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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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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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2013's Top Reads: Education & Tech

In 2013, we saw a number of exciting education news emerge. Although predicting the future is always a risky business not only in technology but education, but we've made our homework to make the latest best-of-2013 installment using Google Analytics. Among the stories on this list are items reaching into the literacy, changes in elearning, and classroom changes due to technology.

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1. 7 Great Free Online Writing Tools for Spirited Writers
Students and teachers alike will benefit from the free writing tools they can procure anytime, any day.

2. Top 10 Educational Trends in 2013
The educational system, being the bedrock of all other specialized fields, has a significant stake in the "State of the Union."

3. How Students Benefit Through Social Media Networking
You cannot ignore the benefits that students are getting through social media.

4. Teaching Kids the Right Way - The Cognitive Process
Children consistently do better writing with a pen when they write essays. Find out, why?

5. Ecuador: New National Rankings Leaves Only 10 Percent of Its Universities in Category A
Ecuador’s higher education system is undergoing dramatic changes.

6. 5 Technologies That Changed Education
The emergence of hi-tech gadgets towards the improved style of delivering education really turns our minds to a tech-based learning.

7. How Technology Is Changing the Face of the Classroom
Technology is overtaking chalk dust for better or for worse and changing not only how classrooms operate, but also how students learn.

8. 3 Ways That Technology Can Be Helpful in Education
Studying in today’s world has become easier as compared to the traditional ways of studying.

9. Why Most 'Terrific Teachers Often Have Teeth Marks on Their Tongues'?
In education there is not a formula for everything says outspoken critic of education, Alfie Kohn.

10. Best Education Apps for K-12 Students
Wonderful mind-stimulating android education apps to please any K-12 student.

11. The Importance of YouTube in Education
In 2011 YouTube announced that they had an 80% increase in hits on their educational videos and they believe their investment on this has been fruitful.

12. 8 Ways You Can Engage an Introvert in a Classroom Activity
Introverts take time to think and respond in classroom activities. Should they then be considered as slow learners?

13. Find Music Lessons In Your Neighborhood With This Incredible Web Resources
Web resources can include lessons involving the sole use of technology, or a blend of technology and face-to-face lessons, like live video conferencing.

14. 10 Things To Bear In Mind When Organising A Successful School Field Trip
How to make sure that your best intentions come to fruition during a field trip with your students.

15. 10+ Smart Educational Apps Incorporated In Google Apps For Education
Google apps have the potential to help the academia that aims to enhance the teaching experience of educators and the learning experience of students.

16. Top 7 Things To Remember When You Are A Freshman
College is not just a pleasant time, but a big responsibility as well. It is a new social structure, that may be quite difficult for you to accept after high school.

17. Discovering the Innate Potential of QR Codes in Education
With the advents of QR codes in education, it has become more convenient and less painful to share information across the network.

18. How Can Teachers Enhances Their Teaching Efficiency
Lesson plans are not only for teachers. A carefully designed and organized lesson plan can also be used for different training purposes other than teaching.

19. Teaching Career Tips: 12 Highly-Informative Blogs for Aspiring Teachers
Popular education blogs that are usually maintained by teachers who regularly post important and edifying content related to education and teaching.

20. Colleges and Universities Using Social Media More Than Ever
Innovative and effective efforts by forward thinking colleges and universities are helping to change traditional student outreach.

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8 Ways You Can Engage an Introvert in a Classroom Activity!

By Cressida Mary*

As human beings, we are divided into two groups: extroverts and introverts. Extroverts are people who are more social, i.e., they love being with others. They draw their energies from outside world and therefore prefer the company of people rather than being alone. Introverts, on the other hand, are group of people who are more comfortable in their own space and avoid gatherings. Introverts are reflective in nature and take time to adjust with new situations. This is why they are poor learners and often struggle with group-based learning.

Introverts are slow learners as they take time to think and respond in classroom activities. Teachers often have to tackle with introverts as they are more passive and hesitant to open up. Their lack of interaction becomes more visible in group discussions that require team work.

Let’s take a look at how educators can make this 'asocial' group of people engage in their classroom activities.

Immersed in her innocent wonderful world by greekadman, on Flickr 1. Wait for their turn: As a teacher, you need to be more patient and accommodating with an introvert. Introverts are not quick to respond questions. Introverts possess excellent critical thinking skills which is why they never respond in haste. Therefore you should give them the time to process their thoughts. Instead of forcing them to respond, you need to wait until they raise their hand.

2. Use their writing forte: Introverts tend to be good writers. Use this strength in a classroom for group discussions. Ask them to give written analysis of a topic. As they have strong critical thinking skills, you can expect well thought-out answers from them.

3. Do not bring them onto stage: Introverts will be least responsive when they get under the spotlight. They might not speak up a single word if they are in front of a whole class. They want to keep a low profile and you must respect that. Make it more convenient by dealing with them in private. Rather than putting them on center stage, it is better to engage them within their space.

4. Pair them with an appropriate partner: Never pair an introvert with a bunch of extroverts in the hope of getting his participation. Introverts only like their own company or someone with the same temperament. They will be more comfortable with someone who shares the same wavelength with them, like a friend. As they both understand each other, they will get along quickly.

5. Give them a demo in private: Introverts hate group activities out of the fear of failure. As they are shy, they do not want to be singled out. You can make them more comfortable by giving an intro of the topic just before the discussion. A slight introduction of the topic will give them the confidence to participate in a group activity.

6. Utilize their intellectual side: Introverts have bundles of ideas. They have sharp thinking skills which make them an ideal person for brainstorming sessions. So the next time you conduct a group discussion, motivate them to give their ideas for an activity. This will grow their interest in the group discussions and encourage them to participate actively in group-based projects.

7. Give them a meaningful role: Everyone feels obliged when given a responsibility. You can engage an introvert in a discussion by assigning them a task. Ask them to do the calculations for a geometrical equation while others perform the task. Similarly, you can ask them to check the accuracy of a science laboratory activity as a supervisor of the task. These little efforts will make them more interested in the task and they will be more active in the activity when it is carried out the next time.

8. Provide prompt help: Introverts are silent learners. They never put across issues to their teachers. They might have problems with a topic or activity but they will not complain about it unless it is exposed. This might be an underlying factor why an introvert is reluctant to participate in a group discussion or activity. Try discovering any such issues and provide instant feedback and support. Make sure that the guy is comfortable with sharing any problem he might be going through.

(*) Cressida Mary has written several dozen articles on essay & career tips that were published in educational sites. She is considered as a prolific academician in education sector due to his exceptional academic skills. Currently she is associated with essay villa as an academic coach.

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Wishing Our Readers a Joyful Merry Xmas!

We are done with 2012, or nearly done. The festive season is upon us and here we are wishing all of you taking one the most relaxing and peaceful Merry Christmas, and for those of you who aren’t for whatever reason, please don’t work too hard.

I want to thank you all for visiting Education & Tech, for your guest posts, your comments, your friendship, and your support throughout this year.

Again, I wish you all peace, love, joy, merriment, safe travels, good cheer, and kisses under the mistletoe. Enjoy the seasonal break, play in the snow, get cozy with the ones you love, decompress, eat chocolate, and have a glass of bubbly or two. This time of the year you all are forgiven.

As ever, though, if you think there are things we are doing wrong or that there are ways in which we can improve what we offer you, please let us know.

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Discovering the innate potential of QR codes in Education

By M. Emily Watson*

QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are encrypted symbols that are used as a label which can be read by a machine, typically a scanner. Earlier used in the automobile industries, the use of QR codes has become a standard procedure in consumer retailing. They are used to identify a product and get all details related to it. The system is prevalent among consumers who can use the codes to get any information about a product in a matter of seconds. However, we will not be talking here about the practices of QR codes in retail market but will focus on its potential in the context of education.

QR codes have dramatically sped up the process of learning. It has brought in a more innovative and faster way to access information. With the advents of QR codes in education, it has become more convenient and less painful to share information across the network. All you need is to scan a QR code using a smartphone or camera device.

In this article, I will discuss 4 popular uses of QR codes in the context of education:

1. Put It on Reading Materials

One of the most popular ways of using QR codes in education is to put in on a book. By scanning a QR code on books, students can easily get access to various educational resources suggested by the author. Similarly, teachers can use QR codes on their notes that students can later decode and land at a blog where they can learn more about a subject.

Teachers can also make this task more interesting and exciting by asking students to create a blog where they can post informative articles. The resources can then be converted into book form with a QR link to the blog. This will enhance engagement among students and allow them to communicate their ideas across a wider range of audience.

2. Use It To Enhance Collaboration

QR codes can facilitate students with sharing of information. With QR codes, students can easily collaborate with each other using any cloud-based storage system. Students just need to put their educational resources on cloud-supported platform and then share the QR link with fellow students. In this way, they can utilize educational resources on a single platform without the hassles of mobility. This will enhance productivity among students and help them execute a project in less time.

3. Effective Tool for Students to Present a Subject

Students can use QR code links in their presentation to supplement additional information about a topic. This is particularly helpful for university students who can use this technology to present their proposal for a final year project. Prospective graduates can attract the attention of review committee by directing them to a blog or website where they will find multimedia-rich information contents on the subject in question.

4. Teachers Can Use It For Classroom Activities

Teachers can use QR codes for various purposes. They can use it to refer a website that students can visit to know more about a topic or experiment. Similarly, teachers can use this technology to link a video blog, photo blog or any other multimedia website where students can engage in interactive activities.

Teachers can also use this innovative tool to share creations of students with their parents. Teachers can create a portal or blog where they can manage the work portfolio of a student and give the QR code link to the parents or a guardian. In the same way, they can share the QR code with the class supervisor to report students’ progress.

(*) M. Emily Watson is a pragmatic yet jolly-natured fella possessing a keen interest in exploring topics that click her curiosity. She’s currently serving an esteemed writing service – Assignment Villa.

Best Education Apps for K-12 Students

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By Jennifer Thayer*

With the increasing popularity of smart phones and tablets, today’s kids are able to learn just about anywhere. This new year, why not give your child a Christmas gift that will help making learning fun while giving them an invaluable edge in the classroom? The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is an affordable and durable 10-inch tablet full of features to help your youngster make the most of his or her education, and with these 10 educational apps you can feel confident that he or she is enjoying learning to the fullest.

    Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. Designed for preschoolers, this fun-loving app features six games to help teach kids about numbers, letters, colors, matching and opposites. A cute little monkey guides them through the games, and quirky voices and sound effects add to the fun.

    Super Why! This app from PBS Kids is based on the television series and helps kids ages 3 to 6 with their reading and writing skills. Mini-games focus on letter identification, letter sounds, writing, rhyming and word meanings.

    Stack the States. Kids can use this game to learn about geographic locations, state capitals, and even flags from across the United States. When a level is completed, a player earns another state which appears on his or her personal map of the country. The more states a kid unlocks, the more mini-games he or she can access, so the fun never stops.

    Toca Kitchen. Toca Kitchen won Google Play’s Parent’s Choice award in 2012, and it’s easy to see why. This app allows kids to learn all about different foods and how they are cooked. Kids can watch characters’ responses to the foods they slice, fry, boil, cook or microwave. Best of all, there are no time limits, scoring or stressful music, so kids can create at their own pace with pride.

    Mickey’s Paint and Play. This game from Disney gives kids access to a boundless supply of colors, patterns, tools, stickers and other fun ways to create a masterpiece as they learn about colors, form, lines, and symmetry. There’s even a Mousekemusic Player that allows kids to create their own music to complement their artwork.

    Duolingo. One of the most popular free apps on Google Play. Duolingo won "Best of the Best" in 2013. Lessons are short, which is great for little attention spans, and shiny achievements help learners chart their progress as they learn Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian or English.

    Edmodo. Edmodo is a fantastic free app that allows students to collaborate with their teachers any time. Students and parents can use this app to view assignments, hold class discussions, share files, monitor grades and more. A classroom activity feed is a great tool for busy parents, and the resource library is a fantastic way to keep the learning going, even outside the classroom.

    Blackboard Mobile Learn. With Blackboard Mobile Learn, it’s easy to keep up with schoolwork and grades. This app, which is free when supported by your child’s school, allows users to attach files, engage in discussions, monitor grades, view and comment on blogs and journals, and even take tests.

    Mathway. It is a free learning app that doesn’t require network access, so it can be used just about anywhere and is a huge help to kids who find math a bit tricky. Use this tool to find the correct answers to math problems, and with an upgraded membership you can also access step-by-step explanations in basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and statistics.

    Quizlet. With Quizlet, learners of all ages can use flashcards to enhance their vocabulary, or they can employ Learn mode to gauge their progress and find out where any gaps in their knowledge may be hiding. They can even use Match mode to compete with other users in a wide variety of fun yet educational games.
There you have it – 10 wonderful mind-stimulating education apps to please any K-12 student. Of course there are thousands more for you to explore on your own, but these 10 are a solid place to start.

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

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Top 10 Educational Trends in 2013

By Kim Lee

They say that desperate times call for desperate measures and education is no exception. In fact, in the last five years since the economic downturn, education has been one of the hardest hit sectors. There have been many dramatic changes to the US economy with regards to various financial markets and individual industries. However, the educational system, being the bedrock of all other specialized fields, has a significant stake in the "state of the union."

Principles by Tim Green aka atoach, on Flickr Here are the 10 biggest educational trends that defined the attitude of people towards learning all across the United States in 2013.

1. Financial Worries. Due to the fallout of the 2008 economic recession, as average household income levels declined in the US and the price of education went up, the value of the funds available with families for financing education went downhill. According to the research carried out by The Lawlor Group, a renowned name in college marketing and consulting, the net combined cost of college education, including tuition fee, board and lodging, averaged $24,000 in 2013. This is almost half of the yearly earnings of a typical American household. The 2013 outlook on higher education in the U.S. was also viewed as negative by Moody’s Investors Service due to strained revenue sources. The US government shutdown in October 2013 due to an over-extended federal debt has definitely impacted the education sector as well.

2. Online Education. Over the years, more and more technological integration has been witnessed in various educational environments. Online degree programs are becoming more and more popular due to their ease of access and instant delivery of learning tools and knowledge-based content.

3. Technology-based learning. Coupled with high-speed internet and mobile platforms such as tablets and smart phones, acquiring education has become more of a virtual exercise than a traditional one that requires physical presence.

4. Digital Literacy . The value and efficiency of imparting education through digital rather than conventional means such as physical paper-based books has also been hailed by teachers as being a crucial trend by around 65% of college and university level teachers.

5. Role of Social Media. Social media is not just limited to sharing songs, music videos, TV shows, movies and serving as an advertising platform. Websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have become mediums of visually appealing learning content, so much so that they have come out from the private domain of the students and taken center stage in classrooms.

6. Prioritizing and Public Perception. The capacity of families to meet the cost of college education has reached it very limits. Students are now taking factors such as the ROI (return on investment) into account more and more and deciding which majors to specialize in accordingly.

7. Demographics Versus Graduates. Where the overall number of high school graduates seeking college education is decreasing, the ethnic diversity is witnessing an expansion. More population demographics are being represented in student bodies in institutes of higher learning each time around.

8. Age and Wisdom. The post-recession educational environment saw an increasing number of students aged 25 and above seek admission in colleges. This also increased the demand for more flexible class schedules and workload to accommodate them.

9. MOOC Magnetism. The MOOC phenomenon has been gathering steam since it appeared on the scene in 2008. Standing for 'Massive Open online Course,' it enables students to acquire very specific learning, usually for free with just a computer and the internet.

10. Work and Play. The use of video games and interactive white boards in classrooms is becoming increasingly popular, leading to the coining of the term GBL (game-based learning).

What Teachers Have to Say



Edudemic.com, a prominent web portal for bringing teachers, students and higher education administrators on a common platform, conducted a survey of what teachers felt regarding educational trends. Up to 60%-70% of higher education teachers feel that web-based tools and resources for education purposes as well as digital literacy constituted the most significant trend.

Teachers have mixed opinions on how the deteriorating economy has affected education. For instance, the president of Vassar College replied in response to Moody’s negative assessment of higher education that there is a need to differentiate between the temporary and permanent economic fluctuations and not apply them across the board.

However, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Carnegie Corporation and the TIME magazine in late 2012, an overwhelming majority of senior administrators of colleges and universities across the U.S. (96%) expressed deep concern on the crises that higher education was entrenched in. Yet, around half of them agreed that higher education was moving in the right direction.

(*) Kim Lee started working as an education and career reporter in college and have been working as a freelance writer for Online Education. She has completed bachelor in marketing from university of North Carolina.

Teaching Kids the Right Way - The Cognitive Process

There is a seachange occurring in Western education right now. Not just in classrooms, but in the upbringing of our children. More and more kids are being raised in an environment where knowledge and understanding of the world around them comes from the glossy screen of a computer or tablet, instead of the printed page. Whereas parents merely a decade ago would be more likely to limit the time their children spent with video games, TV, and even on the net; the association of the internet with edification, and devices with efficiency, has many of those same parents promoting the use of technology to their children.

Children, of course, love this. Interactivity, sound, and movement are now the expectation of young minds, and picture books seem staid and old-fashioned in comparison. One would expect that children would be some of the most zealous devotees of new, personal technology. Although there is some indication that a new generation of children are actually swinging back in favor of paper books over ebooks, a study this year also revealed that for the first time, children are reading more on screen (computers, tablets, and e-readers) than in print.

The danger of depending upon technology in the education of our young ones is a great one, not least because many of the arguments in favour of technology are based upon misconceptions and obfuscations of how education works.

There has been a steady stream of research conducted all over the world that conclusively proves people engage more deeply, and retain information more effectively, when learning from paper than digital and internet sources. Recent studies into memory have shown starkly different results between the mediums, with subjects "significantly more likely to remember information if they thought they would not be able to find it later."

Anybody who has tried to teach the finer points of literacy to a young child knows that attention span is both crucial to the learning process, and entirely dependent on the environment. If the internet, and personal devices, encourage anything, it is multi-tasking, quick retrieval (and dismission) of information, and the emphasis of the short, trivial fact over the long-form text. It offers information without context, facts without a deeper understanding of the cause. This is anathema to the very spirit of learning within young children, where knowledge of the underlying principles and ideas of things such as reading, the environment, and themselves is infinitely important to their development. If we take away that deeper understanding and replace it with a more superficial type of knowledge.

The extent to which writing is also a lot more effective than typing has also come under scrutiny over recent years. Research shows that children consistently did better writing with a pen when they wrote essays. They wrote more and they wrote faster, due to using cognitive processes and parts of the brain that are completely bypassed when typing. It is believed in some circles that motor skills in childhood - one of the most important and valuable developments a child has - are inextricably linked with learning to write, and hindering these by urging children to type rather than write in a lot of cases could have unforeseen effects in other areas.

Worryingly, what little research has been done into the health effects of so much screen usage on the developing eyes of young children has also proven quite ominous for the all-digital future. A study in Australia showed that children who spent more time in front of screens had narrower blood vessels in their eyes than children who played outside more. Whilst the long-term effects of screen usage on young eyes are unknown, much preliminary evidence suggest increased likelihood of ocular problems.

We’re still seeing the unfolding effects of tech-use from an earlier age, but all of the research done in the area is something we should be concerned about. It is one thing entirely to ignore the health, social, and educative properties of using technology, rather than paper, in adult education, but when dealing with the far more malleable and impressionable minds of children, these issues could be incredibly damaging for future generations. There is, of course, a place for technology, and a place for paper, in modern education, business, and the home, but we need a greater understanding of what we as humans gain and lose from these tools. The concern is that by the time we begin to understand the negative aspects of tech on our children, instead of recognising only the positives, it may already be too late.

Guest post contributed by Johnny Peters.

Why Most 'Terrific Teachers Often Have Teeth Marks on Their Tongues'?

Education officials keep pushing for the idea that standards drive our instruction. In this context there is a wide debate about the Common Core Standards and how a 'prescripcion' will work for every student in the U.S.

We all need to keep innovating, even in education. And if you happen to be in the classroom, then there is a chance you have planted the seed that in time would be watered by another teacher, without knowing yet another colleague is going to reap the harvest. In education there is not a formula for everything. Or at least that's what "the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores", Alfie Kohn thinks.

On one of his most recent contribution to the The Washington Post, he answers with a 12 points guideline the question some business/politician people in power, have to respond: Do we really need education policies and practices to cover everything that goes on in the classroom?

    1. Learning should be organized around problems, projects, and (students’) questions – not around lists of facts or skills, or separate disciplines.
    2. Thinking is messy; deep thinking is really messy. Therefore beware prescriptive standards and outcomes that are too specific and orderly.
    3. The primary criterion for what we do in schools: How will this affect kids’ interest in the topic (and their excitement about learning more generally)?
    4. If students are 'off task,' the problem may be with the task, not with the kids.
    5. In outstanding classrooms, teachers do more listening than talking, and students do more talking than listening. Terrific teachers often have teeth marks on their tongues.
    6. Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.
    7. When we aren’t sure how to solve a problem relating to curriculum, pedagogy, or classroom conflict, the best response is often to ask the kids.
    8. The more focused we are on kids’ 'behaviors,' the more we end up missing the kids themselves – along with the needs, motives, and reasons that underlie their actions.
    9. If students are rewarded or praised for doing something (e.g., reading, solving problems, being kind), they’ll likely lose interest in whatever they had to do to get the reward.
    10. The more that students are led to focus on how well they’re doing in school, the less engaged they’ll tend to be with what they’re doing in school.
    11. All learning can be assessed, but the most important kinds of learning are very difficult to measure – and the quality of that learning may diminish if we try to reduce it to numbers.
    12. Standardized tests assess the proficiencies that matter least. Such tests serve mostly to make unimpressive forms of instruction appear successful.

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7 Great Free Online Writing Tools for Spirited Writers

By Paige Donahue*

There are many warnings against the internet. Some people make it sound as if the internet can only cause harm to those who use it. However, every day there are more reasons to believe that it's definitely a positive innovation. Distance learning is possible thanks to the world wide web. Information disseminates fast through the help of social networks and blogs. But most importantly, learning is promoted with the help of the different tools provided online.

What's even more amazing is how some of these tools are free. Students and teachers alike will benefit from the free writing tools they can procure anytime, any day.

Sunbathing by Ed Yourdon, on Flickr

     1.  Title Capitalization  – How to capitalize titles is one the first things taught to a student. But over the years, it's where students commonly make mistakes. The rules seem to be baffling majority of students. If they find in difficulty in understanding which words should be capitalized, this website does it easily for them. This tool auto-corrects as they type in the text box.

    2.  Pro Writing Aid  – Just by copy-pasting your composition on the text box, you'll be given a thorough analysis of your work. It covers a comprehensive editing scope since it doesn't just deals with grammar but even syntax and spelling. It directly points out mistakes and offers suggestions on how the composition can be improved.

    3.  CSU's Writing Studio  – Colorado State University is free even for those who aren't enrolled in the school. By creating an account, the user can sort through all their writing requirements and helps them organize their materials for each writing project. Other features of this tool are the to-do list, blogs, and personal calendar.

    4.  Read Write Think  – Students are often advised to create an outline first before heading straight into writing. With Read Write Think's Essay Map, users can plot out their ideas. It has an interactive flow chart that will guide the user in plotting out their ideas to create an outline. The website offers other interactive tools that can help students compose poems, improve vocabulary, and analyze stories.

    5.  Easy Essay  – A tool that's used by grade school students and dissertation writers alike, this website aims to make writing easy. It aims to help writers to organize their thoughts. There are prompts that will guide them in the process. Easy Essay is designed to be convenient that's why it can be learned in less than five minutes.

    6.  English Grammar Checker – It instantly analyzes any composition entered in the text box. It doesn't just check grammar but spelling as well. This grammar checker also offers suggestions on what you can do to correct and improve your work.

    7.  Copyediting & Proofreading For Dummies  – If you're looking for a guidebook in writing, this is probably the best one out there. It's the simplest style book out there, because this book aims to be understandable by anyone. It's viewable online without having to register. If you're in need of a quick grammar notes, this is a good tool to check.
The rapid growth of technology can be a scary thing, but once it partners with a great cause it surely creates wonders.

(*) Paige Donahue is a graduate student and a copy editor for a rush essay service. You can reach her on Twitter or visit her blog The Very Last Paige.

 
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