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Friday, 28 March 2014

Designing the School of the Future

The school of the future leverages the Internet of things to connect students and teachers on and off campus. New educational portals will extend classroom learning, and create greater transparency between teacher and student. This is already happening in schools where more of the classroom materials are digitized. Soon, students will have customized lesson plans that guide them through multiple curricula, showing how these disciplines work together.

Chicago and Philadelphia are just two major cities already working on building these futurist learning institutions. What makes administrators so sure that this technology will impact students, and how will the technology actually work in the classroom?

Technology in the Classroom

A major point to this initiative has to do with quantifying data. Test scores and other indicators let teachers and parents know how a student is progressing. With digitized materials, student input is stored automatically in a database where it can be accessed at will. The introduction of the Internet will also help cooperation in the classroom.

The hope is that lesson plans will adapt to students in real-time, helping those at the bottom reach the middle-grade while motivating those at the top to solve more complex challenges.

Data Access

Cloud access designated for each student also means more input on data. For example, homework won’t need to be printed or even emailed. Schools can set up repositories for students to drop assignments, and teachers can grade from within the same programs.

Leveraging the Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” is getting closer to a reality, and schools will work to support those devices in the classroom. Already, students use tablets to surf the web and follow along with lesson plans. Soon, tools like Google Glass will help students explore a visual history of the world around them. Many schools already require some of this equipment for new enrolees.

Securing the School Network

Student data - test scores, academic and personal data - will be stored in vast cloud libraries operated by school administrators. Security software will be needed to monitor traffic on the network, eradicate viral infections and detect potential data breaches on a 24/7 basis.

For their own parts, students and parents should also learn safer browsing techniques.

Using Apps for Teaching

Textbook companies are already offering study guides and applications designed to increase the interactivity of a textbook. Students will soon use apps to accomplish a variety of tasks around campus. Mobile apps will update students on event calendars and help them arrange gatherings for on-campus events. Cafeteria apps will allow students to place orders ahead of lunch time and give staff ample time to prepare the exact amount of food necessary.

This is just the beginning. The future of education is a complex but exciting place. All students and teachers interested in becoming useful members of academia should invest in understanding the foundations of these new tools.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Her02 Hertz Student Discount

Hertz are now offering a fantastic student discount offer which means that students can get 15% off hired cars and 20% off vans. As a student, you are probably well familiar with the tight budgets and hardships of being a student in today’s society and so this discount is aimed to help students afford car rental. In order to be eligible and to benefit from Hertz Students, you must be aged 23 or over and you have to have held your driver’s licence for over a year.


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Renting a car is a great opportunity to escape from your studies for a while. Sharing the cost with your friends is also a great idea as you can split the cost between all of you while having enough space on board for all of your luggage to save yourselves from dragging suitcases everywhere. Whether you need a vehicle to help you move in to or out of university accommodation, or you and your friends want to finally head on that adventurous road trip you have been planning for weeks, Hertz Student Discount is there to make your life that much easier.

Keep in mind that if you are 23 years old you will need to pay a YDS or Young Driver Surcharge when you pick up your vehicle so make sure to check out the table on Hertz to see the varying rates. The possibilities of travel are never limited with Hertz as you can pretty much go wherever you want and when you want. Taste freedom by hiring a car from Hertz and driving off into the sunset, whether that takes you to the United Kingdom horizon or further afield, anywhere is possible with Hertz. You and your friends could also rent a van which might be a better option if there is a larger group going so there is more room for all of your luggage.

On location, when you pick up your vehicle, you must remember to bring the following items: current student ID, driving licence and the credit card which you made the booking with.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

What effect does your choice of university have on your future chances?

Which.co.uk has been studying students’ movements after graduation and it has been suggested from these studies and surveys that at least 40% of students who have graduated end up staying to work in the same place that they studied. This could be one of the main contributing factors that leads to the notion that because students stay in the same area after graduating that this has an effect on their credit card rejection/acceptance ratings.


Your choice of university, particularly its location, can have an impact on the credit rejection rate and studies have shown that going to university in Edinburgh for instance, could affect your credit rating. Typically, the
North has higher levels of credit rejection than the South which could be due to the number of students which stay in the region that they studied. Nearly two thirds of graduates who studied in the North West region have stayed stay there after graduation, as well as nearly 80% of graduates in Scotland staying when they complete their studies. This has led to the possibility that students remaining in their area of study has an impact on credit card ratings.

Edinburgh is the 71st most likely place to be rejected for a credit card in the UK (Overall Adjusted Reject Rate 60.5%) which may not seem too high in comparison to other areas but it is worth noting that this percentage is on the rise. In order to discover what areas of the UK are most likely to be accepted or declined for credit refer to Totally Money’s credit card map to see how your area rates against the rest of the UK by simply entering your postcode or clicking on the map itself.

65% of all credit card applications were rejected last year in the UK. This has probably had a negative impact on those who were rejected because a rejected application can have a negative impact on your credit score and affect your ability to borrow in the future. You can increase your chances of being accepted for a card by 250% by using a tool like the Totally Money comparison tools that can provide you with the percentage change of being accepted.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tips for Choosing Student Accommodation in London

Choosing a student accommodation can be difficult in any location, yet with approximately 250,000 people in higher education in London, chances are finding accommodation there can be a little harder.


You will no doubt want to hunt around to find the best deals and best location for your money and university, but it’s also important not leaving it too late – after all, with all that competition, you don’t want to be left with a hovel!

Therefore we thought we’d put together a bit of a guide to help make your decision a little easier so you have one less box to tick and can start getting excited for uni!

Do your research

This is arguably the best form of defence for helping you get the best possible room for your needs. Look around at a number of choices – as there are a lot out there to choose from. As well as looking at different accommodation in terms of taste and price, it’s also important to think about location. After all, you could choose the nicest accommodation in the world but if it’s a two hour train journey from your campus, the appeal may wear off quite quickly. Investigate the transport systems that are nearby for a good idea about getting around.

Ask for help from your university

Take advantage of all the help at your disposal when making big decisions like where to live. Your university in particular should be able to point you in the direction of good accommodation if you’re really struggling and may even be able to put you in touch with someone who has stayed there, or a former student who can help even further. Some universities and accommodations even have special deals too, so there will be someone to help you with that, too.


Think about security aspects

Above all, you will want to be safe and secure in your student accommodation, as London is a big, urban city and you will want to arm yourself against crime as best as you can, especially as students can unfortunately be an attractive target for thieves. Don’t be afraid to ask questions you may have when you go and visit accommodations regarding security measures, such as locking systems to get into the vicinity and locks on the doors of the individual flats, for example.

Enquire about the facilities available

You will no doubt require things like a television and a good internet connection, so think about these things when looking at accommodation as if you can get a package with these things included, it can save you money later. For example, Urbanest student accommodation includes full utility bills and internet access with their rent which will also save you time and aggravation later. Slightly more dull aspects like double glazing may be a good thing to look out for too, as London is extremely busy and you will want to keep outside noise to a minimum! Things like double glazing will also keep things warmer too, meaning bills will be cheaper.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

3 Tips for Determining the Determination of Potential Candidates

Recruiters are a particular bunch - they need to be able to assess an individuals' entire personality and work ethic based on only a handful of factors like a resume and a reference. It's a tough business.

How do you determine the drive, the motivation, the determination of a candidate with such limited information? Your entire job rests on choosing the right candidate for the long haul, and you've only got a couple weeks to do it. Here are 4 tips that will make you a more effective identifier of hard working, driven individuals who don't just look good on paper:

1. Don't look at the school or company - look at their achievements

Just like a Harvard MBA could turn out to be a lazy, self-centred worker, a candidate from an obscure online university could be the next COO of a lucrative, competitive business. It's not about where they came form (though that information is useful); it's about what they did.

Many recruiters are convinced that good schools produce good candidates, and they're right (to an extent). However, "no-name" schools don't always produce flat candidates - in many cases, these schools and companies are where you'll find the next generation of high-level managers and entrepreneurs waiting and working for their shot. Don't be fooled by a lack of notoriety.

2. How far did they go above and beyond?

Obviously, a plethora of certification and additional degrees says something about an individual. It takes a lot of drive, hard work, and tenacity to make it through competitive programs like MBA's, managerial degrees, and business certifications. The pros and benefits of CIMA certification and other similar programs is that they speak wonders about individual drive and motivation. Don't let these candidates slip through your fingers.

It's fairly easy to see that candidates with additional degrees and certifications are more driven than those who lack them, but make sure that the certifications are geared towards the job you have. Just because they have a Strengthsfinder and MBTI certification doesn't mean they'll be an expert financial accountant or business consultant.

3. How is their over-the-phone etiquette?

In many cases, you can really tell how excited, driven, or motivated candidates are when you speak to them. It's an important skill to separate the I-just-need-a-job candidates from those who will actually benefit your company and want to stay for the long run.

When you call them, are they excited? Do they sound motivated, or do they sound like a simple "yes-man?" Even small things like tone and attentiveness matter. Asking open-ended questions is a great tactic - let them convince you of their excitement. Make them sell their skills.

Finding the right candidate is the name of the game - that's recruiting. Don't fall for false excitement or superficial skill sets - find the most determined candidate by really looking into what they've done, where they're from, and how they sell themselves in person or over the phone.