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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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Education & Tech: News for Educators 07/28/2016

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

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Technology's Impact on Studying Abroad

By Jennifer Thayer

Technology has had a multifaceted impact on studying abroad. From helping students make a smoother transition abroad to bridging the communication gap, it’s opened many doors and new ways to go about living and learning in a different country, creating an entirely new study aboard experience.

Preparation and Transition of Going Abroad

The endless access to information we have thanks to technology has transformed society into one that is constantly curious, looking for answers and expecting to get those answers from the internet. This craving to be always informed has incentivized students to be more thoroughly prepared to go abroad. Students can research the country they are headed to and begin to understand the culture in which they will live for an expanded amount of time. Additionally, they can also learn the language to better assimilate to their new home for the next months and gain a greater ability to get around in foreign territory. Furthermore, social media has become a platform for students in a study abroad program to get in touch with each other. For example, Facebook groups can be used as a forum for students in study abroad programs to discuss what to bring and virtually meet each other prior to the first face-to-face encounter.

Satellite technology can also come into play, as students prep for their journey. They can scope out housing and explore the area they want to live via innovations like Google Earth, which allows users to pinpoint anywhere on the map they want to see with real-life visuals of actual streets and surroundings.

Transitioning into a new place in and of itself is already a stressful task. Moving to a foreign country has an even greater impact on a person’s ability to ease in. During their time abroad, students can get around by utilizing mobile apps. Students can use translation apps like iTranslate, an application that translates text, websites and facilitates voice-to-voice conversations in more than 90 languages. Other travel-friendly apps, like Easy Currency Converter, let students figure out how much they are actually spending in their foreign coin. And the ever-so-popular Uber app is also internationally available in many countries, giving students the ability to get around an unfamiliar town.

Communications

Possibly the greatest impact technology has had on studying abroad is on communications. The emergence of smartphones and the ability to connect anywhere and everywhere has caused ground-breaking changes in how students stay connected internationally. Students are able to talk with their friends and their family at home, as well as with their study abroad peers within the same country for free with apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype, and Viber. Many of which only require Wi-Fi connection (a plus for those without an international data plan). To add, video technology integration in these communication apps allows people to feel even closer to one another no matter how many miles are in between.

The telecommunications industry has also supplemented smartphone technology in its push to further support communications whenever and wherever. Carriers such as T-Mobile feature plans that support 145 countries, providing users unlimited data and texting at no extra cost, and flat-rate calls for a very reasonable price. Having the option for lower rate international data plans is highly appealing to any student studying abroad because it’s budget friendly and lets them keep in contact with others no matter what country they are in.

Technology has ultimately taken away some major road blocks that come with traveling in a new country. Students go into study abroad programs with a goal to expand intellectually through cultural immersion, and technology is helping them break barriers during their exploration to make the most out of their experience.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

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The Benefits of Working a Job While in College

By Jennifer Thayer.

Going to school and working at the same time is not easy. Make no mistake, doing well in college will demand your attention, persistence, and commitment. If it's worth it should be self-evident though. After all, doing well in college can set you down a path that leads to prosperity and success, so it certainly deserves your attention. But there is one not-so-minor fact of life that is equally deserving of your attention, and which makes having a job while in college job make sense: College is expensive.

The cost of tuition and books can quickly add up. Even if you enjoy a fully paid scholarship, there are such things as rent, food, living expenses, and fraternization with friends to contend with. All of these things cost money. For this reason, considering a college job is not only a good idea, for many of today's college students, it's a given. Good news, however, as working a job while in college is not only possible, it can be hugely beneficial. Let's take a look at reasons you may want to put in your application soon:

Money!



Let's get this one out of the way. Having a job in college provides you with an income. The benefits don't get more obvious or practical than that. Having even the smallest degree of financial independence while in college can mean the difference between enjoying yourself, forming lasting memories, and progressing through school relatively stress-free, and being utterly destitute and anxiety-ridden for four straight years.

Whether you work part-time at a local retailer or dining establishment (don't scoff at busboys and waiters; it's hard work and an honest living), get a part-time job on campus, or work as a freelancer in a field you're particularly adept at, the income that you make can allow you to go out with friends, eat food that isn't prepared in the school cafeteria, fly back home for holidays, or go on Spring Break vacation with your best friends. It also has practical benefits, like enabling you to pay your car insurance and phone bills.

Reduce Your College Debt



Remember, any college loans that you take on during your schooling will have to be paid back, with interest. The less you have to borrow the better. If you do work a college job, don't make the mistake that so many college students do. It may be tempting to spend it all on frivolous things and rack up further credit card debt, but don't.

Carefully determine what your monthly financial obligations are then compare this number with your average monthly income. If you're able to, set aside a set amount per month for school expenses. Whether you can pay for part of your tuition or cover your other school expenses in cash, these efforts will help reduce your college debt over time.

Develop Leadership Skills



The easiest way to develop leadership skills is to actually test yourself in real working environments. You may think that a college job wouldn't provide many opportunities for such development, but that's not true. No matter the field or the type of work that you pursue, there will likely be room for growth... a means of climbing some sort of "corporate ladder." If this applies to your job, take advantage of it.

Demonstrating to future employers that you took responsibility, led a team of peers and co-workers, and proved to your employers that you were capable of doing so can help tremendously when the time comes to enter your chosen professional field. Whether you are a shift manager, assistant manager, or merely take the reins on projects and spearhead them from start to finish, it can be incredibly beneficial, not only for your personal skills, but your resume as well.

Develop Time Management Skills



Of course, future employers will also want an employee who is good with his or her time. Many college graduates fall into the trap of assuming they are owed a position merely by virtue of having a college degree. But it pays to approach the issue from the perspective of the employer. What can you offer that will justify your expense (which not only includes your salary, but health care costs, benefits, training, and other miscellaneous costs)? Being good with time management certainly helps.

Many college students don't get their first job until college. If this describes you, then a college job makes even more sense, as the differences between school and work are many. A job requires you to be on time, to accomplish your assignments and tasks, and to do your work efficiently and with enthusiasm. True, not everyone actually meets these standards (who hasn't had a bad customer service experience?), but that should be your goal. The only way to gain these skills is by actually doing the work.

Gain Invaluable Work Experience



Having actual work experience puts you ahead of the competition once you graduate. It really is that simple. All things being equal, the candidate who has a broader history of work under his or her belt is likely to be seen as the superior candidate, regardless of the position. As much as we all like to think that spending a semester studying abroad will look attractive on our resume, the truth of the matter is that most employers would much rather you show them actual work experience. And there's only one way to accrue this experience – it's by working.

But What Can You Do?



It's a question many college students ask themselves, particularly those who are seeking a job for the first time. The good news is that there are more choices than ever. Increasingly, entrepreneurship is one of those options. Companies like Amway and University Tutor make it easier than ever to become independent business owners. Do well with your own business and you may find that you don't even need to look for a job after college (this will depend a lot on the type of business you run, of course; direct sales companies like Amway are likely to have more room for growth than companies like Uber or Lyft). And success with your own business will make you a valuable applicant.

There are also more traditional options. Again, there's no shame in getting a job as a busboy or waiter. It shows that you are willing and able to work hard and fast. You may also find a job in retail, customer service, or the government sector. Many colleges, schools, and municipalities have seasonal and hourly work that is open to college students. Investigate your options and apply for any that seem well-suited to you. Regardless of what you choose, be sure to maintain a healthy work-school-life balance. After all, if your college job becomes more important than college itself, that is counter-productive.
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