission Test also know as MCAT. This has largely become a tradition for most schools and a headache for someone aspiring for medical education.
However, certain debates came to question the necessity of the pure scientific approach regarding medical education. Con side believes the importance of social science and humanities in developing into the profession. Conversely, such subjects are barely considered minor ones in traditional perspective.
Dr. Kase, the unconventional founder of the Mount Sinai medical program points that humanities and social sciences makes up a caring and more humane doctor than being a merely scientific medical practitioner.
With such principle, the Mount Sinai Medical College does not put much focus on organic chemistry, physics and MCAT and refused to make it as a basis for college student admissions. Students agree to major in social sciences and humanities and just a basic in biology and chemistry. He also believes that science shouldn’t be a hindrance instead it must serve as an insight to the biology of human disease.
The debate have been existing even in the past years and it’s been revived through the recent study made by Dr. Kase himself along with medical school’s dean for medical education, Dr. Robert Muller. The study compared outcomes; 85 of their Humanities and Medicine Program with 606 of the traditional approach and find out equivalent academic performance.
Even though such findings favor Kase’ approach, the MCAT has been the standard for medical school rankings both Word Report and World News. This will made quite impossible for medical schools to drop the MCAT.
Meanwhile, Kase’ study found out that Humanities and Medicine Program students tend to be more sensitive doctors and twice likely to be psychiatrists and less than Kase expected to go into pediatrics. Also, students avoid going into fields of surgical subspecialties and anesthesiology.
In the advent of preventive medicine, schools around the globe have taken advantage of the offers of generous companies in equipping their school campus with advance diagnostic technology. Schools like the Lincoln High Learning Centers will be provided with such amazing medical technology.
The telemedicine and medical informatics technology will be made possible by the leading CompuMed Inc as agreed together with the San Diego Unified School District’s Lincoln High School Learning Centers.
The high technology electrocardiogram (CardioGramKids®) will be distributed to four schools that make up the Lincoln High Learning Centers; the Lincoln High Schools of Public Safety, Science & Engineering, Arts and Social Justice.
The schools will then be powered with advanced ECG screening through the companies CardioGramKids Pediatric Screening Program. Such high school program is aimed to provide accurate screening results for students prescribed to undergo psychotropic medications as well as screening for student athletes.
Regarding the lab processes, CompuMed will be the provider of the ECG equipments to Lincoln High’s health center with corresponding CompuMed’s registered cardiologists thus guaranteeing a safe and professional screening service to parents and students.
This will bring great development and reformation to Lincoln High Learning Centers considering its innovative educational program structure is accompanied with community out reach programs that unite teachers and parents to provide ways for physical and mental stability of the students.
Considering Lincoln High has the highest number of National Football players, the advance screening techniques and equipments will ensure a quick and accurate physical evaluation of their players preventing any possible injuries and cardiac problems due to lack of accurate diagnostics.
With the collaboration, the CompuMed authorities are happy to accompany Lincoln High Learning Center in preventing early cardiovascular diseases both in students and athletes and to ease any aggravation of heart diseases with their advance ECG technology.