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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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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Avoid Scam While Studying Online

By Jessica Barden*

In today's tech driven world, students are consuming online resources to enhance their knowledge and academic performance. A new study showed that more than 80% students engage over the World Wide Web to accomplish their academic activities on time. But there are some scammers active over the internet that tries their best to steal the information of other users through powerful hacking devices and techniques. Therefore in this article we would discuss some effective steps that we could take to conquer online hackers and scammers.

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Here are five sure fire ways to avoid online scam while utilizing online resources for studies.

Protect Your Online Accounts. The very first thing that you will need to make sure to avoid online scam is to create a unique password to secure your credentials. Ensure to create a powerful password with a mixture of capital and small alphabet along with numerical values to confuse the hacker. Keep in mind to create a complex password that can provide a tough time to any hacker who is trying to steal your account. In addition try your best to change your email, social media, as well as bank accounts password regularly to protect yourself from hackers.

Never Enroll In Baseless Online Institution. Due to the rapid advancement in technology especially in the last decade it's become easy for students to enroll in their favorite course via online institution. But the bad news is that many fraudulent providers over the internet are cheating student with fake degrees and diplomas. Therefore, if you’re also planning to enroll in an online institution then you must visit their office before registering in any program. Otherwise you will not only waste ample amount of your money but also negatively impact your career with unrecognized qualification.

Ignore Unknown Emails. A lot of scammers are cheating teenagers by sending them emails that contains mind-blowing deals and prices. Don't open or reply to any email that is sent from any unknown source as it will automatically forward your account details to the scammer that is operating from backhand. Scam emails contain links that redirect user to other websites to steal their valuable information such as your id and password to commit crimes on your personal identification.

Don't Share Your Personal Information. The growing popularity of social media is enabling hackers to steal information of any user. You will be surprised to know that more than 50% accounts are hacked through social media platforms. The main reason why hackers are active over social media is the information users share publically on their profiles. Thus use strict privacy policy setting to secure your precious information from fraudulent peoples.

Speak Up. If you find any scam or in case you had become a victim of any of these, make sure to report it. This is because when people ignore fraudulent activities and don’t report it, they strengthen the scammers and hackers. So, ensure to stand up against fraudulent people and report scam to concerned authorities to make internet a safe place for learning.

(*) Jessica Barden is a lead content creator who is working with a team of in-house writer to facilitate students with essay help. Nowadays, she is writing academic advice blogs to help out students who need academic guidance.

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Testing as an Enemy of Learning

Kaitlin Shiner, Port Orchard's Star Student
Classes are about to begin for freshman and I want to share some thoughts, as always arbitrary, on topics that I have observed in my experience in education, which could be useful for those who have kids going to college.

Before delving into this matter, I want you to understand my perception about learning. I don't see learning as going about satisfying curiosity or memorizing names, dates and formulas, but as the ability to do something that previously could not be done. That is, knowledge is know-how.

In this context, learning is the capability to incorporate a chance. When I can perform something new, it opens a series of alternatives that I did not have before, for example, if a kid learns how to swim, now he can go to the beach, party in houses with a pool, go swimming, and so on. Learning is about change; and if one changes, the world and its possibilities also change.

From this perspective, I think there are barriers to learning, and the most important is the test. Although its function is to show evidence of an educational progress, the test by itself has gained significance, powerful, and disturbing social relevance.

For example, when a kid comes back home from school after taking a test, parents ask: what grade did you get?, if he says "100" it's all happiness and reward. The message we send is that his acceptance, in this context, is determined by the grade obtained. But tests are designed to measure learning out of the context for which that learning needs to be used.

What happens if we change the question? Instead of asking, what grade did you get? We ask, what did you learn today? Then we enjoy a moment of happiness from what was learned that day, then the kid will understand that his acceptance comes through what he learned rather than the grade marked on his paper.

As teacher Michael Soskil states, "people always say, 'We need tests because life is full of tests.' That's nonsense. Life isn't full of tests. It's full of assessments."

That small change in our perception of learning modifies the position from where the student is looking up at learning. If recognition comes a grade, he will do everything necessary to obtain it, but grades as an end goal are short-term, fragmented, and subject to comparison and competitiveness; on the contrary, if the focus is on knowledge, this leads to value learning as a continuous and long-term process.

A grade may be valid as long as priority is given to the student's image of himself as an outcome generator and not the grade by itself. The individual's results are achieved based on his potential, and not in comparison with the rest of his classmates.

Education demands urgent reflections, we must educate for a society of uncertainty where production and knowledge management begins to be out of formal logic, we must educate to face the complexity of a democratic society and its diversity, educating for innovation in contexts of high social complexity.

So I think we need to change the discussion of learning from the quantitative to the qualitative scenario.

As teachers we have a challenge and a big responsibility, today more than ever we must be teaching to think, to ask new questions and mainly to teach our kids that they are not simply a grade on a paper.

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