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Local families see online education options expand
Secondary students enjoy more options, but part-time and full-time courses are widely available throughout the state; in fact, “Keeping Pace,” an annual report about online education in the United States produced by the Evergreen Education Group …
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New Study Asserts Online Education Can Revolutionize US Workforce
SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With higher-education debt swelling to a record $ 1.2 trillion, new emphasis is being placed not only on the cost of tuition but also on students' ability to secure jobs upon graduation. Yet a recent Gallup Poll shows …
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014
Boston Childrens Museum opens a new exhibit on Saturday, July 26, My Sky, funded by NASA and created through a partnership between Boston Childrens Museum and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The exhibit is an immersive and inspiring traveling exhibit designed to engage adults and children, ages 5 10, in early investigations of astronomical science. It is accompanied by a website, http://www.myskyexhibit.org that includes a tour of the universe, reveals secrets of the sky, and offers ideas and resources that parents can use to practice science with their children.
The focus of the exhibit is on interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, encouraging families to look up not only when they visit the exhibit, but as a practice they adopt in their everyday lives. My Sky introduces children and their parents (or children and adults) to foundational science skills such as observation, pattern recognition, prediction, estimation, and creative thinking. These skills are fundamental to science, and serve as building blocks to later, more complex STEM thinking and doing.
Boston Childrens Museum has a long history of creating hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to engage and inspire children, said Carole Charnow, President and CEO of the Museum. We are delighted to align with NASA and partner with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on the My Sky exhibit. This exhibit presents a great way for families to learn and be inspired by the natural world just looking up at the sky.
My Sky has three primary areas of activity: a skate park, in which children explore the Sun; a childs room, where visitors investigate the Moon and the stars; and a backyard that provides experiences about the Sun, the Moon and the stars together.
In the skate park, visitors encounter the Sun tracing its path overhead in a matter of seconds, rather than hours, and observe how their shadows shift and dance as a result.
The skate park includes a human Sun dial, enabling children to become a part of the exhibit. Alongside this Sun dial is a screen displaying stunning imagery of the Sun as seen by Solar Dynamic Observatory satellites, inviting visitors to observe movies of the Sun rotating, undulating and ejecting matter. Children are challenged to find solar events like flares, coronal mass ejections, transits, eclipses, solar tornados and more.
This section exposes visitors to foundational concepts of astronomy such as the Sun appears to move across the sky, which is the result of the Earth rotating; when we face the Sun it is daytime, when we face away from the Sun it is night; the Sun is active and constantly changing; and the Sun is not actually on fire.
In the childs room families encounter a loft bed, underneath which they are challenged both to find familiar constellations, and to invent their own new constellations using recognizable star fields. On a nearby desk, families are introduced to a blind astrophysicist who analyzes data by sonifying them, or turning them into sounds. Children can then create their own celestial music by sonifying their own data. At a second desk families can explore the phases of the Moon by manipulating a mechanical Moon-Earth model that, while they turn the model, transforms the Moon phases as they see them through the bedroom window above the desk. The childs room introduces visitors to concepts such as constellations are pictures that people have imagined in the patterns of the stars; the same patterns of stars appear every night in the same relative positions; phases of the Moon are caused by the relative position of the Sun, Earth and Moon; the Moon looks a little different every day, but the same again about every four weeks; the bright part of the Moon is lit by the Sun; the dark part is facing away from it; and the Moon rotates in such a way that we only ever see one side of it.
In the backyard camping scene, families discover a 14-foot diameter dome in which they can get up-close-and-personal with a giant 5-foot diameter, fully tactile and topographically accurate model of the Moon. Next to this dome is a large-screen running time lapse of a day in the life of the sky, complete with rising Sun, rising Moon and stars and planets transiting across the sky. A nearby campfire (complete with subtle campfire smells) rests between two tents in which visitors hear (and see) the stories of scientists, researchers, artists and parents who are inspired by the sky above them in their work, their art and their lives. The backyard introduces visitors to facts such as the Moon is a 3-dimensional body with geographical features much like Earths; the Moon rotates in just such a way that we only ever see one side of it; the far side of the moon is not dark – it is just always facing away from us; the patterns of stars in the sky stay the same, though they appear to move across the sky; the apparent movement of stars is the result of the Earth rotating; the Moon is sometimes visible during the day; you can see some planets with the naked eye; and the stars do not disappear during the day.
The My Sky exhibition is so important because astronomy is an ideal vehicle for parents and children to experience wonder and curiosity together, said Mary Dussault, Science Education Program Manager at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. It’s been our great pleasure working with the team from Boston Children’s Museum. The project combined the Museums expertise in childhood development and the creation of experiential learning environments with the resources of SAO’s scientists and science educators. It’s exciting to see the results of this partnership brought to life in the My Sky exhibition!
There are four important messages in the My Sky exhibit:
Hudson County, NJ (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
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Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014
SharePoint-Videos.com releases a new version of VisualSP-the SharePoint Help System. The new version, called VisualSP-Lite provides in-context and on-demand help to SharePoint users via a help tab in the ribbon of the SharePoint interface. There is no-cost to deploy and use this system.
After installing VisualSP-Lite, the Help tab shows up automatically on all sites in the following locations: Wiki pages, Document Libraries, Lists, List and Library Settings, and Site Settings. This Help tab follows the user around everywhere they go providing them context sensitive help and support. Help items are in the form of video tutorials, documents, tip sheets/screenshots, and links to other resources. All resources are served from the cloud service free of charge.
Oranizations can easily install the Farm solution for SharePoint on-premise (available for version 2010 and 2013), or the SharePoint online version at SharePoint-Videos.com. The installation process takes only two minutes.
Download VisualSP-Lite at No-Cost.
How does VisualSP-Lite differ from the Paid Versions of VisualSP?
There are three other versions of VisualSP that include additional functionality such as:
Ability for the organization to add its own custom content to the Help tab
A VisualSP web part that provides the same great help within the web content page
Content provided (video tutorials, reference documents, tip sheets) to be hosted in-house by the organization
Analytics on content access
Metrics on usage and the users
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About SharePoint-Videos.com (Rehmani Consulting)
SharePoint-Videos.com (SPVideos) focuses on empowering information workers, technical decision makers, administrators and developers in corporate environments with the SharePoint knowledge they need to be successful. SPVideos is the creator of VisualSP SharePoint Help System – in-context support delivered to users through the Help tab in SharePoint ribbon. VisualSP has been helping drive SharePoint adoption in organizations by exposing Help content such as: video tutorials, screenshots and reference documents to the users when they need it. In addition, hundreds of video tutorials are available on the SharePoint-Videos.com site, which empower all SharePoint users to build powerful solutions and use the SharePoint platform effectively. http://www.sharepoint-videos.com
Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) July 24, 2014
Despite decades of conventional thinking about human motivation, best-selling business author Daniel Pink sheds new light on the art and science of motivation and how entrepreneurs can leverage these insights to be more effective leaders. These lessons are revealed today in a new nine-part series from the Kauffman Founders School.
The videos may be accessed at http://www.KauffmanFoundersSchool.org.
Pink is the author of five books about business, work and management issues, including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Drive. He lectures to corporations, associations and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace and in 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world.
Using a mix of social science, survey research and compelling stories, Pink reveals the personal qualities and specific skills necessary for effectively and ethically persuading, influencing and moving others. If you want enduring motivation, you have to do things in your company that go with the grain of human nature, Pink said, not against it.
He demonstrates that by understanding what social scientists have learned about human motivation, entrepreneurs can understand what moves people, and why it matters for their business. The video series includes modules titled:
Northampton, MA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014
inRESONANCE (iR), a leading developer of technology solutions for independent schools and educational institutions, today announced StuB, a full-featured sub-ledger student billing system. This is a groundbreaking core addition to the iR solution offerings. The solution integrates admissions and finance processes to deliver an end-to-end solution that bridges the gap between enrollment management and billing.
inRESONANCE Founder and CEO Kevin J. McAllister will unveil StuB for student billing and other new iR products at the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals Annual Admission Institute conference, Portland, Oregon, July 13 July 16, 2014.
With StuB, data is pre-populated from the iR PORTAL admissions and enrollment system to include information such as who is currently enrolled, incoming students, and family data such as tuition payers. Student Billing boosts productivity for schools and payers by supporting complex tuition charges and payment plans, multiple payers per child, ad hoc charges, overpayments, invoicing, statements, and deposits.
Flexible payment options allow schools to automatically bill multiple payers such as parents, grandparents, companies or trusts. The solution also connects directly to QuickBooks or can prepare a file export for other accounting systems. Designed and tested in conjunction with financial professionals and Certified Public Accountants, Student Billing supports full audit trails for in-depth accountability and finance tracking.
Through integration with iR Broadcaster, schools can create fully personalized invoices, receipts, or other statements and send them out via email broadcasts. Families will have the option to make online payments for school invoicesreducing paper use and increasing conveniencethrough their secure Student Billing Online accounts.
Parents and other fee payers will be able to access their secure accounts to pay bills online. Student Billing will display invoices and statements, a transaction history, and easy-to-use payment options. The school will determine which forms of payment to accept such as credit card payments and/or electronic funds transfer.
iR Enrollment Suite
Another iR product that continues to transform productivity for iR clients is SchoolForms Online (SFO). SchoolForms Online is a powerful, flexible form-building tool that allows clients to build their own online forms, attaching payment options to any form, and publish them to secure, online family accounts. Families correct pre-populated forms and return them electronically. The school brings changed and new data back into the database without data entry. inRESONANCE processes over 40,000 forms a month for clients, who declare the time savings for them is extraordinary. SFO now has been enhanced to allow users to display forms grouped by category.
With the combination of PORTAL, SFO, and Student Billing, schools have a complete Enrollment Suite that handles school and family needs, from open house sign-up through enrollment, contracting, and bill payment, said McAllister. With these products, inRESONANCE is delivering an end-to-end solution that bridges the gap between enrollment and billing offices. The result for schools, and the families they serve, is greatly enhanced convenience and less time spent on administrative tasks.
Additional new modules for PORTAL, the popular IR Admission/Enrollment solution, available later this summer
iR is enhancing the overall functionality of PORTAL, with Event signups and browser-based readers. These enhancements can be added for existing users.
Event Signup: This new PORTAL enhancement lets parents register online for an open house or other admissions events. Schools can set a capacity limit and the event will automatically shut off when full. Event signups come directly into the PORTAL Web Services (PWS) processing system either as a new inquiry or can be attached to an existing record.
PORTAL Direct: With the recent release of FileMaker 13, InRESONANCE will offer secure, browser-based access to PORTAL with PORTAL Direct, based on FileMakers new WebDirect technology. The initial version will have functionality for File Application readers, athletic coaches and other interest managers, and alumni interviewers. With PORTAL Direct users can review admission documents or applications using a web browser. The school can control what information or documents are accessible, what fields the users can edit, and can assign different levels of access to different kinds of readers.
PORTAL Direct by inRESONANCE is the most comprehensive and flexible web reading system I have seen, and its consistent with the inRESONANCE spirit of putting the user in control, said Thomas Sheppard, dean of admission and financial aid, The Lawrenceville School. Its one more step towards giving the Admission Office everything it needs for todays data-driven admission landscape.
Based on FileMaker Pro 13
inRESONANCE solutions are based on the award-winning FileMaker Pro 13, FileMakers newest software platform. FileMaker 13s WebDirect technology makes it faster and easier than ever to create gorgeous, tailored business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web that deliver significant productivity gains.
Student Billing is available immediately. Additional new products, including Events and PORTAL Direct, will be available late summer. For more information about the solutions or to schedule an online demo, contact email@example.com or call inRESONANCE at 413.587.0236.
About inRESONANCE, Inc.
inRESONANCE is a strategic productivity partner for schools and nonprofits. inRESONANCE has worked with over 350 schools world-wide for nearly 15 years. Our suite of intelligent, open, customizable FileMaker
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Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) July 18, 2014
Join Scott Maurer of Advanta IRA for this webinar featuring Jacob Sacks, CEO of GMA Factoring. GMA is a financial service firm that officers invoice factoring, accounts receivable financing, asset based loans, hard money lending, business cash advances and participations with other factors. Leveraging a self-directed IRA is entirely possible, however, it must be a specific type of loan called a non-recourse loan, says Jack Callahan, managing partner of Advanta IRA Services. A non-recourse loan is one that is secured by the actual asset you purchase with that loan (i.e., a piece of property).
During this webinar, Maurer and Sacks discuss how an IRA can actually be the borrower on a transaction and the non-recourse loan is covered in great detail. While lending to an IRA is not nearly as common as lending out of an IRA, an IRA can obtain financingbut there is an impact that has on the returns to the self-directed IRA that investors should be aware of.
Participants have a chance to ask questions about hard money loans, its advantages and risks. Sacks will cover how this type of lending differs from traditional bank loans and presents live examples of how leverage is used to maximize ones investments.
As investors continue to seek ways to hedge their bets against the stock market, self-directed IRAs are becoming more popularas are the alternative investments permissible within these accounts, says Callahan. Non-recourse loans have the potential to work well within IRAs to acquire assets that can diversify retirement portfolios and enhance earnings in these plans. Investors of all levels are encouraged to attend this webinarat no costto learn the ins and outs of hard money loans.
Event: Webinar Hard Money Loans and Self-Directed IRAs
Date: July 22, 2014
Time: 12:00 1:00 pm
Cost: No charge.
Register: Prior to 5:00pm (EST) on Monday, July 21st, by contacting Larissa Greene by phone at (727) 581-9853 x 1140, or by emailing lgreene(at)advantairagroup(dot)com.
About Advanta IRA
Advanta IRA Services, located in Largo, Florida, has been in operation for over ten years, providing administrative service to owners of self-directed IRAs throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida regions. Advanta IRA Administration offers a second location serving the Atlanta, Georgia area and surrounding regions. Both offices are managed by Jack Callahan, J.D., CFP. Advanta IRA offers classes, seminars and other educational tools designed to assist clients in managing self-directed IRAs by investing in real estate, notes, private placements and other non-traditional assets that have the potential to maximize IRA earnings on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis.
About Jack Callahan
Jack M. Callahan, J.D., CFP, is the managing partner at Advanta IRA Services in Largo, FL and Advanta IRA Administration in Atlanta, GA. Jack established the corporate office, Advanta IRA Services, in 2003. Prior to that, Jack delivered specialized counsel to real estate investors, small business owners and real estate professionals on tax, legal and financial matters. As an industry expert, Jack is a frequent speaker on the topic of self-directed retirement plans and an accredited continuing education instructor for the Florida and Georgia Bar Associations, Florida and Georgia Real Estate Commissions, and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and multinational business from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.
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New Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) January 31, 2014
State Theatre presents the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel on February 16, 2014 at 3pm. Led by conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, the program includes Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op.23, featuring piano soloist Roman Rabinovich; Webers Overture to the opera Euryanthe; and the popular Dvo