There is a neat, new free service on the market right now aimed at both students and teachers. This cool new study notes online tool features a revolutionary system that allows you to easily upload all of your study notes or lessons plans, and store them online. The system immediately goes to work creating a searchable database of all of your notes, featuring note pages with automatically generated links to other relevant pages of notes you have.

Essentially they build a cool website out for your notes that looks and feels a lot like Wikipedia – but it’s all about your notes. It does not end there. StudyUp allows you to network with other students studying similar subjects or topics. The StudyUp “StudySpider” scans your notes and cross-references your information with all notes in the StudyUp database. Recommendations are then made to the user for networking opportunities.

Much like Facebook, StudyUp allows you to search for other students in the same school, class, or even the same subject as you. You could be studying Physics in Vancouver, Canada and become study buddies with another, same year physics student in Florida. You can share certain subjects with only certain people, and use the StudyUp User Home Page to get instant updates when Study Buddies in your “Feed” upload new notes to StudyUp.

There is a useful study skills tips section as well that features articles written by users on various subjects. You can also like StudyUp on Facebook, and follow the progress as the team builds new features to make teacher & student lives easier and more efficient. Take also a look at this article about getting a new life as a TEFL teacher.

Missing days (Private Note)

I miss the days when Kinley was tiny and newborn, with his lack of movements and noises other than whines and cries from being hungry and dirty. Those were the days…

And now, as I look at him making his way across the bedroom floor the best way he can? I miss them even more. When I could get out of bed and surround him by pillows and check on him every so often, knowing he was safe. When he slept 90% of the day away, and the little time he was awake was sporadic and involved nursing.

At first, I missed it because it meant he wasn’t up at 7 in the morning laughing and giggling and ready to play. Now, as I write even more, I realize it’s because, suddenly, I have no infants, I have a toddler and a baby. Two individuals who are turning more and more into individuals. His long, delicate fingers perfecting their ability to grab anything within reach; anything out of reach, his strong legs propel him towards.

He scoots around the floor throwing his pacifier forward, then eagerly moving towards it. When he reaches it, he rewards himself with placing it in his mouth before throwing it forward again. Every time, he responds with squeals of delight and joy, or groans and grunts of frustration.

No longer an infant, but a baby. A growing boy. A boy that will soon be moving smoothly on his knees to discover new things. A boy that will soon be talking and laughing and playing even more, only to be followed by walking and feeding himself. No more infant.

I miss those days where he was small and fit so carefully in the cradle of my arms. I miss when he was my teeny boy.