Kids love toys, you can not possibly deny that. You can easily bribe them anytime with their toys. Not that bribing is a good habit, but then again we all have done that with our kids. Back to the topic. Now the idea of educational toy is wonderful, and we parents love them. They help children learn while playing.And there is educational electronic toys. In today’s world where technologies play the important roles in every thing we do,thus making our lives more convenient, the kids are more likely going to respond well towards the electronic toys. They see us parents sitting in front of the screen all day, they want to be just like us! These electronic educational toys are basically learning devices that teach your children when they do not even know that they are learning.One of the parents’ top buying educational electronic toys manufacturers is Leap Frog. The games are presented in such a way that it is just pure fun and exciting for the kids when they are actually learning. They have integrated the popular TV cartoon characters in the games to help the children become more engaged in the game.These toys help stimulate the development, nurture the minds and encourage imaginative thinking through different games that are aged appropriate. While some games focus on intellectual perspective such as adding, subtracting, phonics and so many more, other games are more to the creativity side such as drawing.Some of us parents do not like the idea of having their kids glued to the computer games/video games and so on. I was not entirely happy when I first bought it because I do not want my kid to be totally hooked on the game all day. These toys can be addictive. However, after few weeks, I saw how much my kid was enjoying and how much she has actually learned from these games. I decided it is definitely a keeper for a long haul. All I have to do is keep changing the game to match her age as she grows. The other thing I definitely need to do is set the timing for her because she can not be on it all day.As a parent, when I am at work or busy running errands, and therefore can not be with my kid, it is nice to know that my child is doing something productive, having her mind stimulated, yet she is having fun and enjoying it. Besides the fact that this system helps stimulate her mind and development, it can keep your child still in one place for quite sometimes. For long rides or flights – it is the best toy.
If you’re looking for fun and creative ways to teach your children at home, or if you need to know how to make sure that your kids don’t forget all the things they’ve learned in school over the summer, you may want to find a few educational games for their age group. These games can be very entertaining, and will allow your son or daughter to retain information in a way that is fun and engaging. Here are some resources for finding the best – and most affordable – games.The Fun Brain site has a great variety of educational games for kids of all ages. You can play the games online using the ‘arcade’ features, and there are even Web books for kids that you can download to give your child a fun summer reading list. If you want to make sure that your child does not forget basic math skills, you’ll definitely want to try Fun Brain games like Fresh Baked Fractions, a game that teaches children how to recognize and create fraction using segments of baked goods. Or, you may want to try Math Baseball, a game that teaches both sports strategy and counting.For grammar retention, Scramble-Saurus is a great game that will teach children how to recognize letters and transform them into words. There are also a number of other educational games for kids on the site will teach motor skills and community awareness, and many of the games are available in Spanish as well.If your child is in elementary school, Primary Games has educational games for this age group. Science games on the site include Ocean Fun, which teaches young children about the creatures that live underwater. You can print out coloring pages of underwater animals for your children to color as well, which is ideal if you’re home schooling or trying to keep your children productive during the summer. Language Arts games include Candy Land Dora, where Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer is the main character. Flip Words and Bouncing Letters are also great games that will teach your children how to properly form sentences and recognize the letter combinations that make up words.If your children watch PBS often, you’ll definitely want to log onto PBS Kids to find educational games for them. Their favorite characters from PBS cartoons, like Caillou and Arthur are featured on the site, and there are lots of pages to download for coloring, as well as music that you can incorporate into your child’s math, science, or language lesson. You can sign up for a free trial to see if you like the services, and the monthly fee is definitely affordable.
Before we outline the definition of distance learning, we must first know what is learning. Learning is the act of developing skills or knowledge. This “act” usually takes place in the classroom. Therefore distance learning (or distance education) is learning that takes place far from the classroom.Distance education occurs in two forms, correspondence courses via mail or online courses. Many schools still offer correspondence courses but online courses are more popular and offer a wider variety of courses.Online distance learning courses utilize email, forums, streaming audio and video, chat rooms etc as vehicles for instruction and feed back.Some online distance education classes are “attended” by students online in real time. Such classes are synchronous in nature. Other classes are asynchronous in nature in that learners can participate in their classes according to their schedule whilst still being geographically separate from the instructor.Getting feedback is a very important aspect of education in a traditional setting and so it is with online study. Online students can have threaded discussion which allows them to interact and have a running conversation with each other or their instructor without having to be online at the same time.There is also a chat functionality that allows real time communication between students and teachers.Even more important than the definition of distance learning is the value of the online degrees and how they are viewed in the workplace. This value varies from employer to employer.One thing that can significantly boost the value of your online distance learning degree in the eyes of every employer is getting one that is accredited. There are many distance education schools claiming they are appropriately accredited but in fact they are not.You will need to know what to look for in order to ensure that the online school you plan on attending is legitimate
Any child that has a need for guided education whether it is because of a mental or physical disability deserves to have the same chance in life and school as other children. Sometimes when a parent knows their child needs regulated special guidance on education, they don’t want their child to be singled out. They don’t want to have to have special arrangements. They want their child to be given attention without losing the same equality as other students.Learning in a regulated special guidance on education is often required. It is design though not to restrict the children, but give them all the opportunity to succeed. Parents can rest assured that often it is the law that all children will have the best opportunities to succeed in education even if special education is needed. Sometimes students needing education need a complete special education curriculum while others just need various elements with education.The student might have learning disabilities and needs extra attention to help them understand the lessons, to stay up with other students. Other students could be emotionally challenged and need special attention to help them accomplish goals. Then there are various physical disabilities that can cause the student to need more extensive assistance for their special education curriculum.Often the definition of those being eligible for specialized education is provided by the state as well as the federal government. Depending on the disability there are various services available. Parents are asked to keep in mind that education environments are set up to benefit the child with a disability and provide them with more of an advantage than they would have otherwise got.A specialized education environment is set up to benefit the classmates. It might be that is it more wheelchairs accessible to having equipment to help students with certain issues along with a teacher trained to help with these issues. Having specialized training will best benefit the child as an individual compared to a teacher in the traditional classroom with 19 other students that don’t have a disability or a class room with a few others that need special attention as well.There is often an Individualized Education Plan put in place for the student. This allows the student to get assistance and education that is geared toward their needs in a way that will best benefit them. Talk with the school administrators, teachers and your child’s teacher to help design the best options for your child.You may require talking to the child’s physician about the best specialized education program that would assist in improving the child’s development. Additionally, hiring the services of a special educator at home while the child goes to regular school is also a possibility to explore when you are looking for a cohesive environment for the child’s development.You may explore for more information online as there are numerous websites dealing with special educators, pioneers in the friend of education that impart information about parenting and education.
People say I’m lucky – and yes I do agree. I get to travel world, work with a wonderful team and make my living from my passion. But when it comes down to the quality of the images I produce, that has nothing to do with luck. Over the years I have noticed a correlation between knowledge and image quality. The more I have educated myself, the ‘luckier’ I’ve become.As I am not just the ‘biggest’, but also one of the ‘oldest’ dogs in the yard I have seen the equipment that is available to us as photographers change dramatically over the years. Film has made way for digital, and mega-pixels are no longer limited to single figures. All of the developments that have been made have no doubt made our jobs easier – particularly when it comes to transporting kit for jobs on location. Just recently I was sat in the departure lounge at Bergen airport (for those of you that haven’t been let me tell you it is without doubt the smallest international departure lounge I have ever sat in) thinking to myself that if it wasn’t for micro 4/3 technology, I would be a very unpopular man indeed as the people that I was sharing the space with would be stood outside in the cold due to the fact that my old full frame kit would have filled most of the room. The advances in photographic technology that have allowed for smaller, lighter kit that gives immediate feedback are – let’s face it – a god send, and will no doubt allow me to keep doing what I love for a few more years. The kit that is available today really is fantastic. It works well, and produces image files of a quality that was unimaginable even five years ago. But as good as all of this new equipment is, it couldn’t create anything if it wasn’t for me – or indeed one of you – controlling it. Yes, technology does have its advantages, but for a real grandmaster, technology is only there to augment, facilitate and ease the photographic process. Technology will never render photographers obsolete, it will never replace education and the application of knowledge when it comes to creating ‘grade A’ images.As an old school traditionalist I am a firm believer in knowledge – not kit – being the secret to good photography. A stunning image is not just created by pressing click on a camera. To cross that fine line that separates good and brilliant, a photographer has to take several things in to consideration. Lighting, posing and composition. What story do you want an image to tell? how do you want the image to look? how do you want the image to feel?Lighting an image in the correct way is key. Without the placement of hi-light and shadow in the correct places, a three dimensional story cannot be told through a two dimensional medium. It is highlight and shadow that gives an image depth and makes the subject feel real. Light is definitely the most important aspect of photography. It is no secret that ever since using the Olympus EM5 OM-D and adopting a micro 4/3 system I am on a mission to reduce the size of all of the kit I use, but I can guarantee you that this reduction in size will not come at the cost of sacrificing quality – especially not when it comes to lighting equipment. As much as I love and am amazed by the capabilities of my OM-D it is not the most important bit of kit in my bag, my lights and their modifiers however most definitely are. Whether they be speed lights or a full studio lighting kit, they are massively important. Without them I could not use the secret weapon that is fully responsible for the quality and consistence of my images. What is this secret weapon? Well I will tell you… It is the knowledge of how to control and manipulate light. How can you get this secret weapon for yourself? In the same way that I did, through education and years of practice. Practice makes perfect, it really is that simple.The point I am trying to make, is that it is most definitely not about the kit. Having the gear doesn’t mean you automatically have all of the idea. Knowledge is the secret to being the best photographer that you can be. The camera may take the image, but it is the photographer that creates it. Owning a camera does not make you a photographer, it simply makes you a camera owner.A photographer is born through years of continual training to obtain the technical knowledge needed to create a top quality image and countless hours of practice to fine tune their creative abilities. If I was to give you one ‘top tip’ it would be to take your time. Learn as much as you can and practice what you have learnt at every opportunity. Take your time whilst shooting an image and pay close attention to the fine details. Only press the shutter button when you have created the image you want to capture. Do not rely on Photoshop to rescue an image, it is a tool to be used for enhancement.Now, it’s all very well and good me telling you that the secret to photographic success is knowledge, and that it takes several years of hard work to obtain the knowledge that you will need, but the world is a very real place indeed and sometimes a ‘quick fix’ is needed. Now unfortunately a quick fix isn’t such a quick fix when it comes to photography. There are however ‘fast lanes’ that can help you to develop your level of understanding at a faster rate. If I had to start from the beginning I would most definitely be factoring in education costs in to my plans. Now is a brilliant time to start making a successful career in the profession, partly due to the number of training opportunities available to new photographers. My hat goes off to the SWPP for the work that they put in to organising seminars and training days to help photographers develop. I would strongly encourage those who are new to the profession to listen to the knowledge that the old guard are sharing; after all, we’ve been there, done the job and bought the T-shirt. Learn as much as you can from the best that you can, as my grandma would say, you’re only ever as good as your teacher, so choose wisely and listen carefully.ttfnMcGillicuddy