Press Release: The Magic Diary Initiative launches its new eBook

The Magic Diary Initiative, a unique collaborative movement in unifying people across all boundaries, launched the first of its volumes of A Pocketful Dreams: a travelling diary and some storytelle…

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Cooperative Learning

Cooperative learning helps the struggling students overcome the inferiority complex.

We have students who are shy to speak and they need an inspiring atmosphere to overcome some complexes. Cooperative learning is the most realistic and maybe one of the best ways to improve the situation. It helps them to maximize their own and each other’s learning. It strengthens the interaction between students. It helps to form good interpersonal communication as students work together and are responsible for their teammates’ learning and behaviour.

Students learn best when they interact with each other and learn from their peers.

The criteria of creating team based tasks are different. They depend on teaching goals the type of the tasks, and of course their previous experience in working in groups.

Do Selfies Shape Reputation or Cause Tragedy?

Where the youth takes selfies to impress their friends on different social media, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, takes selfies to connect with the youth. The more selfies taken, the more work done. Perhaps Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, knows the real way to impress the youth with this trend to take selfies.  It is crystal clear that he takes selfies to build a reputation and shape the image of the BJP leader. Many renowned people have an obsession with selfies. Maybe they really don’t care about selfies, but instead are keeping up with the current trend. Modi, of course has chosen this unique tactic to attract a larger population and to easily communicate with the younger generation.

Today’s young generation is obsessed with taking the perfect selfie to get a thousand likes or hits on different networking sites. They mainly take selfies to impress their friends. The more “likes” they get, the happier they become as they are looking to be noticed. They can take over 100 selfies a day and yet not find the perfect one.  It is a self-compulsion to fill their self-esteem. While the youth takes selfies to give them the most dramatic effect, Modi’s team promotes a #selfiewithModihashtag which allows the public to take unique selfies with their political leader. Modi even gets into a scandal when he tweets a selfie of himself without the general public and showing only the BJP’s lotus logo, a political symbol.

While the selfies and other social media tactics can help the political leader to shape the carefully managed public image, they can cause dangerous effects and have tragic endings. A teenage girl, Xenia falls to her death after trying to take a selfie from a railway bridge in one of the Russian cities. She is electrocuted as she grabs the high voltage cable. Teenagers like to play with danger and post the most impressive selfies on different networking sites.  Many of these perfect selfies don’t get any likes, because some of them never get to be posted. Or if they are posted the takers of the selfie never get the chance to see how many “likes” their selfies received.  Xenia never saw her impressive selfie because by trying to ignore her fears she failed to preserve her life. Some selfies turnout to be fatal: sometimes the very best selfie is the last one. When the selfie takers are focusing on their faces; they don’t pay attention to the world around them. Young people miss the unique opportunities to capture moments that they’ll appreciate many years later. Every time I turn the pages of our family photo albums, my heart fills with warmth and sweet memories.

Modi’s habit of taking selfies implies that he thinks like a common man. He has chosen the easiest way to connect with the people, though the odd habit may seem childish. I think its better to stay natural, to find other logical ways to connect with the young generation and population at large. It would be better that people’s opinions and his loyal deeds shape his public image, rather than the perfect selfies.



Is annotated bibliography critical?

The purpose of annotation is to inform your readers of the relevance and importance of the quality of the sources cited. As far as I have understood an annotated bibliography is a compact description and critical summary of a particular work. A descriptive annotation describes what is discussed in the article, while a critical annotation evaluates the work from a conversant point of view. A critical annotation evaluates the usefulness of the work, somehow gives the strengths and weaknesses. A critical annotation compares the summary to other works on similar topics.
Annotated bibliographies are useful for developing your ideas, they make you think more carefully about what you were reading. After reading about annotated bibliographies I understood that they can help us to focus our ideas on a subject through critically analyzing our ideas about other treatments of the same subject.
We should take into account the factor of the intended audience. Is the audience specialized or general? We must consider the fact — Who will use it?
Good annotated bibliographies include both descriptive and critical (evaluative) summaries.

Why do people plagiarize?


What is plagiarism? It is when someone presents others’ ideas as his/her own. When one writes dissertation, he/she needs to cite others’ ideas or paraphrase them.
I keep telling my students not to «steal» others’ ideas when I give them a written assignment. I ‘ve understood one thing, the more my students practiced paraphrasing, the easier they got into the habit of inserting citations.
With the advent of the Internet and easy access to limitless written materials and resources plagiarism affects a lot of people. Dr Denise Comer claims to avoid plagiarism in the video materials I have recently watched in one of the courses, no matter if you are too busy or you can’t find where the source is from.
Stop plagiarism and be original!