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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

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

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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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E-Reading On The Rise, Books Keep Losing Ground – Infographic

The tactile pleasure of worn pages between your fingers is hard to replace. But when it comes to encouraging people to embrace the written word, e-readers trump their physical counterparts.

According to the infographic below, people who own e-book devices say they read more than people who don’t, at a rate of 24 books per year to 15. Education, escape, relaxation and entertainment rank as people’s main motivations to plow through books — proving that, whether electronically or via dead tree, reading remains a popular pastime.

E-readers are also rising in popularity, signaling that it may not be impossible to imagine a world without traditional books sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Before you scoff, consider this: From December 2011 to January 2012, e-reader ownership nearly doubled, from 10 percent to 19 percent, among American adults. And that stunning surge in just one month’s time doesn’t even account for tablets or other mobile electronic devices people use to read books and longform content. Worldwide, meanwhile, e-reader sales rose by nearly 3 million between 2010 and 2011.

It’s also interesting to look at the relationship between actual e-book consumption and ownership of a device that enables users to read books electronically. According to one study, 29% of American adults own a personal e-book device, tablets included. But just 21% of adults had actually read an e-book in the past year as of February 2012.

All this information and more comes to us from the online education portal Schools.com, which surveyed a handful of sources from around the web to produce the following infographic. Check it out below, then let us know in the comments — do you think traditional books will ever die out?

Source: Mashable.com, Schools.com

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Technology’s Impact On Education – Infographic

From online learning to interactive whiteboards to social media, technology continues to reshape the college experience. Online social communities allow students from across the word to collaborate on projects. Learn about the technologies and innovations fostering the education of the “digital generation” and discover if an online degree program from DeVry University is right for you.

Source: DeVry University

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English Is The Language Of International Business And Education – Infographic

English language has become a global means of communication, it is not only the most widely written (counting scientific articles, periodical and the impressing fact that it is a common language of the Internet), it’s also spoken throughout different international conversations, no matter whether they are official or business meetings, or just a casual skype talk. All things considered, it’s interesting to get familiar with some numbers. Here they are…

Source: Best Custom Writing

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Year’s Worth of Textbooks Cost as Much as a MacBook Air – Infographic

Even in our struggling economy, it’s a good time to be out of school. Textbook prices are insane, according to a new infographic, which reveals that college kids spend $900 per year on books, and with that exact amount of money they could purchase a MacBook Air.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a lightweight laptop than a stack of heavy books I may never use.

The infographic, which was made by OnlineEducation.net, attests that “publishing companies have been having their way with college students for far too long” and that the average book ($175) is the same cost as a month’s worth of groceries.

Don’t think class instructors are aware of all this, though. Seventy-seven percent of professors say publishers rarely or never disclose prices, so don’t blame your teacher if he/she asks you to buy a $500 book for a specific course.

Fortunately, there are ways of going around the awful system. You can opt for used books, which can be up to fifty percent cheaper than new ones. As to be expected, they sell out faster than new books and only comprise 25 percent of textbooks offered.

Some schools have a textbook renting program, and while it’s not available at all institutions, I’m guessing this is going to have to change over the next twenty years, especially with our tendency to go digital.

Almost 100 percent of students said they’d rent if they could, so by all means publishers, make this possible so we can all put money toward new laptops instead of books that will only collect dust on our dorm room shelves.

Source: OnlineEducation.netMashable.com

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Kids And Technology, More Mobile Than Ever – Infographic

We know the iPad has become a major hit with adult tech consumers since Steve Jobs first introduced the gadget back in 2010. But did you know tablets have scored big points with kids as well?

Humans are becoming familiar with digital technology and devices earlier than ever. In fact, more than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, according to some research. For kids between the ages of six and 12, the iPad was the most coveted gadget last Christmas. Tablets are permeating family life, too; in households that own a device, kids 12 and under get their hands on it more often than not.

The iPad, especially, is becoming prevalent in American education. More than 1.5 million are currently in use by students, and schools bought some 47,000 in the first month-and-a-half after its release. There are currently more than 20,000 apps meant for education, and 80% of learning apps in the App Store target kids. Some studies even show that students who have access to iPads do better in school than kids who don’t.

All this information comes from creative media agency MDG Advertising, which pulled research from sources, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and others to produce the following infographic. Check it out below for the fuller picture.

How old should kids be before they are allowed to use tablets and other digital gadgets? Share your opinion in the comments.

Source: Mashable.com, mdgadvertising

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Should You Go To College, Is It Worth It? – Infographic

With more and more of the population earning advanced degrees, you should think about ways to utilize your college degree choice to help you stand out from the crowd. Is your degree going to help you learn skills that are valued in tomorrow’s economy? America needs nurses, physician’s assistance, engineers, problem solvers, global thinkers, entrepreneur more than lawyers and art history majors. Labor markets are increasingly global. You will want to think about jobs where you compete with others based on knowledge skills rather than physical skills that can be done cheaper elsewhere. Think ahead about how your degree will make you valuable to the future economy. Is your field going to be reduced to computer algorithms, automated robotics, or an outsource workforce? If so, you may find it harder to win desired positions throughout your career.

75% of Americans think college is too expensive. While scholarships, grants, and loans make it possible for millions, your loans may become too much for you to handle if you struggle finding a job coming out of college. Thinking about your desired college’s reputation, the value of the specific degree you are planning on starting, and the job opportunities that are going to exist around that major in the future will help reduce the chances of a loan default.

Your goals with going to college can be personal development, learning unique and desirable skills, networking, and yes even earning that diploma required for many higher paying jobs. This will help make a college education worth it. We wish you good luck on this journey.

Source: degreejungle.com

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16 Ways for Educators to use Pinterest

Mashable, 04/11/2012

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