Erin’s Things: October 22

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This week I found some major inspo so i'll just jump right to it! As always, if you have any suggestions that made your week better please share in the comments below or dm me!
  1. IT DEVOURS! By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Canor – These two have a bestselling novel called ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ for which they also have a podcast. They have decided to wrote another book, this time about how faith and science intersect. In this novel a scientist is investigating a rumbling in the desert, where she discovers a congregation called ‘Smiling God’. She is attracted to a young man she meets there and she must try to reconcile with their very different worldview. Witty and interesting, this book is definitely an entertaining read.
  1. BILLIE EILISH – Billie Eilish O’Connell released a haunting single called ‘Ocean Eyes’ about a year ago, written by her brother Finneas (also a singer). After an extreme 2 million streams on soundcloud, she is now signed to Interscope records, and ar 15 years old she is not at all going to be a cookie cutter pop star. On one soong, she sings about holding someone hostage and burning down their car. Not for the faint of heart, or your average 15 year old I would say. One to watch.
  1. ZOJIRUSHI STAINLESS STEEL TUFF BOTTLE – These bottles look cool. Thankfully, that is not all! They have a lock on vacuum insulation technology that keeps beverages hot or cold for at least 6 hours. They feature a one touch pour through stopper, and a lid that doubles as a cup. Lightweight and durable, they come in a series of mug sized thermos’ as well, and a variety of bright, metallic and pastel colors!
  1. TRAVELING SOLO - I love to be solitary, whether it is hiking or meditating, I prefer these activities solo. Lately, I have been wondering about taking that desire up a notch and traveling solo. At first, it seems daunting and perhaps even lonely that you would not have anyone else to share or witness the experiences with you. As I let go of those limiting thoughts, I realized that it is in fact, the ultimate embodiment of confidence. You will meet morel locals, you will focus more on the destination, you will find your own way and have financial control. Some of the best places to travel alone are: Dublin, San Francisco, Toronto, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Brussels. Bon Voyage!
  1. SUPER SOUL SUNDAY – Airing Sundays at 11am/10C on the OWN network, this is Oprah’s talk show on her network. On October 22, 2017, she had a conversation about consciousness with Eckart Tolle (The Power of Now, A New Earth), one of my favorite authors. If you missed it, one can download the app you can watch the episode at any time, and all other episodes that are still available for that matter. Super Soul Sunday is a collection of episodes featuring conversations with thought leaders, authors and wellness experts., as well as feature length documentaries and short form content. The show offers insights in to living your best life.
Hope you have a great week next week! Be well, Erin

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Starting A Business On Instagram? Here Are 7 Things You Need to Do

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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms today with over 700 million monthly active users, a more engaged audience, and less competition than any other social networking giants such as Twitter or Facebook. This presents a golden opportunity for businesses to market their products to a more interested and targeted audience without spending a ton of money on paid advertising.

Whether your business strategy needs an update or you are a social media novice, the following 7 tips to start an Instagram business will be extremely helpful:

1. Beta Testing (And Involve the Community)

When you are launching a new business, it is critical to get feedback on your new concepts, ideas, and product in the early stages. But in order to make your business successful on Instagram, you will want to include Instagram members in your testing for useful feedback.

Beta testing is a type of testing where a sampling of the intended audience tries out the product before it is launched on wide scale. The goal of beta testing is to place your application in the hands of actual users outside of your business development team for the purpose of discovering any flaws or problems in your final version.

2. Make Instagram the Hub of Your Social Media Marketing

If you are planning to launch your business on Instagram, it is important to make your Instagram the one spot to visit with relevant information regarding the product offerings, launch date and anything else you will want to talk about. By diverting all traffic to your Instagram account from emails, blog posts, and your website, you will have a head start on establishing your Instagram community.

Keep in mind that this strategy may not be the best for all businesses – some businesses might want to divert all of their traffic to newsletter sign up page, for instance – however, if your aim is to make a stir on Instagram, your best plan of action is to push everyone to your Instagram profile before you launch your product or service.

Engage, Enlighten, Encourage and especially…just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” – Susan Cooper

3. Create a Buzz Before You Launch

Keeping your customers interested in your product or service is a key part of any effective marketing strategy. Reward your loyal followers with exclusive content, and let them be the first ones to know about your new products, events or services. Create a range of fun and interesting teaser photos or trailers that will arouse anticipation or satisfy curiosity for your new stores, office openings or releases. This type of screening makes your Instagram followers feel curious and special, and likely to keep coming back for more insider information.

4. Create an Eye-catching Preview of Your Instagram Feed

Before you start attracting new followers to your Instagram account, make sure it is in the best condition possible. You shouldn’t have an empty profile when you send your followers, family, and friends to your Instagram channel because it gives off a bad impression. You should have already uploaded 4 to 5 posts to give them an idea of what to expect from you, along with captivating visual content communicating what your brand business is all about.

Make a habit of updating your bio section every now and then, and think of creative ways to use that opportunity for your own good. Think, app downloads, purchases or event registrations. Instagram has also introduced an option of adding phone numbers in bios, especially for businesses through Instagram Business profiles.

5. Choose the Right Name

Another important thing that acts a make or break factor for many potential customers is your Instagram name. Besides wanting an Instagram username that is already available, you will also want to think about the hashtags.

Since creative hashtag schemes are rapidly popularizing, having a dynamic branded hashtag that your followers and customers really want to use is the key to success when it comes to establishing an Instagram business. If you are initiating a new business, you need a brand name which doubles as an aspiring hashtag as this could be the pot of gold at the end of your Instagram glory.

6. Offer Instagram-Specific Rewards

Once you have built your Instagram fan base and have a killer Instagram feed, you will want to retain your followers and community, and this can only be done by keeping them engaged and curious about your brand. An easy way to do it is by offering Instagram-specific rewards, incentives discount, or perks. Whether it is a reward that your followers can only find on Instagram, or an Instagram giveaway, giving a little can guarantee a lot.

Another good idea is to host an Instagram contest, as it will help you build a fan base, increase awareness, increase engagement and boost sales. There are various ways to host a contest, and the best one will depend on your audience.

“Social media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide you.” – Matt Goulart

7. Don’t Forget Hashtags

Expanding an Instagram business takes determination, patience, and proper planning. Scheduling your Instagram posts beforehand is a good way to keep your business organized and ahead of the competition. Once you have launched your business, you will want to invest in connecting with other Instagrammers with the help of hashtags. To do this, you will first need to find hashtags that your audience is scrolling through. Next, you will need to start using those hashtags in your posts so people can find you.

Hashtagging is a great way to deliver a strong call to action. When you post content for your Instagram account, make sure all posts include a strong call to action in the form of a relevant hashtag. Some of the popular forms of call to action on Instagram that you can ask your followers to incorporate include “double tap”, “tag a friend in the post”, and “sign up today for free” to receive newsletters/emails. Instagram allows a minimum of 30 hashtags per post, but many users fail to make the most out of this ability.

Do you use instagram for social purposes or have you tried to build it into a business? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Great Filmmakers Pick Their Favorite Movies of the 21st Century

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Film directors including Antoine Fuqua, Sofia Coppola, Paul Feig, Denis Villeneuve, Brett Ratner and Alex Gibney recently spoke to The New York Times about their favorite movies of the 21st century to date.[1] Below, I highlight 20 of the choices. This is an excellent place to start if you’re looking for great movies you haven’t seen or haven’t even heard of.

Antoine Fuqua’s Selected Films

Antoine Fuqua himself has directed Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, and other films. His selections included:

Fences (2016)

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Fences was also directed by Washington. It’s adapted from a play by August Wilson, who Fuqua says “would be proud” of the output.

Watch Fences here.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Fuqua’s comment on the movie,

“It took us into a world that I have never seen before and executed it in a visceral, gritty way. It was not only moving, but it was heartfelt, dangerous and entertaining.”

When a penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, a police investigation reveals his amazing story. Slumdog Millionaire won eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of the Year and Best Director, Danny Boyle.

Watch Slumdog Millionaire here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Fuqua on this movie,

“A world undiscovered by some, in our own backyard. And it doesn’t use the tricks of Hollywood.”

Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis is Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink (Dwight Henry) succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to save him. But Hushpuppy’s quest is hindered by a “busted” universe that melts the ice caps and unleashes an army of prehistoric beasts.

Watch Beast of the Southern Wild here.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Fuqua notes it does something a lot of movies don’t,

“sustained intensity and tension, even when it was only two people in the room talking.”

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. It’s the story of that search and ultimate raid/assassination.

Watch Zero Dark Thirty here.

Sofia Coppola’s Selected Films

Coppola is best-known for Lost in Translation, as well as being the daughter of Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola. Here are some of her selected films:

Force Majeure (2014)

Here’s how Coppola commented on the film,

“I loved the little moments, the details that said so much.”

This is the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children— on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

Watch Force Majeure here.

The White Ribbon (2009)

Coppola loves the black-and-white photography.

In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual.

If you like old-time photography to convey the WW1 sense, this may be for you too.

Watch The White Ribbon here.

The Savages (2007)

Coppola loved the acting of the two main performances, by Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Until recently, all John and Wendy Savage (Hoffman, Linney) had in common was a lousy childhood and a few strands of DNA. But after years of drifting apart, they’re forced to band together to care for the elderly, cantankerous father who made their formative years “challenging.” In the process, both of these aimless, perpetually adolescent forty-something’s may just, at long last, have to grow up!

If you love good acting, this is a good film to try out.

Watch The Savages here.

Paul Feig’s Selected Films

Paul Feig is considered one of the best comedy directors working today — especially for women — having helmed Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters, among others. His selected films are:

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Feig on the movie,

“One of those movies I could watch over and over again, because it was just so out of left field. In comedy, we feel that we’ve seen it all and done it all, but then an original voice comes in and you go, damn.” It is truly an original movie.

From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder). With a red ‘fro, his moon boots, and illegal government ninja moves, he is a new kind of hero. When his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) decides to run for class president, it is Napoleon to the rescue to help him triumph over adversity.

Watch Napolean Dynamite here.

This Is The End (2013)

Feig says,

“They pulled off all those elements that seemed like they couldn’t work — it was emotional and funny and they did it playing themselves.”

While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. Kevin Hart and others make appearances.

Watch This Is the End here.

Amelie (2001)

This film was nominated for five Academy Awards, and Feig says,

“it’s so literal and yet stylish. You fall in love with her immediately.”

A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better. From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness…in the most delightfully unexpected ways.

Watch Amelie here.

Denis Villeneuve’s Selected Films

Denis Villeneuve is most recently the director of Blade Runner 2049. He has also worked on films including Arrival. His selected films are:

A Prophet (2009)

Villeneuve pulls out one scene for The New York Times, 

“The deer being killed in slow motion by a car in “A Prophet” (2010) remains one of the most powerful cinematic shots of the last decade.”

An impressionable and vulnerable Arabic man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars.

Watch A Prophet here.

Dogtooth (2009)

Villeneuve says,

“The madness in “Dogtooth” (2010) is the most refreshing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Yorgos Lanthimos may be one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. I’m still laughing at the crazy adults running to catch airplanes falling into their garden, because their father convinced them that they were fruit dropping from the sky.”

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Watch Dogtooth here. 

Dogville (2003)

Villeneuve on the movie,

“The idea of making a set without walls to show the cowardice of a community was genius.”

When a beautiful young Grace (Nicole Kidman) arrives in the isolated township of Dogville, the small community agrees to hide her from a gang of ruthless gangsters, and, in return, Grace agrees to do odd jobs for the town’s people. But as the search for her intensifies, they demand a much better deal. What they don’t know is that Grace has a dangerous secret, and their quiet little town will never be the same.

Watch Dogville here.

Brett Ratner’s Selected Films

Brett Ratner is famous for working on the Rush Hour films as well as Hercules and other big box office movies. His selected films are:

The Kid Stays In The Picture (2002)

Ratner simply calls this “one of the greatest documentaries ever made”.

Success. Scandal. Sex. Tragedy. Infamy. Robert Evans knew them all, and in this provocative and compelling documentary, he reveals how one of the greatest winning streaks in Hollywood history almost destroyed him. From his early acting days to his stellar rise as head of production at Paramount and involvement in a well-publicized cocaine sting, Evans’ meteoric career reveals the moviemaking industry during one of its most glamorous and scandal-filled periods.

If you enjoy documentaries, consider it.

Watch The Kid Stays in the Picture here.

The Pianist (2002)

Ratner on the movie,

“It will go down in history as one of the greatest Holocaust motion pictures ever made.”

The Pianist, stars Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, triumphant film follows Szpilman’s heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help of a sympathetic German officer.

Watch The Pianist here.

Borat (2006)

Ratner calls it legitimately “one of the best comedies ever made.”

Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Kazakh journalist character Borat Sagdiyev to the big screen for the first time. Leaving his native Kazakhstan, Borat travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.

Watch Borat here.

Alex Gibney’s Selected Films

Alex Gibney has directed the film Taxi to the Dark Side. These are some of his selected films:

City of God (2002)

Gibney references the opening scene, featuring a chicken and a knife, as classic.

The streets of the world’s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro’s “City of God” are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye, the eye of an artist.

Watch City of Gold here.

Michael Clayton (2007)

Gibney makes an interesting point about what you can learn from this film,

“Great take on corruption. My favorite scene is when [George Clooney] takes care of a client who is too arrogant to know how much trouble he is in. Want to understand the 2008 financial crisis? Watch this scene.”

Clayton cleans up clients’ messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm.

Watch Michael Clayton here.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Gibney argues that this movie can make you think about major societal issues,

“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about torture. This film gets deep into the horror of it all and the imagination that’s needed to survive it.”

Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil.

Watch Pan’s Labyrinth here.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Gibney gives it high praise,

“The ultimate post-9/11 film that has nothing to do with Al Qaeda or the politics of the Iraq war. It’s about a brutal force of terror that can’t be bargained with and can only be understood with the wisdom of a lawman philosopher.”

When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it.

Watch No Country for Old Men here.

There’s a good chance you haven’t seen all these films, or even heard of them. But people who love and respect the craft of filmmaking as their own career point to these as stellar movies made since 2000. Give them a chance. You may even learn quite a bit about history or new parts of the world in the process.


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Words of Advice To Keep Your Joints Healthy

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As a woman, it is only natural that your health is one of the most important parts of your life. Once you pass a certain age, you might have to deal with specific problems, such as arthritis. Left untreated, this condition can cause serious damage to your health and lifestyle. The inflammatory process will lead to symptoms such as reduced range of motion, joint pain, and stiffness.

For this, it is for the best to educate yourself about the condition. So, keep on reading and find out how you can keep your joints healthy.

What is a joint pain?

Joint pain is the type of pain that appears at the level of a joint. This is commonly a symptom of an underlying condition, such as arthritis. However, it can also appear as a result of an injury.

The important thing here is to differentiate acute joint pain from chronic pain. This is important since it will guide you in choosing which treatment to take.

Here are some of the most common symptoms you can experience with joint pain:

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling and redness
  • Sensation of warmth
  • Tenderness or pain

Types of joint pain

types of joint pain

These are different types of joint pain:

  • Arthritis joint pain – It can impair the quality of life as it restricts movement. In advanced cases, the patient presents severe inflammation and pain at the level of the affected joints.
  • Osteoarthritis joint pain – The pain commonly happens at the level of the hip or knee joint(s). It’s often accompanied by loss of function in the respective joint.
  • Gout joint pain – The accumulation of uric acid leads to pain, inflammation, and redness in the affected joint. It commonly affects the joints of the big toe.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis pain – This pain frequently affects the joints of the hands and feet. It usually leads to pain, swelling, and loss of function.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis pain – This appears as a result of an injury or fracture. It’s typically accompanied by inflammation, redness, and movement restriction in the respective joint.
  • Other types of joint pain – This includes migratory arthritis pain, bursitis pain, neuropathic arthropathy pain (Charcot disease), temporomandibular joint disorder pain, etc.

Causes of joint pain

These are some of the most common causes of joint pain:

  • Wear and tear associated with the physiological aging process
  • Infection at the level of the respective joint(s)
  • Injuries or fractures
  • Inadequate functioning of the immune system (autoimmune disorder – rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Lack of adequate lubrication at the level of the joint cartilage, bone & cartilage destruction
  • Loss of cartilage
  • Accumulation of uric acid at the level of the joint (gout)
  • Nerve ending(s) irritation
  • Intense physical effort & repeated trauma (contact sports)

How can you manage joint pain?

manage joint pain

The first and most important thing is that you obtain a correct diagnosis for your joint pain. Get your symptoms checked by a doctor, so you can get the right treatment.

These are some of the typical ways to manage pain in the joints:

Oral medications


Recommended choices include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These oral medications can cause liver damage, so you should only take them as prescribed.

Acetaminophen is a good alternative to those medications mentioned above. It’s good for less severe cases and has a lower risk of damaging the liver.


This works best for severe cases, such as those with loss of function and intense pain. Take note that opioids can cause drowsiness.

Muscle relaxants

Muscle relaxants are the best choice for those who present muscle spasms and reduced range of motion.


These are often prescribed for pain management and also to reduce the risk of depression.

Topical treatments

Capsaicin ointment

It can block the pain signals, giving it powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It may cause a burning or stinging sensation on the area of application.


Corticosteroid injections

These are best recommended for patients who suffer from more severe forms of arthritis. These are performed every couple of months and they provide temporary relief.

Hyaluronan injections

These are meant to replace the natural fluid of the affected joints.

Arthroscopic fluid removal

This procedure involves the removal of the excess fluid that accumulated in the affected joints. It can be performed at the same time with the corticosteroid injection.

Physical therapy

A physical therapy program can improve the range of motion of the affected joints, reducing both the intensity and frequency of the symptoms experienced. It can be used to strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints and also to relieve the pressure on the affected parts. It may be used in combination with heat/cold therapy, ultrasound therapy, manual therapy or swimming.

Home care measures

  • Brace/wraps for the affected joints, joint compression, and elevation are some of the ways you can manage joint pain at home. Resting the affected part can greatly help, too.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting and standing as these can cause quite a lot of damage to the joints.
  • Say goodbye to your sedentary lifestyle and engage in physical exercise on a regular basis. If you are not certain about the kind of physical exercise that is good for the joints, pay a visit to a physical therapist.
  • Avoid inflammatory foods, like refined/excessively processed foods, sugary drinks, sweets, fast food, and junk food. Opt for a diet that is mostly based on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and other healthy choices.
  • If you play contact sports, reduce the risk of joint injuries by wearing the proper equipment. You should also get adequate training, like practicing safe playing and avoiding being too aggressive.
  • Avoid eating too much red meat. This will cause uric acid to accumulate at the level of the joints, increasing the risk for gout and other inflammatory conditions.
  • Give up smoking and alcohol. These are two of the main factors which can accelerate the aging process of the joints, leaving them vulnerable to damage and inflammation.
  • Treat all infections. Untreated infections can cause harmful microorganism to travel to various joints, causing a wide range of symptoms.

Final word

Just because you are aging, this does not mean you cannot keep your joints healthy and functioning. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of inflammatory condition early on and do not hesitate to seek out the best forms of treatment. Pay attention to the prevention methods as well since these can help you enjoy healthy joints for as long as it is possible.

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How Can Virtual Classrooms Enhance Homeschool Education?

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In recent years, homeschooling has become especially pronounced. In the United States, government data shows that the number of homeschooled students more than doubled over a period of just eight years.

Whatever the reason is, it’s clear that more and more parents are finding homeschooling attractive. This raises an important question: What’s the best way to ensure that the homeschooling experience is engaging, enjoyable, and optimized for educational achievement?

For many tutors and teachers, the use of a virtual classroom is one of the most effective ways to enhance the learning experience.

Let’s take a closer look at virtual classrooms and how they can be leveraged to improve the homeschooling process.

The Evolution of the Homeschooling Experience

A generation ago, homeschooled students were taught by parents who would make use of paper textbooks, public libraries, and other related resources to round out the curriculum. This wasn’t an ideal scenario since even well-educated parents don’t have enough expertise in all subject matters. With just a single parent teaching, the process was also highly labor intensive, making it a demanding experience for tutors.

As homeschooling has grown and evolved, parents began creating tutoring groups to share the burden of teaching and allow students to get a wider range of expertise from their instructors. For example, a parent or tutor trained in medicine could teach biology while a parent trained in engineering could teach math. This made the learning process more efficient.

See Also: Should I Homeschool My Kids?

Technology, too, has had a critical impact on homeschooling. The days of exclusively using dusty textbooks and libraries are over. Today, tutors can use a wide range of digital tools to reach out to homeschooled students. This makes the learning process more engaging, efficient and effective.

Virtual classrooms have the most impact out of these tools and here’s why:

Face-to-face instruction at home

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For the uninitiated, a virtual classroom is simply an online version of a physical classroom. Students and tutors log on to an online learning platform where they can interact with each other, share video and audio and take online courses. Students and tutors interact face-to-face in real time and can collaborate closely to achieve educational goals.

Engaging learning

Today’s students are comfortable in online environments. In fact, they do well with digital learning tools. Advanced virtual classrooms offer tutors access to comprehensive online teaching features, allowing them to craft highly engaging, student-centered courses.

Monitored learning

They also offer social features that keep students focused and in a collaborative frame of mind. They also have tracking tools that allow tutors to monitor student progress as it unfolds. If a student begins to fall behind, a tutor can quickly intervene and correct the course.

International exposure

Scale and access are also key virtual classroom advantages for both tutors and learners. Because virtual classrooms offer a global reach (tutors can log in from anywhere and conduct a lesson), they represent a powerful tool for expanding a student’s access to high-quality education.

Social needs

virtual home schooling

Virtual classrooms also play a key role in connecting people. Many of these platforms include services where tutors can advertise their specialties. Parents can then contact them to arrange lessons.

Those involved in the homeschooling process are often motivated by strong beliefs. For those who live in smaller communities, it may be difficult to find others who share the same motivations. Being separated from the educational community can be isolating and that is where virtual classrooms fit.

They play a key role in connecting people who share similar beliefs and who seek to form their educational communities around the same principles.

The balance between diversity and like-mindedness

We’ve talked about the power of establishing a tutoring group. While this offers tons of benefits, it’s not always easy to find like-minded or qualified people in a given community.

Even in a large, well-organized group, there are often gaps in expert knowledge. Virtual classrooms can end this problem permanently. With the use of a digital platform with global reach, teaching experts are just a few keystrokes away.

Win-win for tutors and students

Tutors who live in areas where their specialty knowledge may not always be in demand can use virtual classrooms to ensure a steady stream of business. In this sense, virtual classrooms play an essential role in connecting homeschooled students with the best and brightest tutors.

Anyone who is involved with homeschooling knows about the dual roles parents fill. That role can expand, however, through the use of a virtual classroom. Many parents have found that their expertise is a valuable market commodity. By using an online learning platform, they can share that expertise with other learners and become part of a global group of educators.

The Takeaway

For a variety of reasons, homeschooling continues to surge in popularity. Fortunately for today’s tutors, parents and students, virtual classrooms are making the process easier, more engaging, and more effective than ever before.

Additionally, thanks to the truly global scale of today’s virtual classrooms, tutors have access to an ever-growing marketplace where demand for their expertise is rising. As homeschooling continues to grow in popularity, virtual classrooms will become even more powerful and refined, making them a tool of critical importance for global educators.

See Also: Technology in the Classroom — Should Technology Take Over The Education System?


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Top 5 Strategies To Maximize Your Online Casino Profits

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Imagine carrying your casino in your pocket. This is exactly what technology has done for us. We no longer need to travel out of the comfort of our houses to place a wager. Computers and mobiles have brought them all home and that too, on the tip of our fingers. The world of fun excitement and adrenaline has all packed into our mobile phones.

Not just that, playing games can help support your bank balance. But before you do so, we recommend playing for free on online slot portals such as this online review portal. All you require is little help from Lady Luck, some insider’s knowledge and ways and means to beat the banker.

Explore these tips to be successful at online casinos:

Choice of Game

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One way to decipher what games suit you may include checking out all the games, placing a wager on some and betting on a few. The other way round is to focus on one or two games that you understand and are willing to learn them well.

All you need to do is get a grip on the rules and practice as much as possible. Do  trial sessions with possibly different user accounts to learn the exact ways of increasing your chances. This approach is not just applicable to traditional card games but a lot of virtual online games.

Balance the payout

It is important to balance the yin and yang while playing these games! We all know that it is so much easier to win lower jackpots in casino slot games which offer a lesser but a frequent payout.

If you intend to master two or three games, always make an effort to choose one high rewarding and two low rewarding jackpot games to strike the perfect balance between the big wins. The small bonuses will keep you occupied and help you gain good insight and experience to score those big wins.

This strategy works well for all the games. Remember to calculate the odds and weighing them against your weekly or monthly limits to ensure that you don’t go beyond your paying capacity.


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There’s no harm in accepting offers or promotions offering free spins at online slots? Feel free to accept these offers and explore them as much as you can. There have been instances where people have won large sums of money through free offers like these.


Strategy is one thing but knowing your limits is another. Always make it a point to set a daily, weekly, monthly limit on the stakes you intend to indulge in. This is the most important thing for you to remember. This way, you’ll never be shocked shattered when you check your bank balance at the end of your session.

Wrap your Wins

You should always set a limit on your stakes and learn to quit when you are ahead of others. Nothing gives a bigger high than winning a big hand in the game. Learn to wind up your game wisely and pocket your winnings instead of investing them in the same session.

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Online gambling can be a lot of fun if you indulge in it within your limits. This, of course, is one of the best ways to beat the banker.

See Also: How Would You Spend Online Winnings?


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