5 Ways Technology is Advancing Education Reply

Technology has changed the way that we live so it only makes sense that it would also change the way that our education system works. We see it constantly both in the classroom and even from the way that we are able to collect knowledge from the comfort of our home. To help further highlight this impact, below we will be examining five of the ways that technology is advancing education.

1. Bridging the Gender Gap

In the world of STEM fields, there is, unfortunately, a prominent gender gap. Fortunately, the inclusion of technology in the classroom could potentially offer an opportunity to begin to bridge that gap.

It should first be noted that educators are going to be the most dominant aspect of this process. School-aged girls will require exposure to STEM materials, enthusiastic instruction, and examples of female role models from the world of STEM-related career paths.

However, technology does give instructors the tools to make these steps towards bridging the gender gap accessible. We already know that technology in a classroom leads to more intensive student engagement. Instructors will also find that it is easier than ever before to use a combination of videos, audio, and reading material to expose their students to the exciting aspects of STEM-related studies.

In short, what technology provides young women is access. It is then up to their instructors to make the most of it.

2. Opportunities for a Free Education

Unfortunately, one of the most common hurdles associated with the pursuit of education is cost. Schooling is expensive but thanks to the internet we are now living in an age of free information.

Elite universities like Yale have complied information on a wide range of topics including literature, history, foreign language studies, and other core subjects. There are also a number of non-university sites like Free-Ed that provide free educational resources for individuals of any age.

Naturally, the learning materials are hit and miss with these sites. Sometimes (as is the case with the above-listed pages) there is plenty of high-quality work material that you will be able to sift through, while other times the resources may leave the scholar wanting more.

Depending on what sites you use, resources include, but are not limited to, video, audio, tests, and other reading materials. Unfortunately, programs of this nature do not currently have the same pedigree that is enjoyed by Universities (or even more formal online colleges) but their existence is nevertheless a step towards affordable secondary education.

3. Expanding Educational Services

The advent of rapidly advancing technology is also being felt in traditional classrooms of every grade level. Tech helps teachers create well-rounded curriculums that are designed around the specific needs of their students.

This is particularly useful in the education of children that do not speak English as their first language–a situation that is very common in the United States.

In the United States, there are approximately 12 million school-aged students that speak a different language at school than they do at home. Unfortunately, most of the time teachers are just unable to accommodate the specific needs of those students, with only 2.5% of teachers being able to communicate with their students in their native tongues.

Technology helps to help provide educational opportunities that English language learner students are often deprived of. It helps increase student engagement, facilitate collaboration between classmates, teach online skills that are useful, if not essential to modern living, and provide a safe space for ELL students to learn English.

For these reasons, technology is now empowering teachers to create curriculums that suit the needs of students that are otherwise often neglected.

4. Globalization

We are all well-aware of the way that the internet opens the world up to us. In the case of the classroom, online connections allow students to go beyond the pages of their books and see new places and things in a way that was never before possible. They can even meet students from the classrooms of other countries to learn about different cultures in a more interactive way than ever before.

In this capacity, technology is able to take concepts (such as the culture of a European country) and transform the way that students understand them by illustrating the ways in which they affect the lives of real people.

5. Augmented & Virtual Reality

Augmented and virtual reality are newer technologies that are only just starting to pick up steam. Innovation is quick, however, and it has been projected that by 2020, VR and AR are expected to be worth $150 billion.

The way in which these technologies can affect classroom learning still have not been fully fleshed out, but even today instructors are using virtual reality to provide a concrete understanding of history, literature, and even the sciences.

As this technology continues to grow there is no doubt that it will play a very prominent role in the future of education.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to enhance your education online, feel free to check out this list of sites that offer online education programs completely free.


Ryan Ayers has been a consultant for over five years within multiple industries including information technology, medical devices and logistics. Many clients call him the BizTech Guru. He is a freelance writer on the side and lover of all things related to business, technology, innovation and the LA Clippers. Read more from Ryan: @TheBizTechGuru


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4 Factors That Impact the Usefulness of a Particular College Degree Reply

When comparing college degrees, it’s important to consider how useful the degree is going to be throughout your life. There are many ways to measure this. However, it’s not always as simple as it first appears.

A degree that’s a waste of time for one person might be quite valuable to someone else. Let’s look at four factors that help determine how useful a particular degree might be for you.

Consistent with Current Job Trends

As the pace of technology accelerates, it’s essential to look at the direction in which different industries are moving before choosing a college major.

Check out resources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects likely job growth in various industries over 10-year periods. This helps you choose a degree in a field where job growth is likely to be strong in the near future.

Places You at the Leading Edge of Your Profession

Not all degrees in a particular field are alike. Some are more traditional while others are more future-oriented. Degrees in healthcare are now extremely valuable. However, the best of these help you prepare for the very latest trends in this field.

When it comes to nursing, for instance, the focus is now on patient-centered care. If you’re considering a program such as an online FNP degree (Family Nurse Practitioner), look for a flexible and forward-looking program that will help prepare you for a successful career in nursing.

Helps You Succeed in a Popular Field

One hallmark of a useful degree is that it gives you some flexibility within a field that’s popular and that serves a real purpose in the community.

For example, college and professional sports are hugely popular and also help many young people achieve their full athletic potential. A degree such as an online master’s in coaching education is a good choice for anyone who wants a career related to college athletics.

Has a Strong Reputation

Rather than relying entirely on what a college or university says about its own degree programs, it’s also good to get third-party opinions. Look up the institution and degree program online and look for objective information.

Talk to someone you trust in that field. It’s even better if you can find someone who’s graduated with the degree you’re considering. You might also call or email executives or human resources managers in leading companies in the relevant field and ask their opinions about the program you’re considering.

There are many ways to assess the usefulness of a degree program. You can start with your own interests and the job prospects in the industry. Then you can look more closely at the particular program and gather helpful information about its reputation.


About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.


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How to Be a Highly Successful Online College Student 2

Today, students have multiple opportunities to get higher education and now they don’t even need to move to another country to study at the university of their dreams. Online education diminishes all borders and reveals more opportunities to everyone. However, not all students use this opportunity. Most of them know about online education, but they don’t feel confident enough to study without visiting classes and directly interacting with the professors and other students. That’s why they give preference to classic education.

For many students, interaction with students and professors is of the primary importance. They find inspiration and motivation to study in this interaction. That’s why when they start to study online, they don’t demonstrate good results, as they always lose concentration and the desire to study itself. For these students, online education is not the best option.

However, many students also find this way of getting an education to be one of the most effective ones. The matter is that you may create your own schedule and decide for yourself when you want to study and when you want to have a rest. Of course, online education also has some tricky points. In this article, we’re going to talk about the best methods to become a highly successful online college student and get better results.

Organize your activity

First and foremost, you need to organize how exactly you are going to study. You need to know and remember the syllabus of every class that you need to take. Classes can be held in the form of lectures supported by images and videos, or in the form of webinars. It’s better to write down when exactly you have these classes and determine if you are free to watch the video records of the lectures. It’s even better to note when you should watch them according to your own plan. Also, create a schedule of your assignments and tasks that you need to accomplish to get your grades. It will be a good idea to use special apps for creating schedules. These apps can be installed on nearly all devices with any OS, so just choose the one which is the most suitable for you. Another trick here is to keep all activities in one app as in this way you won’t miss anything.

Visit all online classes

Most online students think that they don’t need to attend classes as they can get all this information somewhere else. They don’t even watch or listen to the records of online classes! Thus, they miss a lot of important information that can help with task accomplishment. If you have decided to become an online student, you need to visit all classes, and if you miss some classes, check the records to get the information. Besides, when a student starts to skip classes, it becomes a habit, and they no longer cares about checking these classes later on. Self-discipline is your main tool to continue online education and succeed in it.

Set study goals

Self-discipline and time management are crucially important for your online education, but they’ll be useless unless you have properly set goals. If you don’t understand why exactly you study online, it’ll be difficult for you to stay persistent with your work. When you know what exactly you want to achieve, you tend to make more effort to get the results. Of course, by setting study goals, you’ll need to follow certain patterns. For example, you need to set smaller goals for every class and some bigger goals that consist of accomplishing those smaller goals. The bigger goals should lead to your main goal.

Communicate with your professor and other students

Communication is important even in online studying. Of course, here communication differs from the communication in real life, as you do not spend the time together with your classmates. Still, all of you have one common goal – the education itself. Most online colleges have special forums and portals where online students may communicate. In addition, they may communicate with professors on these forums. Communication with professors is one of the most important aspects of successful education, and you should always keep that in mind. Every time you feel that you need to get an explanation of some pieces of information, you need to write your professor and ask questions just like you would ask a professor in brick and mortar universities and colleges.

Implement modern technologies

Technologies, including the possibilities of the Internet, enhance the quality of online education. First of all, you need to use technologies to communicate with other students and professors (although the college may have some forum or portal, you can also create group conversations in Facebook or Viber). Social media can really help students study and you should not ignore this way of studying, as it will bring more benefits to you. You may even use social media for your research! For students who study marketing, this can become a perfect platform for trying their own marketing strategies in practice.

Additionally, you may use modern technologies to enhance the quality of your writing. For example, you may use special spell checking programs that help improve the quality of your writing. Also, the Internet is full of resources that you may use to make your essays sound more profound and professional. Besides, after writing your essay, you may immediately check it for plagiarism to make sure that you have followed all the rules.

Online education is the way of getting a degree that does not suit everyone. It has too many tricky points but, in fact, real-time education also has these tricky points and students need to deal with them. Self-organized and disciplined students will feel equally confident both in traditional colleges and on online education portals. So, build your discipline and work on your self-organization to be able to receive an education at the best colleges without the necessity to leave your home!


Sophia Clark graduated from the University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Journalism, 2011. She is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In her free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Google +.


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The ABA: Stuck in the 20th Century Reply

There are many online schools that offer law degrees and programs. Such programs can lead to a career as a paralegal and positions in corporations that require extensive legal knowledge. If you have already passed the bar, you can take online Master of Law (LLM) degrees to focus on particular areas of the law. Online programs can boost the career of executive and HR professionals, and provide many other great opportunities. In short, these degrees can take you anywhere you’d like to go… unless you’d like to practice law.

The American Bar Association provides accreditation for law schools that offer a Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree – the degree that allows you to take the bar exam and practice law. Online Juris Doctorate program exists, but as of the time of this article, the ABA has yet to approve any online JD programs. All states except for California require that you have received a JD degree from an ABA approved school before you are allowed to take the exam. So, unless you plan on spending the first several years of your career as a lawyer practicing in California, your only choice for law school is a traditional brick-and-mortar institution.

Since the ABA frequently reviews schools and approves Juris Doctorate programs for schools all over the country, we can only assume that there is a perception in the field that an online education is somehow inadequate for someone who wishes to practice law. To this perception, we have no choice but to say, “we object, your honors!” and ask the ABA to consider the evidence.

  • Exhibit A: Online education works: advancements in technology have provided online environments that allow for a learning experience that equals and sometimes exceeds the traditional classroom. In most cases it is easy to get one-on-one assistance from your professor, attend lectures, find a tutor, and collaborate with other students on group projects. Accredited online degrees exist for most other disciplines, and have existed for quite some time.
  • Exhibit B: The value and quality of online degree programs has been generally accepted in the corporate world. Most employers recognize the validity of online degrees and regularly hire graduates from these programs. State and private universities all over the United States have recognized the quality and rigor of online education and have created their own online degree programs.

We understand that law is the basis of society, and that the profession is one of the oldest and most respected. However, we believe that there is room in the profession for innovation and fresh thinking. It’s time for the American Bar Association to step into the 21st century and seriously examine and consider approving online JD programs.


Tony Hornsby works in the public pension industry and writes in his free time.  He has a BS degree in Business Management and enjoys writing, reading, and martial arts.  Follow Tony on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RoughandRuggedRoad.

5 Pluses and 5 Minuses about Online Education 2

Smiling confident businesswomanSo many are trying to figure out what the future of higher education will look like, when there are so many competing factors and difficulties. This Intelligence Squared debate is a great example of some of the competing tensions. It raises many, many good questions, and many potential answers. It’s worth listening to if you’ve any interest in where higher education is going. Below, you’ll find summaries of the 5 main advantages of online education, and the 5 main disadvantages of online education, as argued by the folks in the debate.
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