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Children Gain Edge with Investment Program

Chicago, Illinois, 2018-Feb-05 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — With the stock market recently reaching dizzying heights, a program called Stepping Stones is providing parents with a fun means to educate their children on the workings of stocks and bonds. Being sold on Amazons’ Kindle store at the following link, the resource uses reading comprehension and mathematics to introduce third grade level children to a topic most of them won’t learn about until much later on in life (if at all). The primary character in the series is an inquisitive mouse called Dexter, who through the three books Dexter Learns About Stocks, Dexter Learns About Bonds and Dexter Learns About Stocks and Bonds Activity Book, uses interactions with his friends to educate children on the subject matter in a way which is both fun and entertaining. “It was important to make the character easily identifiable to children, so that they would become and remain engaged in the lessons being taught.” said creator of the program Anthony Rhodes.

The first book uses Dexter’s conversations with his friend, Wise Wally (an owl) to teach children how stocks work. “Wise Wally is an interesting character.” said Mr. Rhodes. “We naturally associate wisdom with owls, so using him to introduce Dexter to stocks was an easy decision to make.” The following book introduces a few more of his friends, as they approach a dilemma involving a racing contest. “The characters are confronted with a problem that most kids will immediately recognize.” he continued. “But solving it requires some quick thinking.” The final book challenges the child’s comprehension of the first two books, with puzzles and games designed to reinforce the information previously learned. “There are traditional entries, such as crossword puzzles and word searches, but I’ve also included unique mathematical and reading comprehension brainteasers, which are presented in a way which is so engaging, that most children don’t realize that they are actually learning something that is usually considered complex to many adults.”

Mr. Rhodes has been in the investment management business for many years, and developed the program as a means of providing parents with a resource for giving their children an early edge on a topic which normally has a veneer of mystery surrounding it. “At some point in their lives, these children will grow up and have to deal with stocks and bonds, so gaining an understanding of their workings at an early age provides them with that much more of an advantage.” he followed.

Stepping Stones is a natural extension of Mr. Rhodes’ agenda of educating individuals on the importance of investing. Through his popular How To Invest blog (www.howtoinvestblog.net), he guides readers on just about every aspect of the investing process; from the introduction of investment tools, to devising investment strategies. “Unfortunately, many individuals think of the stock market as the exclusive realm of the elite, and this thinking prohibits them from being able to take advantage of its growth potential.” he stated. “With my blog, I attempt to alter this belief so that just about anyone can learn about its workings, and the program definitely reinforces this idea.”

Contact-Details:
The Planning Perspective,
27 North Wacker Drive Suite 253
www.theplanningperspective.com

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Middle School Students Unplug from Electronics for A Week-Long Montessori School Retreat

Baltimore, MD, September 18, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — During their second week of school, Greenspring Montessori School adolescent students lived unplugged from cell phones, television, and computers for a truly immersive outdoor learning experience. The Adolescent Community – a group of 8 students ages 12 to 14 – traveled to Echo Hill Camp on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay for a week-long school retreat. They built campfires in a survival class, explored the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem by boat, participated in team-building challenges, and slept outdoors under canvas tents. Accompanied by their instructors, Christina Soares-Heffner and Elliot Dickson, the students learned so much about the natural environment and about themselves.

Christina emphasized, “Each activity, including no flushing toilets and outside showers, challenged and stretched our adolescents into growing and learning in new ways.”

Outdoor learning is a key element of Montessori education, and a major focus at Greenspring Montessori School. The Adolescents’ retreat is a key part of the upcoming year-long study of the natural environment. As part of their Occupations and Humanities studies, the Adolescents have also established a relationship with Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Several days a week, the class travels to the park to conduct field experiments, hold naturalist seminars, and partner with naturalists to learn more about the area.

About Greenspring Montessori School

Greenspring Montessori School serves children ages 18 months to 14 years old, igniting students’ passion and curiosity for lifelong learning using an authentic Montessori model. Montessori classrooms facilitate hands-on learning, extended periods of concentration, and collaborative experiences. For over 50 years, Greenspring Montessori School has been serving the Baltimore community. Discover more about Greenspring Montessori School on our website at https://www.greenspringmontessori.org/.

CONTACTS:

Greenspring Montessori School
10807 Tony Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Telephone: 410-321-8555
Email: inform@greenspringmontessori.org

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Bay Studies with Captain Annie
Bay Studies with Captain Annie
Outdoor learning is a key element of Montessori education
Outdoor learning is a key element of Montessori education

From Luca: Scanoeing, swamp canoeing, was my favorite activity even though I fell in up to my knee in mud! Luckily I was wearing a pair of rubber boots! When putting on our live vests, we spotted several frogs, which we observed. We also saw a rare ribbon snake who had just shed. It was a gorgeous day on the canoe. One of my favorite activities was seeing the beaver lodges, which Seth, one of our guides, told us about. There were also many beautiful American lotus flowers that everyone thought was cool.

From Zoe: I think that the sleeping situation at Echo Hill was fun and exciting. We got to sleep on tent platforms with canvas to really experience what it is like to sleep outside. We had mosquito netting over our beds and got to ensure the sound of a rainstorm one night. It was nice being able to bond and get closer to the people in my tent. The bathrooms and showers were interesting. I have never taken an outdoor shower before, and I definitely prefer to shower indoors with curtains. Not having flushing toilets was unique, however next year, I’m bringing Febreeze.

From Augie: Echo Hill’s survival class taught me how to control myself in a survival situation. I learned how to construct a fire and and gather the right materials for a shelter. I also learned the importance of food and water and how to scavenge for it. Overall it was an exceptional experience. Even though everything is a challenge, moving forward I feel more confident in a survival situation!

From Franklin: During our great four days at Echo Hill, we were challenged by the pathfinder. The pathfinder is a rock wall with a cargo net and a rope that you have to climb to reach the trapezes at the top. The pathfinder allowed us to overcome our fears of height, tested our strength, and helped us work as a team. To make us work more as a team, we all had to belay each other. It was amazing to see everybody attempt to reach the top. Some of us were scared, and would get stuck in certain spots, but we all helped each other reach our goals. Another thing that the pathfinder taught us was to create goals. Everyone created and accomplished goals, and even created new ones for next year when we return. Overall the pathfinder was a great and really fun learning experience.

From Willow: The bay studies class was fun and informative. We learned a lot about the water and how it is being polluted. We learned about all the types of creatures that live in the bay. For example the eel. We learned about the different parts of fish. We also got to kiss a rockfish which was pretty cool and funny. We got a chance to touch the eel, and learn about how they nest and reproduce. It was really cool touching the eel. It felt kind of like a snake, but slimy. We learned about the water’s colors and how we see different shades of blue, green, and brown. Captain Annie took a clear glass and asked us what color we see in the water. Some of us said brown, and some of us said green. She filled the clear glass up with water and we all saw clear water. We also learned about the blue crab. We learned that a crab can last 48 hours out of water, how it gets oxygen, and how it can detach its claws from its body when in danger.

From Garrick: Orienteering at Echo Hill was very fun. We started talking about the parts of a compass and how to find north. Next, we were given a specific bearing, a direction, and then had to align our compasses correctly. Finally, we got to make our own maps of any any we wanted and each map included a key, compass, and legend. Overall, I had a really great time in my orienteering class, hosted by Mr. Cole, and am looking forward to going back to Echo Hill next fall.

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New Language Classes Begin April 21 at Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center in Pinole, CA

Pinole, CA, March 27, 2015 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Spring II term language classes begin April 21 at Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center, with a variety of affordable conversational language classes, online courses, Spanish for healthcare and social services professionals, and a new Special Topic Workshop series for conversational Spanish. Specializing in conversational Spanish and Portuguese, including European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, the Language Learning Center also provides classes in French, Italian 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 for six weekly sessions.

“Our classes feature small groups of ten or fewer students so that there is more time for individual attention which, of course, leads to faster learning,” explains Maria Oliveira, director of Maria Oliveira 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.”

New Conversational Spanish – Special Topic Workshops

New this term are special topic workshops for individuals who wish to focus on or review specific grammatical structures in the Spanish language to perfect overall communication skills. Through this workshop series, students can choose special topics like, Preterit and Imperfect Tense, English Accent Reduction, Reflexive Verbs and Pronouns, Spanish for Educational Settings, Spanish for Business Owners and Managers and more. These 2 hour special topic workshops provide students with the essential tools to expand comprehension and proper usage of the Spanish language.

The popular Conversational Spanish class for Healthcare and Social Service Professionals will be offered this term, which also provides the opportunity to earn continuing education units or CEU’s. The Healthcare Professionals class is a specialized and intensive course designed to enhance effective communication between patients and healthcare providers. For social services professionals and employees who interact with Spanish-speaking clients, the Spanish for Social Services Professionals class can improve communication with Spanish-speaking clients in screenings and interviews.

The Language Learning Center also offers online courses, workbooks, and CDs for students. These materials can supplement their classroom learning through study aids such as practice lessons, self-tests with interactive exercises, quizzes, and audio clips to review correct pronunciations.

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 Oliveira Language Learning Center also has specialized English classes for non-native speakers, plus special classes on specific topics, such as classes on Spanish reflexive verbs and pronouns, for those students who need a review.

Register for Spring II Classes Now!

Students can register online, by phone, in person at our offices, or by mail. For more information, visit marialanguages.com

Maria Oliveira’s goal is to guide students towards becoming bilingual by teaching basic phrases and sentences that become usable in a very short period of time. This quick success builds confidence, which in turn makes the learning process enjoyable, productive and effective. Her special combinations of affordability, convenience, and an encouraging environment makes Maria Oliveira’s classes and programs the top choice for effective language learning.

Contact-Details: Maria Oliveira
Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center
510-223-3320
marialanguages.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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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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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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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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Train Aid Ltd Switches To New Government Approval Scheme

Train Aid Ltd are set to become an Ofqual registered training provider from April 2013. The move will apply to all first aid at work courses that the company runs throughout the UK. The new Ofqual registration concept will replace the old HSE approval scheme. The government have now favoured an Ofqual model, which should open up the market place, and allow greater flexibility for businesses enrolling their staff on first aid courses.

The HSE approval scheme ensured that a high standard of training was maintained throughout the industry. It forced companies to externally moderate their courses, and drove out incompetent companies / freelancers. It was however very costly to implement, which no doubt had a knock on effect to the consumer. The government recognised this through the Lord Lofsted report, which concluded that the HSE approval scheme should be removed in its entirety.

From April 2013 the UK business sector will be free to choose a trainer provider from the full spectrum of the marketplace. This should have the effect of opening up the marketplace to new providers, and will allow a greater level of flexibility. It will be down to consumers to select a training provider, who they feel can deliver a reputable course. If unsure they can refer to an Ofqual approved provider, which proves their training meets a recognised standard.

Many training providers are concerned that standards could actually end up falling within the industry. The problem lies in the fact that theoretically anyone can now provide first aid at work courses and claim the content to be reputable. More and more companies like Train aid are becoming Ofqual registered to prove that their training meets a certain standard. It looks like it will replicate and replace the old HSE approval scheme. Train Aid’s Bill Casserley was on hand to provide his view point:

“Everyone within the industry was understandably concerned when the review was published from Lord Loftsed. However after having some time to deliberate over the findings I think it all makes sense. The most important people within the industry are the consumers who are purchasing the courses. This new system gives them more flexibility and will ultimately save them more money”.

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If Your Child Is Ready To Start Learning To Read, Then Download The Smart4Kids App Today!

Today, Smart4Kids LLC announced the release of its new app Smart4Kids in English, an interactive learn-to-read educational game, based on a 36 steps curriculum on the Apple iTunes store.

Smart4Kids provides a structured and engaging learning experience for children ready to learn how to read.

The scientific, research-based reading materials and activities are modeled after the “Big Five” focus areas recommended by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Children are challenged to learn sounds and recognize new words as they play interactive games. The Smart4Kids app contains four key components: learn, play interactive games, read stories and follow progression.

Smart4Kids enables the child to build his or her reading confidence through a progression of 36 units entailing the complete reading curriculum of a 1st grader.

Each one of the 36 units includes:
– The lesson taught
– 3 games to practice the lesson
– 1 mini-story to review the lesson

The games include activities such as word completion, word sorting, word matching, sound matching, memory tests and more. In each game, your child will win a point for each correct answer made. While the general approach is based on phonics, each unit also contains a sight word game, which are words learned primarily by sight recognition.  The sight words are also reviewed in the mini story to help your child to build vocabulary.

A certain number of points is required for the skill to be considered mastered, then your child wins an award and should move on to the next unit.

Smart4Kids was designed specifically with parents and teachers in mind.  Its curriculum is easy for you to use along side of your child.  Parents and teachers will find the interactive learning games to be a great complement to traditional classroom and home-based reading instruction. By following a standard phonics-based curriculum, you will be able to direct the child to practice within the application a specific sound that he is learning.

The App will also take the child through adventures across the globe. In six beautifully illustrated stories an international hero is introduced from a new continent where your child can imagine what it might be like to live in a different culture.  The settings for the learn-to-read challenges are taken from each of these six stories, and the international heroes are the companions of the young reader through his or her learning process.

Smart4Kids can be downloaded for free, including already 6 units. Additional units can be acquired for the price of $0.99 each, $2.99 for 6 units, or $9.99 for the complete 36 units.

Features:

•  The app follows a progression of skills, enabling your child to progress at his own pace.
•  The app can be used by up to 5 different users and track their individual progress.
•  The app uses 18 types of activities, carefully chosen according to the type of phonics being taught.
•  Voice instruction and feedback
•  Mini-stories highlight words as the narrator reads so your child can follow along
•  No third party advertising
•  No external link to social network site
•  Bundle and educational special rate

More information about Smart4Kids including the detailed curriculum is available atwww.app.smart4kids.com

Smart4Kids LLC is committed to promoting literacy through digital learning applications.

By purchasing this app, you support worldwide literacy by helping us develop our reading application in other languages including the developing nations.

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Train Aid Reveals New First Aid at Work Refresher Qualification

Train Aid Ltd is set to launch a newFirst Aid at Work Refresher course in February 2013. The new qualification is run over two days, and will be held at Train Aid’s HQ in Greenwich, London. The training centre is easily accessible from anywhere in London and the Home Counties. This latest qualification is aimed at people who have already completed a first aid at work course, and who need to update their certificate. They can avoid having to do a full three days training by enrolling on the two day refresher.

It looks like this could be a useful addition to the wide variety of training courses that Train Aid provides. It is particularly useful for those candidates who hold the full qualification as this version will condense that full course down into two manageable days. The course is designed around refreshing current skills because prior knowledge is part of the prerequisite to signing up. Candidates by its conclusion receive an HSE approved certificate, which is good for a three year period.

The only prerequisite to signing up is that delegates have completed the full three day qualification and that their certificate has not expired by more than 28 days. If this is the case they can save themselves a full days training by signing up. It looks like Train Aid has designed the course around the feedback from candidates. The courses initially may not reach capacity, but will help save client’s time and money. A spokesman from the company (Steve Faber) was on hand to tell us a little bit more:

“The introduction of this course makes sense as there is always a demand to condense training down into the shortest time frame possible. This is not because people are trying to avoid it, but more so that their time and ultimately money is very important”.

Businesses are also able to benefit from the First Aid at Work Refresher course. The business sector can save thousands of pounds just by keeping up with expiration dates on certificates. Quite often companies enrol their staff onto the full 3 day qualification only because they have allowed the current certificates to expire by more than 28 days. A stronger marketing campaign about the shorter qualification could prove beneficial to the UK business sector.

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New Language Classes Set to Begin January 15 at Maria Oliveira’s Language Learning Center

Winter Two term language classes begin January 15 at Maria’s Language Learning Center, with a variety of affordable conversational language classes, online courses, Spanish for healthcare and social services professionals, and a new class for business professionals who wish to learn basic Spanish. 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.”

New Classes for Business Professionals to Learn Basic Spanish
New this term is a six-hour class for business professionals who wish to learn basic Spanish language skills to better conduct business with their Spanish-speaking customers. Through this class, students will learn the vocabulary and phrases used to close a business transaction, Spanish greetings, frequently used expressions, and numbers to clarify prices. This learning will enable them to build trust with their Spanish-speaking customers and demonstrate an improved cultural awareness.

Also offered is the popular conversational Spanish classes for healthcare and social service professionals, which also provide the benefit of continuing education hours. The Healthcare Professionals class is a specialized and intensive course designed to enhance effective communication between patients and healthcare providers. For social services professionals and employees who interact with Spanish-speaking clients, the Spanish for Social Services Professionals class can improve communication with Spanish-speaking clients in screenings and interviews.

The Language Learning Center also offers online coursesworkbooks, and CDs for students. These materials can supplement their classroom learning through study aids such as practice lessons, self-tests with interactive exercises, quizzes, and audio clips to review correct pronunciations.

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 special classes on specific topics, such as classes on Spanish reflexive verbs and pronouns, for those students who need a review.

Informational Open House Scheduled for February 22, 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 Fall Two session. The open house is free, but space is limited, so please rsvp on the website athttp://www.marialanguages.com/classes/socialevents.shtml.

Coming Up Summer and Fall of 2013: Study Abroad Program Combines Classes with Tours of Mexico and the Azores Islands
For those students who want to combine intensive language classes with tours, the Language Center offers a two-week Spanish and a three-week Portuguese Language Learning Immersion Program. Now in its tenth year, students attend formal classes from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and then spend afternoons and weekends touring and practicing their new language skills. The Portuguese Language Immersion Program is planned for July 1-20, 2013 and takes place in the Azores Island and the Spanish Language Immersion Program is planned for later in the year, November 9-16, 2013, and is located in Nayarit, Mexico.

Register for Winter 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

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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First Aid Courses Set To Be Opened Up To The Unemployed

Train Aid Ltd is set to offer free first aid training courses to members of the London community. This new scheme will be held on an outside setting on Clapham common starting next spring. The idea behind the concept is to try and reach out to the millions of people who have never been on such training. The recession has hit hard and many people cannot afford luxuries such as extra-curricular courses. The hope is that hosting practical led courses in an outside setting will also reach out to people who would previously have had no previous interest in the subject area.

Many communities within London have been hit very hard by the recession, and it has led to spiralling levels of unemployment. Generally people have less money at the end of the month, and subsequently cannot afford extra activities. This comes at a time when more people are being encouraged to get involved with first aid, yet offered no financial aid. Setting up a free course once a month gives people the opportunity to gain certification, and who knows it could lead to more lives being saved.

Traditionally these types of courses have been housed in a classroom environment. However this is by no means law, and therefore the classroom could be replicated in an outside setting. The plan is to help those who are unemployed, but the scheme may catch people who would have had no previous interest in the subject area. It is thought that the outside setting will invigorate people and open their minds up to learning new skills. The companies policy of making first aid training courses practical based could also add to the interest level.

The initiative was first created by Tom Casserly, founder of the company in 2009. Luckily he was on hand to give us an insight into the details of the plan:

“In simple terms more people need an introduction to first aid in the hope to save lives. In times of plenty the government may have been able to subsidize training for the unemployed. However this will not be the case for many years so the hope is that initiatives like this will provide opportunity. We can only offer a small number of these courses as we have a specific business model. However we feel this is a first, and its more than most companies will be doing”.

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Teacher’s Pet makes the iPad a Teacher’s Best Friend in the Digital Classroom!

House of File, a mobile developer focused on a wide variety of applications, is excited today to announce the launch of Teacher’s Pet on the App Store. Created specifically for iPad and iPad Mini and is the ONLY App that Teachers need to make their iPad the ULTIMATE Teaching Assistant.

First, you can create your lesson plans by date, grade, or subject, and save it to your calendar, or email the lesson plan to your colleagues or supervisor. Then, to prepare your lesson, this app will allow you to prepare notes, use an interactive whiteboard that you can preload with a picture or graphic, import PDFs or PPT presentations, upload videos, pictures, or record lectures and create flash cards, and then save your lessons to your calendar by date and subject. You can create lessons for as many subjects as you need each day. Finally, after your lessons are saved to your calendar, you can easily retrieve them for presentation. The app lets you present any of your material through your overhead with a VGA connector, or wirelessly through an Apple TV. Your lessons can be emailed or shared over Bluetooth, or you can use the print function to prepare handouts for students.

A well rounded app, Teacher’s Pet features password protection options, as well as full iCloud backup support to ensure that your lessons and other data will never be lost. Setting up the app is as simple as inputting your name, school year, and classes that you teach. You’re free to set up appointments, reminders and other alerts within the calendar as well.

Teacher’s Pet is currently available for download on the App Store for $4.99 in the Education category.

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Train Aid Offers Free AED Training On Open 3 Day First Aid Course

Train Aid Ltd has decided to offer Free AED training on their open first aid at work courses. The new scheme applies to the monthly open course, which is held in London and enables individuals and businesses to meet the requirements of the HSE. The reason behind the move is to enable more people to get access to the machines that can restart a cardiac arrest victim’s heart. Despite being accessible in a whole host of public locations many people haven’t had any specific training related to the use of the machines.

AED’s are one of the first tools a paramedic will use when treating a victim of cardiac arrest. In light of this the science behind them was simplified and transferred from the professional domain into the hands of the public. This means that any person in a public location can grab the machine and treat a heart attack victim whilst awaiting the arrival of the emergency services. This is crucial as for every minute that passes without an AED the casualty’s chance of survival drops by 10%.

At the present time there is no law requiring business or individuals to have undertaken AED training. This may well change, but currently training providers often include the training as an expensive add on to regular first aid at work courses. Train Aid Ltd has decided to lead the way on this front and offer the lifesaving course completely free as part of their regular courses. Training coordinator Billy Casserley was on hand to explain the reasons behind the move:

“The AED is the only known way of treating a cardiac arrest victim, yet not enough people know how to use them. In fact not many people even know they exist despite being present at all major rail stations, airport terminals and leisure centres. The time has come to get more people trained, which will ultimately save more lives”.

In the future it is likely that AED training will become part of the 3 day first aid coursesyllabus. Whilst awaiting the changes Train Aid Ltd is looking to set a precedent by enabling candidates to access the training free of charge.

Contact Details: 32 Somers Road, Reigate, RH2 9DZ,01737556434, info@train-aid.co.uk

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The Learning Genome Project unveils a new solution to personalized education through crowd sourcing

Educator Kelly Tenkely invites educators, parents and investors around the world to join in personalizing education.

Due to an increased disenfranchisement with the education system, Colorado educator, Kelly Tenkely, recognized the need for a product that would honor the uniqueness of children by personalizing learning. Kelly created the Learning Genome Project to fulfill this need.

“Every child deserves to be met right where they are in learning, rather than expected to fit a one-size-fits-all solution. In our society, we have managed to customize everything from ringtones to coffee, why should learning be different?” Said the Learning Genome Project creator, Kelly Tenkely.

The Learning Genome makes personalized learning available to children around the world by:
* Gathering information about an individual child including: their unique interests/passions, learning style preferences, multiple intelligence strengths, brain dominance, and maturation level.
* Crowdsourcing the tagging of both free, as well as premium, education resources and curriculum with hundreds of learning attributes (the ‘genes’ of learning).
* Matching resources and curriculum to students, recommending the materials that best meet their needs and creating a custom learning map for each child.
* Utilizing an open API so that schools, parents, and districts can build additional functionality to meet their specific needs.

This is the Learning Genome Project’s free “hub” that makes personalized learning available to every child.

Said Kelly, “Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves an education that is tailored to them. Society benefits when we help kids learn how to best utilize their unique gifts and passions.”

Premium features of the Learning Genome Project will include:
* A student information system
* An e-portfolio
* A teacher and student planner
* Blogging tools
* An e-learning center
* An individual learning map for each child

The premium features will work seamlessly with the Learning Genome hub giving students, teachers, and parents a complete solution to personalized learning.

The Learning Genome Project is seeking crowd-sourced funding through Indiegogo and will use the $85,000 raised to begin programming. The project has 45 days to raise the funds and can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/thelearninggenomeproject?c=home&a=1232629

In addition to her work on the Learning Genome Project, Kelly Tenkely is an educator, a prolific education blogger, and created a new educational model. This model is put into practice at Anastasis Academy, a school that Kelly co-founded that is just beginning its 2nd year in operation.

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PAM Launch Make-up Courses in London

Precious About Make-up has launched a new series of make-up artistry courses and workshops in London for aspiring make-up artists and those who want to brush up on their skills.

The make-up studio courses are designed for amateur and professional make-up artists, as well as keen enthusiasts who want to diversify their skillset and learn from professionals who work in the industry. PAM has recruited some of the country’s finest make-up artists and experts in various fields to teach attendees about industry-standard techniques.

Teachers at the PAM studio are working make-up artists and expert in their fields, able to offer the top industry tips. The sessions are all focused on different elements of make-up artistry, including creating wounds and swells, making people look older with ageing make-up effects, fashion make-up for photography, and bridal make-up artistry.

Vicky Voller, Prosthetics Designer on BBC TV series Holby City is presenting a“Bloody Amazing Casualty Course” on 15th October 2012 which will teach attendees about working with silicone and blood effects, including colour matching skin, measuring materials and constructing blood rigs, veins, and muscle to create realistic injury effects.

Louise Young has been a professional makeup artist for over 30 years, working in film, fashion, TV, theatre and special effects. She’s presenting an intensive 5 day course in fashion and photographic make-up on 5th November 2012. Ideal for those who wish to embark on a career in fashion, photographic or bridal make-up, this course covers basic business and kit requirements as well as key design techniques, editorial, catwalk and period looks.

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Reward Offered To Crowd Funders Who Support The EFT Project In South Africa’s Township Schools!

The Aim: To calm the violence and increase student and teacher performance in the Township Schools of South Africa.


What we do: EFT practitioners will teach the teachers of Khayelitsha’s four high and thirty three primary schools how to use basic EFT.  Teachers in turn will teach the basics of EFT to learners.

Clinical Proof of the Efficacy of EFT:  Psychologists endorse EFT – Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that stimulating acupressure points through Tapping reduces blood flow to the amygdala, which leads to an increase in endorphins, an increase in soothing GABA waves and reduced cortisol levels. The result is an instant sensation of calmness, and a dramatic reduction in anxiety symptoms.

EFT has proven to:

  • Reduce the emotional footprint of current and past trauma
  • EFT is helping Rwanda’s genocide survivors
  • Reduce disruptive behaviour in class
  • Reduce learner anxiety – resulting in significant improvement in academic and sporting learner performance.
  • Significantly improve learner performance in the areas of reading and mathematica l dyslexa.

History of the ruin of Education in South Africa: Apartheid era vs ANC era

Hendrik Verwoerd – Architect of Apartheid and the infamous black and coloured schooling policy – keeping them in their place as ‘hewers of water….During the apartheid era of South Africa, only a fraction of educational funding was allocated to Black and Coloured schools. The Verwoerdian black educational policies dealt a devasting blow to our black and to a lesser extent our coloured children of South Africa. It has set literacy back by decades.

Jacob Zuma – ANC and South African National Government President. The ‘father’ of corruption and cronyism within government and educational supplier ranks. http://www.iol.co.za/logger/p.gif?a=1.1381952&d=/2.225/2.1360Newsflash-September 13 2012 at 09:00am : Nedbank boss lashes Zuma ‘masquerade’:…The businessman said SA craved global standards of knowledge, skills development and critical thoughts. He said it was impossible to match these global virtues, though, because our schools were in crisis. To a certain extent, educational levels had declined since the end of apartheid, Khoza said. “We face leadership that has raised mediocrity to a status of virtue,” he said.

Freedom Fighter and Martyr Steve Biko said that ‘black is beautiful’ – But there is nothing ‘beautiful’ about demoralised teachers, illiterate and struggling learners.   When hearts and minds are calmed we can hold hands and hold up our heads with dignity, and together work to safeguard the education of our children.

There is only now – not yesterday, not tomorrow, only NOW! Act now – before we lose another generation of youngsters! Please, help fund a few basic tools to realise peace in this country of mine.

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