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The Impact of Technology on Education and Study Habits

June 4, 2019

Over time, technology has been evolving and has opened up a whole new world that didn’t exist a couple of years ago. Amazingly, the world has become a place where people can learn what has been hidden in books, through a virtual experience.  

Gone are days when students used to stress over exams, due to their lack of preparedness. Today, you can watch a step-by-step video and learn the toughest concepts easily through online tutorials.

From taking online classes with Clutch, an academic lifesaver, to studying for your organic chemistry exam, you can be sure to face your exams with confidence. Through this article, we will look at some of the biggest changes in the industry.

  • Being Entertained While Studying

Do you like the act of burying your head in books for hours? Do you even like the idea of looking at papers constantly without a break? The answer is probably no.

With content creators looking for ways to create engaging posts, academia posts are amazingly created with a twist of fun. Educational content is created with the learners’ needs in mind.

For example, you can learn about Los Angeles by watching YouTube videos about fun facts about LA or even listening to a lecture by a renowned travel expert. There is a whole new world of learning materials outside of books and Wikipedia.

  • Gamification of Learning

Isn’t it crazy that you can learn through gaming? The idea of gamification of lectures is strongly supported by educational experts.

This started way back with classroom Jeopardy for review sessions. The only difference is that now, as opposed to a classroom exercise, you will enjoy online games created purposely to teach and instruct.

Educational videos prove to boost student retention. There are also game apps used to improve studying with puzzles, logic and general intelligence.

  • Improved Speed

The traditional habits of looking into books index to access resources is now a thing of the past. Thank God you’re born in the 21st century, where you can now gain access to information speedily. On arriving at a resource, you just search the document though typing a keyword.

Additionally, mathematical programs that took decades to finish can now be completed in far quicker ways through special programs. Mathematical graphs are also plotted pretty quickly.

  • Divided Attention Disorder–DAD

While using technology for educational purposes, you will barely overcome the urge to check at your social pages. Most likely, you will be easily distracted from work, an affliction dubbed DAD (divided attention disorder).

Most temptations associated with DAD include the temptation to download a file, check bank balances, comment on a friend’s post/update, or speak to someone on a smartphone. Just Imagine how long then it will take to finish an essay or some informative read up.  

  • Change of roles

Technology is changing the roles of both teachers and learners. For example, in traditional learning set up, a teacher is the source of information and student the receiver.

This has for long been the practice, but, with access to lots of educational information through tech, shifting the role of a teacher to the “guide on the side”. On the other side, students take more responsibility for their own learning—without a supervisor. Additionally, you will realize that schools and universities all over the world are rolling out their learning programs to foster more use of technology.

Technology and education are always advancing; be sure you follow GradGuard on social media for all the tech updates within the industry!


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11 Useful Apps for College Students

March 12, 2019

Going to college will change your life forever, but it can be difficult to keep up with that change without a helping hand. From staying on top of your schoolwork to remembering to cook and clean and finding ways to balance your time, it’s a delicate balancing act that takes work to get right. Luckily, we’ve pulled together this list of eleven of the best apps to help you out.

Dropbox:Chances are that you’ve already heard of Dropbox. It allows you to store your files in the cloud, to access them from any device and even keeps backups of older versions.

Wunderlist:Wunderlist is a cloud-based to-do list app that does it all. You can create multiple different lists and organise them into folders, and you can also create shared to-do lists for multiple people.

Evernote:Evernote is arguably the most powerful note-taking app on the planet, which makes it perfect for jotting down information in lectures. You can back the notes up to the cloud and access them on any device, too.

Exam Countdown Lite: This free tracker app allows you to input the dates of each of your exams and to view real-time countdowns. You can also ccustomize the colors and icons for different subjects to make it easy to tell them apart.

Forest: Forest aims to help you to focus on a single task, whether that’s reading or revising. When you boot it up, it allows you to grow a virtual forest by not touching your phone, and you can even spend in-app tokens to plant trees in the real world.

TED: TED’s mobile app makes it easy to browse and view the latest talks, with over 3,000 on-demand videos on all sorts of subjects. That makes it a great app to squeeze some extra learning into those inevitable dead spots in your day.

Google Drive/Docs: Google Drive and Google Docs go hand-in-hand and can be a great way to store and share documents. It’s also perfect for group projects because multiple users can work on the same document at the same time.

Grammar.ly:Struggling with an essay? Grammar.ly is great for double checking your spelling and grammar, although it’s not as good as working with a professional. One alternative if you’re looking for the human touch is to go for Ggrade Miners instead.

Chegg Books: Chegg Books is an app that allows you to search for and to rent textbooks and other study materials to save you money. For some people, it pays for itself – after all, you can always rent out some books of your own.

RealCalc Scientific Calculator: If you’re studying a science or mathematics based degree then this is the app for you. There’s no need to carry a bulky physical calculator around when this free app is on hand with all of the functionality still on offer.

iStudiez Pro0: This app comes in at $2.99, but it’s worth the money because it allows you to track homework, grades, and assignments and to ssynchronize it across different devices. It’ll send reminders, too.

Now that GradGuard has provided you with which apps to use, the next step is to get downloading and to familiarize yourself with their interfaces. Remember that not all of these apps will be perfect for you, and that’s okay. Your challenge is to find out which apps work best for you and to make them a part of your daily routine. Good luck.

BIO: Lauren Adley is a writer and editor at AustralianWritings. She is dedicated to her family, work and friends. She is keen on reading, playing the guitar and traveling. She is interested in educational, marketing and blogging issues. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter and Google+.

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3 Tech Trends For College Students

October 23, 2018

Since college students are actively studying competing for a place in the job market, it’s no surprise new tech trends often appear among them first. The latest in digital communication and security hardware can help you improve the way you access information, experience new ways of learning, and even protect your dorm and belongings. If you’re looking for upcoming technology in education, these trends are on the bleeding edge.

E-texts

The rising cost of textbooks (or the inconvenience of heavy backpacks) is driving up the use of e-books at almost every university. A four-year study conducted by Aimee deNoyelles and John Raible at the University of Central Florida found e-text use was up to 66% of students in 2016, growing year over year. As students get more familiar with digital technology, e-books are becoming a preference.

Many institutions are jumping on the bandwagon. Florida recently launched a $656,000 program to drive up the use of e-texts in state universities. The University of Indiana reports that e-texts saved its students $3.5 million in the 2016–2017 academic year, making information access more affordable and more convenient.

Video Learning and Virtual Reality (VR)

Video has been in classrooms for decades, but developing technologies in video communications are opening new doors for students in 2018. Video education tools like Google Expeditions already provide advanced VR-powered learning tools for teachers across the globe, offering digital tours of far-off historical sites and ecological hotspots. VR in college classrooms provides new ways for students to learn and experience the material.

Video also continues to enable distance learning. Video lectures allow professors to teach in a more engaging way to students taking online courses, which has increased the effectiveness of these types of courses. With distance learning, a college education is more accessible and affordable, especially to people in countries that lack wide offerings of higher education.

Dorm Room Security

Students in universities have already adopted AI techs like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Now, the latest in home security is making the jump to college dorms. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 27,500 criminal incidents at universities in 2015, an increase from 2014. The risk of losses to personal property is enough to push many students to install security cameras in their dorms.

New smart security cameras offer advanced features like smartphone compatibility and cloud storage that allow you to stream the feed to your phone when you’re not in your dorm room. Voice controls and IFTT compatibility let them link up with other smart devices as well. Remember to do your research and find the system that works best for you.

The Next Big Trend

A lot of our modern digital world traces back to university laboratories and messy dorm rooms. The next big trend in the tech world at large might start somewhere on your college campus this week. But for now, these technological tools are shaping the college experience—at least until next semester. Who knows what innovations might be waiting right around the corner.

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