Why Twitter “works” in education?

Why Twitter "works" in education?

Why Twitter "works" in education?

As with the advancement in technology, social media channels grow day by day, each adopts their own personality.

LinkedIn is the oldest in the family.

Instagram is the playful teen, that opened its restaurant with the money for the family.

Facebook is the walking political argument that everyone know not get started.

And Twitter? Twitter is the wild child of the whole bunch.

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IT training for elderly people: It’s never too late

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IT training for elderly people: It's never too late The rate at which technology is developing is so fast that most of us struggle to keep up. When we were children, some of the lucky ones may have had an old Commodore 64, which needed programming language just to access Ms Dos. It seems like it took no more than a blink of an eye for programming language to be replaced with touchscreens and the old Commodore to be replaced with an iPad or tablet. And nobody even knows what Ms Dos is anymore! Continue reading “IT training for elderly people: It’s never too late”

21-st century teaching in Macedonian primary schools

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21-st century teaching in Macedonian primary schools This interview is conveyed with Dobri Joveski, Primary school teacher for 16 years, who is a leading utilizer of the new technologies in education in the Republic of Macedonia When did you begin using the social media for educational purposes? The grounds for communication among all parties involved in the creation and participation in the education-upbringing process is the e-mail. I would like to emphasize its role, since apart from being a personal communication among two entities, it offers an opportunity to exchange information and to create among limitless number of users. The initial idea for communication and presentation of the educative content and the project activities was my participation in the creation of the blogs through www.bloger.com, ThinkQuest, E-twinning, Edmodo, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Partners in learning, as well as educative and social portals that I use in my every day work. The social media in educative purposes has become our common practice. The necessity of following the news, has become part of the educative content for the teachers. This necessity lead to creating a new community of teachers that exchanges its good education practice in teaching through webinars. In the Republic of Macedonia, this type of education has been ongoing for two years and it comes as a result from the cooperation between Microsoft-Partners in learning and the good practices shared by the teachers in Croatia. What are your future plans in expanding the activities? Organizing of the webinars as a successful project activity will continue and it will be expanded with the participation of other interested teachers that are following the innovations in the education on a global level. If pre-conditions for this type of training are created, it can be used by the diaspora students, for the purpose of introducing the traditional and the cultural values of the entities that live in the Republic of Macedonia. Through the cooperation with the relevant institutions on a state level, primarily Ministry for Education and Science,  Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Directorate for education development and State education inspectorate, the future plans are in the direction of expanding the activities of webinar development in Macedonia, i.e. online trainings for professional training of the teachers. How do you experience the current rise of using the Internet in educational purposes? The utilization of the IT communication in the education of children is no longer a matter of choice, but a necessity. This is the way through which the children’s potential is stimulated, enabling them enriched intellectual development. The Internet offers limitless possibilities in gaining ideas to create the class content for all school subjects, being an unquenchable source of knowledge and teaching resources. With the correct directing and awareness of safe utilization, the Internet educational process is enriched with a valuable source of exploring and teaching, enabling communication on all levels, among all entities in the education-upbringing process. What would you like to recommend to your colleagues in the utilization of the interactive tools and the new technologies in education? If the teachers make an analysis and evaluation of their own work in education, they would conclude that the utilization of the information communication technologies and the interactive online tools is becoming a necessity and an advantage in the presenting of the educational content. In this way, the teaching and the tutoring is becoming a pleasure, a natural process, efficient and effective training of the teachers and the pupils in their future challenges. About :Dobri Joveski, Primary school teacher Upon graduation, he was working in rural areas in mixed classes, meanwhile participating in trainings organised by Step by step, With reading and writing towards critical thinking, trainings organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia-Development of the democracy and the children’s right, implementing the teaching techniques in practice.  An important step in his professional development is the participation in the initial trainings for computer learning introduction via e-school. He was an educator and master trainer for the teachers in several regional schools, where he lectured about the computer and Internet utilization in the education process, through MS Windows, Linux, i.e. Edubuntu. He is a primary school teacher for 16 years. By being an active utilizer of the IT in his every day life, as well as through the communication and the exchange of the experiences of the teachers in Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria and wider, as well as through the fruitful cooperation with Microsoft Partners in learning on numerous school projects Dobri has reached recognised results on global level. He is working in presenting the innovative approaches in teaching content, including creative utilization of many online programs and applications (good school practice with Flip camera recording, utilization of ToolKid, G-Compris, Jumpido programs), using Classmate computer, Smart Board, tablets, mobile phones, Kinect that enable pupils various educative resources and experiences. The professional development of the teachers, the exchange of the experiences and the proven school practice were used in the organising of the webinars through Microsoft Live Meeting и Microsoft Lync in which he participated with much enthusiasm. Constantly upgrading the knowledge on IT communication content, makes him transfer the gained skills to the pupils and develop professionally, all contributing to become a teacher of the 21st century.

Turn your smartphone into a study library

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Mobile-Learning In this era of technology nothing is difficult. Everything lies on your doorstep all you need to do is to open the door for the things to come in. Whether you are sitting at your home or out in the park you can gain access to any place you want. Smart phones have solved many issues regarding visiting any place to get lectures. Even the medical surgeries are taking place online. Smart phones have made our life easy. On just one click without even standing up from our place we reach to the other desired place. We take same enjoyment of watching a movie while sitting in park or garden. On one touch we get in contact with the person sitting 1000 miles away from us. Even students can attend their virtual classes in just one single touch without heading to their university they can enjoy their lectures just like sitting in their classes. Continue reading “Turn your smartphone into a study library”

Online education – your best option

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Online education - your best option Thankfully more and more people are able to pursue a path in higher education in modern times, allowing them to develop their skills and knowledge and follow a career path that is best suited to them.  Undergoing a course at a conventional education institute has many benefits of its own, but it can often be inconvenient for people who do not want to relocate to a new place or if they have pressing work commitments.  Conventional education courses require you to physically visit the campus at certain times every week, something that people with regular jobs they need to support themselves cannot do.  Online education allows you to progress on your course without actually having to be in a certain location at specific times. There are also many other excellent benefits to online education courses, which are explored in more detail below. Continue reading “Online education – your best option”

5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore

5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore
5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore   Most of the traditional educational institutes have been facing troubles in the form of course shortage and budget cuts, which have made a large number of students look for the alternative solutions rather than striving for traditional colleges or university for getting higher education. It might be quite surprising for you to know that, so far, more than 3 million people have got themselves enrolled on different online places for getting full fledge degrees programs. In addition to this, you might also find it quite surprising that at least 6 million other people have also taken different courses through online learning institutes. Continue reading “5 Major advantages of online classes that you can’t ignore”

Online schools from students’ perspective

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perspective In 2011 in Canada there were 207,096 students that participated in online education. To be better understood this figures, that means that this is more than one student out of 25. In British Columbia, the number is growing, though online courses remain limited to a supplemental role in the K-12 public system. Advocates of online learning say it is a right way to shift the school system from the 19th-century factory model to a more innovative form. Not that it will bring freshness in the educational processes, but it will eliminate the cost of textbooks while broadening access for students in more remote areas. There are few interesting questions that need to be answered if we want to analyse the incoming trend into more details: – Which student benefit most from online learning? – When and what is a good fit for certain learning styles or goals?  Here are some of the replies coming from 10 and 11 graders. A.N. was not doing well with the class the 10 planning courses he took. This was not because of the nature of the work (neither analytical nor academic), but because the vapid assignments seemed to engage all of his free time. However, taking this course made it possible for him during Grade 10 to take two electives, film and drama. Since he wants to be a filmmaker, cinematographer, and actor, he benefitted from the courses. He says: “I became close with many of the actors in those courses that I would later work with in the one-act performance the school puts on every year, which made the online work worthwhile. As well, there was one budgeting assignment involving debit cards and money transferring that proved useful after I picked up a job this summer.” Online schooling requires time management skills. It fits more to, the entrepreneurial type of student who is not challenged in a classroom, by giving him the flexibility to have a better learning experience. When asked how does he feel if there is a supervisor in the school, who will monitor the progress of online students, with peer review in the groups were discussing and studying online curriculum could take place, he liked it. This would help to move online technology from a supplemental role to an integrated role; connect online school networking to the greater school community. A.N. thought that will be a great improvement to the system. He was worried about the fact that distancing students from the social and interactive, project-based aspects of a school, may cause students to be more indifferent to school in general. He mentioned an example of an in-classroom teacher, who replaced discussing social studies content and doing group projects with watching YouTube videos throughout the class. Moderation of those tools can be good, but the curriculum has to change to accept them, and they cannot substitute for nuanced, involved teaching. N.G. is also a student playing jazz in the evenings on Commercial Drive. He has been to four different high schools since Grade 9. (That means a different school every year.) The reason for this is the fact that in Grade 8 he failed two courses – traditional schooling was quite difficult for him. Thanks to the democratic free school, he attended in Grade 11, he receives the many additional credits he needed through self-paced learning, journaling his extra-curricular work and online learning. As a result of this, he will be starting at Vancouver Community College‘s music program this fall, which brings him great pleasure. During the last two summers, he took Math 10 and Planning 10, and believes that it is helpful only for achieving extra credits. According to him: “If a student was only being educated through online schooling, they wouldn’t really be learning, for learning consists of a personal relationship with a teacher and the curriculum, and online is a bad environment for these types of connections.” When he was asked about the shift many educators wish to see the “content-based learning” of the 20th century to the interdisciplinary, integrated, “process based learning” of the XXI century, he had a lot of comments. During Grade 9 year at a private school called Island Pacific School on Bowen Island, many innovative learning methods were used. Students were using sites like Edmodo (a secure social learning network for teachers and students), Ning (a site where one creates their own social network), and MOODLE (an open source, community-based learning tools site). All these were used to create a customised classroom online where articles, videos and ideas were shared. In his class, there was a philosophy network, which N.G called “a discussion forum on steroids,” where one could create a profile, send e-mails, and have discussions on posts, all in the name of philosophy. The teacher would get four or five students to blog about their experiences, which he liked. Smart Board, an interactive whiteboard connected to a projector and a computer used for teaching is a positive experience for N.G. With this he is able to create an interactive Power Point presentation. The students can write on and change with sensitive pens and record to post online. This tool allows the students to see a repeat of information after the class is over, and interact with the material on their own time. Since these cost under a thousand dollars in Canada, he thinks that every teacher who wants one should have one. “If a shift in teaching methods is to occur, the curriculum, at a fundamental level, must change with it.” N.G. believes that the teaching revolution should not occur online, but should take place outside the classroom with experiential learning (field trips, camping trips and outdoors excursions.) He believes that “adding all the innovative technological advancements, without changing the philosophy around education, will be as redundant as putting lipstick on a pig.” U.T. is an avid hot yoga attendant, dancer and gluten-free vegan who is taking French 12 this summer. She is at Rudolf Steiner School, which offers a set curriculum of alternative education and pedagogy. She has to take French 12 this summer, in order to be able to do math and chemistry next year, for students at Waldorf must choose between the two. Online education is helping her receive the credits she needs to pursue the sciences. However, she has many gripes with it. She explains “coming from a holistic, collaborative and spiritual learning environment makes online education feel sterile and redundant.” After looking at the screen for hours, she complained that her eyes began to hurt. “I’m not used to that much screen time. I prefer to learn in different ways, where one is not stagnating in front of a computer for hours on end.” This attitude towards computers is very common at Rudolf Steiner schools, as children do not use computers until high school. Counsel parents restrict TV watching as it reduces the child’s “etheric forces.” This can be considered as an interesting approach but is very difficult to achieve it in practice considering the lifestyles of today’s kids. U.T. agrees with the Waldorf philosophy they preach that spending time outside, being creative and doing group project would be exponentially more stimulating than completing a government-required course through the Vancouver Learning Network. The VLN is the newly established network for online schooling in Vancouver. It incorporates teaching strategies and methods similar to those in a regular classroom, such as textbooks, study guides and other materials. VLN assignments are completed and delivered through various communication methods, including mail, e-mail, online classrooms, phone and fax. Many learners participate in online voice and videoconferences with their teacher and use a variety of electronic tools and learning management systems. U.T. says, “that is all fine and dandy, but it probably won’t produce results different from the classroom system.” Laurie Anderson, PhD, former Head of VLN and current Executive Director at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus says: “Any course or set of learning outcomes can be taught (and learned) in various media, be it a traditional classroom, online, a hybrid combination, or through direct experience.” It is a fact that the student has more learning options than before, and should customise his or her learning experience to fit his or her needs. This relates well to the students’ opinions of online learning, which seem quite ready to take the initiative to move out of the brick and mortar classrooms and teach themselves. Anderson emphasises the constant tension existing among three central goals of education: -to educate the mind (classic academic curriculum), -to socialise (focus on career education, training consumer education, etc… courses that help students make a living); and -to help students discover their unique potential. He concludes that the career training is the current priority of public education. What is important is to prepare students for the world of work. This is addressed well by online conventional methodologies. The other two goals: academic learning and self-actualization, should also be considered and developed further. This would require new, innovative approaches to all aspects of the public compulsory education system. More about k-12 education: Revolutionising the K-12 experience w/ student-centric online learning Access to Quality Education for All: The Power of K-12 Online Learning VSMOOC12 – Describing K-12 Online Learning

Social media spring cleaning for graduates

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Social media spring cleaning for graduates When applying for jobs, it is customary to go through a mental checklist. A stunning CV? Check. Snappy covering letter? Check. Up-to-date LinkedIn profile? Of course. Appropriate Facebook, profile? That’s the one that seems to be catching more and more people out. Last month, seventeen year old Paris Brown, a youth crime commissioner, came under intense media scrutiny for the controversial content of her official Twitter feed. According to Victoria McLean, Director of City CV, this is proof that “all it takes is a few poorly judged status updates to well and truly stall your career before it has even begun.” These days, an individual’s online identity can be as much of a deciding factor in the selection process as qualifications and experience. After all, your social media profiles could be interpreted as the ultimate CV: personal, honest, and 100% you. Which is why employers are increasingly looking at the online presence of their candidates before making a decision. If you are a student preparing for graduation and steeling yourself for the notoriously competitive job market, then it is absolutely crucial that you get your social media profiles in order before sending out a single application. Says former technology recruiter Nick Bryan: “As someone who has reviewed CVs for IT jobs: yes, we look at your Facebook. And Twitter. And blog.” While it is hardly an exact science, evidence exists to suggest that certain traits (such as intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness and agreeability) can be determined through the nature of the content that people upload to Facebook. A wide range of personal interests and photographs of travel are generally well received, and even snaps of nights out can demonstrate an extroverted, sociable personality (within reason). However, a recent study conducted by YouGov found that 42% of university students are concerned that their Facebook photographs, status updates and comments may end up causing them some embarrassment when they go on to seek work. To further complicate matters, it has been found that in some cases, deleted Facebook content can be viewed up to three years after removal. The constant changing of the settings regarding security and privacy on Facebook also means that a user may believe their profile to be only viewable by approved members, but it is in fact visible to a much wider audience. In these cases, using your own judgement is vital. We would advise, as a rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it in the office, don’t say it on the Internet. If you’d like further help with your CV or online profiles then call us on +44 20 7100 6656 or email enquiries@citycv.co.uk We’re always happy to help. You’ll also find us on citycv.co.uk, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

How to become an online tutor?

How to become an online tutor? Diversity: Your students are likely to come from all parts of the globe. How amazing would it feel to touch the lives of people from all around the world? It’s incredibly rewarding. Schedule: Work your own hours and don’t be bound by a 9-5 routine. It helps to remove the monotonous drudgery of everyday life and keeps you happier, stress-free and allows you to do more of what you love. Exposure: By teaching online, you are exposed to many, many more potential students, allowing you to take on more students than you would otherwise be able to. It’s not that hard! As long as you feel like you can interact with people, you will be able to take on students. Patience and understanding go a long way when you’re trying to teach someone online. If you don’t have experience as a teacher, don’t worry, we believe in you! Make sure you practice what you preach, though. Work part-time: By teaching online, you don’t need to put time and money into incorporating or establishing a company or brand. You can simply use an online tutoring service to start receiving clients. How to become an online tutor? Becoming an online tutor is easy. Becoming a successful online tutor isn’t. To become an online tutor, all you need to do is decide what you want to teach and then source your clients. But how do you find your clients? You’ll need to put yourself in front of an audience of learners or scour the web for them. To source clients, using a classifieds website such as Craigslist or Gumtree can be useful. Create your classifieds adverts and wait for the clients to roll in, right? Not so fast! Normally, you’d be lucky to receive 1 client doing this, because there are literally hundreds of adverts daily on each of these classifieds, and you’ll find similar results elsewhere. A great solution to this is to put yourself on an online marketplace. You’ll pay a commission on your classes sold through these platforms, however, you will be placed in front of an audience of enthusiastic learners, which will kick-start your online tutoring career. Promoting your online classes Now you’ve got yourself set up with an online tutoring marketplace, you’ll want to maximize your earnings and build up your online feedback. We recommend sharing your class on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more. Tap into your local network of friends and family to find your first few clients, which will help boost your inquiries. Finally, use YouTube and create a quick video of your services, if your online tutoring platform allows it, add it to your class listing. It’s a great first point-of-contact for your students, which will help you close the sale. If you’d like to become an online tutor, we suggest you check out Chalksy.com, an online tutoring marketplace dedicated to connecting tutors and learners.  

Online education resources for free

Online education resources for free In this increasingly ”connected world”, obtaining free education online is actually a relatively simple thing to do. Library If you do not have Internet at home, you can go to your local library and use one of their freely available computers. The best online college offer free classes, and you can make use of the top gratis audio book and podcast resources. Most of those are available in the library, though strict time limits of computer usage time, that could be used to go through some of the lessons available online. Continue reading “Online education resources for free”

The battle space of online piracy

Online piracy is unfortunate reality to the entertainment industry as peer-to-peer technology has grown. Check out the battlefield of the online piracy, i.e. which areas of online content are imposed most on the copy rights and protected content misuse. Social engines, social networks, media sharing and blogs are the four main categories from where the content is taken used, but luckily the governments’ measures are there to cope with these conditions and impose measures. The infographic is picturesque and it gives a detailed explanation of the current situation in the cyber space situation in the United States of America. The Battlespace of Online Piracy

Make a career in marine engineering

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Make a career in marine engineering The making of every boat from yacht to a massive ship like Titanic, starts from a marine engineer’s table. Marine engineers are the responsible for putting together and keeping the water based vehicles up and running. While the work may seem extensive, considering the size and complexity of machines, life of a marine engineer is very interesting and fast moving, filled with new problems and opportunities in every corner. It does not stop just here. The pay is amazing too! If working with big ships or keeping the small speedboats moving ahead is your dream too, you should also join the list of elite marine engineers like Joseph Bell, Robert Fulton, etc. They have created a big name in the shipping industry because of their skills and learning they received outside the classroom. Do you want to learn how to become a skilled marine engineer? If the answer is an obvious yes, keep reading… The coursework you will have to study and practice to become a marine engineer is quite extensive. It is true that it can be very difficult, but at the same time you will have practice for your goals outside the classes… being a marine engineer was never supposed to be easy. Here is how you can enroll to the studies:
  1. Choose the right college
A good marine engineering college is not the one that only makes you the master of basics, but it is the one that gives proper hands on experience on what the engine looks like, how it functions, which  problems can come out, and how to resolve them, etc. To shortlist the right college, make a list of the world’s top marine engineering colleges; check their course structures, and the feasibility of getting admission in them.
  1. Read about established marine engineers
Try to find as much information as you can, about successful engineers. Read about their career chart, problems they face, what innovative solutions they found and how, and everything you find interesting to help you increase the knowledge in this area. By doing this, you will see new light of this career, which will only give you an edge in better decision making.
  1. Network with industry experts
With the advent of social media, it has become extremely easy to network with someone whom you idealize. For starters, you can open a LinkedIn account and join groups having marine engineers and participate in the discussions. Or you can always follow them on Twitter.
  1. Know the recent events
Last but not least – the one thing that will undoubtedly help you is to know what is new in the marine engineering industry. It will give you a chance to show your knowledge among influential people, as well as help you find new ways to manage problems. Being a marine engineer will call for a lot of hard work and dedication. Be prepared to wake up in the middle of the night and think about new solutions. You will get plenty of chances to practice what you learned, once you start working, it’s good that you start with these activities along your course of work. It all might seem difficult in the beginning, but a good college will definitely make it easily in the end. Best of luck!   About the Author: Tripti Rai writes on the behalf of www.shiksha.com, she advises students on right career choices, exam advices, educational institutions etc. Along with education, she also likes to talk about real estate whenever she gets a chance.    

Macedonian teacher runs for global award

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    Vesela Bogdanovic Vesela Bogdanovic is a Macedonian teacher who lives in Bitola and works as a primary school teacher at the elementary school Koco Racin, in the village Ivanjevci, Mogila, Bitola region, for 12 years. She is the author of four web pages and over 200 short educational movies for children, recorded in her colorful classroom and school yard. The movies are showing the everyday educational practice and are live encyclopedia of excellent pedagogical examples. She won numerous state and international awards from the educational sphere and was nominated an educational Microsoft expert from Macedonia. You can read more about her work and achievements in the interview prepared by Cultus. Continue reading “Macedonian teacher runs for global award”

2 new and 2 old online education resources

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social media tools At the present time, there are plenty of online educational resources that are empowering students. From online resources teachers and students not only understand complex topics clearly, but also enjoy the process of learning. Unfortunately, a large number of online resources are engaged in cheating student, therefore we should use trusted websites to avoid fraudulent activities. However, if you don’t have enough knowledge about online resources that are enhancing students’ academic performance, then you’re reading the right content. Take a look at the information shared below to figure out 4 best online educational resources for smart learning. Continue reading “2 new and 2 old online education resources”

Teach with Twitter !

Teachers and students are turning to social media to help inform their learning. This movement – often referred to as DIY PD (do-it-yourself professional development) – is empowering educators to utlize technology resources, digital media and community building to shape their own learning. It isn’t exclusive to teachers — classrooms around the world who are turning to Twitter and social platforms to expand student learning. The Teaching with Twitter Infographic looks at different ways teachers can use Twitter to inform their professional development and classroom practices.   Teaching with Twitter Infographic Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Noosfeer can solve e-learning experience

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Noosfeer can solve e-learning experience

If you are an average Internet user, you have probably never heard about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or link building. They are techniques used by web content creators in order to be the first results of a traditional search engine, such as Google or Bing.

Given that today on the Internet, there are 3 million new blog posts every 24 hours, the probability for new  (and not so new) players to be on top of the results is extremely low, even if their content is considered as high quality (this happens often with scientific papers, dissertations, lectures, universities’ databases, etc…). Continue reading “Noosfeer can solve e-learning experience”

Technology in science research

Social media delivers specific benefits to scientists that were largely unavailable to the industry just a decade ago. Did you know that 62% of scientists use social media as a way to share information and collaborate with one another? Also, the Internet allows scientists and researchers to build on the knowledge they already have by being able to collect data and find the information they are looking for. Discussions are easily fostered between groups from all over the globe, which allows your message and findings to be spread on industry forums. In the past, scientists needed to wait for magazines or industry publications to come out periodically in order to get news. Nowadays, immediacy allows scientists to reduce costs and increase resources easily. To gain more insight into this evolving world, take a look at this helpful infographic. You will be able to see the origins of social networking and ways that scientists can take advantage of technology to set them up for the future. Created by Labroots, the leading social networking website for scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals. Technology in science research Enhanced by Zemanta

6 Things about mobile apps development

Apps Are you passionate about mobile apps? Given the fact that today we have numerous tools and various facilities available for mobile apps development, it is actually not that tough to select this field as your career. What’s even more reassuring is the fact that if the app that you develop turns out to be popular among users, you can certainly make a fortune out of it and ensure a steady flow of funds from the royalty. However, not it is not all so rosy about developing mobile apps!! Continue reading “6 Things about mobile apps development”

5 Jobs for people that like solving puzzles

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  For some people, solving mysteries and puzzles on the job keeps the task fresh and fun. If you would like to do some sleuthing during your career, here are five options to keep in mind. Police Work Detectives can be responsible for solving murders and thefts, busting drug rings with many interconnected individuals or joining an arson unit and finding the source of fires. Blood spatter analysts recreate attacks and assaults based on the evidence left behind, and coroners find the cause of death based on the condition of the body. If you like to connect the dots at work and think outside the box, police work may be a great fit for you. Continue reading “5 Jobs for people that like solving puzzles”

What does -Fair use clause- refer to?

What does -Fair use clause- refer to?
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        It may be surprising to know that the Copyright Law does not directly protect the creative works of authors, inventors, filmmakers, artists and photographers among others, but is rather meant to promote the progress of science and useful arts.   In a way, the Copyright Law’s priority leans towards the benefit of the public and at some extent may seem unfair to the copyright owner. Although, among the exclusive rights given to the owner is the legal reproduction of his or her work. The right to authorize other parties to reproduce is also accorded to the owner. Continue reading “What does -Fair use clause- refer to?”

ASAP Science

Isn’t is great that you could understand the science and all that presented in a couple of minutes illustrated videos that even primary school children can comprehend? Well, here is the reply – you can!! Check the YouTube ASAP Science channel for numerous replies on social and natural sciences topics, all understandable and with down to earth explanations.  
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Tools for distributed e-learning

E-learning is becoming more and more present in an increasing number of social media.

The tools that the people are currently using for distributed e-learning vary and get better with every new technology improvement.

In the infographic below you will see which social media uses which tool, to introduce the e-learning. Feel free to plunge and leave your comment!

Tools for distributed e-learning
 
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Websites that dominate Internet

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Websites that dominate Internet People have many different reasons for collecting and analyzing statistics on popular Internet sites. The most successful websites provide examples of proven web design techniques. In addition, successful Internet businesses provide relevant examples for entrepreneurs in many disparate industries. Highly analytical sites like www.internetworldstats.com provide fascinating information about the most successful modern websites. Though Google ranks highly, Facebook easily earns its place as the most visited website. Hundreds of millions of people use Facebook to network with friends, family members and business associates. Other social sites like Twitter have extremely loyal followings. Continue reading “Websites that dominate Internet”

May Internet addicts lose their minds?

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How many hours a day do you spend on the Internet? Do you use the Internet every day? Do you feel “out of it” if you can’t use a computer for too long? Chances are you might be addicted to the Internet, and the bad news for you is that if you don’t kick the habit, you might literally lose your mind. Research shows that Internet addicts have brain areas that can be 10 to 20 percent smaller than those who are not addicted to the World Wide Web. Areas that are critical to every day interactions like the centers for speech and social interaction, emotion, sensory and motor control, all start to lose their power when you spend too much time staring at a computer screen instead of interacting with real human beings. It turns out that talking to someone over Facebook is a poor substitute for a genuine real life interaction. May Internet addicts lose their minds? Image compliments of www.BestMastersinPsychology.com  
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Gauge customer opinion with market research

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As a business owner or manager there is nothing more important than making sure your customers are happy and your products are selling. Conducting market research allows you to gauge how your target audience perceives your company and whether or not your business goals are being met. In addition to getting valuable feedback on quality, service and packaging, you will also be able to understand your customers and be more in tune with their expectations of you. Market research methods have grown and become increasingly more sophisticated over time, from the very first street interviews in the 1930s to simple touch responses using a tablet computer today. Nowadays, companies use straightforward surveys, personal interviews, focus groups, field trials, observations and more to connect with their audiences and provide the products and services that are going to help them be successful in the future. You can learn more about these market research methods and a history of mobile marketing research by reading the infographic below. Gauge customer opinion with market research Created by MFour Mobile Research, defining mobile and its benefits to research professionals.  
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3 Methods to successful self-education

3 Methods to successful self-education

Did you know that only 22% of men and 38% of women learn best by reading? The rest learn best through images, auditory, and hands-on experiences. So why do so many people choose to read a book when they want to learn a new subject? Self-education is great, but you need to make sure you’re teaching yourself in the way you learn best (and that might not be through a book). Here are three methods that might help you the next time you want to teach yourself something new. Continue reading “3 Methods to successful self-education”

5 ways to make studying more fun

hand Studying isn’t always a fun or exciting activity. Many people will agree that spending hours staring at computers and books can sometimes be boring and difficult. Sitting down to study for hours is not exactly your idea of fun. But the good news is, there are many ways to make studying less monotonous and more exciting. Here are some tips to help you get motivated and make studying more fun, so check them out.

1. Alternate subjects

Trying to focus on your particular subject for many hours on end can sometimes be very hard to retain the information. Try breaking up your study time and alternate topics or subjects every few hours to give your brain some break.

2. Switch methods

Add different tools to each study session. There are many effective ways to study, and you should try out these other ways. Some people find flashcards to be effective for them while others prefer other study materials. Drawing out charts, re-writing notes, or developing scenarios to better understand a concept could even make learning easier and more fun for you.

3. Pick new locations

Although you may already have a favorite study area that is comfortable and quiet, it’s a good idea to step out and explore various options. You can go to a new coffee shop that is not populated, or maybe an independent bookstore that provides you a serene environment. Visiting new locations to do your studies will keep you refreshed and looking forward to the change of environment.

4. Join a study group

Sometimes when you study alone, you will tend to procrastinate without other people’s influence. Studying in groups can be beneficial to your learning, and it will also keep you immersed in the subject or topic. It will keep you focused on the material while also providing you different perspectives from other students. Find students that are taking the same subjects as you and pick a suitable time after school when you study together. Create fun and exciting ways for your group to learn the subject, such as coming up with questions related to the topic or subjects you are studying for. You can also take turns to teach the group.

5. Study actively

Going over materials and notes is not always the best way to study and retain information. You need to participate in class discussions and strive to gain more knowledge from the lessons. Another recommendation would be to teach the material to someone else as this will help you gain a better understanding of the subject.

Considerations

Studying is essential for all students. You might not always find it an exciting thing to do, but if it’s something you have to do, you need to find ways to make it enjoyable. Every person has their own unique method of studying. From changing your study environment to finding ways to enhance your concentration on the subject, studying or learning can be made more interesting, even fun. Instead of the boring, old studying routine, you can try these simple strategies to help you have a better learning or study experience. These strategies might even help you improve your ability to retain information longer. Today’s post was written by John Monts, blogger for www.BestOnlineSchoolRankings.com. John is currently a student at UC Davis, studying Political Science and Economics.
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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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Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better, by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone: student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 30 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in micro-biology from Earth. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge, and you can also visit their Khan Academy You Tube channel for latest video updates.  
 
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YouTube EDU

YouTube is not the only fun and something-about-anything social media. It is a place where at its YouTube EDU learners and educators spend time together in one large global video classroom. On YouTube EDU, you can access broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches, including everything related to learning in between. You can have a quick lessons from top lecturers around the world, courses from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination. It has separate segments for schools, educators or students, for primary and secondary school, university or lifelong learning, plus a detailed classification of the subjects and areas.
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Cambridge English TV

If you would like to improve your English language skills and sound like a native speaker Cambridge has developed a series of educative and very easy to follow video tutorial on their YouTube channel, called Cambridge English TV Created by top professional educators, learning English has never been easier or more interesting.
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Finding the best IT training can be difficult: here’s how to do it!

Finding the best IT training can be difficult: here's how to do it! If you require IT training, there are a few things you have to figure out first. Since it is likely that you will be spending money on this training, you need to know how to find the best of the best and understand which options are most suitable to you and your specific needs. Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Finding the best IT training can be difficult: here’s how to do it!”

The top 6 platforms for getting online courses in computer science!

  The top 6 platforms for getting online courses in computer science! For someone seeking a course in Computer Science, there is a wide range of learning material available on web. By using these information-rich resources, students can make the most out of their education. So if you are someone desperately searching for some genuine and authentic online sources for lessons on computer science then fortunately you can avail some valuable information. Here I have listed the places where you can find informative learning materials and videos for variety of topics in computing field. Continue reading “The top 6 platforms for getting online courses in computer science!”

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?”