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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Fight For Teacher Unions In Wisconsin Continues

Wisconsin protesters have come out in droves. It all started with a fight over public workers including teacher unions. What do you think? Are these unions too large and too greedy? Or, do they have a point for which they are fighting? Some say that the decisions made was expected as this is the platform the governor had run on - He did what he promised, like it or not! Others say it's much deeper. Still others are calling the democrat lawmakers cowards for running and not fessing up to their duties of making laws.

What do you think? Perhaps you're a Wisconsin teacher who is in the heat of the battle. Perhaps you are a parent of a student. Perhaps you love unions. Perhaps you hate them. Maybe, you see a point in the unions at their inception but now think they've gone too far and gained far too much power.

Have you been camping out at the capitol building in Wisconsin? Have you been watching it on the news and thinking they've all lost their minds? Is your job at stake? What do you think? What is at the heart of this battle? If the bottom line is education and providing teachers with what they deserve, this takes on an entirely different picture than if the bottom line is money and power. What is your solution to the debate, the protests?

Friday, February 25, 2011

What Is Hypothermia And How Is It Treated?

Winter isn't over yet, and part of a complete education includes knowing how to avoid and handle real-life situations extends learning beyond text books. Knowing about issues, such as hypothermia, could do more than expand our brains, it could save a life. Do you know what hypothermia looks like? Do you know what to do immediately upon suspecting hypothermia in someone? Do you know who is at risk or steps to take to avoid hypothermia?

You can find out the answers to these questions in this article on Factoidz about hypothermia.

When we know what to do in an emergency situation, it empowers us to relax and take action. When we know how to avoid a problem to begin with, it helps us be able to take precautions and enjoy the moment.

Give Your Opinion On Twitter And Facebook During Oscars Academy Awards Commercials

If you watch award shows like the 82nd Annual Academy Awards set to air at 7:00 p.m. on ABC on Sunday, February 27; then, you know that some of the awards seem to be expected while others make history. Award shows such as these are not textbook history, but provide a learning experience nonetheless. But, advertisers of the Oscars want your involvement in more than simply sitting back and watching the show.

The study of advertisements during large events such as the Oscars and Super Bowl provide a study of economics, marketing and human behavior. It can be quite interesting to discover, for instance, that what advertisers tell consumers to purchase in their million dollar commercials are not necessarily what consumers want. This year, marketers of these commercials will be asking you to do more than sit back or leave the room during the commercials of the Academy Awards. They will be watching your Twitter trends and Facebook activity during the commercials to see what you like. They might even ask you to voice your opinion in a vote.

Read more about this interesting trend in marketing from Wall Street Journal. Then, if you are planning on watching, get your computer fired up and your fingers ready to interact on Twitter and Facebook so your desires can be heard. Who knows, you might change the product development process based on a Tweet.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Watch Discovery Shuttle Launch Today

The final Discovery astronaut was just seat-belted into the shuttle. The Discovery shuttle is taking off at 4:50 p.m. EST today, February 24, 2011. This is an interesting and fascinating way to get students interested in science and space.

Watch live here!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Academic Earth Features Top Scholars University Level Teaching Lectures site has been dubbed the "Hulu" of academia. This is an amazing site where you can find online learning courses taught by Top Scholars. No matter you location, you can enjoy learning online from the best of the best.

The site offers course outlines and more. From art and architecture to economics to psycology to education to law. This is the place to experience University-level lecture hall teaching online.

Visit Academic Earth today and get ready to expand your brain!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Last day of Jeopardy IBM Watson Cmputer Challenge And Your Teen Could Be On Jeopardy

If you've been watching, you know that today is the last day of Jeopardy's IBM Watson Computer challenge. It is a special show between two of Jeopardy's best contestants, and the last day is today.

Jeopardy is a fun way to learn. It's an extremely intellectual show that is fun for all to enjoy. While you're watching, you have no idea how much information you're taking in. It's an educational show without a curriculum.

Find out who is ahead - The Computer or one of the Challengers

If you are a teenager - Enter the Teen Challenge!

Friday, February 11, 2011

How Much Do You Know About Abe Lincoln?

In time for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - How much do you know about the man's life?  Following is a wonderful compilation of 25 facts about Abraham Lincoln that you may or may not have known.  While you're at it, gather some Lincoln Logs and build a house like the one in which he was born, or recite his Gettysburg Address.

Here's 25 Facts About Abraham Lincoln!

Doodle 4 Google Student Contest Could Win Your School $25,000

The Doodle 4 Google contest is back again this year, and your school could win a $25,000 grant among other prizes.  The contest is for students in grades K-12.  It is open to public, private and home schools as well as after school programs and more this year.

The idea of the contest is to get those young minds reeling and dreaming.  When we imagine, we can open up our minds to learn and accomplish great things.

Find out more and register your students here!

Egypt's Mubarak stepped down opens up learning opportunities

Today, February 11, 2011, the Vice President of Egypt announced that Hosni Mubarak would be resigning from office.  With all the events that have unfolded in recent days, Egypt is changing the course of history right before our very eyes.  The gruesome film footage and photos on the news are not something I want my children to witness just yet.  But, it is a good time to introduce them to some information about Egypt in hopes that it will open up their eyes for more learning.

Here are two articles that introduce facts and learning about Egypt:

Examiner article about Mubarak and Egypt

Facts About Egypt

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Spelling Software That Works

Does you child struggle with spelling? Do you have nightly battles over finishing a spelling list of words? Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down with your child and personally speak the words for them to practice spelling? But, who has that kind of time?

There is a Spelling Software that is guaranteed to help. And, you can try it for 30 days free. It is easy to download, and uses your own voice to record the spelling words that are played back for your child. Your child types in the word onto the computer, and receives thunderous applause when they are successful.

Try this software out and see if you fall in love like we did!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Learn How To Be Safe When You Shovel Snow

Even something like shoveling snow is a great chance for learning and educating yourself. Learning how to stay safe while shoveling snow could safe your life or keep you from injuries.

Following is a fantastic article from that gives numerous safety tips to keep in mind when shoveling snow.

Travel The World in 26 Days with Craig Froman's Passport To The World

Travel the world in 26 weeks using Craig Froman's Passport to the World! Each week you will study along with hundreds of others around the world as you learn the flags, the population, the currency, how to say hello, good-bye, thank you, peace and more from each country in different languages. Every stop you make will earn you a stamp on your learning passport.

You can join in this cultural language learning adventure. You can purchase the book at or through Master Books. Or, you could win a copy by joining the Christian Homeschool Hub and conducting various activities. Find out more here at the Christian Homeschool Hub!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Watch Super Bowl Ads From The Past and Download Free Lesson Plans Make Your Own Paper Football

Super Bowl is not only fun for adults, but hold a lot of learning for children too. Whether you decide to study the history of sports or Super Bowls of the past or if you prefer the commercials instead. Here are some resources to enjoy with your kids during Super Bowl.

You can watch Super Bowl Ads from the Past Here!

And watch how to make your own paper football to play along below.

When you've watched the how-to video, enjoy the following lesson plans which you can download for free!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Science channel on YouTube provides tons of educational science videos that capture the attention of children and adults alike. Here's one example of their work. Watch it, enjoy it. Then, subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If The Ground Hog Is Snowed In - Then What?

We know the history of the Ground Hog. If the ground hog comes out on February 2 and sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If, on the other hand, he comes out and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. But, what happens if it's icy & snowy and the ground hog is snowed in?

Tell us what you think and get tons of links, lesson plans, and more here:

Ground Hogs Day - The Ground Hog Is Snowed In?

Recycled Fabric Gift Bag Purse Miniature Carry Tote by Selahsmiles

Recycled Fabric Gift Bag Purse Miniature Carry Tote by Selahsmiles