Back to School Shopping

This post brought to you by Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.

FF-BiggestVictory-GIF_300x250(1).jpgSchool is going to be starting very soon, and a lot of people are already shopping for the best deals on school supplies and also on school clothes and shoes.  As a child, I remember how exciting it was to go to school wearing a new outfit and new shoes plus having all new school supplies.

All of this shopping is time consuming, though, and a trip to a crowded mall is the last thing we want to do sometimes after work or a busy day.  One nice thing about Famous Footwear is that it’s easy to go in, try on shoes, make your purchase, and get out in a shorter amount of time.  They have so many brand name shoes and thousands of styles at a great price, and they have really cool styles your kids want at the prices you can afford.

To celebrate, Famous Footwear is offering this special that will save you money.
15% off (20% off if the customer is a Rewards member or signs up to become a Rewards member)
BOGO (Buy One, Get One Half Off)

Just print the coupon below and take to your favorite Famous Footwear Store and redeem in-store between 8/2-8/18:  BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon

Also, you might want to join their FREE Rewards Program:

  • Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store or online
  • Accumulate points to earn certificates up to $100 a year
  • Discount offer just for signing up
  • Other special inside discounts and perk

Did you know that if there are some shoes you want not in store, they’ll get them for you through home delivery or on  You can also order shoes online at and have them shipped to your favorite store for pick-up at no charge.  How easy is that!

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Khan Academy – Free Online Educational Videos

Here is a great resource for teachers and students!  Khan Academy, a global classroom for anyone in the world who has access to a computer, has a library of over 3,200 videos online that are free.   This provides quality instruction to areas all over the world, no matter where they are located.  Incentives for students are also on the cite to motivate them with a game of earning badges and points, “game mechanics” as they refer to it, and they also offer Teacher Resources as well.  Here is an example of one topic they cover:

ALGEBRA (many lessons in each of these subtopics):

  • Algebra Intro
  • Linear Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Rations & Proportions
  • Absolute Value
  • Exponents and Radicals
  • Logarithms
  • Polynomials
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Conic Sections
  • Complex Numbers
  • Matrices

It’s easy to see by this listing that there are many lessons from which to choose.  Here is a partial list of more topics without subtopics listed:

  • American Civics
  • Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra
  • Art History (for many different eras)
  • Astrology
  • Banking & Money
  • Biology
  • Brain Teasers
  • Cryptography
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Differential Equations
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Geometry
  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • History
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Computer Science

Khan Academy is a global classroom of students who learn at their own rate and choose what they want to study.  Here are reviews and stories of the academy so you can read first hand from teachers and students all over the world.

App for Teacher/Parent Communication

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of StartSomeGood for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a teacher, wouldn’t it be great to communicate often with parents of your students and also track and manage communication with parents?  I teach a small special ed class and am able to do that, but I can imagine what a difficult time teachers of large classes and multiple classes have keeping track of who they called and who needs to be called.

Parent engagement is very important in the success of students and helps motivate students which raises their grades.  Because of this, communication with parents is a high priority for teachers. However, with teachers’ heavy work loads it’s hard to accomplish sometimes.  Having a Dash app available on iPhones would allow teachers to be organized (very important for teachers), and teachers could create a daily speed dial to keep up with families.  This would make positive calls home to parents possible with only the click of a button and would allow for more frequent calls to parents. 

Dash is working on an app, currently for the iPhone and later for Android, that will allow teachers to actually track and manage communication with parents easily. The app has already raised $3,000 on StartSomeGood and hopes to raise an additional $7,000 to make the product even better.  Go to Launch Dash to learn more.  This could ultimately revolutionize the future of parent-teacher communications.

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