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Month: January 2019

Modernising education is global academic industry’s most genius move

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Throughout human history, education has been a pillar of society that helps to shape who we each turn out to be in the long run. This is not an educated assumption. This is a fact. For every generation that goes through the education system, there are jobs to meet them when (if) they graduate. Higher education is not for everybody, and that is okay. Regardless of if an individual chooses to go to college or university or not, there are many respectable, well-paying career paths that are open to them. The argument for going to college or university has begun to heat up, and that is mostly because of the global academic industry’s bold (and long overdue) move to modernise education.

The education sector has been ripe with technological advancement and further digitalisation for the last few years, and every year the technological disruption becomes more pronounced, more edgy. These days, everything from assessment submissions and lecture circuits has gone digital. Students can easily enlist in the help of trustworthy essay writing services when they feel overwhelmed. Educators have a digital log of every student’s academic records. And perhaps most notably of all, the rise of online education has been both immanent and foreign. And yet, here we are.

Online education has been introduced over the last few years, and more and more students are finding that they want to enrol in higher education courses that have at least some variance of online learning included in their outline. Here’s the thing. Traditional education methods and models do still work, they still have merit. Traditional learning is still as great as it was all those years ago. But today’s modern student (and all the future generations of learners, for that matter) have such an overwhelming familiarity with technology and digitalisation in all other aspects of their lives, that they expect their academic environment to have more of the same.

Technological disruption in the education industry has resulted in some incredible fine-tuning of the sector. Students are more focused and happy, having finally gotten the type of learning process they have been desperate for, integrated and ready for utilisation. Even educators, whose ranks had an issue with technological disruption in education to begin with, have become familiar with and even reliant on the relative ease that feats of technological brilliance have brought to their jobs. Automation and personalisation are the name of the game, and everyone loves it all.

The global academic industries have made some bold moves in their time, but perhaps the boldest of them all is the widespread embracement of modern education. Online learning, digitising learning materials and assessment submission tabs, and introducing students to this entirely new landscape for education have forged quite a strong foundation for what is sure to be a vibrantly bright future for global education. We have already seen so much good come of the modernisation of this traditional industry, and this is only the beginning. There is so much more to come, much of it being concepts and ideas we have yet to scarcely imagine, much less to bring to life.

Moving forward in education requires teachers with effective communication strategies

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For many, navigating the world in school as a student is similar each day and with each growing year. The student listens to the teacher, taking in and soaking up all the knowledge they can to pass their exams in finish their papers on time. However, from the teacher side of the classroom, coming to school each day is a little different that it used to be. All teachers were once students, but not all students become teachers. Teaching is said to be a selfless profession as the people most passionate about education dedicate their life career learning effective ways to teach the youth of the world. Teachers grow young minds into educated adults that will hopefully pursue a higher education degree like JC economics tuition or even entering a technical field. Each school year teachers spend more time with their students than anyone else. Something that students often don’t know is how much teachers learn from them. Teachers learn so much from their students. From ways of effectively communicating their instruction to the individual lives of students outside of the classroom, teachers can be outstanding role models for kids just as much as the kids can be role models for them.

Teaching is first, effective communication. Teachers must stand in front of a classroom and facilitate daily discussions that spark learning and encourage learning engagement. For some teachers, learning how to communicate to their students can be a challenge. Especially for many first year teachers, learning how to navigate teacher life can be difficult. For teachers in their first year of educating, it wasn’t long ago that they were students themselves. Understanding ways to effectively communicate stems from learning the cognitive development of the varying ages of students. Teaching is teaching, but teaching different age groups can be a challenge. For example, teaching a room full of five year olds in kindergarten will demand an entirely different type of teaching and communicating strategy compared to students even two grade levels higher in second grade.

Learning how to communicate with students comes with time spent in a classroom and personal growth as a teacher, but having a passion for teaching is natural. Some teachers unfortunately enter the education field without fully understanding what type of career they will have. Any teacher can say that all the education in the world will not prepare one for what actually being in a classroom is like. Having a passion for teaching students as a teacher is something that either one has or they don’t. If a teacher is not passionate about their job, they will be in for a miserable 40 years of their life career. To be happy in any career, one must have passion for it.  Teaching is the most effective way to learn. Individuals that wish to understanding if they have mastered a subject must first teach it to others. Whether one is an elementary, middle school, high school teacher or even a college professor, all teachers alike are the unsung heroes of every field. Every doctor, lawyer, artist, or musician all had a great teacher at one point in their education that help mold them into the professional they became.

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