Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides free education to anyone in the world. Khan Academy is an awesome organization because anyone with access to the internet can access its website to take advantage of the services they offer. For the most part, having the ability to offer free education to anyone in the world is an awesome service. As a result, people who live in countries where education is limited will have an opportunity become educated in his or her area of need. Students are able to access the site’s extensive library content. The site also offers interactive activities, videos, and assessments for students to use. In addition, parents and teachers can monitor what their children or students are doing.

What I like most about the site is the math section. Math is an important subject that many students struggle with. Having a site that offers math with practice problems and explanation goes a long way to helping students who are struggling with math. The math section could be a great tool for math teachers. As a case in point, a teacher could direct his or her students to Khan Academy to help practice doing problems that the student may have trouble with. For the most part, some students can understand math problems if it is being explained in a very simple way. Khan Academy has videos and activities that breaks down any problem and explains in it in more understandable terms. Khan Academy works great for extra help when it comes to math.

In addition to math, the site covers science, physics, and other subjects. Khan Academy is a great site for the student who wants to learn more about a particular subject but has not taken the course yet or is unable to take the course. For example, a student could have a love for physics but may not have the opportunity to take the course during his or her grade level. With a strong desire to learn, that student could log on Khan Academy’s website and tap into all of the information concerning physics. The site opens up many doors for the result driven learner.

The site also offers stats and awards. There is not better than one receiving an award for achieving a learning milestone. Khan Academy issue points and badges for completing learning milestones. Most importantly, the site monitors progress. The site will track what the user has learned all of the users progress.

All in all, Khan Academy is a great site for students and teachers alike. The site is especially awesome for teachers to point students too because it is free. There is no sign up fee and it is not a difficult site to use. As a teacher, I will start informing my students about Khan Academy so they can take advantage of the many benefits the Academy has to offer.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Six Useful Search Engines

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The internet has numerous search engines available for users to explore. However, many people tend to simply focus on popular search engines like Google and Bing. I am the biggest fan of Google and I think it is by far the best search engine available. Nevertheless, there are search engines available for specific searches. Here are six search engines that I’ve found that are extremely useful.

Rediff.com is a great search engine to get information from an international perspective. In particular, the search engine focuses on India. Searchers can find India’s news, entertainment, and shopping. Rediff.com is India’s leading search engine.

Findlaw.com is an awesome search engine to find information about laws and attorneys. This search engine came in handy when I needed information about my now current attorney.

WedMd.com is one of the best search engines to find medical information. I frequently use the search engine to determine symptoms or find information about anything medical.

Wolframalpha.com is an awesome search engine to calculate any types of problems. The search engine includes calculus, geometry, elementary math, and others. All in all, it is an amazing search engine with a vast amount of knowledge.

Infospace.com is a good search engine to find information about people. However, not all people are listed because most people have cell phones now. Nevertheless, Infospace will search the yellow pages and white pages without any problems.

Zillow.com is a great search engine to find out about any real estate. The engine allows the users to search for properties for sale and get information on properties that have already been sold.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


plagiarism picture of a student copying another student's work
The Plagiarism Policy is a very clear on how to avoid plagiarism. As a teacher, I consistently teach my students about the importance of citing sources and the important of not plagiarizing any of their work. Nevertheless, some students simply do not care. I have observed students copy and paste an entire paper expecting to receive a grade for the paper. The biggest problem in high school is that a number of students do not believe that plagiarism can be found out. In addition, some schools do not have the funding to uses sites like turnitin.com to help check for plagiarizing.

However, what students fail to realize is that plagiarism usually stick out like a sore thumb. The typical student who plagiarize a paper typically do not have good writing skills. As a teacher, I quickly can determine the writing voice of my students well before their first paper. Because of this, the plagiarism can easily be found out. In addition, a search of the internet can help discover the copied material.

All in all, I believe that high schools should adopt a similar policy as most universities to make students more accountable for plagiarizing. At the college level, the consequences for plagiarizing are more severe.