Does True Bilingualism Exist? (Guest Post)





Helen Birke


The extensive world history narrates us about individuals, who know and speak more than only one language. These people are known as polyglots. Although learning several languages was not their main activity, still, they did it pretty well (some of them did it perfectly). K. Luke, Steve Kaufmann, George Fernandes, Trevor Noah, Benny Lewis, Kostyantyn Tyschenko and more – they are known as one of the greatest polyglots in history.  However, did they perceive themselves as bilinguists? The ability to speak more than one language does not mean that you are a bilingual person.

There are as many definitions of what true bilingualism is, as there are bilingual people on Earth. It means the ability to speak two languages with the fluency of a native speaker; the frequent use by a community of two languages; the institutional recognition of two languages.

The bilingualism as a feature of progress

In the modern world, everything is developing rapidly – the economy, science, technologies and the need to speak several languages. Most people can speak a few languages these days (for example, English and Spanish), but there is nothing to wonder about. Bilingualism is a common phenomenon today. Therefore, its development is a supporting evidence of this fact. Perhaps, in a few decades, we will witness an expansion of languages used by the certain mediums.

Today, the appearance of new processes leads to the creation of new ways of communication. And a necessity in new words means the development of bilingual process and language complexity.

So what a modern bilingualism really is? Is that a single language with a set of terms for different spheres, or is it a possibility to speak two different languages at the same time? This is a controversial and complex question, which requires a little research. UK EduBirdy is going to shed some light into the dark hollows.


A modern world creates some perfect conditions for the bilingual language development. New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Moscow, Berlin, Kiev, Beijing and some other big multicultural cities all over the world have already become the hearts of multilanguage development. The best examples of these “hearts” are:

  1. Brighton Beach, New York – a neighborhood of New York City, where you can hear more Russian words, than the English ones;

  2. Chinatown, Los Angeles – a Chinese-culture neighborhood near the downtown of LA, where most of the citizens have Chinese roots and near the half of them have Chinese origin;

  3. Ukraine – a country in the South-Eastern Europe, where more than 50 percent of people speak Russian (Ukrainian is a national language of Ukraine).

The globalization

The modern society and advanced technologies influence our young generation, bringing up the bilingual children. Our kids become a part of the global world and carriers of the global language. The globalization of compact devices and web technologies leads to their rapid spread. While in 2005 it was a dream to have a mobile phone with monochrome screen and buttons, ten years later the smartphones (which are the descendants of the cell phones) can compete even with PC’s and notebooks! So, as even the children start to use tablets, smartphones, and computers from the early age, there is a pressing need in a language, which can become global.

As the bilingual definition is standing for the knowledge and skills of two languages, English has already become a perfect variant to become a global one:

  1) simplicity – one of the easiest languages in the world to study;

  2) global extension – you can hear English in every continent of the planet;

  3) diversity – English has different dialects in different countries and diverse cultures;

  4) history – the history takes part from lingua Latina, but English that we know today is a pretty young language.

As a modern bilingual person, we can take a look at bloggers, musicians, actors, and writers. They might come from different countries (Russia, Germany, India, China, Nigeria or Mexico). However, they use English to share their knowledge and their emotions to the rest of the world.

The future forecast

Although English has already become a global language, there are also some other directions, which can develop globally. The reason for this phenomenon is a active development of the Eastern Asia and its influence for the rest of the world. Some countries of this region lead to the elaboration of the modern technologies and show rapid grow up in the economy.

The best ways to be bilingual

Speaking the different language is a skill, the same thing which is the driving, the singing or physical exercises – it will not hold on without practice. Different language carriers give several pieces of advice about how to keep the language level up and not to forget the vocabulary or grammar:

The mother practice

This is the most important activity in the process of language learning. In fact, the more time you devote to practice the language, the quicker you will gain more skills. The linguists have conducted the experiment – they placed people into the environment with the language these people studied. The results have shown the mode of incredibly effective skills. You can listen to the music, watch videos, and speak to the other people, who speak a particular language. This is the best practice.

The age matters

People who start learning the language in the early (4-8 years) experience fewer difficulties in this kind of activity (even it’s English, one of the most languages in the world). While the people who start learning the language much later experience a lot of stress. This is a feature of humans’ intellect, which responses to the knowledge better in the early age.

The stimulus is a big half

“You will make it if you want it!” You will learn the language much quicker if you want to learn it if you have a stimulus. When you have it your body function a little bit different than usually, and you have more energy for certain activity. In other words, y  ou will be glad to learn the language.

Although English has already become a global language, there are also some other directions, which can develop globally. The reason for this phenomenon is a active development of the Eastern Asia and its influence for the rest of the world. Some countries of this region lead to the elaboration of the modern technologies and show rapid grow up in the economy.

Dealing with Discrimination and Harassment in Universities (Guest Post)





Helen Birke


By the XX century, each country had a fixed law about the women’s subordination to men. The man had a dominant position in the family, property rights belonged to the husband, parents decided who would marry their daughter. The women had no right to financial independence, do not dispose of the property, did not have a passport without getting the husbands’ permission, did not choose a place for living. Discrimination consists of all these factors.

This is one of the most wide-spread forms of violence and human rights violation. Harassment is a lack of respect for the actions and convictions, which are not alike someone’s own. It also relates to the penalization of the people we apprehend as others, just like members of particular social or ethnic groups, or people with different political or sexual orientation. Harassment can occur in various actions, ranging from avoiding such members, rude speech, and ending bodily injury or even murder. Discrimination arose when one treated less favorably than another did in a similar situation just because he is, or is considered as belonging to a particular social category. Humanity is discriminated because of their, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, political beliefs, race, religion, language, culture, gender orientation, and other reasons.

The concept of equity and anti-discrimination registered in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The state duty is to protect minorities and vulnerable groups of unequal treatment. Article 2 establishes a freedom from discrimination: “Everyone is allowed to get all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without any exceptions.”

Discrimination and harassment are usually based on or justified by prejudices and stereotypes about people and social groups, which are a practical expression of them. Some prejudices may turn into ideology. One of them is the ideology of racism. It includes an offensive behavior against youth because of their supposed “inferiority.” Unfortunately, this phenomenon is present in modern European society even today.

The discrimination policy against women based on gender factor (this form is also called sexism) includes discrimination against transgender and transsexual whose gender identity does not match, or the cultural identity is not connected with their defined gender.

LGBT suffer from diverse forms of violence that range from verbal harassment to murder. In many cities and countries, LGBT people are deprived of their rights, for example, the right to have a job when the employers fire them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The right to safety and security is one more that is often disrupted when the young people experience bullying at school or harassment in the workplace. Homosexual couples in many European countries are experiencing discrimination policies in areas such as the right to marriage, the right to a family and a foster child.

Education, both formal and informal, takes a central place in the reduction and elimination of prejudice against LGBT people. Just with the help of this phenomenon one can fight and destroy prejudice. Program of the European Youth Centers and the European Youth Foundation regularly conduct educational activities and sessions for human rights training and activists to fight homophobia.

There are a plenty of actions to combat discrimination and racism in the education sphere too, including: legal actions to enforce the anti-discrimination right; anti-discrimination and non-harassment policy that increase awareness of the principles of prejudice and intolerance and their impact on the discrimination and oppression of the people; and promote understanding of diversity and promote tolerance. Activities of civil society that condemns discrimination and prejudice, oppose disgraceful crimes and offensive speech, assists victims of discrimination or promote changes in legislation.

Teachers realize the necessity of developing a tolerant attitude in each person and creating a learning environment that recognizes the benefits of versatility and does not ignore it. As part of the development, those who work with children or young people should understand their own and others’ discriminatory behavior to get rid of it.

An intercultural learning is a process of studying diversity and is the central approach in European youth work. In the youth field of the Council of Europe Intercultural learning is presented as “the process of social education aimed at encouraging positive relationships between people and groups with different cultural traditions” that promotes mutual respect and solidarity.


About the author: Helen Birk

is a professional blogger and freelance short-story writer for the popular site EdubirdieAU. She strives to solve students’ career and university problems. Having an interest in law and justice, Helen spends her free time visiting various education courses. Her lifestyle credo is “Actions speak louder than words.”

Issues Graduate Students Are Facing (Guest Post)




Donna Moores


By the time they are nearing graduation, college students should be aware that the college years, for all the good they bring, are far from being easy and carefree. According to the data from the 2016 Annual Report by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, exactly half of the students in the United State have attended counseling for mental health concerns. When compared to the data on the national level, which shows that roughly 18% of United States residents aged 18 and above have a mental health issue, it’s evident that students are an especially vulnerable part of the population.

According to the CCMH report, the main mental health concern students face are issues with anxiety, followed by depression, stress, family issues, and academic performance. And while it would be possible write off some of those issues as growing pains everyone faces on their road to adulthood, it would be hard to deny that students, especially those nearing their graduation, are facing some real hardships.

The Pressure of Students’ Finances

The amount of student loan debt in the United States is reaching a critical point, so much so that some, including Forbes, are calling it a crisis. As of 2017, there were forty-four millions of Americans with total student loan debt of $1.44 trillion, or almost $32,000 per person. More than one in ten people who have student loan debt has troubles keeping up with the loan payments.

What makes these numbers really troubling is the fact that, between the years 1990 and 2015, more than 70% of students have been working while in college, according to a Georgetown University research. Just in 2011, 72% of college students were working, as were 82% of grad school or professional school students.

Loans don’t have to be a student’s first choice for financing studies – in fact, students are advised to look for grants and scholarships before applying for a loan. If that doesn’t help, students might want to apply for loans with a fixed interest rate that’s tax-deductible. To reduce the financial pressure, students can also apply for loans that don’t require them to make payments while they’re in college. The most common student loans are the federal ones, which usually meet all of the criteria.

End-of-Study Struggles

While students facing graduation worry about their financial situation and try to reduce their reliance on student loans as much as possible, they also have to meet their academic requirements. Students nearing graduation also have very little time for anything besides preparing for exams and going to work. Those who want to continue their education need to think about taking the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT. Those who are finishing a master’s degree program need to think about their thesis.

Blow off some steam is paramount for students nearing their graduation.  It’s important to fit in some relaxing, fun, enjoyable activities even though it might seem as they have very little time for anything apart from studying and working. Maintaining a good mindset, eating a healthy diet, getting enough of sleep are some of the things that can help students feel less stressed. They will also increase the students’ productivity, and as long as the students start organizing their time early enough, all of these things can become a habit well before the chaos of those final months sets in.

Joining the Workforce

Even though the majority of students work through their college, finding a job once they finish their studies is a major concern. The post-college employment statistics from 2015 show that almost 89% of 20- to 24-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher are employed, as are almost 83% of 25- to 64-year-olds with the same level of education. No one wants to find themselves in the percentages that are not able to find a job after graduation, and getting a well-paying job can be paramount given the current state of student loan debt.

There are many strategies graduate students can use to make sure they are prepared for the moment they send out their first resume. The latest infographic from HandMadeWritings outlines some of the necessities and challenges of modern job hunting, and it can guide students through the whole process of finding a job – from identifying the skills employers are looking for, to writing a resume and preparing for an interview.


Author’s Bio


Donna Moores is a professional recruiter and a writer who aims to help people find a job of their dream. She has spent more than 5 years to gain an outstanding HR experience within biggest industries and businesses. Follow her on FB and check out her Professional Blog.

10 Ways Technology Is Improving Education




Without controversy, technology has improved human lives today than ever. People in the 21st century are completely powerless without science and technology. Consider cooking, reading, playing, communications and any other important human endeavor, technological progress is literally our lifeline.

We can, however, decide to use these helpful devices for our good or watch it take over our lives from us. It’s all our choice.


According to research from Pew Research Centre, over 95% of Americans now have a cell phone. Almost 80% of them also use smartphones, and the number keeps flying on other similar devices. The world is already, willingly and graciously, hooked to technology.

The impact of technology on education system is growing rapidly and daily. It’s practically impossible to soar in your academics, whether as a teacher or a learner, without deploying the powers of tech for education. From reading, organizing your resources, presenting your works in a most fascinating and convincing form to reaching details that are practically impossible for humans within the limited timeline we are constantly hooked today, tech in education is redefining the template and the rules of research and learning.

The question, therefore, is: how do we deploy advanced technology to boost education and learning?

The Power of Technology in 21st Century Education

The focus of this work is to explain how technology improved education globally. And, of course, how we can we yet get the best from it.

Today, there are a countless number of gadgets and apps that are in use to enhance the quality of teaching and learning globally. From Laptops, smart phones, Ipad, notepads, educational apps and many other online resources, education can be as efficient as it is effective. If properly applied, these resources can give a user the power of a battalion.

As graphically illustrated above, you can seamlessly get through the stress of countless books through the power of IT. Leading schools all over the world are now deploying quality and brilliant technology-enhanced educational resources to make complicated and hectic learning processes seamless and simple.

Let’s consider some of the benefits of these resources to educations

Excellent Communications


The hallmark of education itself is communications and learning. How successful the concept to be thought or learned is communicated will mostly drive the success of the whole purpose of education. Fortunately, good resources and presentations will ensure excellent communication.

The figure above showed what happened to a well-communicated lesson that deploys the use of technological resources and tools.

Accessibility

Learning and education have never been more accessible than now. Thanks to progress. It takes only a couple of buttons to access resources from anywhere around the world, no matter your distance.

A number of resources online and the ease at which they can be accessed are simply mind-blogging. Today, many schools offered complete degree programs online. Interestingly, the learners will receive all the resources needed to have the complete expertise required for the awards of their honors.

Clarity

The colourful nature of multimedia materials plus the clarity it brings to the subject cannot be ignored. Technology brings lessons and classes out so real that it will take learners extra efforts not to understand them.

There is no better way to bring a class alive than deploy the right IT tool.

Portability


One of the biggest advantages of technology on education is that it allows you own and use a large number of materials and resources without a thought for space and size. Millions of books and other multimedia resources can be kept on a gadget that is of the size a notebook.

Ease of use and portability has never been made so simpler.

Speed and Organization

There are many resources online that are designed to organize your work, give you leads and buy you quality time. With them, you save time, you learn better and have your works excellently organized.

Though some these come at a price, you will still find many free versions online.

Check up one of such resources at https://www.spreeder.com/

Research and Collaboration

There are also IT tools that give you access to a large number of materials and resources. In return, your research works receive a huge boost in term of quality and size of materials used. At the same time, you are allowed to network and collaborate with other learners and teachers working on similar ideas and concepts.

Without mincing words, technology and education are perfect recipes for teaching and learning.

Improved Teacher-learner Experience

The use of technology also allows the lesson or classes taken to come out in clearer and more tangible forms. The colorful, multimedia displays; the exactness and details of the pictures used and the motion pictures used in a lesson that deploys the use of multimedia materials are bound to improve learning and teaching experiences.

Here are a group of children using multimedia tools for learning.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Learning hasn’t been more fun than it is now. The quality of IT-enhanced materials to the crystal details of the academic contents is excellent. Technology in schools has allowed learning sneaks seamlessly out of the classroom.

Technology has made learning beyond the walls of the classroom fun. It also makes discussion, submission of works and collaboration easy and smooth.

Technology Drives Learners’ Motivation

A teacher in the United States was quoted to have said: “Technology is the Ultimate Carrot!” There are exciting and practical impulses that drive learning and motivate both the learners and the teachers to get better.

An investigation conducted by PBS Learning Media says 74% of teachers agreed that using information technologies for teaching promotes learning among students.

Just as it has affected other aspects of lives, the place of IT in educations is unequivocally central and incontestable. More so, technology in schools will continue to affect and improve education in the coming years more than ever.


Author’s Full Biography


Robert Everett is a blogger and publisher for EduBirdie, a former associate professor at University of Southern California. Nowadays he is working on his new education materials for upper secondary school. His lifestyle credo is “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence” ? Robert Frost.

What is Ergonomic Keyboard & How Is It Designed?





Ergonomic keyboards are keyboards designed for professionals, students, and anyone else who is required to touch type repetitively and for long amounts of time

An ergonomic keyboard has specific design features to ensure a pleasant and pain-free keyboarding experience, even if you touch type for the greater part of your eight-hour long work day.

Ergonomic Keyboards: A Definition

To understand what an ergonomic keyboard is, you must first understand why they were created in the first place.

Normal keyboards are not what you call optimal when it comes to how they’re designed. They often value form over function, or are just plain painful to use, hear, and work on.

Common keyboards, usually older versions, are not ideal for repetitive keyboarding because they haven’t been designed with user comfort in mind. They force you to place your wrists at uncomfortable flat positions and over time they damage or inflame your tendons, often resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome (among other health issues).

On the other hand, an ergonomic keyboard has been designed for optimum user comfort and performance. It keeps your wrists and hands at a position that feels more natural for your wrists, making it easy to touch type for hours on end without any issue.

An ergonomically designed keyboard offers the support you need to touch type without putting your hands’ health at risk.

Ergonomic Keyboards Recommended by Health Professionals

Ergonomic keyboards are designed for minimizing your risk for repetitive stress injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, by using such a keyboard you can touch type for more hours without worrying about wrist or finger inflammation. Of course, applying the whole spectrum of ergonomics at the office is what will ensure you stave off any office-related injuries. An ergonomic keyboard is not a cure-all.

Health professionals recommend the use of ergonomic keyboards in the workplace as they can help the user touch type faster and avoid muscle and tendon strain.

How are ergonomic keyboards designed?

There’s no standard layout for an ergonomic keyboard. However, you can probably identify a typical ergonomic keyboard by its curvy, modern, and well-designed structure.

A preferred layout is the split-keyboard ergonomic keyboard, in which the keys are separated into two distinct areas, one for the left and one for the right hand.

However, the majority of QWERTY keyboards nowadays are also ergonomic in the sense that they feature things like:

– A palm rest that’s often slightly elevated and with a soft cushion to offer comfort to your wrists and palms.

– A slanted position that feels more natural for your wrists. This is the optimal wrist position to avoid repetitive stress injury. Ergonomic keyboards give you the support you need to lay your wrists horizontally.

– Contours that have the advantage of reducing the amount of effort it takes to strike a key, and also enabling you to place your arm and wrists in a position that feels more natural to you. In other words, ergonomic keyboards are shaped based on the natural contour of your hand (rather than forcing your hands and wrists to assume an uncomfortable position that strains your muscles and ligaments).

Even if you don’t use an ergonomic keyboard or cannot afford one you can use ergonomic accessories like a palm support rest or a stand-alone numeric keyboard to make touch typing more comfortable.


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Studying for the GRE: Words in Context





One of the best features of the Vocab1 program is the opportunity it gives you to gain confidence in using new words by learning how to use them correctly in context. We provide numerous examples, as well as exercises that help you practice selecting the most appropriate word to complete a sentence. If you’re studying for the GRE, practicing sentence completion is an important part of your test preparation.

Here’s an example of a sentence-completion exercise:

The research assistant attempted to duplicate the professor’s laboratory tests, but the instructions he left for her to follow were so ____________ that her results never __________.

a) detailed … corresponded
b) outdated … differed
c) ambiguous … matched
d) precise … matched
e) illegible … finished

First, read the sentence to yourself and get a sense of its meaning. In this example, the sentence has a negative tone; you can see this by the use of the words attempted, but, and never. Keep this general idea in mind as you look at the pairs of words to choose from.

Let’s look at option (a): detailed and corresponded. If you fill these words in, the sentence says that the instructions were so detailed that the results never corresponded, or matched. This doesn’t make sense, because usually the more detailed the instructions are in a laboratory experiment, the more chance there is of getting the same result every time. The only way this would make sense is if the instructions were TOO complicated. Option (d) also uses a positive word in the first position, and another one in the second position. Using this pair of words, the sentence says that the instructions were so precise (accurate and easy to follow) that the results never matched. Again, this doesn’t make sense.

Filling in the blanks with the pair of words in option (b) gives us the statement that the instructions were so outdated that the results were the same every single time. Outdated generally means “no longer accurate” so it wouldn’t make sense that her tests, using bad data, would match his results. In addition, the assistant is trying to duplicate a set of results (and therefore “never differed” would be a good thing); however, the word but implies a negative outcome.

Option (e) looks like a good choice at first: the instructions were so illegible (hard to read) that the results never finished. Wait a minute, though – “results” don’t “finish.” If the sentence read “… that she could never finish the tests” then we could consider this pair, but as it is, the sentence would not be grammatically correct, so we can eliminate this option.

We’re left with option (c). Using these words turns the sentence into a statement that the results were so ambiguous, or unclear, that her results never matched his. The meaning of the sentence makes sense in context, and the sentence is grammatically correct. By first determining the overall intent of the sentence and then comparing all possible choices, we’ve come up with the right answer.

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Develop Keyboarding Skills Early, Enjoy The Life-Long Benefits Of Touch Typing





Being efficient at touch typing as an adult can improve your personal and professional growth, while making your financial prospects look better than ever.

Touch typing is an essential skill today. Computers have almost replaced books. Pen and paper have given way to keyboard and screen. So it’s no surprise that the need to have above average-touch typing skills is more urgent than ever.

Start early, reap the benefits longer

While you can learn to touch type at any age, to fully enjoy the benefits of touch typing you need to start early. Learning how to touch type using the right technique is something you can – and should – start right now.

And of course, the faster you become at keyboarding, the more benefits you’ll enjoy.

Raising confident students

A child who learns to touch type will have the confidence and assertiveness to use technology to their advantage, whether that’s for typing an essay, researching a topic, or collaborating with students in their class in a virtual collaboration network.

When students are not intimidated by technology they’re also more receptive to learning more advanced skills like coding and web design. Imagine the advantages your child will have at school with their above-average keyboarding abilities!

Improving productivity and saving time

Many children today have little free time. Between school classes and hobbies and extracurricular activities, they find themselves constantly studying, learning, practicing.

However, with the right touch typing accuracy and speed, children can save hours every month, which they can use to play, relax or socialize with their peers. Keeping a work/play balance is important for kids as well as adults.

Making digital communication efficient

Whether communicating with relatives living far away or collaborating on projects with other students around the world, being good at touch typing means a student can use technology and social communication media to communicate efficiently and without any disruption or added stress.

Touch typing helps adults and students alike

The benefits of more efficient communication, confidence in using new technologies, and increased productivity aren’t just there for younger students.

As a college student, you’ll continue to reap the benefits of touch typing. You’ll be able to touch type essays and reports quickly, and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with ease. You’ll stand out from the students around you by the efficiency with which you can study, learn, and grow into a smarter person.

Mastering touch typing continues to benefit you after graduation, too!

Do you want increased and better career prospects? Do you want to be more productive at work? Now that you’re a fast and accurate typist, you’re a step ahead of your colleagues, your supervisors are happy with your output, and you’re the first one that comes to mind when that promotion or raise is considered.

If you can save a few hours of touch typing a month as a student, imagine how much time you will free up just by touch typing at a faster pace.

How much of your job involves typing right now? Every increase in your typing speed and accuracy means hours saved over time. Double your speed, and you cut your typing time in half. What would you do with an extra hour (or more) at work, every day?

Come to think of it, what would you do with an extra hour each day of your life? Imagine the possibilities of using that time to improve some other skill, or learn a new one. Imagine having the time to pursue the dreams and ambitions that are burning in your heart.

Touch typing is more than a work skill – it’s a life skill. Teach your children how to touch type. Improve your own keyboarding skill as much as you can. The time to start benefiting from touch typing – is now!


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How Keyboarding Lessons Can Improve Your School and Help Your Students





If you’re not teaching keyboarding well, it’s likely causing problems right now

Incorrect typing puts students significantly behind in all aspects of their study and learning. Bad typing technique makes students do everything 2-3x slower, every time they use a computer. This holds up classes, causes late assignments, and reduces teaching efficacy.

The benefits of teaching students keyboarding

If students can type properly, they have a huge advantage in school and in life. Here are just some of the benefits of correct touch typing:

Improved School Results – Correct touch typing makes it easier to type assignments, do research, and communicate. Students complete more work and get better grades.

Ready for College and the Workforce – Students who can touch type increase their eligibility for almost any job. Good touch typing will also make college assignments and practical work much easier.

Work Happier and Faster – Correct typing means using computers with greater ease and confidence. Students will complete all computer related work faster and be happier about it.

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Smartphones: How They Affect Your Life





It’s the first thing you look at in the morning and probably the last thing you see before going to bed at night. Smartphones have become part and parcel of daily life. Whether for communicating with friends and clients around the world, paying your bills, shopping, or being more productive and more fit, your smartphone is the all-in-one device that makes your life easier.

Psychological Wellbeing

Social media is a great place to hang out. You network on LinkedIn and learn the news on Twitter, check out what friends are doing on Facebook, and Snapchat with your closest buddies just for the fun of it.

But often our obsession with always being online, always sharing and liking, always producing something more of ourselves and putting it out there for the world to judge and love, puts an emotional drain on our self-confidence.

We become dependent on others’ approval of our choices and we feel bad when they don’t readily share this excitement and love with us.

Taking a break from social networks can help you realize that life goes on without them. You can do something and not feel the need to post it for the world to see it. Events can still happen, and you can feel equally amazing, even when just keeping it to yourself.

But it’s not just what you share, it’s you sharing in what others do. Following models, athletes, celebrities and other famous people can make you feel bad about yourself, your accomplishements.

Comparing ourselves to others is an inescapable side effect of social media networking, so it’s no surprise that the occassional smartphone detox can help you realize that your choices need not always be compared with those of others. Everyone’s different, everyone has their own unique path.

Productivity

From Slack to Dropbox and Evernote, productivity apps help us keep on top of our daily tasks and responsibilities. But the constant launch of new apps is testimony to how smartphones have made life a bit more complex too. We spend a lot of time playing games or socializing through chat apps and messengers. We invest a lot of our time checking email, adding events and webinars to our calendars, and watching cat videos online. And we lose track of all the time we spend every day on smarphone-based activities.

Ask yourself this: are you really busy? or are you mismanaging your time by not realizing just how much of it you’re using being on your smartphone?

Physical Hazard & Health

With our faces bent low over 5-inch smartphone screens, shoulders hunched, it’s no surprise that we look like we’re turning into tech zombies. We don’t look ahead, we look down. We are glued to our screens, scrolling, tapping, and scrolling some more.

Take a break from your smartphone. Walk to a friend’s house rather than talking to them on Facebook. Go for a run rather than just looking at inspiring photos of people who work out on Instagram.

Life is made up of micro-moments that make a large impact on our health and well-being. As you read this article, think about what you could do for yourself next? Do you want to take a walk, socialize in person, or create something? Choose your next moment and make it count!


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Slow Down For Better Productivity





Sometimes, fast-paced lifestyles don’t cut it. You’d think that reading, eating and working faster would catapult your productivity into a new level of efficiency, but the truth is  that such an energy-depleting way of living can lead to burnout instead.

There’s only so much stress and pressure one person can handle. While power drinks and coffee might offer you that desperately needed push, sometimes to be productive you must slow down. Yes, I said slow down.

Before you dismiss my proposal as impossible, hear me out. It might sound ironic but it’s true; we’ve been trained to think that the faster we engage with tasks the better our results. But this is only partially true. If what we’re after is long-term, sustainable productivity then the key is to slow down a bit. With less stress burdening your shoulders you boost your clarity and efficiency, ultimately allowing yourself to be more productive.

Thanks, but no thanks

It’s important to turn down extra projects, overtime work, and anything else that puts extra strain on your already packed schedule. If people come to know you as the “yes, of course I will” person, then you will soon find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of tasks and responsibilities constantly deluging you, and you’ll find it increasingly harder to say “no.”

Saying “sorry, no” reminds people of your own humanity and limitations, and its nurtures others’ respect for you. Fewer responsibilities mean less workload, which then equals better productivity. Simple math here.

It’s all in the present moment

To manage to be productive even at a slowed-down pace requires that you practice mindfulness. Stop worrying over others’ future expectations and opinions of you. Rather, focus on what you need and should accomplish right now.

You can do this by focusing in the present moment. Forget the bigger picture and just be at peace with what you didn’t manage to do (your past) and what you should do (your future). This way you are mindful of what you’re capable of achieving right this moment.

This realization is what will boost your productivity, even if you are working in what it seems to be ridiculously slow-motion.

Sleep, what’s that?

It shouldn’t be optional, period. Sleep has been found to be more important than exercise and its essential role in your well-being is unquestionable. Sleep helps you better control your diet and food intake, while sleep deprivation makes you prone to mistakes and less resistant to fatty and sugary snacks.

With more sleep, you will achieve a consistent and enhanced brain functionality, increase your alertness, and overall perform better with less effort. No project, event or circumstance is more important than sleep.

Our society fosters fast-paced lifestyles; we’re expected to speed read, touch type at 150 wpm, and constantly multi-task so that we can fit everything we need to do into a tight 24 hour time frame. While this increased speed can improve our productivity in the short term, slowing down is important for both our well-being and work performance.  Having overwhelming schedules is not obligatory. It’s an option, and a choice we make each day.

You can change this by being more mindful of your daily routines, focusing more on your health and well-being by resting, turning down more responsibilities, getting enough sleep, and just slowing down from time to time, to recuperate.


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