Things to Look at in Top Rated Online Colleges

Top rated online colleges typically encompass the same traits: accreditation, top degree programs, top faculty/staff, and a stellar reputation.  However, ensuring that the top rated schools truly contain these elements is a different feat in itself which requires some research and digging into the school’s history.

For profit schools are more susceptible to various rumors of degree mill stories and other atrocities which could befall any online college.  It is therefore more important than before that as a prospective student, you look into the accreditation of the school before you think of enrolling.  Accreditation is one of the most important factors in choosing an online college because it takes into account the background of the school, its reputation in the education community, as well as the probability of earning a potential degree.  A university which is not accredited will still give students a degree, but it will essentially be worthless in the academic community and can make earning a job even harder than it currently is.  Simply taking some time to research into the school’s accreditation can save you years of time in the end. 

It is difficult to perceive whether online colleges have top rated faculty in addition to their degree programs, but learning some background about the degree programs and their hiring processes can help quell some of these fears.  Many of the faculty of online schools have had years of experience in a college setting, as well as an extensive background in their specialty.  Simply researching the head of the department in the major you are interested in can help sway your decision.  You do not want to be taught by a professor who has had little to no educational experience and does not have a prominent education background. 

The reputation of online colleges is even more difficult to research into because it involves understanding the online school.  The degree programs that are offered can contribute to this reputation as a school that offers a wide variety of courses through their site, but the success stories of recent graduates additionally help cement the school’s reputation.  Finding the school’s reputation via its students and faculty is typically the best resource in choosing an online college, but should not be the only step you take in your decision.  Online college has quickly developed into a new way to earn a degree and a new foray into the online education community. 

 

Posted by Site Administrator on March 23rd, 2010 under Uncategorized • No Comments

Best Universities in the World

Education has become increasingly important around the world, as globalization has allowed students from every type of nation to become educated in ways they could only dream of a few decades ago.  As this has occurred, it becomes important to look at the best universities in the world, the majority of which are located in the “Western” nations, but this is beginning to shift as the world concepts of what constitutes Western shifts as well.  Thus far, the top 20 universities in the world include schools in the United States, England, and Canada, but the 22nd university is the University of Tokyo in Japan, while the 24th is the University of Hong Kong in China. 

Prospective students and government policy makers around the world rely on statistics from educators who determine what the best universities currently are.  While the United States has begun to drag behind many European and Asian nations in their high school rankings, the nation still holds 27 percent of the 200 top universities, with the United Kingdom trailing slightly behind.  Students and faculty from nations around the world are eager to receive lists of the best universities to determine which ones they should transfer to or attend, the result of which has been clearly noted throughout history. 

Currently, the top 5 list is comprised of Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, University College London, and Imperial College London, nearly all of which were founded in the nineteenth century (Imperial College was founded in 1907, narrowly missing the nineteenth century mark).  Education has rapidly expanded since the beginning of the twentieth century, and as online education continues to take off, more students from impoverished nations are now being offered the opportunity to study in nearly any degree program.  Lists of the best universities in the world continue to be important for these students because they continue to give them hope for a future that does not involve remaining in poverty.  Furthermore, online education has allowed many students in these nations to experience distance learning classes offered at many of the top universities around the world, some even free for users (although they do not involve college credit).

The best universities in the world are slowly changing to reveal more modern universities that have emerged in the past few decades, although the more prestigious Ivy League schools of the United States and Great Britain will continuously vie for the top positions.  
 

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Help Finding the Best University

There are countless numbers of college guides set to appeal to the most uninformed high school student, but which one is the best?  And much more, which school is the best one for you?  These are questions that are difficult to answer for any student because you have not had the opportunity to actually experience any type of college life beforehand.  Therefore, it is always sort of a gamble when you apply and subsequently enroll in a four-year institution. However, it does not always have to be as long as you begin to develop a notion in your mind of what you want your future to hold.

School guides have become increasingly useless in recent years and have become even more pricey.  After purchasing your fourth or fifth book, you must begin to wonder whether any of the information is useful, and better yet, whether any of it will actually be read.  Many of these school guides are simply a way for the publisher (and sponsored schools) to earn money, but some still hold valuable information as long as you look deeper into the text. 

First, finding school guides that actually tell you information you want to know is where you should start.  If you are interested in schools on the West Coast, schools that have high SAT acceptance rates, or schools that have renowned Art programs, you should let this be a deciding factor in choosing a school.  However, even if you do not have anything as major as these topics, and simply want to attend a school that is far away from any cold weather, this opens up a world of opportunities as well.  School guides cater exclusively to these types of undecided students, and many are aware of the major life choice that is before an uncertain 18-year-old high school student. 

Finding school guides that are most helpful to you depend solely on what you think is important.  Many school guides help students focus on specific topics, such as the school’s football record or their many vast degree programs.  Other students may be interested in reading previous students’ statements about the university, which can prove to be helpful and insightful.  However, it is important to find a guide that can efficiently speak to your needs in finding the best university for you.  Many publications from the Princeton Review have been noted to be some of the best in rating universities and their degree programs. 

Finding the best university for you does not have to be a long, drawn-out process that wears you out before college even starts!  Instead, simply knowing what is important to your overall college experience can help you make a better informed decision as to which school is the best fit for you, as well as receive some help along the way.  

 

Posted by Site Administrator on January 22nd, 2010 under Uncategorized • No Comments

The Growing World – Notes on Agriculture Studies

By Claire Webber

As the study of Agriculture and Agriculture Science continues to grow, so does the world’s population.  Today there are more than 8 billion hungry mouths out there to feed, and each one is going to rely on someone to oversee the growing of their food.  Agriculture is surely a science that will NEVER fall by the wayside; our lives depend on it.

So you know you’ve chosen a great field of study when:  the entire survival of the species depends on your science?  Too true!  But the future may hold more than the growth of food.  As we continue to look for alternative sources of fuel scientists are increasingly examining bio-fuels as an alternative.  And you know what that mean – somebody is going to have to grow those fuels.  Here are a few headlines from the news that are underlining Agricultures importance in today’s world climate and economy.

Job security?  You bet.  And increasingly more organizations are seeking out qualified Ag students for their expertise.  According to recent news that comes from Auburn, Alabama, the Peace Corps is seeking Agriculture majors to help meet its needs.  According to reports in February of this year The Corps is only meeting 74% of its agribusiness goals and has been recruiting hard for students and recent graduates who studied in Agriculture. 

And speaking of jobs, jobs, and more jobs, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization recently released a report detailing the possibility that as many as 10 million jobs could be created and dedicated to forestry and biodiversity in the next few years.  The organization is pushing for countries to take action to curb deforestation and invest in more green jobs.  Just another indicator that the international political climate is increasingly coloring itself ‘green’ in this revolution and sustainable agriculture development is at its center.

Work on the home front.  Recently The Epoch Times reported some promising news from the heart of the country.  New York has again announced more dedication to the green movement.  According to the report $2 million dollars was recently given to the city from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a grant to promote new jobs in horticulture and forestry.

Work abroad.  And when you started you thought that Ag degree was only good on the home front.  Here’s more evidence of the international green movement.  Agriculture Secretary of the Philippines, Arthur Yap, recently underlined the countries new focus on agriculture related jobs as part of a national commitment to generate jobs. 

Reports show that agriculture jobs in India are increasing slowly as well.  The nation which has recently been the scene for much job outsourcing in the past few years continues to be an agriculture super power.  Government spokesmen recently outlined plans to improve growth in the Ag sector, underlining their commitment to maintaining their place in food production. 

As the global economy continues to evolve and shift many jobs seem to be in flux, especially at the moment.  But there’s one thing that will always remain certain: at some point, no matter who you are, you’re going to have to put some kind of food on your plate and more than likely some kind of fuel in your car.  The population of the world continues to grow, as does our fuel needs.   Agriculture studies are proving to have the keys necessary to unlocking many of our social and political problems.

 

Posted by Site Administrator on April 17th, 2009 under Uncategorized • No Comments

5 Ways to Make Studying More Effective

By Claire Webber

Let’s face it:  sometimes studying isn’t what we look forward to at the end of a long day.  But this necessary evil can be made a little easier if you stick to the following few little tips.  Interestingly enough you may find that you already knew some of these. In that case this may be the opportunity to let them sink in and take them to heart.  Please get out your number 2 pencils.

Eliminate distractions.  Absolutely feel like you need a glass of milk and some chocolate chip cookies right now?  Well then what may surprise you is that you should get it!  Unless you plan to reward yourself with a tempting treat after you finish all your hard work, you should fulfill all your immediate desires as soon as possible. 

Eliminating distractions can also mean getting all the stuff done that could possibly cloud up your mind when you’re trying to get down to work.  Hungry?  Eat.  Sleepy? Sleep.  Do all the things that need to get done and then study.  Just remember to give yourself enough time to really learn what you need to learn.

Chunking.  I know mom always said that you shouldn’t wait to the last minute to study.  Well, mom was right!  Committing random facts to short term memory may be possible if you wait till the day before the test, but in order to learn information and store it permanently in your memory you need more time. 

Chunking means breaking down whatever you have to learn into bite size tidbits that your brain can digest easily.  Do a little each time you sit down and start well in advance of that test.  By the time the dreaded ‘night before’ rolls around you’ll find that you’ve really done all the hard work already.

Find your happy place.  Where you choose to study can be just as important as how.  If your roommate is blasting away at little green men on the television in the same room, you may not be able to concentrate on that 15th century French literature.  On the flip side, a library can sometimes be just as distracting to the next guy.  It doesn’t matter where you choose to make your sacred studying dojo, what matters is that you’re being honest with yourself.  Sneak off to a closet down the hall or climb on to the roof, just make sure it is a productive environment for you.

Know what you need to study.  Another no-brainer here, but spending useless time cramming down information that you don’t need can kill your brain and wear you out fast.  Make sure you ask your professors specifically what will be on the test and then take the time to separate what you do know from what you don’t.  There’s no sense in going over and over information that you already have committed to permanent memory.

Think out of the box.  Finally, do whatever you have to do to keep yourself engaged.  If you divide your information into flash cards and talk that cute little co-ed next door into playing strip-for-knowledge then I guarantee you will learn faster than you ever thought possible.  Think out of the box and keep yourself motivated – remember it’s your education and it is important.

 

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101 Time-Saving Google Tricks for Work, Play and Learning

The Internet is full of useful tools and hacks that keep you more focused and efficient, but you have to know which ones are best. This large list of 101 Google tricks can help you lead a more streamlined, stress-free existence, from your personal to your school or work life.

Gmail

Save time and clean up your Gmail inbox with these helpful e-mail hacks.

  1. Mute or ignore: Mute or ignore annoying conversations or conversations that are wasting your precious time by using the m key.
  2. Gmail Search: Most Gmail users know how to use this tool, but if you’re always losing messages in your inbox, use Gmail Search to bring them back up.
  3. Voice and video chat: This new feature lets you video chat in your Gchat box.
  4. Emoticons: Use one of Gmail’s newest emoticons to convey a message without having to type it all out.
  5. AIM in Gmail: Streamline all of your instant message contacts when you access AIM through Gmail.
  6. Editing labels: Get more organized and save time when you use the new colored labels that you can edit, rename and more.
  7. Quick Contacts: This auto-show feature highlights your most-used contacts so it’s easy to find them for a chat.
  8. Group chat: Have a quick virtual meeting with your colleagues or classmates with this feature.
  9. Mail Fetcher: Access mail from other accounts through your Gmail account with Mail Fetcher.
  10. Faster PDF previews: View PDF previews in your browser by clicking on the new "view" link.

Education

Teachers and students will be able to get more done in less time with these Google tricks.

  1. Geo Education: Forget field trips to the museum or planetarium. Use Geo Education to quickly zap your kids into outer space or around the world with this set of tools.
  2. iGoogle: Set up your own homepage for your classroom, or if you’re a student, customize your iGoogle page to include helpful study resources, news updates and more.
  3. Custom Search Engine: Save time during your searches by limiting the kinds of sites, the display and more for your search.
  4. Google Notebook/Google Docs: Use this simple, remote access text document for taking notes, recording class information and more.
  5. Google Groups: Set up a study group or help your students organize their own group projects with this feature.
  6. Page Creator: Use Page Creator to set up an attractive, easy-to-access web page for students, parents and more.
  7. News: Quickly pull news stories off the Internet with this feature.
  8. Book Search: Using Book Search, you can quickly find full college text books, excerpts, nonfiction texts and more.
  9. Google Scholar: Students and teachers can use this search engine when they need quality, authoritative information for lectures, research projects and papers.
  10. Patent Search: Use Patent Search to search over 7 million patents, images and more.

Business and Work

When you want to save time on meetings, organize your files and or stay on top of your coursework, use these tools.

  1. Google Pack: Use Google Pack as a free solution to a desktop organizer, notifier, 3d model maker and more.
  2. Archive your e-mails: Use this simple system to keep your e-mails safe and organized without having to waste time with hard files.
  3. E-mail encryption: Google helps you send encrypted messages to your business associates with this system.
  4. Google Video: Avoid lengthy meetings by hosting web conferences with Google Video–a safe, private feature.
  5. Google Checkout: Cut out the middle man when you use this online shopping app for your site.
  6. Finance: Use Google Finance to quickly catch up on the stock market and all other finance news that will affect your business in the blink of an eye.
  7. Knol: Knol is a Google app that lets business professionals and other experts share their knowledge online and network with other members.
  8. Calendar: Keep all of your to-do lists and appointments straight in one spot with Google Calendar.
  9. SketchUp: Architects, web designers and other professionals can use this tool to create 3D models online.
  10. Sites: Use this feature to give you a head start on creating a website for your business, which can save you time with marketing, networking, selling products and more.

iPhone and Mobile Apps

Turn to this list of tricks and tools for saving time and making your iPhone, BlackBerry or cell phone more efficient.

  1. New Gmail for the iPhone: This new display for the iPhone makes it easier for you to check Gmail on your mobile.
  2. Tips for Google Mobile Search: Make the most out of your Google-powered search with these mobile-friendly tips.
  3. Voice Search: Search by speaking into your phone with this time saver.
  4. My Location: Find local businesses near your location with this tool that uses your iPhone as a navigator.
  5. Use the apps tab: iPhone users can hit the Apps tab at the bottom of their screen to quickly shop Google services.
  6. Google Talk for BlackBerry: This app is available to Black Berry users. Features include fast messaging, emoticons, customizable status messages, and more.
  7. Google SMS for Search: Read this guide to help you use Google SMS for your mobile searches.
  8. Android: Check out this free mobile platform to fuel multitasking and make your apps run better.
  9. Google SMS: Use this text messaging service for a quick and easy way to connect.
  10. Calendar Alerts with SMS: Use your SMS to get Google calendar alerts, even if you’re away from your desk.

Travel and Transportation

Travelers and those who want to learn more about their city can use these Google tips and tools.

  1. Google Earth: Ditch the compass and use this app to find your away around a new city. You can even track your flight status.
  2. GOOG 411: Look up local businesses, restaurants and more with this tool.
  3. Google Maps: Find addresses, get recommendations for local hotspots, and explore a new city or state.
  4. Translate: If you’re traveling internationally, use this tool to translate menus, conversations and more.
  5. Mobile Maps: Using Mobile Maps, you can view maps, get directions and find local information easier and faster.
  6. Currency Converter: Check currency rates and conversions with this mobile-friendly tool.
  7. Area Code Map: Get areas codes with this shortcut.
  8. FAA Airplane Registration Numbers: Get an airplane’s history and description by searching its FAA airplane registration number.
  9. Flight Status/Flight Tracker: Subscribe to this shortcut to get flight tracking information.
  10. Gchart: Find out what time it is anywhere in the world using Gchart.

Search Tips and Tools

For a faster, more efficient search, turn to this list.

  1. Search Features: Customize your search so that it’s easier to find sport scores, local information, and more.
  2. Dictionary Definitions: Learn how to quickly look up words directly from Google.
  3. site:: If you only want results for a particular web page, type in site: before the name.
  4. link:: This is an especially good tool for bloggers who want to track back links to their site. Type link: and link back to whatever site you put in next.
  5. Keyboard Shortcuts: This Firefox app will let you move around Google’s search results with your arrow keys.
  6. Blog Search: When you only want to find posts and images from blogs, use this search.
  7. Product Search: Get shopping and product information here.
  8. Toolbar: Add a Google Toolbar to Firefox to quickly access your favorite button and share your top sites.
  9. Browser Buttons: Install Browser Buttons to connect to Google Search even faster.
  10. Default Search Engine: Save time by eliminating useless searches and lame search engines by making Google your default.

Life Hacks

From cutting down on finding your daily news to organizing your desktop to tracking packages, these Google tricks will quickly become indispensable.

  1. Desktop: Keep your desktop organized with this customizable feature.
  2. Google Alerts: Stay on top of your appointments, workouts, goals, and social life with this alerts tool.
  3. Use Google Reader: Google Reader will save you a lot of time searching for blogs and checking your favorite sites everyday. It compiles your most-read and starred items in one simple interface.
  4. Mobile: Google Mobile will keep you connected to your Google accounts anywhere.
  5. Track packages: Here you’ll learn how to track your packages with Google Maps.
  6. Convert temperatures: Type "[temperature][C/F] to [F/C]" to get the correct temperature.
  7. Find phone numbers: This tutorial will show you how to quickly find a phone number using Google search.
  8. Calculator: Use the search bar as a calculator.
  9. Movies: Type in movies or the name of the film plus your zip code to get showtimes.
  10. Google Homepage: Shave seconds or even minutes off your day by making Google your default home page. You’ll connect to Gmail, perform searches and more with just a click or two instead of having to type everything out.

Google Docs

These shortcuts will save you time when you use Google Docs.

  1. Undo: Ctrl Z will undo any edits or changes you’ve made to the document.
  2. Go the top or title: Move up to the top of your document by typing Ctrl Home.
  3. Change alignment: Change your page’s alignment by typing Ctrl L, Ctrl E, or Ctrl J, for left, center and full justify, respectively.
  4. Add a comment: Press Ctrl M to add comments to your document.

References

Learn how to quickly access directories, get vehicle information and more using these shortcuts.

  1. FCC Equipment IDs: Look up equipment ID numbers using this method.
  2. Vehicle Information: Find information about any vehicle by typing in the VIN number.
  3. UPC Codes: Track UPC codes here.
  4. Directory: Directory connects you to references for time, world records, libraries, maps, museums and more.
  5. Video: Find videos faster with this feature.
  6. Stock Quotes shortcut: Get stock quotes from Google with this shortcut method.
  7. Images: Conduct a faster image search here.

Firefox Add-ons

Firefox users can download these applications for even more time-saving tricks for Google.

  1. Locator: Find highlighted addresses on a Google map with this button.
  2. GBookmarks: Access your bookmarks from any computer with this tool.
  3. Back to Google 1.2: Immediately return to your last Google results page by clicking this button.
  4. Send to Google Docs: This tool supports PDF, Microsoft Office and Open Office via Google Docs.
  5. Google Results Walker: Quickly navigate Google results with this add-on.
  6. Gooblebar Lite 4.6.8: This Google toolbar supports 12 search types.
  7. Google Calendar Quick Add: Add an event to your Google Calendar even faster with this shortcut.
  8. Color Results: Find your search terms in a web page or document when you install this add-on.
  9. Bookmarks Button: Manage Google Bookmarks from your Firefox toolbar with this tool.
  10. Search Videos: This one-click button lets you highlight search criteria and search videos faster.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these keyboard shortcuts when navigating your Gmail account to make sending, sorting and reading e-mails more efficient.

  1. To compose: To compose a new message, hit Shift + c.
  2. Move to updated conversation: Press k to move up your conversation to newer messages.
  3. Open a conversation: Press Enter to open up a conversation or close it.
  4. Search: Press the / key to move into the search box.
  5. Reply: To reply to an e-mail, if you’re already in conversation view, hit shift + r. For reply all, press shift + a.
  6. Forward: To forward a message you’re viewing in conversation mode, hit shift + f.

Miscellaneous

For Google Spreadsheets and beyond, these tricks will keep you from wasting any more time during the day.

  1. Select entire column: spreadsheets: Type Ctrl spacebar to select the whole column in your spreadsheet.
  2. Select entire row: Hit Shift Spacebar to select an entire spreadsheet row.
  3. Google Shortcuts from GreaseMonkey: Use this script to be able to search for lyrics, search UrbanDictionary and search Wikipedia with just one type.
  4. Google Analytics Shortcut: This shortcut costs $10 but hacks Google Analytics for you.

Posted by Site Administrator on January 28th, 2009 under Tips and Tools • No Comments

The Best University for A.F.L.-C.I.O. Families

With online education on the rise, it is no surprise that the niches are becoming more and more defined with every passing month.  There are schools that cater exclusively to MBA-seeking business professionals and schools that cater to potential fashion students.  Now, the best university for the A.F.L.-C.I.O (umbrella group for the nation’s labor unions) members and their families is currently in the works and expects to debut later this year. 

It was only a matter of time before such a school came into existence, but the recent announcement for the college that is “tentatively named” College for Working Families, seeks to provide an education to the families of union workers through the help of online schools.  The first of its kind, this university will be the only one of its type to cater exclusively to this set genre of students.  When it figuratively “opens its doors” in the fall of 2010, the school plans to offer courses in criminal justice, education, and health sciences to members of the labor unions and their families.

The College for Working families will literally be the best university for the families of the members of the unions.  Never before have they been given to enroll in a school that is for students of similar backgrounds and work ethic, additionally cheaper than most traditional and for-profit institutions.  The Princeton Review and Penn Foster subsidiary are both partners of the school due both to their widespread reputation as well as their wide expertise in distance learning environments. 

Many of the classes the school will offer are meant to stress the retention of learning, and focus on new ways to encourage student learning.  The many statistics on the families and members of the target audience have revealed that such a program is in dire need for many labor union members.  It is amazing that a similar school has not been enacted in recent years to deliver the same education to families who do not have the means to earn one at all. 

While some may criticize the program due to its experimental basis for enrollment thus far, as well as its exclusivity requirements, which many critics would not be afraid to call unconstitutional.  However, the school is still in the beginning stages and strives to bring a greater education to students who may not have every opportunity available to them.  While the school will one day offer degrees to rival the current online schools, it is satisfied for the moment at offering a small amount of bachelor’s degrees to its potential students.  The best universities in the nation have developed from similar backgrounds as the education process is an evolving process. 

 

Posted by Site Administrator on January 25th, 2009 under Uncategorized • No Comments

Top 3 Videogames with Educational Potential

Over the last several years, developers of videogames and consoles have made some amazing advances.  With all of the progress in gaming and interactivity, it could be an easy argument that games are becoming increasingly more educational.  However, there are a few games currently on the market that are truly a cut above the rest when it comes to educating players.

Brain Age & Brain Age 2

The Brain Age series is intended to help players to train their brain through different series of exercises and activities.  The idea behind the game is to help players hone their mental faculties in a fast-paced environment to sharpen mental faculties.  The age of the player’s brain is determined by how well he or she performs on the various “tests” throughout the game.  Using this Nintendo DS game on a daily basis helps individuals to increase their problem solving skills and become more mentally proficient.

Civilization Revolution

The newest installment of the Civilization series is no longer just a PC game.  Currently available on PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS, the game challenges players to rise to power as one of many leaders of the greatest human civilizations over time.  There are numerous ways players will learn from playing this game, whether it is historical knowledge of leaders, civilizations, war tactics, or historical trivia and decision making skills.  This interactive game can involve other players as well, a new feature added to this previously one player franchise.  Learn about and control major players in human history with Civilization Revolution.

WiiFit

Nintendo’s WiiFit and WiiFit Board has done it again—revolutionized interactive gaming.  The WiiFit not only helps players get in tune with their bodies and get active, but the possibilities for educational gaming with this highly physically interactive addition to the console are endless.  With many new titles coming out in the near future, players will be able to test themselves in a variety of ways that were never before possible. 
 

Posted by Site Administrator on January 23rd, 2009 under Uncategorized • No Comments

100 Fascinating Celtic Culture, Language & Lit Blogs

If you’re interested in or studying the culture of Ireland and other Celtic lands, there’s much to be found online. Some of the best resources for learning about Celtic culture are blogs, and we’ve highlighted 100 of them here. Read on to find 100 of the best Celtic culture, language, and literature blogs available online.

Sports

Many Celtic people are fanatic about sports, as is reflected in these blogs.

  1. Michael Moynihan’s Irish Sportsblog: Follow this blog to keep up with sports chat from an Irish examiner sportswriter.
  2. The Offside-Celtic: Stay on top of the developments from the Celtic Football Club in this blog.
  3. Irish Rugby Blog: Check out this blog from Peter Bills to learn about rugby in Ireland and worldwide.
  4. Bionic Bohs: This blog from Michael Nugent celebrates the Bohs in the 1970s.
  5. Green and Red: On this blog, you’ll find news from Mayo GAA and beyond.
  6. Walk The Chalk: Read this blog for entertaining news about Irish football.
  7. Celtic Quick News: Celtic Quick News offers a fast dose of what you need to know about Celtic.
  8. Foot.ie: Foot.ie tracks football all over Ireland and beyond.
  9. BundoranGAA’s Weblog: You can stay on top of the latest from Bundoran GAA Club through this blog.
  10. Red in Dublin: On this blog, you’ll find musings from an Irish Liverpool FC fan.
  11. Running in Cork, Ireland: Read about the running scene in Cork, Ireland, on this blog.
  12. The History of the Republic of Ireland Football Team: Check out this blog to learn about the history of football in Ireland.

Music

These blogs are informative and entertaining readers for music students or Celtic music enthusiasts.

  1. The Celtic Music Society Blog: This blog follows the developments of the Celtic music society in Rochester, NY.
  2. Pub Songs Podcast: The Pub Songs Podcast features pub songs from Ireland, Scotland, and around the world, as well as poetry, rants, and raves.
  3. Celtic Music News: Celtic Music News is a great resource for learning about Celtic music online.
  4. Four Strings: This blog writes about string music, including Celtic strings.
  5. Irish Beats: On DJ Rob O’Connor’s blog, you’ll find out what’s hot on the airwaves in Ireland.
  6. nialler9: This music blog features MP3s of news, overlooked, and brilliant music from Ireland and beyond.
  7. Celtophilia: Celtophilia is obsessed with Celtic music and news.
  8. The Harp Blog: This Celtic harper writes about anything and everything harp.
  9. liveIreland: Check out this blog to learn all about live Internet radio and TV from Dublin.
  10. The Torture Garden: The Torture Garden is an MP3 blog for sharing good music.
  11. Music Road: Music Road is full of folk, roots, country, and Celtic music.

Theatre & Cinema

Learn all about Celtic drama through these blogs.

  1. a bit of bonhomie: On this blog, you’ll find lots of Dublin theatre reviews and other passions.
  2. Celtic Cult Cinema: Learn about Celtic cinema, music, and lots more.

Literature & Writing

English majors, writers, and book lovers will appreciate these blogs that celebrate the Celtic written word.

  1. Biblio Ireland: On this blog, you’ll find a guide to Irish books.
  2. Celtic Myth Podshow: The Celtic Myth Podshow is all about Celtic stories and myths.
  3. MediaForum: MediaForum’s blog is all about facilitating media debate in Ireland.
  4. AdamMaguire: This blog is full of writings from Irish journalist Adam Maguire.
  5. Piaras Kelly PR: Piaras Kelly writes about public relations in Ireland.
  6. Bookmark: On this blog, you’ll find images and comments from Or Melling about books and writing.
  7. From the Balcony, a Publisher’s Blog: Read about Celtic media and more through this publisher’s blog.
  8. Scéla: This digital medievalist offers opinionated musings on Celtic digital manuscripts, texts, and more.
  9. Dear Dead Beat: This literary agony column from Irish writer Gerard Beirne answers your literary questions.
  10. David Maybury: Check out this Dublin writer’s blog to find writings, reading, and more.
  11. No Clarity: Read No Clarity to get inside the brain dump of Northern Irish journalist Eddie Mullan.
  12. The Spanish Exposition: This blogger reads Celtic literature and more.
  13. Fergus Cassidy: Check out this blog to find the writings of Irish writer and journalist Fergus Cassidy.
  14. The Celtic Languages Teams: On this blog, you can learn all about the people who speak one of the seven Celtic languages.
  15. Ireland: Here you’ll find the blog for a class studying Ireland and Celtic literature.
  16. Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland: Learn about research, publications, and more relating to medieval and renaissance studies in Ireland.

Digital Culture

See how Celtic culture has been brought into the digital age with these blogs.

  1. Digitology: Digitology offers a dissection of digital culture, including marketing and products.
  2. Techno-Culture: Read this blog from Irish Times journalist Karlin Linnington to get the lowdown on techno culture in Ireland.
  3. TheTannoy: Here you’ll find digital advertising news and views from Net Behaviour.
  4. James O’Sullivan’s Blog: Here you’ll find an Irishman’s view on online marketing.

Genealogy & Heritage

Find out more about Celtic heritage and genealogy from these blogs.

  1. Irish Roots Cafe: Find Irish family history, genealogy, song, and world wide heritage on this blog.
  2. Anglo-Celtic Connections: On this blog, you’ll find a variety of genealogy news for Anglo-Celts.
  3. Small-leaved Shamrock: Learn about the history of families with strong Irish roots.
  4. Celtic Lady: This Celtic woman celebrates her Irish and Scottish heritage.

Art

These blogs offer a celebration of Celtic art.

  1. Red Mum: This photo blogger shares some of the photography of Ireland.
  2. Scamp.ie: Find loads of Irish illustration art on this blog.
  3. American Hell: Find the work of a witty Irish comic artist on this blog.
  4. the red scrapbook: Check out the red scrapbook for scribbles and pictures from an Irish lady abroad.
  5. My Celtic Cottage: Learn about Irish treasures from this shopkeeper.
  6. The Sigla Blog: Read this blog to find arts, culture, writing, and other things on Sinéad Gleeson’s mind.
  7. Irish KC: This Irish artist is full of art, Irish news, and events.
  8. Tuppenceworth: On Tuppenceworth, you’ll read all about art, opinion, and ideas.

Spirituality

Learn about Celtic spirituality by reading these blogs.

  1. The Website of Unknowing: This blog is all about Christian mysticism, Celtic wisdom, and more.
  2. Celtic Judaism: In this blog, you’ll find a melting pot of Irish ancestry and Judaism in America.
  3. Celtichound’s Weblog: Find reflections of a Celtic Reverend on this blog.
  4. Druid Journal: The Druid Journal offers spiritual guidance and connection with nature and the ancient world.
  5. Celtic Prayer Centre Blog: This blog will help you find prayers in Celtic-centric way.

Travel

You’ll learn about traveling to Celtic lands from these blogs.

  1. Adventure Ireland Summer Camp Diaries: Check out this blog to see how a bunch of kids from all over the world have an adventure in Donegal.
  2. Celtic Connections: This blogger writes about an academic exploration of Celtic lands.

Crafts

Find a celebration of Celtic crafts in these blogs.

  1. Celtic Tatting: Learn about the art of Celtic tatting from this blog.
  2. Celtic Memory Yarns: Read this yarn designer’s blog to learn about Celtic knitting and more.
  3. Scottish Heirloom: This blog from the Scottish Heirloom Jewelry Company explores heirlooms as well as Scottish history.
  4. Celtic’s Lacing and Whimsical Thoughts: Check out this blog to find tatting, bobbinlace, needle lace, and more.
  5. Celtic Cast On: On this blog, you can read about an Irish girl’s love affair with yarn.

Politics

These bloggers write all about Celtic politics.

  1. United Irelander: Visit this blog to read about the latest developments in Irish politics and politics around the world.
  2. ie-politics: Gerry O’Quigley shares his thoughts on Irish politics.
  3. Irish Election: Visit Irish Election to find coverage of Irish politics, election news, and current affairs.
  4. Public Inquiry: This blog examines corruption in Ireland.
  5. Slugger O’Toole: Slugger O’Toole shares notes on Northern Ireland politics and culture.
  6. Politics in Ireland: In this blog, you’ll find Irish politics and more.

Culture

Take a look at the miscellaneous and general culture in Celtic lands in these blogs.

  1. The Celtic Anthropology/Culture Blog: This blog is full of interesting Celtic culture tidbits.
  2. Ice Cream Ireland: If you’re interested in the ice cream and dessert scene in Ireland, be sure to check out this blog.
  3. Twenty Major: Twenty Major’s blog shares a rough look at Irish culture.
  4. Culture Corner: Culture Corner, maintained by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust, stays on top of the cultural happenings in Temple Bar.
  5. The Pointy Adventures of Jean-Claude Supremo: This blogger shares news, developments, and more about pop culture in Ireland and beyond.
  6. Celtic Donkey: This Irish yuppie shares a variety of observations about the workforce and more.
  7. Irish Cottage Dreams: Read this blog to see how one family is embracing Celtic culture and dreaming of owning a home in Ireland.
  8. Bloggin Me Irish: This blog offers a look through Irish eyes.
  9. GUBU: Sarah Carey’s blog is all about social, political, and domestic commentary in Ireland.
  10. Beaut.ie: On this Irish beauty blog, you’ll find cosmetics, skincare, wellbeing, and more.
  11. Following Celtic Ways: Check out this blog to learn how you can follow Celtic ways.
  12. Irish Taxi: On this blog, you’ll find taxi news, musings, gossip, and more.
  13. Blurred Keys: Blurred Keys writes about print, broadcast, and online media in Ireland.
  14. Look Around Ireland: This blog is full of funny stories, ancestry, and more related to Ireland.
  15. Arse End of Ireland: This blog writes about darker culture in Ireland.
  16. My Secret Ireland: Get clued into the secret stories of Ireland and more on this blog.
  17. le craic: Check out le craic for constant updates on Irish pop culture and more.
  18. That’s Ireland: This blog celebrates life in the maddest country on earth.

Local

Check out the culture of certain regions and cities in these local blogs.

  1. Dublin Opinion: On this blog, Dublin bloggers share a variety of opinions.
  2. Shouting Derry Man: This blogger writes all about the culture and developments in Derry.
  3. The Dublin Community Blog: Find out about the life and goings on in and around Dublin City from this blog.
  4. The Limerick Blogger: The Limerick Blogger writes about independent news in Limerick.
  5. Dublin Streets: Check out street style in Dublin on this blog.
  6. Overheard in Dublin: Read this blog to listen in on overheard conversations in Dublin.
  7. Talk Northern Ireland: Check out this blog to find news and more about Northern Ireland.

 

Posted by Site Administrator on January 22nd, 2009 under Features, Learning Tools • No Comments

What is the Best Online Learning College or University?

This question has plagued online students during the past few years, as more and more online schools have emerged due to expanding technological advances and a growing acceptance of online education.  Inevitably, the best online college is the one that fits the best with your lifestyle and your schedule as a student.  There are many different types of online colleges, ranging from schools that have both traditional and distance learning schools, or schools that are concentrated on one specific subject. 

Many of the best online colleges are those which appeal directly to the student, rather than to the public at large.  Traditional schools take the same approach and try to attract students by proposing degree programs that fit directly with their interests and skills.  While it is more difficult for online colleges to take this approach, they generally have similar tactics in persuading students to attend, even promising to work with their schedules.  As a result, it has become more difficult than ever to decide on an online college, which is why (for most students), it comes down to simple advertising by the online schools. 

University of Phoenix is by far the most prominent advertiser, with billboards on nearly every corner, and branches in every major city.  As a result, they have attracted the highest number of students, due to their extensive degree programs and their high amount of success stories (“I am a Phoenix”).  However, determining whether this is the best school for you takes more than just a commercial or billboard ad; it involves a thorough look into the school’s curriculum, staff, and former students.  Aside from University of Phoenix there are hundreds of other online universities that are only known within the online community.  Simply researching these schools can prove whether they are rhe best online choice for you.

While other schools are slowly gaining speed in the advertising world, the major for-profit schools that have earned the most money thus far are those which will continue to attract the highest amount of students.  Schools cannot become the best without the aid of their faculty and students, indicating that other online colleges are not too far behind once they build up their own reputation.  However, some students may decide that traditional schools are the best type of online learning environment for them, schools that do not have to rely on their for-profit status, but can solely rely on their previous status through endowments.  These schools may be the best for other types of students who may change their mind halfway through and decide they want to attend traditional classrooms.

In the end, determining what the best online university for you is all boils down to what type of student you are and what type of learning environment you are looking for. 

 

Posted by Site Administrator on January 20th, 2009 under Uncategorized • No Comments