March 2011

  • March Madness!

    Barry Lenson

    March is the time of year when people like to do crazy things . . . People at work devote at least an hour a day to looking at charts and betting on basketball. People who aren’t even leaving their houses paint their faces. Then they sit on couches watching flat screens full of men and women in short pants who chase a ball from the right to the left, then the left to the right, then the right to the left, for hours. People dress up like leprechauns, dye their food green – and then actually eat it. People put on togas, go to the Roman forum, and stab Julius Caesar. That doesn’t happen every year, okay, but it’s another example of the lunacy that can strike at this time of year. A Saner Kind of Madness . . . In the M ...

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  • Six Ways to Use Your Computer in College

    Barry Lenson

    Six Ways to Use Your Computer in College Before we start writing about computers in the classroom, we have a confession to make . . . We have spies. That’s right, spies. They are college students who tell us about weird things that they are seeing on campuses these days.  Here are some of our spies’ stories about some unusual ways that students are using their laptops on campus this year . . . 1 - Skype a lecture. You and your roommate both have a lecture at 10:00 a.m., but your roommate can’t seem to get out of bed. No problem! You head to the lecture and Skype it to him.  Note that this ploy requires a swiveling webcam on your laptop, because if you turn your laptop around and point it at your prof, she’s going to know ...

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  • Paying for College? Don’t Overlook Local and Special-Interest Scholarships

    Barry Lenson

    Paying for College? Don’t Overlook Local and Special-Interest Scholarships “Eleven Bizarre but Excellent Scholarships” on The Huffington Post is a must-read post if you are wondering whether you can get a scholarship for studying something unusual – or downright weird.  Here’s a quick summary of some of the unusual scholarships that are profiled . . . The Klingon Language Institute is offering a $500 scholarship for Trekkies who want to master the Klingon language. The American Association of Candy Technologists is offering a $5,000 scholarship to students of candy science. The Michigan Llama Association is making $500 scholarships available to its members and their children. Tall Clubs International is of ...

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  • Train Online to be An Accountant

    Barry Lenson

    Train Online to be An Accountant If you like working with numbers and you’d like a job that offers security and good pay, consider a career in accounting. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for accounting and auditing professionals will continue to increase strongly during the next seven years. To quote from the report: Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 279,400 over the projections decade. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regula ...

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  • Online Innovations at WGU Indiana Make the News

    Barry Lenson

    Online Innovations at WGU Indiana Make the News WGU Indiana has been attracting a lot of attention in the last few weeks. Innovations at the school have been covered in the New York Times’s Economix blog and the Evansville Courier & Press. Plus, WGU Indiana made the U.S. News list of best military-friendly universities for the fourth straight year. Why is WGU Indiana attracting all this attention? One reason is that it is the first state university to deliver virtually all instruction online. But there’s another reason too. Using technology, WGU Indiana has found new ways to keep distance learners connected to their instructors – and to other students too. Here are some innovations that WGU Indiana has put in place . . . ...

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