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LIU Post Makes 10 Best List

This summer, HerCampus.com put LIU Post on its list of “10 Colleges with the Best Perks.” The campus’s participation in LIU’s groundbreaking iPad Initiative earned it a spot on the list alongside Boston University, Wake Forest, NYU and other top institutions. LIU’s perk — offering an iPad mini to all new full-time undergrads — gives students a powerful tool for use in the classroom and beyond. LIU was one of the first universities to recognize the educational potential of tablet computing, and it now stands as the world leader in higher ed iPad deployments. Over the past three years, LIU has distributed nearly 20,000 iPads to students, faculty and staff — and the recipients have put their tablets to work in myriad ways: making art; taking notes; downloading textbooks and PowerPoint presentations; using apps specifically designed for their fields of study; collaborating with classmates, colleagues and mentors; and much more. The iPad’s graphics capabilities inspire creativity, said Joan L. Harrison, professor of art at LIU Post.

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LIU Post MBA student Chris Blatchly uses an iPad for taking notes, viewing PowerPoints and writing papers.

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LIST from page 3 “My freshman students use the iPads as sketchbooks in class and as vehicles for their portfolios. We’ve used them for quick nature sketches and transformed those sketches into fabric patterns using Photoshop. On their own, the students find all kinds of unique ways to use them.” “I love making art on the iPad,” said Rechelle Avalos of Brooklyn, a sophomore art therapy major. “It’s an exciting medium to use. The palette of available colors is amazing, and the design capabilities are limitless.” The iPad also has won fans in the sciences. “The iPad Initiative has made the entire LIU Post campus a vibrant learning environment for our students,” said Dr. Pat Kennelly, a professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Department. Dr. Kennelly and his colleagues have created a custom app designed as a self-led “virtual geologic field trip” that allows students to examine stone used as building materials at the campus as geology specimens. “It’s really an eye-opening experience for students when they realize they can apply Earth science concepts and skills they learn in our labs to identifying rocks they see strolling across the campus, and the

ability to create such an experience on the iPad makes it all the more engaging,” he said. And, of course, the iPad has proven ideal for Dr. Kennelly’s classes in mobile GIS development, during which students learn to create apps. HerCampus.com is not the first to take notice of the iPad Initiative. It has been featured by media outlets ranging from Forbes.com to the BBC. Recently, Schools.com highlighted the Initiative in an article about colleges and universities that provide tablets or laptops to students, noting that such programs help ensure that financial need does not diminish the educational experience for students. Practically every aspect of a college education can be enhanced by a user-friendly tablet like the iPad. “I’d download my study materials and take my notes with me when I was on the go,” said Kian Lyons of Farmingdale, a speech pathologist who completed her graduate degree at LIU Post in 2012. “My program was demanding, and the iPad made it possible for me to study whenever I had a few free minutes. In my work with clients at the campus’s J.M. Ladge Speech and Hearing Clinic, the iPad was very useful in helping both children and adults communicate. I’ve used it with children as young as three and with adults as old as 63.”

“Students often use iPads to access our digital materials, like e-books and online databases and articles,” said LIU Post Instructional Design Librarian Kimberly Mullins. “They use an app that allows them to access our catalog. One very popular citation app allows them to create bibliographies for papers quickly and easily. An audio app that students can use to record lectures is very popular with international students. They can share notes very easily simply by taking a picture of them.” The iPad is an excellent tool for collaboration and group projects, Mullins said. Applications such as DropBox allow easy file sharing, and students who can’t be on c for ampus to meet with their peers can chime in on Skype or Facetime. The Evernote app is popular time management with its notes and reminders. Many students use the iPad for music when they study. “And of course they always want to be connected, so all the social media apps are very popular,” Mullins said. Chris Blatchly, a student in the Master of Business Administration program, praised the iPad’s portability and the capacity to work online. He says he uses a portable keyboard to write all his papers on the iPad. “I hate wasting paper and I hate carrying things I don’t need,”

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In October, all juniors and most sophomores will take the PSAT. In either October or November, most seniors who took the SAT as juniors will retake the SAT, hoping to improve their scores. Finally, in October or December, many juniors and seniors will take the ACT as an alternative to the SAT. It is precisely because it so important for students to properly prepare for these exams, that PowerPrep has added new sections of its courses for these tests. A few of these courses begin as early as September 3. Some teachers, and even a few guidance counselors, tell students to take the PSAT cold just to see how they do. Unfortunately, this is terrible advice. It is important for all students (sophomores and juniors, regardless of their gradepoint averages) to do their best on the PSAT. There are three reasons for this. First, students who take the PSAT unprepared typically earn scores far below their potential, and so the PSAT loses all of its diagnostic value.

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before taking these tests, it is even more important for seniors for whom this is their last chance to improve their SAT scores. On average, seniors who take a PowerPrep course before retaking the SAT in the fall earn scores that are significantly higher than the scores they earned as juniors. Seniors who aren’t happy with their SAT scores have another option: they can take the ACT. More students are doing this than ever before, but because the tests are quite different, the strategies that students need to know to do well on the ACT are very different from those that they need for the SAT. Therefore, it is essential that students prepare separately for the two exams. Of course, juniors who want to check out the ACT may take it in the fall or the spring, but they too must prepare for it. As always, Dr. Ira Wolf, the author of several books, including Barron’s best-selling books for both the PSAT and SAT, the founder of PowerPrep, and a nationally-known expert in the field of test preparation, who has been helping students achieve their maximum test-taking potential for over 35 years, will personally supervise every PowerPrep PSAT, SAT, and ACT course.

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Don’t Let College Life Be An Added Stress By Justin Hopper

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One of the big challenges college students face is adjusting to a rigorous academic lifestyle. But an even bigger trial than cramming for exams is learning to survive on one’s own. From knowing how to whip up dinner to doing laundry, learning basic life skills marks the transformation of kid-at-home to young adult-in-theworld. Here are some tips for college students: Food and Nutrition. The notorious “freshman 15” is no myth. Young adults who suddenly have free reign over their diets are not always inclined to make healthful decisions. From late night study sessions turned pizza parties, to all-you-caneat buffets common to campus meal plans, avoid letting these nutritional pitfalls get the better of you. You can improve your nutrition by prepping your own food sometimes. Even if you only have a microwave in your dorm, try whipping up oatmeal for breakfast and tacos topped with tomatoes and heated beans for dinner. If you’re blessed with a full kitchen, you can be much more versatile.

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Jane Powel served as Education Manager of the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory under Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, during his collaboration on the Human Genome Project. This summer she taught the Future Scientist Program at Portledge School in Locust Valley. It is a top-tier laboratory course that conducts experiments in each of the scientific disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space and engineering. It doesn’t sound much like summer camp, but that’s the point. Melissa Worth, director of Portledge Summer Adventures, said that the response to this course was overwhelming. “This program bridges the gap between fun science for kids and the advanced science courses many older students pursue as juniors and seniors in high school,” Worth said. “There is a big demand for summer programs with more in-depth learning targeted at this tween age group, who have graduated out of our other programs.” That’s good news, considering that the U.S. Department of Labor

claims that of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected to 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation. “If our programs are a fun introduction to science, students may be more likely to explore those courses in school,” said Worth. That may be what Portledge is counting on. The school plans to expand the science curriculum electives in the coming year to include the same type of experiential learning that engaged students during the summer. Summer Adventures provided plenty of STEM offerings for students in the 11-15-year- old age group: Junior Engineering, Physics Lab or Build Your Own Computer are intensive versions of the ever-popular Summer Adventures science favorites like Space and Rocketry, Science and Cooking, Go Wild and CSI and Spies. “We are proud to offer a variety of programs along a spectrum of age groups — from sports to computers, art, science and drama to build on childrens’ curiosity and passion,” said Worth.

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Math Understanding Is Key To Success For Girls By Justin Hopper

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An epidemic is sweeping the nation. Girls are at a disadvantage when it comes to success in math and science, and the future does not look bright if parents don’t act now. In the next ten years, 80 percent of all jobs will require technical skills (according to Labor Department statistics) and jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are expected to grow twice as fast as all jobs. Currently, the ratio of boys to girls enrolled in STEM courses is a staggering six to one, putting girls at a severe disadvantage to excel in these fields in the future. STEM jobs require strong mathematical aptitude. So when it comes to your daughter’s math classes, these statistics should motivate you not to let her off the hook. From design to computer science, studying math now means enjoying a world of professional options later. How do you steer your daughters toward classes that can help them develop the skills and interests necessary to pursue these careers?

Find math role models. Leverage your own professional network to educate your daughters about these fields. Do you have a friend who works in math, science or engineering? Ask her to talk to your kids about her job, what she studied in school, and how math applies to her everyday work and life. This discussion can be a great inspiration.

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Take a field trip. Show girls that math can be fun through weekend field trips. Visit a science museum or take a tour of an architecturally impressive building to learn how it was designed. Take your daughter’s interests into account to plan outings that will spark a deeper interest in real world mathematical applications. Gear up. It’s not enough to sign up for higher level math courses. Be sure your young mathematicians are equipped to succeed in their classes. A high-quality graphing calculator is crucial. Look for models with a

high-resolution color LCD and full textbook-style display that include features and functions that enhance the understanding of lessons and bring math to life. For example, PRIZM, a graphing calculator from Casio, enables students to experiment by creating their own graphs over pictures, from a library of real-life scenes. The fx-9860GII Pink provides built-in spreadsheets, probability functions and many types of regressions, and works three times faster than previous models. To learn more, visit www.CasioEducation.com. Be musical. When you’re listening to your favorite tunes, don’t forget that music and mathematics go hand-in-hand. Understanding the fundamental principles of music may help your daughter strengthen her visuospatial reasoning and succeed in her math courses. In a study published by Nature, the science journal, students improved their mathematics test scores significantly after several months of musical training. Encourage her to join the school band or take piano lessons. In today’s economy, having a solid mathematical foundation is becoming increasingly important. So don’t let historical gender imbalances in these fields hold your daughters back. With a little encouragement, getting girls hooked on math can be easy as pi.

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