Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards
Social Media as a group of internet based application that allows the creation and exchange of user generated content. Social media sites are: Facebook, 2go, Blackberry TWITTER, Whatsapp, Friendster, MySpace and many others.
The Social Media and the Education sector have now become two great enemies. An old saying says “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. Most students dwell on this saying and they neglect their studies, there is not even a scheduled time for the social media activities. Hence, I will also say that “all play no work makes jack a stupid boy”
According to the research conducted by, Len Hart, Purcell, Smith and Zickuhr in 2010, indicates that 47% of American adults use social network. A national survey in 2009 found that 37% of online teenagers use social media sites which increased to 55% three years later. According to the survey in 2009, it is worthy to note that the rate at which teenagers, especially students access the social media without caution is alarming. From 2009 to 2010 there is a 16% increase in the use of the social media by students. How much time do these students have to focus on their studies, when most of their time is spent on Social Media activities?
There is already a division between Education and Social Media because most students now spend their time on social media activities which reduce the concentration and dedication they have for their studies, they forget their first assignment.
As of July 1999, 205 countries had at least one connection to internet. Estimate of the number of people on the internet seem to range between 50 and 80 million worldwide.(Retrieved from www.convince&convert.com)
It is obvious that Social Media has now become an integral part of students activities, in as it constitutes a major part of their livelihood. As useful as Social Media is; students still abuse the use of it. From the studies, it is revealed that students spend a lot of time on the Social Media which causes a divided attention between their academics and social life thereby resulting in neglect to their Studies
It is true that the existence of man now depends on the availability and accessibility to information and communication. Social Media will be of immense help when students learn when to shut it down.
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HOMEWORK AND STUDY TIME: WHY PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED
By Ikulajolu Adesola
Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem
is not that parents are not capable to help their children.
Afterall, not many parents have a background or training in
educational techniques, or child psychology. It is just that the parent
does not know the best way to help.
Here are some tips on how you can improve the likelihood of children’s
success in their education. Remember, these techniques take both time
and patience to show the desired and expected results Don’t expect
Teach them that learning is their job.
Parents often ask what they can do to get their child interested in a
particular subject or task. This part is so important. No one cares
whether or not a child is interested in something. Of course, children
learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what
children really need to learn is that they must also learn things
they do not find particularly interesting. That is the job children have.
You do not have to be an angry Mom or Dad to get your point across, but you
have to realize that parental expectation do have a huge impact on study performance.
If you don’t expect your child to do well,
your expectations will likely not be met.
Distinguish Learning from Study
It is rare for children to have done their
homework and to have also learned the lesson. By testing the child
with questions from the lesson. The child has a better chance at learning what the
lesson was really about. Though this gets harder as the child grows.
Prioritize study time
All children need down time, playing alone and with other
children is necessary for their intellectual growth and accumulation of social skills.
However, as a matter of priority, children should within reason, be
encouraged to work first before playing. It will pay-off in the long
run. Children should have a study hour in which they will need to
complete their school work. As the child gets older, his designated
study time should get longer.
Provide a proper homework environment
Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her
best. A desk, and a comfortable chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper,
pen, calculator, computer, protractor, pencil.) Most importantly a quiet
place to work.
Let them figure things out on their own.
Have your children think about problems at length before asking for
your help. Remember when you tell a child the answers to a problem,
you have deprived that child the right to figure it out
by his or herself. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a
student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful effort to learn
something without assistance.
Teach proper Reading Comprehension skills.
So many children read without understanding what they have
read or understanding what it means. To aid in that gap to learning,
children should know that when reading they should not go to the next
paragraph until they have understood the previous paragraph.
If they do, they actually will not understand the
paragraph. You should also let children take note of what they read
(better still, they should keep an outline). Taking notes and outline,
rephrase what the child has learned from reading and will provide room
for the child to prepare for writing examinations.
Conclusively, You will agree that all these are important to a child’s
educational success. The issue now is for parents to put this into use
Parents should be involved in the training of their children.
Don’t rely on teachers alone. Parents should be happy to help
their children at home. Teach your children to reach for the sky. It will give them a clear advantage among their peers.
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Recognizing when a child needs extra help
By Amanda Nanan
As a parent, it can be very difficult to recognize when your child is not quite developing at the
same pace as other children of his or her age. As a teacher it can be pretty obvious at times,
but almost impossible to approach a parent to inform them of the observations you have
made. Meanwhile a child is growing and getting older and still not receiving the extra help
they may need. More and more children are “slipping through the cracks” every year as
parents and educators wait for the right time or opportunity to address these difficulties that
children are facing. I have been in this situation a few times already, as a parent, and as a
teacher. I know from experience it is not an easy topic to address but it is necessary for the
well-being of the child.
As I was teaching my pre-K class back in 2008, I had a fellow teacher approach me very
hesitantly and I could tell right away what she had to say was important and yet very difficult.
“Amanda, I’m not sure how to tell you this, but I think your son is a little different from the
other children in my class.” This is not something parents want to hear about their precious
two year old child. My son was acting very different from the other children though. He was
very “active”, he would run into walls, throw himself on the floor, and put everything in his
mouth. Many parents look at those things as normal “boy” behaviors, especially for a two year
old. Parents can go straight into denial at this point or they can accept it and take some time
to process it. It stunned me a little at first, but as I thought more about it, and let it sink in, I
started to notice strange behaviors too. It helped a little that I had an older child I could
compare him to. I know they say not to compare your children to each other, but you really
can’t help it. I could see how my daughter developed and could tell my son just wasn’t
developing the way she did. I was very young when I had my children and was always second
guessing myself but I did finally decide to seek out a behavioral therapist for my son.
After a few weeks working with the behavioral therapist she noticed the same behaviors that
both his teacher and I had noticed as well. She told me the next step would be an occupational
therapist. I was very persistent with my son and truly wanted to know what was wrong with
him and how I could “fix” it. After going through testing with the occupational therapist and
later on more testing with a psychiatrist I finally had all the answers I was looking for. I finally
knew what was wrong with my son and there really was no way to “fix” him. My son was
diagnosed with Sensory integration disorder, Pervasive developmental disorder, and also
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder. My son is on the Autistic Spectrum. Now that I had the
diagnosis and we had a treatment plan I finally felt my son was on his way to getting better.
It has been many years since I went through all of this with my son. I have come to the
realization that I will never be able to “fix” my son but it’s ok. He was made special and unique
and I love him just the way he is. I know that if I had not fought so hard for him, then he would
have been one those children that fall through the cracks in the education system. I fought to
get him the different types of therapy he needed and a psychiatrist, all of which I had to fight
to get my insurance to cover. I had to fight to get him an IEP (An IEP is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction.) when he got into elementary
school, and make sure accommodations were made to assist him. All of the fighting was truly worth it to see my son succeeding in school.
Everything I went through with my son was not easy but it has opened my eyes to see the
challenges children face every day. It has given me the confidence to approach my students’
parents and talk to them about things that I may see in the classroom that they may not even
be aware of. I have also shared my story about my son with a few parents hoping they will be
able to see what is going on with their own child more easily. By sharing my story with them I
want them to know they do not need to go through this journey alone, that there are other
parents who have gone through this already and can serve as a sounding board. Parents do
not need to feel ashamed, scared, or embarrassed if their child needs a little help. It does not
make you a bad parent if your child has a diagnosis. In fact I think it makes you an even better
parent because you are getting your child the extra help they need. Every child needs a parent
who loves them so much that they are willing to advocate for them and get them all the help
they need to succeed not only in school but also in life.
Author bio: Amanda Nanan is the Assistant Director at the Mattisyn School and has been working in Childcare for over ten years. She is a thirty one year old mother of five beautiful children. married, living in Loxahatchee Fl.
Five Family New Year’s Resolutions To Keep Active
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in modern society — as kids become increasingly sedentary and inundated with less-healthy eating options. While the problem, according to GreatSchools.org, is a societal one, as parents, it’s essential to make changes at home that will help set your children up for a healthy weight throughout their younger years. This New Year’s
, instead of creating personal resolutions, make a resolution to incorporate healthy family activities. Here are five family resolutions to embrace that will have far-reaching benefits for your kids’ health when striving to be more active.
- Schedule Activities
You already know how easy it is to say, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.” In order to ensure that your family active time is happening, schedule it.
Activities do not have to be trips to the gym. Plan for active family games, like a walk after dinner or simply spending time outdoors (minus the lawn chairs).
While scheduling activity, allot for unplugged times. Phones, tablets and computers are the recipe for a sedentary lif
estyle. Schedule times during the day when no electronic device is in use — for kids or parents — and an active pursuit is tackled.
- Walk Everywhere You Can
Whether or not you are using a fitness tracker, do what you can to walk more throughout the day. Park in the farthest parking place, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk to the corner store instead of driving. Making walking a family habit will increase your overall activity levels, so you are healthier throughout the year. As you start adding more walking, consider making family walks after dinner a routine. The family time is a great opportunity to chat while being active.
- Tackle an Event Together
If your kids are old enough, pursue an upcoming race or other health event as a family. This provides the opportunity to train together, learn more about your bodies, and cheer one another to success. The event can be something simple, like a mile run in the community. Or, it can be more complex, like a triathlon designed for younger kids — depending on your health level and the age of your children.
The event is not as important as the process of training and supporting one another as a group. Also, because you have a goal in mind, you will be far less tempted to skip the workouts and training regimen. Even better, your family will be held accountable to one another — since you’re all participating.
- Keep Track
Fitness trackers and pedometers make it easy to trace how many calories you are burning or steps you are taking. Use these to your advantage.
Have everyone in the family use one and track the activity amount. You can even turn this into a friendly competition, offering a reward at the end of the week to the one who takes the most steps or burned the most calories. Tracking helps you and your kids be more aware of the active choices you are making — and competition provides a reason to get moving.
- Say “Yes” to Water
While not necessarily an “active” step, water is essential when your family starts to increase activity levels. Proper hydration is vital to fueling the body as it exercises. More water consumption can also help with healthy eating goals. Many times, people reach for a snack when, in fact, they are just dehydrated. Kids definitely prefer sweetened drinks to water when they are thirsty.
How much water do you need? While there are many opinions, Mayo Clinic indicates men need about 13 cups of fluids every day and women need 9 cups. Kids will need less — but most kids need more than they are currently getting. Health ambition: how much water do you need daily?
Water can also help stave off unnecessary eating. Drinking a cup of water 15 minutes before eating can help you eat less, and will also help you get into the routine of drinking more water.
Remember, parents greatly influence their kids’ eating and exercising habits. Make 2016 the year that you improve those habits so your children learn how to live healthy, active lives — now and as adults.
About the author:David Reeves is the Marketing Director of Superior Recreational Products (SRP). For more than 30 years, Superior Grounds For Play, a division of SRP, has been focused on the design of safe play structures that provide challenging physical and mental exercises for specific age groups.
Sunflower Creative Arts, a non-profit learning center that has been in operation for 22 years in Boca Raton, broke ground on its new facility in Delray Beach on Friday, May 22. The center is moving its operations to Delray to accommodate a growing student population and significantly expand its play, nature and arts curriculum offerings. Mayor Cary Glickstein attended and spoke at the ceremony, along with Sunflower Founder Susan Caruso and Sunflower Board President Jennifer Ligeti.
Sunflower Creative Arts has purchased an historic home in Delray Beach, built by hand by members of the McMurrain family in 1949. The home and the adjacent lot, also acquired by Sunflower, are located at 227 North Dixie Boulevard, just east of Swinton. Several members of the McMurrain family attended the groundbreaking.
“We are so pleased to be moving to Delray Beach,” said Susan Caruso, Founder of Sunflower Creative Arts. “Delray is progressive and artsy, and has a real sense of community. It fits Sunflower Creative Arts perfectly.”
About fifty of Sunflower’s students, families and supporters gathered with hard hats and shovels to officially kick-off the renovation. In addition to a remodeling of the home, the center is developing a nature playground on the adjacent lot, with water features, gardens, and nature paths. It will be one of the first true nature playgrounds in Palm Beach County. Sunflower is also planting 26 trees on the two lots, which further embraces the significance of nature in its curriculum.
Sunflower Creative Arts’ cornerstone “Seedlings” program is a parent cooperative early learning program for children ages two to six. This mixed-age program, grounded in a supportive play-based learning environment, nurtures imagination, science and nature exploration, arts expression and literacy, while giving tools for empowered communication and peaceful problem-solving skills. Sunflower’s other classes include mommy & me and after-school programs focusing on play, nature and the arts (including theatre), as well as parenting education.
The philosophy is that hands-on learning experiences in play, nature and the arts are essential for healthy human development. The pillars of Sunflower’s educational philosophy are Respect for the Individual, Learning Through Experience and Learning Within Community.
Sunflower Creative Arts will open in Fall 2015, and registration is now available by calling 561-482-3412. Sunflower Creative Arts accommodates children with learning differences and also offers need-based scholarships.
For more information on Sunflower Creative Arts, visit their website or call 561-482-3412.
Eagle Arts Academy is pleased to announce that one of the entertainment industry’s most prolific casting directors, Ellen Jacoby, has joined the Academy’s Board of Directors. Ms. Jacoby brings a long history of success and industry expertise to a school whose vision is to infuse practical knowledge and hands on experience in production and performance arts along with an exceptional academic environment.
As Founder and President of Ellen Jacoby Casting International, Ellen has worked with a many notable Hollywood directors including Ron Howard, Tony Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Sidney Pollack, Bob Zemekis, Mike Nicols, Michael Bay, Martin Scorsese, Garry Marshall, James Cameron, Joe Roth, and Tony Scott. Ms. Jacoby’s casting credits include “Ali”, ‘The Waterboy’, ‘Out of Sight’, ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Birdcage’, ‘True Lies’, and ‘Wrestling Ernest Hemingway’ to name a few. A native of Miami, Ellen’s agency encompasses the global film, television and commercial arena’s, employing over 250,000 Florida actors, dancers and performers throughout her illustrious career.
“Ellen Jacoby is an icon in the entertainment industry”, says Gregory James Blount, the school’s Founder and Chairman, “and with her degree in education, she is a wonderful asset to help serve on the board of Eagle Arts Academy”.
Named “Woman of the Millennium” by Miami Metro Magazine, Ms. Jacoby has also had the honor of being appointed to the First Film Advisory Board by Governor Jeb Bush, and is currently the VP of the Florida Film Production Coalition, working alongside local legislators on Florida film incentives.
Founded in 2013, Eagle Arts Academy is a tuition-free charter school for the performing and production arts driven by the belief that an arts-infused curriculum provides opportunity for intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and social growth while cultivating essential skills and enhancing a child’s creativity and imagination. The school for children from kindergarten through 8th grade is located in Wellington, Florida. Offering students a functioning TV production studio, digital animation studio, and dance studio, Eagle Arts Academy continues to engage industry leaders who understand the importance of technology and art in education.
“Walt Disney believed
in the power of infusing the arts
into education to inspire a child’s
creativity and imagination”
5 Ways to Calm a House
Full of Hormones
by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC
Women are getting married later in life and having their children later as well. There are advantages to this, because moms and dads have more emotional maturity before they begin their family. However, one of the big disadvantages is that for women it’s becoming more and more likely they will go through menopause while their daughter is going through puberty.
Going through peri-menopause, menopause and puberty are rites of passage and each one tough. You feel moody, irritable, bloated, and exhausted. For moms with small children, it can be overwhelming during this time. But even worse than caring for small children is going through the change of life with a daughter who is going through puberty. You may imagine being on a deserted island where you have only your inner conflicts to deal with, but most moms don’t have that luxury and that means dealing with a daughter who is as moody, irritable and frustrated as you.
There are changes for moms and daughters during this time, and being aware of the body’s changes helps moms react less and keep communication open between themselves and their daughters. With menopause, the changes in hormones affect sleep, worsen moods, cause acne, worsen headaches, lowers libido and decreases the ability to deal with stress–and what mother isn’t stressed? When girls go through puberty, their hormones are just as imbalanced, which causes bloating, weight gain, acne, fatigue, headaches, and an attitude that clear screams, “Leave me alone!”
There are things women can do that will help both themselves and their daughter(s) get through this life passage together without hating each other or becoming arch enemies. It will demand more understanding on moms’ part because, after all, mom is the adult.
Solutions to calming a house full of hormones:
1. As much as possible, keep family peace as a priority in your
home. When you’re feeling irritable, hot, or stressed,
understand this is hormonal and temporary. Evaluating if
some issue is really necessary to confront “right now” will
prevent additional drama.
2. Enlist the help of your partner. Ask them to try to be
supportive and understanding. Let them know that sometimes
the best way to help will be to just let the anger be vented and
not to react. The partner can also say, “Take a deep breath. It
will be okay.” That might diffuse a pending explosion, and if it
doesn’t, the partner should just put on a flame-retardant suit
and back away.
3. Exercise with your daughter. Weight gain is a symptom of
both menopause and puberty. Going to an exercise class
together or taking long walks or bike rides together can open
communication and help you both deal with stress.
4. Get closer with your partner. Getting away with your partner
and telling him how you feel can help you feel supported and
loved at a time when you are feeling miserable about
5. Talk to your health care provider if your symptoms interfere
with your daily life. No one can function if they cannot sleep
or if they suffer severe fatigue. When hormonal shifts become
severe, it is wise to talk to your physician. Depression as well
as heightened anxiety are frequently seen and are usually
With menopause–as with puberty–there is a grieving of the past but also an opportunity for a new sense of freedom. People who breeze through menopause are the same ones who embrace the change and keep a positive attitude. Weight gain, frustration and increased stress are symptoms of hormonal shifts, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight, be frustrated or stressed out.
Preparing your mind to help your body go through the changes is a big predictor in determining how disruptive the change of life will be for you.
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.