University of People

University of the People (UoP) being the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, degree-granting online academic institution, is dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. UoP is affiliated with the United Nations GAID, the University of People, and Yale Law School ISP, partners with New York University (NYU) to accept students, Microsoft for scholarships, internships and mentoring and with Hewlett-Packard (HP), through the Catalyst Initiative, to provide student internship opportunities. UoPeople offers undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Computer Science and up to now more than 1500 students from 137 countries have been admitted. It offers tuition-free online programs, builds a scalable and replicable model capable of changing the very nature of higher education and has succeed in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education (does not charge for tuition or books/materials.) All that is asked is that the students pays a one-time application processing fee ($50) and subsequent modest examination processing fees ($100) levied per course. You can also visit their UoP YouTube Channel  
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Database of EdTech products

edtech EdTech On this place you will find the latest education technology products available on the web, reviewed by EdSurge – the leading site for educators, entrepreneurs and investors involved in education technology. They strive towards helping educators discover the best products for their students, inspire developers to build what educators and learners need, and enable investors understand the emerging market. The innovations in education technology, collection of reports on the latest products and monthly meetups for educators and entrepreneurs are the core activities of EdSurge.

Research Libraries’ Future

Dame Lynne Brindley, the former CEO of the British Library and recently elected Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, presents a set of key themes tied to the future of research libraries in the 21st Century. She dealt with may of them during her 12 years heading the British Library and prior career in university research libraries. Some of the topics she discusses include the following: -changing media habits, -trust in institutions -core challenges facing libraries in digital archiving, -opening legacy collections, -open access and copyright, -search and navigation, -the rise of massive online open courses, and -the future of the physical library.    
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Mobile cloud computing has given a new dimension to data storage

Mobile cloud computing has given a new dimension to data storage  Mobile cloud computing is simply a special platform that combines cloud computing and mobile devices in order to come up with a system where a cloud does the function of carrying out intensive tasks, such as storing a large amount of data. Moreover, in this system the data storage, as well as data processing usually happens out of the mobile device. Furthermore, it is very evident that the mobile devices we tend to use on daily basis, is marred with a number of challenges like; storage, which cloud computing, is trying to mitigate, battery life, and the processing power. However, mobile applications manufacturers have adequately used this architecture in order to bring out benefits such as; easy integration, improved reliability, and scalability, and extended battery life. Additionally, it has been bringing a great improvement in data storage capacity, and lastly there is an improved integration of data of data due to the ability of storing in one place while you can access it from anywhere.  Continue reading “Mobile cloud computing has given a new dimension to data storage”

How to get your scholarship?

If you need money to continue your studies, then you need “The Ultimate SlugBooks Guide to Earning a Scholarship” infographic!
Go through the images below for helpful tips helping you to find scholarships and awards to apply for, how to prepare your applications correctly, how to avoid common mistakes and at the end find the cash you need to make your educational dreams a reality.
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Effective online education revision techniques

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There’s no way of escaping exams, so it’s really important for students to find efficient ways to revise the information they’ve learnt. Revision is extremely important, since it enables students to observe their progress and get a high score. Therefore, you’re about to see some guidelines that should be applied by all students interested in revising efficiently.

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GRE Preparation – Plan well for scoring well in this subject

GRE Preparation - Plan well for scoring well in this subject If you intend to do well with your GRE preparation and score well, then it is necessary to start your studies well in advance. If you are good with the language, still it requires proper preparation. It will help you in scoring well in this exam, which is a must for getting admission in one of the top-class management courses in the world. These days, many students opt for advanced management studies with one of the best institutes of the world, as it will help you securing your future. Continue reading “GRE Preparation – Plan well for scoring well in this subject”

E-learning revolution

e-learning revolution
e-learning revolution Check the amazing facts of e-learning developments, in fact, figures + academic perspective. 1.The growth of the eLearning industry with amazing facts and statistics that shows how fast online eLearning is growing. The video also illustrations the pain that organizations feel when trying to convert their material to SCORM compliant eLearning. e-learning revolution 2. Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist, spoke at the University of Arizona on Feb. 8, 2012. His lecture, “Education: For Whom and For What?” featured a talk on the state of higher education, followed by a question-and-answer session. Chomsky, an Institute Professor and a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked for more than 50 years, has been concerned with a range of education-related issues in recent years. Among them: How do we characterize the contemporary state of the American education system? What happens to the quality of education when public universities become more privatized? Are public universities in danger of being converted into facilities that produce graduates-as-commodities for the job market? What is the role of activism in education? With unprecedented tuition increases and budget struggles occurring across American campuses, these are questions that are more relevant than ever. Education For Whom and For What?-Noam Chomsky

Everything you need to know about Massive Open Online Courses

Everything you need to know about Massive Open Online Courses We have seen this coming for a little while now. We have the Internet in all its glory, and now it’s time to start using it for good. With all kinds of people connecting from every corner of the globe, we can now teach courses online that anyone with an Internet connection can enroll in, in places from Tibet to Australia to Alaska, on subjects from Calculus to Mandarin to Chemistry. Obviously, these courses known as Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) have a lot to offer us. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about Massive Open Online Courses”

Who runs the Internet?

Who runs the Internet? The Internet as a rare example of true, contemporary, functional anarchy, not owned by anyone and belonging to all, safely makes its path towards the concept of virtual reality, created by the computer scientists, who developed it as a means of information technology used to reconstruct real images and synthetic sounds used to stimulate situations for purposes of experimentation and learning. Being a tool that will not copy the reality, but the one that will create a new organizational framework of the world, creating a gateway to cyberspace, or a media which gives people the impression that they are transported from the ordinary physical world, to the world of pure imagination, we could expect to experience a condition where each participant will have an opportunity to create the next event by using the printed media, radio, theatre and cinema on the web, creating own paths of knowledge and history of researches. Continue reading “Who runs the Internet?”

Online vs In-person tutoring

Online vs In-person tutoring What are the benefits of online tutoring? The benefits of online tutoring are numerous; we’ll start with your wallets. Online tutors are normally very economical in comparison to in-person tutors. You’ll see that there is such a diverse array of tutors from all around the globe that you’re bound to find prices that are more suited to you. From $5 per hour to $40 per hour for more technical subjects. Continue reading “Online vs In-person tutoring”

Is Japanese the hardest language to learn?

Is Japanese the hardest language to learn? Unfortunately, there’s no easy and definite answer to the question “Which is the most difficult language to learn” due to the huge amount of variables that the question raises, however for traditional, native English speakers, we do have a suggestion. First, we will discuss some of the considerations that have led to this conclusion.

Country of origin

It is important to note that in some countries, learning a language is a fairly natural process. For those minority countries that don’t have either a power language or a widely spoken language as their native tongue it’s an essential process they need to go through in order to succeed and be able to travel internationally, something English speakers tend to take for granted when they go abroad. Therefore there are children for whom it is natural to be bilingual or even trilingual due to that being common in their society or country. To give an example those living in Sweden, Norway or other European countries learn their native tongue just as we do, but for them, in addition to speaking Swedish or Norwegian fluently, they will also be fluent English speakers as this is a traditional part of growing up and part of the norm. In fact, this also occurs in Korea, India, and even China – we are quite unique in the United Kingdom where this is not the case.

Age

When you are younger you have far more of an affinity to learn a second or third language – when you are an adult it becomes much harder. Therefore Europeans that are used to learning languages are likely to find it far easier to pick them up than an English person would.

Natural talent

Let’s do not forget natural talent. Some people – myself not included – naturally pick up and remember new verbs, nouns, and sentence construction patterns. All of these points will impact how easy one finds it to become bilingual.

Self-motivation

Arguably the most important factor is enthusiasm. You can have a terrific ability to pick up languages, speak, interpret and translate them however if you don’t enjoy learning your chosen language, chances are you won’t go the whole distance. For home study especially, a lot of self-motivation is required – if you don’t enjoy what you’re learning, chances are you’re not going to learn it!

Language distance

This concept is fascinating and it brings together how closely one language is linked to another. To give an example, Dutch as a language is fairly close to English in terms of its words, patterns and expressions whilst Vietnamese and Somalian have a huge distance from English. The tools used to formulate these results are called cognates, measurements that look at language similarities to determine how close one language is to another and how easy it will be to learn.

The Answer!

So, language distance is a big factor as is personal ability, intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm, upbringing, culture, country of origin and even age. However, if you do speak English, if you are an adult and if you haven’t learned a second language apart from those obligatory lessons at school the hardest language for you to learn is…Japanese. There is an interesting infographic online here about learning Japanese and with its four scripts and totally different alphabet it’s easy to see why this gets the title – however, it’s extremely common for Japanese people to speak English, so it can be done! About the Author: Emma is fairly good at Spanish and can just about get by on her annual trip to Mallorca! For the more complex language services she requires, she recommends using the professional translators at LanguageNow.

What do you want to read this summer?

What do you want to read this summer? Summer is already here and this is the right time to think about getting your favorite books read and catch up with what you have missed during the year. Schools have let out and all pupils and students are busy with family vacations, summer camps and a myriad of other activities. It is worth mentioning that children who do not read over the summer, may lose up to three months of reading progress, so this is why it’s important to encourage your students to pick up a few new books during the hot months ahead. Continue reading “What do you want to read this summer?”

How reliable is the Internet as a learning resource?

How reliable is the Internet as a learning resource? Are you using the Internet for your homework, exam or research paper? At this point, it’s hard to imagine anyone really avoiding the Internet as a useful resource for their learning, whether you’re addicted to Wikipedia, or to Google searches. What comes to one’s mind is the question is the Internet reliable, though, for your revision? Can you depend on the sources and the information that you find? Are there any things that you should look out for when you’re doing your research, and how can you avoid bad habits? Continue reading “How reliable is the Internet as a learning resource?”

XXI Century classroom

XXI Century classroom The classroom of the  XXI century has given a new dimension to education involving students to use various applications, Web 2.0 and other technological tools. By changing the old traditional concepts of learning to keep balance with modern technological world, the modern XXI century educational system emphasises technology and practicality, in order to prepare the students, for the perfect future employees, so that they don’t fall short in any circumstances at their workplace. Continue reading “XXI Century classroom”

The best university city in the world

The best university city in the world It’s hard not to be in awe of a city that was founded by Batman. John Batman, that is, who, in 1835, established the settlement upon the Yarra River that would become Melbourne. The discovery of gold triggered the Victoria Gold Rush in 1851, and Melbourne grew into a thriving city. By the 1880s, at the peak of the gold rush, Melbourne had become the richest city in the world, exceeded in size only by London. Continue reading “The best university city in the world”

Essay writing – The Essential Guide

Essay writing - The Essential Guide A lot of students who face the task of writing an essay, just sit and type related snippets until they reach the required word count. This type of attitude leads to poor content and lower marks. A quality piece of work requires a bit more effort and concentration. However, students who follow certain essay writing rules, can produce interesting and captivating content, which merits a good mark. Follow this essential guide to essay writing to get started with your essay. Continue reading “Essay writing – The Essential Guide”

LMS iTutor is here!

LMS iTutor is here!   Yesterday iTutor.com has announced that the release date of the online learning management system (LMS) will be ready in the mid-May. The online LMS will help schools and parents track progress and monitor the success of iTutor’s programs at the administrative level, at the same time providing an engaging experience for students. It will bridge the gap between what students need to know and what administrators and parents want to know. Continue reading “LMS iTutor is here!”

Do you qualify for home-schooling?

Do you qualify for home-schooling? It is self-evident that schooling at home is called homeschooling, and out of here, this is the place where children are educated at home, either by their parents, or by private tutors. Homeschooling has become popular with kids whose parents have a shifting job., as it is more convenient, because shifting schools is not only a problem for the parents, but also it may disturb the child’s study cycle. Continue reading “Do you qualify for home-schooling?”

Are there any educational values in puzzles?

Are there any educational values in puzzles?   Are you looking for a convenient way to help your child grow? Have you ever thought about the benefits that puzzles can offer? It is a proven fact that there are many primary skills that a child can develop when constructing puzzles. Persistence and adaptable thinking are learned with the kids’ search for different ways in making the puzzle pieces fit together properly. A child’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are also improved by maneuvering the puzzle pieces and fitting them in their proper locations. Assembling puzzles helps children enthusiastically apply crucial skills, like suggestive and deductive reasoning, categorizing, problem solving, and classifying. Continue reading “Are there any educational values in puzzles?”

7 things to help you prepare for exams

7 things to help you prepare for exams It is very unlikely that anyone prefers exams to classes, but let’s face it we need to pass the exams if you want to earn your degree!! Exams are stressful, a lot of work and all-in-all a fact of life. When people leave school after 12, 13, 14 years of school, they are often led into a false sense of security that their lives will be free from study and exams for ever. The bottom line is that no matter what you do, in this day and age you are always going to be in a situation where you will have to do some sort of exam: whether it is to get your license to drive a car, to get a promotion at work or to get a University degree … You are always going to be faced with having to do some sort of exam. Continue reading “7 things to help you prepare for exams”

Libraries of the future

Will libraries become increasingly virtual and the librarians becoming knowledge navigators? Will libraries disappear as the world goes Wi-Fi or will Google become the future library? Will place remain central, as libraries become anchor tenants in co-located in commercial and public transit-orientated developments? Is social justice what libraries are really about or are they a place for empowering, for creating a better society, finding spaces for young and old, for books and digital media? A lot of questions to be considered when thinking about the future of the libraries! Libraries of the future It is a fact that the library, even though appear to be stable, it has significantly changed throughout history. It has moved from being elite based, for the few that could read, to a pubic space funded by the public. While the advent of the printing press changed the nature of the library, moving it from the monastery and the painstaking efforts of monk scribes, to the recent digitalization of the world, it is leading to even more dramatic transformations. The library enters a contested domain in its definition, its bundle of services are up for grabs – who defines it, who pays for it, what are its basic purposes. The onset of edu-tainment and the peer-to-peer knowledge revolution, poses the question whether the libraries can become places not just for receiving knowledge, but for directly creating knowledge. Other challenging issues for libraries would refer to:
  • Local and state governments dramatically decrease their funds for libraries and other financial models user pays, known as McLibrary.
  • Users changing from the young to the aged OR from the aged to the young.
  • Libraries as examples of “green”, developing cradle to grave green technologies for books and for facilities design.
  • The library as a place for escape from a chaotic world. For example: the Slow Movement: slow time, slow learning or slow everything, as the world quickens and moves to hyper-time and culture, the libraries find niches providing places of quietness and calm.
  • The librarian as digital avatar, interacting with users, learning about their changing needs, and in longer term, organizing our memories.
  • The off-shore Call-Centre library.
  • Death of the book in its traditional sense- continuing emergence of new media formats: e-books and audible books
The impact of these emerging issues point to libraries changing dramatically, particularly in the areas of funding, location, purpose and skill sets for librarians and core activities. Having mentioned the challenges numerous questions remains to be considered: would libraries be more digital or slow, would they be used more by the young or the aged, in suburbs or co-located in denser cities? Which will be their future? At this moment there are four plausible futures. Scenario number 1: “Lean, Mean, Information Machine.” This future arises from the concern about the costs of buildings, space becoming too valuable and libraries moving down the list of core priorities for funding. In this future libraries would need to seek funding through philanthropy to supplement government funding, from the user, from the community groups, from Federal and Global grants and from corporate sponsorship. With the expected rise in triple bottom line reporting, it is anticipated that corporate sponsorship may become more attractive, as libraries would be an easy and safe way to show that they were good corporate citizens that are helping both the young and the old. The role of some librarians would definitely  shift –they will become more entrepreneurial, like a broker of services and entities (community groups, corporations, city, state and federal authorities). Scenario number 2 It is opposite from the number 1. By civilizing the world, civilizing ourselves is the foundational purpose of the library, therefore no corporation should fund it, as over time, market values would poison human values. The purpose of the library is to be a community builder, providing ideas to all, including those who can and those who cannot afford education. Books cannot be overlaid with digital sponsorship, the ultimate goal is purity. The best way to serve as community builders is to go to the community. “Co-location for Community Capacity Building ” is the title of this scenario. Libraries will move to areas of intersection “of the young and old, the poor and rich,” being and  information savvy and digitally challenged. Libraries could continue to develop as anchor tenants, co-existing with other government service providers, with coffee shops and commercial tenants. As passengers stepped out of the light city rail carriages, they could enter the library, in front to them through the transparent glass, reach for the lighting -illuminating knowledge. Libraries will have multiple shifting rooms, focused on the needs of different groups, they could segment, based on citizen travel patterns. Some libraries would be more classical – book focused, others would be edutainment – places for social community groups to meet. Libraries could change during the day – shifting who they were from noon to three pm, and become a completely different place in the evening. The librarian would need to be multi-tasking with various skills, understanding the diverse needs of different age groups, ethnicities, community groups. Engagement with the community would be primary, as the library in this future would model what it meant to be civilized: deep and diverse democracy! e-books Scenario number 3: The library and the librarian become the “Knowledge Navigator”, where the users would see and then create the use of information to create new knowledge, new communities, to learn and to recreate. Libraries would become a hybrid of physical and virtual space with cutting edge technologies, cultural maps of the world, helping the users develop their interests, find connection among each other and find their place in the changing digital world. The library would be “the experience”. Those new to the digital world and emerging technologies could train themselves, ensuring democratic and enabling access for all. The adept ones, would create games for them in order to be able to learn. Gaming may even become a metaphor for the library. Users would find their knowledge treasures through clues, left by the knowledge navigator or other users engaged in knowledge sharing and production. The division between the fun of electronic gaming and the seriousness of the library would breakdown, as the public space would became an open and porous, local and global public space. Scenario number 4: The knowledge navigator does not have any future. Considering the billions of dollars Google and other web engines have given “to play” with, and considering the skill sets of their employees and owners, does anyone really think that libraries can survive? Being “the dinosaurs of the digital knowledge era”, in the are of  globalization, they may transfer into coffee shop, eats-up-one market. The digital search portals eat up another market, and through continuous dis-aggregation there is very little left. The future of the library is easy to predict – there will not be any! Funding will move to other core areas for cities: traffic, water, sewage, global warming, competing for young people in an aging society, post-oil energy problems and many more needs of our age. Libraries will slip down the priority radar, as they will not be seen as a response to these issues. Many librarians are unable to meet the challenge of the skills shift, as they are unable to be relevant with the new world dis-order. With the library monopoly expiring, other competitors enter the fray and essentially change the nature of the library. A few will survive, as some still want to see and touch books… in the next decades, these will be extinct species. With the virtual book about to include physical senses, the writing is already on the virtual wall. Which future to like best? Will one out of the mentioned four mentioned future emerge triumphant? Will there be a mix and match? Which ever future results for the librarian, this can be the best of all possible times, when the new futures are emerging, where she and he can weave the strands of alternatives and create a new future for and of libraries.  
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The positive impacts of technology on classroom learning

Education and money

Education and money

Public education may seem like a pure science that is populated by people who are above the human worries of life and live only for the joy of filling young minds with truth. However like in most things in life, schools do well or poorly largely driven by money. One of the justifications for governments’ funding of schools is, you take out of the educational process any graft or influence peddling by private interests which in theory, if corporate interests or even wealthy individuals, can influence the schools because of wealth, plus could also dictate the curriculum and “slant” lessons might take and as such put a spin on the truth because the schools become dependent on the funding source. In theory, public schools should be above funding issues because tax funds should pay for everything, so no one political or cultural influence can set the agenda of what is to be taught in school. That concept only holds up in theory, as if you spend any time in association with pubic or private schools, you know that money and education are intimately intermingled and there is plenty of influence going on all the time. Continue reading “Education and money”

Online education for everybody

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Quote: What to do? It is never too late to teach an old dog a new trick: The saying says it all. It does not matter whether you are retired or have a grandchild in kinder garden, in today’s era of Internet, it is only the wish to learn that counts. Literally, with every single next new day the chances of learning and the prospects of succeeding are gradually increasing since we have more and more courses with variety of choices offered online. Continue reading “Online education for everybody”