How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams

<strong>How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams</strong>
StatePoint MediaWith rising tuition, today’s students are particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Average college costs have doubled in the last two decades, and this financial pressure along with new technologies makes today’s students particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. “Scammers know to take advantage of those who are stressed,” says Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization. “Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid getting duped.” To help you spot scams, Scholarship America offers the following insights. Fees and other red flags Scholarship programs charging a fee to apply (more…)

Holiday gift ideas for avid gamers

<strong>Holiday gift ideas for avid gamers</strong>
Metro ServiceToday’s multiplayer online games feature participants from all walks of life who connect via their gaming consoles, computers, tablets, and smartphones. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Video games have a strong and enduring fanbase. Since their inception in the early 1970s, video games have been a popular component of personal recreation and culture. The Entertainment Software Association annual report says 65 percent of homes in the United States own a gaming device, while 48 percent own “a dedicated game console.” The report also indicates consumers spent $25.5 billion on gaming in 2015, with $16.5 billion on gaming content alone. Although video games originated as arcade entertainment and one- or two-player (more…)

Technological gifts for students

<strong>Technological gifts for students</strong>
Metro ServiceGift your student with the best tools for a successful school year. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Gifting students with tech is a surefire way to help them with their educations. In a 2013 Harris Interactive poll, 86 percent of teachers thought it was important or absolutely essential to use edtech in the classroom. In addition, 96 percent of teachers felt edtech increased student engagement in learning. Today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever before, so hot gadgets figure to be coveted items this holiday season. Here’s what to add to holiday shopping lists. E-reader: Digital e-readers enable students to carry an entire library of books in one small device. (more…)

How accurate is your weather forecast?

<strong>How accurate is your weather forecast?</strong>
StatePoint MediaHow reliable are weather applications on our smartphones and/or other tech devices in providing a forecast? ■ StatePoint Media / ContrIbuted The weather is not just an idle topic for chit chat – it matters. Particularly when you have a vested business interest in the outcome, or you simply want to make plans for the next few hours or days. These days, there are innumerable sources for weather forecasts widely available. Unfortunately, these sources don’t always say the same thing. So, how do you know which weather forecasting service or app is offering dependable information you can trust? According to AccuWeather founder, president and chairman Dr. Joel Myers, choosing the (more…)

How to conserve mobile data to save money

<strong>How to conserve mobile data to save money</strong>
Metro ServiceThere are many ways to conserve mobile data usage on an everyday basis. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Anyone with a smartphone is familiar with data plans. In fact, data may be more important to consumers than their phone minutes, as making phone calls has taken a backseat to various other smartphone capabilities. Deciphering data plans has become complicated. As major mobile carriers frequently jockey for position, the prices of plans change depending on various factors, including data. Short-term offers to lure in new customers can also complicate matters, as can deciding just how much data one person needs. Consumer Reports has done the research and offers their comparison on (more…)

How technology can reinforce lessons

<strong>How technology can reinforce lessons</strong>
Metro ServiceTechnology has changed the education landscape in many beneficial ways. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Technology in and out of the classroom can be a polarizing subject. Proponents of tech in schools contend that students must be skilled in the ways of the world, which is increasingly being governed by technology. Detractors to tablets and smartbooks in the classroom may say it contributes to excessive time in front of a screen and can prove distracting over other means of learning. It is hard to deny the ways that technology has helped shape and improve education. Students who may not excel with the traditional tools of learning might benefit from applications (more…)

How to reduce damage to eyes resulting from prolonged screen time

<strong>How to reduce damage  to eyes resulting from prolonged screen time</strong>
Metro ServiceEyes can be adversely affected by screen time unless strategies are implemented to limit strain and to rest muscles. ■ Metro Service / Contributed According to a 2015 report published in the Daily Mail, many people spend more time on their devices than they do sleeping. A recent Nielsen Company audience report also found that adults in the United States devote about 10 hours and 40 minutes each day to consuming media on their personal computers, tablets, multimedia devices, TVs, and more. Researchers continue to study the effects of screen time on personal health, but there is reason to believe that screen time may be especially harmful to vision. Devices (more…)

Student cyber security precautions

<strong>Student cyber security precautions</strong>
Pixabay.comCyber security should be a priority for every student. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Thanks to advancements in technology, students and educators are increasingly turning to tablets and computers when working on daily assignments and classroom activities. Students rely on the internet for research and keeping in touch with teachers and other students, and work is even assigned and completed via digital platforms. Despite the upside of technology, cyber crime is a potential pitfall of all that time spent online. The internet provides instant access and that can put students at risk. According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, the education sector ranked sixth in the United States for the (more…)

Networking strategies for the digital age

<strong>Networking strategies for the digital age</strong>
Metro ServiceNetworking in the digital age may intimidate working professionals accustomed to more traditional networking strategies. ■ Metro Service Networking has long been a way for men and women to expand their professional horizons. Networking can keep professionals abreast of the latest goings-on in their industries and provide both immediate and long-term benefits. Like many things in the business world, how people network has changed in the digital age. Embracing that change and making it work for you will likely involve changing how you network. • Embrace professional social media. Social media may not have been around the last time you looked for a job, but professional social media sites such (more…)

Media use rules can benefit families

<strong>Media use rules can benefit families</strong>
Metro ServiceThe American Academy of Pediatrics released new policy recommendations on screen time for children. ■ Metro Service Families spend more time staring at screens than ever before. Thanks to smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions, and video games, the average person is exposed to various media throughout a typical day. It can be easy to get swept away and spend much more time staring at screens than is healthy. Screen time can adversely affect one’s ability to sleep and eat and may make people less likely to engage in physical activity. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have found that children’s social skills may be declining as they have less (more…)