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Ecuador: New National Rankings Leaves Only 10 Percent of Its Universities in Category A

Statistics shown by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has demonstrated that in Latin America there is still much to do about superior education. In Towards an Education for Everyone's report [es], it is said that only 1 in 10 young people aged 25 to 29 years old have completed five years of higher education in 2010 (a slight increase from 7 per cent in the year 2000).

Ecuador is working hard in this direction to be among the Latin American countries leading in human development [es]. President Correa, a year ago, declared that Ecuador is the one of the Latin American countries with the highest percentage of GDP spending on higher education. In the world, Denmark is the country with highest investment with 2.19 per cent, while Ecuador hits 1.86 per cent.

The National Constitution of 2008 and the Higher Education Law of 2010 have changed the way Ecuador’s universities are funded, administered, and accredited. As part of a constitutional mandate, which establishes higher education needs to be re-evaluated every 5 years. This week the Board of Assessment, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (CEAACES by its abbreviation in Spanish) presented the second report of the state of Ecuadorian universities [es]. The first report was completed by defunct CONEA when 71 higher education institutions where evaluated.

The Education in Ecuador from Mónica Urigüen

No more garage universities

As a reference to the first report, officials in Ecuador declared higher education in crisis and even called its institutions 'garage universities', also reported by The New York Times. Today they have forgotten about it; considering many of the so called garage universities were closed down and the actual report only includes 54 out the 71 that were running back in 2009.

Ecuador’s higher education system is undergoing dramatic changes. Francisco Cadena, head of CEAACES has been cautious to identify the process as downgrading, to the effect that only 3 universities were reclassified as category A. He says it's a revamped new process where 48 indicators were considered, to mention: academia, efficiency, research, organization and infrastructure.

As a result of this new process many universities which were category A were moved to B. The Ecuadorian educational system has improved as a whole, according to Cadena. The numbers: There were 7,899 M.A. professors in the 2008, but 11,307 in the 2012; before they had 460 PhD and now 756 PhDs in the academia. Five year ago, a professor earned an average of USD 1,249, today they are being paid USD 2,239.

Full-time employment for academics also increased from 6,046 to 9,994.

3 Universities classified into category A

Rene Ramirez, is the National Secretary of Higher Education (SENESCYT by its abbreviation in Spanish). He has said that this new classification needs to be understood as relative, taking into account that none of the universities in the country under category A are among the first 1000 best universities in the world. "The objective is to get there", he states.

The total of higher education organizations evaluated in Ecuador is 54. Out of these, 28 are part of the public education, 9 are co-financed, and 17 belong to the private sector. We are not clear of the difference between 'co-financed' and 'private'. The following are the top universities in Ecuador as of now and are not necessarily in that order:

1. Escuela Politécnica Nacional - EPN
2. Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral - ESPOL
3. Universidad San Francisco de Quito - USFQ

Ecuador has risen 20 positions according to the Global Competitiveness Index in quality education system, quality management in the academy, internet access in schools, availability of research, and training. Ecuador is now one of the most advanced countries in higher education of latin America, as reported by Europa Press [es].

Downgraded universities demand reconsideration

The CEAACES has said that demoted universities reflect a change in evaluation criteria and are not an indication of lower institutional standards or performance. However, none of the universities in Cuenca (The third city with the most political power in Ecuador) have qualified to the highest level this time.

Cuenca High Life reports that Fabian Carrasco, University of Cuenca's rector is surprised and upset. He wants more explanation about how the new rankings were reached and Carrasco wants a reconsideration of their status. The University of Cuenca, the largest public university in southern Ecuador, was downgraded from category A to B in the latest rankings.

Carlos Cedeño, rector of University of Guayaquil, rejected CEAACES categorization, which placed his institution in category D. "It was inconsistent with the need to properly balance data and reality", he proclaimed. However, Cedeño declared that in the next 30 days he will submit a plan for improvement, according to online newspaper El Tiempo [es].

The great surprise is that Central University and Catholic University (PUCE), both in the capital Quito were downgraded, standing now in category B.

Manuel Corrales, Catholic University's rector said his university is, "Good, excellent, but not perfect and we are always working to improve." PUCE is the only Ecuadorian higher education institution among the 100 best universities in Latin America, by QS World Ranking 2013. Clímaco Egas Arroyo, the vice chancellor of the Central university, defended his alma mater by saying that those three universities that have grown faster, are individual and smaller. Arroyo said Central University receives a larger population (42,000 students) and covers all areas of knowledge (17 faculties).

Obviously there are institutions that were held in category A and others made gains, thus moving up on the scale. All of them have positive commentaries.

D-rated universities will have to improve or else...

Of the 54 universities re-evaluated by CEAACES: eight fell into D-rated institutions. If improvement is not noted in the 2014 evaluation, Ecuadorian officials have the option to close these universities.

Although Ramirez clarified [es] that in 2014, those in category B will not necessarily receive less resources. The university budget in the upcoming year will be about USD 1.3 million.

Ecuador also expects to have four new universities.

Elizabeth Upper Academy student Bradley Ramirez has also contributed to this report

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Find Music Lessons In Your Neighborhood With This Incredible Web Resources

Finding the perfect music instructor in your neighborhood is no easy feat, because not everyone lives near a recognized school or a music academy.

Online resources have removed some of the geographical barriers associated with learning, but there are still a lot of factors that come into play; experience, educational qualifications, background, style of teaching, etc.

Insider Higher Ed, a Washington D.C publication, reported that online learning has advantages over the conventional face-to-face environment when it comes to student learning. The result of the study found that online learning had a better outcome than face to face learning on average.

And according to District of Columbia Public Schools, online education is enhanced by technology. It can be lessons involving the sole use of technology, or a blend of technology and face-to-face lessons, like live video conferencing.

This indicates that technology and online platforms have assisted the process, along with opening up resources for students to find the perfect lesson in their respective localities.

Recording by Alpstedt, on Flickr
Some resources that aid the search process are:

1. Facebook Graph Search
It’s unlikely that you would be using Graph Search to search for music lessons; and you’re missing out on all the new search features and data Facebook has introduced in recent times. Now it is possible to make search queries in the search bar at the top of profile page based on a particular location.

For example, typing in music teachers who live in Washington DC, will present a listing of all the individuals who teach music in the search locations, along with their employment position and other profile data. You can browse the listing and contact the individual who looks suitable.

2. Online platforms
In the same way that online education efforts in our nation's capitol are enhanced by technology, so too are its resources multiplied by Internet tools. A lot of companies have launched their own online search engines (some have even combined them with social networks) to help students search for appropriate music teachers and courses from the comfort of their laptops or computers. Students can easily find piano lessons, guitar lessons and a variety of other courses, and some platform offerings even allow them to enter a zip code to search instructors nearby.

Mooctivity is an example of a company that recently launched such a platform, combining a social network with an advanced search engine to help students browse through above 500 courses based on key course features, reviews of instructors, choice of friends, recommendation of teachers, etc.

3. Search engines
Google recently released their latest hummingbird algorithm, which makes it easier for search engine users to search for long tail keywords. It essentially implies that users are going to get better search results whenever they enter a long, even scattered search query, compared to the results that were presented before this introduction.

Now long-tail search queries are going to return better results. Such search queries will return teacher listings while taking into account all the factors discussed at the start.

4. Forums and answer sites
Forums are the place where you will get to read honest reviews about particular lessons and instructors, because students are likely to share unbiased reviews and experiences in such places. Answer sites, on the other hand, can be used to directly ask if there are any lessons near your location.

You’ll have to create an account before you can participate in forums, and the same principle applies for answer sites. You can even include your requirements (teaching experience, gender) in both the platforms. Community members usually reply very quickly, depending on how much members are active at any given moment.

Feel free to use one or a combination of these tools to search for lessons that fit in your needs.

Thanks to our supporting contributor, Katherine, for this featured post.

5 Technologies That Changed Education

By Regina Brown*

Would you still want to adhere to that old classroom system in education? I guess, in the age of i-phones, i-pads, and technology transforming learning and teaching altogether, you would not. Would you? The developments took place in communication technologies in recent time prompted educators to think anew. And, the emergence of hi-tech gadgets towards the improved style of delivering education really turns our minds to a tech-based learning, which is easy, effective and enjoyable.

Students nowadays are not so shy and kind of introvert as previously they used to be. Rather, they now prefer more participation. They are the active audience, ready to take on new assignments in their favourite mode of learning.

OpenClass

The scene of a poster board in a classroom is absolutely extinct now. The place has been swiftly acquired by OpenClass, obliterating every boundary of time and distance. It is a cloud-based system that enables students to always be connected to their study materials, assignments and teachers. To a step further, mobile and tablet apps associated with OpenClass give enormous power to the students, where they can access their course content, follow and participate in announcements and discussions.

Next, do you still find anyone carrying his or her bulky three-ring binder anymore? How can you when tablets, textbooks are smart ways available to keep every records and folders intact safely. More to this, one now has in hand web 2.0 tool, LiveBinders that users can use to create their binder online.

eBooks

Textbooks are even not in their old shapes and styles. They have altogether changed their appearance to make it as web-based sites, animations, additional materials, videos, assessments and other materials to conduct this new generation style of learning. This is the era of eBooks in the profuse strain atmosphere of e-learning. So, say goodbye to backpacks and heavy textbooks in the ready availability of easy-way education.

LMS

The most updated development in e-learning, LMS or Learning Management System are web-based access to learning contents and administration. This system provides learning and teaching to a larger population.

Virtual Classrooms

One has the advantages of web-conferencing to bring very distant talents and knowledgeable minds at your hand's stretch. Web-conferencing is the basic way of conducting virtual classrooms. And, with virtual classrooms, students take recourse to webinars for personal and professional development. The time is for this kind of blended learning engaging technology in its best for versatile academic enterprises.

Online Library

With this kind of developments brought forward in education strategy, would you consider to stand on a queue for your new issuance of a book? Definitely not! I know. This is because, Open Text Library Management Systems, another fully web-based infrastructure, is there right for your use to manage digital content, multimedia printings and every other internet resource integrated library systems for automatic library operations.

Mobile phones are even also not limited to mere conversational end anymore; rather they are designed to devise new age learning. Smart phones and i-phones are designed to always stay connected with the learning contents and tutors’ supervision. Technology has changed the definition of education – at least in the way they are taught and learnt.

(*) is an educationist and a regular blogger on education. She recommends today’s new age learners to opt for online distance learning so that they can pursue quality education and achieve a balanced lifestyle as well as a successful career.

12 Easy to Find Thanksgiving Teaching and Learning Resources

Thanksgiving is a fun time of the year, and an educational one too. If you are looking for a few resources to use in delivering short lessons on the history and traditions of the holiday which dates back to the earliest days of America, here you'll find plenty.

Because Thanksgiving is so old, there are a number of conflicting accounts of its history, which to me should always foster a healthy debate. This of course, makes Thanksgiving fun and versatile, with an array of topics, beginning with history and literature, to health, games, and nutrition.

Thanksgiving Decoration by alasam, on Flickr
1. Thanksgiving resources - What really happened? The New York Times Learning offers useful link resources on the topic.

2. Teacher’s guide primary source set. The Library of Congress has this .pdf as well as a catalog of digitized primary sources that illustrate important moments in the history of the holiday.

3. The first Thanksgiving. Scholastic show you how the pilgrims reached America and celebrated the first Thanksgiving via videos, slideshows and a virtual field trip.

4. Lesson plans, activity ideas and other curriculum resources. The National Education Association (NEA) gives you interdisciplinary lesson ideas broken down by grade k -12 level.

5. Little known facts about Thanksgiving. There are tidbits still unknown for many. TIME Magazine has written an interesting article regarding The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving.

6. The history of Thanksgiving - Mayflower deconstructed. Who better to provide Thanksgiving resources than The History Channel. Tons of videos related to the origins, history and traditions related to Thanksgiving.

7. Rich historical and cultural aspects of this American holiday. TeacherVision also features some Thanksgiving activities and lessons for all subejcts, included printables.

8. Game: A Thanksgiving for the birds. The National Geographic for Kids challenges students to fill-in a turkey story/Mad Lib that can be used as for writing activities.

9. The ultimate quiz for Turkey Day. The HuffPo challenges you to take the ultimate quiz on how much you know about Turkey Day.

10. Teaching and learning about American Thanksgiving. Richard Byrne, editor of Free Technology for Teachers has a comprehensive list of Thanksgiving web sites he has collected over the last few years.

11. The best websites to learn about Thanksgiving. Larry Ferlazzo is a prominent voice in the educational sphere. He is well known for his popular lists of The Best....

12. Thanksgiving educational websites. Jerry Blumengarten has been cataloging the internet for years with resources for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Impossible not to check out @Cybraryman's Thanskgiving curation.

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Top 7 Things To Remember When You Are A Freshman

By Alex Strike*

The school is over, and it is time to enter a college. There is no need to worry or be afraid of that. Believe us, your college life will become the most exciting period, full of unforgettable moments, new knowledge, skills, and real friends. But remember, that a college is not just a pleasant time, but a big responsibility as well. This is a new social structure, that may be quite difficult for you to accept after your school. Fortunately, there are some tips found which can help you during your first year of study, if you follow them of course.

Try to remember them, and you will become the coolest freshman ever!

Top 7 Things To Remember When You Are A Freshman
#1 Do not miss classes

This is your first year of study, and you can't be sure which subjects you need more than others. It may appear, that psychology will not become your #1 subject, and sociology will give you much more benefits than you thought first. That is why never skip them! Attend each class, listen to professors carefully, make notes, and try to understand everything you are told. If necessary, you can even record a lecture to make sure you do not miss anything.

#2 Choose your perfect place to study

Surrounding means a lot. Some of us feel more comfortable being alone, other ones are able to learn and remember information even if there are dozens of people around. Just listen to your intuition and choose your perfect place, where you will learn everything and do all tasks. It may be a library, if you prefer being alone and study at quiet places; or you can do all homework in your hostel room, if your neighbors do not bother you at all.

#3 Remember about time

As far as you understand, you are not in a school anymore. College will take much more time from you, that is why you should always remember about that and plan everything carefully. Moreover, now you will spend more time in class, so, get ready for this.

#4 Do not be shy to ask for help

It is nothing wrong with that. If you have troubles with study or your student life in general, make sure you have someone to help you here. It can be your peers, professors, your parents, friends, such services as Writing-Help.com. Find a mentor. It is too difficult and unnecessary to do everything by your own and try to cope with everything alone. You are a person, not a robot. And people help each other by the way.

#5 Know your professors

Do not be lazy or afraid of getting acquainted with those people who teach you. It will help you understand their conceptions better and get help when you actually need it. Even if you sit in a large class, you can always speak to your professor or ask him a question. There is nothing wrong with that, it is even better for you.

#6 Try different techniques

You are a freshman, a new person to all this college and study stuff. You do not yet know which study technique will work perfect for you, that is why you better try different ones to choose the best one afterwards. As far as you understand, a right study technique will let you learn and remember everything much better; that is why do not be lazy to spend some time on choosing the right one for yourself.

#7 Do not forget about fun

It is always possible to find time for fun in a college. Moreover, it is even necessary to do. Free time and breaks are something every student needs, that is why do not forget about it. College is fun, and your task is to make the best here. But make sure you do everything in its best time. No drinking!

You will definitely remember the years of your study, so, try to make its first year really cool and effective. Being a freshman, you will lay the foundation of your future and determine what you really want to do in your life. Do not spend this year in vain: learn everything new, meet new friends, open your mind to new horizons, unveil new talents, and just take pleasure from the process of your study itself.

(*) Alen Strike is a 26-year-old blogger who works on essay writing services – www.writing-help.com, and he is always ready to help students reach their academic goals. Find more works of Alex on

How Students Finishing Secondary Education Can Chose Fashion Modeling as a Career

By Isabelle Lima*

Are you sick of your boring monotonous life? You want to get out of the shell your studies had enclosed you in? You want to savor the taste of glamour and taste the sweetness of fame? You want cameras clicking at your face; have your friends point at you in admiration? You want yourself loaded with expensive clothes and lavish accessories? You want to travel a lot and meet lovely people from all over the world?
Yes folks you are in the right direction! The track to fashion modeling will calm your lust for all these desires.

Once you are over with studies the thought that proves to be an anxiety chewing gum is "how do I earn bucks???" You do not want to enter the same robotic routine of sitting in a murky office doing some clerical job or serving customers in a restaurant with an artificial smile pasted on face! If you are among those who have their walls all decorated with beautiful shots of celebrities and famous stars you will be a good fit in the world of fashion. So make the first move with a job hunt; see what vacancies exist in the world of modeling. All you need is some effort on yourself, trust me,your auditions will be as swift as waves. Moreover an hourglass figure will do wonders, make an exercise schedule, a diet plan and go see a proper beautician.

We all see how the fashion industry is revolutionizing with the passage of time; there are countries where heaps of revenues are generated from this industry only. To be successful in this world: dear students, you need to make your own web of contacts. Fruitful networking is the key to be quickly recognized by famous designers and photographers. Once you become a darling pie of these fashion tycoons the ladder to success will serve as a magnet itself. Now, how and where to hunt for these gurus is very simple: attend exhibitions, events, parties and ramp shows. Make sure to have preppy talks with renowned people and exchange contacts once you’ve made sure they remember your name.

If you by nature possess striking good looks, it is a cherishable asset. But if you have an average face and figure, start working on it.

    * Eat what is healthy and not fattening. Take extra care of your skin and hair. Build confidence, the ramp awaits your arrival.
    * You need to put your life in an entirely different lime light when you plan to switch to this career. May it be of a short time span, it will result in adding a revitalizing tinge to your overall career journey.
    * You can commence your career with low budget modeling assignments like catalogue modeling & television ad modeling. Once your face gains social media recognition the cyclone will start heaving you up the ladder.
Just like you made portfolios back in school and high school, an impressive one will be needed currently as well. Make an attractive, eye catching portfolio and distribute it to various modeling agencies. If you succeed to get into some low budget project even, "do not miss the catch". Prove your talent and dive into the wider pool of this lucrative business.

Now looking at one side of the coin it is vital you see the other side as well. As it was mentioned above in the article as well that modeling is a short lived career. Here you see a booming time period of growth, success and opportunities which eventually slide down as you advance further. Hence it is recommended that you opt for this path for a limited time only, as it will not yield you lifetime profits, you may chose it to fill the vacuum but it shall never be the only choice!

(*) Isabelle Lima is an academic writer and an author. She writes essay for Essay Buzz. By writing articles for different blogs she helps student with their studies on different subjects.

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How Technology Is Changing the Face of the Classroom

By Jennifer Thayer*

It wasn't too long ago that teachers relied on blackboards and books alone to convey information in the classroom. Today's teachers, on the other hand, have a near infinite selection of hardware, software and apps to choose from when deciding how best to reach students at every grade level.

Technology is overtaking chalk dust for better or for worse and changing not only how classrooms operate, but also how students learn.

The Incorporation of Technology

But first it might help to visualize just what kinds of transitions are taking place. E-books, which are easy to update and nearly free to produce – are becoming a staple of curriculums that once relied on expensive and cumbersome hardback editions.

Electronic devices like a laptop or tablet are replacing spiral bound notebooks at an amazing rate. Teachers are using interactive whiteboards to make their lessons more dynamic. Collaborative apps are inspiring a project based learning explosion. Taken together, these changes mean that the modern classroom is a very different place than the classrooms of even a decade ago.

Effects of Technology in the Classroom

One major consequence of this integration of technology into the classroom is a shift in the teacher-student relationship. Whereas teachers once held the keys to all knowledge, today the learning process is much more democratic.

In one Pew Research Center survey, conducted in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, a majority of teachers surveyed believe that access to the Internet and technology is making more self-sufficient researchers. Many of those same teachers specifically stated that technology in the classroom could be a useful educational tool.

The Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

Technology may be democratizing education in other ways, too. Some teachers are helping the lowest-income students – who may have access to a mobile device but no computer at home – master the increasingly important STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) in and out of the classroom with smartphone and tablet apps.

A Verizon Foundation survey found that students who are allowed to use mobile devices and apps right inside the classroom tend to be more interested in STEM subjects. Additionally, shy students who might not otherwise participate in classroom discussions can contribute in online collaborations and students with different learning styles have a greater chance of succeeding alongside their peers.

The Downfalls

The main downside of the increasing integration of technology into the classroom experience is that no one has yet identified exactly what effects heavy technology use has on developing brains. In the Pew Research Center survey cited above, many teachers pointed toward technology as a way to explain students' shorter attention spans and inability to persevere when tasks become challenging.

Critics of the idea that technology is hurting student performance suggest that if the way students learn is changing, it's the responsibility of the education system to keep up.

The Importance of Technology

In general, however, teachers are embracing technology in the classroom because of the way it promotes student engagement and learning outside of the classroom. Everything from online lesson plans and programs that let students learn at their own pace to collaboration apps and cloud computing, these technologies are helping teachers become not just instructors, but also facilitators empowering students to take charge of their own education.

(*) Jennifer Thayer is a technology writer who loves using her tablet to share helpful ways people can utilize technology in their day-to-day lives. Follow her on Twitter (@TechyJen) to see what other tips she comes up with.

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Why Do Bad Teachers Prosper? #Infographic

I know some colleagues are not going to be happy with this infographic. Since it's a critique to tenure in the faculty ranks, I would like everyone to understand what exactly the term means:

"Tenure provides job security and protects the academic freedom of experienced professors. Firing a tenured professor is almost unheard of. Tenure exists because people have been killed for their teachings."

Tenure
Source: BestDegreePrograms.org

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10+ Smart Educational Apps Incorporated In Google Apps For Education!

By Brendan Rowan*

Google is not only renowned in the cyber world, but it is equally popular in the academic world as well. Although Google is widely used among the masses, there are certain features which are particularly beneficial in the classroom. Google apps for education are such tools that offer various smart apps for the teachers and students to improve the learning process.

Google apps have the potential to help the academia that aims to enhance the teaching experience of educators and the learning experience of students. Here I will discuss those smart apps that stand out in the product line of Google that academias around the world can benefit from. Here they are:

    1. Gmail: Gmail is the most widely used service for emailing. Using this efficient emailing service, students can correspond with their teachers, share informative materials with fellow students or follow up with the faculty for different projects. They can perform all these tasks in an enormous space of 25GB.

    2. Google Calendar: Google Calendar is yet another important app by Google Inc. It allows students to organize academic activities and schedule day-to-day tasks. They can also schedule dates for performing activities related with a project or set notifications for important tasks.

    3. Google Drive: Google Drive is a cloud-storage system that allows students to create, store and manage files. This provides one platform for the students where they can share information, exchange knowledge and access projects. Students can avail up to 15 GB of free space where they can maintain all their assignments, homework, etc.

    4. Google Sites: Google Sites is another vital tool that students can capitalize on for making interactive websites. With this feature, students can create a website where they can collaborate on projects, share files and discuss issues related with their academia. Besides, students can easily build a website without doing the tedious coding and scripting.

    5. Google Moderator: Google Moderator is a universal tool for crowdsourcing. It allows students to vote for the best topic, question or methods related with a course. This enables the teachers to choose the most popular and favored way for educating the students and in turn maximizes the interest and productivity of the learners.

    Google apps • swirl 6. Google Docs: Google Docs is a useful app for students to create, edit and present documents. It is like the student’s online office tool where they can create an assignment, modify a draft or view their completed projects. Needless to say, it is a very handy tool for students!

    7. Google Slides: Google Slides lets the students create slides and publish them online so that both educators and fellow students can view their work. With this interactive tool, students can add videos, animation and text into their presentation that they can edit later.

    8. Google Sheets: Google Sheets is like an online spreadsheet that makes it possible for the students to organize data and statistics. It allows students to create lists, tables or charts using calculator and formulas. This allows the students to analyze results, track data and examine projects in a time-efficient manner.

    9. YouTube for Schools: YouTube for Schools is an exclusive feature by YouTube that allows the users to streamline educational videos and share them with others. By availing this tool, students can be exposed to the world of education where they can engage in endless learning. Teachers can also use this tool to inspire students with the latest developments in a field.

    10. Google Scholar: Google Scholar is an online search engine for scholarly journals. It indexes academic papers published by the most popular and largest publishers in Europe and America. It helps students gather the available information about their area of subject for the purpose of research and analysis. This helps students review the available literature on the subject before starting an assignment or project.

    11. Google Books: Google Books is a helpful tool for students for finding academic books on any subject. Using Google Books, students can preview a book and order its print version without going to a book store. In this way, students are able to seek relevant resources at the comfort of their space.

    12. Google Translator: Google Translator is an efficient multilingual translator for translating words or phrases in other languages. This app facilitates the students with understanding texts in foreign languages. Students can also use this app for building and improving their vocabulary arsenal.
(*) Brendan Rowan is an author of many educational blogs. He is also a professional coursework writer at courseworkhelppros.co.uk. You can follow him on Google Plus.
 
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