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Noupe.comMany decades ago, we spent a long weekend in a Lotus 1-2-3 workshop. By Saturday night we were experts on everything spreadsheet.

Now we’re wishing for a weekend seminar on Photoshop…but the local community college is putting all its continuing ed energy into…no kidding…Introduction to Facebook! Become a Mystery Shopper! Cupid’s Cuisine! Sigh.

lynda.comSo we’re finding ourselves having to create our own weekend Photoshop workshops. Fortunately, these workshops are free, and allow us to attend class in our underpants. For print tutorials, we’ve become quite fond of Noupe, and for video tutorials, we’re growing even more enamoured of Lynda. Both resources provide intensive, Adobe-in-a-Can delivery of knowledge by folks who seem pretty knowledgable about their product. Time to dive in now. We won’t come up for air until we’re experts!


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Family Home Evening

Family Home Evening

Hope your holidays were lovely and memorable.

It’s Monday, and we try to make all of our Mondays lovely and memorable by observing a tradition of our own: Family Home Evening.

Oh, yes, our family nights are¬†often messy and disorganized, and all too often they devolve into a morass of movies and munchies, but we’re all in the same room, and that has to count for something, right?

Here’s the planner I use to try to impose at least a modicum of organization on our family nights: fhe.lds.org. The site suggests activities and lesson topics, artwork and an actual fill-in-the-blanks planner for organizing family home evenings.

Share some FHE tips of your own by clicking the Comments link, and I promise not to put you in charge of conducting the opening song.

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The OWL at Purdue

Online Writing Lab

It’s finals week for the college kids, and they’re frantically dashing off papers and sitting exams. Mom’s helping the essay writers, natch’, by being harder on them than their own English professors would be. And I’m insisting that their papers reflect perfect MLA style.

My go-to place for online MLA style arguments: The MLA style guide page from the OWL at Purdue. It’s just one of dozens of OWL writing resources that every parent of a high school- or college-aged student should have available.

Honestly, how often do we get to prove we’re smarter than our teenagers?

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StudyStackNo flash cards for me. Not when I’ve got StudyStack. Boring old flashcards were never this good.

Whether you’re prepping for an exam, memorizing scriptures, or studying a new language, if it needs to stick in your head, you need StudyStack. Use it the way you’d use regular flash cards, but take advantage of all the improvements: Use the study table to see all the data in a single place. Print data or export flash cards to your cell phone, PDA, or iPod. Play games with the flash card data. This is what computers were made to do. Use any of hundreds of existing card stacks, or create your own. Brain-bending.

What’s your favorite educational tool? (And “Bill Bennett” is not an acceptable answer.)

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The Common Craft Show Make it simple, simple, simple. That’s the way to teach complicated principles. And is there anything more simple than paper dolls on feltboard? Nope?

CommonCraft updates paper dolls with an electronic feltboard that teaches — in plain English — complex technology such as CFL lightbulbs, podcasting and RSS feeds.

But why talk? Just take a look:

Fun, eh?

Know of other good educational resources for learning about technology? Click the Comments link below and share your finds!

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Bloom'sMy goals as a parent are fairly simple: I want my kids to think clearly, serve God, and improve the world. The first of those goals is the easiest to impose upon them. I just ask tough questions that cause them to cogitate at a high level.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a good model for formulating thought-provoking questions. You’ll find references to Bloom’s all all over the Internet, but this site at the University of Illinois makes the Taxonomy easy to understand and emulate.

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