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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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How To Handle Every Online Education Challenge With Ease Using 6 Steps

By Katherine Brunt*

Can you imagine a class without students? Obviously not but online educational system makes this possible by replacing the students from college chairs to the computer chairs. Recent surveys have shown that a vast majority of students are now choosing online education courses over the conventional style of classroom education, so that they do not have to compromise their jobs and other commitments. It has also been observed that many students regard online education more beneficial than the traditional full time campus education, as the campus education is time bound and requires them to be in the campus at the given time.

Regardless of the fact that today there are numerous universities that provide online education, procedure of online registration and examination is still a hard row to hoe for the students. It is very essential for students planning to join an online degree program to consider this step-by-step guideline for accomplishing their online degree program effectively.

Let's have a look on the steps that will lead you to achieve a professional degree successfully.

1. Selecting Your Desired Course

The initial task that you have to accomplish in order to succeed in your online education is to choose your desired program of study from a reputable online education institute. Undoubtedly, online education system enables you a wide variety of topics, it is important that you chose one with your own interest and domestic and international scope. While choosing an online degree program ensure to secure yourself from fake colleges that aims to generate money through selling their degrees online without offering quality educational services to students. Hence, these degrees became worthless because your employer is not going to accept it. Thus, it's better to check the authenticity of online educational services provider than to ruin your hard earned money and future.

2. Check Worth Of Your Degree

It's an undeniable fact that your employer will only offer you a handsome amount of salary package if you have got a professional qualification degree from a recognised online college or university. Therefore, if your degree does not stand out among the rest, it would not be valued more than just a piece of paper. So make sure to enrol in an online educational organisation that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation - CHEA and the US Department of Education, in order to successfully achieve a dream job.

3. Use Available Pen-Source Mediums

Online studies exploring a world of information and educational resources that will not only assist you to acquire your desired degree, but also enhances your knowledge by opening doors of educational world and connecting you with a number of top ranked universities of the world. Many universities are now using the open-source platforms of Moodle, Atutor, and other similar platforms to enhance the communication level between the teachers and the students. Students should make their account to the online platform, which is being used by their professor, and then try to link with their social media accounts, so that they can get updates of all important events, like group discussion, exam schedule, etc.

4. Follow Assigned Rules

Normally, when students start their online education program, their level of concentration and focus is not 100%. As there is time flexibility, students are often not vigilant about their semester weekly exams and group discussion forums. Many times, the professor includes the topic that was raised in the discussion, in the weekly or monthly questionnaire. Thus, this can be a drawback for students who have been away from these distant classes, until the time of test. It is important then for students to be engaged with their distance classrooms, and try to communicate with professors, other than the time of exams.

5. Course Transfer Option

Students obtaining an online education degree regularly have a few credits from courses taken at different educational organizations of higher studies. Usually, online institutions will acknowledge some or the greater part of the past credits, so the courses don't need to be re-studied. Accordingly, it is occupant on the person to acquire official transcripts, to accept credit exchanges from their prospective authorize online school.

6. Complete Your Class Work Regularly

Simply it is the most powerful part of online education system that facilitate students through its database system which allows students to take, complete and submit their assignments from any place throughout the world. Thus, students find itself as the best convenient opportunity of the technology. Moreover, students can easily log in their portals, collect notes, talk with their lecturer and easily accessible online digital library without paying any further cost as all the cost is included in your tuition fee.

(*) Katherine Brunt is a famous academic writer for Assignmentbox.co.uk, she writes especially on educational topics to serve students to overcome issues which they face in their studies. You can also follow her on Google Plus.

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The Balance: Video Games Good/Bad for Kids

Is playing video games good or bad for your kid? It surely can be both. The anti-gamers have studied the effects of these games for thirty years or so now with some evidence. The pro-gamers have also made some very good argument themselves. With both sides going at each other it has become somewhat confusing to pick a side for children and parents alike.

A study by the Max Planck Institute in Germany found that people who played a video game actually had an increase in the size of the part of the brain that has to do with memory, strategy, and fine motor skills. A British study found that video gaming can increase the speed of perceptual processing. And a University of Iowa study found that playing certain kinds of video games may help the brain stay younger as we age.

There are many types of video games, so you cannot base your opinion only on shooters. Note as well that films and books can contain the same violent content as some video games. The 'Warrior Cats' book series features violent death scenes. The 'Edge Chronicles' books have extremely gory illustrations. Both books are in the children's section of most bookshops and libraries. I don't know whether Yu-Gi-Oh games are on video now.

Then it comes this story. At a soccer game the other day, a 6 year old was getting mad that the he couldnt get ball from another player, so he said "I want to chop your head, smash your body to bits and kill you." When questioned on where he had heard this, he said "I do it all the time on my Xbox". Kids that age and older can tell the difference between right and wrong. To me the easiest targets would be the children of a younger age who can’t tell the real difference between right and wrong, reality or gaming world.

Labeling one kind of game good or bad is simply a matter of opinion. Besides, good and bad are two subjective terms. While there are many games that can be considered bad, as they might rot your brain is nothing but your personal opinion. We have not come to a widely scientific support that games are either good or bad for kids. A fact must be proven and recognized to move on such direction. Following that logic, movies, books, TV shows, and even news reports rot your brain because they expose you to repetitive garbage.

Being smart in the real world involves a multitude of factors - so playing video games (or playing them practically all the time), isn't a strategy for success. The same way as everyone pretty much agrees that there are still down sides to video games. What's popular is the permanent complaint of parents and teachers. Having a son who plays at home I can say that we need to find a balance. Don't just let them play all the time. Video games don't necessarily decrease attention spans.

I know there are serious objection to multitasking, but watch a kid doing homework. What your going to see is a computer on, a TV on, a smartphone also on and then a pen a notebook and probably a book. It seems to me that video games might be making kids better at concentrating, and kids with problems like dyslexia, better at reading. Now I know many of you will start to give me your opinions. That's ok while I respect yours, I politely disagree.

Video games are also being studied for their effectiveness in helping with depression -- many kids say they feel depressed when playing and when not playing, to reduce feelings of pain and anxiety, and to improve eyesight. Games often require problem solving and decision making, great skills to have in the real world, too. And games where players work together remotely in real time, develop teamwork skills.

I'd like to hear of your experiences, or the scientific foundation to take part on the video games impact on young minds.

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