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Using the Media - Five Reasons Why

Friday, May 30, 2014

The media has the power to shape public opinion and change perceptions. Every day millions of people around the world consume at least one form of the media, whether voluntary or involuntary.

But why is the media so powerful?

Is the media simply a mirror to the world? Or is the media all powerful and capable of brainwashing the masses to radically alter their behaviour, values and beliefs?

This question is central if you want to harness the power of the media to build or manage perceptions. The media can be a powerful entity, but this doesn't mean only for positive benefit.

To answer this question you must first understand why people need the media and how they use it.

Management or marketing theory is famous for Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. Taking this concept and other readings and applying it to the media, I believe there are 5 basic needs why people use the media.

1. THE NEED FOR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING.

The media help make sense of an ever changing and complex world for us. We all have a basic need to understand the world around us. Inspiration, motivation, education and the ability to learn new ideas are all delivered by various forms of the media. Quite simply it's knowing what's happening, often as it unfolds and being involved.

2. THE NEED FOR REFLECTION, APPRECIATION, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

You may have the opinion the media only reinforces negative stereotypes and popular opinion. But the media in its earliest form, such as sculpture, painting and art helps us appreciate and see beautiful things. It fulfils an emotive and aesthetic need. Despite the hype or perceived shallowness of the media it can bring people closer together and fulfil the need for love and friendship. Photographs far example can reflect moments, entice emotion and involve large groups of people instantly.

3. THE NEED FOR SELF ESTEEM.

The media provides enormous opportunity for self-development. Take this E-Zine for example and my goal of sharing my knowledge, ideas and inspiration with others. The media can fulfil our needs for self-confidence, stability, status and reasoning. It is a mechanism for supporting our personal endeavours and assisting others.

4. THE NEED FOR SOCIAL BELONGING.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs and teenage children prove that we all need to feel a sense of social belonging. This sense of belonging can be at many levels - family, friends, communities or even nations! The media brings us closer together and provides a sense of community.

5. THE NEED TO ESCAPE FROM THE DAILY GRIND.

We all know that amongst Western nations personal debt is increasing and people are working harder, spending longer hours at work and are under more pressure than previous generations.

Our attention span is also decreasing as the world becomes an increasingly crowded, cluttered and competitive place. We often yearn for a simpler life. The media provides tension relief from the daily grind and tedious nature of life.

Call it an escape, fantasy or diversion, the media provides an opportunity to tune out from the real world and enter another space.

Just look at the rise in popularity of lifestyle or reality TV programs where you can renovate your house, makeover your garden or go on an exotic holiday without leaving the comfort of your own lounge! The media can bring different aspects of the world into our homes, our computers or our cars offering insight and release.

Free resource from Discovery Education about Manufacturing

Thursday, May 29, 2014




Discovery Education has a new free resource: Manufacture Your Future, which has free STEM lessons and resources for grades 6-12 related to manufacturing.

This is an excellent resource. Manufacturing is a great career and there are a lot of openings in the field.


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Manufacture Your Future:
New Online Portal Offers Free, Dynamic STEM Lessons and Resources
Discovery Education and Alcoa Foundation are excited to introduce Manufacture Your Future, a new, online destination designed to inspire students in grades 6-12 to explore modern manufacturing careers through STEM-based exploration.
Manufacture Your Future's standards-based, cross-curricular resources include:
  • FOR TEACHERS: Comprehensive lesson plans including "Manufacturing in the 21st Century" and "Design a Robot"
  • FOR COUNSELORS: Career guide with job assessment tools
  • FOR FAMILIES: Discussion starters to extend the conversation beyond the classroom
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    Next Generation Manufacturing Center - this is a cooperative group of manufacturers, CBIA and CT's Community Colleges. They work to get more students interested in engineering and manufacturing. There are some great videos on the site, too. They have a lot of great programs, including the Engineering Challenge. They also sponsor summer externships for teachers. These externships pay teachers to spend the summer at a local manufacturing company learning about their industry and coming up with ways to get more students involved in engineering and manufacturing. I was able to participate about 5 years ago and found it to be a great experience.


    Great Free Resources from Discovery Education

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Resources





    Private Education Loans

    Education loans are sought by people who don't have personal funds for their education. Private education loans, also known as alternate loans, are those that are taken when federal loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs are not sufficient. A private education loan would cover all education expenses such as: tuition, room and board, uniforms, transportation, fees, books and even a computer.

    Private education loans are not guaranteed by the government unlike federal loans. These are generally offered by private trusts, philanthropic and non-profit organizations. The loan amount can range between $1,500 and 30,000. Generally, the loan amount would cover the entire cost of education, minus any federal grants or scholarships. All US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents can apply for a loan. Students who are applying for their own loans should be US citizens, should have a good credit record and meet certain conditions. Foreign students can apply with an eligible US cosigner. The interest rates for these loans are higher than those for federal loans ranging between 8-10%. Maximum repayment period is 20 years and is based on the loan amount. Minimum monthly principle and interest payment for some of these loans is $25. Repayment options are of many kinds. These include immediate payment of principle and interest, immediate repayment of interest, deferment of principle, and deferment of both interest as well as principle. These examples are contingent on the kind of loan taken. For graduate/professional loans, both principal and interest are automatically deferred while the student is in school, and during the six months following graduation or from the time the student ceases to be enrolled in school at least half-time. Private education loans cannot be consolidated with federal education loans.

    These days, there are many options of private education loans. Even the application process has become very fast and simple with web-based and telephonic applications.

    Always in High Demand - The Educator

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Aristotle said, "All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Education touches on every aspect of human life-and those providing that education continue to be in high demand. Teachers make the world a better place for everyone.

    But not only is the field of education one that has great value-it is also a field where plenty of job opportunities exist for those interested in becoming educators. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 2.8 million teachers are employed in the United States, not to mention more than 200,000 administrative staff members.

    Because the field of education is so incredibly diverse, demand varies for different positions. In large urban areas, job openings may be quite numerous, thanks to expanding populations. Suburban areas continue to see rapid growth and expansion as well. In more rural areas, however, there may be less turnover so there are fewer openings for teachers and others in the educational field. But wherever you are, the next few years will hold solid prospects for everyone in education as many "baby boomers" are nearing retirement age-leaving many open positions.

    Hot Jobs In Education

    Besides your average kindergarten through grade 12 teachers, there are many additional job prospects within specific teaching fields and related areas. Here is a look at some of the hottest areas in education today.

    o Bilingual teachers. As a nation, the United States continues to grow more diverse, presenting challenges for those educating students who don't speak English as their native language. Therefore demand is rapidly increasing for teachers who can teach in two languages. Not only are teachers needed to teach English itself, but teachers that can conduct a class in two languages are also desperately needed. Teaching a course in two languages allows students the opportunity to both improve their English skills while better grasping the subject matter in their native language. This means teachers need to be fully adept in more than one language. Teachers who are bilingual may have an inside track on job openings, especially in districts with large immigrant populations. Once employed, they often face stimulating and challenging work as they help students from other cultures make the most of their educational experience.

    o Special education teachers. Thanks to general population growth, enhanced testing programs, and legal requirements for meeting the needs of students with special needs, Special Education teachers are badly needed. In addition, the challenges of working with students in this group, which may include those with physical, perceptual, developmental, or emotional problems, make it less popular than many other teaching areas. If you have the patience to work with students who need the extra help provided by special education faculty, you might find this the perfect opportunity for you. In many states, the need for special education teachers is so great that school districts are hiring candidates who are not yet certified in special education, and then paying for the classes they need for full certification. For those eager to break into education or to switch over from other occupations, this can be a good way to start.

    o Math and science teachers. Teachers of math and science are among the most sought-after educators today. Some specialize in one field, such as chemistry or biology; others focus on math. Still others, especially at the lower grade levels, teach more than one subject. Teachers in this area focus heavily on the content of their respective disciplines. Since their fields are often considered among the most difficult subjects offered, they face special challenges in presenting the subject to students. Many school districts can't find enough qualified math and science teachers because fewer college students major in these disciplines, and of those who do, most take jobs in industry or go on to graduate school. So the demand for math and science teachers is very, very high.

    o Educational administrators. Teachers are the heart of any school system, but other educators are also important. Among them are principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and other administrators. They provide leadership for schools and other educational organizations. Administrators hire teachers and other staff, manage budgets, and oversee the day-to-day operation of schools or school districts. They also help develop new programs, evaluate the success of existing operations, and make plans for the future.

    Whatever you choose, you'll find that as a graduate of an Education program, you will always be in high demand. Opportunities abound!

    How Can Anyone Trust the Global Media?

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    There was an interesting piece not long ago how our society was losing trust - trust in what you ask? Well, trust in everything; religion, government, education, corporations, money, future economy, Internet, and news media. No, you probably aren't surprised, but I'd like to take this topic a bit deeper, and focus on only one point of contention, the global media, that's right; our news. Okay so, let's talk shall we?

    The Columbia Business Journal had an interesting story recently published on April 23, 2012 titled; "Loneliness at the Foreign 'Bureau', News organizations exaggerate the size of their overseas newsrooms," by Justin D. Martin. The article stated for example that;

    "The Washington Post has 16 foreign "bureaus" and 12 of them consist of just a single reporter, according to the newspaper's website. The four remaining bureaus all consist of two journalists. Is the Post using the word bureau a bit loosely? One Post reporter, Sudarsan Raghavan in Nairobi, is listed as the paper's "bureau chief in Africa." Raghavan is the chief of a bureau of one in Kenya - for the continent of Africa."

    This revelation perhaps is not too surprising due to the massive cuts in the sector, however, if we can't trust the global media in this way then we cannot trust anything at all in the pages of these papers or online. Further, a single reporter/photographer/interviewer/writer/editor/scheduler/you name it, simply isn't sufficient to cover the main events in news in any town over 300,000 much less a large city of a million plus or 10 million, heck you can't even get across town in a half a day. There isn't enough time to verify either. It's a total misrepresentation.

    Without trust in the media whether it be online media, TV, radio, or print media then all the news is in doubt. If information is universal and free, but it is also bogus in every regard, then people cannot use it to make valid decisions in the world, therefore, they'd be better off without it, and then well, we are back to square one, and freedom of the press hardly matters, because what they are doing with it isn't keeping us free, or news to begin with.

    As the coordinator for a think tank which happens to operate online, I feel as if we've been hijacked by nonsensical mindless social media, global propaganda, educational brainwashing, and thus, we've lost control, there is no trust anymore. This can only lead to chaos down the road, and I am not talking about the Arab Perennial demonstrations, I am talking about the entire globe. This isn't working. Indeed, this one minor issue of "bureaus" cited by the purveyors of global media is only one of hundreds of problems we have, it's merely the tip of the ice berg. Please consider all this and think on it.

    Thoughts on Social Media Policy: Which Strategy Do You Choose?

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    Business leaders recognize that customers and potential customers expect real-time interaction with and quick reaction time from their businesses. Many also recognize that social media tools can enhance interactions with this external audience and are useful for monitoring the business brand online.

    Most good leaders also recognize that employees interact and influence customers in many ways, and recognize the value of an engaged workforce to positive customer interactions.

    Yet many businesses still ban or try to centralize control of social media use in the workplace, stifling the potential of an engaged workforce.

    Three social media strategies

    Social media policy seems to fall into one of three categories:

    1. Shut it all down, block it!: Sometimes this policy stems from external requirements, as can happen in government workplaces.

    But often this approach stems from a fear that employees will be wasting time on social media sites or will use such sites to share proprietary information or to make disparaging comments about the company. Or it may stem from an inability or unwillingness to provide education and to promote effective use of these powerful tools.

    Whatever the reason, this approach can signal a complete lack of trust in the workforce, or naivety about the access employees already have. Neither of these is conducive to an engaged workforce!

    2. Limit access with lots of rules: This approach attempts to capture every possible appropriate and inappropriate use of social media tools into a mind-numbing rule book, in an apparent effort to leave little to chance.

    Or, as a modification on the previous approach, the use of social media tools is restricted to one or a few people, possibly in public relations or marketing or human resources, whose job is deemed to include interacting with the public.

    Such an approach fails to recognize that all employees influence customer and public opinion about the business, regardless of job title. It also fails to recognize the value of an engaged workforce to positive customer interactions. To the workforce, it can feel as though they are being treated like toddlers who must be protected from themselves. Or worse, such an approach, like the first one, can indicate a lack of trust in employee judgment or an inability or unwillingness to engage in discussion and training.

    3. Free access with the understanding that use is monitored: Unlike the others, this approach offers guidelines and places trust in employees to use social media responsibly and to accept consequences for failing to do so.

    It recognizes the influence that every employee brings to bear with customers and the public, and chooses to expect the best but certainly can come with the proviso "as a leadership team if we feel that a one-on-one conversation is required to clarify our standards we will follow-up with you directly".

    This approach does require the most effort to communicate with and educate managers and employees about the brand, the company, and the audience, and help them frame choices about the use of social media in that context. But the potential benefits to the business are great as well.

    Rulebook versus guidelines -- which social media policy would you prefer?

    Think about it. Treat people like toddlers and they'll act like toddlers. Treat them like responsible adults and that's who you'll be interacting with. Which would you rather have representing your company?

    Instead of running from the problem and limiting employee reach on the internet, consider opening up access to all social sites and tools, so that employees can take an active role in managing the business's online presence.

    Getting there

    1. Know what your culture and brand are all about.
    2. Be able to clearly articulate to your employees how they can help or hinder both culture and brand using social media.
    3. Provide the time, the training, the support, and the guidance to coach managers and employees on their options and their responsibilities.
    4. Have the resources to monitor and "course correct" when needed.
    5. Realize that whether you have five employees or 500, they are all representing your brand and company almost every minute of every day on and off social media.

    Leverage the potential of social media and an engaged workforce!

    Copyright 2011 Christine McLeod

    What Things An Entrepreneur Should Consider Before Starting An Online Education Business

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Distance education is the name of a media for the online students to be educated. As the educators-college students head to head connection is occurred here a few, so a college students who would desire to get himself admitted in this online institution, s/he might want to have some manageable and up-to date services from that universities. This sort of requirement may be the different student to student, as the learners are from all over the globe with distinct types of curiosity and ethnic behaviors. But as the learning is concerned and getting college degree from an accredited online school is the principal mission; some common expectancy is what we can assume and every online schools and online college or university should provide these opportunity to the college students for making themselves feel good. So, what are these expectations that an online student can have and as a business person what the things you must have to consider before starting an online education business? Well, check these out now!

    Develop a User-Friendly Instructional Website

    Yes! Developing a user-friendly web page for the students is very essential endeavor that we have to list it in the best of others. Web-based School's official website should have to be quickly navigational and easily search-able to acquire particular material. It's really worth mentioning that, all the students who get online college degree from online college are not geek in Technologies. Some students find themselves in mess while they use the standard features of massive online world. So we should consider this thing. Producing a confusing web page for the long distance learning students wouldn't be effective thus it would be quite unpredicted in long-term. Additionally, students don't expect such type of web-pages from their online universities.

    High Quality Tech-Support

    Your Online Learning Business will be a mild looser at last if you don't care about to arrange the high quality tech assisting program. Assisting the college students with higher quality technological devices is the one and only way to attract the scholars and have them in your school till they are graduated. Disrupted words and other media communications make an odd effect upon the involving professors and students and online university itself.

    Use User-friendly & Free of charge Online Instruments

    Work with a lot of social networks and free online resources to enrich the brainstorming practice for the students. Students love to make use of free stuffs as they are just students. Utilize Google Reader, Google Doc, Skype, Facebook and other free web-based equipment in constructing up conversation with scholars.

    Provide Exceptional and Accredited Online Degree

    Well, exactly how many special online lessons you are supplying for the students that very few other universities have provided? Just consider it deeply. The much more special & unique you can be with your provided lessons; the more scholars will be involved in your online institution.

    Flexibility of Courses Durations

    The programs that your online college offers should be flexible in such way that a scholar who is in a full-time employment would be able to take any of your available training as per their free time schedules. So, don't restrict your learners to take programs in a pre-defined times. It's better to make a schedule of courses that are planned with flexibility which would be really quick to take for any students from any region of the world.

    I am sure, if the above mentioned things a new entrepreneur consider; s/he will be succeed on Online Education business.

    Distance Education: Education No More Distant

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    Whenever we come across the term "Education", we always have a picture of a classroom in our mind- picture of a teacher or a lecturer in front of a bunch of students in a classroom. Or if this picture is black and white, there would be a slight transition. The characters would remain the same, except for the classroom- the classic old classroom under the tree, in a healthy natural environment where students are grasping every bit of knowledge with a cold breeze. Of late, the characters as well as the classrooms have been advanced. Be it their mannerisms, their behavior, their style etc. The interaction between the students and teachers is probably one the most interesting chemistries we come across. But what if they are separated? What if the source of education and the learner is separated? Quite difficult to digest...the set picture in our minds gets distorted, gets misshaped. But what if the idea of education is still retained putting the learner and the source of education apart? at a distance?

    This is the concept of Distance Education that emerges out as a breakthrough to overcome the problem of distance. So what if the student is in India, and needs to acquire education from Australia, or say Russia? Be it any field of education, any area, it covers all of that. It is an advanced form of education which is in practice since 17th Century.

    Types of Distance Education:

    This advanced form of education is divided into two categories-
    Synchronous- As the word suggests, this category needs synchronization between the students and the education provider. Both of them need to be present at the same time, so as to provide smooth and convenient operating of the synchronous form of Distance Education. Examples of this technology are video conferencing and web conferencing.

    Asynchronous-
    There need not be synchronization between the students and the education provider. This system has no time constraints whatsoever and thus facilitates easy and smooth functioning for individuals. Message board forums, email, video, print material, audio-recordings and voice mails are examples of asynchronous distance education.

    Though this technology might sound difficult on implementation grounds, it has established a new benchmark for educational standards. People located far away from various institutions, universities can avail the best of knowledge and be associated with them. It has left no boundaries for education. If one wishes to learn from any corner of the world, he surely can.

    This entire system of Distance Education not only serves a convenience for the learners round the globe, but also combats lots of difficulties for the education providers. For e.g., any institution or a university requires a huge area and technically sound infrastructure to facilitate a healthy studying environment. This technology being completely off-site has no such requirements and hence reduces the investment for the education providers. Moreover, it provides a new way of making money for the existing institutions and a new horizon for learners and education providers.

    Education Loans - Meet College Expenses at Low Cost Finance

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Higher education has become costlier for a student so much so that an education loan is now considered a necessity. As a consequence there are now more sources available to a student for taking education loans. Students are now in a better position of availing education loan as per their requirements.

    There are two main sources of education loans. One source is the government funded loans and the other is private lenders. Usually students prefer taking education loans from government bodies as they can provide a subsidized loan. The advantage of subsidized education loans is that they are cheaper. The subsidy is provided by the Federal Government in USA and by the finance ministry in other countries. On the other hand, private lenders will charge an interest rate on education loans. There is a Federal family education loan program that is considered as most useful because it provides affordable and flexible options regarding educational loans. Under the program students are charged a very lower interest rate on education loans and students are given convenient and larger repayment duration.

    Students do not have to face any problems in paying back education loans. All lenders either subsidized loan providers or private lenders, give students ample time for clearing the loan. Students are not working people and hence do not earn sufficiently for immediately starting paying back education loans. Students can start paying back federal educational loans six months after they have finished their collage education. Usually ten year repayment duration is offered for education loans. For greater educational loans the repayment duration may be larger.

    Some requirements are to be followed for education loans. The student applying for education loans must have attained the age of eighteen years. If the student is applying for a private education loan then he or she is expected to bring a co-signer along with. Credit report of the student also may be required for the loan. Usually credit unions provide educational loans on taking a property of student like a vehicle as collateral.

    As far as paying interest rate is concerned, a student has the option of paying or not paying during the collage education term. However if some amount is paid towards interest then it becomes a lot easier for the student to pay off the remaining amount after he has completed collage education.

    Before applying to a particular lender, compare terms-conditions and interest rates of different lenders. These lenders can be approached on their web sites. Surely education loans are of a great help to student who are going for a collage education.

    Are Blogging Sites Threatened by Social Media?

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    It seems that recent past indicates a decrease in the number of blogging sites found on the internet. Many reports infer that the increase in social media use is an indication that people are replacing their blogging efforts and visits with social media use. The questions are raised as to whether in fact the blog platform itself is being pushed aside in favor of social media sites. On the surface it seems these questions may be valid but a closer look reveals that comparisons between blogs and social media sites may not be entirely justifiable or accurate.

    Current claims are that social media use is 'siphoning' away blog traffic thereby leading to the eventual demise of blogs as we know them. The question here is how can this be true when it appears that blogs and social sites serve fundamentally different purposes? True enough these sites both are social gathering spots however comparisons end at that point.

    Here are 3 fundamental differences that can be found when comparing the purpose and characteristics of the blog platform to that of online social sites.

    Focus

    Blogs are highly focused where social sites has little or no focus other than to exchange casual chit chat. Now this is not to belittle social media sites but their purpose is for simply socializing with no major focus towards any one theme or topic.

    On the other hand blogs are created around a particular topic upon which the focus is maintained. In fact if the blog was to alter or lose its focus it would also lose its readers. People are attracted to a blog platform for what it is all about and if the information they find there is of use they will continue to return.

    Purpose

    The purpose of a blog is to educate and/or inform its readers. To do so a blog platform must maintain a strict adherence to the subject matter it has identified itself with. Social sites have no such constraints insofar as any subject matter.

    The purpose of social sites is to make available a location for people to gather. The content found on most social media sites is not set but rather it is chosen by participants and subject to immediate change all the time.

    Educational Value

    Sure you can pick up helpful tidbits from social media sites but that occurs incidentally. The main intent of a blog is to share useful information with readers who in turn also contribute their own by leaving comments at the site.

    Claims that online blogging sites are falling by the wayside in favor of an increase in social media use may not be entirely accurate. Although a blog platform and a social media site both function as online social gathering spots they appear to serve different purposes. The fundamental differences between these 2 sites as discussed above indicate a mutually exclusive and ongoing need for both.

    Education Loans Can Augment The Boundaries Of What You Can Achieve

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    Education never ends - it is not said without reason. We are educated all our lives and getting an education not only is a great achievement but something that gives you the tools to find your own way in the world. Education is indispensable; little do we realize how much more it can bring to us in terms of worldly amplifications. Anyone can have propensity and the natural endowment for education. But one might not have the resources to finance their education. You certainly can't let lack of resources impede you from advancing your prospects through education. Then you accidentally stumble upon the word 'education loans'. Loans for education - you have never thought about it as a feasible arrangement. Education loans can open newer panoramas in regard to your education aspirations.

    Education loans are open to all people in all its myriad forms. Education loans can realize your education plans or the education plans of your children. You can strengthen you own future and the future of your son or daughter with education loans. An extensive range of student and parent loans are presented under the category of education loans. There are many types of education loans. Discerning about the types of education loans will help you in making the accurate decision. The single largest resource of education loans is federal loan. The two main federal education loan programmes are the Federal Family Education Loan Programme and the Federal Direct Loan Programme. In the Federal Family Education Loan Programme the bank, credit union or the school is the lender. While the federal direct loans programme, the department of education is the lender.

    Private education loans are offered to people so that they can provide financial backup to their education plans. Private education loans are not endorsed by other government agencies but are provided by other financial institutions. Private education loans programme are optimum for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

    Formal education is requisite for future success. Though this is not a hard and fast rule, but education certainly helps you in gaining an upper hand. With universities getting expensive by each day an education loan will certainly give you an incentive to go ahead with your education plans. Each year while contemplating on your education plans the thought of finances almost invariably comes in. While working towards you degree, you are constantly plagued about paying for the education fees, books, and other living expenses. Education loans can provide funding for tuition fees, board and room, books computer, and even student travel. An education loan can help you with all these expenses. Education loans are sufficient enough to take care of all these expenses. If you have been forced to drop your education for any reason, you can still take up your education at any point of time. Irrespective of your age and also where you have left your education.

    There are no specific eligibility criteria for education loans. Any person who is in need of sponsorship for education can find an education loan that befits his or her financial necessity. Loan amount on education loans vary with the kind of education you want to pursue. The repayment options with education loans will similarly accommodate your personal financial preferences. You can either repay interest amount while still in school or six months after graduation. Education loans offer upto ten years for repayments. The refund alternatives on education loans also include deferment, forbearance and consolidation. The various sites on education loans can give you innumerable repayment options and monetary remuneration.

    Education loans will help you in planning your life after graduation. However, an education loan like every loan is a huge financial obligation. An education loans is generally the first substantial loan for most people and therefore the first major expense. Do not be completely dependent on your education loans for the funding of your complete education. Try to apply for any other financial sustenance like university grants, scholarships, fellowships, work study programmes and assistance ship and any other form of aid. This will certainly encourage a fluid dispensation of your education loans. You can start by going to the financial aid office in your school or university. It will provide you further insight to the kind of education loans, you must apply for.

    Education is an experience of life. It is so rewarding in itself that it helps you to manage almost everything in your life. Education loans discipline your impulse towards education and training into a fruitful contrivance. The payoff is delicious in terms of improved quality of life. Education is expensive! Is it? With education loans it can't be. Now, you don't have to take the road in front of you. Make your own road with education loans.

    Continuing Education Online

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Online courses offer enormous opportunities to people today. Distance learning, coupled with various options in online courses is making it easier for a large section of society to gain the desired information and education they require. Online courses are making it easier for busy people to continue their studies.

    In the competitive job market, continuing an education is considered a smart investment. The continuation of education online is usually done after obtaining a degree or with the purpose of receiving a degree. Online education includes a number of community educational courses. These courses offer guidance in art, fundamental computer skills and different types of languages. Universities offer subsequent educational courses to enhance professional knowledge and offer vocational and personal growth.

    In recent times, continuous learning and training is obligatory to stay competitive in industry and job markets. The continuation of education online brings education and knowledge into the office or home. This allows a student to learn at his or her own pace. The extensive range of courses, tests and exams offered online help people build their skills and acquire the desired certifications quickly and easily. Many local, regional and national professional organizations also offer training and exams online. This saves precious time and money, while increasing knowledge in the respective field.

    People who wish to improve on their communication skills, memory or negotiations generally seek help from online courses that are considered to be the best source, making it possible for many enthusiasts to learn different skills sitting at home.

    More knowledge is always welcome, as it is considered as additional power. Many websites online provide people with information on continuing education courses. It is also advisable to contact the school?s continuing education department directly or online.

    Online Education and Online Degrees - Many Options Available for Distance Education

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Online education is the latest trend in alternative education choices. Also known as distance learning, options in online education are being pursued by people from all over the world who are looking to further their education. And it’s never been easier to join the growing class of Internet U.

    Whether you’re interested in simply getting your GED or receiving your MBA from an accredited university, your options in adult education have doubled in the past five years with the advent of online education and will likely continue to grow as more colleges, universities, graduate schools, and trade schools begin offering distance learning classes online.

    How Does Online Education Work?

    In most cases, it is not the specific college or university that runs the online education portion of their program. Most schools outsource their internet education duties to companies that specialize in hosting distance learning classes. These companies (who have names like eCollege, SkillSoft and such) perform the actual tasks of running the online classes, assigning work, and conducting exams, all according to the curriculum provided by the specific school. Students that enroll in online education courses are typically required to provide their own computer and any necessary software needed to participate in the online classes and take the exams. In the world of online education your books, binders, and number two pencils are replaced by a PC (or MAC – but compatibility may vary), a word processor, and some form of multimedia player. Broadband internet access is advisable as well. It may be hard to get your masters with low baud.

    Things to Look Out For

    Online education is a very worthwhile trend in the evolution of education in our world and it is conceivable that sometime in the future nearly all official education will take place online. The internet, however, is the real-world equivalent of George Lucas’ Mos Eisley Spaceport; a wretched hive of scum and villainy. As online education becomes more prominent, there will be more companies looking to take advantage of the trend by offering sub par classes and fly-by-night degrees from non-accredited schools. Before you commit to any online education program, do your homework and make sure that the school is accredited. The last thing you want to do is spend your time and money earning a degree online that isn’t worth a byte in the job market or to other educational institutions.

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    Some more Forensics Science Resources

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014



    This past September I posted some Forensic Science Resources for Teachers. Forensics is interesting, engaging, and students love it.

    Here are some more:


    http://phs.psdr3.org/science/forensics/ - course page for high school forensics class. Has lesson ideas, syllabus, resources and more.

    http://nrhs.nred.org/www/nred_nrhs/site/hosting/Rubins/main%20page.htm - high school forensics class site. labs, syllabus, resources, and more

    http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/20284 - high school forensics class site with assignments, projects, rubrics and more.

    http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classforsci.html - Forensic Science lesson plans and resources

    http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classforscilsn.html - Forensic Science lesson plan links






    China Media Booms

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    No one really knows how many television stations there are in China. Best estimates put the number at 5,000. Yet, just over ten years ago there were no more than 40. The number of newspapers has increased from around 200 to more than 2,500, radio stations have blossomed from a 100 to 1,200 and TV and radio penetration is now over 85 percent.

    In just, 10 years, the media in has exploded. But it is still heavily regulated and owned and controlled by the state run Communist Party. Most local media is pro-China in its content and style and is used as a tool for control and influence over the country's huge population.

    There are also limits on foreign journalists - where they can travel and to whom they can speak. Overseas media regularly have their offices screened and their activities are closely monitored.

    Taiwan, Tibet and human rights issues are strictly off the editorial agenda.

    Despite this, consumerism has well and truly arrived in China. There's now an increased sophistication in the market - and marketing communications, brand management and reputation building have become big business.

    There is no such thing as privately owned media in China - and foreign companies are restricted. Consumerism is driving up advertising revenue. The dominant Chinese television network, CCTV is said to earn a total of 1 billion yuan or A$200 million a year.

    So in this environment how can Australian companies effectively get their message across and plan marketing communications strategies in China?

    The first thing to understand is how companies will have to work in a very complex and constantly changing regulatory environment.

    "China is very conscious of reforming its media and has some relatively progressive thinking internally about where to take it," said Gary Davey CEO of Star TV in Hong Kong. "But it's going to take a very long time because they are equally sensitive about the importance of control."

    An older generation of bureaucrats still sees the media, and television in particular, as a propaganda device and any attempt to reform it into a commercially driven business raises great suspicion amongst the Chinese leadership.

    In the past the News Corporation owned STAR TV has upset Chinese authorities and Davey is quick to point out the sensitivities of the Chinese marketplace, especially when it comes to cultural differences.

    "You might be able to run a successful State-run security operation by trying to force your own cultural values down someone else's throat, but you certainly can't run a business doing that."

    STAR TV has had to develop strategies that fit these realities. "We've created new companies with Chinese partners to play a part in the evolution of the policy," Davey said.

    The days of handing out long red envelopes filled with cash to journalists at press conferences in China could also well be over. The industry is trying to clean up its act and has recently released a new code of practice for both public relations professionals and journalists.

    The local media is still very pro-China in its content and style but the practice of accepting cash and gifts in return for running positive stories is now being phased out.

    Tony Turner has worked in corporate communications in China for over 25 years and is the Hong Kong based Chairman of the Rowland Company.

    He says in the past there has been a degree of cronyism, corruption and lack of transparency in the media but that is changing as Western-based multinationals entered the market with a new set of communication standards.

    "What we've got today in Hong Kong is a highly professional, highly inquisitive and free media," he said.

    Turner believes many multinationals don't want their name tarnished by being caught for paying journalists.

    "The opportunity for PR and professional PR is as great as it ever could be," Turner said.

    This view is reflected in Beijing where Gua Hu-ming heads up the China International Public Relations Association. He says PR as a profession, started in China 15 years ago and first appeared in joint venture hotels.

    In the past it has been standard practice for reporters to accept cash and gifts in return for running positive stories or even working in conjunction with investors to ramp up the stock market.

    But this is changing Mr Gua believes the Chinese media and journalists are becoming more professional.

    But what impact is the Internet having on traditional news sources and PR campaigns?

    Dr Xueli Huang is an expert on Internet marketing based at Edith Cowan University in Perth.

    He says Internet usage is growing in China with 60 million users but news content is still heavily controlled.

    Most users are young and cannot afford a computer. Instead they use Internet cafes to send emails and their main news sources are limited to international news sites such as the BBC World Service and CNN.

    "I don't think the Chinese Government will ban all the news sites, but Government will certainly want to control political sites."

    Bandwidth is also a problem in China. Huang believes newspapers, radio and TV will still provide local news because of the time in downloading information from the Internet and the lack of infrastructure.

    So if you are doing business in China here are 12 success tips for implementing a successful marketing communications plan:

    1. Understand cultural differences. Be sensitive to local communities and understand the complex and varied structures of the Chinese media. They are not uniform and often controlled at a local, provincial and national level. I will never forget the cultural shock of seeing an armed red-guard standing on a pillbox outside a TV studio in Guangzhou asking for my official ID. Improve your cultural literacy by understanding the culture and history of those you're doing business with. Respect these differences and don't impose your own values & perceptions on how the local media should treat you.

    2. Use a local spokesperson. Depending on the news value of the story, you will have a better chance of gaining media coverage the more Chinese you make your message. Using a local spokesperson will give you greater credibility. For example in PR campaigns for Nokia and IBM in China, they use local Chairmen who are Chinese because they are well respected and have deep Chinese roots.

    3. Know your point of difference - what you do in your own backyard you also have to do in new markets. Find out what makes you or your service or product unique in the marketplace? How will it stand out from the competition. In the past cultural differences have been used as an excuse for dubious practices not acceptable back home. This has changed.

    4. Clarify your communication objectives? What do you want to achieve? To inform or entertain? To provide information? To build a profile? To influence public opinion? Personal marketing? Marketing or launching a new product or service? How will cultural diversity and differing news values influence this? News values differ in China. Often issues will be reported one or two days later and not with the urgency or timeliness of the Western media.

    5. Define your target audience? Who is your target audience? General public? Customers? Competitors? Suppliers? What age are they, what level of education, what beliefs and values, geographical location, how do they use the local Chinese media? How credible is the media your target audience uses? Does it still have credibility even though it is controlled? The media is evolving and becoming more respected.

    6. Identify the best channels of communication. What is the best way to reach your target audience? TV, Radio, Internet, newspapers - local or national? Do your homework on how news is structured and gathered. Investigate who is reporting on what. Find out the nuances. TV has the highest penetration, while the Internet is growing amongst younger Chinese.

    7. What is your key message? The media is becoming more competitive and market driven. They need readers and viewers to stay viable in the new economy. How can you make your message appealing and newsworthy? Distill what you want to say into three key points. Always check translations of media releases. Have them retranslated back into English to check for accuracy.

    8. Build your case? When building your case look for the China angle. What are the features, advantages and benefits of your message for your Chinese targets? What evidence and proof do you have that is seen as credible and independent within their cultural belief system?

    9. What is the China hook? What will make your message or news release stand out from the rest and appeal to the values of Chinese journalists. You are not successful in China until the local market tells you. Giving money to Chinese journalists is no longer acceptable. Use more legal and ethical incentives such as providing transport, lunch or a gift or souvenir item.

    10. Develop long-term relationships with the media. Visit and meet journalists face to face. Network, get to know them and involve them in the story. There is now a focus on the interactive brand experience. For example in a recent mobile phone campaign local journalists were involved in trailing the product prior to launch. They were asked for their feedback and engaged proactively in its development providing them with ownership of the product and subsequent story. Relationships and personal connections, or guanxi are very important in China and especially so in cultivating good media contacts.

    11. If you have to face the media yourself ... Use the Three Golden Rules to Perform at your Best = Know Your Topic, Be Prepared, Relax.

    12. Seek Professional Help. For maximum impact, effectiveness and value seek the advice of a media and communications professional that can help your company see the media as an opportunity not a threat.

    Source: "China Media - The Ethics of Influence", 1999

    The Top 4 Social Media Platforms for Business

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Social media marketing enhances online applications to promote, share and even discuss information. It encompasses micro blogs, forums, blogs and involvement in social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Small and big businesses can use social media apps in attracting more traffic to their site, increase brand awareness and generate buzz about services and products. Even the most popular apps are for free which can be a great benefit to many small businesses that are on limited budgets.

    Develop a blog to educate your online network and develop public expertise.

    The word 'blog' originally came from web log. Blogs enable businesses to educate consumers and develop an expertise in the eyes of the public. When these blog posts are designed for search engine optimization and promoted in many social media channels, they can drive more visitors to your site.

    Utilize Twitter in creating brand awareness.

    Twitter is a form of micro blogging service where users can publicly communicate in 140 characters or maybe less than that. The tweets can be seen by the user's followers or by anyone who visits his individual page. Businesses can utilize Twitter in enhancing brand awareness and promoting their products/services. However, blatant sales pitches don't work well with Twitter. According to studies, followers are more receptive to the sharing of educational tools, informative links and answering tweeted questions.

    Market your business online with Facebook Fan Pages.

    Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites today. Facebook is perhaps known for its personal profiles but its Fan Pages are slowly getting dominance as business profiles. Businesses can now share news, events, promotions and deals, videos and photos. Fans can also write on the wall, ask for help, give out testimonials and so much more. Facebook lets page administrators promote pages through badges, ads and fan boxes.

    Use LinkedIn in expanding professional networks.

    LinkedIn is a famous social networking site for professionals. Users are able to post resume profiles and even receive recommendations from clients, colleagues and partners. It is an efficient way for business owners to find fitting employees, identifies many business opportunities and expand their network.

    While social media outreach can be inexpensive, it does need consistent and long term commitment. Before integrating social media effort into your marketing plan, small business owners should learn how to slowly begin a social media campaign on their own. You need to choose the right apps that will align to your company vision, mission and goals. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are among the top social media platforms used by many businesses today.

    For Education: The Writing is on the Oil Well

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    American education has to become more competitive yesterday.As published in Discover Magazine, January 2006:

    The performance of U.S. students in middle and high schools on international math and science exams is below the average of 38 other countries. Even advanced American math and physics students score near dead last among students in 20 tested countries, the panel reported. Since 1990 the number of bachelor's degrees in engineering has declined 8 percent; in mathematics, 20 percent. While 32 percent of U.S. students graduate with degrees in science and engineering, the figure in China is 59 percent.
    With the American economy so dependent on oil and oil related products it is absolutely imperative that America stop lagging behind in education and take the lead once again.

    With countries in the Middle East like Qatar having vast oil and natural gas deposits making a huge effort today to start the transition of their economy from an oil based one to a knowledge based economy should be a significant warning sign to the United States. These people have some of the largest oil reserves in the world and they are aggressively planning for an economy not based on oil.

    As was stated in April 7, 2006 issue of the journal Science "This small Persian Gulf emirate is preparing for life after oil and gas by pouring wealth into education and research"

    For example:

    In Education City in Qatar the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute has helped Qatar to make tremendous changes in the country's educational institutions. And Qatar Science and Technology Park will be an incubator where private companies can partner with government agencies and academic institutions, developing research into commercial applications and driving Qatar and the region toward a diversified, knowledge-based economy.
    What American Institutions are participating?

    Prominent signs indicate the presence of educational heavyweights, including Weill Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, and Texas A&M.
    It is also noted in the journal Science that "Qatar's primary and secondary schools, which have begun to dispense with traditional rote learning, Al-Hajari reports, replacing it with curricula designed to stimulate creative and independent thinking. And it extends to Qatar University, which was founded in 1977 and is independent of Education City."

    Why should we as Americans worry about Qatar?

    The fact is that America is ranked 39th world wide in math and science education. Consider that Texas was just ranked, as a state, 24th in a country that was just placed as 39th.

    Countries like Qatar, Singapore, China & India are readily getting some of the best researchers that have been educated and trained in America to relocate to their countries.

    For example the Journal Science Reports that:

    Texas A&M is setting up joint research with the oil industry and studies related to clean air, while Weill Cornell will concentrate on biomedical projects relevant to local health problems. (Diabetes Research) To accelerate the process, (Qatar) plans to bring interested scientists from Weill Cornell's New York base and recruit postdocs. For his part, (Qatar) hopes to lure back expatriate Arab scientists currently flourishing in the West. "Many diaspora researchers are interested in going back if the infrastructure is there," says Hassan. To capitalize on the research, the Qatar Foundation is building the Qatar Science and Technology Park right next door to Education City.

    Already, big players in industrial R&D, including GE, Microsoft, and ExxonMobil, have signed up and are waiting to move in.


    What is happening? Foreigners are coming to America and getting education and training and then exporting that knowledge and experience out of the country.
    American researchers and educators are leaving America to be able to do the research that they are either denied or do not have funding for in the United States.
    The drain is affecting the quality of education and research in America.
    America is losing it's competitive edge in a global economy in the area of research to product development.
    The quality of educational facilities in the United States is falling below that of the competitive countries, as are the salaries and benefits which lure our leading researchers away.

    These well funded research facilities are in countries that do not hold back development and research in controversial areas like Stem Cell Research. In fact they encourage it and fund it. These countries are leaving the United States behind and will reap the financial rewards and the health benefits of such research before the United States. They will generate jobs and wealth. The Unite States will just lose.

    In an article from February 24, 2006 in the Journal Science:

    "At an elite science high school in Dallas, Texas, President George W. Bush told the assembled students that the United States "needs a workforce strong in engineering and science and physics" to remain the world's top economic power. His words would seem to bode well for precollege activities funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the only federal agency with an explicit mission to improve science and math education. But 3 days later, the president unveiled a 2007 budget request that would cut--for the third straight year--a 4-year-old program at NSF aimed at doing exactly that." "If the (Education and Human Resources) EHR budget stays flat, there's no hope of accomplishing what corporate America says is needed to improve the U.S. workforce,"

    In his Sate of the union Address on January 31, 2006 President Bush Stated:

    "And to keep America competitive, one commitment is necessary above all: We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hardworking, ambitious people -- and we're going to keep that edge. Tonight I announce an American Competitiveness Initiative, to encourage innovation throughout our economy, and to give our nation's children a firm grounding in math and science."
    However, on February 27, 2006 President Bush comes out and announces his plans for the budget: (Washington Post By Mike Allen and Peter Baker 02/07/06)

    "President Bush plans to unveil a $2.5 trillion budget today eliminating dozens of politically sensitive domestic programs, including funding for education, environmental protection and business development, while proposing significant increases for the military and international spending, according to White House documents."
    These problems that are highlighted above are at the heart of the problem.

    Now get into the "No child Left Behind" program which has altered public education and forced it into a rote learning model by demanding testing performance at the sacrifice of building critical thinking skills.

    According to Wikipedia Rote Learning is defined as: a learning technique which avoids grasping the inner complexities and inferences of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorizing the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way it was read or heard. In other words, it also means learning just for the test.

    For a Texas school to achieve the academic acceptable rating (the lowest passing standard)

    According to the TEA's own 2005 Accountability Manual:

    Schools must have passing rates of:

    50% percent in Reading Tests

    50% in Writing Tests

    50% in Social Studies

    35% percent in Math tests

    25% percent in Science tests

    The aspects of learning that involved critical thinking and questioning what is being taught are dieing on the vine so that we reflect an acceptable passing rating as defined by the TAKS test standards for Texas.

    I find it horrifying that such low standards are required of students to pass the TAKS test in order to get an academically acceptable rating for the entire school.

    No single student would be allowed to pass a single test with a 60%, 40% or 35% grade. The Government is telling us Schools are getting better and more schools are meeting the acceptable rating than they were two years ago. The only reason that is true is because they have lowered the standard and created loop holes that specifically allow for test scores of minorities to be excluded in the reporting.

    Our schools are being forced onto a path of intentional failure by placing the appearance of demands and accountability without funding. The current administration in Washington and our representatives across the United States all talk about how important education is but their actions of undermining those initiatives by cutting the money out of education only speak to their real agenda of forcing public education to fail so that they can privatize education.

    This agenda is being achieved at the sacrifice of this generation of children that are in school today. The damage that is being done will take decades to repair. Our economy will suffer and the quality of life for your children might actually be less than yours for the first time in American history.

    As a nation we need to stop wasting time with foolish projects like School Vouchers and we need to stop spending money and resources on trying to get intelligent design into science classes. These distractions only drain valuable resources and time from the educational system while exasperating the problems at the expense of the education of our children. We need to fix the problems - not create new ones.

    We need:

    To hold elected officials accountable for sacrificing education.

    Better pay for teachers.

    More Teachers.

    Better resources for education.

    Properly fund "No child Left behind"

    Modify "No Child Left Behind" to promote critical thinking.

    Abandon the method of Rote Learning.

    Increase funding for "Head Start".

    More involvement of higher learning institutions through the entire educational life of a child.

    To spend more money on students per year than we do on prison inmates. ($13,000 per prisoner vs. $6,000 per student)

    Stimulate more research in higher education.

    Open up Stem Cell research and other programs to lure the leading minds.

    Restore incentives to bring the brightest and most talented researchers to America.

    To be number 1 in education world wide.

    For Texas to lead the United States in education as well.

    I can think of no greater investment for our future than our children and their education.

    Online Education Courses - Do They Fit Your Learning Style?

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Online education is different from traditional education. When online education courses first evolved, they were close copies of traditional courses, delivered in much the same way, i.e.; via the reading of text. Now, however, online course designers have realized that online education is primarily a visual learning medium and are delivering course content through highly visual media, including pictures and video, which fits a visual learning style.

    What Are The Types of Learning Styles?

    Visual learners learn through sight. They need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand a lesson. They prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. people's heads). They think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flip charts and hand-outs. During a lecture or discussion, visual learners take detailed notes on the information.

    New scientific studies have shown that if you learn through a visual learning style, online education courses may fit you better than a traditional program in a campus-based school. A typical online student will do well if he or she has certain skills and personality traits, such as:

    * Learns visually,

    * Is independent,

    * Self-motivates,

    * Has computer skills.

    1. If you learn best by reading, studying diagrams, watching animations, pictures, and videos, or observing charts, you are a visual learner. Much of the information presented on the internet is presented visually, which is why it may be the ideal medium for you. In addition, your assignments and tests will be, for the most part, written, so that your visual learning style is the best for completing projects you will be assigned.

    In recent years, the visual learning style classification has been modified somewhat and renamed the visual/verbal learning style. At http://www.metamath.com, it is explained. "The Visual/ Verbal Learning Style" You learn best when information is presented visually and in written format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use a chalkboard (or overhead projector) to list the points of a lecture, or who give you an outline of a lecture. You benefit from information in textbooks and class notes. You like to study by yourself in a quiet room. You see information "in your mind's eye" when you are trying to memorize. Learning Strategies for the Visual/ Verbal Learner (Source: http://www.metamath.com)

    To aid recall, use "color coding" when studying new information in your textbook or notes. Use highlighter pens to highlight information in contrasting colors. Write down sentences and phrases that summarize key information obtained from textbooks and lectures. Make flashcards of vocabulary words and concepts that need to be memorized. Use highlighter pens to emphasize key points on the cards. Limit the amount of information per card so that you can remember it more easily and obtain a "mental picture" of it. When learning information presented in diagrams or illustrations, write out explanations of it. When learning mathematical or technical information, write out summaries in sentences and key phrases that are simplified. When a problem requires a sequence of steps, write out in detail how to do each step.

    Make use of computer word processing to speed up taking notes. Copy key information from your notes and textbook into a word-processed document. Use the print-outs for review. Before an exam, create visual reminders of information that must be memorized. Make sticky notes containing key words and concepts and place them in highly visible places --on your mirror, notebook, car dashboard, etc.

    2. The independent learner is happy to work alone on projects and assignments. Most of your assignments will be done without input from other students, so it is imperative that you act independent and confident when it comes to completing projects on your own, without support from others. In fact, independent learners prefer working on their own rather than having to give support to other students and share grades with them.

    3. The learner who is taking online education courses will have less contact with other students. In this situation, you must be self-motivated and have less need to rely on others for assistance. The ability to motivate yourself to solve problems and complete assignments is vital for online success.

    4. An independent learner is most likely to learn the computer skills needed to succeed in online education courses. The independent student has enough confidence to deal with occasional computer technical problems, as well. "With online education, we just turn the technology over to them {the students} and let them use it express themselves in their own unique ways." Quote may be found at: http://www.netc.org/digitalbridges/online/symposium/quotes.php. If you are the type of student who needs constant reassurance and assistance from other students, hesitates to work or solve problems on your own, prefers to learn by listening or participating in hands-on projects or the use of manipulatives, it would be a good idea to consider attending campus-based classes or courses instead of online courses. At a traditional campus, you will find others who have auditory and/or tactile learning styles similar to yours, with whom you can interact.

    The key to success in online education courses is to make sure that your learning style fits the visual/verbal learning style needed for online education. You must be able to work at your own pace, independently, using visual media as your input. You must also be self- motivated and have enough confidence to solve problems as they occur. If you fit those criteria, online education courses are for you!

    Statistics and facts for this article were found in "The Web's Aspect on Student Learning" by Katrina Meyer, written for Technological Horizons in Education.

    Educational Computing For The Humanities

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    True, the effective use of computer systems to entertainment applications has taken the computer from the high, dignified as well as ethereal regions of the halls of information to the much less cerebral haunts of video game arcades and teen bedrooms across the world; nevertheless, the computer is considered by most as a tool that, when put to serious use, will serve mathematics as well as science best, not the humanities.

    This kind of outlook is somewhat elitist, as if serving these far more abstract regions were in some way of greater value to humankind then service to the humanities, the non-technical expression of the rest of mankind's nature. In reality, academic computing has proven to be an outstanding tool in service to the academic study of the human heart, mind, as well as creative imagination conveyed through the arts and literature of people. The laptop or computer is here to stay in the verdant fields of the humanities.

    Just how, you may well ask, can a computer system help me during my study of art, sculpture, architecture as expression, literary works, music? How could a machine which boasts its cpu, its mathematical as well as logic unit, its fast executions of rational and mathematical computer operating instructions, how can a really cold as well as objective tool quite possibly assist me, under the facet of academic computing, to appreciate the Hebrew comments of Lord Byron, the 'One' of Walt Whitman, the sublimity of Fra Angelico or the obsession of Wagner? Will it inform me where the loving strains of Beethoven emerge in one of his symphonies? Would it inform me when I should be experiencing the ecstasy in a Vivaldi? Sure, we may use it's mathematical capability to derive a 'golden mean' or determine the special requirements for balance as well as proportion for a particular painting, but isn't this pretty weak stuff when seeking the knowledge of the human spirit?

    Let's not ask the computer to perform greater than it had been meant to do. By scholastic computing, as we stated in this article, we mean the use of portable computers in the solution of educational issues. The humanities, no matter what its expression, whether painting, sculpture, music, or literary works, is primarily based in a material stream, in light, sound, in written expression, in signs and symbols. It is exactly this, signs as well as symbols, sounds as well as pictures, which the computer could deliver to the student of humanities. Humanities tries to express, and for that reason, to educate. The computer is a preeminent data device, giving not just text message, but photos, audio, music, movies, each of the sensations but those of touch as well as smell. It isn't a completely satisfactory platform for all the arts. Sculptures define space, and, unless you are obtaining a virtual three-D image, you are unable to experience a sculpture in its immediate impact on the sense when dangling there in your three-dimensional vision. Alright, yet if that is all, that's still not too bad.

    Scholastic computing as well as the humanities have become forever married in our universities and colleges. A humanist, a professional photographer, artist, musician, would flourish to learn exactly how to use computers to understand the lovely as well as pleasing, the serious as well as the humorous, the soul as well as spirit of man. It's a requirement in the present academic setting.

    Degree in Secondary Education - A Right Career Move

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

    The field of education these days has grown in significant proportions. If we compare the present education scenario, it is very different than 20 years ago. The number of educational institutes and colleges are riding a new wave. With the change in living standards, in this modern scenario the need for an expert teacher is also on the increase. Factors like reduced class sizes and an increase in the number of students are also forcing many schools to acquire teachers who have skills to handle every student effectively. The present education environment is looking for teachers who have the ability to motivate, guide and monitor the activities of a child. Ultimately, it requires special skills that have to be nurtured through intensive training. Addressing to meet this demand, secondary education degrees has started gaining its popularity in recent years.

    Secondary education degrees prepare tutors to work in high schools and middle schools or junior high schools. Meant for teachers, administrators or other education specialists, this degree helps them getting specialized in one subject area and further educate students more about the subject effectively. Secondary education degrees can be earned at the bachelor's degree level, although several advanced degrees in the field are also available. Besides this, most secondary education programs facilitate individuals earn a teaching certificate, which many schools ask teachers to hold these days.

    The major advantage of attaining a degree in secondary education is it provides the training and the teaching credential that an individual must need to get for his or her first teaching job. In addition, for those who are already in teaching profession, this course provides guidance on how to effectively teach students the intended curriculum in communities of learning. It primarily focuses on the methods of instruction, educational psychology in the field of education, social and cultural issues related to school, etc. This type of training in turn can help teacher in playing their role more efficiently and educating children properly. Apart from all this, it can also help an individual or tutor move into school administration, education policy, or related fields like education consulting. Moreover, in most schools even if an individual working as a teacher continue teaching the same classes, holding a secondary education degree can help him increase his salary.

    The basic admission requirements for entering into the degree program in secondary education courses may vary from institution to institution. Some institutions insist on a qualifying written test. However, in most of the institutes, successful completion of a high school diploma or some preliminary courses in education is essential to satisfy the eligibility criteria for admission.

    Today there is definitely big requirement for teachers and administrators throughout the secondary education field. Perhaps this is an appropriate time to follow a degree in secondary education, as the education industry is keenly seeking and expected to seek for more qualified professionals in coming years.

    Small Business Employers Lag Behind In Setting Policies for Social Media

    Despite the dramatic increase in the use of social networking websites, a study done by the Wall Street Journal indicates that only 25% of employees said their employer had a policy regarding social media networking. An August 2009 study done by one industry found that 50% of employers reported not having a policy for employees' online activity outside of work and only 10% reported having a policy specifically addressing these types of social media sites.

    What are the types of policies an employer could implement?

    • No policy - 74% of employers do not have a policy according to the Wall Street Journal
    • Absolute Ban at work with restrictions away from work
    • Absolute Ban at work but silent on the use of social networking away from work
    • Allowed at work with guidelines
    • Encouraged at work with guidelines

    Employers must weigh the risks of inappropriate online activity against the potential harm to employee relations if the company's efforts go too far and are perceived as excessively intruding into employee's private life outside of work. To manage the risk of employee use of social media, employers should develop a specific policy governing usage of social networking sites and train employees on the policy an appropriate use of the sites.

    If you limit use of the network to business purposes only, remind employees of the policy and that the company reserves the right to monitor use of electronic resources without notice to the employees and employees have no reasonable expectations to privacy in the use of the company's electronic resources such as a Facebook business page.

    Some policies to consider:

    Require that all information posted or published by an employee comply with existing policies governing the use of confidential or proprietary information. This includes your anti-harassment policy, your confidentiality policy, any policy you have applies to their social networking activity. Make sure they understand they cannot reference customer information with their express permission. Also, an employee needs to understand that logos and trademarks cannot be used on their personal website.

    Require employees have disclaimers clearly stating that views expressed by the employee belong to the author and do not represent the company.

    Remind employees that their activities online reflect the company and its service to customers and the community.

    Remind employees to be respectful of customers, co-workers and the company at all times.

    In addition to these policies, you will want to educate your employees.

    Employers should train employees on the company's expectations regarding use of internet-based social media and educate employees on appropriate vs inappropriate use of social media sites. Never assume that the employee will know the difference. Employees that understand the personal and professional risks of inappropriate activity will be much more likely to self-regulate their online behavior.

    Routinely monitor your employees' online presence. Websites, such as Google, allow companies to set up alerts that will send an email when the search terms are identified if the alert appears in any online content. This will help you the employer to monitor employee activity.

    Monitoring online content allows companies to take positive steps to address negative content or comments and provides an opportunity to respond with positive content. Employers will also want to comment on employees postings and show their appreciation or provide follow-up communication.

    Importance of Holistic Education for Children

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    No one can really argue with the fact that formal education is one of the most essential factors of human lives, which is essential for fostering human values and dream careers. At the same time, it does have its limitations, and that could hamper the development of growing children.

    Most of the systems in the schools are designed in a manner which is fundamentally aimed at transforming the children into citizens, who would naturally flow with the wave of professional responsibilities. This could forestall the talents and passions in children from being identified or pursued.

    The wholeness of children development in the schools goes unexplored, primarily due to the increasing numbers of students in the classroom, and also due to the overwhelming syllabus that has to be completed within that given academic timeframes. The situation minimizes the possibilities of finding multiple intelligences in children.

    Besides their normal syllabus, it is also very essential for the children to learn more about themselves, and about how to build relationships in their lives.

    Both attitude and aptitude in children has to go hand in hand, in order to contribute towards their success as they go on to become great personalities. Additionally, they will also need to develop a lot of resiliency and will power to face difficult situations in their lives.

    Apart from talents and education, the children might require extra attention on their emotional developments as well. This will also help them in developing proactive social behaviors.

    The world has changed a great deal with the advancements in technology, and the children these days are blessed with access to a lot of information when compared to the past. The media is able to reach the children directly now more than ever before.

    This could also create a lot of confusions in the little minds, as information overload can also be too overwhelming for the children. The parents cannot overlook the fact that the exposure to abundant media and information could also cause negative influences on their little ones.

    The institution of formal education in schools is very important, but holistic education of children will help them to cope up better with their lives. There are just too many things to consider for proper upbringing of children, in order to help them pursue their individual passions. They will need a lot of guidance in helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

    More and more parents are now seeking something extra to be added to the education that their children get in schools. Unfortunately not many schools are in a position to cater towards the holistic education of their students.

    Many parents realize that just the academics alone is not quite sufficient to equip their children to cope up with the fast advancing world. They want their children to be second to none when it comes to education and personality development.

     

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