Category Archives: Education

Blogging (Blocking?): How To Overcome Writer’s Block – Infographic

Ever hit a wall when it came to writing? Found yourself stuck and low on inspiration? Learn tips and exercises on how to overcome writer´s block! Continue reading

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Professors, Schools And Students: What To Do With Pinterest – Infographic

Tips and hints for Professors, Schools and Students on how to use Pinterest for education. Continue reading

Inspiration For The Classroom – Teachers Using Pinterest

Logo TheMainStreetAnalyst 8713679455_e0394e3f7e_zFor three elementary school teachers in San Francisco, Pinterest is a window into other classrooms – a virtual chalkboard where they can view lesson plans and fresh ideas from other educators without leaving their desks.

“The uses are endless!” said Brianna Boedecker, who teaches 4th and 5th graders at Grattan Elementary school. Boedecker was planning her dream wedding on Pinterest when she discovered that she could get ideas for school projects there as well. Continue reading

Getting Schooled By Google – The Growth Of Google Apps For Education – Infographic

In recent years there has been a remarkable trend among today’s schools – the adoption of Google Apps technology. Continue reading

10 Financial Lessons To Learn From Warren Buffet – Infographic

One of the great things about Buffett is that his financial philosophy comes down to common sense and hard work. It’s accessible. It makes sense. And because of that, it’s a philosophy that can be used by just about anyone. So what does Buffet advocate? Continue reading

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Today the number of entrepreneurs in the world is 380 million. That means for every nineteen people you meet – one will be an entrepreneur. Is that a lot? I think that’s very low actually. What are the other 18 … Continue reading

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Jobs in demand: Agile Development – The rapid adoption of the agile development methodology has created a sizable talent gap. The INFOGRPHIC from Yoh uncovers the impact:

Infographics: Facts, Trends and Impact – Infographic

How IGs Impact Social Networks?

– The first IG was published in 1626, but has only become truly popular since 2009
– Traditional Posts vs. IG Posts
– Twitter averages
– Traditional = 62 retweets
– IGs = 587 retweets
– Linkedin averages
– Traditional = 7 shares
– IGs = 51 shares
– Stumbleupon
– Traditional = 39 pageviews
– IGs = 330 pageviews
– With the right topic, an IG can reach up to 15 million people

Trends in IGs – According to Google

Google ranks trends from 0-100 giving a number to a keyword based on how often it is searched compared to other keywords
– Keyword “Infographic”
– Peak Ranks per Year:
– 2004: 12
– 2009: 14
– 2010: 28
– 2011: 62
– 2012: 100
– Global Ranks (top 6):
– Philippines: 60
– South Africa: 56
– New Zealand: 50
– Netherlands: 41
– India: 38
– US: 38
– Rank by City (top 6):
– Singapore: 100
– Bangalore: 59
– San Francisco: 58
– Sydney: 39
– Chicago: 36
– Melbourne: 33

View, Like, Comment

Some of the most viewed, liked and commented on infographics in recent history
– What are the Odds?
– How Much Can You Trust a Bearded Man?
– Should I Text Him? – Flowchart with tips for helping to navigate relationships.
– Evolution of the Geek
– Why Startups Fail – Startup Genome project analyzed data and came up with some answers
– The Work We do to Pay Taxes – How much do we work for “the man” on any given day?
– Headache: Everything You Need to Know – Different types of headaches, causes and treatments
– Formal Dining Setting – What you need to know for your fancy dinner party
– We All Want to be Young – The power of today’s youth came directly from those before them
– Kitchen Cheat Sheet – All the interesting info you need when cooking
– Advertising vs. Reality – Fast food items were purchased, taken home and photographed immediately

Topic Trends

Number of IGs per category out of 25,927 IGs (on Visual.ly)
– Animals – 329 (1.3%)
– Business – 3,289 (12.7%)
– Computers – 1,003 (3.9%)
– Economy – 1,885 (7.2%)
– Education – 1,089 (4.2%)
– Entertainment – 1,136 (4.4%)
– Environment – 882 (3.4%)
– Food – 852 (3.3%)
– Gaming – 246 (0.9%)
– Geography – 356 (1.4%)
– Health – 1,752 (6.8%)
– History – 112 (0.4%)
– Home – 205 (0.8%)
– How To – 363 (1.4%)
– Human Rights – 140 (0.5%)
– Humor – 435 (1.7%)
– Lifestyle – 1,470 (5.7%)
– Love & Sex – 331 (1.3%)
– Olympics – 185 (0.7%)
– Other – 911 (3.5%)
– Politics – 1,096 (4.2%)
– Science – 456 (1.8%)
– Social Media – 2,348 (9%)
– Sports – 962 (3.7%)
– Technology – 2,597 (10%)
– Transportation – 795 (3.1%)
– Travel – 566 (2.2%)

Infographic Companies

A Google search shows these 3 at the top of the list for “Best Infographic Companies”
– NowSourcing.com – “We bet you’ve already seen our work”
– Infographics.avalaunchmedia.com – As seen on CNN, NYT and Mashable
– Brafton.com – “Go viral with awesome infographics!”

Source: TopMarketingSchools.net

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How University Changes A Teenager’s Life – Infographic

Going to University is never easy and these stats reflect that. About 89% of Freshers’ have never paid a bill in their lives and 22% have no experience of food shopping, university ought to be a steep learning curve for most students – and that’s before they’ve even had their first lecture!

Source: Visual.ly

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How To Research – Infographic

Is it a national and social problem that people don’t know how to research? Social networks have allowed the majority of us to believe information is readily available. Take a look at Yahoo! Answers; these questions are easily searchable via Google, Bing, or any search engine. Type a question in on Yahoo’s homepage search bar and find a solution. Google’s interactive searchbar even does math and conversions for you. The skill itself of “research” has become diluted in it’s meaning.

Source: Visual.ly, inmotionshosting.com

Businessweek Ranks Schools on Girls’ Hotness

Business Weeks obviously went into the business of a dating magazine. Only for male students, though. The business paper is now ranking schools on female students’ hottness.

Everybody embarrasses him or herself as good as possible. Good job in that department, Business Week. By the way, I am looking for a job, are your female employees hot? 

Businessweek Ranks Schools on Girls’ Hotness.

Why did Businessweek think it was a good idea to poll its users about which college campuses have the hottest female students? Easy: It has done it before and no one noticed.

This year, however, coming just after an election season full of heated debate over the “war on women,” Businessweek’s decision to promote their survey with a headline and a tweet — which has since been deleted — asking “Which business school has the most attractive female students?” went over about as well as you’d expect.

Reaction to the tweet was swift and universally negative, with most reactions either of appalled horror and disbelief or smirking potshots. On the article itself, reaction was even more negative. Reader Rachel Sklar commented (cached link):

“Nothing says ‘We don’t take women in business seriously’ like ranking women based on their looks. This demeans every woman who works at your magazine, every woman you’ve ever covered, and pretty much every woman ever. And it is meant to. Know that this is intentional sexism. Whomever was responsible for publishing this knew exactly what kind of message it sent. That it got sent from BUSINESSWEEK makes it all the more stunning. Fix. This. Fast.”

Though the backlash was severe, it was slow to build, and Businessweek kept the article up for more than a day before deleting it without any further public comment sometime on Saturday. As for the tweet promoting it, that stayed up over the weekend, deleted only late Sunday night:

The poll was part of a new Businessweek feature called “Face/Off” that asks readers to vote on various short polls. Introduced just five days ago, the poll has already ground to a halt after the media outlet yanked its latest edition.

What were Businessweek execs thinking when they put up the poll to begin with? Probably that this year would be no different from the other three years they’d published similar rankings of colleges by hotness.

In 2009, Businessweek published an article called “Campus Life: A Report Card.”

“It’s important to understand what the universities that house the top business programs are really like,” claimed the article. The next year, they repeated the article, this time with a slide show purporting to list the “Fifty Colleges with the Hottest Guys, Girls, and Nightlife.” And by 2011, they were confident enough to declare it a yearly event.

The lists generated virtually no discussion. In 2010, a Huffington Post syndication of the list garnered comments about the drug scene on certain campuses, but little else. On the Bloomberg Businessweek website, comments were absent altogether.

How did Businessweek get its rankings? According to the 2011 report, “Every year Bloomberg Businessweek partners with College Prowler, which surveys college students throughout the U.S. and uses those surveys to grade each school on everything from academics to nightlife to off-campus housing.”

College Prowler does provide information on academics, scholarships, and other collegiate issues; but it also lets students rank colleges by factors like “hot girls.”

Basically, what RateMyProfessor is to teachers, College Prowler is to listees of future Missing Person reports. Here’s how the site measures attractiveness of students:

“Girls and Guys grades are both determined by student’s ratings of their peers based on the following characteristics: attractiveness, athleticism, creativity, friendliness, fun, geeky, hardworking, into partying, outgoing, smart, and stuck-up.”

Here’s what that looks like in action:

Though College Prowler definitely lives up to its name, it does offer equal opportunity creeping: Both guys and girls are up for scrutiny and statistical ranking. Though this poll was not actually affiliated with BW’s annual collaboration with the Prowler, tweets and comments suggest that it probably would have also had a “hot guys” component if it had survived that long. It’s likely that had Businessweek not chosen to make this poll specifically about hot women, the ranking would have continued to fly under the radar even though the “college life” angle has always been a disingenuous one.

“Businessweek, ranking the hotness of female students,” deadpanned Twitter user Millicent Somer. “Be sure to take them seriously in future.”

At press time, the website had issued neither an apology for the original poll nor an explanation for the retraction. Perhaps they’ve realized that while ranking a college may take more than a user-generated poll, ranking a news outlet may take only one tweet.

UPDATE: Nov. 12 at 2:40 p.m. ET — The Daily Dot has received the following statement from Businessweek:

“We regret issuing two online polls last week that asked our readers to comment on which business schools had the most attractive male and female students. The Face/Off polls have been taken down from businessweek.com. They were in poor taste and undermine the tremendous value our Business Schools vertical provides.”

Image courtesy of Flickr, prayitno

Source: Mashable.com

Is Texting Mangling The English Language? – Infographic

Do your OMGs and LOLs have you sometimes srsly forgetting how to write in proper English? If so, you may not be alone.

Texting is on the rise, and changing the ways people interact with language. For some high schoolers today, abbreviations like those above have likely been a part of their vocabulary since they learned to write a five-paragraph essay. So just how embedded in formal communications could texting slang become?

While that remains to be seen, there’s no doubting the impact it’s had so far. The Internet education portal OnlineSchools.com recently took a look at the trend and came up with some interesting findings via sources including the British Journal of Psychology, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and PBS.

Among the more interesting tidbits they report: An estimated 8 trillion text messages were sent in 2011, and 95% of cellphone owners between the ages of 18 and 29 send texts. A 17-year-old in Wisconsin even took home $50,000 this year for flawlessly typing a 149-character message in just 39 seconds. Several texting terms have made their way into the hallowed Oxford English Dictionary, and with good reason — 97% of 18- to 24-year-olds who own a cellphone text daily.

But before you get angry, and blame new-fangled technology for destroying our language, consider this: British politician Winston Churchill reportedly received the first OMG in an old-fashioned letter way back in 1917.

For more, check out the full OnlineSchools infographic below. Then, let us know in the comments: Do you think text messaging is bad for the English language, or are its effects negligible?

Source: Mashable.com, OnlineSchools.com

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Which Are the Most Social Colleges? – Infographic

Which Are the Most Social Colleges? [INFOGRAPHIC].

Social Media has become pervasive. You use it, we use it, even celebrities and sports stars use it. Companies have begun using it long time ago as well and, naturally, colleges and universities have followed suit.

After all, most of their current or future students are on some social network, so there’s no better way to engage with them. Forget about those old-fashioned bulletin boards and manually-distributed pamphlets!

So how are different colleges and universities doing in the social media world? Check the infographic below to find out if your college is as good at social networking as you are.

Infographic by TopCollegesOnline

Source: Mashable.com

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Gaming In The Classroom, Game Based Learning Improves Student Engagement – Infographic

Gaming gets a bad rap a lot of the time. It rots kids’ brains, turns them into vegetables; it makes kids’ socially isolated and neglect their studies — those are the most common charges, and are certainly based in reality.

Used responsibly, however, gaming can become a force that actually helps mold young minds for the better. The use of electronic games in education is on the rise, and many teachers are finding that it helps students not only retain information, but remain engaged and motivated as well.

How? According to University of Bristol neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones, there’s some serious science behind the theory. Electronic games, the thinking goes, stimulate the brain to produce the chemical, dopamine. Dopamine plays a number of important roles in the brain, not least among them aiding cognition. Moreover, smartly deployed gaming helps kids because it lets them maintain an active role in their learning processes, and explore and experiment on their own.

To explore the growing role of electronic games in schools, the Internet education portal OnlineSchools.com recently surveyed a number of sources, including Education Week, Ed.gov and the NEA Foundation.

Among their more notable findings, 3,500 Chinese students used an online learning course that included digital games to help them learn English. In a survey of their teachers, 95% said the digital program increased motivation among the students. Similarly, another study found that students who used a computer-learning program that included game-like elements scored 5.5 points higher in regional percentile rankings.

Check out the infographic for the fuller picture, then let us know in the comments: What kind of role do you think gaming can play in education?

Source: Mashable.com, OnlineSchools.com

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The Rise Of Mobile Health Management Tools, Smartphones: Smarter Healthcare – Infographic

Extreme smartphone use can certainly lead to strained eyes and stiff necks. That’s the bad news. The good news? The mobile device you just can’t live without can also help facilitate better health in new, more convenient ways than ever before.

How? The rise of mobile health apps and other tools. There are currently about 40,000 mobile health apps available for tablets and smartphones, and over 500 health projects worldwide that have a mobile emphasis.

That’s according to the online health care education portal AlliedHealthWorld.com, which pulled information from a variety of sources around the web to show just how much of a positive impact smartphones can have on our well-being.

In fact, if you use exercise apps such as Runkeeper, access health records electronically or participate in wellness gamification programs, you may already be experiencing mobile’s health benefits without even realizing it. One analysis indicates that the number of people who downloaded a mobile health app in 2012 will nearly double to 247 million from last year. What can those apps do? Diet, exercise, sleep and blood pressure are just a few of the many areas covered.

All that usage is leading to mainstream recognition, too. The United States Food and Drug Administration last year began paving the way for mobile apps that ensure health claims pass an approval process before becoming available to the consumer market.

For more on how smartphones and mobile technology are changing health care, check out the infographic.

Source: Mashable.com, Allied Health World