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The Purpose of the CAP Center:

This site is dedicated to helping students find a career, of their choice, and achieve academic success in their subjects. 


Quote of the Day

You can't do it unless you can imagine it.
Ororge Lucas 

  • Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” ~ unknown
  • "Difficulty and mistakes are only an obsticals to success." - Tom Wilson

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Recent Cool Gadgets 

Lane Sight   The LaneSight® System is the FIRST and ONLY comprehensive cycling safety system to ever be developed. LaneSight® allows you to "Detect. Alert. Avoid. Record." No other singular device on the market offers all of these features. With LaneSight® you can ride with piece of mind knowing “We’ve got your back”.

Recent Finds

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Truth of Fiction  6 political sites that try to decipher facts from fiction.

Credit  Credit.com is the only product of its kind designed by leading credit experts committed to helping you understand and master the confusing world of credit. It’s a simple, guided experience protected by bank-level security.


What Google Knows About You????    Here are 6 links that will tell you what Google know about you.

What FaceBook Knows About You????  Here are 98 personal data points FaceBook uses to know you.


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Google’s deep mind explained— This will either scale your death where you’ll say it is really cool.

Dead or Alive  As of January 3 2016 this website lists 7879 famous and semi-famous people from various walks of life – entertainment, politics, sports, music, law… and others.

New Jul Library  The Joint-Use Library is a unique collaboration between Tidewater Community College and the City of Virginia Beach to combine in a single, dynamic destination the collections, services, programs, and resources of an academic library and a public library to create a new model for lifelong learning and provide synergistic opportunities to enhance personal growth, academic achievement, and quality of life for the College community and for the residents of the City of Virginia Beach. 

Do Space Library     FAQ's

TECHNOLOGY FOR EVERYONE. FREE FOR EVERYONE.

At Do Space®, we believe in empowering the community through access to technology and innovative learning experiences. Free and open to all, Do Space is a community technology library, a digital workshop, and an innovation playground filled with opportunities to learn, grow, explore and create.

   Awesoume, Outstanding, Interesting Finds   

   Science of People   "Science of People is a human behavior research lab. Our goal is to teach you how people work. Understanding people is the most important life skill a person can have. Yet, we are not taught people skills in school nor do our parents sit us down and teach us how to interact effectively.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM Curiosity Makes You Smarter    Never stop learning.  It is interesting, informative and makes you powerful, as well as smart.  (Who it their right mind wants to be dumb)

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 The Mo You Know   The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a weekly Saturday morning show on CBS that showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. It is hosted by news correspondent and CBS Sunday Morning regular Mo Rocca. Each episode presents stories related to the process of innovation and also includes one story on The Henry Ford—its Archive of American Innovation, its unique visitor experiences and its unparalleled expertise. The intent is to stimulate curiosity and to inspire audiences with entertaining yet educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and turning points that changed the course of history, as well as innovations and inventions that are changing the world today. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is produced in partnership by The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution company.      

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Discovery Education   Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.  Accelerate student achievement in your district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students' natural curiosity and desire to learn.  Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's greatest talent, classroom contests & challenges, professional development and more — Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.

                 Investopedia   Investopedia is the world’s leading source of financial content on the web, with more than 20 million unique visitors and 60 million page views each month.

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                 BBC - YouTube    

Six public purposes and how they will be delivered

Sustaining citizenship and civil society

The BBC provides high-quality news, current affairs and factual programming to engage its viewers, listeners and users in important current and political issues.

Promoting education and learning

The support of formal education in schools and colleges and informal knowledge and skills building.

Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

Encouraging interest, engagement and participation in cultural, creative and sporting activities across the UK.

Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities

BBC viewers, listeners and users can rely on the BBC to reflect the many communities that exist in the UK.

Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK

The BBC will build a global understanding of international issues and broaden UK audiences' experience of different cultures.

Delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services

Assisting UK residents to get the best out of emerging media technologies now and in the future.

                 Mental Floss   mental_floss is the international media brand that gives smart, curious knowledge junkies their fix with upbeat, witty explorations ofeverything from science to pop culture to tech to history. Our team of more than 40 journalists in the U.S. and U.K. specialize in finding the most fascinating elements of everything our readers want to learn more about, and we illuminate the hidden sides of topics in the news you thought you already knew all about

                 Matthew Sentoro  on YouTube Funny infotainment videos featuring the most amazing, weird and mind-blowing facts! New uploads every Monday, Wedneaday & Friday! 

                 Minute Physics    Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." ~Rutherford via Einstein? (wikiquote

                 SciShow     SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts. With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, we go a little deeper...without going off the deep end. Most of the time, anyway. 

                 Crash Course    About Video

                 Smarter Every Day   The author of this site explores the world of science. If you learn something awesome feel free to subscribe to the YouTube channel.

                 Khan Academy   Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

                 Varitasium   An element of truth | Science and engineering videos:  Veritasium is a channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.

                  PBS Idea Channel  on YouTube  Here's an idea: a PBS show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art.

                  VSauce Channel  on YouTube  Questions? Ideas? Tweet me: http://www.twitter.com/tweetsauce Vsauce was created by Michael Stevens in the summer of 2010. 

                   TED      TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

                          DNews   DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories and perspectives you won't find anywhere else. New videos, twice daily at youtube.com/dnews

                          LifeHacker  Great Blog

                          FW Thinking    Great Blog

                          Stuff You Missed In History Class   

                           Stuff Of Genius     Videos    Christian Sager is a content lead at HowStuffWorks where he writes, researches and hosts Stuff of Genius. His investigations often lead to the innovative pioneers, brilliant maniacs and cunning hackers pushing the limits of our everyday lives. In 2008 he earned his master’s degree in Communication from Georgia State University where he researched comic book villains and national ideology. When he’s not exploring eldritch knowledge he writes comics about steampunk submarines, dysfunctional cyborgs, demonic children and arctic horror. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, cats and ferrets. Christian relaxes by practicing yoga to the most brutal of metal.

                      How Stuff Works    HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, our writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things we're most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month. 

                         Discover the Forest    Discover the forests that are right in your neighborhood. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for you. Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with activities, including some from PBS KIDS Plum Landing!

                          Panoply      Panoply is a premium podcast network connecting listeners with high-quality, smart audio shows. 

                                 Revisionist History    Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked.

                           Daily Smartmeme    Our approach is grounded in a visual and narrative analysis of change - the recognition that we all understand the world and our role in it through the experience of stories, place, and community.

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              The Science Channel    Endles Videos of very cool stuff.Science isusing magnets to clean up oil spills in the ocean.  Some sucking children may have fewer allergies. The San Andreas fault is ready to roll, and the longer he waits to larger it will be. Discover  nano drones; one of these may be on your next Christmas list.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM           OMG Facts        Stories worth sharing.   OMG Facts is brought to you by Dose. an online media company with a mission to educate, entertain, and inspire.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM             Dose       More stories worth sharing.  Hi! We’re the team behind Dose and OMG Facts. Every month, our stories educate, entertain, and inspire more than 50 million people raised with a smartphone in hand. Having raised roughly $35 million from top investors, we have the resources necessary to create real impact.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM              GoodNet     Goodnet connects people around the world with opportunities for doing good - it’s that simple. Our writers and editors have eyes and ears across the world of good doing - from volunteering, charity work, microfunding and creativity to green tech, water conservation, collaborative consumption and mindful living. It’s a network that empowers users to independently take positive action and amplify their goodness - anytime, anywhere and in the field of interest closest to their hearts.

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               Cloud Biography  CloudBiography is an online database comprised of short video biographies.  All of these historical figures, for better or worse, changed the world .

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM               This American Life   This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners.  There's a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay.

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                    Unplug the TV    This website is meant to replace mind-numbing television. Instead of wasting your life watching TV, watch something mind-opening and educational. This site has hundreds of educational videos to help you learn or gain a new perspective.

This website is NOT another Youtube or Wimp. You won’t find videos of talking dogs or double rainbows on this site.

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                    Open Culture    Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between.

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                  Life Noggin     Learn all about your awesome life and the brain that makes you able to live it! KEEP ON THINKING! Expand on your current understanding of atoms, the Universe, and everything in between.  Explore the scientific concepts behind your favorite video games.

Philosophy  Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? Episode 01 "THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER” - College Course

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.52.44 PM                  Highbrow     Highbrow is an email subscription service that brings bite-sized courses straight to your inbox every morning. All courses are 10 days long (so you don’t get bored) and are broken down into 5-minute lessons to make sure you can read them with your morning coffee.

All of our courses are in text format, and the materials are available right in the email. We believe that’s the simplest, easiest way to make learning an everyday habit.

The Internet   We use the internet every day, but how much do we really know about it?


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Video- How to use The CAP Center


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Writing Tools                                                                Work Area


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Better Grades 

Don't judge me by my past; I don't live there anymore. Judge me on my merits because my potential is in my future.” Unknown 

I don’t know who said this but I find it refreshing to know that you can start over from scratch in spite of whatever past you had. The future is always fresh and new, and the following links are things to think about the new directions your life may take. Education is the right path to get there.


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Memory Training  (TED)

Big Rocks First  

Get Your GED

Get Help With Your Homework

Critical Thinking

How to Memorize Anything Quickly

8 tips for studying smarter.    The majority of students study by re-reading notes and textbooks — but the psychologists' research, both in lab experiments and of actual students in classes, shows this is a terrible way to learn material. Using active learning strategies — like flashcards, diagramming, and quizzing yourself — is much more effective, as is spacing out studying over time and mixing different topics together.”

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face


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If you use Google Docs  as a text editor, there are “add ons” that will make your life much easier.  The following image contains the “add ons” that I keep on hand when I am using Google Docs:


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Flubaroo   Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments.  I designed it for my own classroom, and want to share it with other teachers... for free! (This is not a Google “add on”, but it can be used with the Docs and Spread Sheet program.)   Create an Online Quiz in Google Docs

An sample of the Google “add ons”:

SAS Writing Reviser  —  This add-on provides students with feedback about their writing and enables them to address a range of potential writing problems, including weak verbs, excess prepositional phrases, dangling modifiers, and faulty sentence structure. By learning to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically, students begin to express themselves with greater precision and power.



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As A Final Thought, Here Is Something to Think About:

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“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “ uperstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. 

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. 

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. 

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” ― Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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“A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?” ― Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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“Or consider a story in the Jewish Talmud left out of the Book of Genesis. (It is in doubtful accord with the account of the apple, the Tree of Knowledge, the Fall, and the expulsion from Eden.) In The Garden, God tells Eve and Adam that He has intentionally left the Universe unfinished. It is the responsibility of humans, over countless generations, to participate with God in a "glorious" experiment - the "completing of the Creation." The burden of such a responsibility is heavy, especially on so weak and imperfect a species as ours, one with so unhappy a history. Nothing remotely like "completion" can be attempted without vastly more knowledge than we have today. But, perhaps, if our very existence is at stake, we will find ourselves able to rise to this supreme challenge.” ― Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space


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Technology: Now and in the Future

  • Humanyze  "The Humanyze Digital Platform allows companies to leverage their internal digital communication to identify risks within their organization. The platform uses a combination of email, calendar, chat, and even location data to provide organizations with a full picture of their communication. Know if teams are under-communicating, visualize how they spend their time, and understand their communication preferences”  Article Wall Street’s Next Frontier Is Hacking Into Emotions of Traders
  • Future Technology   This website is dedicated to talk about techs and gadgets in the future, some of them might still even a concept. Because I think it’s gonna be fun and full of surprise to see what the future might bring to us. And someday we can take a look again at this blog archives and see if it’s come true ?







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Spirit of America

Getting an entry level job or starting a new career can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Often sheer determination is not enough, you also need a wealth of resources and knowledgeable guidance. You will have full access to these resources and guidance here.  Support

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Truth Can be Eye Opening

First Full Face Transplant  

Limb-itless: Pilot Born Without Arms Defies All  Odds   

How prosthetics went from peg legs to biolimbs

Amputee Coalition




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