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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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The 7 C's to Winning the All-Time Wished Scholarship

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Next year about this time my boy will be getting in any higher education campus in the U.S. Don't need to mention names but all is about my son decisions, and how much money he can collect from scholarships.

Reading through an article by Elizabeth Hoytt on fastweb. com, I found this interesting note on how to approach to win a scholarship now that higher education has become more expensive than ever. One of the Cs states that if you are looking for this kind of opportunities, you should let everyone know about it.

So, for this matter, I hope some of you can help us, my son and I, to "gain experiences that scholarship providers will value."

The 7 Cs Hoytt mentions are summarized below:

1. Content - Look out for resources like books, testimonials of scholarship winners and websites.

2. Commitment - Never give up applying for scholarships funds – because then you are guaranteed to never win one. Take the time to apply to scholarships that may require more work.

3. Communicate - The one I was referring to. Get letters of recommendation to attach to your application from your teachers, mentors and guidance counselors.

4. Causes - Do volunteering working on issues you are really passionate about. Scholarship providers are more likely to notice.

5. Create - Develop a new thing that solves anything in the school or community. Leadership role is a plus on these applications.

6. Compliment - Do your own Senior Brag Sheet. Each achievement gives you an extra edge and will help distinguish you from the competition.

7. Curriculum - Try to take AP courses as much as you are able to. A mix of more and less challenging courses that will manage to get you a higher GPA.

If you know or are interested on getting scholarship funds, I will be a good partner in crime.

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Is Integration of ICT in Education Beneficial or Not?

By John Kelly*

Now, the information and communication technology (ICT) occupy an important place in our everyday lives, which include our overall society as well as education. It is the fact that ICTs are increasingly integrated in educational institutes across the world. However, there are also two schools of thought: those who advocate the integration of ICT in the educational world and those who have the conflict view.

ICTs are now the necessary component of the educational world. On the daily basis, through the use of ICT students exchange millions of messages at the same time and opens endless web pages. Technology, whether Internet, software and hardware, email messaging, social media platforms, all have made considerable changes in the procedure of teaching and study. In some of the situations, both the students and teachers have completely left paper and pen and now they do not rely on these.
Benefits of ICT in Education World

There are more than enough benefits of integration of information and communication technology in the educational domain. In accordance with the Eurydice’s 2011 Key Data report, when students work in groups or teams, information technology assists prevent isolation, promote exchanges between them and build skills of critical thinking about their work.

In the light of Sylvia Press, the information and communication technology can definitely enhance the motivation of young people in high schools, colleges and universities. Indeed, the research workers at the Oxford University have concluded that the use of the notebook by students will enhance the level of their motivation. Most of the researchers, intellectuals and scholarly persons across the world agree that it is urgent to integrate new and innovative technologies in the world of teaching since traditional methods are no longer challenge the youth of the internet generation.

Disadvantages of ICT in Education World

On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages and limitations of the integration of ICT in the educational domain. In accordance with the arguments of David V. Zandvliet, teachers may face complications when they integrate new and advanced technologies in the education. Zandvliet refuses the integration of technology in the context of learning, as teachers are not all comfortable to use these state-of-the-art technologies. Moreover, in accordance with the UNESCO, the fast growing development of information technology can be one of the key obstacles to the Ministry of education, education managers and educational institutions who need to update more recent developments in this field on the daily basis.

As far as the cost is concerned, the costs of integration of state-of-the-art technologies in education, whether in terms of investment in the latest tools and equipments and in terms of training of teachers and logistical support, can be the biggest barriers to the integration of the latest and advanced technologies in the educational domain.

In short, information and communication technology can best facilitate teaching and learning as well as enhance the motivation level of students. For cons, the integration of these technologies may encounter some barriers, such as the lack of teachers’ knowledge and the costs that may be the most vital obstacles. In my view, if the educational institutions and the governmental authorities will focus properly on the integration of advanced ICTs in the schools and colleges, students will be definitely benefited.

(*) John Kelly is a professional and experienced writer associated with Buy Essay Online from last three years. His responsibility to provide guidance and writing tips to the students.

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Integration of Tablet Technology in the Educational Setting

By Elizabeth A. Halsted*

The current article is all about the advanced Tablet Computers. In the following paragraphs of this, early table technology will be discussed. The article will talk about ways in which this technology enhances the process of learning. The most important aspect of this article is its deployments in the schools, so the integration of tablet computers with the existing resources of ICT will be discussed in the end.

Tablet Computers in the Early Days

There are many forms of Tablet Computing, ranging from a personal digital assistant (PDA) also known as a palmtop computer and handheld devices (handheld computer) to touch screen laptops, Slates, Tablet PC's and newly introduced the ‘Post-PC’ Tablets. In the beginning, tablet computers were primarily forms of existing hardware and operating systems conforming to distinguish an additional input device, like a ‘pen’ or just a touchscreen. The Windows XP Tablet edition was released by Microsoft in early 2002 that support an advanced touchscreen laptop. A surface was developed by this that could be employed for direct input and frequently supported new functionality, like HWR (handwriting recognition). HWR is the capability of a computer to obtain and interpret comprehensible handwritten input from sources, like paper documents. Nevertheless, early tablet computers failed to gain acceptance worldwide, and conventional devices remained the first preference.

Tablets Enhance Learning

Learning should never be technology led. Teachers are for teaching and technology is for assisting. This statement is imperative, but often disregarded. People should focus on how the learning can be assisted by the technology. There are numerous advantages to students. The additional engagement is one of such circumstances in which students can bring content through touch interface. A clear benefit for education is there to be obtained from better engagement, comprising it enhances stimulation, decreases the working time, and develops and improves the level of knowledge.

Moreover, tablet technology has really transformed the concept of the use of information and communications technology (ICT), letting for further usage conditions and annexation in activities related to learning not formerly affiliated with ICT.

Use of Tablet Computers

An exceptional opportunity is provided by the tablets that gives people a portable experience of learning. Tablet computers offer such possibilities that traditional ‘mobile’ computers do not. This is lent by itself to better technology use within the domain of teaching. As an instance, it gives a fast access to reference data while learning that was quite impossible in the past through the use of ICT.

Tablets are now commonly used in less typical settings, like workshops, field trips or physical education lessons where people and students can conduct detailed research to accumulate authentic information with evidence and then present it later. Integrating such state-of-the-art devices into the classroom environment for students is a good way to gain learning experience. An advanced and sophisticated tablet computer has the complete capability of delivering, like text and reference books, Web research, preparation and review of the document, resources of audio and video, and particular applications related to e-learning. In fact, this is really multipurpose tool.

Integration of Tablet Computers with the Existing Resources of ICT

People should understand the ways in which tablet technologies integrate with the current ICT infrastructure. During the last few years, most of the schools have made considerable investment on the provisions of ICT and eLearning, so making sure the compatibility of the devices with these is crucial.

At present, tablet producers focus primarily the consumer space, an individual user is being owned with each device. Therefore, it's quite difficult to provide technologies for use by manifold students whose capabilities are different with each other. In the schools, typical integration of tablet technologies are not well established, therefore each individual device should be ‘shared’ that must be the focus of people. Complications are led by this issues while content, applications and resources are provided. Then, one of the most important deliberations is locating an approach to let multiple students to access individualised content on each shared device.

Tablet computers, in fact, have the capability to transform the means wherein the students deliver and consume the resources of eLearning. Its adaptability and versatility are matchless, and consequently deployments in schools are growing rapidly in large quantities. Nevertheless, the needs of teaching should be fulfilled by technology. It is crucial to make sure that integrating any advanced and innovative technology into the educational setting ameliorates the furnishing of ICT resources, meets the needs of teachers and students, and has plentiful advantages.

(*) Elizabeth A. Halsted is an expert writer at Done Research Paper. She is a content manager and her job is to write and lead her team to provide every sort of help to students in completing their writing projects.

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