Author: Sharmskee

Technology in the classroom

Technology is transforming the method Americans connect and conduct business. Yet, it has actually been slow-moving to really take its place in our schools learning programs.  Until lately, technology has been introduced to pupils as an optional versus a full integration and redefining of the way students are educated.
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The truth of the matter is that today, youngsters are maturing in a world considerably different from just what their parents and grandparents experienced. It is an environment of PC’s, software application, and cordless accessibility to details on-the-fly. It is an environment that needs a various collection of capabilities to do well. Hence, it could take quite a while to look into the role that technical innovation plays in your child’s education.

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Tell to Win- What Nelson Mandela and Deepak Chopra can teach you about business

I love stories. They make me come alive. Give me a story to tell and I’ll give you voices and everything (truth be told, it drives my long-suffering hubby mad) but what would you think if the head of the board of directors started with a little story instead of his usual boring rubbish?

OK, I’m using artistic license, lots of it, because I wouldn’t know a board of directors if they came up and danced the cha-cha-cha right under my nose. But I have this image of boring suits and bar charts and looks of dire tedium. If you’ve ever sat in a business meeting you’ll be able to feel the pain.

But what if meetings didn’t have to be like that? Leaving aside my agreement with the 37 Signals guys that meetings are toxic, what if the word meeting was synonymous with entertaining and enlightening?

I read a book this week that made believe in this angelic picture.

I do my thing online. I love that I can connect with people from across the other side of the planet, while still being home in time to pick my children up from school. But I learned why it is that I make extra time to talk to people via video Skype calls instead of text chat (for example.) I thought it was just me but science has reasons why this proper connecting works so much better.

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Something like this happened

My GF made plans to go to DC, I tried to find a reason to go there too. I went to see my adviser who told me about an internship I could apply for with one of the state’s senators. It seemed too good to be true, and in hindsight, it was, but at the time I didn’t know how things were going to fall apart, so I was super amped!

As it happened, the position had just opened up a couple of days ago and had not been made available to the student body. My adviser told me that I was a great candidate, I was majoring in political science and had done volunteer work with the mayors office for the past two years. Even though, I still had to go through the entire application and interview process, my chances did look really promising, plus I would have a head start in writing my essay and getting my letters of recommendation.

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Spaces Influence Your learning

Truth is, last night I had a dream that I wrote this post, so now I feel impelled to write it. I dream that I was interviewing a fellow student about how their environment affects their work and it came down to 3 things that actually makes sense, even though it’s all coming from dreamland. Here are the 3 spaces we discussed, funny thing in my dream we were all attending same preparation classes and learning for the GED.

Physical spaces Do I have enough space to create that’s free from chaos and distractions? Do I have all the tools I need to get my job done efficiently? There’s nothing worse than having the energy, inspiration, and the motivation to keep learning, but you don’t – simply because you don’t have or can’t find what you need.

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The Lie in Unlimited

Many motivational speakers and writers like to inspire their followers with unlimited hope. Phrases like – unlimited power, unlimited potential, and life without limits come to mind. Trying to motivate people by telling them there is no limit to what they can do might have the greatest intentions, but it’s misleading.

We DO have limits. To say we don’t is literally a lie.

Your body has limits. If you’re a runner or workout, if you’ve ever been sick, or if you’ve ever been to a funeral then you know this. Your time is limited. If you’ve ever tried to schedule too many tasks in a day then you know this. Even an extraordinary achiever like Steve Jobs knew this:  “Your time is limited so don’t waste it…”
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If the Label Bothers You, Focus on the Person

Occasionally, I’ll read or hear someone say “there’s no proof ADHD is real.” There will always be a little controversy with the ADHD diagnosis and it’s validity. But, when you try to create controversy over a label, you miss the point.

There’s a person behind the label.

Hopefully, there’s no debate about people being real. Does anyone have the right to validate what a real person is experiencing?

If the label bothers you, focus on the person instead – their behavior and qualities, their struggles and strengths. Those things are real with or without the label. No matter what anyone is labeled with, we all just want to understand ourselves better so we can succeed in life. That’s all a person with ADHD wants and that’s what being properly diagnosed helps them do. There’s nothing controversial about that.

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Putting Compassion into Cancer Awareness

For 14 months, I lived with someone who was dying from cancer. My father. I was with him nearly every single day of his illness until his last day. Witnessing the dying process up close and personal for a little over a year has changed me. I imagine it’s an experience that would change anyone. It, especially, changed my perception on the meaning of compassion. And I’m going to share with you how exactly. But, first I want you to think about:

What Does Cancer Awareness Mean to You?

Cancer awareness campaigns are everywhere. There are countless products, fundraisers, and marathons marketed to promote a cancer-related cause.

But, what, exactly, are we being made aware of?

No amount of cancer awareness marketing, ribbons, races, t-shirts, wristbands, and the like could have made me aware of the harsh reality that I experienced watching someone I love suffer from this awful disease. If anything, the marketing and the products related to cancer awareness seemed to undermine what a cancer patient and their family actually goes through.

Cancer isn’t Pretty

All the pretty cancer awareness merchandise began to lose their meaning once I became personally affected by cancer. The day I received that phone call on November 2, 2011 and heard the words, “he has 6-9 months.” (more…)

Pieces of a Bigger Reality

Social media isn’t a distraction. It connects us to each other. It gives us a voice, a platform, and enhances our lives. For me, it only becomes a bad thing when I forget that I am not my Facebook. I am not my blog. Or my twitter. And so on. Those are small extensions of me. A snapshot. A lens. And through each lens you can decide if you want to see, know, and connect with me more.

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I usually get this.

But, I have moments where that line becomes blurred.
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Criticism isn’t Cynicism

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” (George Bernard Shaw)

If you’re going to accuse an honest critic of cynicism, then be sure to also call out the raving fans and cheerleaders for their hype as well. Hype can be more harmful than the harsh truth — it’s just generally more acceptable to lie when you hold back the negative and inflate the positive.

When I want to buy a book on Amazon, I’ll be sure to read a few 1 and 2 star reviews. I don’t dismiss them as “haters”. Negative reviews are more likely to reveal honest truths nobody wants to admit publicly — though, I realize, some harsh critics take things too far.

Some are reacting, not reviewing. Some are just trolls. But, I don’t have to let a mean-spirited review deter me from buying or enjoying a book.

Criticism doesn’t have to deter you just as hype doesn’t have to brainwash you.

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Management innovation

innovation-portfolio-management-modelToday, some business owners see themselves as blessed persons because they now are able to lead their companies successfully with impressive innovations and methods they would certainly not have had in the old days where there were no business experts at ready to create business designs. Innovation has been the actual inspiration for a business to improve whatever product, service or even administration they have.

If you’re the manager, you can provide possibilities for everybody to come up with distinctive and artistic suggestions based upon the client’s point of view. If you are just concentrating your concepts to one customer, reroute them as there are plenty of open advancement possibilities to apply modern principles and technologies.

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