Nov 29

The Numerous and Useful Advantages of the Internet in Education

The fast and relatively low cost access is one of the major benefits of Internet to people and students all over the world, as getting an Internet connection is easy. Communication and information are the two basic uses of the Internet. Information available on websites can be updated or modified at any time and for any number of times, which helps in learning and better understanding.

Using Multimedia
Arguably, it is believed that visual data has a greater impact on learning and memorizing than plain text. Therefore, images, graphics, animation, pictures, slides, documentaries, etc., have a greater appeal than a plain textbook. Using multimedia and Internet provides an opportunity for children to gain knowledge about a particular subject in depth. Students can now see actual photographs of rare bird species, or see animated graphics of a volcanic eruption to understand the concept in detail.

Online Learning
Another positive effect of Internet in education is the onset of distance education or online education, internetbased training (IBT) or web based training (WBT). With this facility, you can take up short term courses with the course material available online, attend virtual classes, learn, and appear for exams. One of the benefits of online learning is that people from any part of the world can gain knowledge on different subjects, complete courses, etc.

Easy Contact
Students can contact other students or their teachers via the email if they have queries about any information. Sharing of information, discussions on a particular subject, etc., can be easily carried out using the Internet. At the same time, teachers can also contact parents and guardians easily using Internet.

School/College Projects
Using the Internet can be very useful for completing projects in schools and colleges. As the Internet is an ocean of information, covering nearly all subjects known to man, one can find

Nov 27

Ethical Issues in Education We Can’t Afford to Ignore

Indeed, education is an ongoing process. We are always receiving and passing it on, adding something in the process, sometimes even taking certain things, impertinent from time to time, away from it while passing it on further. However, the industry of education is a serious one, requiring well defined ethics and values, well bound in visible legal outlines to regulate its exchange and distribution. Let us take a brief look at some of the most common issues of ethics in education.

List of Ethical Issues in Education
Following are some of the most common moral, legal and ethical concerns in education that are most often faced by the givers and receivers of education, along with the education institutes, management thereof and, sometimes, parents and guardians of students.

Educational Resources With Respect to Special Education
The passing of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975 by the Federal Government marked the first milestone in special education of children with disabilities. Prior to this act, handicapped children had no other recourse but to attend general public schools and curriculum which were not appropriate given their special requirements.

Post this act, funds were given to states for the development of educational curricula for children with disabilities and the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, 1975, made available to all handicapped children between 3 years and 21 years of age the right to a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

Choice of Teacher
The eternal contention between a principal and the parents regarding which teacher the child in question should be assigned to the following year is one of the major moral issues in education. There are two, very predictable outcomes to this debate, either the principal uneasily resigns to parental logic or the former evade the latter’s request by making a blanket statement saying it is

Nov 27

Things Only a PhD Student Can Understand

Did You Know?
The first PhD was awarded in Paris in the year 1150, but acquired its modern status only in the early 19th century.

All students have to face some or the other problems at some point in their life. The life of a PhD student is no different. You must be thinking people are crazy to give up their well paying jobs to study again. They are simply trying to improve their life and future in this way. And let us tell you, how much ever beautiful their life may look from the outside, it is definitely not a piece of cake for them. Doesn’t matter what the topic of research is, there are a lot of things that are common to all PhD students. They sacrifice their precious weekends for their research and dissertations, and always seem to be surrounded by books. However, it is worthwhile, even if it doesn’t feel like that at first. So, if you are also a PhD student, check out this list of things and struggles that you will definitely identify with.

Things Only PhD Students Can Relate To

What’s a weekend?
You haven’t been out or partied in like ages. Of course, this is exaggeration, but PhD students would know what I’m talking about here. You always turn down the invitation for a Friday or Saturday night party even if you are getting tempted to say yes. Why? Because you have a whole chapter to complete. Even if you do go out on weekends, you are just sitting there clueless, and wondering what to do next or what to talk about.

And when you go with your other PhD friends, all you do is talk about research, because hardly anyone in the group is in touch with the latest music and other trends.

You’re always broke

Nov 24

The Real Reasons for Society’s Immense Influence on Education

We always talk about the importance of education and its impact on society, but seldom think about how society affects our educational system. We often ignore the fact that social norms, customs, and traditions do affect education. Society and education are tightly bound entities and hence cannot be separated from each other. Society in itself, is like an educational institution. Social interactions give us the ability to read people. Our customs and values shape our upbringing, thus molding our personalities. We learn from our surroundings and we learn from experience. And we should be grateful to society for providing us with a platform to learn, grow, and enrich ourselves.

Defining Society
Before understanding the influence of society on education, we must define society. Society is an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization. It is characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals. It is a group of individuals who share a common system of customs, values, and laws. From the definition of society, it is clear that we, human beings are its building blocks. As we interact with people, try to understand their thinking styles and behavioral patterns, we realize that there is much to learn from them. Thus, society becomes one of the greatest facilitators of education.

How Society Influences Education
We cannot restrict the impact of society on the education system alone. We need to understand the role of society in the overall development of an individual. Even before we become a part of the education system, we start learning from our surroundings. And during the process of formal education, we constantly take ‘non formal education’ from our social group. We cannot be separated from society, which is why we cannot remain isolated from its influence on our personalities.

Our interactions with our fellow beings, our observations about

Nov 23

What Exactly is an Academic Software – Here’s the Real Answer

The academic arena is experiencing the change worldwide. The wireless technology has enhanced the approach towards academics too and it won’t be before long that laptops totally replace textbooks and the teacher is replaced by a supercomputer. The quest remains the same, quenching the thirst for information. The question of importance of the physical presence of the human teacher has receded into the background. Now the focus is on ‘what is imparted’, ‘how quickly’, and not ‘by whom’. The dedicated educational software programs are legally licensed programs that are easily accessible via a myriad of online and offline resources.

What is it?

Academic or educational software is identical to the commercial applications, functionally. The versatility and structure varies only in the sense of field restriction in both. While the former focuses on curriculum, the latter delves into the routine functions and operations of a business enterprise. It is designed to meet special requirements of the student and faculty community. It is not restricted to e-learning and can be applied to the adopted policies of any brick and mortar school and college too. It enables the student to optimize the availability of audio visual content and maintain information for replication at a later stage.

It is easy to get tired of classroom projects and presentations, especially if they have to be hand made or manually researched. The academic software applications not only enable you to access information at a click of the mouse, but also gets you credit for a very professional looking project report. All you need is connectivity and the basic knowledge of the technology. It is marketed by dedicated marketing and merchandising media companies. The endeavor is focused on the education community, which includes the students, teachers, and administrators of the various colleges and schools.

The software packages for the online approach

Nov 23

8 Intriguingly Crazy Things Students Do Before Exams

Every time we hear the word ‘EXAM’, it sends a chill down our spines. We all have our own share of memories with exams. When it comes to students, there are some sincere ones who start studying beforehand, and are all relaxed during the exams. Then there is this other lot who relax the entire year, and end up doing some really crazy things just before exams.

Make a Timetable
The first and foremost thing most students do is make a timetable. They decide what to study when, and waste most of the day making that timetable, which probably they don’t even follow eventually.

Collect Study Material
Some students over estimate themselves and start collecting all the books and study material available on this planet to prepare for their exams, only ending up confused and panicked. They fail to understand that they aren’t superheroes who can mug up everything in just one day.

Stare at the Wall
Suddenly, everything else becomes interesting a day before the exams, even staring at the wall. Now, you may argue that they might be thinking something. Absolutely not. Their minds are usually blank without any thoughts in it.

Contact Friends
Students try to get in touch with friends whom they do not even talk very often, asking how much of the portion they are done with. Sometimes, this acts as a boost, if they are ahead of their friends. But God forbid, if they hear that their friend is revising the syllabus, then, BOOM! Panic starts, followed by regret.

Watch Television
Students start taking breaks in between their studies. Mind you, those breaks are mostly after 15 minutes of studying. And then, once the break starts, it only ends after they have watched 2-3 TV series. Suddenly, realization dawns, and they get back to their studies, only to come

Nov 22

See How Parent Volunteers Can Help in Classroom Activities

Parents can help the child realize the value of education through their love and support, and most importantly, through their encouragement, thus playing an important role in educational success. From being a child’s moral support to being counselors, parents are capable of being a good resource not just for the child, but also for the schools and the teachers associated with their child’s development. Involving parents in their child’s educational program will help develop a positive and healthy homeschool environment, which is an essential factor when it comes to successfully implementing what you feel is best for the child’s educational growth.

What makes this a great idea is the fact that the parent will be more involved in the child’s work, which will ensure a smooth sailing of classroom activities including completed assignments and projects. What’s more, a relaxed class would mean, you would have to deal with lesser behavioral and adjustment problems (academic). Now if that’s a sure shot way of getting rid of unwanted tension, then it makes perfect sense to make the most of the voluntary help for the educational concerns of their child.

Using the Help of Parent Volunteers
Among the foremost things that you can involve parent volunteers in are: keeping records, helping with activities, projects, organizing field trips, besides, their help can be taken to organize a number of classroom activities.

Teach Arts and Crafts
Parent volunteers are more or less equivalent to having someone assist you in your classroom activities. Ask them to help out with teaching arts and crafts to preschoolers and children in Grades 1-3. Asking parents to share their talents and impart knowledge on the subject they love, is a good way to involve the parents in their child’s education. Having someone on call to help you with the cutting and gluing during

Nov 20

The Real Importance of Education We Seldom Reflect On

A teacher in high school used to say that thinking is education. Thinking, she said, opened the doors to our mind and made us receptive to the very idea of broadening our horizons and learning new things. She used to say, ‘Question everything and anything, and you shall learn in the process’.

But why is it important to learn new things? Why is it essential to broaden our horizons? What is the importance of education? The answer to these questions lies within all of us. We consider education a coveted commodity. A learned person is always put up on a pedestal. If one notices the scholars of the world (people who have achieved great knowledge), we see that they make their presence felt in the way they speak and the opinions they hold. It is a natural reaction to bestow feelings of awe and respect upon them. It is therefore very easy to deduce that education leads to success. But that is not all. The importance of education in today’s society runs deeper than merely success in the worldly terms.

Grants Us Freedom
It was Epictetus who said that only the educated are free. Education releases us from the confines of our mind and forces us to think and question. It makes us aware of our rights in the society. It thus grants us the power to never be enslaved, either by thought or action.

Opens Our Minds
Education makes us broadminded. In fact, there is no better time than the present to understand this concept. Globalization has transformed the world into one big village, the borders don’t count and neither are there any restrictions as far gaining knowledge is concerned. It is possible for us to know about the different cultures or events taking place at the other end of the world.

Nov 19

5 Compelling Reasons Why it is Important to Study History

For many people, history classes are seen as no more than requirements on the road to a degree in chemistry, biology, business, marketing, etc. The idea that history is an outdated course of study that will lead to limited career options has spread, but the truth is that studying history is a wonderful way to prepare for a successful future. For those students who are interested in history and especially for those who aren’t it’s crucial to take a minute to consider why history is an important subject, and what you can learn from it. Below are a few reasons why it’s critical that today’s generations continue to learn about the past.

Understanding Where People Come from is Key in Understanding Who They Are
History has shaped cultures, attitudes, and social structures, it’s molded the world and its citizens. For this reason, it’s essential to understand history in order to comprehend why people are the way that they are. This is insight that is valuable to professionals going into virtually any field, as it can help shape human interaction in a way that is strategic, culturally sensitive, and ultimately positive.

Learning About History can Change How You Think
Through history classes, you can experience a shift in the way you think. Called a paradigm shift, this means that you look at things from a new angle, as you understand the world in a new way. Many college courses can cause this, and it’s important to developing minds to be able to consider problems from different angles. Ultimately, this shift can improve your ability to assess and understand situations, to make educated decisions, and to learn how to weigh the consequences associated with each choice before you. While a history degree will by no means provide you with a roadmap for life, it

Nov 14

Really Awesome Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Interest in STEM

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields have been making the news lately, especially in regards to education. These are the fields that create progress toward the future and advance the human race, and they also happen to be the fields that offer the best career options, and those options will only go on to expand as investment continues to flow toward the development of new technology.

So, of course you want your child to be a part of this process, not only do the STEM fields open up potential career paths, but they also open up a world of exploration that will never stop enriching your child’s life. Kids are born curious and creative, which are the two most important traits of workers in these fields.

How to Keep Curiosity Intact

Bring Science Home
STEM related concepts are all around us every single day, everywhere we go. There’s science in the weather, math in shopping, engineering in the Lego tower, and technology in the computer. Mention these things to your child. Instead of just commenting on the fact that it’s raining, ask him why it rain, and encourage him to think through an explanation, even if it’s wrong. Then explain the correct reason, and maybe look up a clip on YouTube. When shopping, ask your kid to calculate the change you expect to get back. Teach him to fry an egg, and ask him why the white turns from clear to white, and then take the opportunity to explain the denaturation of proteins.

If it’s been awhile since school, you could probably brush up on certain concepts yourself.

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