Sunday, December 4, 2011

Guidelines for use of social networks for journalists

The report The 10 Best Practices for Social Media commissioned by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) contains guidelines and useful experiences to help journalists to manage their professional presence on social networks.

The Spanish version of the document: The 10 best practices for social media ( PDF ), the care of Guillermo Franco, is a highly recommended text as "framework to help publishers create their own policies" of social media.

In addition to the ten guidelines regarding professional ethics, relations with sources and readers, verification of information, transparency, exclusive management and confidentiality, the report contains a useful appendix which lists social media policies for several news organizations , including including: Bloomberg , Guardian , The Wall Street Journal , Los Angeles Times , The New York Times and The Washington Post .

The summary of key points:

1. The traditional ethical rules also apply 'online'

2. Assume that everything you write 'online' will become public

3. Use social media to interact with readers, but professionally

4. Publish breaking news (exclusive) on its website, not on Twitter

5. Beware of perceptions

6. Independently authenticate anything found in a social networking site

7. Always identify yourself as a journalist himself

8. Social networks are tools, not toys

9. Be transparent and admit when you're wrong 'online'

10. Maintain confidentiality of internal deliberations

Two of the most repeated messages on the recommendations of the ASNE is the life of the professional ethics of journalism in social networks and the need for common sense and prudence. In the words of John Robinson, editor of The Greensboro News & Record : "I've told my staff that my social media policy is this: do not be stupid."

The time of social algorithms

The evolution of the web from a consultation platform to a platform of participation affects the central role played until now Google, with its well-known algorithm and positioning strategies (SEO), and power distributed function of social networks as traffic source and scope of new strategies such as social media optimization (SMO).

If we have gone to seek information to find people , is that increasingly rely on our social networks in Google algorithms when it comes to access to information that we find it personally relevant.

The functions of prescribing and social recommendation that meet our online communities are becoming more sense in an environment characterized by info pollination.

The renewed commitment by Google to Google + , and the gradual sophistication of social algorithm Facebook ( edgerank ) should give pause to the media about the importance of implementing new mechanisms for ranking news , more social and more personal. Such web analytics should begin to show paths leading to the media not only to better understand their users, but more effectively design interfaces that will recognize and learn from their patterns of consumption information.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

how they did with school evaluation

When closing the first year of implementation of Decree 1290, Medellín educational institutions create support plans that allow a positive finish the school year.

The arrival of the decree of assessment 1290 which regulates the assessment of learning and student promotion levels primary and secondary education, proposed this year a great challenge for the institutions and the autonomy to evaluate.  Finishing the school year, this independence caught an alarm in the country for the possibility that many students can lose the year. "We knew it would to be a bit tricky adaptation. And of course, because as new generating a change in the model to assess. However, support plans are the solution to meet the needs of students. "Said Felipe Gil, Secretary of Education of Medellin.

The stall alarm and repeating national school until September, was about 30 percent. In Medellin, the Ministry of Education conducted a survey this month to review the city on him. The questionnaire results showed that there is a risk of loss of 20 percent in elementary and secondary education, especially in mathematics low performance by 56 percent.  

These results, as educational institutions, partnered by 67 percent to lack of interest, study habits of students and family support. 

Strategies to minimize the risk

of losing alarm originates year because "it came from a very lax system of assessment (Decree 230), where most people considered him the education sector that generated a greater responsibility for the students, "said Education Secretary Felipe Gil. As we know many criticisms of this system and to move to the end as proposed by the 1290 decree, the adjustment has an impact because there is a different method of assessment desubica both parents, and students and teachers. To minimize distress and adaptation of different educational institutions, the Ministry of Education proposed the development of support schemes, which allow to create a strategy for each institution to support the process students who are struggling. This strategy will enable students, through various activities, improve their academic performance so they can advance to the next grade. The idea is that between the last week of the school calendar and the first week of January when they start showing their progress activities and grade promotion and does not create problems. "The most important thing at this late stage of the year is to develop complementary, workshops, training activities and strategies that allow students to recover," said the Secretary. For Felipe Gil, another element adaptation that has affected the evaluation system referred to in Decree 1290, deals with most institutions that became the number system. So the issue is not so novel for adults, but for students themselves, so the support is crucial as they understand and embrace this type of evaluation.

Profes recharge batteries for mobile learning

A new school year began and with it the unique challenges of education and everyday as the use of new information technologies and communication in the classroom.

But the challenge comes with the added value is that the use of ICT is no longer limited to the computer connected to the Internet, because they are already available to other technological tools that can complement learning, such as mobile devices.

And is that the headache issue for many teachers means class while students are distracted by your cell phone or music player, will in the near future an opportunity to be part of what is known as m-learning or mobile learning.

It is understood then the m-learning as learning that uses mobile devices such as cell phones, PDAs, tables, ipod, and all handheld devices easily with wireless connectivity. 

Rene Cruz Flores, professor at the Institute of Engineering of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California said in his presentation "mobile devices in education: the future of learning" that the m-learning began as an aggregate of online learning (e-learning ): "looking through the phone that I could connect to the Internet and the resources wirelessly wherever she was and when I want."

However, those first strokes were confined to, to allow access from a mobile device and replicate them with information already available on other platforms.

Today, according to René Flores Cruz, there are several projects in countries like England, Germany and Japan, which advanced in this regard, and have dared to create new models and new teaching materials exclusively for mobile tools.

Thus, many students around the world and know not only what is to obtain their qualifications through the cell, but what is to bring their classes, lessons and assessments in English, mathematics or social science anywhere and anytime you want . 

A challenge for teachers today

That is what mobile learning for teachers in Medellin, because if either is just something that you're talking education in various areas of the city, it requires prompt attention to who will face this new conception education and who in turn should be familiar to learners.

As said Ramon Cruz Flores, classes may not be the same and teachers should devise other ways of imparting knowledge, because with these tools, it is possible for example that for natural science classes is not required and chalk board, but to bring mobile devices to the botanical gardens and see first hand the object of study. It is a dynamic in which students can explore and deepen knowledge at will, without being in the classroom, but always important to the accompaniment of educators.

And is that going further, Ramon Flores Cruz to imagine classes is reached where a student's absence will not justify that he is not attentive to the lessons or not present their assessments of written or oral ... all through a mobile device . 

Prevention before cure
Each day students and the community at large are more familiar with mobile devices, so that their arrival to education may be a matter of waiting.

This is an excuse for teachers and directors from and to raise and discuss this issue, thus making this new relationship between ICT and education do not take them by surprise. This issue will then be on the agenda.

This discussion should focus on what the educational objective that justifies the inclusion of mobile devices in the classroom and what software and technological tools needed to carry out this purpose. 

It's time to talk in the classroom

The advent of mobile devices to education and their possible use in the classroom in Medellín, is a suitable excuse to reflect with students and parents about the use of these technological tools. Attention to the following recommendations:

- What mobile devices are the students? Open space for students to tell you what kind of mobile devices used, which are so important in your life, what educational and recreational activities and how much they are required to spend their free time to use them.

- Are the students ready for mobile learning? Tell students about the possibility that future cell phones will become part important classes imagine how the tests? What difficulties have?

- Fear of technology? We are in the information society, so that technology makes important part of everyday life. Fear could pose a problem for students. Ask them about their fears and familiarize with ICT, including mobile devices.

- There was a phone in class? The misuse of mobile devices is a constant in today's society, so we have to instill in students the need to respect the spaces. It is wrong that in a class at a dinner or a play, people use the Blackberry chat or make use of other mobile service.

- One thing at a time. Talk to parents about the importance of students acquiring mobile devices according to their age and social needs and the need for parents to monitor and guide the proper use of these tools.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Universities in India

Universities in India can be classified into different categories, such as universities Central State University, believes the universities, private universities, agricultural universities, the National Institutes of importance and open universities.

These universities in India can play an important role not only for the survival of a just and dynamic, but also in search of its rich democratic tradition. In fact, some universities in India play a great job of producing enlightened citizens of the nation. But with the growth of the economy, Indian universities and other higher education institutions have faced a new challenge.

This is to provide qualified and competent professionals for the growing industries and corporate houses. In India is already very high in terms of population, the need of the hour is to transform unproductive resource rights in productive human capital. This new call for quality manufacturing and most relevant education accessible to much of the population and the huge investments in the education sector.

Recognizing the urgent need to reorganize the system of higher education in the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development proposes the creation of eight new Indian Institutes of Technology, seven Indian Institutes of Management and thirty 30 universities in the central part of the 11 th plan . Out five years of the 30 Central Universities, 14 universities are world class.

Some of the institutes associated with universities in India -

University Grants Commission of India
The University Grants Commission of India is a central government agency that provides support for the government, universities and colleges with funds. The University Grants Commission of India or UGC provides recognition to universities in India. The office of the UGC is headquartered in New Delhi. The regional office is located in the south of Hyderabad. UGC NET also conducts examinations. This review is for the recruitment of teachers in colleges and universities.

All India Council for Technical Education
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is an organization involved in systematic planning and development system organized technical education in the country. Currently, a total of 1,346 engineering colleges in India, which were approved by the All India Council for Technical Education. The seat is AICTE Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organization that provides recognition to universities. The CCNA is an autonomous organization that is funded by the Scholarship Committee of the University of Government of India, Bangalore.

Association of Indian Universities
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is an organization based in New Delhi. The organization is involved in the evaluation of courses and the standard program and liaison between the universities of India and the government.

Friday, March 25, 2011

e learning courses

The e-learning broadens the range of other training courses

The e-learning has begun to have great success with all types of educational institutions. We found e-learning system in place both between distance learning centers and among the most prestigious institutions such as universities around the world already use this system as a fundamental tool for teaching.

But many will wonder what's this e-learning? It is a new form of distance education has emerged through the development of Information Technology and the Internet. With this new tool the student has access to all types of interactive multimedia courses offered through the Web, receiving training and travel schedules independence from their job or even your home. Moreover, learning through e-learning tool has proven very effective, because the student becomes the center of the learning process and becoming the leading engine of the classes.

Costa de Valencia, training center have been quick to realize the enormous advantages of e-learning system and therefore have begun to implement within their huge range of language courses and training. Well within the range of e-learning, we can find language courses (English, French, Italian, German, ...) to courses focused on computer training or training related to the business world. The contents of the courses are provided to students in small digestible thematic blocks, which also have tests at the end of each one so that the students themselves can assess the knowledge acquired. In addition, the training center Costa de Valencia has made available to anyone who wants a small demonstration of the system. Entering its Web page in the section CAMPUS you can see the range of courses and become familiar with the system of e-learning work, but you must enter the user name and the word Demo this same word as your password.

It is clear that e-learning is not the perfect substitute for classroom training, but it is a very interesting option for corporate training and for those who have geographic or time limitations. In fact this method and is used without any problems for American students. According to Sloan students report generally shown as satisfied with their online courses with their classes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Get Online Degree While Working

A college degree is a valuable asset and a motivated person can get an online degree in the job easier. An online degree from an accredited university can increase the purchasing power of most people. Online education can be a challenge for a worker who is disorganized, but if you have the discipline to create and follow a structured learning process of years, then an online degree makes sense.

Motivation is key to achieving a degree online
will study hard to get an online degree in a reasonable time, as strong motivation is a necessity. Think that the average degree of knowledge, satisfaction and income level must help a candidate to continue.

People looking for an online degree are generally older and more mature, often with the commitments of career and family, so they tend to be more serious in their learning and more motivated to complete the degree. Students fresh out of high school are more likely to follow the course of a school where there is more structure and support.  ( Education in Ancient India )

choice of college is important to online education
The most important factor in choosing an online university is to ensure that its programs are accredited by a recognized body. Many mills, diploma, the AU will make their own fake accreditation agencies to ensure that all candidates must be cautious. Students can view an online university, accreditation of participants to ensure that the accreditation body is recognized as legitimate by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ( of the site.

Many institutions charge tuition or a little more to the curriculum in line for your offers on campus. When students online to save money by not having to travel or live on campus. However, students should seek lower-cost tuition to secure and offers of financial aid available soon. online students should be careful with too much debt and may be better to pay for a course at a time if possible, rather than for the semester all at once.

Most employers now accept online degrees from accredited institutions, but wouldn, AOT hard to get in your desired area. Prospective students may consult with human resources departments of the companies selected, if not a concern. Online degrees are equally difficult to make than traditional ones.

Use the flexibility of online education
An online education, the AM biggest advantages is the possibility of learning sessions for the student, the convenience of the participant. Get a degree online is much more flexible to obtain a bachelor's degree or five years at a traditional university. Students can take online courses of study and the testing schedule to insert the regular programs, AOT permission.  ( India Education )

Students must have computer skills and knowledge of word processing, email and Internet search and research applications as well. Classes are available widely in these basic computer skills as needed before enrolling in a program of study. Given these basic skills in using online technology and software is quite simple. If a student has doubts about the technology offered by the School, the availability and quality of teachers, etc, and then take a course or two before embarking on a program of study can be significant.

Investing in a Land of discount online degree
The financial value of a diploma, the participant is presented in the lifetime income of workers. A recent study by the College Board has indicated that workers with a college degree earn on average $ 19,400 more per year than high school graduates. During a lifetime of 40 years of work, equivalent to a profit of $ 776,000. Therefore, an online degree can actually pay for those who can successfully win. Obtaining a degree online is more convenient for people who need to work full time due to the flexibility of online education allows. But students need to be sure that the school selected for an online degree is fully accredited.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Education in Ancient India

It is necessary to place in its historical context, cultural religious and educational concepts, contents and educators of the ancient civilization of India. It begins with the migration of Aryan peoples from the steppes of central Asia to the shores of rivers Indo and Ganges, Circa 2,000 BC It is in these moments when society is castes that survives today: the Brahmins or priests at the top, the warriors kchatrias or below, encompassing vanysias artisans, merchants and peasants, and the base, the Sudras or servants excluded, is the caste of pariahs, untouchables.

Religion Hindu permeates education. From the Vedic and Brahmanic variations brought by the Aryan peoples, to developments accounted Buddhism and Jainism arisen in the sixth century C. The teacher, guru, instructs, initiates and guides the disciple in spiritual formation. Can only access the guru's teaching members of the three-upper classes or Sudras servants and outcasts are outside. The disciple, sisya should possess in addition to the social, physical qualities, mental, moral and spiritual. With the ceremony of "Upunayana" started studying, it symbolizes the spiritual birth of the student, who receives from his guru, a mantra or sacred formula. For years seek knowledge through the truth that puts the teacher, will be devoted to reflection and yogic meditation.

The contents to be studied from a dual literary canon, one in Sanskrit, the Vedic language and another in Pali, the Buddhist. The first consists of the sacred books called "sruti" means Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads, They follow the "smriti" covering topics in astronomy, grammar, math, history and law, all of them in the form of aphorisms, proverbs and maxims sentential. The Buddhist canon or "tripitaca" is the Vinaya Pitaka On discipline, Sutta Pitaka dealing with disclosure and Abhidhamma Pitaka. The student must memorize and reflect on the exegesis that the guru imparts intellectual whose authority is beyond doubt, the disciple should worship their master.

The fundamental goal of education is liberation from ignorance, "moksha". It seeks to educate the men in obedience, respect for parents and piety to the gods, the woman must learn the virtues of submission and worship the husband, fidelity, chastity and obedience, resignation, joy and bring home perfectly.

Education in India

The India has been one of the main places of learning for thousands of years, dating back to ancient seats of learning as Nalanda. In modern times, in India, educational institutions (like IITs,AIIMS,IIMs,IISc, NITs, ISI,JU,BITS and ISB) are well known.

India, despite being a developing country, has set challenges and educational initiatives, one of the main concepts in primary education is to achieve achieve 100% literacy. The universal and compulsory primary education, with their maintenance problems of poor children in school and maintaining quality of education in rural areas has been difficult to achieve, Kerala is the only Indian state to reach this goal so far.

All levels of education in India, from primary to higher education, are overseen by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Higher Education (India) and the Department of School Education and Literacy), and heavily subsidized by the Government of India, although there is a movement for higher education partially self-financing. The Indian government is considering to allow 100% FDI in higher education also has contributed to improvements within it.

Primary education
The Indian government has put major emphasis on primary education until the age of fourteen years (known as primary education india)