Online Education – An Advanced Education Feature to Stay Long

To get successful in life, a good job and sound education are the two most essential requirements. At times one gets stuck up with the work so much that s/he can not dedicate its lion’s share of time to attending the campus classes. But now, with induction of online education or e-learning programs, getting quality education beside other assignments have also been possible. Most importantly, online programs are run by highly credible institutions and universities nowadays. All segments of education, namely, school education, college education and university education could be availed with the boon-like use of internet.

Professional course as well as regular courses are available in the sphere of e-learning. Online education is provided with the effective help of audio-visual and printed course material. Even the lectures of the specialists are also provided in visual formats. An aspirant is only required to have a computer set with the audio-video settings. Some e-learning providing institutions set-up their own study centers to facilitate the students with their educational needs.

The most significant benefit of an online course is that student is not needed to visit any educational office physically, rather, every work is done online. Students can get various kinds of online degrees through e-learning, for example, the degree of Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctor etc. Besides, diplomas and certificates for all kinds for graduate and undergraduate programs can also be pursued.

A student can choose a subject of his interest from an array of options. Some prominent options available for e-learning are Business, Design, Engineering, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare, IT and Computer Science, Law and Paralegal, Psychology, Religious Study and several other Vocational Programs. Accreditation is a significant requirement for institutions providing online education. Accreditation ensures that the institutions are meeting the standards set by the experts in their fields and the degree obtained from there will be honored by the future employers and other schools.

AFS Expedition – Sea Lions, Turtles and Whales

Here’s an adventure that so exceeded my expectations, I must present it again. The wilderness and islands along Sea of Cortex is one of the most undiscovered and exciting places on the planet with so many wonders to experience. I’m so glad I found Red Sustainable Travel, a new tour operator here that delivers what they promise. What Linblad and Nat Geo Expeditions do here for 6k, with Red, Adventures For Singles could offer for 2k. Red (meaning “net” in Spanish) goes beyond ecotourism with community development and concerted conservation efforts.

We gathered in Los Cabos for some pre-trip fun. Our perfect mini-group of 16 was then transferred north to La Paz. Serene, clean, safe and friendly, I found it the opposite of Cabo. We spent 2 nights in a first class hotel and enjoyed the lively waterfront.

“Fun Baja Tours” collected us for a day trip to Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO Biosphere. Our speedboats carried us 3 hours out with dolphins and porpoises in tow. We anchored at a colony of 600 sea lions and donned wet suits. It was a thrilling and surreal experience to snorkel among them! For 2 hours we were surrounded by a cacophony of barking, honking and belching sea lions. It was startling when the massive males swam around. I loved the babies. In a quiet cove, they were as playful and curious as puppies.

We sailed on to La Partida Island for beach time in crystal clear waters 50 shades of green. After a grilled seafood lunch, we enjoyed paddle boarding and sea kayaking. Later we sailed to a colony of sea birds to photograph thousands of frigates and cormorants with their hatching chicks.

On the 4th day, we drove 4 hours to fabulous Magdalena Bay for the real adventure to begin. Breakfast was huevos rancheros at an authentic ranch. The desert drive ended at the Pacific Ocean where we boarded boats for a Whale Safari. These waters are teeming with marine life and March is the month to witness the migration of grey whales that come here to breed and calve. Our film couldn’t capture the magnificence of all our close up encounters.

We arrived to our island retreat campsite, which would be home for the next 3 days. Our awesome staff prepared cozy dome tents a dinning hall and baƱos nestled along a breathtaking land and seascapes. After a lunch of grilled shrimp quesadillas, we explored wind swept dunes littered with pink seashells. By the time tequila flowed at happy hour, we had bonded like peanut butter and jelly mutating from strangers to friends. I want to clone these ultra polite travelers to follow me around the world.

Stars blanketed the sky. My tent was called Villa Coyote after the wild coyotes that frequent the camp. One ran off with Julie’s shoe in the night. I slept like a babe. At sunrise, I walked the beach lined with starfish. We boarded pangas to watch our expert guides set out a net (30′ deep, 1000′ long) to catch sea turtles. Countless pelicans encircled us thinking we were fishing.

Red’s eco-tour creates stewardship with these turtles. Their permits allow us hands-on help with field research. With GTC, they monitor turtle health, genetics, behavior, protection from poachers and more. It’s necessary as only 1 in 1000 turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood. Every 2 hours throughout both the day and night, we headed out in groups of 3 to capture the noble creatures from the net. We brought giant turtles back to camp to measure, weigh and record useful information that goes into a database for science and education. After they were pierced with tags, it was a joyous moment to release them out to sea. My heart was touched when the group officially named an untagged young green turtle “Suzy.”

The second night, Terry and I fell asleep to iPad movies. At 8am, we all hauled in 3 more turtle beauties to monitor, 2 babies and the other a 100-year-old behemoth that weighed in at 124 kilos (273lbs). By 11am, we hugged our camp staff and chef goodbye and headed out for Whale Safari 2. There’s no guarantee with nature, but this expedition was off the charts! There’s many species of whales here but the Greys reign. There’s a 70% mortality rate from predators to propellers or sharks to man. These waters hold the last Greys in the world.

It was just us; 2 boats-silence-the eternal sea. Suddenly, Moby Dick, the size of a motorcoach, breeched and fluked mere yards from us. Another slowly surfaces like a submarine. The thrill that made my heart leap was when the babies came right up to our boats allowing each of us to pet them. Charlie scratches the chin on one baby as big momma floats passively nearby. It was as if she was saying, “It’s OK.” We’d all lean left, then right, nearly spilling ourselves into the cold waters of Magdalena Bay. Even our naturalist guide Manuel leaned with us as we clicked our shutters for this once in a lifetime experience.

We ended with a picnic of the freshest ceviche on a remote desert island with dunes that looked like Namibia.
The journey finished back in La Paz for a night. We enjoyed an hour-long shower in our hotel that now seemed to rival the Ritz. We ecotourists persevered well with no WIFI, gourmet cooking and free drinks. Everything was pure. No bugs, no Montezuma’s Revenge. What a unique and beautiful view of Mexico to experience. And what a way to get your vacation on! Our efforts with this project certainly left a positive footprint.

Now, let the memories begin.

Importance of the K-12 Education System

K-12 education is an innovative education system. This area of education has a dominance over the conventional educational systems as it puts more weight on thinking and reaching own self-explanatory conclusions.

The way of teaching here is completely different and phenomenal. Teachers generally follow the tactic of asking students to work on a lot of assignments since it develops an intellectual, yet interesting learning habit. In reality, this method helps the students in revising what has been taught previously. In K-12 education system, all the students are given individual attention and hence they understand their subjects in a more practical way. The role of a teacher here is just to guide them in the right way and provide them with learning opportunities. What really happens is that, the individual discovers his own learning capacity and success depends on the thinking ability of the student.

The classroom activities might be similar to what is being practiced in a public school where students go and get their notes and submit records but the key difference is that her in K-12 classes, the students are encouraged to bring about their personal thoughts and visions. Students enroll themselves in different forums and educational clubs where they get to discuss many points for the same topic and get different views. The teachers here contribute so much as to turning every discussion into a positive note cooperating with the students.

K-12 education system has revolutionized the education system in India. Over the years, the level of education system and syllabus has greatly improved in time. The K-12 segment accounts for the lion’s share of India’s educational market. Students are provided with the ultimate learning opportunities. The school invests thousands of dollars in bringing the best infrastructures. It is also equally important that the student utilizes this system in best possible ways. He must always evaluate the available information to jump to a rational ending. This is the type of educational platform any student can experience in the K-12 program. Therefore, it is no surprise that this methodology is being introduced by most educational institutions in India.

The traditional learning styles have their own merits, but this new and innovative education strategy is superior in that. It helps the students work individualistically and find solutions on their own. This strategy makes students self-determining, reliable and indulgent. It also improves the relation between the teacher and students and brings a warm classroom atmosphere. Such a harmonious atmosphere can create masterminds who, in the long run, can become assets not only to the school but to the society as a whole.

The Fascinating and Educative Art From the Ancient Near East – Assyria

Assyria was an ancient political state situated on the Upper Tigris River, in Mesopotamia. This region now constitutes the Middle East, Iraq, and Syria. The Ancient Near East, Assyria, lasting during 2400 BC-612 BC, was considered the cradle of civilizations. The Assyrian Art that we see today actually belongs to the Neo-Assyrian period (1180 BC-609 BC). It features fine stone carvings, wall reliefs, and sculpting on ‘magnesite.’ Assyrians also used ‘gypsum’ slabs on which they carved with iron and copper tools.

Among some of the major art works of those times, were the massive, beautifully carved stalling reliefs in the Northwest Palace of Nimrud, built by King Ashurnasirpal II. Two colossal, winged, human headed lions known as the protective spirit ‘Lamassu Shedu,’ flanked the entrance of this palace. Similar structures are found at the entrance of the temple of ‘Istar’ (The Goddess of Love & War). ‘Ivory’ was treasured and used in most art forms in the Ancient Near East, Assyrian Art. Sumptuously carved ivory objects and fine ivories were later found in the Palace. The wooden furniture and doors of the state apartments in the royal residence of Nimrud were decorated with beautiful ‘bronze’ and ‘ivory’ panels. Such art forms displayed the luxurious lifestyles enjoyed by the Royalty in those times. The detailed reliefs of the Throne Room, which now rests in the British Museum in London, displays the king leading military campaigns and performing various rituals. They also exemplify the elaborate techniques of warfare and administration. In addition, the Royal sport of lion and bull hunt is depicted on the dramatic wall reliefs.

Similar illustrations of King Sennacherib, who built The Southwest Palace of Nineveh, provide an insight into the Ancient Near East’s quarrying transport techniques and building projects. The Metropolitan Museum of New York displays Cuneiform Clay Tablets, which were used to keep records such as public documents, scientific tracts, and the works of literature. Huge temple statues, a number of plaques, small pottery pieces, glass, royal seals, swords, and exquisite jewelry are also displayed here.

Though, Assyrian artists are highly praised for their flair of linear stylization, some of their depictions have created controversy. For instance, one of the ivory plaques put on display in the British Museum in London, shows the image of a lioness mauling a young African. While an ordinary eye may see just a beast gaining over a man, many art critics believe the mannerisms and the sumptuousness of the setting make it ambivalent and suggestive of a sensuous unity of man and the beast. Other hair raising illustrations of Assyrian Art in the British Museum are the large carved stone panels displaying triumphant scenes of war with panic stricken horses, severed bodies writhing in pain and bloodshed everywhere. The artist may have truly set one of the first examples of narrative art but the display gives Assyrians a reputation of remorseless brutes.

The Ancient Near East, Assyria, used art to educate and inspire societies. Their art reflected their culture and shed light on their dynasties, administration, and their way of living. In a way, it can be said that their art represents a form of visual encyclopedia of their identity and existence.