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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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11 Incredibly Amazing Ways Google Glass Is Revolutionizing Higher Education

By William Ford*

Lisa for I/O Keynote. Foto: Max Braun

In the past, there was very less innovation and development made in the field of education as compared to the other fields. The reason behind it is that educationists usually go for the traditional, tried and tested methods. However, in the last few years, there has been an epic boom seen in this industry as well.

One of the great innovations made in this field is Google Glass. It has completely changed the perspective of education and learning, and it has helped out both the teachers and students to make education more fun and engaging. Given are some of the best ways to use Google Glass in education.

1. Connecting To An Interactive Environment. Google Glass is helping teachers and students to get connected to an interactive environment using its online tools. Teachers and students, both, can refer the subjects related to their studies in real-time. All you need to do is to speak to your Glass and you get what you seek.

2. Get Real-Time Instructions. Students can easily wear it while playing basketball, football, baseball, etc and get real-time instructions from their coach. Also, students can watch the recordings to know the movements of their body and head during the play. However – a word of advice – wearing Google Glass while playing sport might either hurt your eye or the wearable. Therefore, it is important that the Glass must be used with extreme caution under these circumstances.

3. Keep Record Of Documents. Google Glass allows you to keep record of your sharable documents that sometimes might need presentation on the go.

4. Make Your Class Trips Better. The augmented reality feature is helping students in making their class trips and historic tours better by letting them know the information they want to know about particular landmarks, ancient buildings, antiques, etc.

5. Interpretation Of QR Codes. Students should experiment different QR codes to know the information about specific on-campus locations. For example, they can easily get to know what classes are taught in which classrooms.

6. Create Visually Rich Presentations. Making visually rich projects and presentations are always a headache for students. However, with Google Glass, you can take relevant snaps and film videos with a wink which can be integrated to their projects and presentations using Google Drive.

7. Learn New Languages. Many students are fond of learning new languages but unable to do so due to their busy schedule. However, they can now learn as many languages as they want to learn using real-time language translation feature of Google Glass.

8. Generate Student Information System. With the facial recognition system what a teacher needs to do is to simply look at the student and can easily get access to all the information including academic details, attendance, non-academic performance. Therefore, teachers can now easily create class timings, students' reports and schedules on the go.

9. Record Lectures In Real-Time. Making important notes of lectures is always a time and energy consuming task and there are chances of missing important notes of lecture. However, with Google Glass, students can easily record lectures in real-time which can be saved on scribbling notes for future references.

10. Get Help From Teachers. Google Glass gives you an option to take group tutorial sessions with your teachers to get answers of the questions that have been missed. Also, you can get assistance from them on your homework, assignments and projects.

11. Invite Prospective Students For Campus Tour. Traditionally, prospective students have to physically appear at campus to have a tour of the building where they would be studying for certain years. However, they are now can be invited to have a campus tour via live Hangout using wearing guide of Google Glass.

(*) William Ford has an exceptional passion for learning and teaching alike. He takes it as his pride to be a part of - a portal that assists students with their academic endeavors.

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The 7 C's to Winning the All-Time Wished Scholarship

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Next year about this time my boy will be getting in any higher education campus in the U.S. Don't need to mention names but all is about my son decisions, and how much money he can collect from scholarships.

Reading through an article by Elizabeth Hoytt on fastweb. com, I found this interesting note on how to approach to win a scholarship now that higher education has become more expensive than ever. One of the Cs states that if you are looking for this kind of opportunities, you should let everyone know about it.

So, for this matter, I hope some of you can help us, my son and I, to "gain experiences that scholarship providers will value."

The 7 Cs Hoytt mentions are summarized below:

1. Content - Look out for resources like books, testimonials of scholarship winners and websites.

2. Commitment - Never give up applying for scholarships funds – because then you are guaranteed to never win one. Take the time to apply to scholarships that may require more work.

3. Communicate - The one I was referring to. Get letters of recommendation to attach to your application from your teachers, mentors and guidance counselors.

4. Causes - Do volunteering working on issues you are really passionate about. Scholarship providers are more likely to notice.

5. Create - Develop a new thing that solves anything in the school or community. Leadership role is a plus on these applications.

6. Compliment - Do your own Senior Brag Sheet. Each achievement gives you an extra edge and will help distinguish you from the competition.

7. Curriculum - Try to take AP courses as much as you are able to. A mix of more and less challenging courses that will manage to get you a higher GPA.

If you know or are interested on getting scholarship funds, I will be a good partner in crime.

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Is Integration of ICT in Education Beneficial or Not?

By John Kelly*

Now, the information and communication technology (ICT) occupy an important place in our everyday lives, which include our overall society as well as education. It is the fact that ICTs are increasingly integrated in educational institutes across the world. However, there are also two schools of thought: those who advocate the integration of ICT in the educational world and those who have the conflict view.

ICTs are now the necessary component of the educational world. On the daily basis, through the use of ICT students exchange millions of messages at the same time and opens endless web pages. Technology, whether Internet, software and hardware, email messaging, social media platforms, all have made considerable changes in the procedure of teaching and study. In some of the situations, both the students and teachers have completely left paper and pen and now they do not rely on these.
Benefits of ICT in Education World

There are more than enough benefits of integration of information and communication technology in the educational domain. In accordance with the Eurydice’s 2011 Key Data report, when students work in groups or teams, information technology assists prevent isolation, promote exchanges between them and build skills of critical thinking about their work.

In the light of Sylvia Press, the information and communication technology can definitely enhance the motivation of young people in high schools, colleges and universities. Indeed, the research workers at the Oxford University have concluded that the use of the notebook by students will enhance the level of their motivation. Most of the researchers, intellectuals and scholarly persons across the world agree that it is urgent to integrate new and innovative technologies in the world of teaching since traditional methods are no longer challenge the youth of the internet generation.

Disadvantages of ICT in Education World

On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages and limitations of the integration of ICT in the educational domain. In accordance with the arguments of David V. Zandvliet, teachers may face complications when they integrate new and advanced technologies in the education. Zandvliet refuses the integration of technology in the context of learning, as teachers are not all comfortable to use these state-of-the-art technologies. Moreover, in accordance with the UNESCO, the fast growing development of information technology can be one of the key obstacles to the Ministry of education, education managers and educational institutions who need to update more recent developments in this field on the daily basis.

As far as the cost is concerned, the costs of integration of state-of-the-art technologies in education, whether in terms of investment in the latest tools and equipments and in terms of training of teachers and logistical support, can be the biggest barriers to the integration of the latest and advanced technologies in the educational domain.

In short, information and communication technology can best facilitate teaching and learning as well as enhance the motivation level of students. For cons, the integration of these technologies may encounter some barriers, such as the lack of teachers’ knowledge and the costs that may be the most vital obstacles. In my view, if the educational institutions and the governmental authorities will focus properly on the integration of advanced ICTs in the schools and colleges, students will be definitely benefited.

(*) John Kelly is a professional and experienced writer associated with Buy Essay Online from last three years. His responsibility to provide guidance and writing tips to the students.

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