How Technology Is Changing the Face of Education

There is very often some concern expressed about the nature of technology and the impact it’s having on younger generations. Some people see it as a waste of time, with too many youngsters existing almost exclusively with their head in their devices. This, however, is not true. Technology is good for a lot of things, most notably when it comes to education. Though it didn’t get as much airtime as, say, smartphones, technology in the classroom continues to make learning better and more enjoyable than ever.

New Kinds of Learning

In the olden days, there was only really two ways of learning: you either read things in a textbook, or you got outside and learned with hands-on experience. Today, you can still do both those things, but there are also many other types of learning available, thanks to technology. For example, students are now able to learn through videos, audio books, online interactive systems, and much more. Now and in the future, students will be able to use VR headsets and other types of technology to take themselves to the far corners of the world, right in the classroom. Whichever way you look at it, that’s going to throw up some exciting new ways of learning.

Better Collaboration

Again, in the olden days, it used to be that you could collaborate with, well, whoever was sat next to you. Not so anymore. With the internet, cloud storage, and personal devices just about everywhere, students can work together on their schedule, even if they happen to be many miles away from each other. This also helps bridge the gap between students who might otherwise not interact with one another. Making the education system more democratic!

More Agile Response

Some older generations bemoan the amount of time those people below 25 spend on their devices, but there’s definitely an upside. For one, young people today are much faster learners than older people. They’re capable of holding differing opinions in their head at the same time and have become much better at multitasking than previous generations. When they’re presented with a problem, they can switch gears in their mind and find a solution. And this is because of technology use.

More Engaged

Technology has allowed students to become more engaged with their education. With tools like PeopleSoft and HighPoint Technology, they’re able to have greater control over their education. Rather than just turning up and waiting for the university to do the work, they’re able to direct their experience, communicate with staff, and arrange their own schedules. All this fosters a closer relationship between the student and their education.

Instant Access

A fact that is often overlooked by the general public, but not so by students, is that on any of their devices, they have access to more or less every piece of information that’s recorded in the world. They no longer have to spend hours in the library looking up a fact. It’s all right there, in the palm of their hand.

What Year Does Your Home Exist In?

Take a walk through your home and look around. If you had no idea what year it was, would you be able to tell that it was 2017? You might not, or at least you wouldn’t if you haven’t got the latest home electronics and technology powering your home. Some people are averse to living too interlinked with technology, but we say: hey, it’s fun! You’ll be more a part of the world, will be able to have more fun, and will be able to impress visitors if you give your home a tech update. Here’s how.

More Sockets, More Control

Funnily enough, one of the main reasons people don’t have more technology in their home is for one simple reason: they don’t have enough power sockets to power all the devices they want. Of course, you can power multiple devices from one outlet if you attach a multiplug to it, but that only creates one super tech corner. You want technology throughout the home! Attach more plugs to the walls around your home around your home, and you’ll be able to do this. Oh, and as it’s 2017, make sure the sockets have a USB charger too. Life-changing!

Connectivity

Your home probably already has a Wi-Fi connection, but that only doesn’t mean much: everyone has Wi-Fi. The true test of your home tech’s credentials is in how well it performs. If your internet connection is struggling to reach all corners of the home, then buy data products that’ll help improve the range and boost the speed at the same time. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a Wi-Fi dead zone in the home, especially when it’s in one of it’s most relaxing rooms.

Entertainment

We’ve come a long way when it comes to entertainment. If you’re still relying on that old, seasoned television, now’s the time to upgrade to a smart television. You’ll have the whole selection of internet entertainment right in your living room. Oh, and they’re usually a decent size, too, so you’ll be able to watch the Superbowl and other grand events in style. And talking of entertainment, let’s not forget the music! There is a selection of superb sound systems that are designed to be used with smartphones. Have your phone in your pocket and your favorite tunes streaming throughout the house. Perfect!

Internet of Things

You better get ready for the internet of things, because it’s well and truly on its way. The most forward-thinking homeowners have already got the first devices installed in their home. Just to demonstrate the power the internet of things has: there is a device that you place on your bin. When you throw something away, it scans the barcode and makes a note of it, so you can rebuy when you’re out shopping. The future is a wonderful thing.

Going Further

There are new devices coming out all the time. Keep abreast of the latest home technology improvements, and you’ll have a home that will look more suited to 2117 rather than 2017!

How To Keep Your Kids away From Drugs

Most parents can feel rather fearful of facing the dreaded teenage stage. As this stage is saddled with hormonal behaviour, erratic mood swings and a real tendency for rebellion there really is no wonder this stage of bringing up children is often riddled with anxiety. Your children getting mixed up with drugs and alcohol is obviously one of the biggest worries about this stage of adolescence so if you are heading towards this chapter with your children then read on for our essential tips on how to keep your kids away from the temptation of dangerous experimentation.

Be There

Just making yourself available, at what can be an extremely difficult and confusing time in a child’s life, is absolutely the most important thing that you can do. This transitionary period that teenage children are going through can be an isolating time for kids, with all the changing hormones so it is really important that as parents you are making yourselves a safe and consistent support network.

Teenagers usually react much better to advise and are much more open to parental guidance, when they look for it themselves. Teenagers can be overwhelmed by being constantly bombarded with advice, guidelines and restrictions, endless rules and of course, as they see it, continual nagging.

Therefore many parents, dealing with teenagers have found that a calmer approach to teenage behaviour can be rewarded by teenagers being more open and honest as a result. Because parents are acting calmers, teenagers feel safer to confide in them so make sure you give them their time to discuss the issues that are on their mind.

Giving your teenage children time and space to learn from their own mistakes will allow them to feel that they are making their own rules and establishing their own routines (within reason). This will then let them feel that they are entering into an adult relationship with you, which works to motivate and encourage them to act more responsibly and maturely.

Alcohol & Drugs

We all need to face facts that most teenagers are going to experiment with alcohol at some point in their adolescent. Therefore it is less about complete prevention and more about educating them. Teaching your children how to approach alcohol in a responsible way can help to prevent problems, dangerous situations and even, the worst case scenario the need for a quality team of defense lawyers if your child ever ends up in a drink or drug related situation or accident..

A tried and tested way to try and prevent children from going down the wrong avenue when it comes to drugs and alchohol is to encourage them to spend their time doing other things. Children will always want to do the things that they are told they can’t do, so instead of telling them what they can’t do, distract them with other more interesting things they can do to stay active and interested in other hobbies and interests. Be active with your kids and offer ideas of fantastic things they can do with their friends and even offer to be their taxi service to make it even easier for them to stay on track and enjoy the right things.

IOT And Other Techy Terms You Need To Know

Working as a business owner, it can be difficult to stay on top of technology. But you need to because technology these days is always at the heart of the company. You might hire people to set up and monitor the tech that you use in your business. But you’ll still need to understand what’s going on when they talk to you about it. So, let’s look at some of the tech terms that it would be useful to know when you’re operating a business. We can start by thinking about the user interface.

User, What Now?

Interface, it sounds like a line from Tron doesn’t it? But it’s not all that complicated. You see there are two parts of any piece of tech. There’s the user side which is like the stage, and then there’s the operating system which is more like behind the curtain. The user interface refers to everything that happens on stage that users can see and that they interact with. So for instance, a user might click on your website and be able to click on a buy button. Now, we know that underneath that buy button there’s lots of little systems and processes working. But, the user only sees the button and any animation that occurs after they press it.

The user interface is important because it’s going to shape customer buying habits and whether or not they will buy multiple times or even once. It’s really just a question of whether the user interface is both attractive and easy to use. Or in some cases, the user interface is changed to make it more, for a lack of a better word addictive. There are even companies that specialise in this type of design.

IOT Or DOA?

If you don’t understand the Iot you could be DOA on the market, particularly as an online company. Iot stands for internet of things. What’s particularly confusing about this term is that it’s particularly broad and abstract. It’s difficult to know exactly what it means so let’s break it down. Internet of things refers to the connectivity of different networks and servers on the internet. For instance, whenever you use a social network such as Facebook, you’ll be interacting with an interface which is part of the Iot. As part of that Iot, there will be a number of alarms and notifications that can be sent as messages to different parts of the network, ensuring that it runs smoothly. To keep everything connected and stay on top you need a response software such as Skyresponse running in the background as part of your Iot. Yes, it sounds confusing, but as a business owner, you just need to know that the Iot is a term referring to your computer network.

CRO And SEO

Lastly, you need to understand both CRO and SEO. Each are important at a certain point in the marketing funnel. SEO alters your site to ensure that it connects well with the search engines and cro means that you alter the site to ensure the best conversion rate. Both, if understood can lead to a high volume of traffic and a lot of customer purchases. That’s exactly what you need if your business is going to be a success.

As you can see then, certain tech terms are important and by having even the basic understanding of them, you won’t just be nodding your head oblivious to what you’re being told when talking to a tech pro.

WordCamp Asheville – Slides, Notes, etc

Thanks to all who attended my talk! There were some great questions and I enjoyed talking about WordPress security with you. #wcavl

As promised, here are the slides:

https://www.willchatham.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WordPress-Security.pdf

And here is a link to the security related RSS feeds I follow, many of which cover WordPress:

http://www.inoreader.com/stream/user/1005896137/tag/Security%20-%20News

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