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Book Trust Welcomes Nationally Recognized Literacy Experts to Academic Advisory Board

Nell Duke, Linda Gambrell, and others join Academic Advisory Board

Denver, CO, Mar-21-2017 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — National literacy nonprofit Book Trust announces the establishment of an Academic Advisory Board, formed to ensure that ongoing enhancements and expansion of its national literacy program are informed by the latest research and best practices in literacy education. Members of the Book Trust Advisory Board include several nationally recognized leaders in the field.

“We are honored and delighted to welcome these esteemed literacy experts to our Academic Advisory Board,” said Book Trust CEO Amy Friedman. “Benefitting from the collective experience and wisdom of this panel is going to have an enormously positive effect on our ability to continually refine and improve our program. Our collaboration will ensure that Book Trust is an evidence-based model, designed to produce positive reading outcomes for kids.”

Book Trust Advisory Board members include Nell Duke, Professor in Literacy, Language and Culture and and in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, the University of Michigan, KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Principal Research Scientist, NROC at the University of Chicago, Linda Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University, Ernest Morrell, Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, D. Ray Ruetzel, Dean College of Education, University of Wyoming, and facilitator Darren Cambridge, President of Cambridge Learning Group.

“Collectively, these experts bring innovative and research-based thinking to the core components of the Book Trust program: Choice, Celebration and Consistency,” adds Book Trust Board Chair Ron Lowy. “Our mutual goal is to create engaged independent readers, and this advisory team will bring considerable knowledge to bear on that mission.”

Members of the advisory group will convene twice a year and will also be available informally as needed to make recommendations to the Book Trust team. Each member will serve a one-year, renewable term.

“Book Trust’s program is innovative and robust, and as they continue to expand nationally, folding the latest research into their program strategy will help them continue to deliver impact and value to students. I am pleased to be invited to help in this role,” says Nell Duke, whose work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty.

About Book Trust
Book Trust is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading that leads to cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. Book Trust currently serves 50,000 students in 19 U.S. states. Since 2001, Book Trust has facilitated over 6 million book choices, and placed them in the hands of students in need.

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CONTACT BOOK TRUST:
Amy Friedman, CEO
720.459.6491
afriedman@booktrust.org
www.booktrust.org

Dr. Robi Ludwig Announces the Release of MindPT, a Personal Training Program for the Mind

New York, NY, 2017-Jan-20 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist, award winning reporter and author, is pleased to introduce her latest personal development program for the mind. The program, MindPT, is designed to help change the automatic thought habits in a person to help uplift, inspire and motivate an individual for 6 to 8 hours per day.

MindPT is described as, “A mobile, bite-sized personal growth solution that helps you change your automatic thought habits, so that your actions are always aligned with what you want in life.” The three-minute a day micro-practice is designed to be watched anytime, anywhere on your phone or desktop. The objective of the practice is to increase the confidence, self-esteem, and overall happiness of the user. Industry experts have given the program rave reviews and have already started to incorporate MindPT into their client practice and even into their own personal lives.

Margit Cruice, Professional Life Coach and Founder/CEO of The Institute for Conscious Thought, has integrated MindPT into her practice and her clients use it as a way to create more positivity in their lives. “I am thrilled to partner with MindPT to create personalised sessions for my clients. As a Life Coach, I knew immediately that this would create massive benefit for my clients,” Cruice said, “Every single client now uses MindPT as a core part of their work with me and they all report thinking more positively and feeling happier as a result.”

The MindPT program was designed based on the concepts in Ludwig’s latest book  Your Best Age is Now. The book provides guidance to women in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on how to live younger, brighter and more vibrant lives. The book draws on scientific data and Ludwig’s own personal experience as a therapist to prove that middle-age is not the beginning of the end but the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of life.

Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist, award-winning reporter, and author, and she is a relationship contributor for Investigation Discover Network’s Scorned. She is a regular guest on CNN, FOX News, and Headline News, and has appeared on Today, HLN, 20/20, The View, Steve Harvey, The Wendy Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, World News Tonight, and Nightline, and is on the medical board and a contributor for Bella Magazine. She also writes for The Huffington Post. Dr. Ludwig lives in New York City. To learn more about Dr. Robi Ludwig, visit http://drrobiludwig.com.

Contact-Details: Dr. Robi Ludwig
drrobi@drrobiludwig.com

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Lingvo dictionaries with new open API

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Moscow, Russia, 17-Nov-2016 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — ABBYY launches Lingvo API, an open API for its trademark Lingvo dictionaries.

The new ABBYY Lingvo API gives developers an opportunity to integrate translation, definition, suggested spelling and other features into their services using high-quality bilingual Russian dictionaries by ABBYY Lingvo.

Lingvo API gives access to 140 general and specialised dictionaries in 15 European and Asian languages. It’s open for integration into educational services for individuals, organizations and corporations, travel applications, readers and a variety of other products and solutions.

In 2012 ABBYY launched an API for Lingvo Android which has been integrated into a range of popular applications: YotaReader, Moon+ Reader, Moon+ Reader Pro and others. The key difference of the new API is that it is compatible with iOS, Android and web. Besides, now there’s no need for the end user to install the Lingvo applications on their device for the API features to work.

Using Lingvo API, developers can add a variety of features to their applications: full or short translation, definition, suggested spelling, word forms, pronunciation, a part of the word list, a specific dictionary entry, full-text search across all the dictionaries and more. With the integrated translation API, after tapping or clicking on the word or phrase, the user will see a pop-up card with its translation within the chosen language pairing, morphology, examples and can listen to the pronunciation. Lingvo API works online, an Internet connection is required.

“What’s the unique value of Lingvo API? It gives access to the exceptional collection of bilingual Russian dictionaries ABBYY is known for. That’s why it is a useful tool for a lot of services in education, travel, reading and more”, comments ABBYY’s Head of Mobile Artem Kumpel.

In the future, ABBYY is planning to use the new API to develop adaptable AI algorithms which will be able to create personalized learning models depending on the user’s progress, characteristics and needs.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

New Education Book Could Increase Student Learning and Student Achievement

Dallas, Texas, March 21, 2016 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Building Instructional Capacity is a new education book by educator and author, Dr. Stanley T. Crawford that could increase student learning and student achievement.

At a time when solutions to increasing student achievement are being discussed, Building Instructional Capacity is a book that shows education leaders at the district and campus levels a model to achieve, just that.

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After discussing the importance of leadership, Dr. Crawford presents the three key strategies for Building Instructional Capacity. There are many actionable components for education leaders to follow.

Building Instructional Capacity is an education book for education leaders at the district and campus levels.

Building Instructional Capacity is published by
Stanley T. Crawford, Ed.D.
ISBN: 9781329913080
Published: 3/18/2016

Available online at, http://www.lulu.com/shop/stanley-crawford/building-instructional-capacity/paperback/product-22611474.html

Also, Building Instructional Capacity will be coming soon to www.Amazon.com.

Dr. Crawford is the author of Cinquains: Volume 1, a children’s book. He can be found on social media venues below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stanley.T.Crawford
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drstanleycrawford
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artistwithwords

If you’d like more information about Building Instructional Capacity, or to schedule an interview with, Dr. Crawford, please contact him on 972-979-0193 or email him at Stanley@stanleycrawford.com.

Contact-Details:
Stanley T. Crawford, Ed.D.
Box 726
Stonebrook Pkwy
Frisco, Texas 75034
972-979-0193
email: stanley@stanleycrawford.com
www.stanleycrawford.com

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Can You Pass the Civics Test That Those Seeking Citizenship Must Pass?

Asheville, NC, June 29, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Newly released Civics Handbook presents you with the information and the test to examine your own civics proficiency, and provides a study tool assisting children, adults and all students to learn the material. And while learning, you might be inspired to visit and see where some of U.S. history unfolded as Historic Sites, Places, Parks, Battlefields, Sites of Remembrance and National Treasures are listed in the book. Americana A Civics Handbook Second Edition was released June 20, 2015 (ISBN# 978-1514221563) by Mary B. Mackley of Asheville, NC.

There has been an increased frequency and an almost urgent drumbeat of stories reporting a lack of knowledge of Civics and American History in our schools. Even comedians have highlighted this issue while embarking in random questioning of adults in various settings. When quizzed about American History and Civics….the answer given may be incorrect (and pretty funny), but the point is made…there’s a knowledge deficit and room for improvement! While this may seem amusing at first, when you really think about it, it’s not so funny.

Our Sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, said…”I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any National crisis.The great point is to bring them the real facts…” This book brings you the facts. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights; facts about Early America, the Original Thirteen Colonies, U.S. Presidents, the fifty states, National Symbols, U.S. Wars and more are included. Facts presented will help you have more understanding of the questions and answers on the topics covered by the civics test. Over 50 pages of historic sketches add an additional visual dimension in appreciation of our history.

Mary B. Mackley, a nurse for 30 years, embraced the role as teacher in working with her patients throughout the years. Her passion for History and Civics was formulated in her youth, in AP History classes through St. John’s University, and the time she spent providing interpretive guided tours and programs at a National Historic Site during and after college.

The book is available at Amazon, or through the website below. For more information about Americana A Civics Handbook Second Edition and the author, please visit www.civicshandbook.com. You can contact Mary B. Mackley at (828)606-7263 or civicshandbook@aol.com.

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Contact-Details: Mary B. Mackley
civicshandbook@aol.com
(828)606-7263

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AMCM is Changing How Students are Fundraising

Oklahoma City, OK, June 26, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Association Motor Club Marketing (AMCM) just announced they will launch their new mobile application, AMCM Presentation, during the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 25- July 1, 2015. The app was designed specifically for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) participating in the AMCM Fundraising Program.

AMCM is one of the only organizations at the FBLA Conference giving students the opportunity to learn technologically advanced business skills by fundraising through their smartphones and tablets. It is also one of the only fundraising options providing students with recurring revenue, another learning opportunity for students.

AMCM partnered with Victory Info Services to utilize Victory’s 360’s mobile platform. This provides students with the necessary tools on their phones to successfully present and complete the sale of AMCM’s roadside assistance and travel discount programs. These tools include a sales presentation and video, plus a communication feature allowing chapter Advisors to connect with their members. Other features of the app include the fundraising FAQs, a gas price finder, weather, roadside assistance demo, and support.

Regarding the inspiration behind the new app, Mark Muncey, Director of Fundraising, explained, “Traditional fundraising efforts have been made with sales of food and candy. Chapter Advisors were frustrated with those options which are labor-intensive as they demand collection and storage of inventory, extensive bookkeeping, and delivery of the product.”

“Our platform is designed to make the fundraising process easier on both students and Advisors,” he pointed out. “The ability for students to participate by using their smartphones to generate a recurring revenue stream is a real homerun for any chapter. We are excited to introduce this program at the FBLA Conference in Chicago.”

“Victory is honored to be working with AMCM, an organization that not only takes a part in helping students build important business skills, but also fundraises for good causes,” stated Mark Burns, Vice President Business Development and General Manager of Victory Info Services. “Because technology will continue to revolutionize how the world does business, it’s more important than ever to equip students with the necessary skills to succeed.”

For information on Association Motor Club Marketing and the new AMCM app, visit www.amcm-online.com or email mamuncey@amcm-online.com. AMCM will be giving away a $500 cash prize during the FBLA National Leadership Conference. Visit booth #126 at the FBLA National Leadership Conference for more information or sneak peek of the new AMCM app.

Association Motor Club Marketing specializes in providing roadside assistance services and fundraising programs tailored to fit the needs of any association. AMCM has offices located in Oklahoma City, South Dakota, Virginia, & South Carolina.

Victory Info Services provides mobile services and applications for clients in various industries. Victory has offices located in Las Vegas, NV and Jacksonville, FL. For more information on Victory, please visit victoryinfoservices.com or email mark.burns@victoryinfoservices.com.

Contact-Details: Jessica Lamore, Lamore Marketing & PR, info@lamoremarketing.com, lamoremarketing.com

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“Changing a Culture through the Lens of Storytelling and Reading”

Eli Media Productions Book Project Release, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners”

Weston, FL, May 28, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Eli Media Productions announces the New Release of the first TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners.”

The TomKat Series feature four main characters, Professor TomKat, Sari, Tommie, and Kayle TomKat.

Eli, the author of the TomKat children books, captures teaching moments of practical everyday living and forms the subject matter into stories and instructional reading books.

TomKat, A Family Dinner portrays Professor TomKat taking his family out to dinner to celebrate at an upscale restaurant. Sari, Professor TomKat’s wife, teaches Tommie and Kayle the rules of etiquette while enjoying dinner with the family.

“We are in the business of ‘Changing a Culture’ through the lens of storytelling and reading. If we successfully engage, excite, and educate early readers, then we will begin to build stronger foundations for enriched neighborhoods and communities,” said Leigh Hardaway, CEO of Eli Media Productions.

Eli Media Productions is pleased to announce TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner makes a debut at the Book Expo America, BEA. Checkout TomKat, as he is featured as a member of the New Titles Showcase starting May 27, 2015 – May 29, 2015.

Eli Media Productions, founded in 2014, offers educational resources to reflect the characteristics of the Ecological Theory. The first year’s project will be a series of stories to target the primary educational levels Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Eli is committed to designing instructional learning activities to make reading fun!

For more information visit www.elimediaproductions.com!

Contact-Details: Eli Media Productions
Leigh Hardaway
P.O. Box 266223
Weston, Florida 33326
Contact Telephone: 678-597-8122
Website: www.elimediaproductions.com

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The Exciting Launch of a New Online Teaching Platform Concept

The Freasyway concept is simple, yet complete. Countless High Schools, universities, superior technical schools or independent teachers can share paid or free lessons on the Freasyway platform. The content is made accessible to all students or interested individuals. By posting online paid lessons, leads to certain commission fees..

In addition, various complementary services are available as following: Small national and international announcements referring to the educational field and generally anything related to areas of interest for students and educators.

“Teach in real time” thanks to the advantages brought by the Freasyway virtual class, a complex system that allows teachers to connect with their students in real time. The virtual class module enables educational institutions, represented by a teacher or an administrator, to plan and set the details of the educational content, including title, the date and hour, duration, the language used for a specific class’ interface, and, when needed, to record the lessons. Due to the implementation of functionalities such as video-conferencing for maximum 10 persons, a whiteboard, screen sharing and content sharing, the educational institutions take advantage of advanced collaboration tools in real time; such tools enable them to teach courses online in real time..

Besides the possibility to exchange documents and videos, Freasyway also provides a virtual educational library called “Box reader” that grants users full access to various and numerous resources: manuals, homework sets, graduation tests, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc..

We have already reached success with no less than 300 educational institutions, associations and independent teachers spread across 9 countries and 3 continents (France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, The United States, Canada, China, Germany, Russia) that currently use Freasyway. The system clearly responds to the needs of educational institutions by offering an alternative and complementary solution to the traditional system, as initially was intended and created by its conceptor.

Due to a collaboration with the MEET Organization, which promotes accessible education for every European, Freasyway was developed for offering a real and complete solution for current needs in terms of education at a national/international level. With the support of SPECo Vaud Region of Leman, Freasyway will equally benefit from the expertise generously provided by MJ Media and Thot Cursus, gained in their field of expertise.

Surpassing the physical boundaries of Europe and the United States, the goal ofFreasyway is also to develop educational systems in the disadvantaged countries, such as Africa or certain countries of South America or Asia, via new technologies. In order to achieve that, 40% from all profits generated by our system will be used for the creation of Learning Centers and a scholarship support fund.

Website access :

For students, professionals and communities: www.freasyway.com

Intranet educational institutions and independent teachers: http://edu.freasyway.com

For all national and international ambassadors :https://freasyway.com/public/pages/become-partner

For investor relations : https://freasyway.com/public/pages/investors

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The Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference Call for Papers Now Open

The Center for Scholastic Inquiry is pleased to announce its academic research conference on April 10-11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. The conference highlights academic research in education, business and behavioral sciences to support superior, break through scholarship and establish a platform to recognize and celebrate luminaries, pioneers and practitioners in the professions of education, business and behavioral sciences.

The conference, which is being held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, will be preceded by a conference-eve reception followed by two days of education, business and behavioral sciences track breakout sessions, a morning keynote address, and networking gatherings. This inquiry-focused conference, centered on leading edge academic research, is a stimulating and dynamic event aimed at identifying and advancing best practice and promising innovative methods.

The conference call for papers is now open and will close March 14, 2014. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on landmark scientific findings, promotion of best practice, advancement of evidence-based practice, ground-breaking research, revolutionary theory or innovative technique in the fields of education, business or behavioral sciences. Guidelines for submissions are available for review.
Early registration for conference attendance is currently open. Standard registration for conference attendance begins October 31, 2013. Individuals are welcome to review registration details or take advantage of early registration rates.

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Comedy As A Catalyst For Science Education

The Emmy Award Winning Team at Page Turner Adventures is moving full STEAM ahead with a three-part project (videos, live shows, and web portal) that uses comedy to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Founded by Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey, Page Turner Adventures has always used the double whammy of comedy and story to educate and entertain. Their videos, live touring shows, and workshops have been inspiring kids across the country for over a decade. Now they’re turning their attention to STEAM with a Transmedia Storytelling project called THE STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS. It’s the story of a mysterious circus performer who incorporates the work of Edison, Einstein, Curie, and Picasso, into his act.

A project that combines juggling, unicycling, and comedy with science is sure to be fun. But to ensure that the program is also effective, the team enlisted the help of Georgette Yakman, founding researcher for STEAM and 2009 NCTC STEM Educator of the Year.

The STEAM Trunk Circus will be told through short videos that schools can also air on their morning announcements, a live multi-media touring show, and an interactive web portal with games, experiments, crafts, and activities. Each piece of the puzzle unlocks a different element of the story world. “Comedy and transmedia storytelling are great ways to interest kids in STEAM,” says Mikey. “This project is also about encouraging creativity, thinking,” agrees Roam, “using humor plus transmedia seemed like the perfect fit.”

“We also knew we had to figure out a creative way to fund it,” adds Mikey. “We’re doing an Indiegogo campaign, so people can help us develop the project as we go. In exchange, they can get all different kinds of perks including videos, tickets, shows for their school, even a starring role in the video series!”

For more information about The STEAM Trunk Circus, go to http://bit.ly/15fsn3n.

For more info about Page Turner Adventures, please visit www.PageTurnerAdventures.com.

Contact Riley Roam at PTAdventures@msn.com or 561-352-0418.

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QuestBase: Create Assessments and Quizzes in Minutes

SmartLite Software announces the release of the new QuestBase, a free and user-friendly on-line service for creating and developing web-based and printed assessments, surveys, questionnaires, tests and exams. Whether your needs are for education, business or entertainment, QuestBase is a real time saver when it comes to creating quick questionnaires or quizzes that are smart, sharply focused and effective.

Business managers and entrepreneurs can use QuestBase to create customer feedback surveys, market research surveys, and interactive questionnaires for engaging customers and raising brand awareness. The award-winning software has also been well received by the educational community as it can help teachers save time and assess students in a quick and easy way.

“When we were developing QuestBase, we tried most of its competitors to insure our program was better and easier to use,” said Paolo Mugnaini, SmartLite CEO, who founded the company in Milan, in 1997. “I realized that our software could be more accessible, more affordable and more user-friendly than what our competitors were offering.”

QuestBase is customizable to the needs of every teacher, educator, trainer or manager. The product supports several question types and options, and it can create highly interactive and self-evaluating assessments. Authors can add questions, pictures, equations, scores and feedbacks. Custom certificates can be automatically awarded when exams are passed, and QuestBase can also offer the ability to deliver secure exams, using QuestBase Secure Browser.

Simplicity of use is QuestBase’s main feature. Thanks to a streamlined interface designed to make the program immediate and intuitive, authors do not have to learn a lot of functions. They can easily create assessments in a few minutes even with no HTML knowledge, thus increasing the productivity and decreasing the learning curve.

Always Available, in the Cloud

There’s nothing to install, setup or configure: you simply use QuestBase and enjoy the benefits. QuestBase is offered as Software-as-a-Service (SAAS), in the cloud, and it is always available at http://www.questbase.com.

System Requirements

QuestBase is fully compatible with most browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari), operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, Linux) and devices (iPad, Android tablets). For larger organizations, a licensed version is also available, requiring Windows Server 2008 or higher.

Price

QuestBase is available for free at http://www.questbase.com. Organizations and schools can also get Premium versions with additional features and personal support: prices start from US$ 49.95 and can be purchased directly on-line or by calling 1-866-933-4313 (US only). Multiple and Site licenses are available as well as special discounts to educational institutions.

More Information

For more information, please contact Paolo Mugnaini at paolo.m@smartlite.it. A press kit with screenshots is available athttp://download.questbase.com/company/press/20130702.zip

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Train Aid Ltd.’s Paediatric First Aid Training Set To Include Bonus Module

Train Aid Ltd has decided to launch an anaphylactic shock training course as a bonus on its 12 hour paediatric first aid courses. The move is set to take effect the Saturday July 13th, whereby the scheme will be piloted at the company’s open course in Selhurst (South London). The company is set to include the training on the 12 hour syllabus, which is good news for candidates as some of the bigger companies charge an extra fee.

Anaphylaxis otherwise known as anaphylactic shock is a condition whereby a person will suffer an extreme allergic reaction to a particular trigger. The reaction can be life threating as the condition has the potential to disable the respiratory system if left untreated. Anaphylactic shock training aims to teach learners how to spot the symptoms of the condition, and then moves on to showing them how to administer the lifesaving medication that is required to save someone.

The anaphylaxis module is often expected to last in duration from anywhere between 30 mins and two hours; however this can vary depending on the size of the class. The Early Years Foundation Stage actually reference the module on all 12 hour paediatric first aid courses, but their recommendation is that candidates take on extra training, in order to fully learn how to administer the lifesaving medication. This comes in the form of a universal safe syringe, and candidates get the opportunity to practice with a training device.

Train Aid’s Ellie Hayward was on hand to tell us why this is considered so important:

“It goes without saying that lives could be saved if there were more people trained in how to spot the signs and then treat anaphylaxis. Little ones are extra sensitive to the effects of the condition as they often haven’t discovered what they are allergic to yet, which means they would not have any adrenaline (medication) to save themselves.

Train Aid has reworked the 12 hour syllabus by including anaphylactic shock through an extra 30 minutes of training. This means that candidates do not have to take an extra day out of their busy schedules. Nannies and Child Minders may also benefit from the news that the company has frozen prices, which will effectively give child care workers two certificates for the price of one.

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DIRECT2TV $1,000 Scholarship Contest Ending June 1, 2013!

The deadline for entries to Direct2tv.com’s first ever scholarship contest, the “Media and Technology Blogging Scholarship” is quickly approaching. The scholarship, focusing on the connection between media and technology, ends on Saturday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

The “Media and Technology Blogging Scholarship” is a $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors graduating or earning a GED between May 1, 2013 and August 1, 2013. Applicants must be enrolled as a freshman in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the fall 2013 semester.

To apply before the June 1, 2013 deadline, applicants must write a blog post that answers the following questions:
• What draws you to various types of technology?
• What do you take away from them?
• Are you driven by social, academic, technological or other interests?
Students should write a 300-1,000 word blog entry detailing how they interact with technology and how that applies to their interaction with society. Students can share their entries on a blog or website and should then fill out the entry form on the application site at direct2tv.com, including a link to their post.
The winner will be announced on or around July 1, 2013 and they will be notified directly by direct2tv.com. The winning entry will be shared on direct2tv.com. For more details about the scholarship, visit the Media and Technology Blogging Scholarship page.

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eMaint Hires New eLearning Manager, Taking ‘eMaint University’ Online Learning Portal to the Next Level

eMaint Enterprises’ segment-leading online learning portal, “eMaint University”, is about to become more interactive with the addition of Tim Wilson as Senior Manager of eLearning. eMaint University is the online learning platform for X3, eMaint’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Wilson will leverage his more than 13 years of experience in eLearning and professional development to further drive the enhancement of eMaint University, which will allow eMaint to maintain their position as a leader in providing online learning to their X3 user base.

“Research demonstrates that learning accelerates when users interact with content,” says Jon Hollander, Executive Vice President of Operations for eMaint, adding that interactive content also enables better measurement by supervisors of participants’ progress. “Tim’s skillset and extensive experience will allow us to extend those benefits to our customers — not only when they first implement X3, but also as an ongoing resource for improvement.”

Wilson comes to eMaint from ARAMARK, a global provider of food service, facilities management and professional apparel. As a Learning Services Program Manager for ARAMARK’s food safety and production division, Wilson assisted both domestic and international units, consulting with executives at all levels — including business unit presidents, human resource directors and line managers. Prior to ARAMARK, Wilson managed learning and development for a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, where he helped drive a “digital transformation.”

In his new capacity, Wilson will manage eMaint University, which offers subscription-based training programs and best practice tutorials, both live instructor-led web-based training as well as self-paced courses. Provided as a subscription service to users since 2007, eMaint University boasts a retention rate of over 90 percent. Although many software companies offer training at the time of software implementation, eMaint recognizes the need for an ongoing resource that assists customers in getting the most out of their CMMS and supporting their ongoing continuous improvement efforts.

“eMaint University is designed to provide clients with highly flexible, on-demand learning opportunities,” says Brian Samelson, eMaint founder and CEO. “Our goal is to help companies be successful and use their training budget more effectively for all maintenance and operations personnel – from line staff working different shifts to those in management and leadership roles. We offer training not only on our software but also on industry best practices. When we say ‘Your Mission is Our Success,’ we mean it.”

About eMaint Enterprises LLC: eMaint, the leader in on-demand CMMS solutions, has been providing maintenance management software solutions since 1986 and was one of the first CMMS providers to develop a completely web-based “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model for more rapid implementation at a lower total cost of ownership. eMaint’s client base consists of over 16,000 users worldwide across 1000 sites ranging from small & medium sized organizations to Fortune 500 corporations including manufacturers, service providers, fleet operators, energy and utility companies, health care facilities, universities, municipalities, and facility and property managers. For more information on eMaint products and services, please visit the eMaint English site athttp://www.emaint.com/, the Spanish site at http://www.emaint.com/index-esp.php, the UK site at http://www.emaint.co.uk/ or the Brazil site at http://br.emaint.com/

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20 cm Long Worm In The Human Eye, First Ever Recorded On Video

Can you believe that a 20 cm worm can house itself in the human eye? But one has to believe one’s eyes.

Here is the video clip of a 20 cm long worm being removed from a human eye through surgical procedure. It is the first time ever that such a long worm growing in the eye has been recorded. The video has evoked great interest among medical students as well as the general public.

http://www.indiavideo.org/health/loa-loa-worm-removing-surgery-8857.php 

Dr. Ashley Thomas Mulamoottil, the doctor who recorded this unique surgery says that this is the seventh worm that he has removed in the last one decade and it is also the longest.

The worm Loa Loa was originally found in Africa and has now reached Asia. The mangrove fly or deer fly is believed to be the carrier of this worm. The eggs of the worm enter the human body through small wounds inflicted by the fly. The death of the worm inside the body could be fatal as it could contaminate the blood. The disease is known as microfilariasis or Loa Loa infestation (Loiasis).

The video portal www.indiavideo.org and the Indian language portal www.oneindia.in are taking the video to the world. According to Mr. M.R. Hari, Executive Editor of India Video, the process recorded by Dr. Ashley fetched 2 million views on Facebook in three days and this persuaded them to make a short movie with supporting information to make it useful. Loa Loa disease could be a major health problem in future and hence an awareness campaign is the need of the hour. ‘We take up that mission now’ says

Mr. Sriram Hebbar, CEO of One India.

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New Language Classes Set to Begin April 23 at Maria Oliveira’s Language Learning Center

Spring Two term language classes begin April 23 at Maria’s Language Learning Center, with a variety of affordable conversational language classes, online courses as well as Spanish for healthcare and social services professionals. Specializing in conversational Spanish and Portuguese, including European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, the Language Learning Center also provides classes in French, Italian, Mandarin, and English for Non-Native Speakers. Classes are primarily for adult learners, but there is also an after-school program for students between ages 7 and 11, with each term lasting six weekly sessions, at both day and evening classes.

“Our classes feature small groups of 10 or less students which provides more time for individual attention and faster learning”, explains Maria Oliveira, director of Maria’s Language Learning Center, located in Pinole, California. “We work closely with our students to guide them towards becoming bilingual, whether it is through a conversational language class, online options, or even our language classes for healthcare and social services professionals.”

The Language Learning Center also offers online courses, workbooks, and audio learning materials. These study aids provide practice lessons, self-tests with interactive exercises, quizzes, and audio clips to review correct pronunciations which supplement classroom learning.

Recognizing that individuals learn languages differently, there are a variety of other programs offered to meet students’ needs, such as one-on-one instruction; learning groups that meet weekly; and free social hours for students to practice their language skills with teachers, fellow students, and bilingual guests. Maria’s Language Learning Center also has specialized English classes for non-native speakers, plus classes on specific topics, such as classes on Spanish reflexive verbs and pronouns, for those students who need a review.

New Spanish for Healthcare Providers at UC Davis Medical Center

Maria will be teaching two sessions of Spanish for healthcare professionals at the UC Davis Medical Center starting April 8. This specialized and intensive Spanish language course is designed to enhance effective communication between patients and their healthcare providers (nurses, doctors, medical staff). Emphasis is on basic, practical language needed to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and their families at the hospital or doctor’s office, on the telephone, or at the patient’s home. Space is limited learn more at http://www.marialanguages.com/classes/medical-spanish-class.shtml.

Informational Open House Scheduled for April 19, 2013

Be sure to attend this great opportunity to meet fellow students, talk with Maria and other teachers, ask questions, and even practice your language skills in a relaxed social setting. Learn about the Language Learning Center and its programs and enjoy light refreshments. The Open House will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center at 2644 Appian Way, Suite 102, in Pinole, California. Bring a friend and if that friend registers for a class, you will receive a 10% discount on your registration for a Spring Two session. The open house is free, but space is limited, so please rsvp on the website at http://www.marialanguages.com/classes/socialevents.shtml.

Register for Spring Two Classes Now!

Students can register for any program online, by phone, in person at our offices, or by mail. For more information, visit our website: http://www.marialanguages.com or call 1-877-251-8353.

The goal for all of the classes at the Center is to guide students towards becoming bilingual. We start by teaching basic phrases and sentences that become usable in a very short period of time; when success builds upon success, confidence grows and information becomes easier to absorb. Affordability, convenience, and an encouraging environment make Maria Oliveira’s classes the top choice for effective language learning in the Bay Area.

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GK First Aid Training Offers First aid Courses for People With Diabetes

While diabetes for the majority of diabetics is generally well managed through diet, medication and/or insulin injections, emergencies can occur for a number of reasons. It is vital that work colleagues, teachers and caregivers have the first aid skills to cope with an extreme situation such as a diabetic coma or insulin shock. Ideally, every workplace and childcare or educational institution should have a number of personnel with specialised first-aid training for these kinds of emergencies.

Insulin shock occurs when the body has too little sugar (hypoglycemia), generally due to too much insulin being taken, a diabetic misses meals or possibly after exercise if the blood sugar level is not monitored closely. A diabetic coma, on the other hand, results from too much sugar (hyperglycemia); victims may be confused or completely lose consciousness. A diabetic coma can occur when blood-sugar levels are extremely high, this condition in diabestes is generally most common in diabetics who are not even aware that they have the disease. High blood sugar is often accompanied by frequent urination, which – in turn – can also cause dehydration, leading to confusion, allied with persistent low energy levels. GK First Aid Training will prepare participants to deal with any of these emergency medical situations.

GK First Aid Training delivers first aid training courses throughout the UK. Courses cover a wide range of issues from first aid to health and safety and can be tailored to each client’s requirements.The main aim of first aid training is to ensure the quality of the course, but you will also find the pricing is also competitive . Affordable open courses are offered on a regular basis in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Dates for these courses can be found on the company’s website. Additionally, the company offers in-house training for schools, colleges and businesses. One of the advantages of on site training is that you as the client, can select the date that any training course is delivered. This allows several employees to receive training at the same time – up to 12 can be accommodated. These courses can be one or three days in length, depending on an organisation’s needs. GK First Aid Training’s courses are Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and comply with the syllabus for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

As a footnote the number of diabetics in the United Kingdom (UK) diagnosed with the condition has just gone through the 3 million mark for the first time.

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Training Provider Links With Lawn Specialist Company

Train Aid Ltd has formed a partnership with the London Lawn Turf Company (LLTC) in order to look out for all their Health & Safety needs. Train Aid will be running annual courses to ensure that all employees are up to date with their manual handling training. The company has always been at the forefront of safety, but has struggled to find a provider that could tailor courses around their individual business needs. Train Aid has stepped in to certify all company employees across their four depots in the South East of England.

LLTC are the largest supplier of lawn turf to the trade and retail sectors in the South East of England. They presently operate five depots, each of which houses a minimum of ten staff. The company distributes rolls of turf to a wide geographical audience using a combination of light and heavy goods vehicles. This in itself can sometimes prove dangerous and often requires complete concentration. Both first aid and manual handling skills are essential in the event of an accident.

Each depot can sometimes be required to manually lift hundreds of rolls of turf each day. For this reason manual handling training can prove hugely beneficial, and can help protect the overall health of all employees. Train Aid will be contracted to tailor its manual handling training course specifically around the needs of yard workers, who lift only one object (turf). This helps ensure that a strong practical relevance can be made between the training and the workplace, and could have a subsequent effect on the amount of injuries that are sustained.

Yards are notoriously hazardous environments, where there are a wide range of heavy, sharp and powerful objects. Standards within the industry are very high, whereby accidents rarely even occur. However the industry is still considered high risk, and things pop up time from time that requires the administration of treatment. This has resulted in Train Aid providing first aid training courses for all of the staff across the five depots. They are now all prepared and certified to step in and help in the event of an accident. A spokesman from the company summed up his feelings on the matter:

“We are generally pleased that all of our staff members are in the process of becoming fully certified in the field of Health & Safety. This has been a lengthy process, but we feel that it is more than worthwhile in the long run.

The partnership means that Train Aid will provide a series of refresher courses for all staff members at the expiration of their certificates.

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Train Aid Set To Launch Paediatric First Aid Courses In North London

Train Aid Ltd is set to launch its popular range of paediatric first aid courses in a new Location within London. The new open course will be held in Highgate (North London) and will run alongside the ever popular Selhurst (South London) course. The first instalment of the new training course will start on Saturday March 2nd and finish on Saturday March 9th 2013. The training follows government guidelines and covers child workers to administer first aid treatment. This latest edition from Train Aid should enable more candidates to access affordable training. Currently many child workers living in North London have been cut off by long journey times and the associated costs.

The move has been partly initiated because of the overwhelming response of its South London equivalent. The training appears to be pitched at an affordable price that many nannies, nursery workers and carers feel they can afford. The course appears to sell out each week, and has received good reviews. The only negative is that some candidates have complained about having to make long journeys South of the River.

This latest open course could well enable more candidates to access Train Aid’s portfolio of paediatric first aid courses. Those who live in North London may now feel more suited to the training, and this could extend as far out as the Northern Home Counties. The knock on effect could be lower journey times, reduced costs and more free time for the thousands of childcare workers who live north of the river. The venue is accessible from any part of London, and even connects to London Bridge, which is a major transport hub for the capital.

This latest edition to the line-up will run over two consecutive weekends, starting on the first Saturday in March. Courses like these suit childcare workers who are busy at work during the week, and only get free time at the weekends. Weekday courses potentially restrict these workers, and can cause them to lose valuable holiday time. Train Aid’s Ellie Hayward was available to give her own thoughts on the matter:

“This latest move makes sense as I myself know that many people were travelling long distances to our courses. It seemed a bit unnecessary as the company also has a presence in North London. I am glad there is now a course running monthly in North London and expect it to prove as popular as the others”.

Overall this latest training edition should add competition to the marketplace, which should help consumers and lower their costs.

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CSI Reduces Registration Rate for 2013 Academic Research Conference

On April 17-19, 2013,The Center for Scholastic Inquiry will host an international academic research conference in Scottsdale, Arizona — an event to inspire, encourage, and unite thought leaders and new thinkers in the fields of education, business and behavioral sciences. For a limited time, CSI has reduced the standard registration rate by 50%. According to Dr. Tanya Yerigan, CEO, “The Center for Scholastic Inquiry wants as many attendees as possible to take advantage of this unique opportunity that fuses pure research with powerful professional development. People who register during the 50% off promotion will also be offered a 50% discount on an advance manuscript review in the event that they would like to publish their research in one of CSI’s academic journals.”

The academic research conference is a forum to connect, educate, and motivate attendees towards discovery and evidence-based professional practice. Hosted and sponsored by CSI, the research and professional development event will bring together diverse and promising perspectives on best practice while providing a platform for emerging scholars, practitioners, and professors in the fields of business, behavioral sciences and education to come together and take action. Yerigan said, “Our goal at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry is to elevate professionalism and evidence-based practice by fostering academic research, stimulating scholarship and endorsing thought leadership.”

The conference presenters include professors, private sector practitioners, doctoral-level learners, and higher education administrators who will be sharing insights into contemporary research, practical implementation strategies, operationalization of findings, and new trends in education, business and behavioral sciences.

The keynote address for the conference will be given by Dr. Bruce Locklear, a preeminent authority on a broad range of issues including leadership, evidence-based practice, technology initiatives and change agency. Dr. Locklear is a nationally recognized, award-winning leader whose expertise is evident in his willingness to champion innovation and ability to inspire organization-wide change.

The conference will be host to over 100 presenters from more than 50 institutions. An example of some of the diverse research topics being presented during the three days of breakout sessions include media choices and teaching experience in online courses, after-school tutorial programs for urban students, an examination of the turtle trading system, using applied research to develop innovative undergraduate curriculum, understanding of corrective feedback on speech production in English, strategies to improve math achievement of academically deficient students in an urban school, the impact of cyber learning technologies and curriculum, instructional impact on achievement of economically and learning disadvantaged students, and China’s gradualism approach to systemic transformation.

The conference will also include a variety of networking and training events, allowing attendees to boost collegiality, connectedness and professional development. There is a conference-eve reception on Tuesday, April 16, a campfire evening event on Wednesday, April 17, a members-only supper event on Thursday, April 18, and an afternoon awards ceremony for Best Presentations and Best Papers on Friday, April 19. There is also a coaching clinic lunch session on Thursday and a round-table intensive lunch event on Friday. Attendees will be able to sign-up at the conference to participate in these special sessions offered to enhance their skills regarding navigating the academic research publication process and exploring the ramifications of effective leadership skills.

Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference Details:

April 17-19, 2013
The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale, Arizona
7:30 am – 4:30 pm, daily

To take advantage of the 50% reduction rate for standard registration, please visit the registration page. Full conference information is available by visiting the conference webpage. The conference Call for Papers is available by viewing the Call for Papers. Full details about the promotional pricing is available by viewing the Promotion Details.

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