The Best Education Sites

Social media has become a powerful tool for engagement, and colleges all over the nation are realizing this. Schools across the country are coming up with creative ways to utilize their school websites and popular social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Additionally, trends show that school’s with a higher reputation also tend to do better on the web. Hence, it’s no longer about how many tweets a school sends out per day or how many Facebook accounts it has, but rather the key factor is whether or not the content is useful and/or helpful to it’s audience.

So, now you’re probably wondering which colleges are having the most success on the web, right? This graphic by Best Ed Sites provides a comprehensive look at the colleges that have the best web presence and also reveals which ones are leading the pack when it comes to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Schools That Rule the Web
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How Were Websites Coded in the Past?

Coding a website has changed throughout the years, it has changed so much that coding a website the way it was coded in the early years of the internet will guarantee you will never get a job in the tech field. Back in the early 90’s everything was made using HTML tags, or tables, then came in a new language that helped HTML. Now days we use everything from PHP, Jquery, HTML, JavaScript, just to name a few. All of these languages make what ever you are tying to get done, easier. The best part about all of the languages, is that they can usually work with each other without a problem.

The languages have changed the way websites work, they have made the sites faster, more efficient, but most importantly, better looking.  Things just aren’t the way they used to be back when I was younger… to visualize this in an understandable format, Divine pulled together an infographic that will take you on a trip from the early ’90s up until today. Via: BitRebels


What Kind of People Cheat the Most?

How many times have you been taking a test and you look at the sample question then instantly realize that you are doomed? You answer the question and check the answer and it’s wrong… and not by a letter, you answered – what you thought was a math question – but in reality it was an English question.

It is then that you realize your neighbor is already on question number 40 while you’re still writing your name on the scantron. It is then also that you figure out you have the wrong date… this is probably when you realize you are doomed, hey at least you’ll get the 5 points for putting your name on the test right?

Well, if you are like many of the other people in the world, at this point you probably will start looking at your neighbors test for answers. Find out how many people cheat and what kind of people cheat the most.
Created by: Online Masters Degree

How Media Affects our Life – Every Single Day

Every single day, every single hour, every single second, we have some sort of media coming to our brains one way or another. The media can be in the shape of sound, images, or even videos.

The media doesn’t necessarily have to do be an advertisement coming at us, it can be anything and everything around us. When we sleep we some times have some sort of media coming into our sleep through a radio that was left on next door, or a television from your roomates at night.

When you’re online, every single website has some sort of offer to give you, everything from checking your e-mail to checking your facebook wall has advertisements or media services around it. When you get “online” you instantly begin to receive media messages. Then you have the offline, watching television, reading a book or even playing video games. All of them have some sort of message or media that they are delivering to you.

In reality, media is a crucial part of our lives. You can not escape the media, at least not in the cities, the only way to get out of the media realm is to visit the mountains without your phone, books, magazines, radios, and just about anything else that you can read. The infographic below talks about what kind of media impacts our lives at any given hour of our day.

Media Consumption - 2011
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What Will The Books Of Tomorrow Look Like?

This is a question that I as a student had for a long time, and is a question that I as a husband still have to this day. My wife pays over $1000 in books. The bad thing about this purchase is that at the end of the school year, the books are sold back to the school for not even 1/6 of the price. Last year she was able to sell her books and received less than $280 a huge loss for us. Most of the books that she had to sell back had already moved to the better more improved version of 1.01 and the following year they will move version 1.02 and so on. Not only is this bad economically, but it’s also bad for the environment! how many trees have to be destroyed each year to make these books? hundreds of thousands I’m sure. Several book companies have finally been “slapped in the face” ,figuratively speaking, by technology. What is the point of printing out all these books and loosing money, when they can set up one application for the iPad or Tablet that can sell you the books directly? They need less workers, they lose less money, and they save more trees! Best of all, they can sell the books fairly cheap for everyone to be able to afford them.

The infographic below actually talks about the book problem. And it talks about fixing this problem by making everything electronic. South Korea is expected to have only electronic books by 2015. This will be great for everyone there, but when are we going to catch up? and how much will it cost us?

Textbooks of Tomorrow

How Sitting Down is More Than Bad for us, it’s Killing Us!

When I started working as a PI, my boss at the time told me that you can measure a PI’s experience by using a scale. The bigger he is, the more experience he has. I have always known that sitting down was a bad thing for your body, but I really didn’t know how bad it was. At the rate that I’m going I think I’m going to check out pretty soon. Sitting in a vehicle for 15 hours at a time, sometimes even sleeping in the vehicle over a period of 10 days straight and only having “walking” time when I get to a gas station or a fast food joint, really added up over the past few years. So now, I stand at home watching television and typing this article with one hand while running on a treadmill while holding onto a shakeweight with my other hand.

How Much Has the Internet Changed in the Last 15 Years

Back in the 90’s I remember getting online for the first time to so I could use their chat rooms. At the time, we only had 1000 minutes of internet or something along those lines. I remember waiting for the next disk from AOL with additional minutes. Then there was Juno… a whole bunch of minutes for half the price.  And really, the only cool thing about the internet then, was Aol chat. Of Course now days we complain about a webpage not being formatted the right way, or even having pictures out of place, but just look at the internet from 1996 to 2011 see how much has changed?

The infographic below does an awesome example at showing us exactly what has changed from our current browsers and the oh-so-popular Netscape browser from the 90’s

Created by: Online University

Are We Really Always Connected?

Most of the time, my work keeps me busy traveling across the state. Even while I’m at work, I find my self connected to the internet or some other social site through my cellphone, or laptop. It’s more of an addiction than anything else. If I forget my cellphone at home, or I forget to check my e-mails at night, I get this stomach turning feeling, similar to the ones I get when I go out on a trip and forget whether or not I locked the front door.  The addiction is not having to be online, but more along the lines of having the ability to be online when I chose. The infographic below puts me into most, if not, all of the categories below. Sad. I know. but the world that we live on has forced us to always be connected. Check out the statistics, how many of those do you fall under?
Always Connected
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