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Draw Up A Future With Video Game Design

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If there is one area that technology has enhanced by leaps and bounds it is the world of video game design. With stunning effects and graphics, video games are more popular than ever. Just when it seems they can't get any better, something comes along that allows them to continue to amaze and astonish many with lifelike detail and captivating features.

Those who enter this field not only love video games but also have a great respect for all that goes into creating them. Behind every great game there are a number of elements that work together to create a mind-blowing end product. A lacking in any one of these elements can mean the difference between a game that flies off the shelves and a game that barely makes it off the clearance rack.

More than anything, video game design consists of teamwork. From concept to finished product, individuals trained in graphic design, computer animation, marketing and public relations are only a few of the job titles associated with this type of career. Each has their own various skills that are not only beneficial but also crucial to the production of video games.

As the popularity of technology and video games skyrocket with no end in sight, many educational institutions have begun offering courses in video game design and animation. Students can learn how to create games, develop software, use animation mathematics and master coding languages. These state of the art skills provide a well-rounded education in order to prepare one for a career in the real world of video games.

The amount of high tech skills in this field is likely to require a Bachelor's degree in order to be considered for basic entry-level positions. A Bachelor's degree will give the fundamental knowledge of the field and can require as little as three years to obtain. With time and experience, one can then move up and branch out on their career path with further education.

With a Master's degree one will not only have high-level software programming and design under their belt but the ability to oversee the coordination of large productions. While the head of a division faces large responsibilities and challenges, their training gives them all the skills they need to effectively handle the development process from start to finish. It is a career that is highly challenging but just as satisfying and rewarding.

Those with degrees in video game design can count on a good starting salary that only gets stronger with time and experience. The more skills under one's belt, the better their income will be. Employers in the video game industry are always looking to be the best and can only do so by hiring those with the top skills.

As technology constantly evolves this field in and out of different phases, one must have a flexible personality that can roll with the inevitable changes. It is also a field that is competitive, requiring individuals to have a winning attitude. Because of the amount of computer programming that is involved, a person interested in this field can expect to update and learn new skills on a regular basis.

Those interested in video game design have the benefit of knowing theirs is a career choice that shows no sign of slowing down. As new technologies combine, individuals in this vocation have the very opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping part of a population's culture. Despite the fact that video games have become a billion dollar industry, elements of video game history have managed to become a unique reflection of the times and the world we live in.

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Nashville Schools Try To Attract Top Teachers

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What does it take to catch a teacher? Nashville Schools and surrounding districts are trying to answer that question. Incentives including pay increases, job fairs, full time recruiters and on-site child care have been implemented as recruiters and administrators try to lure good teachers to Nashville Schools. The Metro district increased starting salaries by $2,000 for the '06-'07 school year. Did it help? Only 8 positions were left unfilled at year's end, but the reason for that is still unclear.

Even so, the year end scramble to fill the slots for next year has already started for most Nashville Schools. Why? 500-600 teachers retire from Nashville Schools on a yearly basis. Others leave for better paying jobs, are let go, or don't meet the license requirements of the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act. This can mean that students in Nashville Schools face overcrowded classrooms, or are bounced from teacher to teacher as class sizes are balanced.

How big is this problem? 50% of teachers hired in Tennessee in 2002 had left teaching by 2006. Not their jobs, the teaching profession. How does this directly impact Nashville Schools? The scramble for teachers is largely impacted by the attractiveness of the incentives and the atmosphere. So adjacent districts to Nashville Schools are all competing for the same small pool of qualified teachers

Wilson County has offered on-site child-care to its teachers for years. Yet that option has failed in other districts. Higher teacher pay in Nashville Schools may not look as good as a job in Cheatham County. This Nashville neighbor only employs 500 teachers, but rarely has a position unfilled in the fall. Now that is a position that Nashville Schools would love. Other local systems start with 40-50 openings. So what do teachers have to say?

The Tennessean Newspaper's Website is filled with blogs by teachers, former teachers, and many hoping to become former teachers in Nashville Schools. One unidentified Nashville Schools' resident recently said, "Higher starting salaries are a lure but the salary scale has been so compressed that there is no future in teaching. A senior teacher with 25 years experience would make no more money than when she started when adjusted for cost-of living. Many, many alternatives offer higher pay, greater potential and a less demeaning work environment. Teaching is no longer a profession, it's just a job, and not a good one at that."

So Nashville Schools must figure out how to lure good teachers, and keep them. In a political climate dictated by testing, reforms, and rising standards, it might be time some attention was focused on exactly what teacher's want and how to give it to them.

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Why Should I Learn Spanish

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Because the Spanish language has grown so much around the world, it has become extremely popular for people to learn Spanish as a second language. It is believed to be the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. This is easy to believe as it spoken all around the world by native speakers and students alike. Many people are learning this language by necessity, to keep up with the need in business and everyday life. There are also many people who are learning it because they are interested in their own heritage and culture. Many schools use Spanish as their extra language and as it is considered an easy language to learn, therefore, more and more people are choosing to learn it. Spanish has similarities to other languages, such as Italian, Portuguese and French. This is why Spanish is easy to learn but these similarities also enable people to gain the confidence to learn study more languages.

Why would anyone learn Spanish? Well, it can make a holiday to Spain or Latin America much more interesting for a start. There are many extremely popular vacation destinations where Spanish is spoken. Speaking the native language can make a holiday a much more culturally drenched event. Many students ask why they have to learn Spanish but, as many schools know, Spanish can be the basis for further language study. In many European countries learning Spanish will greatly reduce language barriers and make traveling much easier and accessible. There are so many good reasons why a person should learn Spanish that speaking only one language these days is almost inexcusable. In business and simply as a hobby, learning Spanish is both easy and can open up many doors for a person.

Learn Spanish For Employment Opportunities

Although learning Spanish can be fun, it can also open up a person's career opportunities and this is why; many companies come in contact with people that do not speak English as a first language, when this occurs, Spanish can be a good backup in communication. There are many Spanish speaking people throughout the world and having employees that can communicate in both Spanish and English is considered to be extremely beneficial to a company. The world has become so small with all the developments in technologies relating to communication and international business. Also, people are finding travel and emigration so easy that it is important for people to keep up their communication skills.

Many areas, like the United States in particular, have a large population of Spanish speaking individuals, making it important for certain jobs to be employed by people who are multilingual. For instance, in the medical profession, there is great need for medical staffs who are bilingual so that important information can be communicated clearly. Situations where patients only speak Spanish are not only easier, but safer too if they can speak their native tongue. Teachers also widen their employment opportunities by gaining the knowledge to speak in both English and Spanish. As well, any type of employment that involves tourism or international communication can create the need to speak Spanish as well as English. These are just a few of the many reasons why learning Spanish can be important and popular in today's world.

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What You Should Know About Praxis Ii Tests

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Praxis II tests are also known as Subject Assessment Tests. These are required by many states and professional organizations in the U.S. in order for beginning teachers to obtain their teaching certification or licensing. The Praxis II was developed as a way to measure and assess a teacher's knowledge in certain subjects and to test for teaching skills.

Many colleges and universities also view Praxis II tests as an important evaluation of a would-be teacher's skills in the content area that they are planning on concentrating. Many teachers take the Praxis II tests in order to increase their list of qualifications.

Who takes the Praxis II tests?

Students normally register for and take the registered Praxis II tests before the completion of their undergraduate or graduate courses. Only 44 states require the Praxis series, although many colleges, universities and licensing agencies for professionals require these tests.

Where are Praxis II tests offered?

Testing locations are found in different regions and states throughout the U.S. for paper-based testing. While most of these test centers offer tests using the English language, there are also test centers that cater to students or beginning teachers whose principal language is not English.

There are three major categories in the Praxis II test. These are:

Subject Assessment Tests

Measure a teacher's specific content knowledge and consists of multiple choice tests and constructed response questionnaires.

Principles of Learning and Teaching Tests

Assess a teacher's pedagogic knowledge and skills for four specific age groups of students: early childhood, kindergarten to 6, 5 to 9 and 7 to 12. Consists of multiple choice tests and constructed response questionnaires using case studies.

Teaching Foundation

Assess a teacher's knowledge in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Language Arts. Also consists of multiple choice tests and constructed response questionnaires.

Scoring the tests

The raw score on a multiple choice Praxis II test indicates the number of correct answers while the scores on the constructed response tests reflects the points given by the appointed test scorers. The test takers will receive their score report about four to six weeks after taking the exam. Additional score reports or ASR may also be requested for an extra fee.

The passing scores of the Praxis II tests are mandated by the state. If you want to know the score you need to obtain to get your initial teaching licensure, simply get in touch with your state's Department of Education or check out the Educational Testing Service website. The http://ETS.org website also includes information on which Praxis tests you may be required to take additionally as a requirement of the state you're planning to teach in.

Preparing for the Praxis II Tests

Preparing prior to taking the Praxis II tests is an important component of taking the tests successfully. It's recommended that you review books on your subject area, educational methods, techniques and psychology. Preparing and taking the tests can cost money so it's preferable that you invest only once in a successful attempt.

Praxis II tests can last from one hour to four hours. If you prefer, you can take a combination of tests to save time. Some tutors and experienced educators, however, recommend that test takers keep to just 2 tests in 1 day, especially if you experience some anxiety or uncertainty.

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Milwaukee Schools Claims Right Direction

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Schools come up with action plans every day. In fact, the Milwaukee Schools recently announced the adoption of an action plan that is designed to make its students competitive with some of the best schools in the country. The plan, designated "Working Together, Achieving More," was adopted by the board of Milwaukee Schools in July 2007. But gauging whether a plan means real change, or just a good press release isn't always easy. The Milwaukee Public Schools plan is meant to be acted on immediately, but it claims to provide for years of improvement. In it the school board lays out benchmarks for success for the years 2007 through 2012.

Entire Community Bands Together to Improve Milwaukee Schools

The committee that researched and designed this new plan was not made up of a bunch of academics with little experience in the classroom or the "real world." In fact, input was asked for from many different areas. Educators, administrators, researchers, business leaders, families and many others worked together to come up with a plan designed to put Milwaukee Schools on the map. I'd say that this is a point in their favor.

Milwaukee Schools Dedicated to Doing "Whatever it Takes."

The new plan, "Working Together, Achieving More" takes some direction from No Child Left Behind and similar acts that are aimed at reaching every student. The plan's mission statement is that all students of Milwaukee Schools will achieve success in higher education and career, and more importantly will become responsible citizens of Milwaukee and the world at large. Mission statements are always well intended. It's accomplishing the mission that's the hard part.

In order to become a high performing urban school, Milwaukee Schools has set certain goals for itself. Some of these include:

1. Meeting or exceeding the standards set by the state. This would be calculated by scores on state exams and by certain benchmarks in reading and math.

2. Becoming real communities of learning and building upon the idea of PLC or Professional Learning Communities. This allows educators planned time to work together within disciplines and across disciplines in addition to work outside of the school with community members and leaders.

3. Continued improvement and professional development for ALL staff of Milwaukee Schools, not just teachers. Administrators and bus drivers would be held to certain standards of improvement as well.

4. Being accountable for any shortcomings. This would include action plans for addressing those weak points. This is where the ideas of NCLB come in.

5. Being supportive of families. This includes all staff of any particular school and the district as a whole. This is designed to make families feel like a welcome and important part of the public schools.

If Milwaukee Schools really want to be competitive they have a long way to go. Any urban school district faces a lot of problems from overcrowding to under-funding to drugs to disinterested parents to...By committing to a long-term action plan, Milwaukee Schools has taken an important step. If they truly put their money where their mouth is, this district might achieve its ultimate goal: to make Milwaukee Schools the first choice of every parent.

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Some Homeschooling Options

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There are certainly instances where children can't attend regular public schools. Or, perhaps their parents will choose to have their children educated in a different manner.for many parents this different manner is homeschooling. In fact, each and every year a growing number of parents are discovering and taking advantage of the homeschooling option in their state.

One of the options that parents have when homeschooling their children is to go with an accredited homeschooling curriculum. These types of schools can give your child the same education as they would otherwise get in a public school, yet accredited home schools make this task a bit easier.

Accredited home schools basically have the same type of curriculum as those of the public schools. However unlike their public school counterparts these accredited homeschooling curriculum allow for the students to learn the subject matter at their own pace. Parents and kids can also telephone their teachers and receive extra help that they might be. This type of coverage will very from subject matter and from one accredited type of homeschool to another.

These types of homeschooling programs are gaining popularity with many parents. With the growing concern of not only the educational quality of the public school, but the safety of the children while in these public schools as well; accredited homeschooling is becoming a more and more viable option for parents wanting to educate their children outside of the public school system.

Another great advantage to homeschooling your children is that with homeschooling as parents you aren't subjected to attendance rules and strict scheduling requirements found in the public school system. Homeschooling your children is all about flexibility both with the education and with the family schedule.

As we speak there are over a million children now who are receiving some sort of homeschooling. Parents opting to use some form of accredited home schools enjoy the advantage of having the accredited schools keep track of their students progress and also have any records of the students and their studies if such documentation is needed. Although most state colleges readily admit home schooled children, some parents preferred the peace of mind to have the documentation handy from an accredited homeschooling source.

As a parent if you're considering homeschooling your child there are certainly a number of considerations to be aware of. Don't let the vast amount of information available to you get you overwhelmed. Take your time in looking over all of the material that you gather, but don't try to gather it all. Take into consideration your family values and what you consider important in your child's education.

If you're new to homeschooling, you may wish to get started using a prepackaged curriculum or some type of accredited homeschooling program. Many parents find this type of structure the best use of their time and their child's education.

No matter what type of homeschooling format you choose, I think you'll find the work is hard but just as rewarding as you watch your child grow into an adult knowing that you've provided the best foundation that you could for their lifelong successes.

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Free Online Courses

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Through the use of technology and the Internet of course today more and more people are turning their books and college classrooms in for a laptop and free online courses to enhance and to develop other means of learning.

A lot of the free online courses can take awhile, and yet there are other free online courses that you can finish up with in about eighteen months or less. It really depends on how much time you can spend on the free online courses you choose. That's the great thing about being able to do free online courses. You don't have to get everything together and go to a college or university.

For instance, if you are doing a free online course and for some reason you have to go out of town for a week for an emergency. You haven't missed anything. You simply come back and start off where you left off in doing your free online courses.

There are so many free online courses a person could not list them all, however when you get certified or actually finish some of the free online courses there is a small fee for the diploma or certificate. Either way its more than fair when considering it was a free online course you took to learn something you didn't initially know right?

There are web sites where you can actually find a lot of colleges or universities that offer free online courses as well. You can do a search for your own community and see if there are any local colleges that offer free online courses also, such as getting your GED. Which you know is the graduates equivalency diploma. If you perhaps weren't able to finish high school. Most of the time this is one important free online courses people can take. And many people do.

Then, they move on to other free online courses, because in some instances you need to have your GED in order to be able to do a free online course.

Some free online courses are done with the use of e books and they are also free, while others might have a fee, however the free online course is worth and the e books usually won't put you out all that much.

There are also some free online courses where you have to be at least eighteen in order to qualify to be approved in doing the free online courses. And it is verified so people can't lie about their age.

For the most part finding free online courses is an easy thing to do, now choosing the right one that is the best for you may be a bit harder to do. Just go through the free online courses and read up on some of them to get an idea of what they offer and explain what the free online course is about and then you can decide. After all they are free online courses. Yes, some do have small fees, but on the other hand there are many available that don't cost you a thing.

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Teaching Your Child To Love To Read

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Raising a child who loves books can be easy, if you have a plan. However, you must keep in mind that no matter how well you prepare to foster a love of books in your child, other influences may keep her from being a reader. All you can do as a parent is provide the encouragement, but the rest is up to your child.

One thing you can do to encourage a love of books is to read to your child from infancy on. This teaches her that reading involves special time with mom and dad. She will associate books with affection, which encourages a sense of security and a love for books as objects that bring security to her. As your child matures and is able to play with toys on her own, provide books that she can touch, chew, and bang around. Even if she ends up destroying them, she will begin to associate books with having fun.

Sometimes small children want the same book read repeatedly in the same sitting. As an adult, this may feel like a tedious chore. Do it anyway. Repetitive reading is one of the best ways children learn new words. Do not force your child to listen to a book if she is giving you signals that she would rather do something else. When children are young, reading must be a pleasant experience.

As your child begins to read, give her a special place in the house that is her reading corner. It could be a beanbag pillow in her bedroom or a special child-sized rocking chair in the living room. While reading doesn't have to be done only in this corner, having that special place set aside for reading will make it feel like a special event in her day. Let her choose the reading chair in a special shopping trip with mom or dad.

Once your child begins learning how to read, you should still read to her. This will improve her vocabulary as you introduce her to words she has never heard or seen before. Take turns reading paragraphs or sentences to make reading a group effort.

If you find that your child does not like to read, you may be tempted to bribe her to read. Avoid this if you can. Bribery does not cultivate a love of books. It teaches your child that reading is something to be endured for a reward. Instead, try to figure out why she doesn't like to read. Are the books you have offered her boring to her? Does she have a reading disability that needs to be addressed? Does she need glasses? Try to find books that appeal to her, even if they are not topics you are interested in, and read those books with her.

Finally, model good reading behavior whenever you can. Your children should see you reading a wide variety of materials. You should read books, magazines, newspapers, and even advertisements. Your child will learn from your example that reading is something to be enjoyed every day of her life.

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Business Degree Online Programs Fit Everyone

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There are many advantages to receiving a business degree online. For one thing, the area of study is so broad it leaves endless opportunities for employment. It is a wide-open career field, which in turn makes the job search easier and more enjoyable for prospective employees. Whether you are interested in accounting, human resources, management or administration, there is a business program out there that fits a student's needs.

For many people who went straight into the work force upon graduation of high school, finding ways to advance in their current position is of the utmost importance. One of the ways to do this is by pursuing an advanced degree. A business degree online can give people an advantage over their peers, while offering flexible and customized programs. There are numerous programs and concentrations that are available to people in all areas of the work force. Whether it's an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree, there are programs designed to fit the working individuals needs.

One program available with a business degree online is an accounting specialist program. Often times these courses of study are two-year programs allowing students to obtain their associate's degree. This particular program is aimed at those who are currently working in the accounting field and want a refresher in the material by taking a few new courses.

The area of accounting is constantly changing with new regulations and laws, so it is important for individuals in the accounting field to stay keen to these changes. Those who receive an associate's degree in an accounting specialist program or another similar program can work as an accounting clerk, personal income tax clerk, professional bookkeepers and many more career fields. Upon graduation students can also become nationally certified as a Certified Bookkeeper.

Another associate's degree program available with a business online degree is Human Resource Management. The course work in a program such as this prepares students to work in all different kinds of work environments, from government and business to nonprofit organizations and institutions. The course work prepares students to become human resource professionals and handle such duties as filing grievances and handling disputes and dismissals. Individuals who graduate from this type of program can be human resources assistants and specialists among other positions.

There are also bachelor's degree programs available to those who are pursuing a business degree online. Individuals can receive a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. This type of program is aimed at both those who just graduated from high school and want to pursue a higher education degree and those who are currently in the work force and would like to advance up the corporate ladder. Students are given the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the business world, whether it is in corporate, small business or a nonprofit organization.

A master's degree is also available to those who would like to further their education beyond a bachelor's degree. A Masters of Business Administration, or an MBA, is an advanced program guided to help individuals advance in their current position and increases the possibility for a pay raise. Most individuals who pursue this type of business degree online are already in the work force and know what the business climate and corporate culture is like. Therefore, a lot of the course work is aimed at advancing the knowledge that individuals already have and is set in the actual work environment. It helps individuals gain the leadership skills they need to be successful as a businessperson or entrepreneur.

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