TECH TIPS AND TRICKS FOR STUDENTS

Optimising technology

80% of the time we take on devices/the internet is sadly, but honestly a waste of time. We might start off with the right intentions but we lose focus soon enough. This is because we haven’t found how to efficiently use the ‘magic’ of technology to our advantage. 

As much as we have major technological advancements in this era, we the students, neglect the use of simple tricks using common technology like our mobile phones, laptops, cameras, etc. and as such we make education seem tough, annoying and bulky.

Some of the common tricks we could use to aid education may include:

Use E-books for research purposes and assignments:

There are articles on just about anything you want to learn. Whether bulky or not, the hassle of having too many handouts has been eliminated by technology since everything is now compact. Downloading such books and articles is easier and more advantageous because of the wide range of views you can have on a single topic.

Really utilize your smartphone:

Smartphones allow us to access course materials such as e-books, lectures, articles, and discussion boards from anywhere with cell service. Turn your waiting time into extra mini study sessions. 

Train yourself using an online learning site:

Supplement your studies with a deeper dive into your top software programs or systems of interest. Online learning sites such as Lynda.comUdemy, and Codecademy offer professionally produced video instruction with transcripts and exercise files that you can digest at your own speed. Find a learning site that works for you and take advantage of the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

Don’t be afraid to use Google:

google offers a lot of services that can manipulated toward your educational interest. Google applications such as Google lens, Google Notes, Google cloud services, etc really aid students that aren’t so conversant with technology to make, read and store assignments and study notes.

YouTube:

The implementation of YouTube video into classrooms — particularly science and math classrooms — has contributed to much greater flexibility in instruction. Not only can teachers display accurate charts and graphs, but they can use video to show students how mitosis actually works or feature a lecturer from one of YouTube’s education channels. Remarkably, YouTube offers entire courses from top-tier Ivy League institutions. The possibilities for augmenting education with the wealth of knowledge available in online video are vast. 

There are a ton of costly solutions for teacher training out there, but the most value for a school’s money can be achieved by building out your own training program using YouTube online video. Video is the most interactive medium for online instruction apart from dedicated interaction with an instructor. Increasingly people are learning from online videos, with sites set up exclusively for this task. Today, you can learn nearly anything online; from entry-level Algebra to advanced JavaScript, the Internet has you covered.

Blogging:

Blogs offer many benefits for education by:

Promoting autonomous learning by providing opportunities for students to take more control of their learning

Motivates students to become better readers and writers.

Promotes discussion among students.

Encourages the use of the Internet and the Web among students (and teachers)

Have you found great ways to optimize technology while in school? Please share with us in the comment section. We’d love to learn from you!

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