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Fluicell introduces extra-precise Biopixlar 3D bioprinter

Fluicell AB, a Swedish biotech company, founded as a spin-off from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, has launched Biopixlar – a biomedical plotter/3D printer… with a gamepad!

Fluicell company was set up in 2012, and since then has been developing and manufacturing devices that can be used in cell biology, biomedicine, a medicine development. Among them is Dynaflow Resolve ion channel screening platforms, as well as microfluidic device BioPen, which enables local delivery of molecules to one or a small number of cells in a laboratory environment. 

Their newest addition is the Biopixlar platform, which is made up of a bioprinter, a software, a gamepad, all situated on an optical table. One of the most impressive features of the device is its high-resolution, which makes it possible to print out even individual cells. Fluicell introduced the device’s unusual gamepad interface for this particular reason since it allows us to operate the printer’s micromanipulator if necessary manually. This new feature makes the controls much more tactile, and the operating experience is now way more enjoyable for the user. It feels as if you’re playing a video game, but it’s much cooler, and you can actually create something new this way. 

“We have been beta-testing the Biopixlar platform for two months now, and we are very pleased with its performance. The platform is running smoothly, and we really like the gamepad, which we think is a very innovative interface to work with. We are currently developing protocols for the printing of different neuronal cell types,” said Mattias Karlsson, CEO of Cellectricon AB, a disease research company. also checkout how 3dEngineering is making new developments in the field of 3D printing

The capability of this exciting technology to enable precise control of the cellular composition and spatial distribution within a cell culture has the potential to open up completely new avenues for in-vitro modeling of a wide range of central and peripheral nervous system-related diseases.

The device’s microfluidic print-head with an elastomeric nozzle is capable of working with three types of cellular materials simultaneously, allowing to create single-layer or multi-layer structures. The manufacturer states that by changing the print head, users will be able to achieve even better results with many more different cell types. 

The new machine is likely to bring us closer to the next big step in bioprinting since it’s will not just help scientists to be more efficient at testing medicine efficacy, as well as print various tissues for disease research, but also it will allow researchers to avoid testing on animals. Now, this would be a huge leap forward in the ethics department. 

The operating process is monitored by an onboard microscope and a camera that transmits an image in full HD. On top of that, the device is equipped with an onboard multi-color fluorescence imaging setup. If you’re interested in 3D printers and want to buy one, but don’t know how to check out this guide (https://top3dshop.com/blog/3d-printer-buying-guide), it’ll help figure out, which machine will be most useful to you. 

 

Lessons in the future: How the next decade will change higher education

There aren’t many aspects of life that have changed more since the turn of the millennium than how we educate ourselves.

For that, we have the internet to thank first and foremost. The great depths of information we now have access to via a simple flick of the finger would almost have been unfathomable just 30 years ago.

In fact, the wealth of data and statistics we can use to form opinions and drive content is so vast that there’s a legitimate concern that there’s simply too much coming in from too many unreliable sources. Fake News represents the ugly side of this brave new era of unprecedented interconnectivity and will no doubt be a major concern for universities and higher education institutions as we move into the next decade.

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Despite the increasing prevalence of misinformation, there should be very few reasons to be fearful of those associated with higher education. Technology has empowered students to collaborate seamlessly over social media in group projects, access extensive texts from university libraries online, and submit completed essays and work digitally.

The contrast between educational institutions in the early 1990s and today is emphatic, so what can we expect to see over the next decade of technological innovations?

Working with intelligence

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Technavio predicts the educational artificial intelligence market will have grown by almost 48% by 2022 alone, with more higher education institutions eager to implement some form of AI technology to aid learning.

However, the potential power of artificial intelligence extends way beyond the domain of learning tools. Some institutions around the world are already working on implementing AI as a means of aiding the development of individual students. University 20.35 uses artificial intelligence to interpret big data into devising each of its students’ educational trajectories – ensuring that none of its online students are left behind or left feeling unchallenged. We sat down with Dmitry Peskov, the head of University 20.35, and had some interesting thoughts. Here are a few questions we asked him:

Hello Dmitry, please tell us about your role within AI in higher education?

I am faced with the task of training professionals for the digital economy of the future. When we started dealing with this challenge, we saw that educational programs in traditional universities and the teaching methods applied therein didn’t correspond to the needs of either private companies or the state. Everything is transforming very quickly, new specializations are created, and the requirements for traditional ones are constantly expanding. We realized that we need a data-driven educational platform where everything would be personalized as much as possible through the use of AI. Hence, the University 20.35 was established as a result.

Could AI help resolve some of the big issues when it comes to education?

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Yes. Artificial intelligence allows for a high degree of accuracy in evaluating what is important and interesting for a particular person. A student who consumes only what is interesting for them learns much better. It is safe to say that the professional career of such a person will go uphill quite rapidly since the person clearly knows what they need and how to achieve that. But the beginning of everything is an individual approach to education.

How accurate can AI be in calculating students’ pathways?

It all depends on the quality of the data that we give the AI. It can take in a lot of data, but if we want to get the most useful information from it, then, we should help it. For example, I already mentioned that the AI analyses various multimedia materials that students upload into the system. But, in order to draw practical conclusions from that data, it must relate to the educational process. Our experience shows that students quickly adapt to productive interaction with AI.

 

 

AI is also already being implemented in the form of chatbots. At Staffordshire University, Beacon is the name given to the institution’s dedicated chatbot – happily on hand to deal with any queries its students may have while in the middle of the most arduous of all-nighters ahead of a deadline. Beacon’s able to handle a wide range of inquiries and can automatically answer over 400 frequently asked questions.

Moving into the 2020s, we can expect to see much more widespread usage of chatbots, as wells as a considerable increase in the complexity of the queries that they’re capable of dealing with. When higher education institutions are often scrutinized for the accessibility of its tutors, tools like Beacon will become an industry standard.

Artificial intelligence will also play a significant role within the future of HE. Algorithmic AI programs will be capable of not only assessing the aptitude of new students based on a wealth of factors but can also deliver extensive assessments of their submissions – simultaneously checking for plagiarism as well as highlighting potential areas of concern or merit for tutors to corroborate.

Reappropriating reality

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The value that augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR) could bring to learning environments both online and offline cannot be underestimated.

In a study by the University of Maryland, it was found that students had an 8.8% better rate of recall when placed in an immersive environment rather than working with the use of flat-screen monitors – in an industry that’s driven by results, such figures could prove invaluable.

Remote augmented reality could also pave the way for a new form of assessment from tutors – especially in the world of healthcare and engineering. Students using AR glasses can effectively stream their line of sight to tutors who will be able to guide them through complex surgeries and the navigation of unfamiliar machinery – handing our visual cues along the way. Such technology is already being implemented in the engineering industry by Scope AR.

It’s fair to anticipate that students over the next ten years will experience a much more immersive learning environment to their predecessors, with tutorials and lectures conducted through VR and AR glasses. Such innovations will provide a significant boost to online university courses, too.

Flexible collaboration

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Another innovation that will prove to be music to the ears of online university students is the implementation of flexible collaboration tools.

In the near future, we will see both AR and VR play key roles in providing more immersive collaboration to students working on team projects and to those learning from home.

Students can also be excited for the wider implementation of more immersive meeting tools like Cisco’s Webex. “Teachers are also using Webex in classrooms to create real-time, synchronous collaborative learning opportunities on 1:1 devices. On top of whiteboarding and exchanging assignment files, they can chat with individual students who may be facing unique challenges. These important conversations can continue after the school bell rings,” explains Drew Lane, Executive Director of Information & Communications Technologies at Shawnee Mission School District.

The prospect of flexible digital collaboration will enable a much more immersive learning experience for students in Higher Education and will help to make tutorials for remote learners much more impactful in the future.

Keeping things real

With so much exciting technological developments swishing around the educational landscape, it’s important to keep grounded and understand that there will be fresh challenges that universities will have to face too. One of the most significant being the rise of fake news.

A Stanford study, published in late 2016, consisting of 7,804 students found that 82% of respondents were unable to tell the difference between a real news story and an advert labeled ‘sponsored content.’

Fortunately, the foundations for combatting fake news has already been set in Scandinavia, where Finland’s policy of providing media literacy education to children has resulted in the nation being considered the most literate in the world when it comes to interpreting news stories.

Finland is top of the class for media literacy in 2018, according to findings from the Sofia Open Society Institute, Bulgaria. Image: World Economic Forum

“Finland’s government considers the strong public education system as the main tool to resist information warfare against the country,” said Marin Lessenski, Programme Director for European Policies at the Open Society Institute, Sofia.

Misinformation has the potential to undermine the performance of students across the world. The problem of fake news has already been identified by many large social media platforms, and moving into the next decade we will see much more preventative measures being taken in classrooms to help the coming generations of students to better understand the credibility of the information they digest. To learn even more about artificial intelligence in education you could check out Techslang.

Robot Vacuum – How to Use One?

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With the ease and convenience that robot vacuum cleaners bring to many homeowners, it is not surprising that there are now several brands and models to choose from. Each company that manufactures cleaners continuously makes improvements to their current models so that newer and better versions of their vacuum are periodically released.

The various brands and models of robot vacuum have a lot of differences and similarities. The differences often involve the features that the cleaners come with. When buying robot cleaners, it is important to identify the specific features that will be absolutely useful for you to help you determine which brand and model to get. It will also be helpful to read reviews that you can find online so you can get actual feedback from users of a particular vacuum.

Once you have your robot vacuum, it is important to read its instruction manual carefully. This will help you fully maximize everything that your cleaner has to offer. Nevertheless, there is no need to be wary of using one because robot cleaners are very easy to use, below is a guide in using.

Scope of Job

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The first thing you need to determine is how your robot cleaner goes about its job. Some robot vacuum is random cleaners which means they randomly vacuum around a room. This means that some areas are vacuumed several times while other areas might get just one pass. On the other hand, there are cleaners that come with the ability to map its surroundings either with the use of a built-in camera or with input from the user. These vacuum are more methodical, allowing them to clean faster. You will have to type in the room size and dimensions if your cleaner requires it. Otherwise, all you have to do is to clear the floor of any major clutter and let the robot do its job.

Virtual Wall

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If your robot comes with a virtual wall feature, make sure that you set it up before turning on your vacuum. This virtual wall feature will set up virtual walls for your gadget, often with the use of infrared sensors. This feature is designed to keep your robot away from areas beyond the virtual wall.

Schedule

Most cleaners come with a scheduling function. This lets you specify a time when you want your robot to do its job, allowing it to do its vacuuming at a regular time every day even when you are out of the house.

Cleaning

Despite all the convenience that vacuum provide, one thing it cannot do is to clean itself. You will have to regularly empty its dirt and dust bin to ensure the hassle-free operation of your gadget.

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The robot cleaner is fully automatic and with their ability to go back to their bases and recharge means that you almost do not have to do anything except for the four things listed above. To help you find the best automatic cleaner for you, we have compiled a list of businesses in Australia that sell them. Feel free to browse their websites to view their wide selection of gadget for clean and to compare the different models and their features and prices.

References:

  1. Robotbox.net”, Black Friday
  2. “Topvacuumrobot.com”, Top robot vacuum cleaners brands and models

Use of Wireless Earbuds: What You Need to Know

Are you thinking of buying a Bluetooth headset and do not know which one to decide? Below you will find a guide in which you will know the aspects that you should consider when choosing. No doubt, Wireless Earbuds are becoming increasingly popular due to the improvement of wireless technology and the comfort they provide in front of their wired brothers. In this guide, let’s take a look at some of the most important things you need to know to buy good wireless Earbuds.

Things You Need to Remember

As per the market analyst of the buyers trend, you always need to check the latest top product reviews and buyers guide before buying any product online. This will allow you to know what exactly people are buying from the market and what’s in trends now days as well. So be careful and don’t forget to see the top product reviews whenever you have the plan to buy any product online. Let’s check the things, we should always remember before buying Bluetooth Earbuds online.

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First of all, we will talk about the autonomy of the Earbuds as one of the main elements. Then we will briefly review the different models depending on the shape of the earpiece: supraaural, circumaural and intraaural. Finally, we will explain the different technical features that you can find in the Energy System Earbuds. Some models that incorporate additional functions such as ANC (Active Noise Canceling) technology or the connection function with the voice assistant of your Smartphone: Voice Assistant.

  • Autonomy

It is one of the most important aspects. The battery of your Earbuds determines the hours you can listen to music without worrying about charging them. In most cases you will find a range of Earbuds that range from models that last an average of 4-5 hours to Earbuds that integrate a battery of about 15 hours.

You will also find specific models that include a charging case to recover battery at any time. No need to connect them to power. This is the case of the Earphones Urban 4 and Earphones Style 6 Earbuds. Both include a case that allows you to charge your devices when you are not using them. Both models include up to 3 full loads to enjoy your music whenever you want.

  • Earphone shape
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Headset closed or open? headband or button? Do not make a mess. In this post, we explain everything you need to know to decide on the headset that best suits your taste. Ideally, to decide on this aspect, think of a headset that is comfortable to place. More than the color or finishes, this is the main aspect to consider. Since you will have days in which you spend several hours with Earbuds and you need the greatest comfort for your hearing health.

Take a look at the detailed guide of the headset forms that you can find in our models and choose your favorite.

  • Technology

Within the wide range of Earbuds that you can find in the market, there are simpler models and others that have exclusive features. These functions are given in most cases by technological integrations that improve the audio experience at all times. xFyro.com award-winning engineers audio created the most advanced pair of waterproof earbuds on the market, bringing next-generation technology today’s active listener

Since last year we have been working to expand the range of this type of Earbuds. If you are one of those who are looking for something different from what you already know, we recommend that you know the different technologies that you can find in our Earbuds today:

  • ANC (Active Noise Canceling)
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Active noise cancellation function. These Earbuds are designed with an internal structure that enhances the sound you play and reduces the noise you hear outside. It is very useful if you are looking for a device that offers you bass power. The two models that currently incorporate the Active Noise Canceling function are designed to travel without anything bothering you around: such as on a plane, train, bus trips … only the music you listen to matters.

  • Voice Assistant:

Would you like to ask how long your Smartphone is doing today without having to take it out of your pocket? This function activates the voice assistant of your mobile so you can send your question to the microphone built into the Earbuds. This way you save having to take out your mobile at all times. It is ideal if you are one of those who wear Earbuds on the way to work or back home and need to check any information on your mobile.

  • True Wireless:

This technology makes you forget the cables at all times. It is integrated into the most compact Earbuds, designed so that you do not have to wear anything hanging while walking, traveling or doing a training session in the gym. Now you know the main aspects that you have to consider before buying a Bluetooth headset. Now you just have to choose the model that best suits your needs.

What Is Contact Center As A Service (CCaaS)?

When it comes to deciding between customer experience solutions, businesses have quite a few options to choose from. Choosing a customer experience solution is one of the most important decisions a company has to make — without the right customer service tools and resources, it will be impossible for businesses to provide good customer service experiences and build relationships with consumers. Fortunately, a Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) is a great option for businesses of all shapes and sizes. But what is a CCaaS and how can it help companies provide better customer service experiences?

Understanding what a CCaaS is

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Like many of today’s customer service solutions, CCaaS is cloud-based. This means that instead of having the software hosted at the business’ location, employees have access to it in the cloud. Having a cloud-based software allows companies to worry less about maintaining the host server and more about actually communicating with their customers.

One of the biggest challenges businesses face when it comes to customer service is routing the communication interactions from various channels. Most businesses have contact options through platforms like emailing, messaging, chatting, and phone calls — which can add up to a lot of different channels to manage. Fortunately, CCaaS software helps companies route incoming communications from all of their channels and determine which representative is best fit to answer the incoming question or concern.

CCaaS can also offer additional communication options for businesses, including automatic call distribution, interactive voice response, and computer telephony integration. All of these tools provided by CCaaS providers, such as https://www.brightpattern.com/, give companies the resources needed to respond to customer inquiries quickly and effectively.

How can businesses benefit from choosing a CCaaS?

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There are endless benefits to companies choosing a CCaaS instead of an on-premises contact center system. One of the biggest and most obvious benefits is that it helps companies provide better customer service experience. Without an organized system, companies may have difficulties answering questions in a timely manner and even giving the right information to customers.

A CCaaS can significantly limit wait times and get customers in direct contact with a service representative without having to go through several steps. Poor customer service experiences make for unhappy customers and can ultimately hurt a business’ reputation.

Another benefit of choosing a CCaaS is that businesses will save money. Moving over to a cloud-based customer service solution doesn’t involve any upfront investments and can reduce power costs since the system won’t be hosted on-premise.

Additionally, businesses won’t have to spend time or money maintaining the hardware used to host the system. These systems can also allow companies to reduce their staff since the customer service process will become more streamlined. And, of course, not having to maintain the system themselves, businesses won’t have to deal with any downtime if there are issues, which can help them continue to serve their customers and grow their business.

Lastly, a CCaaS system gives companies the opportunity to scale their system to meet business needs. Companies will only pay for the technology they actually need, offering the scalability needed to save time and money. Businesses can bring more agents on as needed and they won’t have to pay for software licenses or services. All in all, using a cloud-based system gives businesses the flexibility to change their service as their business changes.

Using a Contact Center as a Service system is beneficial for businesses, especially in today’s digital age. From saving money to providing better customer service experiences, a CCaaS system can help businesses grow and build better relationships with their customers while adapting their system to their business’ changing needs.

Six Must-Have Smart Home Technology Gadgets That Will Leave You Spellbound in

It’s the year 2019 and smart home systems and devices are as important, and innovative, as ever. Today, smart home systems don’t just involve telling Alexa to play your favorite songs; in fact,  smart devices actually have the ability to vacuum your dining too, cook your food, and turn off your bedroom lights right before you go to sleep.

These devices add convenience to your life, not only during light tasks such as ordering food or calling a family member, but they can also manage more serious tasks such as acting as a full-force home security system when you’re not around. Smart home devices aren’t just installed for fun, they’re actually quite useful. 

So, what exactly is a smart device? Well, a smart home system refers to a command center that manages individual products, such as Google Assistant or Alexa, while a smart device is an individual product that is managed by the system.

Nobody would’ve thought that they’d be looking for high-tech gadgets for their homes, but, it’s 2019, and there are a lot of options for you to explore, so you can check it out on GadgetLounge. Now that we have the technicalities out of the way, here are the six best smart home devices that are a must-have in 2019:

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

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Amazon Echo is currently the best smart speaker available. Not only is this device affordable at $99.99, but it’ll cater to all your needs, too. The speaker is compatible with Alexa and has the capability to send messages, make phone calls, play your music, answer questions, and set reminders and alarms for you with statements such as “It’s 8 am, it’s time to go to work”. 

It even has the potential to connect to other smart devices, allowing you to use the Amazon Echo as a bridge between you and your garden’s watering system. The speaker has noise cancellation features and 360-degree audio to ensure the sound can be heard from anywhere. With the Amazon Echo, you can complete a variety of tasks from the comfort of your sofa.

Philips Hue

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This smart device allows you to control the color of your lights, as well as their intensity, with brightening and dimming options on-command. Through these features, you can create color-coordinated moods, for instance, choosing the “calm” mood on the app for your bedroom and syncing it up with matching music. 

Additionally, you can set alarms that are coordinated and, according to that, wake up to, for example, a bright yellow room in the morning. The Phillips Hue bulbs are compatible with the majority of smart home systems, making them extremely flexible options. If colors aren’t your thing, you can always opt for Philips Hue White.

TP-Link HS200

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While smart lights, such as Philips Hue bulbs are quite easy to use, they can’t do their magic if someone flips down the light switch, making them impossible to work until and unless you physically flip the switchbacks.

To create a true experience of convenience, you should consider purchasing the TP-Link HS200, smart light switches which can actually be controlled your smart home or phone, regardless of whether the light switch is down or up. The app, called Kasa, can be used to create actions and scenes. For example, a phrase such as making food downstairs would switch off all the lights upstairs.

It is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but you can also use it with other smart home systems, such as Wink and Apple HomeKit.

Ecobee4

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The Ecobee4 is an extremely versatile device that not only controls your house’s air temperature through voice commands but also acts as an Amazon speaker, giving it the ability to do everything the Google Assistant or Alexa can do, including controlling other devices and perform simple commands, such as playing music.

It can be seamlessly integrated with other apps and smart home systems, such as Apple HomeKit and Alexa. Additionally, it can also control the room you’re currently in instead of the room it’s installed in.

Netgear Arlo Q

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While the smart home devices listed above are mainly used for entertainment or convenience purposes, the NetGear Arlo Q is a great device for your home’s security. With its strong technical features, the device can produce and record high-quality images and video, even in pitch-black darkness.

Perfect Bake Pro

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It is perhaps the most innovative of the bunch where, by inputting the quantity of the ingredients you have, the device comes up with recipes you can make with those ingredients. So, the next time you’re hungry at midnight and don’t know what to make from 2 cups of cheese, a cup of pasta, and half a cup of milk, the device will do it for you.

The recipe can be autoscaled for the number of people or the number of ingredients you currently have or even come up with a shopping list for the recipes you want to create. Perhaps the best part of the device, the bowl can be used to measure the ingredients as they are poured in with the device indicating when you should stop adding the ingredients.

Devices listed above can definitely add oomph to your house and make life much more convenient and comfortable.

What other smart devices are a must-have in 2019? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Does the Use of Computer/Technology Benefit the Educational Process?

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The educational world does not stand still and undergoes constant changes. In the informatization era, young people can use digital tools, bringing the learning experience to a new qualitative level. At the same time, not all schools and universities are equipped well enough to teach students in a progressive way. Some of them experience financial problems, shortage of tech-savvy professors, and continue using obsolete approaches.

Importance of introducing technology in a class provokes burning debates and attracts academic community’s lively attention. This article prepared by Pro-Papers experts shows how innovations can benefit the educational process.

Personalization

With the Internet and computers, everyone receives the opportunity to study at one’s own pace and choose the most suitable information channels. There are countless scientific websites with useful articles which may complement course materials from textbooks and concepts considered in lecture halls. If a person does not like to read, one may listen to audio-books or watch educational videos. There are many time management and learning apps helping students to schedule their actions, memorize important rules and facts through playing exciting games.

Remote education gains popularity. Learners may study wherever and whenever they want, which is beneficial for working people and those who do not want education to hinder family affairs. Innovations make it possible for everyone to satisfy one’s academic needs without sacrificing other life areas.

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Instant access to information

You know how it happened before. A person had to buy books, visit a library or consult an expert to conduct research or find an answer to a certain question. Today, all necessary data is on students’ fingertips. Several mouse clicks are enough to find studies of the most prominent world scientists. Just say “Okay, Google”, and boundless universe of knowledge will open in front of you.

Using the Internet in class allows professors to teach students searching and sorting information, analyzing different facts and events comprehensively, distinguishing between credible and unreliable sources, skipping useless details and focusing on the most important ones.

Comfortable learning environment

Polls show that students like the idea of having more technology in a class. Gadgets have become an indispensable part of their lives. Young people walk, play, sleep with them. Everyone has a personal computer at home. It is quite reasonable to use innovations for educational purposes.

Textbooks and chalk blackboards are usually associated with boredom, the heavy burden of academic responsibilities, unpleasant work that should be done to avoid punishment. At the same time, gadgets are perceived as students’ friends, tools for entertainment, and communication. Professors may take advantage of this positive image and make learning comfortable for young people.

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Blended learning

People supporting on-campus and online education argue which format is better. But is it worth dwelling on only one of these options if they may be combined? For example, practical lessons may be held in a class, while theoretical lectures – remotely. It is clear that students should receive hands-on experience conducting experiments in labs. But it does not make sense to travel to the other end of a city to listen to professors’ explanations and take notes. This well may be done via Skype.

Blended learning will help educational institutions save money, which is naturally spent on maintaining lecture halls and libraries in a good state, issuing paper textbooks. Learners will be able to stay at home, download all course materials in an electronic format and submit ready assignments via e-mail, which will cut paper costs.

Taking into account on-campus practical classes, young people will not be deprived of live communication, the opportunity to share their emotions and hang out with classmates.

Preparing for adult life

As technology development is not going to stop, learners are sure to use digital resources at the workplace after graduation. All employers require applicants for vacancies to have experience in using office programs, searching for information via browsers, sending emails. Also, companies have internal electronic tools (specialized programs, accounting systems, databases) which young people should master quickly.

It is professors’ responsibility to prepare students for living in a modern world full of different textual, audio and video content. Tech-savvy students can count on good job offers and rapid career growth. Using computers and gadgets in a class, they may prepare for competition on the labor market, increase not only digital literacy level but also develop soft skills, learn to approach information critically and find necessary data independently.

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Professors’ support

In the past, it was impossible to ask for help after a bell rang and a lecturer left a classroom. A student had to wait for the next lesson to clarify all questions which emerged while doing homework. This stretched educational process in time and made it less effective.

Modern teachers are active users of social networks and instant messengers. Even old-school professors have emails, can communicate with learners and give recommendations online. Some educators prepare video lectures, upload additional learning materials to university databases, publish electronic curricula.

Smart-boards and desks help to ensure collaborative work of the whole class, track each learner’s activity, notice and correct mistakes right away and not after young people submit their control paper.

More freedom for creativity

Teachers spend much energy on checking students’ homework and control papers. If a test was passed by one class, a teacher has to read 20-30 papers. If there are several classes, such work becomes very exhaustive. Without routine and monotonous operations, educators will have more time to study educational trends, develop individualized curricula, invent creative teaching approaches.

That is why many exams are taken on computers today. Also, there is an essay checking software. Of course, the electronic program cannot assess the beauty of narration or relevance of ideas described in a text, but it can find grammar and punctuation mistakes, determine whether formatting rules were met.

Demonstrativeness

Experts claim that virtual reality headsets will be used in all educational institutions soon. These devices provide hands-on experience without risks, spending money on purchasing lab equipment and traveling to distant places.

5 Primary Threats to Your Identity, From Cyber to The Existential

As the digital world rapidly grows in this new technological era, we cannot expect only the advantages that it can provide humans but also the disadvantages. One of the significant obstacles that we often come across in the online world is the constant fear of risks to our identities through the hands of other people like cyber-criminals, hackers, or crackers. This is known as cyber-crime. This lack of cyber-security is what causes an existential risk to many online users on the web.

With the rapid rise in the number of users on social media like Facebook or Twitter, cyber-crime is now more than ever a threat to the ordinary people. Since nowadays the use of the online world is a leisure activity carried out by thousands of people to escape reality, without knowing much about the consequences or threats regarding their identities, that lie deep for them in the digital world.

CyberSmart has compiled below 5 threats to your identity that will leave you wholly shaken if not dealt with severely:

1. Trojan Horse

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Trojan horse is a threat which is in the form of software. Although this works as an essential software, the primary purpose of this malware is to sneak into your system and steal away and ruin your device’s inner functionalities. This way, the hacker can quickly snatch away your information and become a significant risk to your identity without your consent.
Getting cyber essentials certification can help you keep your identities secret.

2. Denial-of-Service

Denial-of-Service (DoS) is a computerized threat made by the hacker in such a way that it sends a countless number of spam or data that is a waste and that can threaten your identity quite quickly and efficiently. This is typically done in the case of companies or large organizations having large servers. Once the thief gets his hands on this, the information of hundreds and thousands of users will be exposed.  Cyber essentials services will help you fight DoS crimes.

3. Phishing

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Phishing is a threat which works just like Fishing for humans. Phishing is a fraud in which the system attacked is tricked in such a way that the user is lured into opening personal sites such as emails. Once the individual sites have opened a cyber-criminal can without any difficulty get access to the victim’s data and information.

4. Password Attack

The password attack is a computerized risk in which a cyber-criminal can work his way inside your accounts through accessing your password by using a sequence of instructions through which he attempts multiple tries of passwords until the right one is obtained. This results in an illegal control over an account.

5. Man-in-the-Middle

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As the name very obviously implies that something is coming in the way between two mediums; an intruder. Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) is the intruder. This cyber-risk is an attack that takes place when a transmission is underway between two parties, for example, a user is transmitting data to another party, but Man-in-the-Middle intervenes and spoils the data being transmitted without anyone’s knowledge.

There are uncountable of these risks lurking around in the online personal world of the users. To tackle this significant issue, UK has a policy known as the Cyber Essentials headed by National Cyber Security Center to attain security and safety for online users against the cyber-crimes which are far greater threats to your identities than you can imagine. This policy ensures protection to a greater extent. The country orders every institute to implement Cyber Essentials since it provides a vital source of protection from the threats to its people’s identities and from preventing existential crisis to take place in the people’s minds.