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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Why You Should Consider Completing an Online Health Care Course

Would you like to complete a health care course, but you are concerned about the cost and the amount of time you will need to focus on your studies? This affects many students and it often prevents them from starting a new professional course. However, there is a solution. Enrolling in an online course removes many of these doubts and the points mentioned below are some of the other reasons why you should consider completing an online health care certification.

You Become a More Accomplished Health Care Professional

The more educated you become, the more skills and knowledge you develop. These new skills and knowledge will make you a much more effective and accomplished health care professional when you decide to work in this environment.

For instance, if you already have this kind of background and you decide to complete an online MHA degree, this type of advanced course will improve your managerial and leadership skills, which are important in today's health care facilities.

Improves Your Career Opportunities

Some people are satisfied to work in the same career for their entire lives. However, those who decide to further their education and enroll in an advanced course like an online MHA program, create opportunities to work in more senior professional roles such as clinicians, diagnostic specialists, administrators, physicians, and other senior health care positions. Advancing your career in this way has the potential to dramatically increase your income and greatly improve your current lifestyle.

Studying Online is a More Affordable Option

When you are a student, money is not always that plentiful and every penny counts. Studying online helps you to avoid many of the costs associated with student life. The fees are usually less than they are for classroom-based courses, you don't have to spend money on travel every day, and you don't have any extra living costs to pay for.

As well as making these huge financial savings, you also save a lot of time that you can put to better use. For example, you could take on a part-time job while you study or keep your existing job if you are already employed.

It Fits in With Your Lifestyle

If a traditional course is not a practical option, an online course is a perfect solution. You can study when and where you wish, so you don't have to attend a class at specific times of the day or submit coursework at inconvenient times. This is an option for people who have other responsibilities such as looking after a family, or people who have work commitments.

You Take Control

Ultimately, you can take control of your study life and you do not have to worry about the rules and regulations set out by a college or university. This sense of freedom reduces the amount of stress some students encounter and they are able to focus on their studies in a calm, responsible, and more relaxed way.

Completing an online remote distance degree is one of the best ways to get a high-quality, recognized health care qualification. With thousands of students taking these courses every year, there is no reason why you can't do this either.

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Why Learning Should Be Fun

A college education is the accepted pathway between high school and a successful career. Every year, millions of students graduate from high school and enroll in degree programs, with a view to working hard and securing a well-paid job. Some of the most popular degree subjects include computer science and business studies, as these open many doors into lucrative careers. However, what students should remember is that learning is supposed to be fun, so although you should keep one eye on your future career, it is always better to major in a subject you enjoy.

College is hard work. You have three or four years of slog to look forward to, with endless assignments, exams, and all-nighters spent studying. Some students sail through the experience, but others struggle to cope. Unfortunately, studying a subject you feel uncomfortable with only serves to make matters worse.

Choosing the Right College Course

Plenty of students are railroaded into signing up for a major they hate. Peer pressure, parental pressure, and even poor advice from a career advisor can lead to bad choices when choosing a college course. The problem is that if you end up studying for a degree you don't feel passionate about, you are unlikely to put in the required amount of effort needed to secure a top grade. This is a waste of your time and that of your tutors, not to mention a huge waste of money.

Listen to Your Inner Voice

Rather than signing up for a course just because your parents think it's a great idea or because your boyfriend already has a place, listen to your inner voice. This is your education and you have a right to study a subject that interests you. College is hard enough without sitting through lectures on a subject you find as interesting as watching paint dry. Sure, it may score you a good job in four years' time, but how likely are you to achieve a top grade if you can hardly bring yourself to finish assignments? Exactly, not very is the answer.

What Subjects Interest You?

Rather than setting yourself up for failure, look for a course you are actually interested in studying. For example, if you love history, a military history degree program might be perfect. You could even look at an online history or military history degree in your spare time while you work. The point I am making here is that it is your life and therefore your choice. Don't be pushed into enrolling on a college course just because your parents think it is a great idea. They are not the ones putting the hard work in.

If you are part of the way through a degree course and something isn't working for you, take stock and look at your options. Is this a temporary blip or are you really not feeling the love? If you are having problems, talk through your options with a college advisor. You could always switch do a different major if your current course is not working for you. What you shouldn't do is drop out. That is definitely not the answer.

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Education & Tech: 2016 Year in Review

This year here at Education & Tech we relied on guest writers for the most part. As an editor, I focused primordially on the round ups promoting and presenting relevant links to important topics generally based on education.

I also have to mention that Education & Tech has been referenced on paper research and books as I am going to mention: Handbook of Research on Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education by Fredrick Muyia Nafukho & Beverly J. Irvy. Journalist blogosphere in Ecuador. The deliberated opinion ¿Who are they and what do they write?[es] by Ma. Isabel Punin & Benazir Gutiérrez. And as source of relevant research by the Visionary Leaders Institute whose president is Mr. Ako Kambon.

Beyond that and given our low editorial production this year, I can tell we are satisfied with the range and reach of this blog. I promise the next year it's going to be better and more productive. In the meantime, I'd like to share with you the 10 most read blog post during 2016:

1. How to Stay Motivated Throughout Academic Life. This was a guest post by Ishika Agarwal and among other things, he wrote that pushing yourself too much can be stressful and it can certainly lead to demotivation. It is what usually happens with students who desperately want to achieve everything without strategizing their goals.

2. 10 Gadgets To Help College Students Get Through The Year. A guest post by our long time contributor Jennifer Thayer.

3. Applying the Concept of 'Supply & Demand' to the Teacher Shortage in America. This was an essay we worked way ahead of president-elect Donal Trump. By then, we already envisioned the necessity of hold accountable all our representatives and constituents, including the nominated Secretary of Education,Betsy DeVos.

4. Expressions You Will Regret Saying to Your Students. Relationships matters. It's time to choose very carefully our words when in front of a full room of students.

5. Why Educators Should Talk More About Their Work and Accomplishments. An Elevator Pitch, the one most businessman recite at every new encounter, should be a common practice among educators as well.

6. Social Justice Seen Through the Educators Eyes. Social activists in need of representation should read this post. You'll read about 'educolor' and the necessity to "uplift of people of color in education."

7. Four Most Valuable Tips for New College Students. Another guest post by Jessica Alabama. Higher education does play a huge role to offer in the success or betterment of those pursuing college education.

8. Technology's Impact on Studying Abroad. Students go into study abroad programs with a goal to expand intellectually through cultural immersion, and technology is helping them break barriers.

9. Nuances of Written English Not Taught in School. Guest post by Lucy Adams. Being a non-native speaker among natives is sometimes challenging. The fewer mistakes you make, the more credible you look in the eyes of English pen wizards, writes Adams.

10. Is The SAT Fair Or Unfair?. I am pretty sure you are familiar with other acronyms like TOEFL, GRE and GMAT. All of them part of a very lucrative business rather than intellectual capacities assessments metric. And the sad part is that there is no a definitive answer.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

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American teachers unable to buy their own house!

An article in the PBS NewsHour has sparked controversy on the Internet whether teachers really are paid enough (or even well paid) as to afford their own houses. Community argue teachers are living well because they only work for 9 months during the year, opposite to what everyone else is working in the U.S. Some others differ:

Most teachers earn much less than $57K, says Rodrigo Fernandez, a Chilean in Austin, Texas. They have to work more than 40 hours a week, spend their own money in educational materials, and have children of their own, and they have the responsibility of preparing most of your children for the future.

However, teachers are not so much different than some other Americans. In order to get your own house, the stream of two incomes is necessary in any middle class family. That is precisely what Fawn Neun, a Chief Editor and Hair Puller at Vagabondage Press, in Florida, wrote in Facebok. "I know a lot of people that would love to have a $56k a year salary who have similar qualifications and professional standing as most public school teachers. Housing frequently requires two incomes for everyone in the middle class now."

Mel Gee is another of the participants in the discussion. This person relies on statistics to back up the argument that teachers are well off as of now. US Median Income across all professions is $51,939. So many Americans can't afford to buy a house. At least teachers have a retirement fund, affordable healthcare, and union protection. Gee asserts she's a "pro-teacher" so she's not against them having these things. She just thinks we all should.

And of course we have interpretations pointing to the political parties. Keith Sottung from Holland, Pennsylvania, declares: "The GOP has made it very clear teachers are an expense obstacle towards a profitable business. Do get me started on how they feel about unionized teachers."

The study by the National Housing Conference, Paycheck to Paycheck - A Snapshot of House Affordability for School Workers to which the PBS NewsHour refers to is here.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

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