10 Interactive Science Education Websites For Grades K-12

As science teachers prepare to go back to school for the next school year, some have already returned, they are always searching for good online resources to supplement their lessons. It is always nice when someone helps them by previewing science websites and make recommendations.

The best science education websites are interactive, allowing students to make changes to or manipulate variables to observe what happens and share with others. This falls within the boundaries of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Students are developing their own experiments, observing the results, and reporting their findings.

The following websites have been previewed and meet the criteria of interactive and inquiry-based:

FOSS Web – is designed to support Full Option Science System (FOSS) Science K-8 science kits, but anyone can use the interactive activities for grades K – 8.

Volcano Cams – provides real-time views of volcanoes around the world. Students can observe volcanoes and develop their own experiments using these virtual cams for grades 5 – 12.

Explore eLearning – provides simulators for all science concept areas for grades 3 – 12.

Real-time Stream Flow Data across the Nation – by the US Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minte intervals and transmitted to the U.S. Geological Survey offices every four hours. Data can be selected by state and county for grades 8 – 12.

Real-time Water Quality Data across the Nation-by the US Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time water quality data are returned directly field instruments. Data are updated at five minute to one-hour intervals. Data can be selected by state and county for grades 8 -12.

Design a Roller Coaster – allows students to design their own roller coaster. They are building a conceptual coaster using the same physics concepts that are used to design real coasters for grades 6 – 12.

Human Anatomy Online – allows students to explore the Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links, for grades 4 – 12.

Earth and Atmospheric Kids Crossing – allows students explore water, atmosphere, and weather for grades 3 – 8.

Recycle City – lets students explore plenty of ways to see how a city’s residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste for grades 3 – 8.

MBG Net – allows students to explore Biomes, Freshwater Systems, and Marine Systems of the World for grades 6 – 12.

New Conflicting Trends in Education

There was a time when the basic needs of human beings were only food, clothing and shelter. With the rise of the industrial age, education was added as one of their basic needs. And now education is one of the major industries of the world, producing graduates to manage and run the economy, politics, and the transmission of culture. But with the information age gaining more and more ground in our society, we are seeing conflicting trends in the educational system.

The first conflicting trend is in the area of cost. While the cost of formal education in colleges and universities is rising, the cost of education through the Internet is getting lower and lower. In many countries the observation of educational managers is that educational cost is rising higher than the inflation rate of a country. And yet getting information which is the raw data of education is becoming cheaper and cheaper through the Internet. Students can connect cheaply to the Internet through Internet cafes and access information that before would cost them much. They can now download ebooks, many of which are free.

In the Website Personal Money Store an article is written about Academic Earth. It says that while Academic Earth is not an organization that can provide a learner with college credit, it can give him or her nearly all the same material he or she could receive in a traditional college classroom, at a time when he or she wants it, without the hassle of transportation and dress expenses. There is an advertisement in this Website of “Great College Lectures, for FREE.”

The second conflicting trend I see is in the area of methodology. With more information to digest and more books to read students are getting more and more burdened with reading, memorizing and comprehending the content of the books and lectures of professors. And yet on the other hand there are so many individuals and groups trying to make learning fun and enjoyable, not a burdensome experience.

In the Website DNA Read the World there is an article entitled “New trends in teaching that make learning fun.” In this article we read, “To make students enjoy and understand at the same time is the key principle on which education institutions should work on.” There are also online experiments with mnemonics to make memorization fun.

The third conflicting trend is in the area of results. Almost everywhere in countries with Western kind of education the complaint has been that the educational system produces unemployed or underemployed graduates. There is no assurance that upon graduation employment is there. And yet jobs are being generated through the Internet. Some get jobs by writing reviews of books, of programs, by creating websites, by programming, etc., not to mention the many scams online.

The Website Engines for Education is trying “to raise consciousness about the changes needed in our educational system.” Hopefully these changes will also solve the problem of unemployment or underemployment of our college graduates.

What do these conflicting trends tell us? It seems that the following trends are possible.

As the cost of formal education goes higher and higher and the cost of non-formal education through the Web goes lower and lower, only the wealthy will be able to access formal education while the not so wealthy will be content with non-formal education through the Web.

As the process of education becomes more and more burdensome to students more and more educational games will be put on the web where the students will be spending more and more of their time. There are already indications that students cut their classes in order to spend their time playing games in Internet cafes.

As more and more unemployed and underemployed are produced by our formal system of education, more and more jobs will be created through the Web.

The changes in the educational area are not so clear at the present time but it seems clear that there are indications of substantial changes in the near future.

Creating a Faster Than Light Quantum Atomic Communication System – Potential Strategy

Okay so, for a good many years I’ve been trying to come up with a way to send information faster than the speed of light. I keep reading that it can’t be done, why you ask? Because Einstein hypothesized as much, still, that doesn’t make sense to me considering what we know now and how quantum physics is supposed to exist. The ability of shared pairs, complementary particles to hum, buzz, vibrate, or dance regardless of location in unison to one-another, means that we ought to be able to send information in this way, by vibrating one and watching the other.

One research paper suggests that “spooky action at a distance” travels 10,000 times the speed of light, still some say regardless that doesn’t mean you can send information because mere vibrations are not readable, thus meaningless. I say BS. Sure they are. Vibrating is on, on means one, and non-vibrating is off, and off means zero – so you can use binary code. All you need to do is shave off electrons from the same atom and keep them isolated and have a code to use when reading their vibrations. Best of all no one else can read or intercept the communication.

Further, if one could isolate the vibrational patterns, one could use derivatives of those patterns to discern shapes against a perpendicular point and the direction of travel of both shared pairs, and by controlling the first particle, you could watch the second and observe its vibrational path revealing the message using your code. In fact, we ought to be able to do this, theoretically, provided our measurement devices are accurate and our ability to control the first shared pair is precise.

Now then, I suppose I could get more play from this concept if I just weaved it into a science fiction story, and then let the human science catch up to these realities in the future, and someone could look back and say; “the author of that science fiction story predicted this.” It’s too bad that human scientists are so quick to say something cannot be done, just because they don’t know how to do it yet, or don’t have the tools to prove such theories are possible.

We are not standing on the shoulders of giants, if we fail to occasionally challenge their prior ascertains, in fact, we are doing a disservice to science when we do – further, it was those very scientists we respect the most, those with the big breakthroughs challenged the supposed known knowledge of their own time – so what’s wrong with us in the present period – are we afraid to challenge these old theories. Please consider all this and think on it.

Bloom’s Taxonomy in Education

What are the various aspects of learning that needs to be taken into account to make education wholesome and effective? Many educators, thinkers, philosophers, and psychologists have dwelt upon this question. In the modern era, Benjamin Bloom, an American educational psychologist probed the underlying principles behind learning and came out with a very systematic way of looking at learning known as the Bloom’s Taxonomy that tries to provide an elegant and comprehensive answer.

Bloom’s Taxonomy covers three domains through which a learner engages in learning, namely, the cognitive, the affective and the psycho-motor.

He divided the cognitive domain into six levels ranging from the lowest to the highest form of cognitive learning abilities.

The six levels that Benjamin Bloom identified under cognitive domain are:

1. Knowledge: Knowledge involves simply recalling or memorization of facts. For example, formulae, historical dates, key definitions, etc, can be memorized. In this rudimentary stage of learning, the learner may sometimes spew out some information that he/she remembers without completely understanding the concept. He/she may only have a vague understanding of the topic. Schools in the early 1900s focused on rote learning. This practice still continues to be the norm in many parts of the world.

2. Comprehension: In this stage, the learner demonstrates deep understanding of the concept and is able to articulate the information learnt in his or her own words. For example, a learner might be able to beautifully explain the process of photosynthesis in his or her own words after going through a detailed interactive animation on the same topic.

3. Application: In this stage, the learner after having a deep grasp of the concept is able to apply it in practical situations. For example, the learner will be able to make a simple solar cooker after learning about its principles and how to make one.

4. Analysis: Analysis involves breaking down the information that is conceptually understood and applied into smaller chunks and being able to think about it. For example, the learner might look at particular aspects of a poem that he or she is studying like the rhyme scheme or use of metaphors and similes.

5. Synthesis: Synthesis is bringing together the different concepts of a topic/group of topics into a cohesive whole after applying the learning and coming up with innovations based on the same. At this stage, one’s creativity is unleashed as the learner tries to integrate the learning from different sources. For example, the learner may come up with a new design for a space craft after a comprehensive study of aerodynamics.

6. Evaluation: Evaluation enables the learner to give critical feedback on any piece of work. For example, a self-assessment of a piece of literature that a writer has written comes under evaluation.

The affective domain is another crucial domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy which involves the emotional well-being of the learner. This is one aspect of his learning theory that has been sadly neglected in many educational systems. This involves developing the self-esteem as well as the empathy level of the learner.

The psycho-motor domain involves using one’s own hands or tools in order to find solutions and encompasses the overall physical being of the learner including coordination. Sports help in developing this domain.

We can thus conclude that if all the aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy are incorporated into the learning process, we can have a more wholesome learning outcome.

Food Truck Emerging Concept in Hospitality

The quote of very famous chef says “The greatest dishes are very simple. –Auguste Escoffier” Food & Beverage industry is one of the widest sectors of hospitality where Simplicity is defined by various prospects. “FOOD TRUCK” is the simplest example of street food served by moving vehicles. With a rise in disposable income of middle-class; expenditure on fast food, awareness of nutritional aspect, mobile lifestyle and requirement of food on the go has made this model a popular choice among the Indian population, both as customers and investors. According to a study, this industry shall achieve revenue growth at the rate of 3.7% in the next five years, which is a significant growth for a newly introduced industry.

It is becoming a selective choice over a regular restaurant for new entrepreneurship activity with low investments and minimal risks involved. Few of its benefits are listed below.

It is considered to be low investment with high-profit food business ideas, mainly because it involves least economical investment as against a sit-down restaurant. This is one of the main competitive advantages of running a food truck instead of a regular restaurant. Moreover, to lessen the capital investment buying a truck can be replaced with renting. Next, selection of equipments & machinery required can be managed according the span of menu, like kitchen equipment, including exhausts, grillers, heat lamps, and any other specialty equipment your particular food needs.

Another advantage is it does not require the investment in expensive utilities, hiring a wide range of staff and taxes applicable on regular restaurants. This cuts down the most of capital & operational investment, providing disposable income from the capital to spend on menu engineering & marketing. On the other hand, its operational costs are month-to-month and limited as per the need & scope of operations or can be paid flexibly to manage the cost factor, as well as it does not require to disturb the routine operation maintenance & repair are easily manageable & even replaceable without major capital investment.

They are more eye appealing & hygienic with better quality food value for money as described by most customers, so they have become the latest fad in food & beverage world.

It offers pocket friendly deals for all verity of consumers. Price range starts from Rs 10 to Rs 200 to Rs 500 varying in all possible aspects- veg or non-veg, starters to complete meal. In country like India, where there is no end for the street food items, menu changes at every 5 km providing infinity varieties to please the customer with budget friendly meals.

In comparison to street food, Food truck foods & services are observed more hygienic & better option because of many reasons like use of disposable cutlery, moveable structure which makes it easier to maintain & clean, set up is similar to restaurant so it can offer better nutritional quality in food as compared to street food, etc.

When it comes to take risk in business, this model is superior than regular startup restaurant with low risk factor. Restaurants are bounded with location, whereas, the food trucks are flexible. Location plays a major role in success of food & beverage outlet as it generates major footfall. This concept works on low price quality food so quantity sale is required to generate maximum revenue where location plays a major role.

Its mobility feature also works as marketing tool to create brand of own product & provides flexibility in operation like shifting from regular sale to being part of larger event as secondary source or certain part of menu & many more where the imagination of person takes.

They are also flexible in terms of modification of structures (menu engineering, service management, product designing & exploration of new products) as well as expansion of concept (product or business). As compared to regular restaurant, its dynamics are more versatile & adaptable to changes over time because of small set up, limited equipments & staff.

This has become the best platform for the new entrant in food & beverage industry, it allows having better control and more flexibility. This is seemingly the best avenue for first-time entrepreneurs since they can research, and experiment with their model before they venture into establishing a sit-down restaurant with high investments and risks. After gaining a comprehensive knowledge, one can then dive into a conclusion about what would work the best for their sit-down restaurant. The future of food trucks seems to move high on the profit graph in developing India.

Increasing Popularity Of Distance Education To Shape The Future Of Promising Students

The concept of distance education is becoming extremely popular among people around the world. It allows them to finish their incomplete education which they had to leave for different reasons like severe financial crisis and other circumstances. Many higher educational institutions are supporting this medium of learning through offering courses on various subjects based on this model. People working in different sectors are showing good interest in this education model to complete their education without affecting their careers and other responsibilities. It is also helping them to acquire additional qualifications to secure better job-opportunities in the market. Students who have failed to secure admission in general education institutes are enrolling in various distant learning institutions to fulfill their academic goals and aspirations in life. The model of distant learning is helping students of weak financial background to obtain all the essential education facilities and infrastructures within affordable budget.

Candidates who are enrolling in distance education courses will not have to attain classes on a regular basis. Classes under this model will be held on certain specific days of the months and it shall not deprive students from obtaining quality education under the supervision of qualified teachers. This medium of education will offer them a much-needed platform to compete with students of general academic institutes in every walk of life. It is emerging to be the most reliable and secure platform where students have the opportunity to exhibit their hidden merits and intellects before others without any concern. Many private sectors are recruiting candidates who have secured professional degrees and diplomas in various subjects from distant learning institutes also. Using the platform of distant education many countries have been able to curb the level illiteracy to a significant extent.

Governments around the world are giving equal importance to this distant learning model besides the general education system. For the purpose of retaining the interest and enthusiasm of the students towards distance education, the government of India has made legal provisions to offer various financial grants and other assistance. A central distance education board has also been formed to supervise the teaching and other academic infrastructures of various distant learning institutes across the country. Now institutes running under distance learning model can also award students with prestigious academic recognitions like Doctorate, Post-Doctorates and others for pursuing higher-level academic research on any subject. Under government directive, many distance learning institutes have launched tutorial websites to facilitate smooth online admission of students into any course of their choice. These websites shall help them to obtain full information about every institute offering distant education courses. They will easily come to know about the teaching staffs, courses, examination schedules and other infrastructural facilities of these distant learning centers. Through these websites they can easily appear for different mock-tests, annual examinations and can engage in live interaction with the subject teachers for obtaining valuable guidelines and other academic suggestions. Students living in remote places will be much benefitted from these tutorial platforms as they can easily attend distant classes from their home quite conveniently.

Why Bother Having Art in the School Curriculum?

As teachers, students and schools become so jam-packed with activities intended to produce socially contributing, life long learners that many aspects of the school experience become pushed aside. Parents and school boards continually pressure teachers to give students knowledge and skills which will benefit them after primary school. Obviously, this has good intentions behind it.

However, when so much focus is placed on the language arts, science and mathematics portions of the school day, other, seemingly unimportant subjects may be given less focus, or abandoned altogether. A prime example of this is art education. Art has become a small section of the school day, which is often provided to students only if they need to ‘busy’ themselves or as a reward for completing the more ‘beneficial’ subjects. I believe that by undermining the importance of art in school, students and teachers alike are missing out on many opportunities for meaningful development. In her article “Art Really Teaches”, Dr. Violet Robinson discusses how art can be helpful and effective in the areas of personal development, social development, physical development and language development. I agree that art holds many opportunities to explore these areas with, and within our students.

Although school professes to be a place where students learn about the subject matter within the curriculum, it is easily seen that the most meaningful learning that occurs is on a much deeper level. Personal development, when properly and successfully encouraged, enables students to achieve a sense of positive self-concept, high self-esteem and high self-efficacy. Art as a form of personal expression and creativity can greatly benefit students in their search for identity. Through the creation of concrete objects and pictures, storytelling and emotional expression, students are given an avenue where they may take responsibility for their work, and where they can, hopefully, create with a sense of achievement and without judgment.

Along with personal development, schools are a place where students experience social development, often to an extent greater than any other place in their lives. Art can foster positive social development through group projects, which allow for a sense of group accomplishment and cooperation, and the sharing of personal stories and ideas. Art offers a way of communication, which, on a very basic level, is interdisciplinary and multilingual. This may offer students from various backgrounds the opportunity to share and experience together, without language barriers. The creation of art and the expression it encourages may serve to develop the forms of language other than spoken and written form. Art provides a means of communication which may or may not include written and spoken language. This makes it inclusive and, hopefully, accessible to people of all levels of development and all cultures, something which cannot be said for many subjects.

As art may take almost unlimited forms, it can often serve to increase and aid physical development in students and teachers alike. For example, sculpture may take active form, expression can be found in dance and movement and dexterity, rhythm and coordination can all be found in various art forms.

It has been documented that the gravitation towards art tends to diminish throughout the school years. This may be due to lack of instruction of basic ability, the tendency of students to think that art is best left to those with natural ability, and, as mentioned earlier, the view of art as an unimportant part of the curriculum. As mathematics has been considered ‘the great equalizer’ among students, I believe art is ‘the great unifier’. Art, when properly introduced, taught and encouraged, holds the potential to give students a lifelong avenue for expression, development and learning.

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Don’t Misuse the Concept of ‘Acronyms’ and Please Spare Its Usage – An Appeal to Writers

ACRONYMS are words formed from the initial letters (normally one, sometimes more) of other words like AIDS which has been formed from Acquired immune deficiency syndrome and/or LASER formed from the first letters of the words Light amplification of stimulated emission of radiation.

Some of the other popular acronyms are:

UNESCO: United Nation’s Educational Social Cultural Organisation (There are several acronyms connected with U.N.O)

SAARC; South Asian Association for Regional co-operation.

AIIMS: All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

CAD: Computer Aided Design.

COBOL: Common business oriented language.

ESRO: European Space Research Organisation.

HUDCO: Housing and Urban Development Corporation.

JIPMER: Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Education and Research

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (USA)

(The list is endless. Readers are requested to kindly refer to some good general knowledge book to have a fairly complete list of Acronyms)

From the above examples, it can be seen that the essential characteristics of an acronym are:

1. They should be formed only from the initial letters of the other words.

2. They should form a full word. There should not be any full stop in between the letters.

3. While writing, all the letters are to be in capital letters.

4. They need not have any bearing to the meaning of the parent words.(Ref AIDS and parent words)

But in practice, this concept is often misused by not following any/all of the norms of the characteristics of acronyms. For example in the sentence “I am an M.B.B.S”, M.B.B.S is not acronym because there are full stops between the letters. Likewise ‘Viscom’ (Visual communications) is not an acronym because the contents are not individual letters and it is written in lower case. Neither Rs (rupees) nor Mike (Michael) are acronyms and they are only abbreviations.

I wish to record some very crude usage of this concept even at international level.

There is a widespread saying that NEWS is an acronym for North, East, West and South which is absolutely wrong. News is a separate word meaning that new happenings. Needless to add, old happenings are not news but only history. They say that information are gathered from four directions and so abbreviation the four directions are branded as NEWS. That is not correct because not all the letters are in capital letters and the amplification need not have similar meaning with the words abbreviated. Secondly there are more directions than the four mentioned. News are obtained from space also.

Another wrong usage in this concept is the word LIONS. People belonging to Lions clubs International record that amplification of LIONS is ‘Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety,” the meaning of which God only knows. If ‘LIONS’ dot mean the animal king Lion, then how the children of the members are known as LION CUBS and their life partner, Lion ladies? Are they ‘Liberty, Intelligence and our Nation’s safety’ ladies? One more important observation is that it is LION’S CLUBS INTERNATIONAL and not mere National. Hence the question of ‘Our Nation’s Safety’ does not arise. It is clear that they are coining some words to accommodate the initials.

Thus Lions clubs are crucifying English words by an immature translation. (The author of this article was an active LION member for twenty years and he has spent considerable portion of his savings for Social services through LIONS Clubs.)

Certain people make their own abbreviations and amplifications. In college student elections, we have noted such usage frequently. Suppose a contestant’s name is Sita there will posters saying Elect and select S (sincere), I(intelligent),T (Talented), A(Active) and so on as if Sita is an acronym for the four words mentioned. What if the opponents write as Sleeping, Intriguing, Torturous and Adamant?

Hence it is my fervent appeal to students and scholars of English language to desist from crucifying the language by misusing this concept of acronyms. Acronyms are used for brevity and clarity.. Sometimes they are used as ‘secret code’ also. Let us not misuse this concept narrow-minded purposes

The Future of Educational Technology and Education 3.0

Thinking of what education might look like in the next decade, one quickly realizes that the trends in technology are leaving a large number of our students behind. We no longer live in an age of visible movement when it comes to progress and innovation. Today is an age of exponential change. New and ever-improving technologies are popping up every day and in every corner of society.

Educating the best and the brightest in this brave new world will take a new and improved educational paradigm. Allowing our educational tools to age in the corner of the classroom will be the mistake that may cost us our future. Throwing away masses of children to inequitable access will ensure that we languish at the bottom of the global pool of employable workers for decades to come.

The New Toolbox

I was at an auction a few years ago and noticed a few old woodworking tools that I thought I could use. For a few bucks, I was able to snag an assortment of hand tools that may have been in someone’s toolbox for a generation or more. As the next decade passed, I used these tools in my shop for a wide variety of projects until my projects outgrew these old, dull tools. My woodworking creations continued to improve as did my skills and artistry. I quickly discovered that using improved tools would translate into improved craftsmanship. As any woodworker will tell you, new tools require new skills.

Woodworking is a great metaphor for shaping and molding students. There is simply no good substitute for a sharp tool. If you want to build the best projects possible, you need to use the best tools possible. Thinking in terms of the next decade for our country, we will be sorely disappointed in our projects if we fail to improve our tools.

Within this article, I will try to paint a picture of how technology will shape the way we educate students in the next decade. I will attempt to show the amazing possibilities that lay before us if we will simply walk through the doorway of opportunity that is open to us. My focus will be this idea: Transforming the student from being a passenger to becoming a “user.” You may be wondering what I mean by this. Let me explain.

Ask yourself what it means to be a “user.” A user is not simply a person who uses. For the student, being a user should involve using the latest technology in a free and autonomous manner. This new-found freedom will allow the student to become an active participant in his/her education instead of a passive passenger. No other time in history have we been so able to make this a reality.

In our current technological society, being a user also means being tracked. Tracking has become a major part of our daily lives and is precisely the engine that should drive our educational process for the foreseeable future. Tracking a student means having the ability to target education toward weaknesses and strengths. The ability to accurately customize curriculum to the individual has been the holy grail of educational philosophy for many years. This golden age of technological development may soon enable this dream to become a reality.

Current educational curriculum and individual assessment is arbitrary at best. Being able to accurately asses a student can only be achieved by using modern tracking and database technologies. The means by which we can make this a reality is readily available and only needs to be taken off the shelf to be used. If Congress is looking for a shovel-ready project, this may be the one.

Imagine a world where every child has a tablet computer with ready access to the App of virtual photographic memory (internet). Further, imagine that every student can access all the knowledge of humankind freely at any moment in time. Continue to imagine a world where a misspelled word brings up a spelling challenge application instead of an auto correction. Try to contemplate what it would mean for a teacher to have a database of every misspelled word, every misunderstood concept or every missed equation for each of their students. Try to envision a teacher with the ability to customize the experience of the individual “user” with minimal effort. Imagine the curriculum being automatically targeted to the user through an intuitive educational platform that knows every strength and each unique weakness. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

The company that makes this standard available to the educational community will be the company that shapes the future of humankind. Will it be Google, Apple, Microsoft, or some other yet unknown pioneer?

Continuing from the thoughts in my last post, I would like to elaborate on the idea of the student as a user of a new standardized educational platform. It is obvious to me that the future of education will always mirror our everyday lives in one way or another. If you examine how technology has influenced your daily life already, you begin to put together a snapshot of what it will mean to be educated in the next decade.

In the last few hundred years, most individuals would consider an education as something you receive. You often hear the question asked, “Where did you receive your education?” As we proceed through the next decade, education will slowly move away from reception and toward being custom designed for the individual user. New technology will not only allow us to receive an education, but also develop an education. The question we might ask in 10 years is, “How did you develop your education?” The question of where will still be important, but the how of the matter will be the focus that defines the individual.

To make this a reality we will need a standardized platform from which to develop a student’s unique education. This standardized platform will allow us to tailor a custom curriculum that will be matched to talents, interests and life goals. For the educator, a standardized platform will create a way to assist the student in discovering a true purpose in life through a unique educational experience. The basics of reading, writing and arithmetic will not be taught as much as they will be discovered and used. Learning will become a reciprocal experience between the teacher, the student and the machine.

Under a standardized platform, each of these three participants will have a role to play. The teacher will be the facilitator, assisting the development of the curriculum and inspiring the direction the student takes. The student will be the user, gathering resources, skills and knowledge in an efficient and measured sequence. The machine will do the work of data gathering and analysis, which will assist the teacher and student in refining the curriculum. This data gathering work of the machine will also free the teacher from the burden of record-keeping and tedious tasks that currently distract from the real job of teaching and learning.

Under a standardized system, grade level will be far less important. Achievement and progression will be measured by accomplishment and intelligence as a benchmark for success. The question of failure or success will be irrelevant and replaced with a standard and consistent measurement of potential and overall intelligence. Information will no longer be missed but continually rehearsed and monitored for retention by the machine.

In our current educational paradigm, the teacher is in charge of arbitrarily constructing curriculum. This approach to curriculum development is based on inexperience in some cases, outdated materials, inadequate funding and a shortage of time. Measuring the success of a specific curriculum is currently impossible. With a standardized system, comparisons of curricular success can be made across the entire spectrum of education and then continually reformulated and enhanced by the machine.

Sadly, teachers today are bogged down with an assortment of mind-numbing tasks that would be better suited to an off-the-shelf automated system. Tasks such as data tracking, reporting and record keeping are currently accomplished manually. These tasks could easily be delegated to an intuitive database. Developing a standard to follow would eliminate these tasks and free the teacher to do their main job of teaching students.

Education 3.0

Throughout history, man has sought to pass on knowledge to the next generation. This process started with oral tradition, storytelling and writing. With the advent of the printing press, knowledge and information slowly became available to the masses. The amount of information that could be gained by one human in a lifetime was severely limited by his access to printed materials and wealth. The majority of learning was gained through observation and imitation. We can call this Education 1.0.

Education 2.0 starts around the late eighteen hundreds with universal literacy movements throughout newly industrialized regions of the world. Improvements in education slowly transitioned from apprenticeship to formal education and training. Despite our movements toward universal education, access to knowledge and opportunity continues to be inequitable throughout the world. Even with the arrival of the computer revolution, access to the tools of learning continues to define the learner.

The next decade may mark the moment in history when all men are granted equal access to the greatest treasure a soul can possess. I use the word may in the last sentence because there is the chance that we will miss this golden opportunity. Access to Education 3.0 will only be gained through investment and universal standardization. If we continue to divert wealth toward fruitless goals and corporate greed, this opportunity will be lost or hopelessly delayed.

Education 3.0, when it arrives, will be the age of universal enlightenment. Platforms for education and learning will slowly standardize and become globally accessible and affordable. The poorest to the wealthiest will have access to the machine that runs the platform.

The thought on your mind at this point is most likely wondering what machine I keep referring to. The machine in question is the one we have been so busy teaching and training since roughly 1969. You’ve probably guessed it by now that I am referring to the internet. The great cloud of knowledge that we call the internet is precisely the mechanism that we will use to build the platform of Education 3.0. When the platform is finally in place, the decade to follow will see the greatest amount of wealth, discoveries and use of human potential that we have witnessed during our time on this earth. The only question that remains to be answered is the point at which I will leave this article.

When will we allow the user to use the machine to its potential?

Forex Education – Bollinger Bands Can Give You a Huge Trading Edge Here’s Why

One of the critical pieces of forex education for any Forex trader is to understand the concept of standard deviation of price and how to use volatility to their advantage.

If you understand the concept you can easily apply it with Bollinger bands which are an essential tool for all forex traders.

Let’s look at why Bollinger Bands are so useful and profitable, when incorporated in your Forex Strategy.

If you don’t know what standard deviation is simply check our article on the concept – right, let’s take a look at Bollinger bands.

Bollinger Bands Defined

Bollinger bands are simply volatility bands drawn either side of a moving average.

You calculate Bollinger bands using the standard deviation of price over the same period as moving averages the mean price, then the volatility bands are plotted above and below the moving average.

Moving averages are used to identify the underlying trend of currencies and Bollinger bands take this one step further by:

Combining the moving average of the currency with the volatility of the individual market (or the standard deviation) – this then creates a trading envelope – with a middle mean price (moving average and 2 x bands (expanding or contracting) either side that reflect volatility or standard deviation.

As prices move away from the longer-term average, the standard deviation rises – and thus the bands will fluctuate in varying amounts, away from the average.

Why they work

In any market, the value of a currency traded tends to rise slowly over the longer term.

Prices can and do spike quickly in the short term, but will normally return to the longer term moving average – which represents fair value.

The standard deviation of the outer bands (how far they are from the mean) shows how far prices are from longer-term value.

Most price spikes are caused by trader psychology with greed and fear to the fore and this can be graphically seen with Bollinger bands.

So how should you use Bollinger bands?

There are 3 main ways to use them.

1. Spotting price spikes

When the bands are a long way from the mean you can use Bollinger bands as profit taking signal on existing trades or use them to spot contrary trades.

2. Enter exisiting trends

If you have a good trend in the forex markets then you can use dips to the middle band to buy at fair value.

3. Entering new trends

When prices are trading in tight range and start to breakout with a change in volatility a great new trend could be emerging.

Bollinger bands can certainly give you a new dimension to your forex trading strategy and any currency trading system can benefit from the extra insight that they can give you.

A word of warning

Like all technical indicators you should not use Bollinger bands in isolation to enter trades, however combined with timing indicators such as, the stochastic or RSI, then you have a powerful combination for greater FX profits.

With regard to forex education, knowing what standard deviation is and how to apply the concept through Bollinger Bands, will give you a huge trading edge, so make sure you use them.