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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.