Why Americans Are Fat

Posted on November 11, 2009

Heart disease is the number one killer in America and one of the main reasons why stems from too many overweight people. This infographic lays down the facts and reveals why we are so chubby.

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Since obesity kills nearly 100,000 Americans a year, we recommend you began exercising. You don’t have to hit the gym every day or even lift weights. 20 minutes of cardio activities like jogging three times a week is more than enough to help fight those holiday pounds. Some great resources for fitness can be found at the American Heart Association website.

100 Free Tools to Write, Publish and Promote Your Own Book

Posted on September 24, 2009

Sometimes the only way to get what you have to say out to the world is to just do it yourself. Luckily, the web is full of tools that can help make every step of the writing process a little easier and cheaper. Here are 100 of the best free tools out there that will help you take your book from an idea to a published, marketable text that you can promote around the net.


These tools will help you get your ideas, schedules, and documents organized and easy to keep track of.

  1. EssentialPIM: Organize appointments, to-do lists, contacts, ideas and email messages through this personal information manager.
  2. Evernote: This tool can be an easy way to jot down and store story ideas, to-dos and anything else you wish.
  3. Tellico: Using this tool you can track just about anything, from inspirational images to chapters in your book.
  4. Wridea: Here you’ll find a service to help you manage your ideas and brainstorm new ones.
  5. Google Calendar: Google Calendar is a great free tool for organizing all of your appointments and deadlines.
  6. Teamspinner: This site makes it easy to collaborate on work and build your own wikis.
  7. PingMe: Need reminders in order to keep yourself on task and up-to-date with meetings? This tool will alert you when important things are coming up.
  8. FreeMind: Use this mind mapping software to get all your ideas down and organized.
  9. Project Status: If you’re working with others who will be editing or publishing your work, this can be can easy way to let them know how you’re coming on the project.
  10. Toodledo: This to-do list software makes it easy to get all your tasks organized and written down in one place.
  11. Celtx: If screenplays or comics are more your style, then this tool will help you organize and format your work with ease.
  12. StoryBook: This open source software will help you write and organize your novel.
  13. Lyx: This great tool will help you format and organize what you’re writing as you go.
  14. Vizual Einstein: If you need help bringing together a lot of research into a form that will let you write your book around it, this tool can be a big help.

Word Processors

Check out these free tools that will let you type out your work without having to spend anything on a program to do so.

  1. Google Docs: Use this tool to write your work right on the web. Better yet, it’s saved as you go so you’ll never lose your writing.
  2. Zoho Writer: Part of the larger Zoho suite, this program is comparable to Microsoft Word only free.
  3. OpenOffice: Check out this office suite to get free access to a fully-featured word processor.
  4. AbiWord: This free word processor has all the features you’ll need to write a book.
  5. ThinkFree OfficeWrite: Use the internet as your office with this writing tool.
  6. picoWrite: This web-based product is similar to Microsoft Office and will let you work on the web.
  7. Adobe Buzzword: Newly purchased by Adobe, you can use this tool to write and format your text.
  8. Bean: If you have a Mac not to worry. This free word processor is made to work on OS X.
  9. Gnome Office: This office suite uses Abiword and Evince to let you create and edit documents.
  10. Yeah Write: If you need something that will fill in the blanks of things you write often, this document editor could be for you.
  11. yWriter5: This document editing software is created just for writers and has tools designed to help in the writing process.
  12. Scribus: Made to be used on just about every OS, this tool can be a big help in writing and laying out your work.
  13. RoughDraft: This software was created with writers in mind and it offers several features that will make it easier to write and organize your work.
  14. Kword: Check out this open source suite to get access to a free word processor.
  15. WordIt: This ultra-light word processor prides itself on being speedy and reliable.

Collaboration and Feedback

Through these tools you’ll be able to talk with other writers and editors and get some help honing your work.

  1. Coventi: Use this free site to collaborate on your work with an friend or editor.
  2. WriteWith: With this tool you can share your work with others for feedback and help.
  3. SynchroEdit: This tool will make it easy for both you and your editor to make changes to a document at the same time.
  4. Glypho: If you just want to play around with writing, this multi-user story builder can help get the juices flowing.
  5. Novlet: Through this tool you can collaborate on work, share your own work and get feedback from others.
  6. Portrayl: Use this tool to showcase your work and get reviews and comments from other users.
  7. Writeboard:Check out this tool for an easier way to make collaborative edits to a story.
  8. LooseStitch: The free version of this site lets users publish their work to the site, brainstorm ideas, get feedback, make outlines and more.
  9. Writer’s Helper: Use this site to get a free edit of a short piece of your work.
  10. AutoCrit Editing Wizard: This tool can instantly expose some of the weaknesses with your writing before you ever submit it for someone else to look at.

Formatting and Design

To make your work the complete package, you’ll need to lay it out and create a cover as well. These tools will help you to do so.

  1. Twisted Brush: Create totally new designs or editing existing photographs with this great software.
  2. GIMP: This free software is a budget-friendly alternative to Photoshop.
  3. Inkscape: If you need to create vector graphics, check out this open source tool to do so.
  4. eBook Template Source: If you’ve never created an ebook before you can find templates and instructions to help you do so on this site.
  5. Book Form 1.0: This tool makes it simple to take your existing document and format it so it can be printed as a book.
  6. HTML Book Maker: If you want to publish your book online, this tool makes it simple to put it all into HTML format.
  7. Top Style Lite: Use this free web development tool to create CSS websites.
  8. ColorPic: Find a great color palette for your design with this color picker tool.
  9. Blackman’s E-Book Converter: You don’t need to buy fancy tools with this free alternative that will help you format your text as an ebook.
  10. Paint.net: Design and create a variety of graphics with this free tool.


Visit these sites for advice and tools that will help you to publish your work on your own. Keep in mind that some services do come at a cost, however.

  1. CreateSpace: This online community will give you the tools to edit and publish your work right on the web.
  2. WordClay: While many of this site’s services come at a fee, you can get help and advice on publishing for free.
  3. Sonar: If you’re submitting your book to publishers this tool will let you track who you’ve sent to it to and who has responded.
  4. SAMM: This site offers submission trackers for just about every OS.
  5. Self-Pub.net: Here you will find a host of resources that can help you along the path to publishing your own book.
  6. Lulu: Lulu offers low cost self-publishing as well as some helpful guides and a community to get you started along the process.
  7. Fast Pencil: With this site you’ll be able to write, edit, share, publish and promote your book.
  8. Blurb: While not everything on this site is free, you will get access to free bookmaking software.
  9. CafePress: Through this site you can create and sell your own books.
  10. WeBook: This site is an all-in-one resource, with tools to write, edit and publish your book.
  11. Xlibris: Not everything on this site is free but you will have access to a number of helpful services and informative articles.

Blogging and Microblogging

Blogs can be great places to promote your work or to keep your thoughts organized into one place. These sites offer budget friendly ways to get blogging.

  1. TypePad: Use this blogging service to create a blog and publish your ideas to the web.
  2. Blogger: One of the more popular services, this site offers you the chance to spread the word about your work.
  3. WordPress: This flexible platform can be a great way to develop a blog– even on your own domain.
  4. Moveable Type: Check out this software to build a great promotional blog.
  5. SquareSpace: Through this service you can create a site for your own ideas or to promote your book to the world.
  6. Twitter: Loads of authors are now using Twitter and you can make the most of it’s marketing power as well.
  7. Thingamablog: Help yourself get recognition on the web by creating a blog through this site.
  8. Pebble: If you want to let others out there know what you’re doing and how your work is coming, consider creating a blog through this site.
  9. PowerBlog: Don’t miss out on all that blogs have to offer your marketing and writing process. Create a blog here to cash in on free web real estate.

Social Networking

Social media is becoming more and more a great tool for marketing and promoting just about everything– including your book. Check out these tools to connect with other writers and readers.

  1. Red Room: This social site is focused on writers and can help you highlight your work and meet others who are more experienced.
  2. Writing Room: Polish your writing skills, get feedback and talk with other writers on this site.
  3. LinkedIn: No professional should be without an account on this business networking site.
  4. Writing.com: Connect with both writers and readers on this site.
  5. Book Marketing Network: Join this network to get in touch with other authors and publishers who can offer advice on your work.
  6. Professional on the Web: Check out this site to create a professional portfolio and find publishers who might be interested in what you’ve written.
  7. Edit red: Here you can publish your work, get peer critiques and talk with a range of other authors out there.
  8. Critique Circle: Use this site to submit your work and get helpful feedback on how you’re writing and marketing it.
  9. Booksconnect: Lovers of books can connect here and you can add your work into the mix as well.
  10. My Writer’s Circle: This site is a great place to find advice and guidance for new writers.
  11. Facebook: Create a profile or fan page for your work here to easily keep in contact with readers and supporters.

Marketing Tools

Use these free tools to market and promote your work online.

  1. NetRead: Here you’ll find a great collection of web-based marketing tools for publishers.
  2. RankTracer: Use this tool to figure out how well your book is selling on Amazon and what you can do to better promote it.
  3. Emarketing101: Learn all about what it takes to be good at emarketing from this site.
  4. MailChimp: If you want to start email marketing this service makes it fast and simple– better yet it doesn’t cost a thing.
  5. WriterFace: This site is a social networking and marketplace for writers of all kinds.
  6. Inked In: This online community of writers and publishers can be a great place to promote what you’re writing.
  7. Digg: Link to your blog posts and web articles with this social bookmarking tool to increase the number of people who might see what you’re working on.
  8. PBwiki: Create your own wikis and manage your marketing projects with this free tool.
  9. Campaigner: This email marketing software offers a free 30 day trial.
  10. Mailman: Here you’ll get access to a free program that can help you manage your mailing list.

Miscellaneous Help

These tools will help you write, organize and get inspired.

  1. WordWeb: Download this tool to always have a great dictionary and thesaurus on hand.
  2. Dictionary.com: This site offers a free dictionary, thesaurus and more to help you create the best work possible.
  3. McGill Dictionary of Rhyme: Those writing poetry, songs or children’s rhymes will appreciate this tool that can tell you all the words that rhyme with a chosen one.
  4. WordCounter: Find out just how long or short your work really is with this helpful tool.
  5. WriteThis: This tool is a great way to get yourself inspired and working even when you don’t feel like it.
  6. Paypal: Unless you plan on giving your book away for free you’ll need some way to collect payments for it. Paypal can make that fast and easy.
  7. Seventh Sanctum: Those having trouble naming their characters can get help from this site.
  8. Lazybase: Create a free, organized database of all your important book research and information here.
  9. KTouch: Don’t spend forever just typing out your manuscript. If you’re a slow typer you can get free lessons here.
  10. Joomla!: This open source software makes creating and editing a website for your book easier than ever.

100 Best Blogs for Homeschooling Moms

Posted on August 16, 2009

The public school system isn’t for everyone. Some kids require special attention no classroom experience can provide. Whether your child is gifted or coping with learning disabilities, teaching at home caters to their specific needs. Check out these blogs perfect for homeschooling moms.
Blogs from Homeschooling Moms
Learning from the experiences of others is an invaluable virtue. Get invaluable advice at these blogs written by homeschooling moms.

  1. Notes from a Homeschooling Mom: A blog from a homeschooling mom teaching her kids at home, this site provides helpful posts and articles for at home education.
  2. Living, Learning, Laughing, Loving: The thoughts and feelings of a military wife and mother of all boys who is educating her children at home.
  3. Creative Homeschooling: Tips, ideas and encouragement for homeschooling moms, this site has unique advice and links to education resources.
  4. Web Homeschool: A group blog by a set of moms writing about the trials and successes of homeschooling using online resources.
  5. Help 4 Homeschool Moms: Encouragement and information for homeschooling moms, this blog has interesting articles for teaching your own children.
  6. Confessions of a Homeschool Mom: This mom provides commentary on events and news relating to homeschooling and her Christian faith.
  7. Homeschool Mom Tips: This blogger offers tips and advice for other moms seeking to provide their kids with an at home Christian education.
  8. Confessions of an Organizes Homeschool Mom: Organizational tips, lesson plans and product reviews to help make homeschool more manageable, this blog is great for homeschooling moms with little time.
  9. Mom Laughs: This extremely talented mom is a standup comic, syndicated humor columnist and teacher as she guides her own kids through their education.
  10. Home Grown Mommy: A parenting and homeschooling blog, this site offers lesson plans, curriculum and book reviews for at home education.
  11. momof6malloyboys: This mom of six boys has unbelievably undertaken the education of her entire family. Get tips and advice for running a classroom in your home.
  12. Moms the Word: An online diary of a mother writing about her life and the home education of her kids, this blog is colorful and fun.
  13. Work At Home: For Moms!: This blog helps moms who stay at home earn a substantial income.
  14. Evergreen Moms: Two moms living in the Pacific Northwest give you the hippie perspective on home schooling with this unique blog.
  15. My Homeschool: This mom blogs about the best online educational resources for homeschooling her children.
  16. Moms’ Buzz: A daily blog for busy moms giving tips and info on how to manage the stress and frustration.
  17. New Home School Mommy: For moms new to the homeschool experience, this blogs provides introductions on getting started, finding education materials and setting up a classroom in your home.
  18. ME School Mom: A blog about being a home school mom in Maine.
  19. The Connected Homeschool: Another blog offering tips and advice for new homeschool moms, this blog is especially useful for getting the tools you need for your at home classroom.
  20. The Christian Home Schooler: With advice, support, articles and products for parents that homeschool their kids, this blog is aimed at Christian parents.
  21. Homeschool Zoo Annex: Focused on providing homeschoolers with free or low-cost homeschool education resources, this blog is written by a former homeschool mom and is a must for homeschooling parents.
  22. Diary of a Homeschool Mom: This mom offers curriculums for every subject ranging from language arts to world history on her helpful blog.
  23. My teacher’s name is mom!: The writings of a homeschool mom educating her precocious and rowdy young boys.
  24. Mom and Miss A’s Homeschool Experience: Information for Christian homeschooling parents, this blog provides resources and advice for parents.
  25. Homeschooling Mom Going Sane: This mom uses her blog to connect with other homeschooling parents in order to share advice, support and resource assistance.

Blogs from Homeschooling Dads
The popular perception of a homemaking mom staying at home to tend to the kids is outdated in modern society. Dads are starting to stay home for a variety of reasons, including homeschooling. Here are the best blogs for homeschooling dads.

  1. A Family Runs Through It: A stay-at-home dad writes about parenting, homeschooling and his family life, this blog is interesting and sentimental.
  2. Stay at Home Husband: One man’s blog about staying at home to work and live with his kids.
  3. Cool Homeschooling: This blog serves as a guide to interesting sites and articles about home education.
  4. A Blogger and a Father: This site provides links to the best of blogging fathers and homeschooling dads.
  5. Confessions of a Homeschool Dad: This Texas-based blogger offers his unrestrained experience with homeschooling his kids.
  6. Memoirs of a Stay at Home Dad: The posts from this blogger dad provide tips and opinions for staying at home.
  7. Adventures of a Stay At Home Father: This stay at home dad and blogger went through an ugly divorce and now educates his two little girls.
  8. Blest with sons: This evangelical Christian writes about the joy of children and taking charge of their education.
  9. Being a Good Father: A breezy blog about wanting to be a good father and teacher.
  10. Simple Father: This blog discusses education and the complexities of raising children.

Tips and Advice for Homeschooling
Teaching your own children can be something of a challenge. Here are the best blogs offering tips and advice for homeschooling parents.

  1. Homesschool Creations: This blogger provides readers a glimpse into her life to offer tips and advice for homeschooling parents.
  2. Help U Homeschool: This blog has free information and product reviews for parents just starting to homeschool.
  3. Homeschool Insider: Get the best inside information for homeschooling your kids at this blog offering news, tips and commentary with a Christian perspective.
  4. Katie’s Homeschool Cottage: This parent homeschools her kids and provides her own books organized into convenient study guides.
  5. Best Homeschool Place: The best place online for homeschool tips, tricks along with lesson ideas and much, much more.
  6. Rewarding Homeschool Blog: Free online guides to homeschooling curriculums, field trip ideas and educational games this site makes learning fun and interesting.
  7. In Our Write Minds: Encouragement, ideas, and resources for teachers and homeschool parents as they teach their children to write.
  8. Homeschool Online: Focusing on progressive education methods, this site provides tips to using the Internet to maximize kids’ education.
  9. Homeschool Curriculum Reviews: This Arizona-based blogger reviews books and curriculum as well as discussing homeschooling methods and techniques.
  10. The Simple Homeschool: The place for free study guides, information about starting homeschooling and curriculum reviews, this site is useful and well-written.
  11. The Homeschool Messenger: This blog provides educational links and information for homeschooled kids.
  12. Boyd Family Homeschool: This Christian mom educates 6 children at home on her own and keeps this blog offering tips and advice.
  13. Early Years Homeschool Blog: This blog has the latest information on homeschooling during the early years of children’s lives and also includes resources for educating bilingual children.
  14. Heart of Wisdom: A blogger gives advice to parents just starting to homeschool, this site includes advice, useful articles and links.
  15. Homeschool Entrepreneur: This homeschooling family lives in central Tennessee has years of valuable experience to offer on textbooks, lessons plans and curriculum.
  16. Homeschool Mate: A blog that gives its readers access to resources for following government guidelines for homeschooling.
  17. Homeschool Crumbs: The daily life of a homeschooling mom and outdoor enthusiast, this blog includes tips and information for buying school supplies, planning fun lessons and raising active kids.
  18. Razzle Dazzle: This blog provides tips and advice for teaching your kids top notch writing skills at home.
  19. Homeschool Math Blog: Teaching ideas and skills necessary for math this path provides worksheets, articles and advice for homeschool education.
  20. Education & Homeschool News: This blog includes articles and news for homeschool children and parents.
  21. The Preschool Homeschool: News, commentary and advice for parents homeschooling their preschool children, this blog includes e-book reviews and links to other helpful blogs.
  22. Heathen Homeschoolers: Tips and advice for homeschool parents from a secular view point, this blog offers readers resources for running an at home classroom.
  23. educationtipster: Parents and teachers will discover a unique approach to teaching young children math, phonics, reading, writing, and science.

Tips and Advice on College for Homeschooling Students
Getting into a good college is important for a number of students, including homeschool kids. These blogs have tips, tools and invaluable information to get homeschooled students into their top school.

  1. King of College: Learn from the mistakes of these seasoned college veterans by following the advice from this blog offering tips and guides to college.
  2. School is Hard: Answering any and all questions relating to college, this site has amazing articles for getting financial aid and scholarships.
  3. Life on the Road: These kids live and go to school on an RV with their parents. This blog details their adventures on the road.
  4. Dr. Wizard’s Advice to College: An entertaining blog offering practical and humorous advice for college students from the perspective of a 28-year-old professor who hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be one himself.
  5. Salile Ma College Answer Blog: This blog answer questions relating to financial aid and student loans, this site takes questions from real users and gets answers from experts.
  6. Christian Universities: A blog about incorporating Christian values and morals into distance education and homeschooling.
  7. ePrep: A blog about getting ready for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, this site has excellent test prep resources.

Blogs on Getting Cheap Educational Resources
Homeschooling has its advantages and drawbacks. One significant drawback for parents is the cost of providing educational resources. Check out these blogs offering articles and posts for cheap education tools.

  1. Homeschool Savings Blog: This blog has current homeschool curriculum and resource updates to save you time and money on educating kids.
  2. Homeschool Notebooking: This blogger details her adventures in homeschooling that also offers resources for your personal classroom.
  3. Spotty Banana Homeschool: This blog has homeschool resources, recommendations, original lesson plans, commentary and news relating to the eclectic approach to American homeschooling.
  4. Homeschool Websites: A blog listing of homeschools and educational links to resources parents can use to education their kids.
  5. Wichita Christian Homeschool: This blog has Christian resources for homeschooling families written by the owner of a tutoring business in Wichita, Kansas.
  6. My Homeschool: A blog about finding the online resources homeschooling parents need to educate their children on a budget.
  7. Home Schooling: A blog all about homeschooling kids, this site provides links to resource and curriculum.
  8. CompleteLee Blog: A wide variety of posts pertaining to family life, homeschool, music, sports and spontaneous words of wisdom and wit.
  9. Wild at Home: A blog about homeschool and education resources, this site also covers topics such as politics and law.
  10. Home Sweet Homeschool: Homeschooling resources and links, this blog makes setting up your own classroom fun, cheap and easy.
  11. Homeschooling from the Trenches: Product reviews and advice for homeschooling parents, this blog details the adventures of two parents educating their kids.
  12. This Side of Eternity: A homeschooling mom who saves dollars and sense by bringing other parents all the best deals, coupons, freebies, and ideas that can find.

Blogs from Homeschooled Kids
The school experience is different for every student. These blogs from homeschooled kids provide important insight into their lives.

  1. Homeschooling Academy: A blog from a homeschooled student that covers education issues and includes fun lesson ideas.
  2. Homeschool Blogger: This database of blogs from homeschool kids is massive and includes links to additional resources.
  3. Stampede Homeschool: A blog about the homeschool experience, this site includes product reviews and posts about being an at home student.
  4. Barton Cottage: A Christian homeschool student shares her insight into education and lessons from parents.
  5. Deliberate Life: Offering motivation and guidance for homeschool student from a homeschool student, the posts on this blog are well-written and fun.
  6. Apples of Gold: The blog provided by this ministry gives Christian homeschool students a place to share advice, meet and provide commentary.
  7. Homeschooling Education: Information and news articles on homeschooling, this blog covers topics currently effecting students learning at home.
  8. Independent Homeschooling: Giving motivation and guidance to homeschool students, this blog has in depth and useful posts.
  9. Classical Scholar: Strategies and tips for homeschool students, this blog provides tricks for saving time on in home education.
  10. Homeschooling Your Child: A guide offering advice, help and resources for getting an education at home, this blog includes clear and instructive posts.
  11. The Homeschool Way: The posts on this site are dedicated to homeschool students looking to get a full education experience including extracurricular and social activities.
  12. My Smoky Mtn. Homeschool: For homeschool students, this blog as posts following e life and education of a group of kids living in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Tips and Advice for Homeschooling Kids with Special Needs
Inadequate resources for special needs students is a common reason for parents to homeschool their children. These blogs give parents tips and advice for homeschooling kids with special needs.

  1. Special Connection Homeschool: A homeschooling mom of a daughter with Down syndrome started this page to share resources for others who have special needs kids and homeschool.
  2. LD Parents: This blog is for the homeschooling parents of children with disabilities.
  3. Profiles of Martial Artists with Disabilities: A blog encouraging people with disabilities to learn martial arts, this site includes advice and tips.
  4. A New Vision: This blog features public education, essays, encouragement, and actual stories of people with significant disabilities who obtain employment, wages, and community integration in their lives.
  5. Special Education and Disability Rights Blog: A team of attorneys and advocates in southern California who represent parents of students with disabilities this blog is a place for anyone interested in special education issues to share stories and ideas with the special education community.
  6. Autism Assistance: Provides information about grants, financial assistance, funding strategies and other resources to help families coping with autism and other disabilities.
  7. Disability is an Art: A blog for people with disabilities to discuss problems without fear or hesitation.
  8. The Disability Facts Blog: The blog includes disability-related resources, information, and tips related to employment and homeschooling issues.
  9. Blue Room Weblog: A health blog to support people with depression, anxiety and other mental disabilities, Blue Room includes posts and articles for homeschooling.
  10. Disability and Health: A blog that focuses on disability articles concerning physical and mental health and information concerning federal benefits.
  11. Eclectic Education: This homeschooling blogger cares for her two special needs kids and offers tips for others in the same situation.

50 Tips and Tools to Find Scholarships on Twitter

Posted on August 10, 2009

By Donna Scott
You’re probably aware of the popular social networking tool Twitter. But did you know that it’s great for finding scholarships? It’s true; you can find excellent resources for landing scholarships through this tool, and we’ve highlighted 50 tips and tools that can help you get to them.


Take this advice when you’re looking for scholarships on Twitter.

  1. Search: Do a search on Twitter to find the most recent conversations about scholarships.
  2. #scholarship: This hash tag will direct you to a wealth of tweets about scholarships.
  3. Look for keywords: Search for keywords like deadline, www, application, and pdf.
  4. Seek out links: Be sure to follow links from tweets about scholarships.
  5. Look for scholarship deadlines: Search for scholarships with upcoming deadlines for fast money.
  6. Look in your demographic and interests: Search for terms that include your demographics and interests.
  7. Set up reminders: Subscribe to searches for specific scholarships so you’ll get reminders about deadlines and more.
  8. Find brand new scholarships: Keep your ear to the ground on Twitter, and you’ll find brand new scholarships not many people know about yet.
  9. Look for hashtags: If you see a hashtag in a scholarship tweet, check it out to see if you can find more relevant scholarship information.
  10. Subscribe to useful searches: Use Google Reader to subscribe to searches that regularly produce results.
  11. Network: Twitter is great for more than information gathering-you can network and connect with people who can help you land a scholarship.


Follow these Twitter feeds for constant scholarship links.

  1. @scholarships: With the help of this feed, you can find a variety of scholarships advertised on Twitter.
  2. @FastWebdotcom: FastWeb shares scholarships, insider tips, promotions, and more on this Twitter feed.
  3. @collegematching: @collegematching specializes in matching students with schools, as well as scholarships.
  4. @ScholarshipsUSA: Check out @ScholarshipsUSA for scholarship guides, updates, and more.
  5. @FafsaHelp: Follow this feed to get help finding money through FAFSA.
  6. @hiasscholarship: If you’re an immigrant or refugee student in the US or Israel, follow the HIAS Scholarship program that awards more than 200 scholarships each year.
  7. @scholarship: Find advice, scholarships, and more on this Twitter feed.
  8. @intlscholarship: @intlscholarship will help you find international scholarships and funding.
  9. @careerscolleges: Get news, scholarships, and more from the Twitter behind the database of Careers & Colleges.
  10. @scholarshipz: Follow @scholarshipz to get hooked up with a scholarship that’s right for you.
  11. Scholarshipscom: With the help of Scholarshipscom, you can find money for college.
  12. @ScholarshipsUSA: Find daily scholarship postings on this Twitter account.
  13. @ProjectWorkingM: Get a full-ride scholarship from Project Working Mom.
  14. @minoritynurse: @minoritynurse shares news, resources, and more for the education, careers, and scholarships for minority nurses.
  15. @winscholarships: You can earn points and increase your chances of winning scholarship drawings by following @winscholarships.


With these tools, your Twitter scholarship search will be easier and more effective.

  1. TweetBeep: Use TweetBeep to get alerts about scholarships, websites, and more.
  2. Twellow: Using the Twellow directory, you can find all of the feeds relevant for Twitter scholarships.
  3. Flock O’ Tweets: You can group all of your Twitter scholarship feeds into one RSS by using Flock O’ Tweets.
  4. TwitterHawk: TwitterHawk will allow you to find people on Twitter that are talking about scholarships.
  5. Twitterlocal: With Twitterlocal, you’ll be able to filter tweets based on profile location, and find local scholarships.
  6. Tweet Scan: Find out what’s being said about scholarships on Twitter by using Tweet Scan.
  7. Google Reader: Google Reader can be used to carefully organize your Twitter scholarship feeds.
  8. AlertThingy: See data streams from FriendFeed, including Twitter and more, using AlertThingy.
  9. Splitweet: If you have a Twitter account just for scholarships, this multi account manager will come in handy.
  10. FriendFeed: Keep all of your scholarship activity on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites in one place using FriendFeed.
  11. Nearby Tweets/a>: With the help of Nearby Tweets, you’ll be able to find local scholarships.
  12. Twitterverse: Twitterverse allows you to search through the archives of public timelines.
  13. Monitter: See real time tweets by location with the help of this tool.
  14. Tweetpeek: Create a group Twitter feed with the help of Tweetpeek.
  15. TwitterWho: TwitterWho will allow you to search for multiple queries on Twitter at once.
  16. Twitter100: This tool uses a box for people you follow on a single page, and displays their tweets.
  17. TwitterNotes: Create taggable notes using Twitter on TwitterNotes.
  18. TwitterLocal: Create a filtered list of tweets from a specific area using TwitterLocal.
  19. FriendFeed Filters: With FriendFeed filters, you’ll be able to create filters and groups of feeds.
  20. TweetDeck: Make your Twitter scholarship search super organized with the help of TweetDeck.
  21. Twitterator: Follow an entire group of people at once with the help of Twitterator.
  22. Terraminds: Use Terraminds to search for specific users or tweets.
  23. Twits Like Me: Find the tweets of feeds written about scholarships by using this tool.
  24. Twitter Digest: With Twitter Digest, you can subscribe to Twitter users or a group of users, and receive their tweets through an Atom feed.

100 Excellent Continuing Ed Sites for Teachers

Posted on August 04, 2009

By Donna Scott
As a teacher, your job is to provide knowledge to others, so it’s essential that your own learning is up to date. However, it’s not always easy to keep up with work and school at the same time. Fortunately, there are lots of resources you can take advantage of, and we’ve highlighted 100 of the best websites teachers can use for continuing education here.


Through these organizations, you’ll find useful learning resources.

  1. University Continuing Education Association: This association supports higher education for life.
  2. Association for Continuing Higher Education: This network is for leaders of lifelong learning.
  3. The National Guide of Community Schools of the Arts: Find an online searchable listing of arts schools that offer continuing education here.
  4. International Association for Continuing Education & Training: The IACET sets the standard for lifelong learning.
  5. American Association for Adult and Continuing Education: Become a part of this association to benefit from and support continuing education.

Blogs, Books & Advice

Check out these resources to find advice and more for teacher continuing education.

  1. The Academic Blog Portal: Use this portal to find educational blogs in a variety of different subjects.
  2. Learning Point: Check out these books that can improve your skills and knowledge as a teacher.
  3. Coolmath: On this site, you’ll find tips, resources, and more for teachers taking online continuing education courses.
  4. Distance Education: A Consumer’s Guide: Find advice for distance education in this guide.
  5. Deb’s Continuing Education Blog: Read this About.com blog to learn about online learning and more.
  6. Suite 101 Continuing Education: This blog explores tips and topics related to continuing education.
  7. Continuing Education: Tom Kaun’s blog offers news and resources for those involved in continuing education.
  8. Rick Osborn’s Continuing Education Blog: Read what Rick Osborn has to say about higher education, training, and related topics.

Distance Education

With these sites, you’ll be able to complete continuing education credits from wherever you are.

  1. ArmchairEd: You can earn university teaching education credits from home with this site.
  2. University of North Dakota: This university offers online degrees in counseling, leadership, instructional design and more.
  3. The eLearning Center: Find education in just about anything from the eLearning center.
  4. Promethean: Promethean can help you become a super teacher.
  5. Inspiring Teachers Webinars: Inspiring Teachers offers online webinars, perfect for busy teachers.
  6. Concept to Classroom: Find a variety of workshops from Thirteen on this site.
  7. JER Group: Get insight into behavior, learning environments, dealing with parents, and more with this school’s workshops.
  8. CE Credits Online: Get self-paced, standards-based continuing education from Seattle Pacific University.
  9. Online Learning at New Jersey City University: Find a variety of online workshops for teachers with New Jersey City University.
  10. Video Courses for Educators: Check out this site to find video courses for teachers.
  11. Continuing Teacher Education: The University of Phoenix offers online courses in just about any subject you may need.
  12. National University: Take one course per month with National University.
  13. Accredited Online Bachelors Degree: This site offers information on distance education generally as well as provides lists of free open courseware classes.
  14. The University of Western Ontario: You can take full distance courses in your home over the Internet from University of Western Ontario.
  15. Successful Schools: Find resources and online education from Effective Educational Practices.
  16. Eco-Psych: Find education and nature-ecopsychology learning online here.
  17. Western Governors University: You can earn a variety of degrees, certificates, and endorsement programs through Western Governors University.
  18. Virtual Education Software: VESi offers courses and professional development.

Topic Specific

These learning sites offer education in history, reading, technology, behavior, and much more.

  1. American Museum of Natural History: You’ll find online seminars on science from this museum.
  2. ADD Resources: Get free teleclasses from this ADD resource site.
  3. Parent Coaching Institute: Get parent coach training through this institute.
  4. Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Online Workshops: Review these continuing education workshops online to learn about drug and violence prevention.
  5. T3 Professional Development: In T3, you’ll find quality professional development for math and science in the classroom.
  6. US Department of Education: Check out this site for safe and drug free school workshops.
  7. Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association: Learn the essentials of spotting drugs in the classroom from the NEOA.
  8. CeeBT: This website offers continuing education for European biology teachers.
  9. EcoPsych: On this site, you’ll find nature connected learning and healing.
  10. Brains.org: This site offers practical classroom applications of current brain research.
  11. Pharmacy Technician Certification: This site offers information on medical health and pharmaceuticals.
  12. Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Check out this society to find online workshops for astronomy learning.
  13. CEU4U: This site offers continuing education for grief, development, and special needs.
  14. Council for Exceptional Children: Check out this site to find web seminars on exceptional children.
  15. Youth Change: This site’s workshops offer problem-child problem solvers.
  16. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: This museum offers an online workshop for teachers to learn more about the Holocaust.
  17. First Year Teacher Course: Reading Rockets offers a self-paced free online course on teaching reading.
  18. Smithsonian Education: Here you’ll find a museum writing workshop from the Smithsonian.
  19. The Heritage Institute: This site works to educate for humanity and the world we want.

Development & Collections

Find collections designed for learning and development here.

  1. HotChalk: Get connected with Professional Development modules from McGraw-Hill.
  2. American Memory: See collections resources in a variety of topics from the Library of Congress.
  3. Teaching American History: Learn about this professional development program from the US Department of Education.
  4. Exploring Data: In this collection, you’ll learn about teaching statistics and data exploration.
  5. 4 Blocks Model: You can learn about the 4-Blocks Literacy Model through this regular column.
  6. ED Pubs: You can order free US Department of Education publications from this website.
  7. Inspiring Teachers Recommended Authors: This resource recommends a variety of quality authors for continuing teacher education.
  8. Engaging all Learners: This site offers a variety of activities for engaging learner types.
  9. Highly Effective Teaching: Through HET, you can learn about integrating curriculum through brain based learning systems.
  10. NOVA: Explore science through PBS’s NOVA resource.
  11. Teacher to Teacher Initiative: This initiative provides teachers with technical support, professional development opportunities, and recognition.
  12. CAUSEweb: Get resources for teaching statistics from this website.
  13. The Chance Project: This project will help you learn how to use current news for studying probability and statistics.
  14. Exploratorium: In this website, you’ll find an online museum for science, art, and human perception.
  15. Teacher Quality Enhancement: Use these grants to improve your teaching quality.
  16. WebQuests: With WebQuests, you’ll be able to get web based teaching education.
  17. National Writing Project: With this project, you’ll improve your writing skills as a teacher.
  18. Arts in Education: Use this program to improve your arts education for teaching.


These universities offer free and open courses for anyone, including teachers, to take.

  1. MIT: MIT’s OpenCourseWare is easily the most complete collection of open courses available online.
  2. Utah State University: Utah State University’s Open Courseware has research and literature courses for teachers.
  3. Notre Dame OpenCourseWare: Check out Notre Dame’s collection of Open Course Ware to learn more about the topics that are important to your teaching.
  4. OpenCourseWare Finder: Use this website to locate open courses for continuing education.
  5. FETP OpenCourseWare: Become a part of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program through this OpenCourseWare.
  6. Open Yale: Get an Ivy League continuing education through Open Yale.
  7. Stanford on iTunesU: Get continuing education to go with Stanford on iTunesU.
  8. Tufts OpenCourseWare: In this collection of courses, you’ll find life sciences and more.
  9. UChannel: Find public affairs lectures, events, panels, and more from all over the world on Channel.
  10. Open Video Project: This directory is one of the largest directories of educational videos.
  11. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: The Open Course Ware at Johns Hopkins offers education in public health and more.
  12. Open Learn Learning Space Directory: Check out this collection to find great nuggets of information for learning as a teacher.
  13. OpenUW: Find courses on history, health, and beyond on OpenUW.
  14. World Lecture Hall: Through the World Lecture Hall, you’ll find free online course materials from around the world.
  15. Open Courseware Consortium: Find course materials for continuing education on the Open Courseware Consortium website.
  16. ArsDigita University: On this website, you’ll find useful computer science lectures, coursework, and exams.
  17. UC Irvine OpenCourseWare: Study economics, math, business, and much more through UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare.
  18. Open Learning Initiative: Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative covers math, science, and more.
  19. United Nations University: United Nations University offers courses designed to advance knowledge for human security, peace, and development.
  20. Sofia: Check out Sofia to find free intellectual assets you can use for continuing education.


Check out these communities to find great resources for continuing education and more.

  1. Ednet: Ednet discusses the Internet as a tool for education.
  2. K12Admin: This group is for K-12 school administrators.
  3. Projects-L: Join this list to discuss teaching via the project approach.
  4. Math-Teach list: In this list, you’ll learn about mathematics education.
  5. Edtech: Learn about educational technology with the Edtech listserv.
  6. Future Teachers Forum: Discuss education and more with future music education teachers on this forum.
  7. Middle-L: Share and learn about middle level education from this listserv.
  8. The Apple: This site is a great place for teachers to meet and learn.
  9. Teacher Educators’ Network: This network offers discussion on teacher education, inquiry-based learning, and more.
  10. LM_Net: Join LM_NET for library media networking.
  11. Ecenet-L: On this listserv, you can discuss early childhood education.