Education 2009 - The Importance of Integrating Business With Higher Education

Education 2009 – The Importance of Integrating Business With Higher Education

The recession has had a significant impact on higher education in the UK, and has subsequently caused many to speak out about how degree courses are funded, and how much they are worth to both students and the economy as a whole. Specifically, the reason many are looking at the higher education system with a more critical eye is because of the sudden hike in enrollment numbers as many older people are applying for university courses to improve their employability, at the same time as many institutions suffer cutbacks in order to save on funds.

This sudden saturation of the education system (and the decline in jobs available for those who leave it) has caused the latest report by the Confederation of British Industry to call for both students and businesses to invest more in higher education. For the former this means higher interest rates, fees, and fewer grants to go round, whilst businesses themselves are being urged to integrate completely with institutions to ease the financial burden suffered recession-hit universities.

Unsurprisingly, many students will find the proposals hard to accept – and accusations that they are ‘offensive’ and ‘retrograde’ have already been heard. But whether or not the integration of business and higher education is embraced by the UK government, institutions and companies – individuals considering a further education course should not be put of by the notion that business may have a more significant implication on their studies. And that it does not necessarily mean that they will have to pay more.

The benefits of home study courses are worth a mention here, and are relevant not because they are controlled by private funding any more than traditional courses are – but because they can aid students in ways that the CBI are proposing better integration between institutions …

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Seven Continuous Trends in Education

Seven Continuous Trends in Education

In the coming decade of the 21st century, good and comprehensive education can be the difference between developing future or future that depends on low-wage jobs and periods of unemployment. One of the reasons for the current boom in private and online education is one of the growing sectors. What are the seven current trends in education?

1. More Affordable Education

Even though savings measures and reducing government education programs, private and internet-based education programs bridge this gap. Future graduates can study online, but work part time, and

attend personal education course or online. This can be more affordable, because the level of student debt decreases, due to the fact that they are not restricted to spending several years in high school or university.

2. Education for All

Before the internet era, some students had the choice to study outside of traditional educational institutions. The growth of these traditional educational institutions offers online alternatives, and the fact that the internet can be considered as an information web. Enabling students today to access information more easily, and choose programs that are more affordable, and relevant to their needs.

3. Increased Job Opportunities

Globally, higher percentage of people are studying courses, degrees or training compared to previous generations. This leads to more employment opportunities in the field of education, especially in the field of higher education specifically. Because our economies are interconnected globally, this trend must continue because international standardized tests and tests are available globally.

4. Independent Learning Growth

One of the biggest successes of the internet era, is the simple fact that information is available with one click, it means that anyone who is interested in subject can find lot of information through website, video or blog. This trend must continue as the presence of online education institutions grows, and …

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Preschool Curriculum and Child Development

Preschool Curriculum and Child Development

As your child reaches the age of four, you should begin considering the start of your child’s education. For some this will begin with kindergarten at the age of five or six. However, it is recommended by most pediatric specialists in any field, that child’s education begin earlier than that.

Preschool is great introduction to this. It will give your child the opportunity to become comfortable with the structured environment of school before actually entering those twelve years of education. Providing your children with social and learning stimulus, in and outside the home will help them to develop the needed skills in learning new and more complex ideas. It will help them to form individual concepts and thoughts and give them the confidence to begin growing on their own and seeking their own interests.

Preschool curriculum centers on basic skills and ideas. It is meant to introduce young children to concepts regarding personal, social, economic, and emotional development. Communication is introduced in variety of forms including sign language and in specific programs foreign language may even be touched upon. Knowledge and understanding of the world, creative and aesthetic concepts, Mathematical awareness and development, Physical health and growth, Teamwork, self-help, Scientific thinking, literacy, and other creative activities are some more subjects that will be introduced and expanded on through child’s preschool years. One of the most important benefits of preschool education is the building of confidence in young children to seek their own interests, develop their own ideas, and learn to use the necessary skills to communicate that to the world.

If taken literally child’s preschool education is simply the learning of basic concepts that occur before the structured curriculum of classroom. In fact, child can begin their preschool education at home while being taught by their parents. This should be …

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How to Create Teacher Websites Using Blogs

How to Create Teacher Websites Using Blogs

As a technology coordinator for an elementary school, I have found that it is very hard to get my teachers to create and consistently update websites. There will always be technophobes that are just resistant in general, but mainly the issue isn’t desire its ease of use and availability. Teachers are busy people, most work well beyond any traditional sense of school hours. The thought of one more task in the day is something akin to the straw that broke the camel’s back. My goal became to create a system that was easy to get to, easy to use, and something that my teachers would consider a valuable tool instead of an extra duty.

The best setup I found to accomplish this goal was with a blogging package called B2 Evolution. It is free and easy to install on most websites. For instance, I got approval to purchase a years hosting with Host Gator which was right around $100. With that I got the rights to set up unlimited websites (so multiple schools could share if needed) and no limit on space and bandwidth. It also provided me with the Fantastico script installers which meant that I could install B2 Evolution in about two minutes flat.

Now, why did I choose B2Evolution instead of the more popular WordPress? B2Evolution has the ability to have blogs within blogs and here is the key to the whole thing being valuable to your school. I created a main site using another software package called Joomla but you could just as easily use any site building software or even a WordPress blog for your front page. From there I created a separate blog installation for each grade level. Then, within each grade level blog I used the create new blog option to create blogs …

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Website Design Schooling Opportunities

Website Design Schooling Opportunities

The Internet has connected the world together and the websites that are used allow individuals to access everything from information to social networking sites. The most popular websites are visually dynamic and user-friendly. This basic point for a great website has triggered very best-selling skills. Students that have a desire to design websites can enter schooling opportunities provided by vocational colleges.

Website design requires exclusive knowledge of industrial computer applications. This usually includes Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, and others. The computer language needed to successfully take a website and make it fully functional is obtained through higher education. Students that pursue an education at the vocational level will find that available opportunities include certificate and associate degree programs. Each type of program trains students to enter the field. Typically students that have an associate’s degree have a better career outlook. This is due to the high demand for trained individuals and the level of competition that exists in the career.

Programs at both levels teach students to design and develop websites based on core objectives set by the industry. These objectives may include:

  • Preparing images for web pages (same as the others below)
  • Create standard layouts using industrial computer languages
  • Developing websites
  • Designing all aspects of the website, which includes graphics, navigation bars, layout, animations, advertisements, etc.
  • Developing core competencies in HTML, CSS, and PHP

Inside a certificate program, that may last anywhere from a few months to a year, students work through courses that focus on software programs and design procedures. Students become proficient in all foundational areas of creating a website based on their understanding of the formats, languages, and programs used in the field. Style sheets, frames, typeface features, web standards, editing images, text graphics, movie clips, and usability tests are all courses that can make up a …

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