Thursday, November 26, 2009

Improve your online promotion

Many small businesses and large corporations with corporate branches share a similar online problem. They don’t pay attention to how they’re listed on local search sites such as Yahoo Local,, and Google Maps. This method of online promotion is important. It’s also simple, powerful, and inexpensive.

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Traditional business listings require a business phone line. If you run your company part-time or as an Internet site, UBL can list your cell phone, website, and email. The results – broader online visibility – lead to more traffic to your site. That, of course, translates to more customers and bigger profits.

Every business looks for ways to stay ahead of the competition. By moving from traditional white pages listings into something comprehensive, you’re taking a step in the right direction.

You’re busy. You don’t have 30 or 40 hours to list your company with dozens of local search engines and online directories. While you focus on sales and marketing strategies, UBL can distribute your information, ensuring accuracy and broader visibility. The distribution system includes:

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  • locations
  • website URL
  • email contact info
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Michelle Obama: Don't let tests define you

"Don't let those tests defeat you. Don't let those tests define you."
-- First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking recently to students at Denver's South High School. Mrs. Obama told the students that she was not a great standardized-test-taker.

The first lady, however, did not hint that she thought standardized tests should go away. Read more

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kansas elementary school to teach engineering classes

A Kansas school district will become the first in the country to offer engineering classes at the elementary-school level. The Derby school district began offering engineering courses in middle and high schools this year, but a pilot program next year will bring aerospace engineering lessons to a district elementary school.

The curriculum is designed by Project Lead the Way and will include hands-on and computer-based activities. The Wichita Eagle has details.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scholarship help for migrant and immigrant families

The Western Union Foundation's Family Scholarship Program offers a unique educational initiative for migrants, immigrants, and their families in the United States. The program helps two members of the same family move up the economic ladder through education. Scholarships may be used for tuition for college education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy.

Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: two members of the same family, aged 18 years or older. The country of origin for at least one applicant must be outside of the U.S. Deadline: February 5, 2010. More info...

Recession sends Americans to the World Wide Web

More than two-thirds of American adults -- or 88 percent of U.S. Internet users -- went online for help with recession-induced personal economic issues and to gather information on national economic problems. That's according to a study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Researchers say the Internet ranks high among sources of information and advice that people are seeking during hard times, especially when it comes to their personal finances and jobs.

The study found that 34 percent of online economic users have created content and commentary about the recession in places like blogs, social network sites and Twitter. Click here to read the overview and the full report.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Examining mobile phones' impact on global development

Computer scientists are using Android, the open-source mobile operating system championed by Google, to transform a cell phone into a flexible data-collection tool. Their free suite of tools, named Open Data Kit, is already used by organizations around the world that need inexpensive ways to gather information in areas with little infrastructure. Science Daily has more.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Public data on private schools

A database on the U.S. Department of Education website offers a comprehensive resource for families interested in private schools. Some 91% of private schools have responded to a variety of survey questions about such things as:

- demographics
- length of the school year
- college-enrollment rates

Survey results are posted to the site in a searchable format that provides information that may not be otherwise available to the public. An overview of the Private School Universe survey can be found here. More info: Washington Post.

New parent power emerges at L.A. schools

Parents in Los Angeles are wielding new power, thanks to a new plan that supports new initiatives geared at improving outcomes at low-performing schools. According to Los Angeles Times, parents of individual schools can now initiate major reforms without waiting for the Los Angeles Unified School District to make changes.

Under a plan set forth by Supt. Ramon Cortines, a majority of parents at a school could trigger reforms at a local campus. As the L.A.Times reports, this new parental power is part of a school-control resolution that allows groups inside and outside the district to take over campuses.