Archive for April, 2012

Use Of Computers In Education

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Computers, over the years have changed the way the world works. They have proved to be an asset not only for the corporate sector, but also in other sectors such as medicine and education. They are machines which help us do our jobs much quickly and accurately, as compared to physical work. Many people are keen to know the advantages and disadvantages of computers in education. In the next paragraph, let us understand how the use of computers in education has opened up brighter prospects and faster learning for us.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Computers in Education

Computers are the best way of teaching subjects to students. These days, all schools and colleges have computer labs where they receive practical training from their teachers. Computers assist teachers in teaching their students easily and quickly. With the help of computers and the broadband Internet facility, students can search for the concepts or things which they wish to know, by referring to relevant websites. The Internet is an ocean of information and surfing daily will increase the knowledge of these students greatly. Another advantage of computers is that the students will be able to gain knowledge of various subjects and things which are other than their school syllabus. Such form of receiving education is considered to be more effective than only learning from textbooks prescribed by the authorities. Understanding the role of computers in education is a must for all of us.

Use of computers in the classroom can help teachers to teach much more than they can do without them. The students can be shown charts, diagrams and figures while teaching practical oriented subjects such as Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Biology or Botany. Teachers can give many assignments to students which they can complete with the help of computer packages. Introduction of computers in educational institutes can help students learn different computer software and hardware, under the guidance of their teachers. For example, students will come to know which are the important parts of the computer, what are their functions and how does a computer actually work. They can learn the new packages and software tools early in life so that they can grasp vital concepts in higher studies comfortably. Importance of computer education is highlighted with the fact that computer literate students have a greater chance of grabbing the best jobs in the industry than those who do not have the required computer knowledge. Students need to be aware of all computer uses for their own benefit.

Use of computers in education does not end here. Many times, it happens that students are not able to enroll for degree courses which they are interested in due to lack of money or because the institute is far away from their residence. The introduction of distance learning has solved all these problems. The distance learning programs or online degree programs, which involve learning with the help of computers provides education at much affordable costs than the costs incurred on full-time training. Also, students living far off, in remote areas, need not travel several kilometers and come to the city as they can now learn from the comforts of their home provided they own a desktop computer with an Internet connection.

However, there are certain disadvantages of use of computers in education which we must beware of. Firstly, doing all calculations with the help of software and calculator can affect our own mathematical ability. In simple words, computers can make us a bit lazy and this can cause problems while giving examinations which are not conducted online, but need us to do all calculations by ourselves. With ready-made information available on the Internet, students will not take any interest in reading reference books and searching for information using other sources. Reading less can hamper their progress and educational future.

by Charlie S.

Read more @ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/use-of-computers-in-education.html

Need to change educational culture

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

If Malaysia is to compete in an innovation-led economy, we need to have a system where students learn to think independently while teachers provide the necessary support.

OVER the last two years, the Education Ministry has been busy adapting the national education system to current needs, such as abolishing the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and a soft landing for the discontinuation of the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. After over five decades, it is now embarking on a total review of the system, and with it, the chance to resolve the most pressing problem: our exam-centred educational culture.

In imperial China, the passing of imperial exams enabled one’s family to rise in social prestige. Modern Asian parents now view a university degree as the sign of good parenting, and will do anything to ensure their children pass every exam leading to that goal.

Hence the goal of schooling is to attain the highest grades. Students buy compilations of past exam questions with model answers to memorise before exams. From young, they spend most of their spare time doing homework or attending one tuition class after another. Teachers help to predict exam questions and provide practice drills. Exam grades are used to label a child as either clever or stupid, or a school as either good or bad.

While China’s best minds were mugging for exams, Western intellectuals asked questions about natural phenomena and made discoveries leading to technological advancement. The Western educational culture is based on the Socratic tradition of dialectic and critical questioning. In Western classrooms, teachers regularly dialogue with the students, who freely express their ideas and opinions. Even the views of the academically weaker students are valued. Unlike us, their top exam scorers are not publicised in the newspapers like national heroes.

Some Asian nations claim to offer world class education because they regularly beat the United States (US) in tests such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. However, when it comes to Nobel prizes, these countries are nowhere near the US.

Research and publications have increased in Asia in line with economic growth, but the dearth of high impact research can be seen from the fact that there is no Asian nation among the top 20 countries ranked by the average number of citations per published paper.

Many Malaysians take up Singapore’s Asean Scholarship expecting to experience high quality education. The reality is they are in for an even higher level of exam-centredness than here. Increasing numbers of Singaporeans are sending their children to international schools or migrating to the West to enjoy education that is not grades-obsessed.

If Malaysia is to compete in an innovation-led economy, our educational culture will have to be drastically changed as we need to think out of the box.

The ancient Chinese learning tradition is one where the teacher imparts information directly to the learner who receives the teaching passively in quiet deference.

Globally, education is shifting from this teacher-centred approach towards a student-centred paradigm where students learn independently while teachers provide support. This is needed now because what we teach will soon be outdated, so students must know how to actively find information and apply it to their situation. Hence we need to be teaching the sciences using inductive methods such as problem-based, enquiry-based and discovery learning.

Active learning methods

Next, we need approaches that increases student motivation and information retention. Language teachers should make liberal use of active learning methods like debates and role plays. Experiential learning is facilitated by lab work or field trips where knowledge is acquired by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching.

Authentic learning can take place by bringing the Mathematics class for an outing to the supermarket. Teachers should be asking students open-ended questions and encouraging them to think up and share ideas. Students should have a wide range of subjects to choose from, without the restriction of arts-science class distinction.

Last, our assessment methods must change.

by Assoc. Prof. Dr. William K. Lim

Read more @ http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/4/29/education/11159825&sec=education

The learning experience

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Teachers and students learn best when they are given a chance to take on tasks from which they learn confidence, courage and hope to develop other positive traits.

AGATHA Christie, the well-known crime fiction novelist, was once reminded by her father of the four things that never come back to man: the sped arrow, the broken promise, the spoken word and the lost opportunity.

My own father, an avid gardener, once pointed out a papaya tree laden with fruits and asked me, “What will happen to those fruits if you don’t pluck them?”

I was just a child of 12 then and I told him they would be eaten by birds or other animals.

“The same goes with opportunity,” he told me, “if you don’t take it when it comes, it goes to someone else.”

Talking about opportunity, I’d like to share with you the work of a Japanese educator named Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) who believed that a child learns best when he or she is given the experience to do so.

He developed the “cycle of change” approach as a means to address learning. A teacher could well use this cycle to understand how important it is for one to teach in the right way.

In the cycle forwarded by Makiguchi, three elements are incorporated:

·The opportunity: Teachers must provide students an opportunity to learn and if they take this opportunity, they will then undergo …

·The experience: Students must have the experience of doing something and when they “do” it, they will then undergo …

·The learning: Each student takes a measure of learning from every experience.

In other words, opportunity leads to experience and experience leads to learning.

Read more @ http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/4/29/education/11159461&sec=education

Behavior Disorders in Children

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Naughtiness and occasional refusal to listen to parents is something that is very commonly associated with childhood. This kind of behavior is attributed to a child’s inability to understand the repercussions of an inadequate action. However, as a child grows up, these problems are expected and they do get resolved. But not in every case. Some children display certain behavior that is quite contrary to what is expected of children of their age. This is a problem that many parents face and fail to resolve either with love or through strict behavior. With more and more research being done in this direction, it has become obvious that behavior disorders in children is more common than it was earlier thought. So are you wondering what are the common behavioral problems in young children? Let’s take a glance at a few of them.

Types of Behavioral Problems in Children

Below are given a few common behavioral disorders of childhood. What makes these disorders difficult to diagnose is that many of the symptoms are common. Nevertheless, if a child displays a few of the symptoms over quite some period of time and doesn’t seem amenable to any of the tactics that you as a parent resort to, then maybe you should consider one of the following behavior disorders in toddlers:

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
This disorder occurs in twice as often in boys than in girls and it is believed that almost 10% of children below 12 years of age suffer from oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). The common symptoms are:

  • Short tempered and irritable
  • Throwing temper tantrums frequently
  • Arguing frequently with adults, more with those he is more familiar like parents
  • Breaking rules
  • Annoying adults deliberately
  • Low self-esteem
  • Blaming others for wrong actions

Conduct Disorder
Children with conduct disorders (CD) show no respect for rules. They are usually the ones that are branded as the ‘bad kids’. Children as young as 10 years old can also suffer from this children behavioral issue. Again boys show a greater tendency of suffering from CD than girls. This behavior problem in children can be identified by the following traits.

  • Disregard for rules or authority
  • Tendency of picking up physical fights and use of weapons in such fights
  • Inclination towards getting addicted to drugs and alcohol at young age
  • Cruelty towards animals
  • Lack of empathy towards others
  • Criminal behavior like stealing, hurting others, vandalism etc.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
As the name suggests, children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have problem in maintaining an attention span long enough as children of their age are expected to. The attention deficit disorder symptoms are very common in children who do not suffer from this disorder as well. However, those who have this behavior disorder of childhood show these symptoms in greater severity. Again boys outnumber girls in being affected by this children behavior problem. Common traits are:

  • Inattention: It is marked by short attention span, difficulty in listening to others and attending to details. These children are forgetful and easily distracted. They lack organizational and study skills generally expected of children of their age.
  • Impulsive Behavior: Behavior of ADHD kids in the classroom is marked by inability to wait for their turn. They blurt out answers in class even when not asked to and often interrupt others.
  • Hyperactivity: Such children find it difficult to sit in one place for long. They can’t be engaged in quiet activities. Even while sitting on their seats, such children keep fidgeting and seem restless.

Treatment

If behavior problems are not dealt with on time, then the problem may escalate and cause the child to develop a dysfunctional personality when he/she grows up. The treatment is multifaceted. While some medication may be prescribed by the physician to balance chemicals in the brain that would help overcome some children behavior disorders, training parents how to deal with children with behavioral problems is equally important.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, functional family therapy in which the whole family is taught how to treat such a child may be resorted to. However, parents have the most important role to play in helping their children deal with their disorder. Besides all the therapies and treatments, parents should use positive behavior modification techniques for children by encouraging them to change their behavior. Parents should be patient but firm in reinforcing correct behavior in their children. While looking for help to diagnose and treat behavior problems in children, parents should seek the help of a pediatrician, child psychologist and/or child psychiatrist.

by Debopriya Bose.

Read more @ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/behavior-disorders-in-children.html

Ways to Handle a Spoiled Child

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Self-centered behavior, demands of instant gratification of material wants (not needs), tantrums on failing to get what they want, attention seeking and narcissistic behavior, manipulation by making you, the parents, feel guilty, etc., are some of the characteristic traits of a spoiled child. A spoiled child is the product of overindulgent parents, who assume that money can substitute for their time and attention towards their children, or sometimes you just cannot say, “No!”, because you ‘love your child so much’! Don’t get me wrong though! I know how it can really break your heart, to refuse something to someone you love more than anything else in the whole wide world, and you also have the best intentions at heart, when you buy things for your children. But the problem arises, when the child has not been taught the value of these things, or if these things have been given to him too easily in spite of the child displaying less than satisfactory behavior lately. In such a case, the child begins to take these things for granted, and even begins to expect them for no particular reason, and you end up spoiling your child, which now puts you in a pickle, because you didn’t predict/expect this. You are dealing with a spoiled child, and you have to do this in the best possible way, to avoid guilt trips, fits of anger, tantrums and the like. Here are a few tips to help you.

Keep Your Temper in Check
First and most important, is to keep your temper under control. Shouting at your child is not going to get him to listen to you, and it will simply increase your stress levels. Keep your voice even, and when your child begins to increase his/her voice, firmly tell them to lower their voice. If they refuse to listen to you, do not stand and continue listening to them. Ignore their behavior, and tell them you will listen to them only when they are ready to talk reasonably.

Start as early as Possible
As soon as it dawns on you that your child has been manipulating you lately with tears, and pouts and by laying guilt on you (which you probably take knowingly or unknowingly), the alarm bells should go off in your head. STOP NOW! Do not indulge your child unnecessarily, give him whatever he wants just to stop him from disturbing you in the middle of something important, or simply to stop his crying, tantrums, or whining! All this tells your child that a little crying, yelling or complaining will get him what he wants.

Reward Good Behavior
Better than punishing bad behavior, is to reward the good behavior displayed by your child. Punishing bad behavior will tell your child not to do certain things, but rewarding good behavior will also inculcate good habits in children and tell them what kind of behavior is nice, reasonable, and good. Decide on a particular thing, for e.g., if you think your child has too many toys, instead of scolding him every time he asks for another toy, explain to him how he cannot possibly play with more than a couple of toys at a time. Then ask him to sort out his toys and for every extra toy that he decides to give up to some needy child, give him something that he has wanted for a long time. But that doesn’t mean that you give him other material things, ALL THE TIME. Most of the time, words of praise, hugs and kisses, etc. should be enough. Only once in a while, give rewards in the form of material possessions. You do not want him to end up thinking that it is a replacement scheme, where he can trade one thing for another!

Set Limits on Purchases
Ask your child to maintain a list of all the toys, gadgets, clothes, etc., that he owns, along with the number of each of those things. Ask him to keep adding to that list every time he gets something new. Every time you head to the supermarket or a mall, ask your child to make a list of all the things he wants. Then ask him to refer to the previous list and decide whether he actually needs (NOT wants) all the items on his list. Decide how many items he is going to be allowed, and set limits for your child BEFORE you get to the store and tell him very strictly that at no cost is he going to get anything else.

Teach Children to Prioritize
When your child says he wants a few things, ask him to decide which are the things he WANTS, and which are the things that he NEEDS. Teach him to put the needs before the wants. At the same time, teach him that sometimes even needs are not fulfilled, and you have to manage till they are! Now, I’m not saying do not provide well for your child. What I mean is, if his iPod is not working, and has been sent for repair, teach him that a new iPod is a WANT, not NEED, and that he can very well do without an iPod for a couple of weeks! Simple enough? It will not scar your child in the long term, although that may be the exact feeling you get when he cries. Gadgets and material possessions are supposed to make our lives easy, but you do not want your child growing up a slave to these things.

Ignore Unreasonable/Unruly Behavior
When you have set limits, and then mutually agreed on following them, do not entertain any unreasonable behavior from your child. Do not lose your patience either, because he is only a child and he is bound to be tempted with all the ‘wow’ things he sees in the malls! But firmly tell him to stick to his part of the deal, and if he really wants the new toy/gadget, then add it to the next list. If he refuses to listen, simply ignore his whining and crying. When this happens a couple of times, he will realize that tears/threats/guilt-laying no longer work on you, and eventually stop resorting to such techniques.

Address the Root Cause of the Problem
Try to find out whether there is a pattern or a trigger in your child’s tantrums/threats etc. If he starts building a tantrum every time you refuse to do something with him, like playing games, or if he gets angry every time he sees something new that his friends have, then learn to recognize the signs. In the earlier case, he just wants your attention, which you may be finding difficult to give, because of your busy schedule. In such a case, compulsorily set a time each day, maybe an hour (whenever it’s convenient for the both of you), to spend with your child. In the second case, he probably feels that his friends’ parents love them more and hence they keep getting new things for them. Explain to him, that love should not be equated with money, that it goes way beyond that. There are other ways of showing your love for someone, so he should not think that you love him any less than his friends’ parents love them!

Teach Them to Value and Earn Things
Once in a while, sit down and talk to them. I mean, really talk! Tell them about under privileged kids, orphans, teach your child to count the ways in which he is lucky instead of complaining about what he doesn’t have. Once in a while ask him to help with the housework and give him incentives after he has done the work! Like maybe give him a book, if he has taken out the trash, cleaned the car or mowed the lawn. This will also teach him to appreciate the value of things since he has worked hard to earn/ deserve them! He will definitely treasure them more and take care of them without being told to do so… What more can you ask for, right?

by Gauri Huddar.

Read more @ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ways-to-handle-a-spoiled-child.html

Word of Mouth Pedagogy: Our Oral Tradition of Sharing Ideas with Colleagues

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

If you ask a faculty member to think of a new technique, strategy, assignment, activity or policy they’re using in their classroom and you ask where they got the idea, “from a colleague” is the most common answer. Interesting, isn’t it, that so much of our pedagogical knowledge is transferred orally. The beauty of it is that ideas are easily and freely exchanged via this mode. Somebody gives you a good idea for dealing with an instructional issue and you don’t have to worry whether it’s copyright protected. You don’t need to know where the idea came from or who originated it. Best of all you can borrow it and make changes without anybody’s permission.

When ideas are exchanged orally, they don’t always retain the same form. We don’t repeat what we hear word for word. Some years ago a faculty member asked me if I’d ever heard of that dirty point idea used at the end of a lecture. I was confused. He tried to help, “it was proposed by that Italian guy.” I took a wild guess, “Do you mean Angelo and Cross’ muddiest point feedback strategy?” Maybe students are more motivated to ask questions about dirty points than muddy ones—was that the origin of this change?

Instructional ideas passed orally also change in transmission because people decide to make them their own once they’re implemented. That can be a good thing and the muddiest point strategy is a great example. It has been widely used by faculty in many different fields, and with all kinds of students. Numerous article have been written describing these different ways of soliciting and responding to feedback from students after they been introduced to new material, some parts of which they may not understand.

One of the big problems with the oral transmission mode for pedagogical knowledge is that it’s largely hit and miss. You may hear one or two good ideas but miss four or five that are better. The ideas you get depend on the colleagues you talk to and who they talk to and hear from. A few, and I do think it’s very few, good ideas pretty much make it around to everybody interested in teaching—the muddiest point strategy can be the example here, too, as well as Chickering and Gamson’s Severn Principles of Good Practice. I wish I understood how and why some ideas get around and others that are equally good, equally well substantiated by research and equally applicable to lots of different teaching situations aren’t as well known.

Another worry I have about this oral transmission of knowledge is that sharing good ideas this way doesn’t really establish the value or permanence of pedagogical knowledge.

by Maryellen Weimer, PhD.

Read more @ http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/word-of-mouth-pedagogy-our-oral-tradition-of-sharing-ideas-with-colleagues/

Unprepared and Unmotivated Students the Two Biggest Challenges for Faculty, Survey Says

Friday, April 27th, 2012

If unprepared students and student motivation are two of your biggest teaching challenges, you’re not alone. They scored number one and two in the annual Faculty Focus reader survey conducted earlier this year.

More than half of the 1,000-plus readers who completed the survey rated unprepared students as either “very problematic” (32.9%) or “extremely problematic” (22.8%); with another fourth (25.2%) saying the issue of unprepared students was “moderately problematic.”

Meanwhile, more than one-third of readers rated student motivation as “moderately problematic” (36.5%); with just over one-fourth (25.4%) saying “very problematic” and 11.6% calling it “extremely problematic.”

The issues of unprepared students and student motivation far outpaced the nine other potential challenges listed in the survey question which asked: What are some of your biggest day-to-day challenges? Coming in at number three was technology distractions, which nearly half of the readers said was either “moderately problematic” (28.4%) or “very problematic” (18.2%). All the remaining issues, which included student incivility, faculty incivility, class size too big, helicopter parents, classroom safety, and limited resources, were rated much lower.

by Mary Bart.

Read more @ http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/trends-in-higher-education/unprepared-and-unmotivated-students-the-two-biggest-challenges-for-faculty-survey-says/

Setting the Internet ground rules

Friday, April 27th, 2012

It is time to create a protocol on how to guide our children on the use of devices that connect them to the cyber world.

IN the past 10 years, the access to cyber space has gotten easier and faster. Almost everyone who has a mobile phone can now “surf the Net” and be exposed to the wonderful borderless but seemingly rule-less world.

There is almost nothing you cannot do when you are on the Internet – you can read about anything, pretend to be anyone and do everything you fancy.

While there may be censorship laws in the real world, in the digital one there are plenty of ways to circumvent even the tightest of software security set up supposedly to control access.

Even a young child attuned to the wise ways of software and electronics can easily undo most of these “safety measures”.

One whole generation of children has grown up not knowing the world without Internet. Even their vocabulary is filled with words now commonly used by the digital age.

Apple now is no longer just a fruit and virus is something that attacks your electronic system and not just your body. And yes, the word net no longer means something you use to catch fish.

The acronym LOL is now widely used by everyone from seven-year-old Year One pupil to an 80-year-old grandmother. (For those who don’t know, it stands for Laugh Out Loud or Laughing Out Loud.)

It is a whole new culture when one is out in the cyber world. It is a whole new world and way of life. The Internet is a great equaliser and enabler.

Everyone is the same size physically there and it doesn’t matter if you are a king, president or a blogger because no one can tell.

However, this is where the easy access of the Internet gets dangerous because the cyber anonymity can easily be abused and many have already done so.

All sorts of crime are committed in the digital world that contravene both the rules and laws of the cyber and real world.

Recently, at a child security roundtable hosted by The Star in partnership with DiGi, it was revealed that in Malaysia the mobile phone penetration now stands at 130%, this means there are more phones in Malaysia than there are people.

Ten million of them are 3G (which means they can get into the Internet via their handphones) users and that 63% of all households in the country have access to broadband.

by Wong Sai Wan.

Read more @ http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?col=whynot&file=/2012/4/27/columnists/whynot/11182228&sec=Why%20Not

Organizational Skills in the Workplace

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Organizational skills at workplace are one of the many important skills that are necessary to become a good employee. Most of us need to multitask on different projects at the same time. Each project will have different goals and separate deadlines. An unorganized person may get confused among different projects, which may lead to undesirable consequences. e.g. Company may suffer heavy loses, leading the person to lose his job. The only solution to do one’s work efficiently at office is by becoming an organized person. Though there are several books and websites that giving advice to people on how to become an organized person, many times people are not really able to follow them. This is because, just by knowing about the management skills in the workplace will not make one an organized person, rather, one has to be determined and put in the best efforts to change one’s old unorganized habits.

Steps to Become Organized

Organize the Desk
Many people have a habit to pile their desks with different types of files, papers and official documents. Due to this, they may have to spend half of their working time searching for what they want. Moreover, it becomes easy to lose valuable files and documents when desks are cluttered. Hence, the first step to organize your work is to clean up the clutter. It is important to file papers and documents into proper files regularly. Every single thing should have a specific place, and it should be put back into that place after use. In this way, you would not have to waste your time in searching for important things. Rather, when all the things are readily available, you will actually be able to work faster and complete your work on time.

Organize the Information
At the work place, you will have to deal with various documents containing important information. Even though you have the habit of putting these documents into files, be sure that you do not do it in a haphazard manner, else it will not serve the purpose. In other words, there has to be some kind of organization even while sorting out important documents. There are various methods through which you can do this. You can use the three binder or the color coding method to sort out all the crucial information. Even if you are using the computer, assign a separate folder for different data files to avoid wasting time searching for the correct information. Make sure to allot a unique number to each file or folder. You may create an index on your computer giving details of file numbers and their contents. This will help you pick out the correct file at any given time by merely running a search on your computer for the documents. Basically, you can create your own unique way of organizing information which you find comfortable.

Organizational Skills at Work

Planning
Once you have cleared your desk and sorted all the information, the next step is to plan your work. Planning is one of the most important organizational skills in the workplace. Before you start your day at the office, it is important to plan each and every aspect of your work. However, there are many people who think that organizing and planning is a tiring and time-consuming process. But, what they do not realize is that planning their work will give a general idea of what they have to do throughout the day. You can make use of the day planners which will remind you of the activities that you have to do on a particular day. With the day planner, you can make a list of things that you have to do, rank them as per their importance, and accomplish them.

Managing Time
Another very important organizational skill that is important not only in the work place, but also in our everyday life, is time management. There are many people who regularly complain about not having time to finish their work. Though it is not possible to change the amount of hours we have in a day, instead, it is possible to finish our work by properly managing the available time. For this, you have to plan well about how you are going to spend your day. Allot time for each work and strive to finish it in that time. In this way, you will be able to accomplish your work on time and sometimes before time also.

Organizational Communication

It is important to have adequate organizational communication skills in the workplace. While communicating with your employer, seniors, colleagues or subordinates, one must see to it that the information you give is clear and precise. It has been observed that poor communication can lead to several misunderstandings within the organization, subsequently leading to reduction in performance of the employees, which will directly affect the organization’s development. Therefore, every company should promote effective communication in the workplace among the employees. For this, it is necessary to hold meetings regularly so that employees can talk about their performance and problems they face. They should also be asked for suggestions that can improve the growth of the company.

There are lots of ways for learning organizational skills in the workplace which is actually different for different people.

by Deepa Kartha.

Read more @ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/organizational-skills-in-the-workplace.html

Importance of Computer Education

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Computers have brought about a revolution across all industries. They have changed the face of society. They are no longer specialized tools to be used by specially trained people. They are ubiquitous and used in almost every sphere of life. Computers are the best means for storage and management of data, they can serve as huge knowledge bases and can be harnessed for all sorts of financial transactions owing to their processing power and storage capacities. As computers are a daily utility, they have gained immense importance in day-to-day life. Their increasing utility has made computer education the need of the day.

By computer education, we mean, gaining the know-how of the basic concepts related to a computer and gaining the basic knowledge of computer operation. Knowing about the basic components of a computer, the basic concepts behind the use of computers and the know-how of some of the elementary computer applications constitutes computer education. Learning about the computer basics followed by a practical experience of using a computer is the key to computer education. As computers are widely used today, acquiring computer education is the need of the day.

Computers are not only storage devices and processing units, but also are excellent communication media. They are the means to access the Internet and get connected to the world. They are also an effective audio-visual media. Computers can be used to access a vast knowledge base and search for information archives over the Internet. Only computer education can facilitate the use of computers for purposes of communication and entertainment.

Computer knowledge coupled with certain other job skills increases one’s chances of getting a job. Those with knowledge of computers are considered trainable for many kinds of jobs. As most of the jobs involve the use of computers, computer education is an eligibility criterion for almost all the modern-day jobs. Higher education involving network administration, hardware maintenance or software skills open doors for brighter job opportunities.

Computer education helps one manage one’s own business assets and personal finances. Computers serve as efficient means for management of information. Personal financial assets, medical records and important documents can be stored in an electronic format in a computer system. Today, banking transactions and payments of bills can be done over the Internet. Similarly, online shopping is becoming widely popular. To be in the race, it is very important to take computer education.

The word processing applications of a computer serve as an effective means of documentation. The database management software that are a part of computer systems serve as the means of managing large amounts of data. The networking capabilities of a computer facilitate connecting to the Internet to reach out to the world. Gaming applications and media players are some of the popular computer software, which are popularly used across the world.

by Manali Oak.

Read more @ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/importance-of-computer-education.html