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Conquering Test Anxiety

It’s October. You might feel a chill in the air. You might crave a pumpkin spice latte. And educators might sense a lot of text anxiety in the classroom. Test anxiety rises as the SATs and ACTs approach and for some students, the effects can be debilitating. The American Test Anxieties Association website reports that 16–20% of students have high test anxiety.

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Turning Aptitudes Into Abilities

The greatest value in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.”
— Ben Herbster

One teen may have a strong and clear voice, but unless this voice is recognized as an aptitude, trained in music and developed through practice, he will never have the ability to sing.

Another teen may move swiftly and gracefully on long, well-formed legs, but until she learns to run and practices to develop this skill through competition, she will never be an athlete.

The difference between aptitudes and abilities is the difference between what we are and what we could become.

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The Expanding World of Video Game Careers

We’ve all heard the adage “do what you love and the money will follow.” But what about students who only seem to love video games?

Most educators don’t need to be told that video games are popular with students – that would be a classic example of stating the obvious. But the world of video games has expanded beyond what the stereotypes suggest. Did you know that video games are actually helping medical scientists?

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Choices360 School Finder

School Finder Tips

The School Finder lets you combine characteristics of colleges that are most important to you in a search for matching schools. If students find their School Finder results seem overwhelming, with too many schools to sort through, suggest they break their search down step by step.

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Charting Your Course

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in not having a goal to reach.”
— Benjamin Mays

Most people carry at least one map in their cars. Few people would venture off on a road trip to a place they had never before visited without a map to show them the way. No one likes getting lost on a road trip.

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Introducing Choices 360

Your principal wants reports on your programs. Parents want your help with college planning. Students need your advice on scheduling classes. Everybody needs something. And what do you want? When it comes to your students, you want them all to have a diploma and a plan. Sounds simple, right? You’ll fit it in right after you negotiate world peace.

Enter Choices360 – XAP’s new comprehensive career and education planning program. Choices360 gives students the tools to build meaningful education and life plans. Educators can help keep those plans on track by generating powerful reports to monitor all students’ progress.

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Security Updates

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – and there are more stories in the news to raise our awareness of digital security. The file-hosting service Dropbox was the subject of recent news stories claiming that a list of over seven million Dropbox login credentials had been leaked.

Dropbox has since issued a statement assuring users that their database was not hacked. However, the story is a good reminder of the importance of the importance of not using the same password for every service. Use a unique password for each service you subscribe to in order to help keep your data safe.