Online college admissions services growing

The number of college applicants increased by 24 percent from 2001-2007.

The number of college applicants increased by 24 percent from 2001-2007.

With an average of one counselor for every 500 public high school students in the U.S., college applicants are often left without professional guidance–and so internet-based companies offering admissions advice are hoping to fill the advising void.

A wide range of web sites are aimed at helping high school seniors looking for an upper hand in the ultra-competitive college application process.

Go4College.com, for example, uses analytics that incorporate a student’s GPA, SAT score, and a host of other factors to quantify the student’s chances to win admittance at various schools. The site produces a percentage that shows how likely the student is to be accepted. Other web sites, such as Accepted.com, sell products such as “Submit a Stellar Application: 42 Terrific Tips.”

iAdmissions.com, a California-based site launched in September, is straying from the automated advice model and bringing current and former applications officials to students whose families can’t afford a high-priced personal advisor. Students pay between $129 and $399 for college counseling, depending on the level of application help they want–compared to thousands of dollars for a private counselor.

iAdmissions counselors include admissions officials from Harvard, Brown, and Stanford universities.

“Most public school counselors don’t have the time and resources to do this kind of essay review,” said iAdmissions counselor Jon Reider, the director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School and a former senior admissions officer at Stanford. “It’s very hard to get this kind of advice. … It takes some expertise, and it’s not the same thing as being an English teacher and knowing [how to edit] a writing [assignment].”

Counseling officials said reading thousands of applications every year offers experience that well-meaning parents can’t offer. A college application must grab an admission officer’s attention with concise writing, the officials said, without coming off as boastful.

“You get essays that are quite relentlessly self promoting,” said Andrea Van Niekerk, an iAdmissions counselor who worked as the associate director of admissions at Brown University for a decade. “It can come off as obnoxious and fairly off-putting. The reality is that some kids aren’t good writers and some won’t ever be good writers … but they can be articulate and seem thoughtful.”

Van Niekerk said admissions advice companies have had to establish an online presence in recent years as their target audience has become more reliant on the internet for everything from homework to social networking to shopping.

“You’re dealing with a population that is wired for online work,” she said. “This is how they do everything, through their computer. [Looking to the web] for admissions advice is just a logical step.”

The proliferation of web-based advising coincides with a national jump in college applications and a decline in overall acceptance rates, according to the 2009 State of College Admissions report, released by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling in October.

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More Teachers Trading in Textbooks & Lectures For Interactive E-Learning Software to Engage Students




REDMOND, Wash. – November 10, 2009 – As students across the country head back to school this fall, more and more of them are attending classes remotely via distant learning programs. That growing trend is rapidly changing the way instructors teach everything from History 101 to advanced calculus, with more teachers relying on interactive, eLearning software to connect with – and truly engage – their students.

 

Redmond-based Harbinger Knowledge Products is helping lead this educational revolution with Raptivity, a software product that enables instructors to create highly interactive eLearning content with games, simulations, 3D objects, videos and even “virtual worlds” that bring subjects to life. The games also test a student’s retention of the content presented in the course and are modeled after popular TV game shows to bring the content to life.

 

In recent years, many educators have started trading in traditional textbooks, lectures and slide shows for vivid, interactive eLearning software as they discover that students learn complex subjects more easily and retain information more thoroughly when education is interactive and fun.

 

One of the schools that has deployed Harbinger’s cutting-edge interactive eLearning software is Kaplan University, one of the nation’s largest online colleges. Michael Fimian, an instructional designer with Kaplan, said the university has now developed more than 100 courses using the Raptivity software, and that number is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years.

 

“We’re going through a real turning point in how we teach students,” Fimian said. “A lot of courses have historically been text based, but as the world evolves into more visual and interactive communications we need to change as well. There has been a big push at Kaplan and other schools to build more interactivity in course design. The next 10 years are going to be very interesting as this trend grows.”

 

Fimian said that there are other eLearning software programs available, but Raptivity is his choice for a variety of reasons. “It’s a great tool,” he said. “It’s extremely easy to use. You don’t have to be a software programmer or a designer to use it; any teacher can simply follow the template and create their own, customized interactive program. The hardest thing to do is to decide which of the 200 templates you want to use!”

 

Vikas Joshi, chairman and managing director of the Harbinger Group, said the company designed the company’s eLearning software with busy teachers and corporate trainers in mind. “Our goal was to make Raptivity both a powerful educational tool, and simple to use at the same time,” he said. “This allows teachers to focus on what they do best – to teach and inspire students, rather than spend their time being software programmers.”

 

San Francisco State University has deployed Raptivity in courses for English students and said the software is making life easier for instructors.

 

“Raptivity offers a wide range of learning interactions,” said Catherine Avington, an instructional designer at SFSU. “It’s easy to build interactions for verbal similarities, sequences, classification and analogies. Raptivity enables me to concentrate on the designing of the interaction rather than programming software.”

 

Although a growing number of colleges are incorporating interactive eLearning software in their programs, it’s not just professors and school teachers who are changing the way they teach.  Trainers with a number of Fortune 500 corporations, police departments and even the U.S. Army have started deploying Harbinger’s Raptivity software.  Customers include Disney, MetLife, Chase, Honda Canada, Abbot Laboratories, Chipotle and the Los Angeles Police Department, to name just a few.

 

Philips Children’s Medical Ventures is one such company that is using interactive eLearning software in employee training, and Mary Coughlin said the reaction from employees has been tremendous.

 

“Our training group does quarterly satisfaction surveys for our internal customers – sales, marketing, engineering, product support, etc. – and our scores have risen dramatically since we launched our learning resource site with the Raptivity games,” she said. “Many folks commented specifically on the games as a fun way of transferring knowledge. This product purchase has really shown an ROI for our training team!”

 

For more information about Raptivity or other Harbinger Knowledge Products, please visit http://www.raptivity.com or call 425.861.8400.

 

About Harbinger Knowledge Products

Harbinger Knowledge Products is recognized as a global leader in interactivity solutions for knowledge-sharing applications, including learning, presentation and web development. Harbinger Knowledge Products is a part of Harbinger Group, which serves customers in over 45 countries through its offices in Pune (India), Redmond (WA, USA), San Jose (CA, USA), Pleasanton (CA, USA), London (UK) and through its partner network worldwide. Harbinger’s patent-pending technology and sound thought leadership have resulted in groundbreaking products, including market-leading Raptivity, innovative YawnBuster and cutting-edge TeemingPod. For more information, please visit www.harbingerknowledge.com

 

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Wondershare Releases Windows 7 Compatible PowerPoint to DVD burner PPT2DVD 6.0.2

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 16 – Wondershare Software Co., Ltd, an innovative provider of consumer software, today announced the release of its flagship PowerPoint to DVD burner – Wondershare PP2DVD V6.0.2, which is the first PowerPoint to DVD burner that has passed the Windows 7 certification process and received the official "compatible with Windows 7" logo from Microsoft Corp.

Wondershare PPT2DVD V6.0 enables users to burn PowerPoint to DVD for playback on TV through DVD players on Windows 7-based PCs with high compatibility and reliability.

"We are proud to receive the Windows 7 logo certification," said David Chen, the Director of Marketing of Wondershare, "and excited to announce that the products PPT to Video and PPT2Flash also work perfectly under Windows 7."

What’s New in Wondershare PPT2DVD 6.0:
– Brand-new application interface
– Simplify the operation process, and improve the ease to use and stability of this product
– Speed up the conversion process by 30% to 50% compared to the last version in average
– More delicate DVD menus added to meet different customer needs
 

Key Features of Wondershare PPT2DVD:
– Support converting PPSX, PPS, PPTX, PPT to DVD or video
– Create eye-catching DVD menus with delicate built-in DVD menu templates
– Stable conversion process to convert PowerPoint to DVD
– Retain all features in the original PowerPoint
 

More details about Wondershare PPT2DVD, please visit: http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/ppt2dvd/overview.html

Pricing and Availability:
Wondershare PPT2DVD is a now available at $99.95 per single-user license. A free trial version is available for downloading at: http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/download/download.php
 

About Wondershare Software
Established in 2003 and located in Shenzhen, adjacent to the international financial and trade center Hong Kong, Wondershare has extended its business worldwide, consistently dedicated to satisfy customers with diversified consumer software products and services. For details, please go to http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com

 

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Wondershare Releases Windows 7 Compatible PowerPoint to DVD burner PPT2DVD 6.0.2

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 16 – Wondershare Software Co., Ltd, an innovative provider of consumer software, today announced the release of its flagship PowerPoint to DVD burner – Wondershare PP2DVD V6.0.2, which is the first PowerPoint to DVD burner that has passed the Windows 7 certification process and received the official "compatible with Windows 7" logo from Microsoft Corp.

Wondershare PPT2DVD V6.0 enables users to burn PowerPoint to DVD for playback on TV through DVD players on Windows 7-based PCs with high compatibility and reliability.

"We are proud to receive the Windows 7 logo certification," said David Chen, the Director of Marketing of Wondershare, "and excited to announce that the products PPT to Video and PPT2Flash also work perfectly under Windows 7."

What’s New in Wondershare PPT2DVD 6.0:
– Brand-new application interface
– Simplify the operation process, and improve the ease to use and stability of this product
– Speed up the conversion process by 30% to 50% compared to the last version in average
– More delicate DVD menus added to meet different customer needs
 

Key Features of Wondershare PPT2DVD:
– Support converting PPSX, PPS, PPTX, PPT to DVD or video
– Create eye-catching DVD menus with delicate built-in DVD menu templates
– Stable conversion process to convert PowerPoint to DVD
– Retain all features in the original PowerPoint
 

More details about Wondershare PPT2DVD, please visit: http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/ppt2dvd/overview.html

Pricing and Availability:
Wondershare PPT2DVD is a now available at $99.95 per single-user license. A free trial version is available for downloading at: http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/download/download.php
 

About Wondershare Software
Established in 2003 and located in Shenzhen, adjacent to the international financial and trade center Hong Kong, Wondershare has extended its business worldwide, consistently dedicated to satisfy customers with diversified consumer software products and services. For details, please go to http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com

 

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He’ll grin when he’s grilling!

A little bit of mild weather and a weekend free of plans is all it takes for men across the land to disappear into the shed or garage and rummage out their trusty BBQ. However it’s usually the case with hastily thrown together summer BBQ soir that other pieces or cutlery or kitchen implements must substitute his now rusty BBQ tools.

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Young Explore ActivLessons by National Geographic and Promethean Expand Internative Learning

 

Alpharetta, GA (November 17, 2009) -Today Promethean, a global leader in education technology solutions, introduces National Geographic Young Explorer ActivLessons; a series of interactive whiteboard lessons designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Engineered to expand and enhance the reach of the popular National Geographic Young Explorer magazine, the ActivLessons provide a whole-class digital supplement to the series. The range of exciting activities for interactive whiteboards is guaranteed to spark the interest of inquisitive young minds.
 
Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Young Explorer ActivLessons are based on the stories and instruction in Young Explorer and feature stunning photography supported by group activities, narrated stories, printable worksheets and a full teacher guide.  The National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and ActivLessons work together to improve literacy skills and introduce learners to science and social studies.
 
While the Young Explorer ActivLessons stand alone, they can also be used with the magazine, offering teachers multiple options to create engaging lessons that provide practice with reading strategies, build academic vocabulary and meet NCLB goals.
 
“Promethean is thrilled to partner with National Geographic to produce the Young Explorer ActivLessons. Intended to be teacher led; the design and functionality of the ActivLessons facilitate versatility in the classroom by offering multiple options for student engagement and educator adaptability,” explained Brent Taggart, Head of Promethean Planet and Strategy. “All the activities contained are flexible, collaborative and extendable; key requirements of any content created for Promethean’s ActivClassroom.”
 
 “National Geographic Young Explorer is known for teaching important literacy skills through high-interest science and social studies content. The magazine connects to existing curriculum while inspiring students to care about our planet,” commented Fran Downey, Vice-President and Publisher of National Geographic. “The partnership with Promethean, a leader in developing interactive classroom solutions for the education market, allows teachers to present truly interactive lessons that will engage students and deepen understanding. This takes the printed magazine to a whole new level.”
 
Young Explorer ActivLessons can be purchased and downloaded through Promethean Planet’s online shop www.PrometheanPlanet.com/NGYoungExplorer where educators can also browse a wide variety of digital content that is both free and for purchase. Each Young Explorer ActivLessons includes four stories and lessons and is available for $7.95 for an individual use subscription. 
The ActivLessons can be used on any brand of interactive whiteboard using a free download of Promethean’s Software: ActivInspire Personal Edition available from www.PrometheanPlanet.com/ActivInspire. Promethean Planet will be introducing a range of new functionality over the coming months to further address the modern-day educator’s needs. For further information please visit www.PrometheanPlanet.com

 

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CoSN Welcomes New Chief Membership and Marketing Officer

Washington, DC (November 16, 2009) – Today the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) announced that Kari M. Arfstrom will join the association as its new Chief Membership and Marketing Officer.  Arfstrom most recently served as Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Policy, as well as Acting VP for Education Programs, for the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), an organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that works with educators, students and communities to bring service-learning curriculum to classrooms and schools.

"CoSN is thrilled to welcome Kari to our team," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.  "As her experience shows, Kari has been a leader in both the education and policy worlds for years. Her background and skill set make her an invaluable resource for CoSN and our members, and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge and expertise she brings to our organization."

Prior to working with the NYLC, Arfstrom served as Associate Executive Director for the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), where her responsibilities included facilitating outcomes for the governance of the association and coordinating internal and external communications, marketing, branding, research and analysis efforts. Arfstrom also spent time at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), where she played an important leadership role in supporting AASA’s mission to advance effective school administrators dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.

Early in her career, Arfstrom gained valuable hands-on experience in public policy and education as both a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman David Minge (MN-2) and as a Language Arts teacher in the Independent School District #333 in Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Arfstrom received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from George Mason University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree in English/theatre arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN provides leadership, community and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. 

CoSN leadership initiatives include:
Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org)
Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org)
Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent (www.superintendentempower.org)
Green Computing (www.cosn.org/greencomputing)
IT Crisis Preparedness (www.cosn.org/ITCrisisPrep)
K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org)
Small District Technology Leadership (http://72.3.238.178/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page)
Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org)
Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org)
Web2.0 Policy and Leadership (http://www.cosn.org/web20/).

CoSN’s membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs, events and resources supporting and promoting leadership development, advocacy and connections to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.
 

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Is Texas’ move toward online material the final chapter for textbooks?

Textbooks could be going the way of slide rules within a few years in Texas classrooms, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: State legislation passed in the spring could put up-to-the-minute instructional content at students’ fingertips, eliminating the mass-market hardback textbook. The sea change could happen sooner rather than later, beginning as early as the 2010-11 school year. The legislation is one of two bills passed this year that allow the Texas Education Agency to create its own repository of digital textbook content. By switching to online content, schools could save money, customize materials to fit students’ needs, and more easily integrate textbooks with video, software, or other technology, advocates say. This month, the Texas Education Agency is taking the first step by calling for bids for online material from both traditional publishers and online content providers. Officials expect to have the first materials online for students next fall. The state’s move toward online content will affect other states too, because publishers tailor their products to conform to the needs of states with the most students…

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New and Candidate Teachers Invited to Participate in Pilot of Computer-Based Teacher Certification Testing Program

 

HADLEY, Mass. – Nov. 17, 2009 – Pearson, the education, services and technology company, announced today that it is recruiting teacher candidates and new teachers to participate in pilot tests for the NES® (National Evaluation Series™), its contemporary, 100 percent computer-based teacher certification testing program.  Registration for the pilot test is at http://www.pearsonvue.com/nes/.

Eligible participants in the free pilot test include teacher candidates who are seeking a teaching license and need to take a licensure examination, students in educator preparation programs and persons who have been recently licensed as an educator. To thank participants, those completing pilot tests may receive a Penguin gift certificate or other incentives. Preparation program faculty members, though not eligible to participate, are encouraged to share pilot test information with their students. Additionally, faculty who refer 10 participants who take a NES pilot test will be compensated with a Penguin gift certificate. The pilot test is now open and runs through April 2010, and participants may complete up to eight pilot tests each.

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, the most experienced provider of standards-based teacher certification testing programs, has developed the NES to help states ensure that the educators they certify are prepared to teach effectively in 21st century classrooms. NES teacher certification tests provide states with comprehensive exams aligned to professionally accepted national learning standards, covering areas such as essential academic skills, professional knowledge, reading instruction and commonly taught elementary, middle and secondary grade-level subjects.

            “Pilot testing is a critical part of the process of implementing our new teacher certification testing program,” said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. “Candidates who participate will play an important role as we collect information about the test items, and participants will gain experience taking a computer-based teacher certification test.”

 The NES pilot tests will be delivered at Pearson’s secure computer-based test centers around the country.

            For more information about the NES pilot test, visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/nes/. For more information about the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, go to http://teacher.PearsonAssessments.com.

 

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for pre-kindergarten through professional learning, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher development, career certification programs and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, the Stanford Achievement Test Series, the Wechsler family of assessments, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global charitable giving initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

 

For more information, press only:

Adam Gaber, Pearson, 800-745-8469, adam.gaber@pearson.com

Wendy Lienhart, L. Wolfe Communications, 630-920-0182, wlienhart@lwolfe.com

Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe@lwolfe.com

 

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