Educating Children With the Help of Science and Technology

Ranging from homes, restaurants and workshops to factories, offices and schools, technology can be found everywhere these days. Science has come up with many simple solutions to some of the most difficult and time consuming tasks. When it comes to a person running his own business, increasing the aggregate profit ratio is the only thing he is concerned about. In order to survive in the market, something had to be done. Technology is the answer to all intricate questions. It has helped and led many schools and colleges towards success.

Spending time with students and also making various term papers, quizzes and lesson plans is sometimes hard to manage for a teacher. Instead of being bogged down into hours of paperwork, the teachers now have the opportunity to focus more on each student and try to make them better human beings.

Out of all people in an academic institute, students are the ones who need 100% attention. A little learner has a million questions in his/her mind and he/she needs someone to be there for guidance. The cloud-based system shoves off most of the work from a teacher’s shoulders and helps them nurture and enrich a student’s mind in every way possible.

Teachers are the second parents of any student and it is their sole responsibility to make sure each student is performing well. For that, a teacher needs to be free from all sorts of hectic administrative work. Managing examination, attendance, enrollment, time tables, class assessments and everything else of the sort can be done more efficiently and conveniently these days.

Science and technology has revolutionized the way things used to work at any academic institute. The new way of running schools and colleges has resulted in a healthy student-teacher relationship and has generated outstanding results so far. There are a million ways to carry forward one task, it’s upon us whether we take the long way or the short way.

It used to be a huge problem for an institute to suffer issues like exam paper theft, accounting errors, misprinted exam papers and various records and documents going missing. That is not the case anymore. Technology is there to protect you from all sorts of administrative concerns.

The cloud-based solution sounds great for admins, teachers, students and even parents. Everyone stays connected and updated regarding everything that’s going on in an institute. Everybody is relishing easy navigation, accurate grading and are free from worrying about paper misplacement.

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Distance Education and E-Learning – Past, Present and Future

Buzzwords in education have been in existence since the on-set of formal education as we know it today. Many of these terms come and go based on their usage and their context but some terminologies have withstood the test of time. Let us take a look at some of the common terms along with the chronology of how they evolved.

Although often used interchangeably, there is distinction between distance education and distance learning. Distance education takes place using print-based and electronic learning resources. Learners are connected to resources, instructors, and to other learners, and they tend to be separated by time and/or geographic/physical distance. Distance learning on the other hand is the actual system and the process, which connects a group of learners with the distributed learning resources. Learning takes place in various different forms but in general learners, instructors, and the necessary resources are separated by time and space.

Distance learning has over the years transitioned to online distance learning. It tends to utilize synchronous and asynchronous tools, and learning and communication methods. Synchronous learning uses electronically delivered teaching and learning with participants simultaneously and directly connected and communicating. On the other hand asynchronous learning is characterized by a time lag in communication.

A while back, along came e-learning! Electronic learning (e-learning) is defined as the delivery of instructional content using electronic means such as the Internet, intranets, audio and video equipment, web conferencing, virtual classrooms, CD-ROM, and more recently Web 2.0 tools. Simply put, e-learning is another mode of technology-aided teaching and learning. In the last few years, it has come to replace terms such as audio-visual learning, computer-based learning, web-based learning, online learning, and other buzz terms of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

E-learning is moving toward total automation of teaching and learning processes using software known as Learning Management Systems (LMS). To facilitate the development of courses that utilize Internet-based technologies, more and more colleges, universities, and businesses have embraced both open source and proprietary LMS tools. A growing trend in e-learning is the use of “hybrid” or “blended” or “multimodal” instructional approaches that replace or supplement partial in-class instruction with technologically enabled teaching and learning, which in many cases utilizes many tools bundled in the LMS.

Along the same lines many students engaged in e-learning may not be geographically distanced from the institution. For example, learners may be traditional learners living on campus or nearby yet taking course partially or fully online. This is often linked to the need for flexibility in personal (family) responsibilities and work schedules. Taking advantage of e-learning adds an extra layer of flexibility. In fact some people see distance learning as not being synonymous with e-learning, argue the point that distance learning is a generic term that presently happens to use the Internet as a vehicle. Thus, the position presented is that while distance education and e-learning do overlap, they are not identical but complementary.

E-learning is growing rapidly and is often associated with the Internet. There are however other modes of learning that are growing at a considerable rate too. Mobile learning (m-learning) for instance, is a rapidly growing innovation that has the advantage of allowing learners to be “on the move while learning. In other words, multi-tasking, for example jogging or listening to recorded lectures while driving to work. Therefore, m-learning is an extension of e-learning, which uses mobile (cell) phones, Personal digital assistants (PDA), and MP3 players (with iPods and podcasting being the mostly widely used). In places where bandwidth is limited m-learning is growing at a rapid rate.

As the technology gets more affordable and readily available, educational options will continue to expand. For those looking for flexibility due to family and work commitments, e-learning and m-learning may be an option to consider. For organizations and institutions looking to train employees without having to trade-off on productivity, time, cost, or hiring a consultant, this is also an option to consider.

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Technology Education and Engineering – More Than Just Computers?

“Technology Education and Engineering is that like computer class”? Technology Education and Engineering is widely unknown to the general public. The common assumption is a typing/word processing class. While virtually unknown, Technology Education and Engineering offers students the ability to explore, discover, and create with technology tools like no other class ever before. It’s greatest advantage is using real world lessons to prepare students for their future.

Traditional classrooms today haven’t changed since the early 1900s. Meanwhile, outside of school, we continue to utilize technology in our jobs and personal lives. Most classrooms rely on the teacher as the dictator of information and knowledge. In this type of classroom learning is passive. There is very little critical thinking or creativity. For example, information is communicated through a series of lectures and note taking. Students are generally given a worksheet or crossword puzzle to access what was “learned.” After the students pass the exam they forget the concepts that were covered. Most learning is linear starting with lecture and ending with exams.

Technology Education and Engineering allows students to take control of their learning. They have the opportunity to make choices, explore, and discover the information on the subject. They are able to take this information and do something with it by creating a project. We learn by doing, and gaining experience in an applied area, which is known as active learning. The skills for the projects are the same skills that professionals would use in a career.

The lessons combine all subjects as the student learns. It doesn’t separate science, math, history, or English but combines them with the technology tools of today’s world. When completing a project in a career, it will not separate the objectives according to subject.

For example, a bridge design project includes forces from science, critical weight calculations from math, a presentation of why they chose their design elements and how they fit in the budget, and computer aided drafting from technology. A presentation before engineers of bridge design choices, or send a letter to county or state officials on problem bridges and how to cheaply improve them for the future.

Technology Education and Engineering draws its concepts from real world examples. Activities work closely with STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Technology Education and Engineering incorporates solving problems with a group. Collaboration between team members is a vital workforce skill. As the students work together they motivate each other to a deeper understanding of the concepts and how to solve them. Each student has a responsibility in their group, and they hold each other accountable for the work to be done. Students understand how their roles and responsibilities relate to the entire project, and the real world.

Many people today seem to be looking for a change in education. They see the current system and understand the flaws in the traditional method of education. More people need to investigate Technology Education and Engineering as an example of 21 century learning. It is the class that is preparing students for tomorrow with the technology of today.

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Distance Education and Technology

“Education” word is derived from Latin word “educare” that means “bring up” which relates to a word educere that means bring out. In a way it is used to bring out the abilities and potential of individuals by giving them any formal and informal education.

Education helps the individuals in broadening their thinking, which helps them in observing the fact and figures. It also helps them in making their own decisions in reaching their destiny.

In the present scenario, where life is too fast, everyone is busy in its own race. It is completely impossible for anyone to stop it or to decrease its speed. Everyone had to work hard to tie him up according to the speed of life. If we will not consider this fact seriously, then we will find ourselves far behind from the progress of the world in no time. So, it is really very important to run with life according to its speed.

In this world, where everyone is trying to earn its living or is running after the success, nobody has any leisure time. They have made their lives “machine” to earn their livelihood and for this purpose, they worked all the time without considering the difference between day and night. No one has too much time to go far away places for getting their required education. So, they usually got the help from the different means, like satellite education channels, the internet, etc.

By using satellite education, they can easily get the relevant material without attending the lectures and classes physically. In fact, they can get every single kind of help at their doorstep through this way. This helps them in many ways, like they do not need to go anywhere, and they will be able to save their precious time, etc.

So, it is all became possible with the advancement of technology. We can use it to educate people in social issues, health problems and many more.

And finally, we can say that education and the use of satellite technology could be proven beneficial for humanity to act properly in proper time.

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