Thursday, May 30, 2013

Creative World Learning Center Receives 2013 Best of Morrow Award

Morrow Award Program Honors the Achievement

MORROW May 23, 2013 -- Creative Learning Systems has been selected for the 2013 Best of Morrow Award in the Child Care & Day Care Services category by the Morrow Award Program.

Each year, the Morrow Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Morrow area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Morrow Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Morrow Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Morrow Award Program

The Morrow Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Morrow area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Morrow Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Morrow Award Program
Morrow Award Program

Friday, May 24, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness and Working Styles

While the second Star Trek movie, INTO DARKNESS, is making millions at the box office, here at Creative Learning we're thinking about working styles.

Specifically, what working style does Kirk exhibit? If you're thinking integrated with a tendency towards holistic, you may be right. Spock is definitely a learnt analytic. But what about Uhura? We'll go with kinesthetic internal unless somebody writes in to convince us otherwise.

What about your own working style? Are you like Kirk, Spock or Uhura? Find out.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bad Working Habits That Are Good

Working Late

Do you yawn your way through the morning, drinking coffee and staring at the computer screen, only to get your best ideas after dinner? You're not alone! Many people concentrate best in the evening - that's when they are at their most receptive and creative. Its part of their Working Style, a scientifically proved way to perform at your optimum.

Moving About

One of the elements of your Working Style is the preference or non-preference for moving about when you're busy with something new or difficult. Are you somebody who thinks better while pacing a room or tapping your foot?


According to Barbara Prashnig, a world expert in education and the director of Creative Learning Systems, snacking on healthy food or sipping water may aid your concentration. Check your own Working Style today to see whether that's the case.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Learning Styles and Technology

When your child enters a primary school classroom, they will most likely be greeted by a row of computers by the wall. These are predominantly used before school and during rainy lunch breaks to play educational games, although the teacher may include a lesson on Google searches for older children. The library may have iPads with graphic novels and interactive texts. Still, most learning takes place the old-fashioned way: number games, plays from the School Journal, exploring the orchard in search of inspiration for poems and pitching real tents during Outdoor Education Week.

At intermediate school and college, though, computers become essential learning tools. Most teachers love tablet computers because they make textbooks come alive. Education simply is more interactive and fun with electronic gadgets. Computers encourage a natural form of discovery through trial and error. They can tutor those who are falling behind, repeating the lesson as many times as an individual learner needs it. E-simulations empower students to experiment with and experience a variety of complex systems such as weather patterns, mechanics, business models, and political phenomena. Working together on projects that involve computers fosters collaboration among students, as well as between students and teachers.

So is computer technology in the classroom a giant step for mankind? “There is very little evidence that kids learn more, faster or better by using these machines,” says Larry Cuban, a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. He believes the money would be better spent on recruiting, training and retaining teachers, who still form the essence of education. “IPads are marvellous tools to engage kids, but then the novelty wears off and you get into hard-core issues of teaching and learning.”

The absence of real human interaction, such as facial expression, body language, and tone of voice cues, make education software a very poor teacher of everyday social interactions.

The lack of physical interaction with the real world is also an issue, and we’re not only talking sedentary life style. If a child has only experienced something on the computer, like driving a car or playing golf, they won’t know what the real thing feels like. The simulation will not mean anything to them and won’t prepare them for real life. The weightless tenpin bowling on the Wii is misleading compared to the real heavy ball, so a Wii bowling champ may be lost in a bowling alley.

Some children learn better with the aid of a computer than others. It all depends on their learning style preferences. What is your child's learning style?

Computers are an integral part of the civilisation in which our children are growing up. If we want them to keep up with the fast-paced world of technology, then we need to accept that some of their learning will have to come via a computer screen. Just as long as a good portion of learning continues to come from real trips to the zoo, mixing real paints, and smelling real roses, the computer can be a superb learning tool.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Ultimate Pinterest Guide for Business

This week's blog post will explore the many ways in which businesses can take advantage of the social networking medium called Pinterest.

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that allows users to create a visual, online pinboard with images they love organized around topics of their choice by category. It’s the fastest growing social media site in history, the third-largest network after Facebook and Twitter and has over 25 million members and 10 million unique visitors a month. 
Because the medium is image-rich and online, it best appeals to people with a visual-tactile working style, with a non-preference for mobility. How many of your clients have such a working style? Check your own working style.
Karen Leland, author of the new book “Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business,” has created a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to hitting the road running and quickly making Pinterest into a valuable source of prospects, promotion and profits. “Great business brands are about telling compelling, congruent stories, and Pinterest is at its core about storytelling in pictures,” says Leland. “Pinterest has tapped into this visceral lover of visuals, and no small business, entrepreneur or corporation can afford to miss the boat on bringing what they offer beyond words and into images.”

“The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business” is designed to help businesses use Pinterest to its maximum potential. The book provides both beginning users and seasoned veterans with the ability to find their specific area of interest “at a glance.” It uses step-by-step how-to, sidebars, examples, case studies, expert interviews and tip sheets to show how, from setup to strategy, to use Pinterest for promotional, branding and marketing objectives. 

The book explores the ins and outs of signing up and getting started on Pinterest and how to create boards that get noticed, drive traffic and convert fans into customers. Special chapters are devoted to creating a strong community and enthusiastic following through high-engagement activities, contests, social media outreach and smart pinning strategies.

In addition the book outlines specific marketing applications to small businesses, from architecture firms to theater companies.  

Karen Leland is the bestselling author of 8 business books including the recently released Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Pinterest For Business, which can be purchased at She is the president of Sterling Marketing Group, where she works with small businesses and Fortune 500 on building stronger personal and team brands. She writes the Modern Marketing Blog at