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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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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am blogging and I'd written articles about education and technology almost every day since 2003. In the gazillion of notes, Education & Tech provides you with education news, tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Why e-Learning Has Transformed Education

Education has become easier in regards to availability and affordability with the touch of the Internet. E-Learning not only makes a classroom education fun but also distant learning much more interactive.

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The importance of education in today’s day and age has been multiplied to what it was a few years ago. With lesser high school dropouts and more students enrolling into universities and colleges, people have finally understood the worth of the degree; and for this, we need to thank the invention of technology.

You would now ask how? How has technology influenced youngsters to take education more seriously? Well, the answer is simple: technology has made education much more exciting that it was before. From boring textbooks to the interesting and innovative world of 'e', technology has made education exponentially better.

This form of teaching has also made distant learning much better. For students who are working professionals, or for some reason can’t go to schools or universities, e-learning has given them the opportunity to earn the education they desire in a much more interactive manner.

E-Learning comprises of education that is imparted electronically and technologically to the students. Bernard Luskin, a pioneer of e-learning says "the 'e' should be interpreted to mean exciting, energetic, enthusiastic, emotional, extended, excellent, and educational in addition to electronic."

With students continuously being online and using various gadgets and apps; e-learning benefits immensely because of this. Reaching the students is no more limited to the traditional means; universities use all kinds of social media, apps and make their campus and courses digitally active.

They use technologies like multimedia, internet, and so, to impart knowledge to the students. Higher ed institutions try to create a virtual learning environment. This sort of teaching can be incorporated from the classroom to a student in another continent. It is broadly divided into two categories – Synchronous and Asynchronous.

Synchronous is when you have real time teaching i.e. the student and the teacher would be interacting at the same time and asynchronous is when pre-recorded lectures and notes are send via various media, and the student at their convenience can view it.

Why E-Learning is perfect

    1. No Age Barrier: One of the most important facts is the age barrier. Many people tend to forego college because of money or some other commitment, and eventually when they do have the money, they might not even consider education because of the age factor. This makes, e-learning very helpful. It is not that the schools or universities would not allow students of all age, but it is more about your own comfort.

    2. Employed or Not: You don’t want to give up your work, because of a degree! No worries, e-learning is perfect for you. You can learn and earn at the same time. The degrees and diplomas are equivalent to the one you get in the universities. So you don’t need to be afraid whether or not it is worth it. These sort of educational techniques are now spreading from the classroom to the online medium.

    3. Availability: You can get access to your course from anywhere at any time, all you need is a good internet connection. Even in classrooms, while learning through e-mediums a student can always make use of various apps and tools to record and learn.

    4. Choice: Nowadays e-learning is incorporated in various courses around the world, from high school diplomas to top most postgraduate degrees. Just browse through some of the education portals and learn more about the variety.

    5. Affordable: This costs less than what you would have to pay if you were enrolled as a regular student. Along with that, you also don’t have the additional expenses like travel, accommodation, etc. You can sit at your home/office and learn at the same time.

Many top-notch universities are opting to go 'e'. Not only they are getting more distance learning student enrolled but also the offering of programs are also being opted by the regular students as it becomes more convenient. Universities extending e-learning services are Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, University of Manchester, Edinburgh Naiper University, and others. To find more options all you need is to go online log onto one of the education portals, which would give you a wider list up to your requirement.

This transformation of education has definitely made it more viable, it is no more restricted to students with a certain bank balance, grade or any means beholding some want to be students. It is universally available to every single person who wants it. All you need to do is reach out and grab it.

This guest post was written by Trisha. She is a professional writer and adviser on education. She is an ardent reader, a traveler and a passionate photographer. She wants to explore the world and write about whatever comes across her way.

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Learn the Importance of Proper E-Waste Disposal for Healthy Environment

By Elizabeth A. Halsted*
Recycle computers in an ecologically sound manner in West Texas - Photo by Hadley Paul Garland
In the 21st century, technology tools are widely used in classrooms by teachers and students. Today classes are equipped with digital devices that are teaching the student that is not possible with conventional techniques of learning. Whether you are studying at a college or university, innovative technologies boost your learning process. But it is essential for students to dispose their digital devices properly when it is no longer in use. If you are a student and use modern technologies, then you should learn the importance of disposing it. Read the information shared below to know how the perks that is associated with the disposal of digital devices.

Environment friendly activity

Many students dump their useless digital devices on the grounds and lakes which negatively impact the environment. When electronic equipment is dumped on the ground, it not only occupies a lot of space, but also affects the life of people. Electronic equipment produces toxins to degrade that is harmful to ground water. Recycling electronic waste not only saves a lot of space, but also protects the lives of people and different creations. We should prevent this type of environmental pollution by disposing the electronic waste in a proper manner. Never throw away electronic waste on ground or sea next time when you found any useless electronic device.

Keep it healthy

We all know that different types of chemicals are used for the development of electronic products. Harmful elements like lead are also used in the development of electronic devices like smart phones, notebooks, tablets, and other digital devices. When electronic equipment is not disposed properly, unhealthy chemicals are released from it. This affects the health of the people and other living things in a negative way. Therefore, we should place useless electronic devices in the recycling bin to protect ourselves and others from the damaging elements of digital devices.

Reused in many ways

Electronic equipment contains a lot of stuff that can be reused in many ways with little efforts. A recent study proved that many big brands like Microsoft, runs their own recycling plants to benefit from the reusable material. In this way, Microsoft doesn’t need to purchase recyclable parts again, which saves hundred thousands of dollars. Nowadays, all electronic manufacturers are using recyclable technology to save their production cost. This method not only benefits to manufacturers but also ease the environment by saving resources for future.

Good for economy

If everyone in the world makes sure to recycle electronic products properly, the business will not need to develop many components from the beginning. By controlling cost of electronic equipment it will be comparatively reduced and you will likely get the product by paying less. This way both the consumer and business will enjoy the convenience of the recycling process of useless electronic equipment. This activity will also help the economy as it will reduce the uses of natural resources in the production of electronic equipment.

By reading the benefits of proper recycling, students can learn the importance to preserve the environment, health, economy, and natural resources for future generation.

(*) Elizabeth A. Halsted is an expert blogger who writes blogs about the use of educational technologies. Nowadays she is writing on E-wasting topics for the benefits of students who want Best Assignment Help with the help of technological tools.

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Five Helpful Educational Tools for Editing and Proofreading

By Amy Cowen*

There are people that are going to say that teachers do not need online tools and services to teach their students because they should be able to do it on their own, but the premise is faulty since we do not expect driving instructors to teach without a car or swimming instructors to teach without water. Here are some tools that a teacher can use to help his or her students improve their writing. The list is in no particular order as it has a nice spread of various services and tools that may be used.
Editing & Proofreading by Desi:The Italian Voice
1 - Guide to Grammar

You can complain about the quality of the website, because it is terrible, but you cannot complain about the quality of the information within. There is a lot of text on this website and some students may find it a little much, but the quality of the content is fantastic. A teacher could do worse than using the navigation tool and stealing a little content to apply to his or her lessons.

2 - After the deadline

Instead of students handing in essays after simply running the text through the word processor spelling and grammar checker, the teacher could encourage the students to run their text through this tool too. In an ideal world, the student would be able to check the text his or her self in order to catch all the mistakes, but that assumes that a student is fully versed in all the rules of written English. With this tool, they may catch a few extra errors that their current level of English didn't allow them to catch. Obviously, the students are the ones that have to judge if the suggestions given are relevant to their work (i.e. if they are actually errors), but if they do make mistakes then this is where the teacher may come in with correction notes after the essay is submitted.

3 - Grammar Girl

Trying to appeal to students by using a blog as a tool may seem a little too hip for a teacher, but Grammar Girl is well known enough to see that it is harmless learning that may help a student engage. The teacher could encourage the students to look over the Grammar Girl blog post archive and learn from some of its articles.

4 - Paper Rater

This is a handy tool because it allows the user to determine the level at which the paper will be checked. The user can select his or her own study level and have the text checked at that level. The suggested changes will therefore be more relevant to the student using the tool.

5 - Hemingway App

You have to download the desktop version, and it does look like a basic tool, but give it a chance because it has charms that others lack. You are going to appreciate what a piece of software thinks of your work. Sure, it is not a human and cannot judge fairly, but it gives you an insight into how other programs such as Google may view you work.

(*) Amy Cowen is an experienced writer. That is how she has gained a lot of knowledge on inspiring, proofreading and editing her writing. Feel free to follow her on Google+ or Facebook.

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