Khan Academy Changing Education

September 27, 2017

 

 

 

In 2015, Khan Academy, which pioneered free, online video tutorials and lectures that have reached millions of students around the world, sought new ways of reaching new people.

It had already partnered with everyone from NASA to the Museum of Modern Art, and this past year Khan joined forces with the SAT’s overlord, the College Board. The goal, in the parlance of our times, is to disrupt the billion-dollar test prep industry.

Students  anywhere now can get free SAT test prep both online and in person at some Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The move may help level the playing field by improving test prep for less-affluent students to get them ready for the newly revamped SAT, which remains a pillar of college admissions despite the growth in 2015 in “test optional” schools.

New data show studying for the SAT® for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use Khan Academy. Out of nearly 250,000 test takers studied, more than 16,000 gained 200 points or more between the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT.

Khan Academy and the College Board announced the new findings today based on data from the first full year of the new SAT.

In addition to the 115-point average score increase associated with 20 hours of practice, shorter practice periods also correlate with meaningful score gains. For example, 6–8 hours of practice on Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 90-point increase.

The College Board waited for a large enough sample size and a full year of data to analyze and release these results. Researchers confirmed that practice advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA. The College Board will further explore the role of motivation in producing these results as well as how best to encourage more students to practice productively.

Since its launch in June 2015, more than 3.7 million students have used Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Nearly 40 percent of all test takers reported using Official SAT Practice, making it the number one tool for SAT preparation.

Khan Academy and the College Board developed Official SAT Practice to create free, personalized tools so students, regardless of their income level or background, can prepare for the SAT and college-level courses.

Each student accesses a plan built just for them. By linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students can use their scores from the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT™ 10, and PSAT™ 8/9 to determine what areas to focus on.

Through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, students access video lessons, test-taking tips and strategies, and over 10,000 interactive practice questions. And they get eight full-length, free practice tests written by the College Board test design team.

Official SAT Practice reinforces what students learn in school by letting them focus on the knowledge and skills most essential for college. Behind every story of a student succeeding is a teacher, counselor, adviser, coach, parent, or other caring adult. Approximately 28 percent of usage on Official SAT Practice happens during school hours. In the next year, Khan Academy and the College Board will continue to work with educators to support students’ SAT practice.

The redesigned SAT, first administered in March 2016, makes it easy for students to show their best work. There’s no penalty for guessing, gone are “SAT words” that no one has seen before or will likely see again, and only relevant math concepts are tested.

The class of 2017 is the largest in history to take the SAT, with nearly 1.7 million students taking the redesigned test as of April 2017.

 

Check out all Khan Academy has to offer by visiting their website https://www.khanacademy.org

 

Conscientiousness Predicts Future Success

September 22, 2017


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Family Caregiver Alliance launch CareJourney

September 17, 2017

 

 

For the first time, family caregivers can get support and information tailored for their situation—free, secure, and accessible 24/7.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) announces the launch of FCA CareJourney™, a dynamic online service, mobile-ready that delivers specialized information directly to family caregivers. Based on FCA’s 40 years of service and research experience and insights from families, CareJourney™ responds to the complicated needs of caregiving.

Forty-four million people in the U.S. care for ill, frail, or elderly adults—usually without compensation—and frequently juggle the demands of work and parenting. CareJourney™ helps caregivers manage complex care responsibilities that cross over topics such as: legal and financial issues, health conditions, locating in-home assistance or out-of-home resources, self-care, communication with health practitioners, and training on care tasks.

According to FCA Executive Director Kathleen Kelly, “CareJourney™ enables families and caregivers to gain access to the specific information they need, and when they need it. It’s one of the first secure, online delivery systems specifically designed for long-term caregivers, who have little time, limited resources, and are under great stress. At the same time, we are able to access data, look at outcomes and set benchmarks for additional services. This is an invaluable program.”

Joining CareJourney™ is easy. Just visit www.caregiver.org/carejourney, enter an email address, password, and zip code. Upon membership confirmation, a 10-minute questionnaire follows and when completed, caregivers are presented with a personalized dashboard loaded with information and resources. Tailored information is accessible 24/7 and is HIPAA-compliant. FCA will never sell or share personal information.

Information and resources offered include fact and tip sheets, webinars, and videos within the categories of planning for care, direct care, and self-care. Members also have access to the Resource Locator for state and national resources, an online Caregiver Peer Support (in partnership with Smart Patients), and a live feed of FCA’s Facebook page providing articles and current information of value to caregivers.

Join the Crew at Stuck On You!

September 10, 2017

 

 

 

Looking for a way to earn extra income? You can earn money and help your friends, family and local community buy labels and personalized gifts! Just in time for back to school, Stuck On You announces “Join the Crew at Stuck On You”, an affiliate marketing program.

 

Program Information

Stuck On You crew members will receive up to 20% commission* on all orders and 5% on all sale and promotional products ordered. Not only will the commission based program offer a great way for you to earn extra money you’ll also be helping out family, friends, and the local community with Stuck On You’s personalized products essential for daily life…all in the name of organization.

Carrie Felton started Stuck on You more than 20 years ago when she needed to label her first child’s belongings for day care. Today Stuck on You is a globally recognized trusted and treasured brand available in more than 15 countries. The Stuck On You collection has grown and expanded to include personalized backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, bento boxes, bag tags, hats, stationery, gifts, puzzles, onesies, bibs and so much more.

 

Signing up

Sign up is quick and easy and you can find details here (https://www.stuckonyou.us/affiliate/crew).

It’s simple to promote your Crew Member’s page on social media and in emails to friends and family using your unique URL and affiliate code

There’s no mucking around with order forms – orders are all placed online. No distribution is required – all orders are shipped directly from the Stuck On You warehouse to the customers.

Sign-up yourself and/or share details of this great opportunity with your friends!

 

 

 

National Baby Safety Momth

September 1, 2017

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. Whether you are a retailer, manufacturer, industry partner, doctor’s office, or playgroup, you are in a wonderful position to spread the word to parents and caregivers about baby safety throughout Baby Safety Month and all year long.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a non-profit association representing approximately 250 manufacturers who make 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products in the U.S. market. Member companies are located around the world and manufacturer products in specific  categories.

JPMA initiated Baby Safety Month to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. The campaign started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.” In 1986, it was extended to a week-long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.” Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.