ARVR & Ai in Classroom: Middle East's Largest VR Education Program Launched for Public Schools

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Dubai is hitting another major milestone with VR based STEM Lab Program for schools

Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all”

— His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, Artificial Intelligence Minister

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over a million students and thousands of teachers across the Middle East have experienced the most immersive technologies. Their collective huge response in favor of these technologies and the positive impact they have on education has already led many schools in Dubai to introduce the modern learning methodologies in classrooms. These schools have termed VR technology as “a powerful learning tool”.

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Moving forward, the education ecosystem in UAE is now hitting another major milestone with VRXOne’s VR based STEM Lab Program for schools. Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East. A massive initiative to put the region on world’s map as the most advanced in classroom learning solutions and teaching aides.

“Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East.”

Prior to it, UAE government’s A Million Coders Program and subsequently, VRXOne’s One Million Expeditions for Emirati youth, gained immense response for their impact in enhancing students’ learning abilities. It comes as no surprise then that immersive technologies are dictating a massive shift in human-technology interaction. And VR based STEM Lab is the next step in classroom education not only locally but globally as well. Instead of moving around a mouse or tapping on a screen, we are able to step inside and explore the realities of our universe in the virtual world.

We know for a fact that the early adoption of these immersive technologies is a must as per the government’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. It is the only way to close the gap between education and job markets at a rapid pace. And VRXOne’s VR based Lab Program helps to work towards that goal by providing the youth with the most immersive learning solutions.

“VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM Subjects.”

VR FOR STEM EDUCATION – LEADING THE WAY

Virtual Reality has emerged as the ultimate medium for delivering “experiential learning”. No other methodology even comes close in impact. The fact that no physical or geographical boundaries stand in the way of this technology, is reason alone for its huge impact. Add to that the element of safety and cost-effectiveness and you have a win-win combination.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology and well-suited to delivering the learning in STEM subjects. Since all these disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – are based on highly critical thinking and applied knowledge, VR is the perfect fit for STEM education.

VRXOne’s VR based Classroom Format offers the most advanced level standalone program today equipped with machine learning applications allowing the teachers full control of the curriculum-aligned virtual lessons. VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM subjects. No longer does a student need physical presence in a science lab to understand a concept thoroughly. Every VR class provides pedagogically sound, engaging content to students for proper exploration and understanding. For instance, VR technology eliminates the need for a microscope to examine an organism or to study the DNA sequencing. The VR lab actually provides full immersion for further exploration of DNA and the atom at the molecular level. Something which is not possible in a physical lab.

Such are the opportunities available to STEM students today in the UAE made possible through the VR technology. These captivating lessons are the way forward for the youth to develop the right skill-set needed for the future markets in the era of technology. Moreover, the technology is exactly in line with the innovation goals of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai,
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,"

LEARNING LANGUAGES IS FUN WITH VR

Learning a new language is one of the most exciting as well as daunting things for a student or any individual. There is always an initial hesitation with a new way to pronounce, speak and interact. VR helps to eliminate the element of hesitation and self-consciousness by providing scenario-based, highly interactive environments to develop new language skills. It can put you in a class full of learners or amongst the native speakers to perfect your command over language.

Because VR experiences support interaction and are able to replicate different situations, there isn’t a more realistic way to learn a language than reality itself. With VR, you could either be buying cannoli on the streets of Sicily or asking for directions in Turkey. There is the added benefit of instant feedback on pronunciation and suggestions for vocabulary to further enrich your learning experience. The Head of Languages at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Chloe Briand opines that VR helps to build students’ confidence and reduce the level of anxiety associated with learning languages, “This is a tool that you use to practise and improve on your fluency and accuracy in a real-life scenario, without feeling self-conscious in front of a native speaker. It’s the perfect segue between a relaxed familiar environment and the outside world.”

BUILDING A VR LESSON IS EASY

Being a great interactive medium, it is fairly easy to build and create a lesson in VR for both teachers and students. For instance, it is as easy as ‘1,2,3’ to get a class started on a Google Expedition. But in case you wanted something more, you could easily use Google StreetView to create an exclusive expedition of your own. Visit the famous landmarks or walk through historical places.

By virtue of being a virtual medium, VR can put you in any location, inside a lab or an archeological site in an instant. There are boundless opportunities to explore and learn with VR so much so that not only does it remove geographical walls but time-bound as well. You can explore the lengths of Roman Colosseum or walk on the Acropolis of Athens. It is all within reach with VR.

BRINGING AUGMENTED REALITY IN SCHOOLS

In the same fashion, Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience for STEM lessons. You can use it to examine the 3D models of plants, animals as well as the natural features in your class. Students can go “deeper” in a lesson by rotating, swiping, and zooming in and out of a model at will. They can even take photos or videos of the model within their surroundings.

AR is a great learning technology and brings huge value to everyday lesson plans. Aligned with the standards of the UAE Ministry of Education, the platform supports all kinds of different visual overlays and hundreds of lesson plans with valuable educational content.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR TODAY'S CLASSROOM

Immersive technologies can help us to make classroom learning fun and exciting as well as more relevant and comprehensive. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the students’ performance to ensure positive outcomes and compliance with the educational standards.

This is where Artificial Intelligence helps to customize lessons for students providing cross-reference between subjects to support interdisciplinary learning. Moreover, automation of processes through Ai – such as performance monitoring, feedback, marking, tracking growth etc. – provide further assistance in the class freeing up more time for teachers.

On the part of students, Ai helps them understand concepts better and self-pace their studies. It also inculcates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in the students something which is the need of the day. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Gems Education Dubai, says that Ai opens a huge door of opportunities for young minds, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behaviour of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”

TEACHERS ARE READY FOR VR EDUCATION IN THE UAE

Arab teachers view the virtual and augmented reality apps as invaluable mediums to support “deeper learning” practices. As more and more content is being developed to align with curriculum requirements, the teachers find it immensely helpful to inspire curiosity to learn and ingenuity to create in their students.

Martha McCleary, Head of Digital Literacy at Foremarke School Dubai, shares her experience of VR in the classroom and how it has helped to involve students in the learning process, "We have been using VR to visit faraway places and go on virtual field trips. This heightens engagement in lessons as children get to experience new environments. Recently we have begun looking at creating our own VR experiences. The children are busy creating online galleries of their work. Beyond learning about VR, this engages the children in learning about design and user experience."

One of the GEM schools, The Winchester School at Jebel Ali has also teamed up with VRXOne to improve learning productivity of their students using VR and Ai. The Vice-Principal of the school, Dr. Ritika Anand believes that these immersive technologies become the basis to provide a thorough and holistic learning experience to the students, “Student experience is the biggest testimonial of a school’s commitment to provide holistic learning. The use of technologies like VR is aligned with the concept of experiential learning in pedagogy. Such technologies encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and excellence, and ultimately lead to bigger impact through nation development.”

STUDENTS READY FOR EXPO 2020 AND THE YEAR OF INNOVATION AHEAD

In the wake of these immersive learning experiences, students are well-equipped for the year of innovation ahead. Ai has a huge part to play in UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. Consequently, it is also a major component of Expo 2020 as well. As UAE gears towards the fast approaching event, the students are enthusiastically curious about using Ai to put their imagination to work and manifest their innovative ideas into reality.
The Emirati youth is more than ready for the upcoming challenges ahead backed by their mentor and the State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, “Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all.” Speaking to a conference in Sharjah, he stressed upon the importance of AI as part of youth’s everyday life now and said, “Each of you have to be aware how to use it and develop it for you to be able to adopt it.”

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eLearning Inside Announces EdTechnically, a New Podcast & Video Series That Asks Questions About Edtech and Answers Them

Elearning Inside announces EdTechnically, an edtech podcast and video series.

eLearning Inside's EdTechnically podcast and YouTube series launches on February 18th, tackling tech questions for the education and tech sector.

At eLearning Inside, we continue to push to deliver insightful and impactful content to our audience. Your commute just got a little smarter!”

— Don Weobong, Founder and CEO of eLearning Inside

LOUISVILLE, KY, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The world of edtech is both exciting and confusing. New technology promises to educate more learners and deliver stronger results than ever before. But other products fizzle in the market, prove ineffective, or fail to scale. That’s why eLearning Inside is proud to present EdTechnically, a new podcast and YouTube series that asks questions about edtech and tries to answer them. The series will launch on February 18th.

American and international venture capital continues to set records with total edtech investment. VC funds around the world poured over $1 billion into edtech startups in July 2018 alone. American rounds exceeded $1.45 billion, matching the previous high water mark set in 2015. And despite these massive investments, 2018 still didn’t exceed the international record set in 2017 when $9.5 billion entered the sector. There’s reason to believe 2019, however, will push the bar higher still.

Despite these billions of dollars flooding the edtech market, many companies and countries have little to show for it. Countless beneficiaries of VC capital go under a few years later. As Educated Ventures Founder Christopher Nyren told eLearning Inside, “My fear is that, as in 2002, Silicon Valley hot money will abandon the education sector, leaving a lot of schools in the lurch. Ultimately, the peculiarities of education require founders to bootstrap as long as humanly possible.”

At the same time, technological developments that promise to improve education often remains trapped in the silos of academia or startups that burn through their runway before anyone can actually use their product. What does get out often arrives at the hands of huge marketing budgets and a lack of sufficient testing.

As David Niemi, an expert in learning analytics and VP of measurement and evaluation at Kaplan, told eLearning Inside, “I think there’s actually good reason for people to be wary of technology because if you go online or if you get contacted by companies that have come up with some new solution, my overwhelming experience in investigating what they’ve got is that it’s almost all hype. People make huge claims for what their systems can do without any evidence behind them. They haven’t done any studies or tested the effectiveness of what they’ve got.”

Since launching in 2017, eLearning Inside has sought to map this wilderness. Reporting on the site has investigated artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom, MOOCs, virtual charter schools, and everything in between.

But many would prefer to digest this information in various media. With EdTechnically, eLearning Inside seeks to tackle some of the biggest and most contentious issues in the edtech sector with engaging podcasts and videos.

“At eLearning Inside, we continue to push to deliver insightful and impactful content to our audience,” said Don Weobong, Founder and CEO of eLearning Inside. “Your commute just got a little smarter!”

Following launch, EdTechnically will provide an expansion to eLearning Inside’s existing PR and advertising services. Edtech startups and organizations routinely approach the site to gain exposure through their reporting, place advertorials, and spread their message. EdTechnically will provide a further avenue to reach an even wider audience.

Episodes in the series will seek to answer questions such as “Does edtech actually save teachers time?”; “Does mobile learning lead to device addiction?”; “Which will dominate online tutoring: AI or the gig economy?”; and “Can you measure engagement by watching a learner’s face?”

Many of these episodes draw their information from existing or future eLearning Inside reporting.

If you’re a teacher, administrator, manager, developer, student, or parent, EdTechnically will have something for you. Tune in February 18.

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THE WOMEN OF VALERIA LOPES’ NOVELS: BAD ASS WOMEN IN BRAZILIAN LITERATURE

Author Valeria Lopes

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What does it mean to be a woman in 2019?
What does it mean to be a STRONG woman in 2019?
Behind Every Strong Woman is a Strong Woman

BOCA RATON, FL, ESTADOS UNIDOS, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you google “what does it mean to be a strong woman,” the first thing that pops up is an article written in 2016 by Marisa Donnelly for “Thought Catalog,” entitled “15 People Explain What It Means to Be a Strong Woman”

1. She fights against expectations
2. She bounces back.
3. She knows who she is.
4. She is independent but knows when to ask for help.
5. She follows her own path.
6. She is unapologetic about who she is.
7. She’s a fighter.
8. She’s perseverant.
9. She is balanced.
10. She doesn’t let others define her.
11. She is grounded in her faith.
12. She isn’t afraid to be true to her feelings.
13. She respects herself.
14. She is humble.
15. She loves.

I don’t know how many women you know who embody every one of the above traits, but I know one.

She is an author, a Brazilian author named Valeria Lopes, who writes and speaks in Portuguese. She and I have conversed with the help of a translator, as she speaks no English and I speak no Portuguese. Even though we speak different languages, I could hear her joy in being alive, her sense of humor, and I could visualize her smile as she spoke directly to me via telephone.

All of her books, best-sellers in Brazil, are now being translated into English. What is so sublime about her books is that they all feature independent, smart, feisty women who stand up for themselves. These are genuinely BAD-ASS WOMEN. They are not without flaws, but Ms. Lopes is spot-on in identifying the rough spots and helping her protagonists work through their weaknesses.

In “The Curse of the Werck Family, Volume 1: The Battle Between Love and Hate,” and “The Curse of the Werck Family Volume 2: Eternal Love,” author Valeria Lopes paints portraits of women who gain strength through arduous tasks and disturbing insights, ultimately leading to at times painful but always honorable and powerful redemption.

Valeria Lopes’ bad ass protagonist in “Gypsy Love: Dream or Reality” is a woman who faces social and racial prejudice, and forbidden love, told in three sizzling story arcs, in the manner of a grand Italian opera. But this is a woman who maintains her dignity through all, as she learns that acceptance and forgiveness are the way to a life of peace, beauty and soulful happiness.

Though Ms. Lopes’ books are fiction, there is of course, a reason her female protagonists are the embodiment of strong women. As it is said: ‘write what you know.”

Valéria Lopes (http://www.valerialopeswriter.com/) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the help of her friends in the spiritual world, she developed her mediumship, learning how to use this gift to aid others.

With novels, inspirational tales, and autobiographical stories dedicated to bringing spiritual messages, the value of opening one’s heart to love along with other valuable life lessons to North and South American audiences in English, Spanish and Portuguese, The PiuBook Publishing Company (www.piubook.com) is creating a new niche in the book business.

For more information, copies of The Curse of the Werck Family, Volumes 1 and 2, Gypsy Love: Dream or Reality, details about author Valéria Lopes, please contact Amy Krakow, A.G. Krakow & Associates 212.587-0540 amyk@me.com.

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Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O'Toole Talks Trains, Transit and Transportation Feb. 7 in Atlanta

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'Romance of the Rails,' A Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum

Exhaustively researched exploration of America’s passenger-rail story.”

— Patrick Cooke

ATLANTA, GEORGIA , USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Randal O'Toole loves trains. As a teenager, he restored historic streetcars. He's traveled hundreds of thousands of miles by train, in 10 countries on four continents.

The transportation expert and Cato Institute Senior Fellow sets aside his nostalgia and sentiment to focus on the realities of rail in his new book, "Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need."

What they're saying about his book:
*In a January 23 review in The Wall Street Journal, Patrick Cooke describes O'Toole as "a reluctant realist among dreamers," and his book as an "exhaustively researched exploration of America’s passenger-rail story."

**"Regardless of whether you are a rail advocate or critic, this book is for you. We can all learn from its remarkable historical insights and extraordinary research, especially as revolutionary changes in America's transport network are certain to change our future travel preferences," writes Joseph Vranich, former president of the High Speed Rail Association, in advance praise of the book.

Why are O'Toole's perspective and research so important to policy-makers and residents of metropolitan areas? Because the success of transportation tomorrow hinges on the policy decisions made today.

Join the Georgia Public Public Policy Foundation and Randal O'Toole on Thursday, February 7, at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta for "Romance of the Rails," a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum. Copies of O'Toole's book will be available for purchase and autograph.
Find out more about Randal O'Toole here.

This event, which is open to the public, is $35 to attend and includes lunch. Registration is required; the deadline to register is Tuesday, February 5. Register at Eventbrite or send your check for $35 per attendee (memo: O’Toole Event) to Georgia Public Policy Foundation, 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA 30339.
Media who wish to attend must contact Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org.

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AUTHOR MAX HAWTHORNE FALLS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: DID A GUARDIAN ANGEL SAVE HIS LIFE?

ARE GUARDIAN ANGELS AMONG US?

NEW HOPE, PA, USA, January 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Max Hawthorne, author of the award-winning Kronos Rising series of novels, revealed a startling series of incidents during a recent interview, wherein otherworldly forces appeared to have taken a hand in preventing him from coming to harm.

“I’ve lived a tumultuous life,” Hawthorne said. “There have been many times where things happened and I found myself scratching my head, wondering how I emerged unscathed. In fact, the circumstances around some of these occurrences have been so odd that I’ve come to an inescapable conclusion – I have a real-life guardian angel looking after me.”

Known as the “Prince of Paleo-Fiction” for his bestselling series of Kronos Rising sci-fi/thrillers, which feature humanity struggling to cope with prehistoric life roaming free in today’s seas, Hawthorne added. “I’ve done many risky things, including the bungee jump, rescuing a drowning dog, and saving a woman from being beaten to death on a NY street corner. Once, I even stopped a very determined alligator from eating my father and I by fighting it off with a fishing net.”

Hawthorne attributes those things to skill and luck, but he believes that some things in his life cannot be explained. “I was driving on the NJ Turnpike and I fell asleep behind the wheel. My SUV started angling toward the tractor-trailer in the center lane, right beside me. Then, all of a sudden, I was woken up by being slapped across the face. I was alone in the vehicle, yet I got the distinct impression I’d been hit, and fairly hard.”

When asked what happened next, Hawthorne said: “My eyes snapped open and I found my vehicle about to enter that terrifying no-man’s-land between the front and rear sets of tires on an eighteen-wheeler. I would have been wedged there as the trailer’s rear tires impacted on my passenger door and right fender, and most likely crushed to death. It sounds outrageous, but my spiritual sentinel saved my life that day, and several additional times after that, and I am forever grateful for her protectiveness. Of course, I wish she was able to help me find a new literary agent, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!”

Hawthorne finished by saying, “All levity aside, I can only assume this means I’m meant to do important things in my life, for myself and the people I love. I just hope I’m able to recognize those pivotal moments and opportunities when I see them. Otherwise, I might need to be slapped again. You know, to wake me up and set me straight!”

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NEW: Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook

45 mouth-watering dishes for Lent and Easter from the island of Malta

VALLETTA, MALTA, January 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Panormi Books are pleased to announce the first publication of 2019 with the release of the Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook (Hope & Life Press, ed.). This cookbook presents 45 recipes of various foods and drinks that the people of the Maltese Islands have consumed during Lent and Easter since the time of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta. Using weights and measures in both American and metric systems, with cooking methods handed down intergenerationally often through oral transmission, this cookbook, which is the first of its kind, gives the reader mouth-watering recipes for soups, dips, main dishes, drinks, sweets, desserts, and coffee to enjoy, all of which are meatless and can be consumed not just during Lent, but throughout the whole year by the health-conscious. Included are delicious and timeless Maltese recipes of the main dishes, cakes and sweets traditionally consumed on Easter Sunday. The Traditional Maltese Catholic Lenten Cookbook is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Panormi Books and the usual outlets.

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Architectural Design Firm CEO Partnered with ESL Instructor / Youth Advocate to Release Inspirational 3-D Picture Book

Front Cover-Attiana’s Journey

Featuring Non-traditional Illustrations- Intricately Designed Decoupage 3-D Construction Paper Cut-out Images- Inspirational Poem

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES , January 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Michael Marshall, President, and CEO of MMD-Michael Marshall Design and his sister, Vanessa Marshall Jones, ESL Instructor and Youth Advocate of Encourage Friends and "Stop Bullying in it's Tracks" Campaign, have launched an inspirational children’s picture book which teaches faith, friendship building, self- confidence, courage, and hope. This mystical tale gives children a playful, glimpse of Africa, its safari animals, and an inspirational storyline that will leave children of all ages wanting to read ATTIANA'S JOURNEY or have it read to them, again and again. For an added twist, vividly colored images of 3-D paper cut-out illustrations were created by, award-winning architect, Michael Marshall, whose work from a lifelong career in Architectural Design can be found on display at the Smithsonian’s NMAAHC.

This book would be a favorite of children ranging from three years old to adults who enjoy unique art techniques. Jones, being a Literacy Volunteer and a member of the Friends of the Library Association, went with the decision to write Attiana’s Journey in lyrical verse, in hopes that young children would have fun with memorizing the poem and placing emphasis on word pronunciation and spelling. Jones begins the story at the bedtime of a young girl, Attiana, who tells the story of her journey to Africa, but is unsure if it is reality or a dream. She interacts with safari animals along the way, as well as the beautiful sun, which travels high above. When evening comes, the sunset queues the animals to retreat home. Attiana, then, feels lonely and afraid. She wants to return home, as well, but she is lost. Relying on her faith, she prays to God for guidance. He answers by taking her on a mystical escapade filled with adventure and excitement and a very unusual, or should I say unexpected outcome.

Jones, also, has a bigger picture in view…-Production of a large 9”x16" paper doll standee for display which includes paper cut-out clothing and accessories. This doll will be available to be purchased, separately, at the website-
www.encouragefriends.com/books. Hoping to inspire children to return to the day of the paper doll as an escape from a technology-filled toy world. The intent is to encourage the child's imagination to create self-colored designs, both clothing, and accessories, for the tall Attiana display standee doll. The templates will be provided via download and all that is needed is imagination and colored markers, glitter, rhinestones or other appropriate art materials. The book character’s pajamas were created white to leave the reader/artist the opportunity to utilize their own colors and creativity. The standee doll will also include an orange tissue paper-like scarf to represent the one the book character is wearing.

Attiana's Journey, the Inspirational Stage Play, book animation, and "What is This Life About?" new music project are next. This Gospel / Positive Rap single, performed by Jones, the Encourage Friends Kidz Project, and Jones' son, Kenny Lee can be streamed and downloaded at http://www.encouragefriends.com. As our country faces such a divisive, scary time and a grim political climate, children are watching it all transpire and are questioning their future world. This has inspired Jones to write the song and start the "What is This Life About?" movement, which is slowly picking up momentum. Jones explains that this book project has been a long time coming. She felt very honored when her brother, Michael, called her up, one day, and said, "Hey, did you ever finish that poem about the little girl going to Africa? Send it to me. I have an idea for the illustrations and I will work on it in my free time." Jones says its an awesome feeling when someone reads your written words and gives visual life to them that perfectly matches your imagination."

Attiana’s Journey is available for purchase at Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com For more info about the author, an Author's Visit or the Stop Bullying in it's Tracks Campaign, please visit www.encouragefriends.com/books or use contacts, below. Jones is seeking traditional publishing-Literary Agent- for future work.- Please visit our social media pages and hit LIKE to support and our website https://www.encouragefriends.com to donate to our kidz project!

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Launch of Surgical Neurology International (SNI)

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Scientific Scholar a USA based publisher announces the launch of Surgical Neurology International a peer reviewed and Indexed journal .

Surgical Neurology International will strive to correct errors of fact and logic in the medical literature — particularly in neurosurgical practice and in neuroscience research.”

— Dr.Ausman

LOS ANGLES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Scientific Scholar a USA based publisher of Medical Journals announces the launch of a Peer-reviewed and Indexed Journal " Surgical Neurology International" (SNI).

About the Journal:
Surgical Neurology International® (SNI) is open access, Internet-only journal that publishes the latest developments in the field of neurosurgery and related clinical and basic neurosciences. SNI® will also discuss timely and controversial clinical, social, ethical, and political subjects related to the neurosciences of its readers worldwide. SNI® is an independent publication that is not affiliated with any society or organization. The journal welcomes papers and opinions from neurosurgeons and clinical and basic neuroscientists everywhere. Articles submitted to SNI must undergo a double-blind peer review process. SNI publishes on a continuous basis, currently averaging 25 articles per month. Its papers can be downloaded for free by anyone.SNI's articles and videos are read and watched by 21,500 visitors per month, from 234 different countries. All of SNI's content is available for anyone to download, without cost. Since the inception of SNI, Dr. Ausman believed that the journal's information should be easily accessible to anyone in the world. The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following: DOAJ, PubMed Central, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS.

SNI is a premier journal that is looking to expand the knowledge of those who read it, be they neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, or other allied practitioners. Dr. Epstein has believed in supporting new and younger authors, as the more we educate the next generation of surgeons, the better off we will all be.

About the Editor:

Dr. Nancy Epstein has been in practice since 1982. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Neurology International (SNI), and has been on the Editorial Boards of Spine (since 1990), Journal of Spinal Disorders/Techniques, now Clinical Spine Surgery (since 1990), The Spine Journal (2001), and Spine Surgery (Japan). She had been on the Boards of Surgical Neurology (ended 2009 when they stopped publication), NeuroOrthopedics (stopped publication), and Spinal Cord (England). She is a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, the State of NY at Stony Brook, and is Chief of Neurosurgical Spine and Education at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She was President of the Cervical Spine Research Society in 2001. She has over 300 peer-reviewed publications.

SNI was founded by James I. Ausman, M.D.. Dr. Ausman is an internationally known and respected neurosurgeon. He was formerly Chairman of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is now on the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He was a Professor at four major medical centers including the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and California. He was formerly Editor of the print publication, Surgical Neurology, from 1994-2009 before he became Editor-in-Chief of SNI. He is now active as the Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of SNI and its publications.

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1,36 million d’inscriptions à des cours en ligne crédités dans les universités et collèges au Canada en 2016-2017

La formation en ligne est toujours en croissance dans les universités, les cégeps et les collèges canadiens

Les résultats du sondage 2018 démontrent que la plupart des établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire canadiens considèrent l'apprentissage en ligne comme essentiel à leurs projets futurs”

— Tricia Donovan

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Toronto: La formation en ligne est toujours en croissance dans les universités, les cégeps et les collèges canadiens selon une étude présentée par l’Association canadienne de recherche sur la formation en ligne. Elle permet d’offrir partout au pays un accès flexible à des cours et des programmes postsecondaires. Les résultats du sondage Évolution de la formation à distance et de l’apprentissage en ligne dans les universités et collèges du Canada sont disponibles à : https://formationenlignecanada.ca/publications-2018/

Le deuxième sondage annuel sur l'apprentissage en ligne a été réalisé à l'été 2018. L'équipe de recherche, dirigée par la Dre Tricia Donovan, a ciblé plus de 200 établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire publics au Canada et a obtenu un taux élevé de réponse de plus de 80% des universités, collèges et cégeps.

Les principales conclusions sont :
• 1,36 million d’inscriptions dans les cours en ligne crédités en 2016-2017; l’équivalent de quatre universités de 27 500 étudiants, quatre collèges de 10 000 étudiants et un cégep de 3 500 étudiants.
• Un étudiant sur cinq est inscrit à au moins un cours en ligne par année alors que plusieurs étudiants s’inscrivent entre 3 et 10 cours en ligne par année.
• Près des deux tiers de tous les établissements d’enseignement postsecondaires offrent des cours en ligne et/ou des programmes en ligne.
• Les principaux avantages de l’apprentissage en ligne sont l’accessibilité aux études et la flexibilité des apprentissages, l’attraction d’étudiants provenant d’au-delà des bassins traditionnels de recrutement et l’augmentation des options offertes aux étudiants afin qu’ils soient en mesure de compléter leurs diplômes;
• Les efforts additionnels requis par le personnel enseignant ont été cités comme étant le principal obstacle au déploiement de la formation en ligne (85% des répondants); Une offre inadéquate de formations portant sur les cours en ligne pour le personnel enseignant a été identifiée comme un obstacle par 73% des répondants.
• Les gestionnaires canadiens ont une perception plus positive que leurs équivalents américains sondés durant la même période quant à la qualité de la formation en ligne

Les résultats du sondage 2018 démontrent que la plupart des établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire canadiens considèrent l'apprentissage en ligne comme essentiel à leurs projets futurs et en particulier en ce qui concerne l’amélioration de l’accessibilité aux études », a déclaré Tricia Donovan, directrice exécutive de l’Association canadienne de recherche sur la formation en ligne. « Nous croyons que ces résultats aideront les établissements d’enseignement à augmenter la réussite des étudiants inscrits à des formations en ligne et ce, par l’amélioration du support offert au personnel enseignant et par le développement de pratiques institutionnelles. »
«Le Sondage national souligne l'intérêt croissant pour l'apprentissage en ligne au Canada. Pour que nous puissions soutenir cette croissance, nous devons développer des programmes innovateurs qui soutiennent le développement des compétences du personnel enseignant. Notre programme « Ontario Extend » vise clairement à fournir au corps professoral une aisance numérique lui permettant d'enseigner en ligne en toute confiance », a déclaré David Porter, PDG, eCampusOntario.
Ce sondage a été lancé en 2017 par le Dr Tony Bates, consultant canadien et auteur de nombreux ouvrages et articlesour plus d'informations, contactez Dr. Tricia Donovan à tdonovan@onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca or 902-304-2846
sur l'apprentissage en ligne. L’intention est de poursuivre annuellement ce sondage en offrant des données nationales permettant de mieux étayer les décisions prises par les gouvernements, les établissements, les unités d’enseignement et le personnel enseignant et ce, pour le bénéfice des étudiants.

Le sondage est appuyé financièrement par eCampusOntario, BCcampus, Campus Manitoba, le Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec, Collèges et instituts Canada, Contact Nord, Collèges de l’Ontario (OCAS), Pearson Canada, D2L et, aux États-Unis, par Babson Survey Research Group et WCET. Les données canadiennes recueillies à fréquences régulières et constantes sont disponibles pour une utilisation au Canada ainsi que pour des comparaisons avec les tendances plus générales en Amérique du Nord.

Pour plus d'informations, contactez Dr. Tricia Donovan à tdonovan@onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca or 902-304-2846

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1.36 million online credit course registrations in 2016/17 in Canadian universities and colleges

Growth in online learning continues in Canadian universities, colleges and CEGEPs offering flexible access to post-secondary education throughout the country

The 2018 Survey results illustrate that most Canadian post-secondary institutions see online learning as critical to their future plans; particularly as it relates to increasing access for students”

— Tricia Donovan

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — 1.36 million online credit course registrations in 2016/17 in Canadian universities and colleges

Toronto: Growth in online learning continues in Canadian universities, colleges and CEGEPs offering flexible access to post-secondary courses and programs throughout the country, according to a recent report released by the Canadian Digital Learning and Research Association. The results of the Tracking Online and Digital Learning in Canada survey can be found online at: https://onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca/publications-2018/

The second annual survey of online learning was conducted in summer of 2018. The survey team, led by Dr. Tricia Donovan and Dr. Tony Bates, targeted over 200 public post-secondary institutions across Canada, and achieved a high response rate of 80% from all universities, colleges and CEGEPs.

Key findings include:
• 1.36 million online credit course registrations in 2016/17, which is equivalent to 4 universities of 27,500 each, 4 colleges of 10,000 each and a CEGEP of 3,500.
• One in five students are taking at least one online course per year, while many are taking between 3-10 courses each year
• More than 2/3rds of all Canadian post-secondary institutions now offer online courses and/or programs.
• Increasing student access and flexibility, attracting students beyond traditional service areas and increasing student options for credential completion were identified as key benefits of online and digital learning.
• Additional effort required of faculty was cited as the most significant barrier (85%) of respondents; inadequate training and support for faculty in online learning was identified as a key barrier by 73% of respondents.
• Canadian leaders hold a more positive of the learning outcomes in online courses than counterparts surveyed in the United States during the same time period.

“The 2018 survey results illustrate that most Canadian post-secondary institutions see online learning as critical to their future academic plans; particularly as it relates to increasing access for students,” says Tricia Donovan, Executive Director, CDLRA. “We believe that capturing this data will help institutions to continue to foster student success in online learning through supports for faculty and institutional practice.”
“The National survey underscores the expanding interest in online learning in Canada. For us to support this growth, we need to expand and innovate programs that support faculty. Our Ontario Extend program is aimed squarely at providing faculty with the digital fluency to confidently take their teaching online,” says David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntario.
This survey was initiated in 2017 by Dr. Tony Bates, a Canadian consultant and author of many books and articles on the adoption of online learning. The intention is to continue this survey as an annual process, offering national data to inform policy decisions by government, institutions, academic departments and individual instructors as well as to capture benefits for students.
The survey is supported by eCampusOntario, BCcampus, Campus Manitoba, Quebec Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, CICan, Contact North, OCAS, Pearson Canada, D2L and partners from the USA: Babson Survey Research Group and WCET. By gathering Canadian data in a regular and consistent form, this data is available for use in Canada, and for comparison with broader North American trends.
For more information, contact Dr. Tricia Donovan at tdonovan@onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca or 902-304-2846

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