Online Education Myths… BUSTED!

By Noodle Education

Online education is all the rage right now. Many students are leaving a traditional college experience behind and opting to take classes online to get their degrees. And while it’s a very popular option that’s growing every day, there are still plenty of myths out there about this way of learning, partly because it is so new!

Have you ever thought that online learning can reduce one-on-one attention from teachers? Or maybe that online learning only works for self-starting students? You’re not alone. But Noodle Education is here to dispel some of the myths with some info from NPR’s KQED.

Read more here.

Noodle Education created the first and only life-long education search engine in the world. Noodle.org enables users to find the right school, college, tutor, instruction video, or any other education resource — and it’s free. Headquartered in New York City, Noodle was created in 2011 by a powerhouse team of education innovators from The Princeton Review, 2U, Kaplan, Kumon and Colloquy. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, as “one of the 6 fastest growing tech companies” and hailed by Mashable, as “one of the 5 startups transforming online education.”

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Spring Break on Chesapeake Bay

Cassandra filming while on spring break in Chesapeake.

By Cassandra Heikkila, sophomore at American University

Imagine this: It’s 9:45 PM and our restaurant closes at 10. It’s freezing cold, dark, rainy, our tents had flooded, our clothes were soaked, and our van was now stuck in the mud, with no hope of getting dinner.

If you asked me if I would do it all again, my answer would be an instant yes.

My alternative spring break to Chesapeake Bay might not sound as exciting as going to Cancun or Miami, Punta Cana or Puerto Rico. And while everything did not go according to plan at all, it was one of the most fun and enlightening times of my life. Basically, it was awesome.

I chose to go on an alternative spring break to gain more experience in film, my new major. Mostly I wanted to know if film was really for me after switching my major nine times. When I heard there was an opportunity to film an environmental wildlife documentary on Chincoteague Island, I jumped at the chance.  In the coming weeks I raised the money to go using GoEnnounce.com, bought a backpack and a flashlight, packed up my clothes and I thought I was ready. But then my friends started telling me what their spring breaks were going to be: road trips, concerts, seeing their friends and family at home, I started to regret the whole trip. I even considered not going. But, my fee was already paid. I had to go.

And, I’m so thankful I did. I not only learned how to use a professional video camera, sound equipment, and how to edit a film all through hands on experience, I got to see some pretty amazing things and make some equally as amazing friends and mentors.  I now know film is exactly where I belong in the world.

Now imagine this: Walking on a beach filming B-roll of waves crashing when a herd of wild ponies trot right behind you creating the perfect shot. Or seeing the sunset on an embankment in the middle of a wetland, with Sika Elk grazing next to you. Or getting up at 4:30 AM just to capture the sunrise over the bay.  This was my spring break. What will yours be?

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Our Faves this Week & We’re Hiring!

We are thrilled to see students “Defining Themselves” on GoEnnounce this month! These three high school seniors are heading off to college in the fall and using GoEnnounce to share all of their accomplishments and dreams with their family and friends. We are so impressed with their ambition that we wanted to show them off!

Shannon Pence

High school senior, Shannon, is heading to University of Wisconsin in the fall and already knows she wants to major in Early Childhood Education. Her passions include singing, theater and don’t forget Harry Potter! View her latest ennouncement!

 Felicia Jones

High school senior, Felicia, is still deciding on which college to attend but knows that psychology is the major for her! During high school she has been super involved in organizations such as cheerleading, SADD and the Geology club.  View her latest ennouncement! 

Maria Marrone

High school senior, Maria, just got accepted into the NYU Tisch program to study film and already thinking ahead to grad school. She’s already been making films in high school and is sharing them with you on her GoEnnounce page. View her latest ennouncement!

 Looking for a summer internship??

GoEnnounce is looking for awesome Brand Ambassadors Interns who want real life marketing experience from a rapid growing tech company without ever leaving school! We will reward you with perks, free swag, and cash bonuses based on performance. Interested or have a friend you think would love this opportunity? Check out the deets here – GoEnnounce Brand Ambassador Internship and email us at jobs@goennounce.com.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to ennounce! 

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Longer School Days Helping Students?

By Noodle Education

How many hours per day do you go to school? What would you say if your school made your day even longer? Maybe you’re thinking that your school day is long enough! We hear you, but in some schools this is really happening, whether the students like it or not.

At the end of last year, 20,000 students at 40 schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee got 300 extra hours of learning time added to this year’s school calendar.

So why add the extra time? Noodle Education has some more info on the pros and cons of longer school days. Read more here.

Where do you stand on longer school days?

Noodle Education created the first and only life-long education search engine in the world. Noodle.org enables users to find the right school, college, tutor, instruction video, or any other education resource — and it’s free. Headquartered in New York City, Noodle was created in 2011 by a powerhouse team of education innovators from The Princeton Review, 2U, Kaplan, Kumon and Colloquy. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, as “one of the 6 fastest growing tech companies” and hailed by Mashable, as “one of the 5 startups transforming online education.”

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Here’s How to Get the Most of Your Gen Ed Courses

By College Prowler

You might have thought that after leaving high school, you get to choose all of the classes you take in college. While there’s more freedom to study what you choose, you most likely have to take some required general courses, maybe some that aren’t your favorite.

While it varies from school to school, it could include English composition, math, history, science, social science, and arts. The purpose of this is to give students a well-rounded education—you’ll be thankful later, we promise!

In the meantime, College Prowler has some great tips to get the most out of your gen ed courses, so they don’t have to be the bane of your existence!

Read more here.

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5 Tips to Help Cure Your Senioritis

 

Ready for the semester to be over?? Push through, you are almost there! Photo taken from theasburycollegian.com.

Spring has sprung. The school year is winding down. And if you’re a senior in high school or college, you most likely have a bad case of “Senioritis,” which makes it really hard to focus on school. Here are our five tips to help keep you focused when Senioritis gets the best of you.

1. Create a new challenge for yourself. Each week, make a goal to do something you haven’t done before. You may feel like you’re coasting through at this point, but strive to attend a lecture, go to a school sports game, or see the school play to keep you focused on where you are now.

2. Help out a younger student. Put all of your knowledge about your school to good use! Help out a younger student who might need a little mentoring. Give them some tips on finishing out the school year strong, or give them some advice for managing finals.

3. Get Moving. A great way to channel all of that extra Senior energy is to work it out. Go to your school gym, run some laps after class, take a long walk at lunch. You’ll blow off some steam and feel better.

4. Talk about it. While you might be excited to move on from school, it’s also a life-changing event that can be stressful. Talk to your peers, parents, teachers, or mentors to get some advice about taking the next step. It will let out all of that pent up emotion.

5. Get Involved. Savor these last few weeks of school. You’ll never have the opportunity to go back to this stage in your life again. Get involved by volunteering on campus, taking a class for fun, or doing something artistic that you never did in years past.

Enjoy it while it lasts and good luck! Share your Senioritis experiences with us on GoEnnounce.com.

-Meghan & Melissa Davis

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Funding the Future

By: CJ Murphy

“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to transfer schools.  I lost a good portion of my financial aid, and I just can’t afford to go to American anymore,” said my best friend before the school year started.  He was an incredible student and leader.  He always made the Dean’s List.  He was a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and the club soccer team.  He had so much pride in his school.  I was heart broken that such a dedicated and deserving student had to compromise his education and potential due to financial barriers.  From that point on, I was determined to ensure that this wouldn’t happen to any more students.

By researching the issue of financial aid and the detrimental effects of student debt, I realized how many students are impacted nationwide.  However, I also realized that no grant or scholarship money could solve this problem due to the way FAFSA determines a student’s need.  To help students alleviate the burden of financing college and increase their academic opportunities, I had to look to unorthodox methods of funding education.

To help decrease the financial burden of funding college, I created a website, called Funding The Future, that allows students to make student profiles to attract donors or “Change Makers” for their education. The student profiles, which are powered by GoEnnounce, include information such as education, employment, academic interests, career interests, leadership roles and extracurricular activities.  Students can use these profiles to attract donors or Change Makers for their college education, such as family and friends.  Also, outside Change Makers are driven to the site to browse through various profiles and build a deeper connection with the students.  Once they’ve chosen a student to donate to, there is a link that allows them to make a secure donation.  This donation is added to a student’s account and processed like a personal check.  This ensures that a student’s financial burden decreases without affecting their eligibility for financial aid.

Each profile created and each donation given help provide students with opportunities after graduation.   At Funding the Future, we believe that education is not a luxury; it is an investment in a brighter future, and we think that’s worth funding.

Interested in making a profile?  Contact cj.murphy@ausg.org.

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Define Yourself and Win a $500 Scholarship!

How do you define yourself as a student? Are you an athlete, a history ace, a star on the drums, class treasurer, a student volunteer, or something completely different? GoEnnounce wants to reward you with a $500 scholarship for being YOU!

We’re offering a scholarship for high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores & juniors who plan on attending a 4 year college in the Fall of 2013—and this scholarship isn’t based on GPA or an essay either. We just want you to share your educational goals and show us what you are passionate about as a student. The winner will be selected on profile completeness.

So how do you enter? Visit this link and complete all of the criteria.

Make sure to enter before midnight EST on April 30, 2013.

Good luck, students!

-Meghan & Melissa Davis

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Advice to Grad School Students: Network, Network, Network

By Noodle Education

Did you decide to go back to grad school? Many students decide to head back to break into a new industry, to push into a higher pay bracket, or even just to learn! No matter what the reason is for heading back to school, Noodle Education tells us that one of the most important things you can do while you’re there is NETWORKING.

Why?

Creating personal and professional relationships while you’re in grad school can determine where you will end up after school. In other words, it can help you get a job right away so you can get ahead and pay down all of your student loans!

Try some of Noodle’s tips to build your network while you’re still in school.

Noodle Education created the first and only life-long education search engine in the world. Noodle.org enables users to find the right school, college, tutor, instruction video, or any other education resource — and it’s free. Headquartered in New York City, Noodle was created in 2011 by a powerhouse team of education innovators from The Princeton Review, 2U, Kaplan, Kumon and Colloquy. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, as “one of the 6 fastest growing tech companies” and hailed by Mashable, as “one of the 5 startups transforming online education.”

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How to Save Money on Campus Visits

Photo taken from The Ivy Coach

By College Prowler

Have a lot of colleges you want to check out in your search? Good for you! But you might be thinking that there’s no way you’ll be able to afford all of those trips across the country for everywhere on your list. Those flights, hotels, and transportation fees can add up, especially if you’re planning on going somewhere out of your home state.

Luckily, College Prowler found some great ways to get around this dilemma! Check out their tips on how to “visit” every college on your list if you’re on a budget. You might be surprised to see how much money you can save. Still need some funds to make it happen? Create a mission on GoEnnounce.com to get some financial help.

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