Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Price of Higher Education

Congratulations! Today is your day! You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes — and you also have some student loan debt, probably. In our latest infographic, we take a look at the high cost of higher education. Cheers to the engineers. Buy your friends a drink.
The Price of Higher EducationSource: H&R Block


Successful College Student’s Pyramid
Presented By: Online Colleges In recent years, reports about college students participating in pyramid selling are often seen in media and a number of colleges and universities have been involved in the "pyramid selling gate" incident. It has aroused accusation from the parents and concerns from the whole society and caused a very bad influence on both the image of contemporary college students and the reputation of colleges and universities. The momentum pyramid selling invading college has not been reversed effectively and thoroughly. How to train the students'ability and quality to prevent pyramid selling and consciously resist pyramid selling, and guide them to establish a scientific world outlook, outlook on life, values and the rule of law concept in order to prevent the pyramid selling from spreading in colleges and universities, is directly related to the college students'healthy growth, as well as the stability and harmonious development of universities and the society. It also has effect on the process of socialist modernization.This article is composed of three parts: introduction, text and conclusion. The text mainly consists of four chapters.After analysing and summarizing the relevant information and research methods and research results at home and abroad, we define the connotation and extension of pyramid selling in colleges and universities according to the results of actual survey and questionnaires and elaborate the development status of colleges and universities pyramid selling from general description, characteristics and hazard about pyramid selling in colleges and universities in the first part of the text. While the spread of pyramid selling in colleges and universities tends to slow, but the trend is still in local spread and also more subtle than before and mainly concentrated in private colleges and universities and vocational colleges. This section illustrates the six characters of pyramid selling in colleges and universities: grade, major, character trait and family, approach, college difference .College students participating in pyramid selling has caused a full-scale impact on university teaching and management, family and interpersonal relationships and even on social ethics.The second part of the text expounds subjective reasons why college students participate in Pyramid Selling based on induction of the characteristics of the pyramid selling and the related survey data analysis. It analyses the root-cause of pyramid selling spreading in colleges and universities from world outlook, outlook on life, values and the rule of law concept. We also discuss the role of "four outlooks" education in colleges and universities to prevent contemporary college students from being involved in pyramid selling from many aspects such as thought safeguard, value-orientation and law-ruling ideas, etc. The root of students participating in pyramid schemes lies in the contemporary university student groups, among which some students have been used by pyramid selling organizations because of their own weaknesses such as wrong"four outlooks"which lead to absence of ideals, beliefs and ethics.The third part is the emphasis of this article, which discusses the methods and measures to strengthen the education and guidance of college students'world outlook, outlook on life, values and rule of law concept, and to improve the cognitive ability, resistance ability, critical ability and management ability to keep college students away from pyramid selling. At the end of the paper, we make some proposals and countermeasures to prevent the spread of university pyramid selling, such as strengthening publicity and education, intensifying rational education, frustration education and employment guidance, ideals and beliefs and collectivism education, moral values education, core value and successful view education and perception of money education, law-related education and"anti-pyramid selling"cooperation mechanism, and so on.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Most Valuable Global Brands 2012

Most Valuable Brands in the World
From: Connecticut Ford Via: BrandZ 2012 BrandZ Top 100 Almost half of the Top 100 brands lost value. Brands last declined this broadly during the depths of the 2009 global recession. But financial performance, not brand, was the more critical determinant for 35 of the 49 brands that declined. Brand Contribution—the measurement of brand strength exclusive of financials or any other factors—generally remained stable or increased for most brands and provided the buoyancy to navigate the year’s turbulence. One in five of the 2012 BrandZ™ Top 100 brands came from a fast growing economy. But the total value of those brands slipped slightly for the first time to $330.8 billion because of the business slowdown in Brazil and China. Brand value fluctuations in the 2012 BrandZ™ ranking were spread evenly across the 13 categories covered. Six categories rose in value and six declined. The financial category remained even with last year. Other factors impacting brand value included the BRIC slowdown, Europe’s debt crisis, political uncertainty in the US and the erosion of trust culminating in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Despite this challenging context, the strong performance of many brands across diverse categories pointed to the continuing importance of brand and a steady appreciation of brand value. During the past six years, between 2006 and 2012, the total value of the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rose 66 percent.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sexting and the College Student

Sexting and the College Student
Via: As you can imagine, sexting is no big deal for most college students. In fact, as many as four out of five engage in sexting, even though it can lead to more than just embarrassment, especially if a minor is involved. According to one survey, 56% of students admitted to receiving sexually suggestive images and 78% of students admitted to receiving sexually suggestive messages. So what can students and the society do about it? I’m not sure, but this could be a potential problem since it’s so widely spread.
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How To Spend Your Summer

How To Spend Your Summer
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Friday, May 25, 2012

We Are Teachers - Voting Has Begun!

iPod touch - My PDA.
iPod touch - My PDA. (Photo credit: MJ/TR (´・ω・))
Dear Friends,


 I wanted to let you know that I am participating in a contest sponsored by Discover Pathway to Financial Success and an online community, called WeAreTeachers. I submitted a teaching idea answering the question: Tell us about a lesson you teach that helps teens understand the importance of saving their money, budgeting, or setting financial goals. The 5 teachers with the most votes win an iPod Touch and $100 for the classroom. The recipients are selected through an online voting process. SO -- If you have a moment, I'd really appreciate you going online and voting for my idea. It would really mean a lot to me to have your vote and support! Just go here and follow the directions.



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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe? Infographic

Posted by Fergal Glynn in INFOGRAPHICS, May 22, 2012 | Comments (1) Did you know that during the course of this year, the number of Wi-Fi connected devices will exceed the world’s population? This incredible statistic highlights the ubiquitous nature of Wi-Fi. However, the convenience of having public Wi-Fi available practically everywhere comes at the cost of greater risk to users. This infographic delves into the anatomy of a Wi-Fi hack and simple precautions Wi-Fi users should take to ensure that they are surfing safely.
Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?
Infographic by Veracode Application Security

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Java Magazine - May/June 2012

Ajarn Donald's Blog
May/June 2012

A Day in the Life of a College Student

A Day in the Life of a College Student
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 College Students and Spending

 My experience tells me that college students are guilty of unwise spending on a fairly regular basis. I'm not trying to say students are irresponsible with their money (although, of course, some are), but that they're not as responsible with it as they could be. And I think most of that relates simply to a lack of knowledge or experience.

 Parents can go a long way to help alleviate this deficiency by simply teaching, guiding, and coaching their students with some fairly simple concepts and practices.

 Through using these simple concepts and practices, college students can learn better ways to spend money (or not spend it), thus resulting in more money in their pocket. One way of thinking about this concept, is to think about these simple facts:

1. not everyone qualifies for scholarships (and of course, few think they qualify for enough)

2. not everyone qualifies for financial aid (and of course, few think they qualify for enough)

3. everyone, if armed with the right information, can spend less money than they currently do. And most, if given the option, would choose to have more money in their pocket.

 This topic, along with other ways of saving money on college, is the reason I published my second book, How to Go to College Cheaper. Far more than what is included on this page (literally, hundreds of suggestions and strategies) are contained in that booklet.

Problematic Spending

 The three types of spending I think are most important (in this case, most problematic), are shopping, comparison shopping, and conserving.

 When shopping, I don't think college students in general pay much attention to price. They're more often just concerned with getting the right stuff (or maybe with just getting it done - with speed and convenience), and don't pay attention to brands or sales/specials. I'm sure they don't like paying the high prices required to buy what they need and want, but I don't think they truly know how to shop. How to consider different brands, or sizes of packages, or stores...

 Parents can really help out here. Students, before you leave for college, ask a parent or other frugal adult to take you shopping and show you how to find bargains, select brands and sizes of products, and how to save money shopping for what you need.

 I differentiate comparison shopping from shopping because students often don't do a good job of comparing purchases, whether it's one brand vs. another, one store vs. another, or even purchasing vs. waiting. An example of what I've seen students do is this:

 While shopping for textbooks, a major purchase (several hundred dollars a semester at least), students often simply just pick the most convenient location and purchase there. Others may actually compare the cost of purchasing all their books at each store, and then choose the store with the lowest total cost (or even just choose the place they've heard has the best prices). Rarely do students check the price of each book at each store (including online stores, of course), and purchase each book at the cheapest location. I once saved a student in the neighborhood of $65.00 on the purchase of one book by suggesting she purchase it elsewhere. When I asked her about that choice, she was all about saving that much money, and very willing to drive to a different location to do it.

 Students also may prefer to purchase new textbooks, which are much more expensive than used, when they can simply dig through the pile of used books and find one of the ones "used" by the "F" student last semester, and get a practically new book for much cheaper.

 Conserving is just something most people (college student or not) don't do. Whether it's conserving gasoline by walking, riding a bike or catching a ride on the bus, electricity by turning off the lights and down the thermostat, or money by forgoing that manicure (or just doing it less frequently), college students often don't think about these ways of saving money. Because most individual conservation activities don't result in large savings, we're often not interested in or excited by the possibilities they provide. However, when carried out over a long period of time (throughout college), and when several conservation activities are undertaken, real savings can be realized - not to mention the amount one can save in a lifetime of conserving!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

College Admissions: What Really Matters?

College Admissions: What Really Matters?

Courtesy of Edsouth, eCampusTours makes college a virtual reality at one convenient online location. A unique college planning website, offers virtual college tours with 360° x 360° views of thousands of different schools all in one eye-popping website! A free national scholarship search helps students scope out potential scholarships from an extensive database. Students can also register online to win a $1000 scholarship.
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With the myriad of college planning resources on, students may want to save their favorite virtual college tours or informative articles by creating a portfolio. They can also download our free financial aid booklet "How to Get Money for College" or register to receive Edadvisor - a free e-mail newsletter that reminds students of financial aid deadlines and provides general college planning information.

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Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

E-book Nation
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by Lee Rainie

I. Findings

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.
The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January. 

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