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College Admissions Advice to Students: Think Now, Tweet Later

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High school seniors are pretty busy this time of year. They’re doing school work, filling out those tedious college applications, perhaps volunteering or working a part time job. Then there’s the all-important, time-consuming social life.

No matter how busy you are, there’s one more thing to add to that to-do list — clean up your social profiles.

Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of college admissions officers finds schools are discovering information about prospective students that is negatively impacting their chances of acceptance.

Jeff Olson, Vice President of Data Sciences for Kaplan tells Mashable it’s not just Facebook either. He says as more and more kids are using Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, their online footprint spreads far and wide, with lots of results showing up in a Google search.

More College Admissions Advice to Students: Think Now, Tweet Later.

5 Ways to Stay Organized and Focused as an Online Learner

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The modern student’s life is tied to technology, but sometimes technical challenges can disrupt study plans. Students who spend hours researching and working on their computers know how difficult it can be to stay focused and organized. The temptation to check Facebook or browse Buzzfeed can be hard to resist. A hard drive crash or a lost USB storage device can be devastating. Luckily, the Internet community has banded together to provide students with ways to survive and resist the pitfalls of technology.

1. Backup it up!

That’s right, you gotta back up that data, boys and girls. If your hard drive crashes, you will be lucky to recover your information at all, and even then, it could be days or weeks before you can access it. Backing up your data is absolutely necessary, whether it’s to a separate hard drive or to an online cloud storage unit like Mozy where you can get 2GB totally free . The cloud storage unit offers even better protection under the grim circumstance that your computer should be stolen.

2. Show a little restraint.

When using your computer in class or for research, it is easy to become distracted by the millions of entertaining titbits floating around the Internet. I secretly suspect that even professors get distracted by their favourite blogs and YouTube videos, but I have no proof to support this. If you feel like you need some help avoiding the temptation of Facebook or other sites, you can download restriction software that will temporarily block certain sites from your browser. There are a different options for PC and Mac users, but SelfRestraint and SelfControl come highly recommended.

3. Take a break.

You over-achiever, you! Okay, so even if you’re not an obsessive perfectionist, you might be up to your eyeballs in a last-minute project or other time intensive study session. One of the most important things about studying and researching is to take breaks. It sounds a little crazy, and maybe too good to be true, but it’s the truth. Without rest, your brain will cease to function properly, and your quality of work won’t be as high. Using a timed break application can keep you rested and focused, but it can also help you keep track of your time investment. Focus Booster for Mac and Tomighty for PCs can help you

4. Get organized.

There are a lot of ways to get organized, but one of the newest organizational sites on the Web is called MySocialCloud. (Those of you who are addicted to Facebook and Twitter, beware! This site allows you to merge notifications from both sites!) This site allows you to save passwords for all of you accounts, but it’s real stand-out feature is its organizational web browser bookmark tool. Students can bookmark course Websites and articles, which makes keeping track of online research content extremely convenient.

5. Drop it.

Once again, cloud storage comes to save the day! Dropbox is a file sharing and storage cloud system that allows you to share and edit files between other users. This is a great tool for collaborative projects, but it’s also an alternative for USB devices and email attachments. Students who don’t have access to a printer in the dorm room or the apartment can move their documents to Dropbox and access them from a campus computer lab. You never have to worry about losing important documents again.


Kate Willson is an energetic education writer who specializes in college life. She shares her many tips for students and recent grads at collegecrunch.org. You can reach Kate by leaving her a message in the comment section. She loves hearing from readers!

 

4 Must-Have Apps Every College Student Needs in their Phone

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There are tons of apps out there geared toward students. But, not all of them offer exactly the support that students need most. When it comes to academic life, function is often much more important than looks and perks, and way too many apps neglect the basic things students really need. Because most of us don’t have the time to download every academic app and see which work best, I’ve collected some of the apps that have seemed to stand the test of time and have also received rave review from students across the world. Here are some top apps for college students that will always be worth the download:

1. Evernote

For students looking for an app that will help them take and organize notes, this is by far one of the best. Students can sync Evernote to their mobile devices and personal computers and take notes from anywhere. It helps organize current thought processes and find old notes quickly and easily. It also records audio notes and includes tons of features designed especially for students. Check it out for free here.

2. Diigo

We all love being able to access study materials, textbooks, academic articles, and all other research materials in an online format. The only problem is it makes it harder to physically take notes, highlight and organize our research materials. This is where Diigo comes in handy. Users can read and highlight within text and image files, so it makes it easier to take notes in the same way as you would with physical documents. It’s also great for organizing and sharing resources. Try it here.

3. Wikipanion

This is an absolute must for any college student who does a good amount of writing and researching. This app brings Wikipedia straight to your mobile device and is specifically designed to streamline access on a mobile. Students have access to open source information on the go and it’s really handy to use during class. Download the free app here.

4. Rate My Professors

Whether you need info on a current professor or would like to check out your options for future courses, the first place to go is RateMyProfessor. Designed for both Android an iPhone devices, this app allows students to have access to information about any professor in the database while on the go. Perfect for quick searches during course registration. Try it out here.


Caroline Ross is a former educator who writes for www.accreditedonlineuniversities.com. She is an avid reader and advocate for global education and equality. Please submit any comments or feedback in the section below!

How to get students to participate in Online Discussions

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This is the first post in a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. This post discusses how course instructors can shape and create robust and rich discussions, in post two I”ll share facilitation strategies to develop and sustain course dialogue, and I’ll conclude the series with methods for assessing student contributions and participation in online forums.

Full Text: How to get students to participate in Online Discussions… | online learning insights.

Technology Offers Opportunities & Challenges for Substitute Teachers

Not all substitute teachers benefit from classroom technology.
Not all substitute teachers benefit from classroom technology.

Some substitute teachers say that technology provided by classroom teachers can help them facilitate learning. “The teachers [will] leave stuff on their computer, which goes directly to the SMART Board…,” said Susan May, a substitute. “You can go on the computer and pull up whatever they need you to. Those are really nice substitute days.”

For other substitute teachers classroom technology presents challenges – not being familiar with school policies and not being trained to use the devices. 

How are your substitutes coping, and what are you doing to help?

Full Text: Technology Offers Opportunities, Challenges for Substitute Teachers – US News and World Report.

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50 Useful Twitter Feeds for Econ Students

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Considering the sorry state of affairs these days, it makes sense that so many college students would find economics an attractive major. After all, understanding how money works will prove key in reversing global fiscal fortunes. Gen-Y types harboring an affinity for all things social media enjoy something of an advantage these days, as they can use sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to connect with others and supplement their classroom lessons. For those particularly piqued by the 140-character format, the following feeds offer up a most excellent start to attaining economic fluency.

Full article 50 Useful Twitter Feeds for Econ Students | Online College Tips – Online Colleges.

Students put in charge of own technical support

As companies debate the merits of allowing employees to bring their own smartphones and computers to work, another sector is forging ahead allowing a younger generation to do just that and more.

Some schools are not only allowing students to bring laptops and tablets to class in keeping with the trend known as BYO device or BYOD, they are also outsourcing technical support to the students themselves.

via Schools put students in charge of own technical support.

What do High School students want from mobile tech? [Infographic]

Based on statistics provided by PEW research, Nielsen, the National School Board Association and others, ASCD’s infographic explores the connections between today’s students, mobile learning and learning methods.

 

  • 63 percent of students want online textbooks with communication facilities;
  • 40 percent want online texts with collaboration tools.
  • 43 percent stated social media is one of the main ways they communicate with friends online.
  • 62 percent  of student use the Internet as a new source; whereas 17 percent use it to gain knowledge concerning topics generally difficult to talk about — such as drug use.

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via What do High School students want from mobile tech? [Infographic] | ZDNet.

Is This The Future of Touchscreen Tech? New Video Will Blow Your Mind

Via Mashable

Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning has unveiled a follow-up YouTube video to its wildly successful “A Day Made of Glass,” providing another look into what the future could be like with the growth of glass touchscreen interfaces, from innovative chalkboards and activity tables in classrooms to uses for it in hospitals. Corning released two versions of “A Day Made of Glass 2″ — one with a narrator and another, abbreviated version without commentary — the video follows the life of young Amy and her family as they go through their day using various products made of glass. Amy does classwork on a glass tablet, controls the temperature of the car from the backseat and even attends a field trip at the Redwood Forrest with an interactive signage that brings learning to life. Her teacher also works with students on interactive touchscreen activity tables. Corning expects these activity tables to be rolled out in the near future. Last year’s video , which followed the same family, brought in over 17 million hits on YouTube and left many in awe of Corning’s interpretation of what’s possible with photovoltaic glass, LCD TV glass, architectural display and surface glass, among others. However, many left comments on YouTube asking which technology is actually possible with today’s resources and pricing. This time around, though, new technologies and applications are highlighted, such as glass tablets, multitouch-enabled desks, solar panels, augmented reality, electronic medical records and anti-microbial medical equipment. Corning may be making headlines these days for its Gorilla Glass product — a super-strong, lightweight glass which can withstand drops and mistreatment — but it’s hardly a new company and no stranger to innovation. In fact, the 160-year-old business even worked with Thomas Edison to create inexpensive glass for his lightbulbs. However, Corning noted at the press screening that there are several challenges the company is facing this year, largely due to lower LCD glass prices, higher corporate tax rates and declining equity earnings, which have combined to lower Corning’s profitability. Although LCD glass sales are likely to be flat through 2014, the company said it will remain profitable and continue to generate large amounts of cash. Last week, Corning announced that it raked in record 2011 sales of $7.9 billion and plans to grow profits to $10 billion by 2014. The company also recently announced that it is joining forces with Samsung Mobile to manufacture Lotus Glass for Galaxy-branded smartphones and Super OLED TVs. Corning’s ultra-slim, eco-friendly Lotus Glass is known for strong performance and withstanding higher-processing temperatures. Although Corning’s first “A Day Made of Glass” video was unveiled a week ago this year, Corning’s vice chairman and CFO James Flaws told Mashable that he couldn’t comment on whether or not the clips will become an annual tradition. “You can expect more from us though,” Flaws said. More About: Corning , gorilla glass , smartphones , tablets , trending , TVs , YouTube For more Social Media coverage: Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Social Media channel Download our free apps for Android , Mac , iPhone and iPad

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How Higher Education Uses Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Via Mashable

Schools are on a short list of organizations that have been notoriously slow to adopt emerging tech. But within the last few years, as social media becomes more integral to students’ lives, educational institutions are finally catching on, and catching up. When it comes to higher ed, there are not only opportunities for digital learning, but digital marketing too. Some schools have taken the reigns on both sides, with mixed results. SEE ALSO: 5 Free Homework Management Tools for the Digital Student The infographic below takes a look at how schools have fared with social media over the last few years — what platforms are best, where they’ve succeeded, and the challenges that lay ahead. Does your alma mater use social media effectively in the classroom and in the recruitment office? Share your social ed story in the comments. Infographic by onlineuniversities.com . Image courtesy of iStockphoto , YinYang More About: college , education , infographics , Social Media For more Social Media coverage: Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Social Media channel Download our free apps for Android , Mac , iPhone and iPad

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Open University learning is a joy | Jules Horne

Via The Guardian:

It may not have the nightlife but as a way of accessing a flexible, quality education, I’ve found the Open University can’t be beaten He was a flying goth with rocker looks. I was a new Open University tutor researching a play. I ventured into the OU room in Second Life , and after a few introductions (He: F04 R08 . AL? Me: Yep. A363 . R11), we had a long chat about non-Euclidean geometry. Call me strange, but I found this amazingly thrilling. Living in a rural area, you don’t come across many Gauss experts. Vast academic libraries, with international journals on tap, books and courses to get your brain cranking, people who enjoy a good barney about Shakespeare’s sonnets: the OU has brought all that to my doorstep, and it’s been an absolute joy. A quick straw poll reveals quite a few of my friends are closet OU students – they just haven’t mentioned it. All over the country, distance learning is helping students overcome not just geography, but also disability, culture, financial and family circumstances. Susanne Lockie, a full-time mother to three children, told me the mental stimulation has made it a lifesaver: “I need to keep my skills ticking over, but I couldn’t study to a high level without that flexibility. I’ve been able to get credit for my previous full-time study in nursing, which was interrupted when I had a family. I’ve finished my Open degree now, but I need to spend more time with my parents at the moment, so I’m taking a year out before starting on honours.” Employers tend to be supportive of OU study, knowing that OU students are likely to be unusually determined and committed. That’s why it’s all the more disappointing when you hear lazy “not a real degree, then” comments and ancient stereotypes of tweedy tutors and chalk-and-talk TV. I’ve found the quality of OU learning materials outstanding. The modular structure means you cover the ground systematically, with a clear understanding of context. Elsewhere (I studied at Oxford), I’ve found the learning experience equally stimulating, but much more haphazard.

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From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students

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From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students There’s not a red pen in sight when Russell Stannard marks his master’s students’ essays – but it’s not because the students never make mistakes. Stannard doesn’t use a pen, or even paper, to give his students feedback. Instead – and in keeping with his role as principal lecturer in multimedia and ICT – he turns on his computer, records himself marking the work on-screen, then emails his students the video. When students open the video, they can hear Stannard’s voice commentary as well as watch him going through the process of marking. The resulting feedback is more comprehensive than the more conventional notes scrawled in the margin, and Stannard, who works at the University of Westminster, now believes it has the potential to revolutionise distance learning. “It started when I began to realise how useful technology can be for teaching,” he says. “I wanted to help other teachers, as well as general computer-users, to learn how to use tools like podcasting, PowerPoint and BlackBoard, software that a lot of schools and universities use to allow teachers to provide course material and communicate with students online.” Follow the mouse So he set up a site to teach people how to use the technology, providing simple, video tutorials where users watch Stannard’s mouse pointing out how to use the software, with his voice providing constant commentary. He used the screen-videoing software Camtasia, and the site rapidly took off: it now receives more than 10,000 hits a month. Then he started considering integrating the teaching style into his own university work. “I was mainly teaching students on master’s courses in media and technology, and I realised that while I was talking about the benefits of new technology, I should be making the most of the opportunity to use it,” says Stannard. “That’s when I had the idea of video marking. It was immediately well received. Students receive both aural and visual feedback – and while we always talk about different learning styles, there are also benefits to receiving feedback in different ways.” Stannard says the technology is particularly useful for dyslexic students, who appreciate the spoken commentary, and students learning English as a foreign language. “I started my teaching career in language learning, so I quickly realised that students learning English would benefit from video marking. They can replay the videos as many times as they like and learn more about reasons for their mistakes.” Stannard also believes video marking is “perfect” for distance-learning students. “It brings them much closer to the teacher,” he says. “They can listen, see and understand how the teacher is marking their piece, why specific comments have been made, and so on.” The technology is already being used for informal distance learning, as Stannard uploads the videos he makes for his lectures at Westminster to multimedia trainingvideos.com.

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From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students