Blog: Education & Libraries
A Resource for Homework
Students, do you need primary resources for a research paper? The National History Day Competition is coming up. Were you assigned to write a persuasive essay, but struggle with supporting your point of view? Find the answers and ace your assignments using the Gale Student Resources in Context database.
Applying for Financial Aid?
Reconnect with the U. S. Department of Education to find all the information you need to apply for higher education funding. Learn how to prepare for a career and apply for a funding program that works for you.
A College Examination
Online courses or in person instruction, which is more effective? With a 46% increase in public college tuition since 2000, are amenities like state of the art fitness centers used to attract student enrollment sensible? Why has the graduation rate fallen to just over 50 % overall? The answers are sought in five new books reviewed here and available through your library.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Transitioning to Kindergarten for children and parents may be a little easier after consulting the Minneapolis Public Schools brochure on school readiness. Find out about: early childhood screening, activities to enhance learning, necessary immunizations, choosing a school, tips for a smooth passage from home to school and what children do in a typical classroom. Translation assistance available in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Northstar Basic Computer Skills Certificate
The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment helps you to know if you need to improve your computer skils. If you take the assessment at a sponsoring organization and pass the accompanying test, you can receive a certificate to list on your resume or show to your employer. Its another way to improve your job prospects.
Free College Classes
Take a MOOC from the U of M to learn something new. That is a free online class open to anyone anywhere with unlimited enrollment but no academic credit. The point is to sample subjects of interest, broaden your awareness and engage in the love of learning.
Applying for Financial Aid?
FAFSA on the Web is the place to start for getting organized, printing and completing forms and submitting your application online for the 2013-2014 school year. Apply as early as possible after January 1 of each year. Libraries no longer distribute paper forms.
Ready to Flip?
To flip a classroom is to exchange a lecture or presentation by the teacher during the school day, with a video to cover new subject content after school. The teacher then spends the school day reinforcing the new content by working with students in small groups or one to one on related assignments. The number of flipping resources online is growing. Learn about it from your colleagues.
City Schools Grow
Increased enrollment at the Minneapolis Public Schools has led to a need for increased financial support. Learn about a proposed raise of four percent in the school levy payable in your city property taxes in 2013. A meeting is scheduled December 11th at 6:00p,m. at the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis.
A Place to Learn
Whether you are learning something the first time or refreshing your memory Sophia.org provides you with multiple tutorials designed to fit your learning style. You can work independently or with a group you have created. All the basic school subjects are covered. Teachers can also find tutorials to help them teach and use Sophia to create study groups for their students.
Blue Ribbon Schools
U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently recognized 269 schools across the nation as Blue Ribbon Schools for their high performance and significant improvements in academic achievement. The list includes seven Minnesota schools. Congratulations!
Food for Thought
When children go back to school this fall hunger should not turn their thoughts away from learning. The Food and Nutrition Services Office of Minnesota administers several Federal programs to provide healthy food for hungry students: the National School Lunch Program, The National School Breakfast Program, The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, The Farm to School Program and the After School Snack Program. Find out if your school participates.
Readers and Librarians Take Note
The Pew Research Institute just released a report on e-books and libraries. This public survey presents some telling statistics. For example, sixty two percent of the public don't know that libraries have e-books available for loan. If you are reading this you probably know Hennepin County library has e-books to loan, but read here for additional findings.
MN Private College Week
Seventeen of Minnesota's best private colleges and universities offer free campus tours and general information sessions from June 25-29. Register online to schedule your visit.
Attend Harvard for Free?
Harvard University and MIT will offer online classes for free to anyone with internet access. EdX will develop an open-source technology platform to deliver the online courses using MIT and Harvard content. Find out how this opportunity might work for you.
Studying for the June ACT or SAT?
Try the online practices tests from LearningExpressLibrary which is available 24/7 on the Library's website.
The annual rite of spring is underway: college tours by prospective freshmen. Each one is searching for the school that provides right fit for his or her individual requirements. But what if "fit" is not something to be found, but something that develops over time, something that involves work and change rather than comfort and predictability? The Chronicle of Higher Education hosts this challenge to the concept. Read it here or find it in our Academic Search Premier database.
When School's Out
School will be out soon. Do you know where your children will be? Minnesota Monthly has a review of summer camps tailored to meet a variety of interests: music, math, art, theater, outdoor adventures and more.
Innovate and Compete
Students, do you have ideas about how education can be improved? You are invited to participate in a National Competition by submitting a business plan and a video sales pitch for a new business or non-profit organization that offers an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address challenges in one of these four areas: 1. Middle Grades Matter, 2. Skills, Skills, Skills, 3. Education Pays or 4. Finish Faster. The deadline is May 1, 2012.
Undocumented Students and College
There are resources for students in the United States who are not citizens. Click here for scholarships available to undocumented students and links to post secondary schools that charge in-state tuition.
It is time for students to prepare for college entrance exams. Visit the College Board website to take practice SAT tests or sign up for the examination.
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