Top digital tools to implement in your learning process

Top digital tools to implement in your learning process

Today there are a lot of demands placed on students. Most of us aren’t just trying to get high grades, but also hold down jobs and find other ways that we can compete in the marketplace. After all, a degree is rarely enough. That’s all very stressful. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news as our recent spate of advances in our understanding of the brain as well as teaching algorithms has made it far easier for students to learn – particularly if we’ve got the right tools at our disposal.

So what are the right tools? That’s what we’re going to spend the rest of the article on.

Voki Presenter and Voki Classroom

Voki Presenter allows teachers and students to create a custom lesson with a personalized character. The Voki Classroom tool helps make managing classroom work even easier! With this software, you can manage the classroom Vokis, create personal profiles for each students, track grades and homeworks, review assignments online, and simplify other processes. No matter, if you are a private tutor or a school/college teacher, this software will definitely make teaching creativity easier to do.

Cold Turkey

The first thing that you should definitely consider in this age of distraction is Cold Turkey. No, they won’t love you for using it – but their grades will. You see, the program makes sure that certain websites are no longer accessible for your students. In this way, they won’t try to divide their attention between what they’re supposed to be doing and what they want to do.

So, block social media, Netflix and whatever other website they’ve recently decided is more fun than actually doing their work. From there, you’ll find it that much more likely they’ll actually get on with the project that’s actually due instead of trying to prove that multitasking isn’t actually bad for them.

Tinycards

The index card is not dead. Instead, it has gone online and it’s called Tinycard. This is a great tool to make sure students don’t just recognize knowledge but actually memorize it. In this way, they’ll have it at their disposal when tests and exams roll around.

The program allows you to go through subjects they’ve selected or make your own. In this way, students can learn about a whole range of subjects.

A good idea is to make sure students look back to sets of flash cards they haven’t looked at for a few months. In this way they’re far more likely to make what they’ve learned stick for the long run.

Bibme

One of the hardest things to get right for most students is how to correctly site what they’ve read in the articles they’re writing. This can often get them in a host of trouble.

So why not just use a program to do it for them? Bibme is a great citation tool that installs right on your computer. Of course there are citation generators that help students which you don’t need to install – which are great if you’re not working on your own computer.

The advantage of having something like bibme installed, however, is that you can also use it to keep track of the articles and books you’ve read. In that way, they form a library so you can find back what you’ve read a few months or years ago.

Alcamy

Described as part Wikipedia and part reddit, the idea of Alcamy is that rather than just absorbing information passively you instead become involved. You can submit material yourself or you can just set up an alert when somebody adds new information to the topic that you’re following.

In this way, your information can continue to expand and you can stay up to date with that is new to you and new to the world of science.

The data is presented in bite-sized chunks so that students can learn without needing to invest huge amounts of time. In this way, they can expand their knowledge about a lot of topics without having to put in a lot of effort.

Py

A great app for people that are on the move a lot and want to use the time they’ve got to learn about new things. The great thing is that you get a real sense of progress on this app as Py gives you a visual representation of what you’re learning and how far you’ve progressed.

These small gamification aspects can make a world of difference to people that might otherwise not easily be motivated to take part.

Last, but not least

These are great tools to quickly improve your knowledge in certain areas or to help you study. Do note, they all have a slight learning curve so generally it’s a good idea to get started with one and only pick up the next one when you’ve got that learned.

Otherwise it can be quite overwhelming.

Chris Mercer is a pro writer, developer and founder of Citatior, a powerful academic formatting tool for the students. 

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7 Easy Ideas for a Healthy Breakfast Before Teaching

7 Easy Ideas for a Healthy Breakfast Before Teaching

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You have already heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you have a proper, well-balanced breakfast, you get enough energy to deal with the most complicated tasks. You do not feel tired and you don’t feel hungry until the lunchtime comes. Breakfast is like fuel for a car. If a car lacks it, it won’t move.

However, many teachers ignore breakfast thinking that coffee will be enough. But a cup of coffee, even with milk, will never be enough. To stay healthy and full of energy, you need something more.

You definitely have no time to prepare breakfast in the morning so you need some quick and easy recipes. Moreover, you don’t want to spend too much money on products and kitchen equipment. No worries, here we collected 7 easy ideas for breakfast that you can prepare at home!

Eggs

Well, eggs are probably the most famous breakfast food around the world. Eggs have enough vitamins and nutrients to give you the energy that you need. They have protein and fat, which means that you will feel full for a longer period of time.

Another really great thing about eggs is that you can cook them in different ways. One day, you can make a scramble and the next day you can just boil them. You can experiment with different types of omelets by adding tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese.

Smoothies

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Have you ever thought about replacing a hot breakfast with a drink? There are a great variety of smoothie drinks that can give you a variety of options every single day. You may want to try fruit or vegetable smoothies too. For example, you may mix mango and berries if you like exotic tastes. If you prefer vegetables, make a smoothie out of spinach, cucumber, celery, and other leafy vegetables. This is a mix of vitamins that will give you enough energy for the whole day.

Muffins

Muffins may take about 15 minutes to mix and then you have a delicious breakfast for the rest of the week. You can also try to cook muffins in the microwave. There are plenty of such recipes. Don’t hesitate to add vegetables, as they are the source of fiber that you need for good health to be able to do your best teaching.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another source of vitamins that you need to get enough energy for the whole day. If you don’t have too much time in the morning, you may prepare an overnight oatmeal. Just combine oats with yogurt or milk, add some dried fruits and nuts and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you will get a perfect breakfast and you won’t need to spend even a minute cooking it.

Just imagine that you wake up early in the morning and have an extra 20 minutes or so to hone your lesson plan.  If you have prepared an overnight oatmeal in advance, you don’t need to spend time preparing breakfast in the morning. In this way, you can check your plans for the day and have breakfast at the same time!

Peanut butter

If you don’t like oatmeal, smoothies, and eggs, you can still eat healthy. Everyone likes sandwiches! However, it’s important to use the ingredients that have enough vitamins and protein to contribute to your well-being.

A great example of such breakfast is whole wheat bread with peanut butter. It has enough fats, protein, and fiber that will help you stay strong and energetic all day long. Also, it will take you only a couple of minutes to cook such a meal.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in vitamins, acids, and carotenoids that are important for your health. Moreover, it has up to 14% of saturated fats. You can add avocado to a smoothie or make a sandwich but you can also eat it as a separate meal. This option will be the best choice for vegetarians and vegans.

Avocado is known as one of the green super foods and many doctors recommend to consume it at least a couple of times a week.

Fruits and yogurt

3Fruits and berries are the sources of vitamins that are important to stay healthy. It won’t be enough to eat just fruits for breakfast, as you need some fats so that the vitamins and fibers can get settled. Add some yogurt and you’ll notice the difference.

For such a breakfast, it will be better to choose sugar-free yogurt. The matter is that fruits are sweet enough and contain enough sugar by themselves.

As you can see, there are a variety of breakfast options. You don’t need to eat pizza leftovers from the yesterday evening or wait till lunchtime comes. You can prepare your breakfast in advance or choose some ideas that will take you 5 minutes like sandwiches, 10 minutes like eggs, or 15 minutes like muffins.

It’s important to remember to eat breakfast regularly. Except for energy, you’ll have a faster metabolism, which will help you stay in shape. Also, you’ll notice that your immunity will get better and you will have more energy.

Author Bio: Christina Battons is a creative writer and content strategist from LA. Currently, she writes for various blogs like EliteEssayWriters. Her posts address the topics of education, writing, motivation, professional development. In her spare time, she prefers to read novels and crime thriller stories. Feel free to follow her on @battonschristi to ask questions or see more of her work.

Why is eco-education critically important for school curriculum?

Why is eco-education critically important for school curriculum?

Does eco-education deserve a space in our curriculum? Let me start by saying ‘absolutely’. Schools are a place where we learn about our world and how to interact with it. This doesn’t just mean understanding what a prime is, knowing where Waterloo is and who lost a battle there, and understanding what happens when we expose White Phosphorous to air. It also means that we grasp the importance of the world around us, what happens if we treat it poorly and lessons to avoid doing so.

At its most basic this will serve to make the generation of tomorrow more responsible citizens – after all a responsible citizen takes care of what is around them, which happens to include their environment. But it is more than that. By teaching children an understanding of their environment, we give them huge advantages as well. Let’s explore both of those ideas.

Understanding the interconnectivity of everything

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Everything is interconnected. That’s why a butterfly’s wings in New Mexico can theoretically cause a storm in China. Everything you do has knock on effects which can chase around the world for years and potentially even decades. This isn’t just true on an ecological level either, but on every other level as well. It lies behind the idea that if we all did a positive deed every day and paid the positivity we received forward, it would all eventually come around again and we’d all be better off.

By teaching ecological concerns to our children, we make them aware of that interconnectivity. And they, in turn, will come to understand the nature of our society as well as ecology. And that kind of understanding will both help them be more responsible citizens as well as more conscious of intentions and actions.

It improves health

There are a lot of dangerous substances we use in daily life that are harmful to health as well as the environment. By teaching ecology, we’re far more likely to give our students an understanding of what those are and how to identify them when they see them.

In this way, they don’t just help the environment, or for that matter just themselves. Instead, they will help their entire community by making them aware of dangerous materials and situations where people are taking harmful actions that degrade the environment.

It allows children to reconnect and disconnect

The great thing about teaching ecology is that you can do it right there, in your backyard. It is, after all, all around us. In this way, it allows students to connect with their direct environment and their community.

And in the process take some time to disconnect from all their devices and look beyond the tiny screens of the smartphones.

In that way, ecology classes can serve to reconnect students with the physical world and even learn greater appreciation for it. That will be good for physical and even better for the students.

Our environment needs us to step up

Despite what a vocal minority might say, the scientific evidence that our planet is warming and that we’re responsible is overwhelming. Even NASA says so. That means that if we want there to be any world left we have to take action. That takes a concerted effort on all our counts.

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The best time to teach a concern for our environment is during our childhood years, as afterwards people are less likely to shift their position on such things and learn the habits that can actually make a difference.

For that reason, it makes perfect sense to teach our children to be more eco conscious in school as then we can teach them the right behaviors to help our environment and to make the best of the damaged world we leave them.

And at least that’s something (even if it probably isn’t enough).

Amanda Sparks, pro writer and editor at Essay Supply, lifestyle writer at Huffington Post. I am fancy doing perfect things for this perfect world, and help people make their life easier with my lifestyle tips. 

 

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Julia Reed is a Writer and Editor for the blog CW Blog, follow her on Twitter @JuliaReedWriter 

How To Use Technology In Teaching And Learning Effectively?

How To Use Technology In Teaching And Learning Effectively?

Today, some of the modern technologies, with their fast development and improvement, can come in handy not only for students of different educational institutions but also for teachers who can use some great tools in their classrooms.

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As we all are observing more and more innovations and new solutions to some of the most common problems in all spheres of our lives, technology had become an almost irreplaceable part of the modern education. How is it shown? We all can feel the benefits given to us. In the majority of schools and higher educational establishments, pupils had switched from books to tablets, which had made teaching much simpler and even more effective! What are the other advantages of using modern gadgets in the classroom and what are the most effective ways to include technology both in the learning and teaching processes? Find answers to these questions and more here!

Why Is The Use Of Technology In Teaching Important?

Although many educators had confirmed the use of innovational teaching methods, not all schools and colleges are ready to include technologies into the educational process. However, many facts prove the use of new technology for classrooms.

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The study, conducted by the IT Trade Association CompTIA, have shown that 75% of teachers and professors admit the benefits that technologies give and confirm that gadgets, used in the class, had a positive impact on the learning process.

What Are The Advantages Of Technology For College Students?

The majority of teachers also confirm the use of innovative methods in education for students. Why are they so helpful? There are a few main nuances that prove this fact:

  • Wider possibilities – the Internet has made it possible for us to share the needed documents and materials with anyone within a few clicks. Besides, with the help of portable devices like smartphones or tablets, pupils have access to the relevant materials 100% of their free time, which means that the educational process is no longer limited to the hours that students spend in the classroom.
  • Development of creativity and time management skills. The use of innovative teaching methods helps young people to work on some creative and exciting projects outside the school and, as a result, they also obtain necessary time management skills.
  • Convenience and ease of use. Comparing to a book, the weight of a single tablet is much lower. Thus, if students don’t have to carry around two or more books, and can simply replace them with a portable device – it makes the process of learning much more comfortable and simple. Not mentioning that all of the needed data is stored in one place!
  • Low cost. Modern technologies will also help us to save some money; young people and their parents spend lots of money buying new books for school, university or college every year, while now, they can spend money only once and buy a good gadget.
  • Students will be more interested in obtaining new knowledge. The old methods of teaching outlived themselves a long time ago, and many students find them not attractive while including some innovations in the process will make pupils more engaged!

How To Use Technology Effectively?

If you strive to make the educational process more fun, effective and engaging for students, these top 7 tips for teachers or the ideas provided below will help you in this matter!

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  • Get pupils engaged and ask for their opinion.

Creating a closed chat only for your class or a special Twitter account will help you communicate with the students and ask them to give feedbacks about what is going on in the classroom.

  • Make it fun.

No matter if it is a fourth-grader or a senior – everybody loves having a good time, and the modern world gives us numerous engaging “gaming” opportunities that make learning rather interesting and not less effective!

  • Invite a guest.

Such tools as Skype make it possible to invite a guest from any part of the globe to your classroom and you can benefit from this; for example, if you have a Spanish lesson – you can invite a native speaker to join you. Such lesson will be very informative and interesting.

  • Let students be creative.

Include some creative activities such as photo, video or animated presentations, interesting tasks, contests and so on – this will help students to reflect their creativity and engage in the process.

  • Encourage teamwork.

Offer pupils to gather in small groups (or even work all together in a large group) to perform a task together – this will teach them to work in a team and will make the whole process more interesting.

  • Simulations as a powerful educational tool.

Different types of simulations can be rather helpful both in the learning and teaching process because although they are presented in the form of games, they are rather difficult to perform and thus, can be very effective in the classroom!

This Guest Post is provided by a blogger Lisa Griffin. She currently works as a freelance writer at EssayVikings and helps students solving their writing issues of any kind. 

5 Tips for Teachers to Take Care During the Summer Holidays

5 Tips for Teachers to Take Care During the Summer Holidays

5 Tips for Taking Care During the Summer Holidays

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The holiday season can often bring all kinds of extra responsibilities for educators and others in the industry. Most schools are taking stock of the last year while simultaneously preparing for the next, which often means jam-packed working days and even a few late nights. Also, many things around the house may have had to go into neglect because of the stress that a school year can often bring. But being productive during the summer shouldn’t mean giving up all your time with loved ones and overworking yourself at home — it doesn’t have to! Here are a few tips for striking the balance between work and leisure this season:

Outsource tasks that don’t require you personally

If you had endless time and no holidays to consider, you might be able to accomplish everything on your own. Unfortunately, time isn’t on your side during the holidays, so establish which duties you can afford to delegate and assign them accordingly. There are likely at least a handful of responsibilities that you usually perform but don’t necessarily require you to be the executor, plus you’ll want to save your energy and focus for more urgent issues. Find ways to assign personal tasks as well. For example, if you don’t have time to run home on your break, hire a dog walker. No time (or patience) to assemble the playhouse you bought for your kids? You can even hire an assembler!

Give yourself a break — literally

When work is chaotic, many educators have trouble justifying a break. But giving your brain a little time to rest, even if it’s only 15 minutes, can actually make you more productive. Try to get up and get moving if you can, perhaps taking a walk outside or even through your office space. Do some stretches, practice meditation, or sneak in a few chapters of the book you’re reading. Breaks are especially important in the busy season, so don’t be afraid to take them!

Divide and conquer tasks

In addition to delegating entire assignments, see if there are any large projects you can effectively break up and divide amongst yourself and your co-workers. Utilize your people according to their strengths — some might be better with numbers, others may be stronger with creative skills, for instance — and consider making some responsibilities a group effort. In addition to breaking your summer projects down into more manageable steps, you’ll be able to come together as a team and present work that was truly a group effort. (And don’t forget to say thanks!)

Focus on one area at a time

You’re only human and can only handle so many things at once. Don’t let your mind wander to “everything else” while you’re trying to complete a task. It’s not going to shorten your to-do list, nor will it make the task at hand any easier — in fact, it’ll only add to your stress and potentially distract you from giving your current project your entire focus. Concentrate on what’s in front of you and don’t get distracted with trying to multitask. Your work (and your family time) deserves your full attention.

Do something special with your loved ones

It could be date night with your spouse, taking your children to a holiday festival, treating your mother to the ballet, or catching a basketball game with your sibling. Even better if you can surprise someone! Go to events you’ve been looking forward to and participate in activities you genuinely enjoy. Your hard work deserves to be rewarded, and your loved ones will appreciate special time with you even amid your chaotic work schedule.

It can certainly be a busy season in the summer for teachers as you catch up on all that you may have had to neglect being busy during the school year, but the summer holidays can still be the most wonderful time of the year. Keep these tips in mind, and don’t forget to show appreciation every step of the way and you will hopefully be well-rested and come out stronger for the coming school year!

Ms. Morris is a life and career coach who strives to help others live the best lives that they can. She believes she can relate to clients who feel run over by life because of her own experiences. She spent years in an unfulfilling career in finance before deciding to help people in other ways.

Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Better Their Students’ Learning Opportunities

Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Better Their Students’ Learning Opportunities

In today’s world, it’s almost criminal not to take advantage of all that technology and the internet have to offer teachers and students. When you use technology to teach, you’re speaking a language your students inherently understand. Many students will be more apt to participate in lessons by the sheer fact that it takes place in the online sphere and/or on a device that they’re used to using for fun and leisure. Here are some ways to give your lessons some extra power through technology.

Bring the world to your class

Technology, specifically the internet, has shrunk the world. It’s now easier than ever to travel to faraway lands and interact with people of different cultures without ever leaving the classroom. One option teachers have is to take their students on virtual field trips. Your class may only be able to go on one or two physical field trips per year, but with the internet kids can experience dozens of places from their desks. There are many sources that you can use to let kids explore museums, natural landmarks, historic sites, and even the wonders of outer space. All you need is an internet connection and a projector.

Various video chat and teleconference services also allow kids to talk to people from all walks of life. You can use video chat to set up class-to-class meetings with kids in other countries or schedule guest speakers from whatever fields of study you’re currently teaching.

iPads in the classroom

Tablets are one of the best ways to bring technology into your classroom. With iPads, students can play educational games, study with interactive textbooks, and watch informative videos on YouTube. If iPads for your classroom are part of your school budget, then you’re lucky. But even one or two iPads per class can be beneficial.

Use blogging and social media as a lesson enhancer

Sure, social media may be seen as a distraction to learning, but you can actually use it to your advantage.

“Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person? Why not have them create a blog instead? Take a look at various blog sites and create a template for your students to fill in. Want students to summarize information? Ask them to tweet the lesson – that is, have them write summaries of 140 characters or less, as if they were writing on Twitter,” suggests TeachHub.com.

One great way to teach a lesson is to frame it around social media. What Facebook status updates would X book character be posting? Who would “like” those posts and what comments would other characters make? It may sound hokey at times, but it’s something that today’s youth can really relate to.

The continuing lesson

When it comes to continuing your students’ education when they’re at home, you should get creative and use the internet to your advantage. There are various sites that allow teachers to build homework into an online framework, allowing teachers to have at-home access to students’ progress and provide real-time or at least quicker responses to any questions they may have.

Educators should never see technology as a fad or distraction in the educational world. The opportunities provided by tech and the internet cannot be ignored. Students now have access to more information, on-demand, than ever before, and it can help them learn how to apply it to real-life scenarios. You must find creative ways to bring them that available info in ways they can relate to. This is why you must embrace things like social media, YouTube, and podcasts, and become comfortable with the fact that just because your student is buried in a screen, it doesn’t mean they’re not learning.

 

Lawrence Mager believes exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the body. He enjoys writing about mental fitness games, puzzles, and other resources. He created ReadyBrain.net to help give people the mental workout they need to have a healthy brain.

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