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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Help Spread the Message- Scholarship Fund

I apologize I've been very neglectful of this site and I do have some big plans coming for it, especially as mLearning is starting to become as standard as the QRG in classrooms.

I want to take a moment to spread the word about a Scholarship Fund I've started that is doing some great things for some well deserving students.

The West Rusk Scholarship fund goal is to provide full scholarships for the this year's graduating students of West Rusk High School to East Texas Baptist University.

You can find more information on this scholarship fund on our Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/WestRuskScholarships

Please "Like" and "Share" this page to help get the word out.

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The back story to this scholarship is very interesting. In May, filmmaker Nicholas Sturghill promised every student from West Rusk what seemed to be a miracle; they will never have to face paying for college out of their own pockets. Sturghill promised every student in this school to pay in full their tuition to East Texas Baptist University. The students and parents saw this as a miracle, but sadly, it was a miracle that never came true.

As the days and weeks passed and the deadline for the first payment to ETBU approached, no money arrived from Sturghill. Finally, just a few days before the payment was due, his business manager made a statement that it was all a misunderstanding. What this meant for these students is the sad thought that they now could not go to college. Out of the 16 that were accepted to ETBU, 10 were ready to drop out and possibly put off going to college while they saved up to pay tuition.

This is where the West Rusk Scholarship fund comes in. Instead of waiting for some benefactor to save the day, I started the fund for the community to come together for these students. What we thought would be a small fund, possibly raising a few thousand dollars has become an unbelievable miracle.

In the past few days, well over $100,000 has been raised for this fund with an additional $150,000 in scholarships also being made available through the school. Now, instead of facing not being able to afford college, 15 of the 16 students have resumed their plans to attend.

While this is an amazing show of support, a lot more needs to be done. Please share our story and the Facebook page to help not just our community hear about this and possibly help, but the entire world.

https://www.facebook.com/WestRuskScholarships

Remember, no first step is ever too small.

Thank You
-Matthew Nehrling

Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Next 10 Tech Markets That Will Be Worth $1 Billion Or More - Mobile Learning Is Here To Stay

From: Business Insider

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Mobile Education is poised to transform the way we learn.

Mobile Education is poised to transform the way we learn.
As more consumers adopt smartphone and tablets the education landscape is transforming.
Fast Company explored the mobile education industry and had this to say, "the near-ubiquity of handheld devices and their constantly lowering costs will enable the idea of "education that you can hold in your hand," so it becomes a widespread reality in so-called developed markets and resource-challenged parts of the globe alike." 


Read more at: Business Insider

Saturday, February 02, 2013

From Lead Learner-Changing Education from FM to Pandora

How times have changed- has yourlearning changed?
Growing up, we listened to our favorite songs on FM radio . We had our favorite DJs that built excitement about new songs, and he kept our attention with games and contests to be caller number 10. We also had to endure listening to songs that we really didn't care for, and when we repeatedly heard songs we didn't like, we would give up and change the channel or turn the radio off all together. Fast forward 25 years to today. We still have FM radio, and the DJ that pushes music that he believes his audience wants to hear. Listeners tolerate commercials every 3rd song, and everyone listens to the same thing at the same time if they choose to tune in. Does this meet the needs and preferences of every listener? In the last 10 years, we have seen the advent of satellite radio that is now Sirius XM. It has taken the FM concept, but gone a step further to offer listeners different genres of music, talk radio and news radio to its audience. The product is a definite improvement from the FM model, but it is little more than a programmatic change. Now comes Pandora. Looking at Pandora, the listener is the DJ. He can pick the artists that he wants to listen to, and Pandora programs all music based on the artist and other acts and music similar to the artist. The listener can personalize his station by giving his account feedback on each song. He can like the song so it will return more frequently and dislike a song to ensure that it never returns to his ears. Boy, how I wished I could have done that 25 years ago. Read the rest here.