Seven International Educational Qualifications That Matter

The Internationalization of Education has meant that even in the more remote regions of the World, Students can take an internationally recognized Test. A Test that allows them to qualify and compete on an equal level, with other students, Internationally.As the World gets smaller with online educational tools and testing, this trend should continue, standardizing an International Education for anyone, no matter were they live.

1. CIPAT
 
CIPAT is a Primary Education program launched by Cambridge from the UK. This program Internationalizes basic primary qualifications in the Sciences, English and Mathematics. Cambridge in recent years are continually expanding their testing centers to many Countries outside the UK.
 
2. CHECKPOINT

CHECKPOINT is a secondary Educational program launched by Cambridge for Secondary students. CHECKPOINT primarily offers an International qualification in the Sciences, English, Mathematics and other subjects.
 
3.  IELTS

IELTS is one of the more popular English programs for Students who want to study in an English speaking Country at College level. IELTS covers standard, ongoing subjects that Students in a College may have to cover in their studies. IELTS does not offer a passing grade, only a score based on a Test conducted in your home Country. This score is often a compulsory requirement to enter certain Colleges, and Universities around the world.
 
4.  TOEFL iBT

TOEFL iBT is an International Test that American based Educational Institutes recognize, which is score based. TOEFL iBT Test Centers are located throughout the World, and the Test itself is online. In recent years students prefer IELTS, citing more Countries recognize it as an International qualification.
 
5   IFB Courses

In many cases students outside English speaking Countries who are accepted into an English speaking College or University, still have to take a compulsory Foundation course before they start their first year at University. Many internationally recognized IFB courses are available in their home countries, as many Colleges and Universities expand Internationally.
 
6. TAFE

Australia is one of the more popular Countries for qualified Immigrants. TAFE is an Australian based Trade rather than academic qualification. TAFE courses have expanded outside Australia, and qualify skilled people for non- academic jobs.
 
7. GMAT

In order to qualify to take an MBA in some Countries, Students need to take a GMAT course to ‘qualify’ for entrance to a traditional University or College. GMAT is score based, and the score determines what College could accept you.Many of these International qualifications have expanded through the years to become net based, and even based in emerging Countries around the World.  Education has globalized, and with these qualifications creates an International standard in Education.

A standard that allows students in emerging Countries to qualify on the same footing as students in more developed Countries, creating an emerging Internationalization of traditional Education once only based on local Education, rather than internationally.

Competition for Expat English Education in Global Cities Heats Up

For expat workers with families, suitable education can be one of the most costly and frustrating hurdles to navigate when transferring to a foreign assignment. To insure that children are able to transition back into their home system at the end of the assignment, move on to a top university or to another international assignment it is preferable for them to have been following an international school curriculum with English language instruction.

For comparison we’ll look at the cost and some of the considerations in finding an international school in two popular expat destinations: Zurich and Hong Kong.

Cost of Living and Cost of Education Don’t Always Match

As a baseline we’ll use a London, England private international school such as the ACS International School in Egham or Kings College Wimbledon and compare that to both Hong Kong and Zurich.

While overall Zurich and Hong Kong (HK) both rank in the top 10 most expensive cities for expats while London sits well back at #17, education is a different story. It provides a relative bargain for private international education with school fees 7.7% lower than London while Zurich area international schools are more than 20% higher. If you had school aged children then taking an assignment to Hong Kong over Zurich would seem like the cost conscious choice but fees don’t paint the whole picture.

Hong Kong

Since the establishment of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in 1967 for the education of expat children, there has been a strong international school presence here. There are over 100 international schools, mostly teaching in English but the increasing popularity of international schools among permanent residents, the HK equivalent of citizen, has created on overwhelming demand.

While Hong Kong recognizes both English and Cantonese as official languages and officially at least, English is an important component of government run schools, the reality is different. Even if you are a parent who would like your child to experience a “local” education in this city, a recent survey by the Native English Speaking Teacher’s Association in HK found that even though government policy allows public schools that teach in Cantonese to accept English-only speaking children, they do not.

In addition to demand, several other factors are putting upward pressure on international school fees in Hong Kong. The 20 schools that are operated by the ESF have lost their subsidy established under the original 1967 government ordinance. Starting with the students entering kindergarten in 2014, the subsidy has been eliminated. In the past year ESF has already raised their fees more than 5%.

At the same time its education bureau is trying to expand educational options by making a handful of development sites and two empty schools available by bid to interested international schools. Among the interested schools is the prestigious British boarding school, Malvern which is looking to open a campus catering to elementary level education. They plan to reserve 90% of their available placements for students that hold foreign passports. While private international schools do not receive subsidies from the Hong Kong government, they are offered preferential lease terms and access to a designated green space.

Still, the lack of space in the city makes it extremely difficult to open new international schools so the demand for spots at the existing schools continues to grow. The Hong Kong education bureau estimates waiting lists for most international schools are several years long forcing parents to consider other options.

Zurich

In 2011 the education department for canton Zurich moved to bar permanent residents from attending international schools in the area. Residents of Zurich must put their children in German speaking public school unless they can prove they are only temporary residents or that their child will complete their education in a non-German speaking jurisdiction. Widely viewed as a regressive policy, the stated aim was to better integrate foreigners living in Zurich permanently or over the long term into the local community. So far this has been the only Swiss canton to implement this kind of policy but the move highlights some of the difficulties surrounding the availability of an international curriculum with English language instruction.

While it would seem that this move would increase the number of spots open to temporary expats it also puts the responsibility on parents putting their children in school for the first time to prove that they intend to move at some point in the future or that their children will complete their schooling elsewhere. The rule does not distinguish based on the passport that a child holds or their mother tongue.

Competition Spawns an Industry

The complexity of finding an appropriate school and increased competition for spots at English language schools has even spawned its own consultancy industry. People like Ruth Benny head of Top Schools Hong Kong amongst other, have leveraged their personal experience as expat parents and professional experience as educators to assist other parents struggling with finding the right school for their children. These professionals offer one on one consulting for expat parents struggling to find the right solution for their school age children in a hyper competitive environment.

Xpatulator provides school fee data for comparable schools in more than 700 cities worldwide. In Hong Kong, they collect enrollment fee data from schools such as the Hong Kong International, American International and King George V Schools and in Zurich from the Zurich International and Swiss International School.

Be Game for International Study Grants

Education is a necessity. There was a time when education was regarded as a luxury, but now it is not so. The need for quality education is a must and this goes without saying. Everybody wants to get admitted to good institutes.

However the cost of education is elevating every day. You cannot get yourself educated at the rate of peanuts. However everybody cannot afford such expenses. Therefore grants are extremely important for students who are being able to get proper education because of financial constraints. These grants have also paved the path for getting international education.

You can get various international study grants that can help you in fulfilling your dreams. All that you need to do is put in a little bit of effort in searching for the correct grant program that can benefit you. The internet is the best place to search for all these grants. you will find various scholarship programs for international education. You can narrow down your search according to your preferences.

You can search with respect to the degree, which you would want to attain. It might also happen that you want to study in any particular country such as UK, US, Canada, Australia and so on. Thus you can search for the international study grants that are available in those countries. in this way your search procedure will become easier.

For getting information about various scholarship programs, StudyAbroad.com can be a good site. Here you will get a lot of information about various international study grants. Graduate women can have an edge if they want to study in the United States of America.

This is because the American Association of University Women supports aspiring scholars around the world. It is also the largest source of funding for women. British Council also gives information of various funds and scholarship programs for studying in the United Kingdom.

It is not that at StudyAbroad.com you only get information about scholarship programs in the above-mentioned countries. At this site you will get detailed information about international study grants in other countries as well.

Homeschooling – Why Would You Want To Homeschool Your Children?

There are almost as many answers to the question of why you should homeschool your children as there are parents undertaking homeschooling.

Some parents wish to remove their children from a public school system which they see as failing, or as being positively harmful to their children. Other parents wish to school their children at home for religious reasons, or to instill certain values into their children. Whatever the reason, there can be little doubt that most parents choose homeschooling because they believe that it is the best educational choice for their children.

For many there are two sides to homeschooling comprising those things that it brings to the child and those things that it removes from the child’s environment. Peer pressure and bullying are rife throughout the public school system today and can place children under considerable pressure and, at times, even place them in danger. Homeschooling your children allows you far greater control over just who your children do and do not come into contact with and how they are influenced.

In terms of a child’s growth and academic development there can be little doubt that, in the majority of cases, homeschooling produces superior results and this is evidenced in such things as home schooled children winning the National Spelling Bees and the number of home schooled children attaining degrees (in many cases Master’s degrees) at some of our finest universities, often at remarkably young ages.

Of course many people will claim that such children are simply gifted and that their success is due to their natural genius rather than to homeschooling. However, if this were the case then we are certainly blessed with an abundance of geniuses in our younger generation. The simple fact of the matter is that the numbers do not support this view.

The numbers, produced not simply by advocates of homeschooling but by bodies such as the US Department of Education, clearly show that home schooled children do far better than their publicly schooled peers with home schooled children a grade ahead by the age of 12 and as much as four grades ahead by the time they reach the equivalent of the 8th grade.

Homeschooling is certainly not an easy option and is certainly hard work for most parents, especially in the early days, but there is little doubt that it works and the rewards for both children and parents are well worth the effort.

Cultural Heritage Collaborators

Introduction

Cultural Heritage includes the tangible items that are considered worthy of preservation for the future due to their reflection of a society’s identity. It also encompasses intangible values and customs that are passed from one generation to another. Cultural Heritage Collaborators work to preserve knowledge by making sure appropriate tangible items are retained for the future and that intangible information is identified and recorded. Everyone has the potential to be a Cultural Heritage Collaborator. This article explores the reasons we would want to become one and how we can participate.

The focus of the discussion is on archives. Archives form the foundation of what we know about society and are found in every home and institution in the civilized world. Archives are records that should be kept permanently because of their long-term value. Unique among other materials created by humans, archives are the original documents made by the participants in an event of activity. Also referred to as “primary sources,” archival materials include manuscripts, ledgers, diaries, photographs, original recordings and digital material. They are not mass- produced. They are not necessarily old and are not always produced by well-known people. Because of archives’ common character, every member of society has the potential to support cultural heritage through our archival foundation.

Cultural Heritage Collaborators

Cultural heritage collaborators include professionals such as museologists, librarians, and archivists who care for the materials humans create that reflect history. Though only archivists specialize in retaining historic records, all of these professionals manage items that are vital to our cultural heritage. In fact, they all use archives in their daily activities to help support their specialized cultural knowledge and collections. The collaborators also embrace clerks, secretaries, records managers and others charged with retaining a specific history. Finally, there are “Citizen Archivists.” These are people who may or may not know much about cultural resources. They may have some interest in collecting or preserving materials. Or, they may not be conscious of any personal interest in retaining cultural items, but possess records that hold importance for historical memory. Working with diverse people across society, we can properly identify and protect the resources that should be saved for our future.

You are likely a “Citizen Archivist,” retaining family papers and documents that tell about individual life stories. The records you keep in your home — letters, diaries, account ledgers, calendars — reflect your life and who you are. These materials are important to you because they help you define your own identity, ensure your legacy when you pass them down to the next generation, and help you preserve your own cherished memories of family, friends and community. However, every individual story helps make up a larger community history and your personal records have a broader appeal. Many professional repositories, such as historical societies, build a large portion of their collections on personal papers. It is important for people to realize that the documentation that preserves their memories and reflects their family history often has importance in a larger context that relates to neighborhoods, states, or nations.

Why Value Cultural Heritage and Archives?

Valuing a common heritage allows us to better understand our place in the world, boosting self esteem and a sense of belonging. Cultural heritage appreciation fosters a sense of community and strengthens civic pride based on a shared and documented history. There are even more concrete reasons to value and preserve our documented community history:

1. Archives provide primary information about society’s activities to help everyone recognize and evaluate events for themselves. Primary sources allow us to go to the source of information so we can try to discern truth and reality from fiction and biases without relying on secondary opinions. Original documents have the potential to give us multiple perspectives so we may contemplate diverse ideas that develop due to people’s different ways of thinking and different environments.

2. Records ensure administrative continuity as organizations and businesses function and evolve. They help ensure a smooth-running society governed with order and efficiency. They allow us to hold public officials accountable through organized public records that can be viewed by citizenry, also ensuring our rights and freedoms. Archives allow us to hold liable those who stifle more, repress societies and otherwise degrade human rights. They provide evidence against those who break laws.

3. Recorded materials allow us to plan for the future by reviewing past mistakes and successes. They allow us to evaluate society and distinguish trends from more permanent traits of diversified culture.

4. Historical records can be used to market a community and promote tourism using a deep knowledge about the community’s history and strengths. They can serve to promote the value of an area to researchers, encouraging them to study and write about local history.

Archives also support education and lifelong learning, preserve memories, provide fodder for programming and entertainment, and help ensure our legacy. Due to all these roles, archives should be valued and protected.

What Can You Do?

– Learn what organizations in your area collect archives. Support their efforts by becoming a member of their institution, visiting, serving on a board, or spreading the word about their work.

– Examine the materials in your possession and make note of what cultural items you keep. Properly care for them by preserving and organizing

– Educate yourself about culture and archives by noticing cultural heritage resources all around you. Your knowledge will help you become an informed supporter.

– Become a cultural heritage collaborator by directly reaching out to a professional cultural heritage collaborator at your local historical society, public library or museum. Talk to a special librarian or archivist about your own materials. Learn about their collections and donate items in your possession that are valuable to community history.

– Help create a collaborative that focuses on gathering and preserving documentation that will preserve community memory.

A community of collaborators has a greater opportunity to raise awareness, increase enthusiasm, build support, boost goodwill, fully document a community or place, and encourage pride than any one of us working alone. Valuing your history, learning about the resources upon which we base our history, and actively promoting the preservation of these materials. This will help us sustain our communities and the things we value while propelling us successfully toward the future.

Homeschooling – Unschooling, Freedom or Anarchy?

While some parents may still balk at the thought of homeschooling their children, it is more widely accepted than the relatively new educational approach: unschooling. Unschooling is a rather unstructured approach to education. As the name would suggest, it means approaching learning, sans a curriculum, but instead allowing the child to explore whatever interests them. The child proceeds at his or her own pace and can choose to learn any topic in any order that they choose.

The basic concept that underlies this movement comes from two views regarding child development. One is that children are naturally curious. They begin exploring their environment almost from birth. They want to touch, taste, smell, hear and see everything around them. They want to discover for themselves what they can do. As they become verbal they ask question after question.

The second concept is that a child will naturally take an interest in certain things in the world around them but may be less interested in other things. They make these value choices early in life.

By using these two fundamental concepts as a jumping off point, those who advocate unschooling assert that the best approach to learning is to allow the child to lead. The child chooses what to study, when and how. These children have no pre set curriculum, but simply explore the things that interest them.

Unschoolers differ in their approach to parental involvement and guidance. Some believe that the child should take the helm and the parent should adopt a hands off approach entirely while others are more involved, sharing topics that excited them, answer questions and even assist in finding solutions to problems. This experiential approach is controversial and the results are mixed.

This approach is very successful with children who are very independent and highly motivated. These children will actively seek out areas that are interesting to them and useful, making use of the knowledge later. Many unschooled children have gone on to pursue Ivy League academic careers and excelled. These children have a lifelong love of learning.

Other children take a more scattershot approach, gaining in depth knowledge in just one or two areas and getting very little or no knowledge is other areas. Many homeschoolers disagree on just what subjects are important and should be learned and which are not as important. It is a common area of contention among homeschooling families.

For instance, many people do not learning science and mathematics. Either they have a difficult time learning it or they are not interested. For a small population, this is not a problem, but for the majority of people, they need an understanding of math and science that extends beyond the rudimentary, particularly with our society experiencing such rapid technological advances.

On the other hand, some people may focus heavily on subjects such as science and mathematics but have no exposure to art, literature, fine music, history and other areas of the humanities. For some people that is perfectly fine, but for many homeschoolers it indicates a deprivation in an area where the child could be enriched and enlightened.

There is no doubt that there must be a balance between these two camps. Many argue that it is essential. However unschooling does not work to achieve that when it relies solely on the child to discover and choose the route he or she wants to take.

Unschooling has been advocated as far back as the mid 1960s by John Holt, one of the foremost writers on homeschooling. However, as of this date, studies that have followed unschoolers and have analyzed the long term effects of this approach are still inconclusive and on going. At this time only personal views and experience are the only guide to determine the worth of this educational method.

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How Does A High School Athletic Program Become Great?

I have often wondered what makes excellence in high school athletics? I grew up in an high school that demanded excellence in all of their sports programs, boys and girls. But, it was not always that way. Actually, when I attended this high school, our school was very average in sports. But, during my senior year, something magical happened. It just seemed like all of our sports teams started to get better and better. We won the state championship that year in both boys basketball and football. The next year, the school won state in football, track, cross country and girls tennis. After that, my high school has never looked back. What happened? How did we go from being average to being great? What was the tipping point? Was it just a great class of kids? Was it the coaching staff? What happened?

Well, before I Get There, Excellence In High School Athletics Is Earned…

By comparison, many years later, I know of a high school that is just the opposite. Academics in the school are great. I really believe the teachers, administrators and coaching staff are terrific. And… so are the kids. But, on the athletic field or court, they just don’t have it. They finish at the bottom of the pack every year in every sport. Why? How can one school set records for the number of state championships, while another school sets records for the number of losing seasons?

I have had the fortune of being involved with both types of athletic programs. You would think that being involved with a winning program is much easier. I would beg to differ. Being involved with a winning program is much tougher than being involved with a losing program. It’s tougher on the administrator, the coach staff, the parents, and especially the players.

Excellence In High School Athletics – Here’s Why It’s Tougher…

Being involved in a winning athletic program demands excellence. Everyone in a winning program knows that winning requires a total commitment to excellence. Winners don’t take shortcuts. Winners come in early and stay late. Winners work-out in the off-season. The community demands winning. The school demands winning. The parents, the school administrators, the coaches… they all demand winning. In order to win… everyone must do their job. It’s just not performance on the field. That is actually the end result of each person’s everyday effort to reach the same goal… to win.

But, how does a high school get to that position? How to you go from bad to average to great. I believe it starts with the school administrators. The administrators of the school must develop this attitude. This attitude must then be demanded of the entire coaching staff. Being average is no longer an option. If the coach is not willing to demand excellence, to put in a 110% effort toward the development of their sports program… they are out. The coaches need to develop their current high school players. And… they need to work with the middle and elementary schools to develop their feeder program. They need to understand… being average is no longer an option. Period.

Excellence In High School Athletics – Parents Are Key…

After you get this attitude down with the coaching staff, the school needs to move on to the parents. A culture change needs to happen. Some people say this takes time. This is total nonsense. Excellence in athletics needs to happen now! The school needs to step up and tell the parents how things are going to change. The school needs to ask the parents for their help. Make no mistake, if the athletic program is going to change for the better, the parents must be a big part of the change. The school needs total buy-in from the families. Everyone needs to understand that winning comes with a price. If everyone is willing to pay the price… winning will happen. The school might not win the state title every year, but more kids from that school will play sports in college, and the school will see a huge positive difference in their athletic program.

To get this all going, it takes one person. One person in authority at the high school needs to stand up and say “enough!!!.” Until that happens, nothing will change. One person needs to stand up. In my school is was the athletic director. In other schools it might be the principal. But, it always starts with one person.

Excellence In High School Athletics – Getting Back To the Losing School…

The losing program just does not have the commitment. It’s that simple. When you go to meetings, it’s always time to hear 100 different excuses why they can’t compete. The culture of winning is just not present. The difference maker, the one person who starts it all… does not exist. In the losing program, no one runs the program. In the losing program, no one is willing to stand up and make a difference. So, what happens… because the school does not demand excellence, that attitude filters down to the coaches, the parents and to the players. If they win great, but if they lose… well, that’s what they expect anyway.

Excellence in high school athletics starts at the top. It’s an attitude. To win you must be willing to pay the price. It’s really that simple.

Free iPhone Game Apps

For the best free iPhone game apps you could do a lot worse than check out one of the many app review sites that are now beginning to dominate the app internet space.

App review sites usually include a quick an easy link to Apple’s App Store for you to download the app.The big plus is the honesty you get in the reviews section. Real customers giving good honest feedback. Plus the “free” categories are great, and are a fantastic place to pick up the best free apps.

Customers hungry for apps are evolving. No longer impressed by just any old app, they now want only the best and why not? When space is limited on the device it is perhaps only natural to want only the best apps using up that valuable device real estate.

We’ve all been there, eagerly waiting for an app to download to the device, then being utterly deflated by the app itself. Let’s face it, yes there are apps for almost everything, but you’re certainly not going to want the vast majority of them! Capitalizing on this quite nicely are the free review sites that are now popping up that encourage the community to add their comments, reviews and even videos all with one thing in mind – giving an honest appraisal of the apps they’ve encountered.

While the second gold rush for developers is certainly on with the recent launch of Apple’s iPad, developers will have to step up their game if they want to cash in this time around. The market has evolved. We’re less impressed and ready to criticise!! Developers are becoming more savvy too, giving away free ‘lite’ versions of their apps, which is also a great way to pick up some fun freebies.
So check out one of these app review sites and grab yourself some free cool game apps.

The Best Apps for Photography – 2013

We all want to take photos of things that mean something to us or that we think are or look cool and in this day and age, it is easy to download photography apps that make them look awesome in seconds with just your smartphone. They are doing great things for keeping up the popularity of photography for all ages. These all help you with editing photos that you have already taken and can have varying effects so that you can bring out the effects that you wanted your phone to do automatically. So for those of you out there who want just this, then here are some highlights on the best photography apps for 2013, in no specific order.

Camera+ is generally for iPhone and iPad users who want to use the app to bring out effects and zooming so that you can snap away but add all sorts of effects afterwards.

And then there was Instagram that everyone knows because of how popular it is on social networking. The smartphone photography app gives you the option of 16 different filters, uploads it to your social media and saves the image onto your camera roll. This is ultimately a good rounder, gives you what you need plus a little more.

Autostich is awesome for making your own panoramic shots on all sorts of occasions. It cleverly recognises the elements in the image and makes it easy for you to shoot your 360° environment with only the length of time it takes to shoot all the photos.

iDarkroom is great for getting vintage darkroom effect photos with tons of options as to lighting and shading and different colour filters. This is another smartphone photography app that allows you to share on social media.

Diptic enables you to place your image onto a format, layout or grid. This allows you to play around with many images and contrast them against each other. You can make a sequence of photos, make a before and after effect, with anything, regardless of whether it has changed.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is perfect for those who want to take interesting and beautiful outdoor photos. It cleverly lets you use mapping tools that allow you to work out where the best angle to take the photo from is based on the light available. It does this by detecting where in the world you are and at what time of day and uses this information to give you guidelines.

Another is Snapseed that adds a little more than providing the general filters etc. because it allows you to manipulate the transparency of the textures that are captured in the image. Also, it allows you to apply more than one filter and different variations and manipulations that ultimately give you all the control over an endless variety and choice of ultimate styles and effects for the image without requiring special skills on image editors or even photography itself.

There are many more smartphone photography apps that are available but it what is most suited to you depends on what you want to shoot, what effects you like, the tricks and tools that they provide etc. So if you are keen to explore and play around, download a few, try out different shots and uses and see what is the best smartphone photography app for you.

We hope you found our guide to the best photography apps useful!