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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 L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a 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 Students Benefit Through Social Media Networking

By Milley Wills*

Social media is playing an important role in today’s online world. The traditional way of meeting each other is long gone. Now the world meets at social media websites. It is observed that people praise the role of social media in our daily life, but when it comes to student, everyone starts criticizing its usage by highlighting its disadvantages only. They may be right on some of their perspectives that social media is affecting studies of students. However, you cannot ignore the benefits that students are getting through it. Following is the list of benefits that social media is providing to the students.

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1. Connecting Them To The World:

Its first and utmost benefit is that it is connecting students to the world. Through social media, they can make such persons their friends that can help them with their studies. Like, you have added someone who has done masters in the same field of yours. So, if there would be any problem with any of your course, you can ask him for favor and it is seen that mostly on social media, no one turn down your request for help.

Similarly, you can join pages of several universities and make their students your friend. Also, you can post your queries on those pages so that other users can also help you.

2. Increases The Knowledge:

One odd concept about social media platforms is that people only shares funny videos and waste their time by talking to strangers. However, the reality is completely different. It helps you a lot with increasing your knowledge. The increment in knowledge may be general or related to your studies. You can learn many things through the links, photographs and infographs shared by your peers or teachers. Among these, the links shared are valuable. They can lead you to the solution of the complicated queries.

3. Marketing:

Marketing is the new yet most powerful tool of social media. In a world, where buying, selling, bartering and even jobs are online, you must have good grasp on this tool. It can be a good practice for the students to know how to tackle and engage people. They can learn it by keeping an eye on the marketing strategies of brands. See how they are compelling people to their products. How they are managing their pages? How they are interacting with their audience? All these things cumulatively can be a good approach to know how to market your product.

4. Epilogue:

There is nothing that has advantages or disadvantages only. Everything created by human beings have both of them. It basically depends on the way how you are using that product. Same goes for the social media platforms. If you are joining any social media platform for learning something, you will learn from it. On the other hand, if you are joining it for just passing your time, only your time will be wasted. Social media is the new way and the future of the communication and interaction between people. All in all, social media has contributed a lot for the betterment of our lives and its importance cannot be ignored.

(*)Miley Wills is an academic consultant by profession, currently working at Assignmentvalley.Co.Uk as an academic writer. She has also worked with the consortium of educational organizations to foster the development of research and technology based learning programs for all grade students.

The Missing Point of Latam wanna-be Silicon Valleys

A variety of Latin American countries are headed to built region’s first latin-flavoured Silicon Valley, but they will have to deal with for many is an inconvenient economic truth: The need for immigration. Matthew Carpenter-ArĂ©valo of The Next Web, discusses in deep what is happening with this problem in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, just to name a few of the region.

"It is not that Latin America is unfamiliar with immigration: Indeed, the last 500 years of Latin American history might be summarized by the dual themes of migration and exploitation.

Despite grudging acceptance of yesterday’s migration, today’s migration isn’t always popular, as the nationalist sentiments of yesteryear continue to give legitimacy to the preeminence of the nation-state as a stand-alone and sovereign market. In the age of Internet-based consumer products, however, the predominance of the nation-state is a limiting and potentially destructive factor.

Each of the countries mentioned is faced with the same conundrum: On the one hand the native tech communities are simply not big enough to produce the critical mass required to develop fully-fledged technology industries. Similarly, aside from Brazil, Mexico and maybe Argentina, no country has a large enough population to sustain a thriving tech market on its own.

Operating in the world of mass volume and small margins, any entrepreneur looking to Latin America as the land of opportunity would be wise to focus on the combined market of 600 million people speaking two primary and not dissimilar languages. With internet penetration in the region almost at 50% and continuing to rise, the terrain is ripe for first movers to replicate the colonizers and plant their flag.

The clear solution to this problem would then be for one country or city to create a magnetic force similar to the Silicon Valley where, according to one study by the Kauffman Institute, 52 percent of tech startups are founded by at least one foreign-born individual.

Indeed, so important is the foreign-born workforce to the continued ability of the San Francisco Bay Area to produce the next generation of consumer-products that the Valley’s big players are lining up behind Mark Zuckerberg to lobby for immigration reform. It turns out that world-class companies require world-class employees, and any Latin American country hoping to imitate the U.S. need not ignore the sticky issue of global talent acquisition and retention."

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'Study Drugs' a Rising Concern for Schools

According to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. This kind of drugs refer to stimulant medications typically prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); which commonly include Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.

However, as our source establishes, recent national data from Monitoring the Future indicate that 10 per cent of high school sophomores and 12 per cent of high school seniors say they’ve used an amphetamine or stimulant medication not prescribed by their doctor. This is different to what parents think (1 percent) as accepting their teen has used a study drug to help study or improve grades.

Even thought parents are concerned about this rising problem, only 27 percent of parents polled said they have talked to their teens about using study drugs. Black parents were more likely to have discussed this issue with their teens (41 percent), compared with white (27 percent) or Hispanic (17 percent) parents. The white parents however are the "very concerned" (54 percent), compared with black (38 percent) and Hispanic/Latino (37 percent) parents.

Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health is quoted to be said:"Taking these medications when they are not prescribed for you can lead to acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms and even confusion and psychosis if the teens get addicted and go into withdrawal." The physician also states that taking study drugs has not been proven to improve students’ grades, and it can be very dangerous to their health.

We now know teens are sharing drugs or spreading the word that these medications can give their grades a boost. The issue is that students without ADHD take someone else’s medication, to try to stay awake and alert and try to improve their scores on exams or assignments. The bottom line is that these prescription medications are drugs, and teens who use them without a prescription are taking a serious risk with their health and their life of course.

It is a society concern and we need parents actively to take issue with this problem. Educators, and health care professionals and all who interact with teens also need to be more proactive about discussing this topic.

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NJ music teachers named for Music Educator Award

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize educators who have made meaningful contributions to the field of music education as well pledging to maintain music educations in school.

Music teachers John Gillick from Terrill Middle School and Juan Pineda from Academy for Performing Arts both from Scotch Plains, Union County, were named quarter-finalist for the first-ever music educator award presented by the Grammy Foundation announced Grammy In The Schools.

The report says that more than 30,000 initial nominations, a total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. The full list of 217 quater finalist music teachers has been made available on their page.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives at a special merit awards ceremony and nominees reception during Grammy Week 2014.

The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

Congrats to the Union County teachers who happen to made that list!

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