I live on property that’s a little under four acres large, on the side of a hill, with lots of rock and serpentine soil. Little of substance grows other than manzanita trees, gray pines, buck brush and weeds. However, in the spring and into the summer, wildflowers populate the hillside like sprinkles of color against a backdrop of sage green and golden brown. And the flowers arrive in waves — yellows, then oranges and reds, blues and whites and then yellows again.
My dog Kipper and I have walked a loop around the house, which is situated on the upper end of our place. We have been doing it for so long, the path can seen on Google Maps.
But even there, where the ground is worn down to the dirt, small stickly weeds pop up, leaving tiny bubbles of burrs that stick to Kipper’s fur and my shoes and socks. When we return to the house, we have to pick at these before going in, and if I forget to put on gloves, they leave minuscule slivers that poke at me while working until I resign myself to going downstairs and retrieving the sliver tweezers to remove them.
So it only makes sense that these are the first pests to attack in my summer-time plan. With my gym off-limits during the pandemic (my wife works for public health, and there’s no way she’ll let me go back right now) and reduced pay for almost everybody in my company (a result of a depressed economic climate), I decide not to go my usual route — hiring somebody else to do the weed eating. I’ll get my workouts by handling it myself.
According to the Babson Survey Research Group’slatest annual report on distance education in the United States, online student enrollment has grown for the 14th year in a row. Nearly a million additional students took distance education courses in 2016 compared to 2012, a count consisting of both people who took online classes (or other forms of distance ed) exclusively as well as those who took a mix of online and face-to-face courses. That translates to more than 30 percent of colleges students — 6.4 million in total — who took at least one distance education course during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Conversely, a million fewer students came to campus for their college education in 2016 than in 2012.
Digital Promise has issued a new report on personalized learning that dives into the policies and practices that should be pursued at the district, state, and federal levels to help individual learners master content and skills. This is the fourth report in a series on the topic of personalized learning.
Why is personalized learning getting so much attention? For several reasons, suggested Barbara Pape, co-author of the paper, on the Digital Promise blog…
Two researchers, Helen Ladd from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and John Singleton, from the Economics Department, based their research “on detailed balance sheet information” for a sample of school districts in their own state of North Carolina, which saw significant charter entry when a statewide cap of 100 charters was lifted in 2011.
NAEP, which issues assessments in multiple topics to students in grades 4, 8 and 12, defines “proficient” as “solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter….”
United States higher education is struggling to move into the 21st century digital era, according to Dr. Samuel Conn, president and chief executive officer for nonprofit technology consortium NJEdge. Holding back the segment, he said, are legacy processes and “last-century” thinking, which can no longer meet the demands of students who are more digitally savvy than their instructors — not to mention the growing competition coming from global institutions that are attracting those same students…
There’s something about the World Almanac and Book of Facts that tells me it deserves the inch and a half of room it requires on my grab-it-quick bookcase. Let’s face it, the world wide web doesn’t know everything; Wikipedia’s explanations are frequently beyond my level of understanding; and sometimes the prospect of cranking up the Google search home page one more time in a day is enough to send me out my office door and off for a three-week walkabout.
If you haven’t checked it out lately, this 1,008-page volume provides a snapshot of the year that was and the decades and centuries that were, in consumable and well-written bites.
Wondering just when the War of Roses took place and why? It’s covered in a tiny capsule in the “Military Affairs, Timeline of Major Wars” section.
Trying to figure out what song placed Shania Twain on the map? There it is in “Noted Personalities, Country Music Artists”: “You’re Still the One.”
Need the latest on internet usage in the United States? The “Technology, Internet Use” section provides data on most-visited sites, most popular apps, fixed broadband internet connections by type, usage by race and ethnicity and plenty of other statistics.
Every year I try to make donations to the non-profit online sites I use most often; the $14.99 cover price for the World Almanac costs is a bargain in comparison.
When September’s massive storm knocked out access to electricity, clean water and communications for the entire island, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón needed to get up and running fast. Thanks to an extraordinary IT team and the resources of the cloud, the school was back in action within a few weeks…