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CIID @ IXDA in Toronto

Posted by William Bateman on Jan 26, 2013 0 comments

The 6th IXDA Conference is just on the horizon and will see hundreds of interaction design professionals and academics uniting in Toronto, Canada. CIIDs Alie Rose and Brian Rink will be attending the conference so if youre there, make sure you find them and say hello.

In conjunction with the conference, the winners of the IXDA Awards will be announced. The deadline for the Peoples Choice Award in Jan 28th and there are 8 CIID projects in the line-up so take some time to vote for your favourites:

Go CIID!!!!!

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NAACP wants law to make charter schools more accountable

Posted by Jai Halford on Jan 24, 2013 0 comments

After weeks of complaints about Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Binghamton, the state NAACP will ask legislators to pass a law allowing charter schools to be closed for more than financial instability and poor academic performance.

“There needs to be some other options for the ways we hold charters accountable,” said Rev. Keith Norman, president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP.

The issue is on the state NAACP agenda and will be presented to lawmakers in February, Norman said. “You can’t allow charters to exist in our community, to come in and set up shop and not be accountable beyond fiscal and performance-related issues.”

Cornerstone Prep, a ministry of Christ United Methodist Church, opened this fall in Lester School in Binghamton under the authority of the state-run Achievement School District. It serves children in pre-K through third grade. Next year, it will take over the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

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Marshall has No. 20 Wichita State flying high

Posted by Christian Barton on Jan 23, 2013 0 comments

There are some coaches in college basketball who always seem composed. They may be churning below the surface, but outwardly they’re calm, keeping everything bottled up until a player makes an errant pass or an official’s call goes the other way.

Gregg Marshall is not one of those coaches.

The sixth-year coach of Wichita State is the fly that fell in the can of Red Bull, perpetual motion personified. He stalks the sidelines in his jet-black suit for 40 minutes every night, his screaming voice augmented by his flailing arms and stomping feet. He’d be wasting his time if he wasn’t talking to four people at once – calling for a sub, conferring with an assistant, ripping a referee, all while ordering up the next play.

“We don’t always do things perfect, and when we don’t, he can get loud,” admitted Carl Hall, a senior forward. “But he just wants to win. That’s him.

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As parents’ share of college fees rises, students’ GPAs fall

Posted by Jai Halford on Jan 23, 2013 0 comments

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers up a cautionary tale for parents: College students who are well-funded by Mom and Dad actually get worse grades than students who arent so fortunate.

On the other hand, students who received financial support from their parents were more likely to complete college and earn a degree than students without such resources, according to the study, which was published in the February issue of the journal American Sociological Review.

“Students with parental support are best described as staying out of serious academic trouble, but dialing down their academic efforts,” study author Laura Hamilton, a sociology professor at the University of California, Merced, said in journal news release

Her findings stem from an analysis of data from the U.S. National Center for Educational Statistics.

As the authors noted, college tuition costs in the United States keep rising, forcing parents to shoulder more of the cost.

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Public Relations Specialist Career

Posted by William Bateman on Jan 22, 2013 0 comments

Public Relations Specialist

Average Salary: $57,550

What Do PR Specialists Do?

Public relations specialists help businesses, organizations, and prominent individuals (like celebrities or politicians) to develop a positive public image. They often do this by writing and distributing press releases (good news reports). They might also coordinate interviews and appearances, while building ties with relevant journalists.

Some PR specialists help to plan fundraisers or charity events. Large organizations may employ teams of PR pros who respond to all inquiries and respond to interview requests.

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Several school districts in Colorado pushing for rigor in science

Posted by Jai Halford on Jan 19, 2013 0 comments

Come this fall, a new initiative to increase the rigor of science and math education will start by changing the sequence of classes students take.

At Northglenn High School, for example, physics will now be required for freshman — instead of for juniors or seniors.

“We always kind of realized there were gaps,” said Lori Egan, a science teacher and instructional leader at Northglenn High. “We really hadn’t thought about having physics first, but it makes sense in order to start making a richer curriculum.”

Egan is one of the first teachers in the state who has taken new training and implemented a change.

On Tuesday, officials gathered to announce a $400,000 grant to fund training of about 200 teachers in at least five school districts that showed interest.

The physics training program comes from New Jersey, and the grant comes from the National Education Association. I

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UVa-Wise tops St. Catharine

Posted by Christian Barton on Jan 19, 2013 0 comments

Javan Moore’s exceptional all-around effort – 22 points, 11 rebounds, five steals – helped the University of Virginia’s College at Wise win its sixth straight, a 68-61 Mid-South Conference triumph over St. Catha-rine on Saturday afternoon.

The Highland Cavaliers overcame a nine-point halftime deficit and also received a 10-point, 18-rebound effort from Deon Boyce.

King loses to Queens

For just the third time all season King College tasted defeat as the Tornado dropped a 66-54 Conference Carolinas decision to Queens College.

Eddie Piccinini led King with 20 points. The Tor

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