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Successful 5th Reunion of Awlaelo Schools Alumni Association

It was five years ago around this time that the Awlaelo Schools Alumni Association was established.

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  • 4 apps for Earth exploration, chemical reactions, and more
    4 apps for Earth exploration, chemical reactions, and more This round-up ensures you won’t miss any of our weekly highlighted apps Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses. But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever. Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured over the past month. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find a summary of recent apps at the end of each month. 1. Create a chemical reaction Name: ChemCrafter What is it? ChemCrafter lets you build your own lab to run fun and creative experiments. Best for: Science students Price: Free (Next page: 3 more apps) 2. Fractions, anyone? Name: Quick Fractions What is it? Hate fractions? That’s ok! Quick Fractions is here to help you master one of the most troublesome areas of mathematics! Perfect for those just starting out with fractions, more advanced students, or even adults looking for a challenge. Best for: Students ages 9-11 Price: $2.99 3. Follow that shark! Name: Global Shark Tracker What is it? An app for tracking and observing navigational patterns of sharks Best for: Students and teachers Price: Free 4. Browse the Earth’s visual history Name: EarthViewer What is it? What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or even 1 billion years ago? What do we know about the climate back when our planet formed? EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips. Best for: Students and teachers Price: Free
  • Jobs requiring STEM skills take longer to fill
    The difficulty of filling STEM jobs is a challenge, and it's going to get worse. That's the assessment of a report published in early July. Across a range of industries and occupations, job postings for science, technology, engineering or math openings are being advertised on employers' web pages far longer than for non-STEM jobs, the new Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program study finds. "That's 100 percent correct," said Cynthia Smith, recruitment manager at the University of Kansas Hospital. "It's never been easy to find qualified people for specialized STEM positions. Those jobs have a tendency to take up to 12 weeks to fill, if not a year." The Brookings analysis found that STEM openings nationally are advertised for more than twice as long as all other types of jobs. And sometimes, Smith noted, the jobs have to be re-advertised because initial offers are turned down. The hospital, for example, recently spent seven months and made three offers to fill a very specific cytogenetics laboratory position. The Brookings report concluded that there is a dearth of applicants who meet advertised STEM qualifications. Other analysts suggest that the hiring problems are worsened because employers look for "perfect" candidates instead of training workers who bring other good qualities to the table and could do the work. Brookings associate fellow Jonathan Rothwell, the study's author, said in an interview that comparative recession-era and post-recession data tend to disprove the pickiness argument. "STEM hiring difficulty fell during the recession," Rothwell said, "Presumably that was because employers were getting more qualified applicants. It's basic Economics 101. The supply of qualified workers was higher during the recession." There's also a vibrant national debate about whether U.S. schools are turning out enough STEM-qualified workers. Some reports contend there are plenty of STEM graduates for available jobs.
  • Start the school year off with new furniture
    Back-to-School Giveaway from OFM OFM, an office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler, announced today it is kicking off a brand new back-to-school giveaway aimed at teachers and other educational staffers. The winner will receive 20 colorful Rico Student Stack Chairs to start the 2014/2015 academic year off with a new classroom. Contestants can  [ Read More ]
  • $1K for tuition, plus tech, for motivated college students
    VIZIO Back-to-School Success Contest This contest gives college students the opportunity to share a story of determination to further their education. Whether they worked two jobs through school, overcame a learning disability or were the first in their family to graduate and go on to college, many students have a special story of perseverance and  [ Read More ]
  • Innovative projects could get $1K
    Toshiba America Foundation Grants For Grades K-5 Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes? What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students? K-5 grade  [ Read More ]
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