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Updated: 2018-01-20T03:30:06Z

 



Free Budget Software And Debt Consolidation

2018-01-18T13:34:14.810Z


Finding a debt consolidation solution that helps to manage money problems may not, in itself, be enough to make anybody debt free forever. The sheer relief of finally doing something that will take them out of the red and into the black makes…


Finding a debt consolidation solution that helps to manage money problems may not, in itself, be enough to make anybody debt free forever. The sheer relief of finally doing something that will take them out of the red and into the black makes many people relax. After the initial period of sheer relief and determination not to have to go through this again, many simply revert back to their old spending habits and get into even more trouble.

To make any debt management solution work it is important to look at issues like habitual spending and to modify them as necessary. It is vital to take control back of spending at this stage. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to use budget tracking software.

What is Budget Tracking Software?

Also known as budget planners these programs are designed to help people to keep a record of their spending over time. Some programs are fairly basic in design and simply give a ready made spreadsheet to work with. Others offer more of a multimedia approach with graphs, pie charts and other visual interpretations of spending. This may involve inputting actual spending or setting the system up to do this automatically. The software can then analyze it and display the results.

What are the Advantages of Using Budget Software?

  • It doesn't have to add an extra financial burden. A lot of budget software is free to use. Programs such as Mint, for example, and ExcelHomework offer a range of online tracking solutions at no cost.
  • It allows users to analyze their spending over time and to see where savings can be made by changing their spending habits.
  • It helps people to get back into good spending habits after their days of debt spending -- even the most financially savvy can lose their way when they have money problems. Working out how to budget better will make it much easier to avoid problems happening again.

How Much Work Will it Take to Build an Online Budget or Manual Planner?

The amount of time needed for this really depends on the software used. A spreadsheet style of template may well involve the manual input of spending data. An online tracking software program, however, can often be linked up to cash and credit accounts. The software pulls all the relevant data together to create the budget as money is spent. Those that still need help after consolidation may also want to look at their options by using a debt repayment calculator. These tools can help people work out if making higher payments will shorten the term of their borrowing and save some money.




New YouTube Channel!

2018-01-05T02:48:23.853Z

Hi Everyone! I recently started a YouTube Channel as a professional development resource for teachers and anyone interested in technology tutorials, productivity hacks as well as Google products. Please take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements and or topics you would like me to create videos on! …

Hi Everyone! I recently started a YouTube Channel as a professional development resource for teachers and anyone interested in technology tutorials, productivity hacks as well as Google products. Please take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements and or topics you would like me to create videos on! http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeGc0NLBEam2ObPINXrYiXA?view_as=subscriber




Looking for a soft to create an online speaking test,

2017-12-16T15:45:34.339Z

Hi friends,

I want to use VoiceThread to create a speaking test for my student.

Each thread would include my question audio files (one audio file for each question) and my student can record his/her answer to each question separately and upload to the same thread. Right now I don't know if it's possible to re-arrange their answers so that the answer to each question follows right after that question (i.e. at first the thread would include files in this order: Q1-Q2-Q3-A1-A2-A3,…

Hi friends,

I want to use VoiceThread to create a speaking test for my student.

Each thread would include my question audio files (one audio file for each question) and my student can record his/her answer to each question separately and upload to the same thread. Right now I don't know if it's possible to re-arrange their answers so that the answer to each question follows right after that question (i.e. at first the thread would include files in this order: Q1-Q2-Q3-A1-A2-A3, and then as the admin, I can rearrange the file into Q1-A1-Q2-A2-Q3-A3 for more convenient assessment?).

That's what I don't know about VoiceThread and it's difficult to get their support with this. I've tried but in vain.

Does any of you have experience with VoiceThread? Could you tell me if I can do this (i.e. rearranging the order of the comment files)?

Also, besides VoiceThread, do you know if there are any softs, especially free ones, that can address my needs above?

Thank you!!




Teaching Slice REFLECTIONS (High School)

2017-12-02T16:29:54.675Z

Due December 8th & 10th, but write very soon after teaching your slice.

1) Watch your video (and your peer coach's video).

2) Write your FOCUS, then the positive and what needs work.  Incorporate what you learned from the formative assessments (the ones that you collected).  CITE FROM THE READINGS (MULTIPLE SOURCES. Author and page number).  You can ask for specific suggestions from your peer coach.

3) Offer concrete and very specific suggestions to your peer, after…

Due December 8th & 10th, but write very soon after teaching your slice.

1) Watch your video (and your peer coach's video).

2) Write your FOCUS, then the positive and what needs work.  Incorporate what you learned from the formative assessments (the ones that you collected).  CITE FROM THE READINGS (MULTIPLE SOURCES. Author and page number).  You can ask for specific suggestions from your peer coach.

3) Offer concrete and very specific suggestions to your peer, after watching his/her video and reading his/her reflection.




Teaching Slice Power Point & Docs, due on the 29th

2017-11-26T21:29:45.685Z

Due Wednesday, November 29th here and in class (have photocopies ready for your in-class practice teaching slice).

Upload your teaching slice Power Point and worksheets (and any other document) here (if too heavy, e-mail it to me, but it should work).

Due Wednesday, November 29th here and in class (have photocopies ready for your in-class practice teaching slice).

Upload your teaching slice Power Point and worksheets (and any other document) here (if too heavy, e-mail it to me, but it should work).




FINAL lesson plan draft, with modified goals

2017-11-22T16:07:18.891Z

Upload your FINAL lesson draft here-- Word doc.  See FINAL guidelines.  

The highlighted sections have to be ready by Friday (11/24), the rest by Sunday (11/26) the latest (better if by Friday as well).  For Monday, you must have a full draft of the WHOLE FINAL (including the questions).

- Four goals + link to video/song with minutes (for excerpt)

- Big hook (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error…

Upload your FINAL lesson draft here-- Word doc.  See FINAL guidelines.  

The highlighted sections have to be ready by Friday (11/24), the rest by Sunday (11/26) the latest (better if by Friday as well).  For Monday, you must have a full draft of the WHOLE FINAL (including the questions).

- Four goals + link to video/song with minutes (for excerpt)

- Big hook (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error correction/feedback)

- Small hook question and answer

- 2 differentiated Practice + 1 differentiated Production (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error correction/feedback)

- Formative assessments

- Final task (summative assessment): instructions, expected answer, how it will be graded, ideas for rubric, etc. (see FINAL)

- Grammar script (interactive, based on most important grammatical goal)

- Extra credit: Homework activity




Interested in Computer Science in ELA Classrooms?

2017-11-08T16:18:05.289Z

Hi Friends, I'm recruiting interested educators who want to explore ways to integrate computer science into English class. Learn more at cs4ela.org and let me know on Twitter if interested @tomliamlynch …

Hi Friends, I'm recruiting interested educators who want to explore ways to integrate computer science into English class. Learn more at cs4ela.org and let me know on Twitter if interested @tomliamlynch 

Thanks!

Tom

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TEwT Journal - invitation to read the latest issue.

2017-11-06T18:13:26.562Z

Dear Colleagues, feel more than welcome to visit our website and find out more about the journal http://www.tewtjournal.org/. You are also invited to read the articles from our latest issue http://www.tewtjournal.org/issues/volume-2017/volume-17-issue-4/ , where you can find papers on the following topics: 1. PROBLEMATIZING VIDEOGAMES: TEACHING STUDENTS TO BE… Dear Colleagues, feel more than welcome to visit our website and find out more about the journal http://www.tewtjournal.org/. You are also invited to read the articles from our latest issue http://www.tewtjournal.org/issues/volume-2017/volume-17-issue-4/ , where you can find papers on the following topics: 1. PROBLEMATIZING VIDEOGAMES: TEACHING STUDENTS TO BE CRITICAL PLAYERS by Mark Love 2. THE APPLICATION OF VIDEO CLIPS WITH SMALL GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE YOUNG LEARNERS’ SPEAKING PERFORMANCE by Asnawi Muslem, Faisal Mustafa, Bustami Usman and Aulia Rahman  3. THE USE OF ELECTRONIC DICTIONARIES FOR PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE BY UNIVERSITY EFL STUDENTS by Rastislav Metruk  4. BUILDING UP THAI EFL STUDENTS’ POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARD THEIR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH ACCENTED SPEECH WITH THE USE OF PHONETICS WEBSITE by Noparat Tananuraksakul  5. THE USE OF SOCRATIVE IN ESL CLASSROOMS: TOWARDS ACTIVE LEARNING by Abir El Shaban 6. IMPROVING FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE CLASSROOMS USING GRADECAM GO! by Ferit Kılıçkaya  7. TEACHING IN A DIGITAL AGE - BOOK REVIEW by Herri Mulyono   Teaching English with Technology (TEwT) is a free, online, double-blind and peer-reviewed journal that seeks to disseminate cutting-edge work focussed mainly on the use of technology in TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages). The journal is interested in theoretical and practical articles that resonate with the international audience. TEwT occasionally publishes special issues in more specialised areas of technology use in language education. All TEwT papers are free to access. TEwT is currently indexed in Scopus, Index Copernicus, Central and Eastern European Online Library, EBSCO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), BazHum, CEJSH and Cabell’s Publishing Directory. The Journal of Teaching English with Technology is also listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals and was B-ranked on the 2010 ARC Australian government list of approved academic journals. With regard to academic journals, TEwT has received the highest rank in the B section from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. TEwT has been included in the ERIH-Plus list.   We would also like to announce a call for papers and encourage you to publish in our journal. You are also very welcome to join our prominent Board of Reviewers (on condition of holding at least a PhD degree and submitting a CV).   If interested, contact us by sending a message to: kamila.burz@wp.pl and CC jarek.krajka@wp.pl and alexander.c@unic.ac.cy   We hope to hear from you. Kindest regards, Kamila Burzynska, Ph.D.candidate Assistant to the Editor, Teaching English with Technology http://tewtjournal.org [...]



CSI Teaching Slice (self-reflection and peer reflection)

2017-10-17T16:33:21.477Z

Please write your FOCUS, and cite from the readings.

Please write your FOCUS, and cite from the readings.




BLOG# 1

2017-10-14T22:57:22.187Z

       “Salvando al soldado Pérez” es una película que refleja los valores familiares, más allá de enaltecer al crimen organizado.Trata de una comedia de aventuras con vida propia, centrada en la búsqueda por rescatar no sólo a su hermano Juan, perdido en medio de la guerra de Irak, sino también para obtener el perdón de su madre por la vida que ha llevado. Algunos de los aspectos…

       “Salvando al soldado Pérez” es una película que refleja los valores familiares, más allá de enaltecer al crimen organizado.Trata de una comedia de aventuras con vida propia, centrada en la búsqueda por rescatar no sólo a su hermano Juan, perdido en medio de la guerra de Irak, sino también para obtener el perdón de su madre por la vida que ha llevado. Algunos de los aspectos más destacados de la película para mí, es que no hay nadie más  importante en la vida de Julián que su madre y su hermano, y por ellos es capaz de atravesar el mundo y pelear, dejando de lado todas sus comodidades e incluso poner su vida en peligro. Este aspecto transmite el mensaje de que la familia tiene que ser nuestro mayor tesoro de motivación y lucha. El segundo aspecto más destacado se refiere a la importancia del trabajo en equipo para la consecución de los objetivos planteados. En este caso, Julián Pérez no hubiera podido lograr solo su travesía y por ello se apoyó en un equipo que reclutó, basándose en sus cualidades especiales. La unión hace la fuerza y las diferencias sólo ayudan a que se aprovechen mejor las oportunidades. Otro aspecto importante, es al final de la película cuando la familia de Julián está reunida y compartiendo como una familia normal, vimos la felicidad que reflejaba la mamá de julián al volver a estar reunida con él. Este aspecto refleja que sin importar quienes somos o en que nos hemos convertidos, nuestra familia siempre es lo más primordial en nuestra vida.  El secreto está en saber exactamente lo que se está buscando y luchar hasta alcanzarlo sin detenerse.