Why Colleges Will Benefit from Implementing Tech Solutions in Classes

The world of education expects the biggest changes soon. Now, when society finally understands the benefits of technologies, colleges worldwide start implementing various digital solutions across the globe. Tutors experiment with new approaches to educating their students.

63% of K-12 teachers apply technologies in the classroom every day. This number keeps on growing with each year. No one knows how far it will go, but here are the main reasons for implementing tech in class.

Getting Ready for the Real World Cases

It is hard to imagine an industry nowadays that survives without technologies. They are everywhere! Digital literacy has already become a part of the overall literacy. Often, technical skills that students obtain in their IT lessons are not enough to meet the real-world cases. Only 40% of adults in the US today answer questions on digital literacy correctly.

If digital devices can be added to the general curriculum, students will obtain more chances to get ready for their future careers in almost every sphere. To succeed beyond school, it is recommended to attend extra courses in computer science or programming. Some of the basic skills to master include:

  • Crafting PowerPoint presentations
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • Mastering Photoshop
  • Creating emails
  • Setting up online campaigns
  • Developing profiles in social networks
  • Editing videos, etc.

More Skills That Will Serve in Real Life

Students can develop not only tech skills when implementing digital tools in class. With the help of computers, tablets, smartphones, and an instant internet connection, they can gain and improve communication, time management, decision-making, adaptability, problem-solving, and collaboration.

Some classes like English 101 and literature are aimed to train such abilities. However, teachers will benefit from allowing students to use various devices during the class. It will make the students work as the team easier. All of the contemporary recruiters expect applicants to have a set of both soft and tech skills. Thus, mastering some digital devices will help with the job application process.

Ensuring Full Participation of the Class

It is impossible to keep an eye on every student in the class, especially when it is a class of 40 or even more people. Some students may be yawning or even falling asleep, and, as a result, their productivity will fall. Tutors can control the situation in class with the help of digital devices and special programs.

One of the effective methods involves online polling and various questionnaires and fun quizzes for class engagement. Some learners may simply feel shy and unsure about answering and performing in front of the class. Different apps will help them to become more confident or, at least, to avoid the stress associated with responding in front of the class.

Many colleges today have successfully implemented interactive engagement systems. Also, they have added grading rubrics and online evaluation for simpler estimation of test and exam scores. Some software is there to collect student’s feedback to understand which type of homework is not effective or seems too complex for young people. It allows adjusting the assignments as well as the entire study plan quickly and effectively.

Student response systems assist young people with detecting weaknesses in the learning process and make their studies more efficient. Most of the systems like that offer multiple-choice questions or simply “yes-no” answers. In a single click or few, a student, as well as their teacher, may retrieve plenty of useful information and correct the educational program.

Getting Acquainted with Different Types of Software

To use different software for education and training, students should have instant internet access and the ability to use their digital devices. As admitted above, many applications assist in studying and grading students. Many free online tools today even allow creating personal websites and blogs without having to know how to code.

On the web, students can find help and support that they need but cannot get from their teachers or families for different reasons. The main one is the lack of time. On the Internet, learners may always find homework assistance by entering keywords like “write my essay” or quick counseling on basically any subject.

Remote Education to Replace Traditional One

On the whole, it is not even necessary to attend physical schools to obtain certification. Students can even receive MA and Ph.D. degrees online, living in a completely different region of the world. Most often, you can find online programs for MBA as business degrees are extremely popular nowadays. They also include plenty of computer-oriented subjects. It is possible to simply combine courses in programing, SMM, and copywriting with the basic business disciplines.

Gamification Element for More Fun

The apps used for learning should not necessarily be serious, and all about academics. Some fun apps like games motivate the educational process as well, but it is hidden. Students may learn a lot when playing various games that improve strategy and logic.

Media Mikes to Co-Sponsor Kansas City Oscar Charity Benefit

It will be a movie lover’s dream come true when the Screenland Crossroads Theatre, ReelSmart Trivia, and MediaMikes.com present a benefit presentation of the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Screenland Crossroads Theatre (1656 Washington Street, KCMO).

The event, which will feature a live presentation of the 85th Annual Academy Awards on the Big Screen, will benefit The Parent Project, an organization working to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most common and fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in children.

Cost for the event is $20.00 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, popcorn & soda, and chances to win great prizes and celebrity autographed memorabilia. A cash bar will also be available. Doors open at 6:00 P.M.

For more information, call (816) 421-9700 or visit the following web sites: www.screenland.com, or www.reelsmarttrivia.com. For more information on The Parent Project, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.

Karine Hannah talks about her first album and benefit show

Karine Hannah is a Canadian born vocalist who got her start at the very early age of 14. Karine has performed all over the world and received an invitation from Celine Dion to perform at her wedding. Karine is currently in the studio working on her first full length release and MediaMikes.com had the chance to talk with her about the album as well as her upcoming benefit show in New York on November 26th.

Adam Lawton: What was it that initially interested you in singing and performing?
Karine Hannah: At a very young age I realized I could actually carry a tune. People used to encourage me and tell me that they liked what they heard. It was one of those things where you know you are meant to be doing something.

AL: Did you ever take any lessons?
KH: No lessons. At one point I had thought it would be good to go and get some vocal lessons as it seemed like that’s what a lot of people do. I tried with a couple of different instructors but they didn’t want to touch me. I had already found my own way of using my voice and they didn’t want to tamper with that. The times they did want to try things I kind of backed up because I didn’t want to change the way I was doing things. I think there is something about having more of a raw sound as it is more real.

AL: Can you tell us about being asked to sing at Celine Dion’s wedding?
KH: We are both from the same city. I was doing a local television show and she and her manager happened to be watching at the time I was on. She turned and told her manager that she wanted me to sing at her wedding. Her manager luckily knew my manager at the time as I was just starting out and very young and they contacted me. It was very surreal. When you are that young and put in to a situation like that you see things differently. I think if I had been older and more mature I would have seen things a different way. When you are a teenager you don’t know what to expect. I think I was just so enamored by it all that I though because I was doing this that I had made it. That wasn’t the case at all. It was a great experience and the most magical wedding I have ever seen in my life. It was unbelievable. At the end of the evening Celine sat down on the ballroom floor with me and we just talked about the whole evening. We complimented each other and sort of bonded during that time.

AL: Can you tell us about your upcoming album?

KH: I am very excited about this. I have waited a million years to finally get a record deal and have the opportunity to record. I think there is a reason for everything and why things happen the way they do. This album is probably going to be compiled of up tempo pop/dance tunes and big ballads. I have already recorded my second song and it’s fantastic. So far I feel like I have two hit singles. We just are slowing chipping away as this is going to be a long process. I don’t want to just record anything to fill an album. I want it to be spectacular.

AL: Can you tell us about your upcoming benefit show?

KH: That is something that I am so passionate about. This is a show that I have been doing off and on for the past few years. The concept is 70’s and 80’s only male sung radio songs. These are the guilty pleasures that people don’t like to admit they love but they are amazing melodies. I put my own spin the songs and bring them back to life. People can sit and show they appreciate these amazing songs. We pack 22 songs in to a 90 minute set. When I do these shows I like to link up with a cause and help raise funds for them. I have a son that is on the autistic spectrum who attends the Manhattan Children’s Center so the proceeds from this year’s show will be donated to them. The event is being held at Joe’s Pub in New York City on Monday, November 26th.



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CON-X KC to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

CON-X Kansas City, a three day Horror, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention, will be held September 14-16, 2012 at the Ramada Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each year the convention chooses a worthy charity to highlight. This year they have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between their time on active duty and their transition to civilian life. The event will include film screenings, a dealers room and Q&A sessions with some of the featured guests.

Among the guests scheduled to appear: Walter Koenig (“Star Trek”), Denise Crosby (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Margot Kidder (“Superman the Movie,” “The Amityville Horror”) Bob Gunton (“Shawshank Redemption”), James Tolkan (“Back to the Future” series, “Top Gun’) and Kansas City native Sandahl Bergman (“Conan the Barbarian,” “All that Jazz”). Also scheduled to appear are stars from the “Stargate” and “Paranormal Activity” series.

For more information go to www.conxkc.com
To make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org