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Homeschool Experts Recommend

Camping as a Virtual Learning Tool

With virtual schooling and family camping both skyrocketing as the result of COVID-19, Hip Homeschool Moms, a Parents magazine 2020 “Best Homeschooling Resource,” and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park have teamed up to help struggling parents create fun, educational learning opportunities.

According to Jellystone Park, reservations are spiking as many schools open virtually and parents work from home, allowing families more flexibility to travel.

“Whether parents are using online curriculums provided by schools or are homeschooling, it’s important that they find ways to make learning fun,” said Trish Corlew, co-founder of the website HipHomeschoolMoms. “Most kids need to do more than sit in front of a screen to learn, which is why we are such big fans of camping. It provides so many great, hands-on educational opportunities.”

Hip Homeschool Moms has these tips for parents on how to include a late summer or fall camping trip in their virtual or homeschool plans:

  1. Look for family friendly campgrounds, such as Jellystone Park.They offer activities that entertain and educate kids, such as Bingo and arts and crafts, which supplement planned learning. They also provide socialization opportunities that are needed with classrooms closed and homeschool field trips and other activities on hold.
  2. Involve the kids in planning and managing the trip.Part of the learning experience is allowing kids to help with researching campgrounds, setting the budget for the trip and buying necessary supplies. And once you’re at the campground, let the kids help take care of the RV or cabin. They love responsibilities like these because it makes them feel grown up. These are life skills they will soon need.
  3. Check the campground’s Wi-Fi in advance.
    Call the campground to make sure it offers sufficient Internet access. If not, rent or buy a mobile hotspot to make sure you have enough bandwidth for online lessons, movie streaming and staying in touch with friends, family and work.
  4. Use online lessons and apps.Online lessons perfect for camping are widely available to help children study leaves, trees, rocks, flowers and wildlife. There also are apps designed for outdoor learning, as well as printable activities and games to take with you.
  5. Read and walk together.Camping provides the ideal environment to spend time as a family. Read aloud together, taking turns on different pages to help reluctant readers improve their skills. Or have the kids read independently and share what they learned. Scavenger hunts with printed or app-based guides encourage togetherness and learning.
  6. Visit local attractions.Many campgrounds are located near natural and historic sites. Consider stopping at some on the way to or from your campground. Museums and science centers can make for great day trips, especially on rainy days.
  7. Encourage your children to share what they learn.Kids love to tell stories, take pictures and produce videos. Have them record the weather, plants and animals they observe, and their activities. Journaling and scrapbooking also are great ways to get the most educational value from a trip and to preserve memories.

“Even before the pandemic, fall camping had become extremely popular with families, especially with most Jellystone Park locations offering special fall events, such as Halloween weekends,” said Trent Hershenson, Jellystone Park vice president of Marketing. He encourages parents to book trips now and to consider weekday visits, as weekends book up quickly. Weekday rates also may be lower.

For more advice on educational camping and links to free lessons and guides, visit here.

For tips on planning a family camping trip and to book a reservation at one of more than 75 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, visit here.

Links to video of kids learning while camping here and here.

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Music Educators Teaching Online

K-12 musical instruction and performances may look different this fall, but the beat will go on thanks to creativity and music-making technologies, says a Purdue University expert.

“There are so many online tools out there that music educators can use to bring students together during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Christopher Cayari, assistant professor of music education in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue. “One option is for programs to host online concerts or performances through the recording and mixing of virtual ensembles and individual performances.”

Platforms like Soundtrap by Spotify and Protools are great resources for sound editing. Other softwares like Flipgrid and Adobe Premiere do video editing, while Acapella by PicPlayPost and BandLab are compilation apps available for mobile devices to create musical productions amid the pandemic. Cayari encourages music educators to experiment with these softwares to make music with their students, and the skills they develop while distance learning can then be carried into physical classrooms after the pandemic is over.

 “Putting together a virtual ensemble can be difficult, but I have seen many tech-savvy educators or sound engineers helping music educators create virtual performances,” Cayari said. “Students can also collaborate with one another to create anything from karaoke videos to vlog projects. The great thing about technology is that students can collaborate with others without geographical restraint.”

For the last 10 years, Cayari has researched online music making and virtual performances, focusing most of his attention on YouTube and how the platform has changed the way people create, consume and share music. According to Cayari, online music-making projects, research, technologies and literacies occur within three dispositions:

  • Do-it-yourself: “There are many avenues for do-it-yourself projects thanks to social media or audio recording websites like SoundCloud or Bandcamp. This method is great for students because it allows them to learn for themselves about the aspects that go into music recording projects.”
  • Do-it-with-others: “Online music making isn’t a new concept. For many years, people have been collaborating with others to create music and connect with one another through the production of music.”
  • Do-it-for-others: “These type of performances are organized projects where individuals submit their own performances and someone else pulls it all together. Everyone from the organizer to the performers to the editors have a hand in creating something for the enjoyment of others.”

This week, a special issue of the Journal for Popular Music Education, co-edited by Cayari and Janice Waldron from Windsor University in Ontario, Canada, was released that focuses on learning, performing and teaching, which includes international research about how music teachers are using the internet to teach students.

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Indiana School Quarantines on First Day

By Eamonn Burke

Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana opened on Thursday, as one of the first high schools to do so in the country. Within hours, the school had to quarantine when a student tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. It appears that the student was tested days before and went to school without knowing the results.

The emergency “Positive COVID-19 Test Protocol” that went into action following the testing involved isolating the student and a two week quarantine order for those who had come in contact. The schools superintendent, Harold E. Olin, knew the situation was coming but was “shocked it was on Day 1.” Nonetheless, Olin said in a letter that “It was very evident today that nearly all of our families and students were prepared to properly follow the safety protocols we have established”.

This comes amidst a national debate over the re-opening of schools in the fall. While most major school districts have announced a remote start, some in places like Texas and Florida, where the virus is running rampant, plan to open in the fall. Teachers unions have been vehemently opposing an in-person opening, threatening and executing lawsuits and strikes to make their point. They put pressure on Trump’s administration, who is urging for children to get back to school.

Further complicating matters is a study from Northwestern and a Chicago Pediatric Hospital found that children five years and younger carry the virus in high concentrations, although a study on their transmission rate has not been conducted.

On top of all the virus concerns is that of the mental health and success of students who are learning virtually. This spans everything from eye health to sleep patterns to ability to socialize. In addition, it can be harder for many students to pay attention and retain material when studying from home.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

By Armon Hayes

Post quarantine, many global citizens are adapting to the New World Order grand opening. College students, in particular, are navigating this semester, presenting new challenges, and subsequently shaping the future. COVID-19 has not only impacted economics across the board, but education as well.

Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. This is a crucial decision that many students will face, so it’s important that Bed Bath & Beyond makes college shopping easier and more convenient with great services and solutions. Bed Bath & Beyond is here to help with essentials, across the country students share faves and recommendations of what they couldn’t live without at school. Check out recommendations HERE.

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Top 3 Reasons To Become an Educator

These days, a quality education is key to every student’s future job prospects, socioeconomic mobility and professional success. If you love helping others, are patient and have a knack for breaking things down in an easy-to-understand way, you may want to consider becoming an educator. You’re probably already familiar with a few of the perks of going into teaching, like getting summers off or having creative control over your classroom and teaching style. However, there are some other great perks that you might not have thought about. If you’re thinking of continuing your education first to become as well-prepared for your future career as possible, click here. To learn more about the top three reasons you should consider a career in education, read on.

1. It’s Great for Family Life

If you’re the parent of young children looking for a career that will fit into your family life but also bring professional fulfillment, look no further than a teaching career. While many teachers will tell you that even after the final school bell rings, you may have to bring grading or lesson planning home, being on the same daily schedule as your children is a big advantage. After all, you’ll be on spring break and summer vacation when they are, and you won’t have to hire babysitters to look after them until you get off work at your 9 to 5. For family work-life balance, going into education is a great option!

2. You Can Work Anywhere

While different states may have different educational and licensing requirements, teachers are in demand in just about every city across the country. This means that if you decide to become an educator, you get to pick where you want to live and will be sure to find job opportunities in the locality of your choosing. If you like the idea of having opportunities everywhere and not being restricted to living in only one metro area for the rest of your career, the versatility of going into education could be a great fit for you!

3. You Help Shape Students’ Academic Success

As any former student is well aware, success in school doesn’t just mean access to quality materials – it means having a great teacher as well. As the head of your own classroom, you have the potential to help your students exceed learning outcomes, get interested in new material and get motivated for future success. A good teacher helps students pass standardized tests; a great teacher helps students develop critical thinking skills that will serve them for years to come. If you’re driven by a desire to help foster creative thinking and practical skills in your students, you’ve got what it takes to make a big impact on your students’ academic performance not just in this school year, but potentially for the future as well. After all, a great experience in your classroom could change their entire outlook on academics and shape their future trajectory!
Education is essential for shaping the next generation, and working as an educator comes with a surprising roster of perks. If you’re invested in molding tomorrow’s citizens, teaching could be the perfect career for you.

Sarah Silva New Track


Sarah Silva is set to drop the next single “Somebody Like Me,” from her upcoming album which is set for release in September 2020, via Black Rabbit Entertainment.

“’Somebody Like Me’ about knowing that you are exactly what a certain someone needs. Their past experiences didn’t work out, but now they don’t need to look anymore because you’re here for them,” comments Sarah. “It’s also about feeling empowered with yourself, feeling so confident that you know you can do anything.”

Pre-save “Somebody Like Me” here

A perfect follow-up to Sarah’s “False Illusions,” which was released in November, “Somebody Like Me,” pairs catchy pop lyrics with her sassy Latin vibe.

A household name in South and Central America, the bilingual singer has teamed up with producer, A-dubb (Anthony West), on an upcoming album. Inspired by artists like Rosalía with hints of Becky G, Sarah is ready to make a splash in the U.S. with her own unique brand of Latin pop music.

MORE ABOUT SARAH SILVA:
Sarah’s journey truly began after taking 2nd place in the Mexican version of America Idol, La Academia Kids, at only 11 years old. The experience immersed her in six months of extensive training in singing, dancing and acting with some of the best teachers in the industry. After her participation in La Academia Kids she was casted as the namesake character in the theater play Miranda y Sus Dos Papas, where she was critically recognized for her enormous talent as a musical theater actress.

Sarah’s love of music is extensive and eclectic. She has been given the opportunity to perform a wide variety of songs from regional Mexican to R&B. In 2017, Sarah joined a social media incubator, Dosogas Team, through which she watched her socials skyrocket from tens of thousands to more than 800k in under a year. Known as the singer of the group, the incubator works to expose the young beauty to their millions of fans worldwide. She went on a world tour performing in top venues in Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Chile, and many others in Latin America.

She uses her music as part of her anti-bullying campaign that emphasizes the acceptance of all races, gender, sexual orientations, and other social constructs that divide teens. Sarah is currently a student at The Colburn School of the performing arts in Los Angeles, California.

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ROYBI ROBOT – AI-powered EdTech

A growing number of states say their schools will stay closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year to stem the Coronavirus outbreak. At Roybi Robot, a leader in AI-powered EdTech and personalized education, they know first hand the importance of AI in connection with remote education and learning.

At ROYBI, they’re already noticing a big shift towards remote learning due to the recent circumstances and headlines. And throughout this all, one thing seems inevitable: school settings, as they stand today, will change. Online and remote learning will be systems that educational institutions will adopt for future emergencies. They envision a future where the new culture of learning begins at home through devices with sophisticated AI technology such as Roybi Robot. Artificial Intelligence allows educators to follow the child’s progress in a smarter way and provides a personalized approach to each child individually. Additionally, it provides a closer collaboration between parents and educators, because it can connect in a joint force to education.

With many uncertainties around the school closures, many educators have already started approaching distance and remote learning in the long term, but lack of personalized attention and progress tracking has been a major challenge for them. The role of artificial intelligence becomes even more significant for a modern world as it can monitor each child individually and provide feedback to educators more accurately than traditional approaches.

At Roybi, they are NOT saying to eliminate school and the classroom. They are saying that to save time and cost, we can be educating children more at home (by the educators) and use AI to personalize the educational experience for each child. They envision a future where they can connect learners, parents, educators, and even their Roybi Robots together while creating an engaging and interactive learning experience.

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5 Reasons Why You Need an Essay Writing Service

More than 60% of students use essay writing services or have used them before. Professors often say that it happens because students are not diligent enough and prefer browsing through the Internet to writing papers and spending time in libraries. Though in some cases it might be true, in general, there is another reason for this — students are overwhelmed with the assignments, and as the cost of education is rather significant, no one wants to lose a year or a semester not finishing some particular course. Students don’t receive enough support from professors and supervisors and look for some external help once in awhile. We have gathered some feedback and came up with 5 reasons for you to address an essay writing service. 

Reason #1: You Need More Night Sleep

More than 20% of the American population and more than 35% of the world population suffer from insomnia and sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation causes weight gain, depression, inability to deal with creative tasks, irritation, etc. Being snowed under the variety of complicated tasks, you sleep less than needed and work worse than you are capable of. To compensate this, you try to work on your assignments even more, sleep even less, and get into a dead circle that truly harms you. Ordering several papers from a custom writing agency you receive an opportunity to rest and please, use this opportunity wisely and truly relax. 

Reason #2: You Need Expert Written Sample

It is difficult to learn something practical using textbooks. Some of them are truly good and interesting, but often they are not applicable to the particular situation. Getting a well-thought-out sample written and formatted according to your professor’s demands you understand the principles of essay writing much better and get closer to your dream grades. Use it as a model for your future papers and you won’t regret it. 

Reason #3: You Need to Live Your Life Sometimes

Most of the HR specialists mention that they value soft skills and some professional experience much more than just good grades and professor’s recommendations. It is important to enter internships, have side jobs, have friends and spend some spare time on hobbies. Living your life makes you happy, makes this life worth living. Of course, we don’t suggest you start partying all day long letting a custom writing agency do your work. However, you need some extra time, and you can buy it.

Reason #4: You Need Good Grades

Let’s say so, you don’t need just good grades, you need grades good enough not to get in trouble with your professor in particular and educational institution in general. You have to receive that diploma and move forward. You can’t be good in everything at the same time, so you can choose your priorities, and give the rest of assignments “to outsource.” It is precisely how it is done in the real world. 

Reason #5: You Need to Be Competitive 

Most of your peer students address writing companies for help, and not doing so you might become much less competitive. This competition is not fair, and sometimes is entirely unnecessary, but it is real, and if you want to take part in it, you should assess your chances realistically. 

You have to stay on the safe side when ordering a custom essay online. Every essay writing service claims to be safe and professional, but you should pay attention to the details when choosing your online assistant. As it is not the best choice to start asking such questions within the campus, we suggest you deal with this task on your own. 

  • Get to know if the price is stable and there are no extra payments after the final draft is ready;
  • Check the guarantees offered by the particular writing service;
  • Look for testimonials;
  • Check if the support service truly works around-the-clock.

Some students try 3-4 writing services before they find a suitable one, but they say that recently the overall quality and safety of such companies has significantly increased. Once you have found a suitable agency, stick to it, as most of the services offer rather pleasant discounts to returning clients. Consider custom written essays as an opportunity to learn something new and strengthen your skills. Good luck!

Harvard & Texas A&M

I write to inform you of my dismay over recent actions by Harvard faculty Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. Frank Hu and their associates, Dr. David Katz and the True Health Initiative (THI). Their actions, as
described in a recent JAMA article here
are unethical, distort the results of important scientific research, and, in our opinion, are false and harmful to Texas A&M University and its faculty. These are serious matters that undermine the values espoused by your institution and must be corrected immediately. 

I trust you were as surprised as I was after reading the JAMA article and ask that you take a look at the outrageous actions by THI. JAMA found that THI and several of its council members, including Harvard faculty Dr. Willett and Dr. Hu, mischaracterized scientific research
and falsely accused Texas A&M scientists of selling out to industry interests. According to JAMA, THI not only broke journal embargo policy but apparently used automated bots to flood the email inbox of the Editor in Chief of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Several of your faculty are involved as council members or advisers of THI and collaborated with THI in their effort to discredit scientific evidence that runs contrary to their ideology. I can assure you that Texas A&M’s research is driven by science. Period.

In addition to my concern about JAMA findings, I am attaching an illustration
Dr. Willett presented at a cardiology conference to attack a distinguished Texas A&M professor and the university itself as being influenced by industry. This unsubstantiated claim has been independently rejected and shown to be false in the JAMA article.

At this time, we have no hard basis to show that these actions against Texas A&M and its faculty are endorsed or condoned by your institution, and we hope we can work together to resolve this problem. Such
resolution should include a serious assessment by Harvard of its affiliation with THI and a comprehensive ethical review into any Harvard faculty involved with THI. Several scientists have severed ties with THI because of the issues discussed in this letter. Texas A&M applauds the stand taken by these scientists and encourages Harvard to show the same courage.


Texas A&M asks that Harvard join us for a purely scientific approach to nutrition for the sake of public health and public trust and reject the politics and unethical actions of THI that have sought to discredit science and interfere in the scientific process.

2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced

Scientific Experts Will Review Scientific Evidence on Key Nutrition Topics To Inform Development of New Guidelines

To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the departments and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

“USDA is committed to ensuring everything we do is data-driven and based in scientific facts, which is why this expert committee’s work in objectively evaluating the science is of the utmost importance to the departments and to this process,” said Secretary Perdue. “The committee will evaluate existing research and develop a report objectively, with an open mind.”

“The scientists we selected to serve on the committee are national leaders in the areas of nutrition and health,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “HHS, USDA, and all Americans will benefit from the collective experience and expertise of the committee, which will conduct a rigorous examination of the scientific evidence on several diet-related health outcomes, including the prevention of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which are three of the leading causes of death in the United States.”

The list of members appointed to the expert committee can be found here.

The committee’s work will kick off at a public meeting to be announced in the coming weeks. The committee will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition and health related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input. Throughout their deliberations, the public and other stakeholders will be encouraged to provide comments and feedback.

“In our continuing commitment to transparency and customer service, we invite the American public to engage in this process,” said Secretary Perdue. “We want to hear from everyone and all viewpoints. I encourage everyone with an interest to attend public meetings and to send comments through the Federal Register once the committee begins their work.”

The next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will continue to focus on dietary patterns of what Americans eat and drink as a whole, on average and over time, to help prevent disease and keep people healthy. Additionally, the review process will take a life-stage approach and will, for the first time, include pregnant women and children from birth to 24 months as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are updated every five years and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food-based recommendations to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases and promote overall health.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works to reduce food insecurity and promote nutritious diets among the American people. The agency administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage America’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provides science-based nutrition recommendations and serves as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy. For information and links, go to DietaryGuidelines.gov.

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) provides leadership for disease prevention and health promotion initiatives on behalf of the HHS Secretary and as part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. ODPHP co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with USDA and leads the development of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. ODPHP also leads the Healthy People initiative, which sets evidence-based, 10-year national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans.