About Dr. Rakhshanda Fazli

An Associate Professor of Geography in AMU.

Virtual Schooling In The News

Virtual School Meanderings

InTheNewsBeginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Success of digital classrooms goes beyond devices
The success of digital learning relies on factors beyond the devices themselves, according to speakers at the Internet Innovation Alliance’s discussion Monday in Washington, D.C. The focus should be on infrastructure, professional development for educators and curriculum design, said Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, the event’s keynote speaker. Other speakers noted how the digital environment also will transform teachers’ role in the classroom. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/15)

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Why hasn’t online education caught on in China?
While China leads the world in Internet and smartphone users, online education has been slow to catch on there — driven in part by the country’s education system, which focuses primarily on testing, journalist Wei Gu writes in this column. Also contributing to the dearth of online-education offerings is the lack…

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Active Minds…

Perseverance 2013

I used to attend these wonderful lectures in Denver, CO. There were called Active Mind Lectures. The audience was generally comprised of senior citizens, and myself. These lectures were set up with the intent of keeping your mind active later in life. The discussions varied from current events to a series on different composers. I loved the Vivaldi Four Seasons one.

I found it inspiring to be around these people listening to their stories and hearing their opinions on the issues at hand.

Most of my grandparents passed away when I was young. And I never got the chance to learn from them. I feel like I missed out on learning about a part of myself. I turn to books to learn about the past, but I wish I could have learned about history through the stories of my relatives.

I find it so interesting that less then 50 years…

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Disaster Preparedness – Overview

Rina Tnunay

I began this writing with a quote from one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. This quote is matched if use in preparedness phase. If we and all respective parties are not well prepared then we must be prepared to face huge losses.

Ring of fire

Of course we all hope disasters will never happen. However, would be better if we all remain to be alerted and prepared. For us in Indonesia, we are in the “ring of fire”, definitely we need to improve our preparedness.  The most obvious example is this time in July we supposed to be in dry season but rainfall in Greater Jakarta areas still high. The phenomenon of climate change has also become an input to further improve our preparedness.

In the previous post, we have seen the outline of preparedness is readiness…

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Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome—Writers of the Digital Age

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Tomorrow I leave for NYC to speak at CraftFest then attend Thrillerfest. This conference (for me) is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. I’ve always held a deep love for NY (and still do). This is one of the challenges I’ve faced when it comes to being a social media expert for authors.

My goal is to connect each author with the publishing path that is best for that artist. 

In the meantime, I also strive to help NY innovate. Amazon is great, but healthy competition is best for all of us in the end. Monopolies are only good for said owner of the monopoly. As I said in Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital World, “NY brings balance to The Force.” Any help I can offer to help them raise their game? I’m here.

Thriving in the Digital Age

One of my all-time favorite movies is Heartbreak Ridge

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5 Traits of the Successful Author

Kristen Lamb's Blog

I am off to THRILLERFEST in NYC, and I’m sure it will be thrilling….bada bump *snare*. Today, I want to talk about some fundamentals. We can have all the talent in the world, but without these five ingredients, we will be hard-pressed to ever reach our dreams.


This should be a, “Yeah, no duh,” but, sadly, it isn’t. I meet a lot of people who say they want to be a professional author, but the second they face any opposition or criticism they give up. Here’s the thing:

If we truly LOVE it, we won’t give up.

One of my favorite stories is about a music master who traveled village to village in search of proteges to train. A young boy who played the violin practiced extra hard in anticipation of being chosen. On the given day, he played for the master and, at the end, the master said, “No…

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When it Comes to Success, Is It Hard Work or Luck?

Kristen Lamb's Blog

I have ABSOLUTELY THE BEST FAMILY ON THE PLANET. Last night, I saw my Cousin Cara for the first time in eleven years. Though we spent most of our early childhood together, we’ve not been in the same orbit in over twenty-five years. Cara lives in Germany, and is here in Texas for a working visit.

What I found funny is how much we were alike (even our voices sound alike, which was a tad spooky). Our personalities are very similar, though Cara continued the sales/business trajectory while I followed my passion for writing. Why I mention this is that we both share a passion for debate, and Cara and I had a (fun) heated discussion last night about luck, talent and hard work.

I, of course, believe in hard work and mastery, but Cara pointed out that it was useless without luck. That a lot of lazy, undeserving and…

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Women discriminated against in Europe

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

April 26, 2013

Women employed full-time make over 11-thousand dollars less than men per year. How does that gap affect their quality of life? Robert Traynham speaks with Sarah Crawford of the National Partnership for Women and Families. Visit NPWF on the web at www.nationalpartnership.org.

From the university of Leicester in England:

Women missing out on bonuses – New study

03 July 2013

Sexism Still a Secret Scourge in EU, suggests new report

Austerity measures and deepening economic crises across Europe are increasing cases of discrimination against women, a new study co-led by the University of Leicester has discovered.

Women are particularly missing out on bonuses and promotions, and discrimination based on prejudices and gender stereotypes is very much alive in EU countries, the researchers state.

The study found:

In some EU countries, women had to sign a ‘blank resignation’…

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