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Mechanical engineering has eased our everyday activities by creating technologies that are essential for modern society.

The use of problem-solving techniques and applying them to the design and manufacturing of an object is called Mechanical Engineering. A mechanical engineer turns a concept into a real-life product with the help of creative and analytical knowledge. Mechanical engineering has an important role in manufacturing technologies, right from cars to aircraft. Many technologies would not have existed without mechanical engineering which makes it an essential subdivision of engineering.

Over the next 20 years, mechanical engineers will be summoned to create technologies that promote a clean, healthy, safe and sustainable global environment. According to a report by ASME, the vision for the year 2028 for mechanical engineers is that they will need to work together with partners all over the world to utilise innovative solutions and best practices. This will be done in order to improve the life quality of people.

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The report also states that professionals in the domain of mechanical engineering are likely to be at the forefront to develop groundbreaking technology for environmental remediation, power generation, farming, food production, housing, transportation, safety, security, healthcare, water resources and harvesting of renewable energy resources.

The report says that sustainable development will be a common vision in the technical community worldwide. It will involve collaborating tools that will permit mechanical engineers to help them get the collective wisdom of those already in the field. This collaboration will also catalyse the development in the domains of automation, nanotechnology, and large-scale systems. In the next 20 years, both nanotechnology and automation will take over technological development. These technologies will also be a part of all aspects of technology that affect the daily lives of people.

Being a vast discipline, mechanical engineering effectively covers everything that can move. It is so wide due to the fact that it covers areas of design and manufacturing of anything that has a moving system. It ranges from the smallest components of a system to the finished machine and equipment as a whole. There have been various innovations in the field of mechanics that have ranged from classic ‘simple’ machine to complex concepts like CNC.

Wheel, Pulleys, Airplanes, Ships, Printing Press, Motors are some of the innovations that came to life in the past and are still a part of our lives today. These inventions have made our day to day life easier and are a gift of mechanical engineering to mankind.

A recent invention created with the help of mechanical engineering is called the Acoustic Wave Separation. This unique patented technology cleans (separates) water and other liquids from contaminants. The secret behind this ground-breaking technology is acoustic waves that clear all types of foreign substances like radioactive material, hydrocarbons, bacteria, chemical additives, salt and other substances, without using any chemicals or filters. It was created with the aim to process 378541 litres a day for the oil and gas industry. The same technology can be used to clean blood during surgery and has multiple uses in the gene and cell therapy.

Another recent creation in the field of mechanical engineering is an Ultrasonic Tubular Reactor. This reactor produces Biodiesel from waste cooking oil. Biodiesel is a renewable substitute for petroleum diesel and it has a number of benefits. It increases the security of energy, improves the quality of air and environment, and has safety benefits. The invention of the Ultrasonic Tubular Reactor is path-breaking as the production of Biodiesel will prove to be beneficial in daily lives of people.

The innovations in the field of Mechanical Engineering have enabled us to perform many tasks with ease, without realising the great technology that lies behind them. The inventions have met a wide range of human needs and have helped the society at large.

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1. Alternative input devices. These tools are designed to allow students with disabilities to use computers and related technology easily. Some alternative input devices include touch screens, modified keyboards, and joysticks that direct a cursor through use of body parts like chins, hands, or feet. Some up-and-coming technology in this area is sip-and-puff systems, developed by companies like Microsoft, to perform computer functions through the simple process of inhaling and exhaling. On-screen keyboards are another area of input technology that is providing K-12 learners with disabilities better use of computers and mobile devices for learning.​

2. Speech-to-text options. This technology is making mainstream waves through its use in popular cell phones like the Android-platform Razr M. While it is a convenience tool for people without disabilities, speech-to-text provides a learning advantage for students who have mobility or dexterity problems, or those who are blind. It allows students to speak their thoughts without typing and even navigate the Internet. speech-to-text options can also “talk back” to students and let them know about potential errors in their work.

3. LAMP. Language Acquisition through Motor Planning, or LAMP, connects neurological and motor learning in a way that makes communication easier for students with autism and related disorders. These principles have proven especially helpful for students who do not speak or have very limited verbal skills. Paired with technology, LAMP principles empower a growing student population with autism to effectively communicate and reach higher academic achievements. LAMP is present in technology – from specially made computers to learning apps.

4. Sensory enhancers. Depending on developmental patterns, children may need to learn differently than their peers. Instead of ABCs and numbers first, a child with language delays may benefit from bright pictures or colors to learn new concepts. Sensory enhancers may include voice analyzers, augmentative communication tools, or speech synthesizers. With the rapid growth of technology in the classroom, these basic tools of assistive technology are seeing great strides.

5. Screen readers. This technology is slightly different from text-to-speech. It simply informs students of what is on a screen. A student who is blind or visually impaired can benefit from the audio interface screen readers provide. Students who otherwise struggle to glean information from a computer screen can learn more easily through technology meant to inform them.

6. Mobile learning. Tablets and smartphones in the classroom are no longer a matter of “if,” but “when, and how quickly?” Administrators and educators can tap into the convenience of mobile technology in the classroom and the potential for student learning adaptation. Over half of school administrators say there is some form of mobile technology in their classrooms and that they plan to implement more when it is financially feasible. School districts should keep in mind that the purchase of mobile devices for K-12 use is only one piece in the learning puzzle. There must be funding for teacher training and maintenance of the devices too.

7. Learning analytics. This evolving concept in K-12 classrooms is different from educational data mining. It focuses on individual students, teachers, and schools without direct implications to the government. Learning analytics are the education industry’s response to “big data” that is used in the business world for improvements and redirection of focus. Learning analytics show students what they have achieved and how their achievements match up with their peers. If implemented correctly, this technology has the potential to warn teachers early of academic issues while keeping students more accountable. Using the mobile and online technology already in place, students can better track and tailor their academic experiences.

8. Open content. The rise of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, has trickled down from college learning to K-12 education. Increasingly, K-12 educators are also coming to believe that all information on any given topic already exists. In effect, a growing number of people believe that content does not need to be re-created or purchased, and the idea has gained steam among K-12 educators specifically. Within the next three years, expect more shared content available to teachers and to students. Open textbooks, resources, and curricula are not the only benefit of an open content push; shared experiences and insights are also valuable teaching tools.

9. 3D printing. Also known as prototyping, 3D printing will allow K-12 students to create tangible models for their ideas. Many fields, like manufacturing, already make use of this technology to determine the effectiveness of ideas on a smaller, printable scale. In education, this technology will bolster creativity and innovation, along with science and math applications. The STEM Academy has already partnered with Stratasys, a leading 3D printing company, to start integration of the technology in programming classes.

10. Outdoor/environmental learning. In short, more schools are looking for ways to get students and teachers outside. We are in an era of experiential learning, so environmental education fits the bill for many students. Lessons in this field teach children an appreciation of the earth and of its resources that the human population is quickly depleting. A better, hands-on understanding of nature also helps with science comprehension and gives students practical learning experiences.

Research has also found that teaching outside, even for short stints, improves student attitudes, attendance, and overall health. In many schools, teachers have always had the freedom to take students outside if they deemed it lesson-appropriate. Look for more official outdoor-teaching policies in the coming year, though, that encourage teachers to incorporate outdoor and environmental learning in all subjects.

As you can tell, many of these technologies have the power to change dramatically the learning experiences of students with learning disabilities, impairments, and other challenges that traditional learning methods have been less able to address. It is likely that we will see more use of these ten technologies and concepts in the next few years. In another article, I will focus on five more of these technology concepts every teacher must know.

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Education Technology (also known as “EdTech”) refers to an area of technology devoted to the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and processes) intended to promote education.

Put another way, “EdTech is a study and ethical practice for facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”

Although this developing field may sound like a specialized niche, its potential implications are far-reaching and affect many segments of the population. Read on to find out if you’re among those most likely to benefit from the advancement of EdTech, and how you can contribute to its growth.

For Educators and Educational Institutions…

The great tech minds tasked with creating the data-driven processes and applications that facilitate learning may understand solution-implementation–but they can’t stand in for educators when it comes to disseminating knowledge.

Conversely, strong educators aren’t necessarily equipped or inclined to deal with all the technology available to them and develop ways to apply it to their discipline. They will be the first to tell you that there are enough challenges in their day-to-day work without asking them to become IT experts, as well.

“If developed and applied correctly, #edtech has the potential to become industry-changing”

Services like Alma and Engrade provide one-stop solutions for teachers and schools while illustrating just how far EdTech can take us. If developed and applied correctly, educational technology has the potential to become truly industry-changing for educators–streamlining time-consuming processes (like lesson planning, reporting, and record-keeping) and simplifying communication–with even farther-reaching implications for educational institutions themselves.

EdTech Magazine cites the capacity of this technology for providing institutions with “a very clear understanding of any number of points of reference — student progress, budget performance, alumni snapshots; the list of possibilities and insights truly is limitless.”

For this reason, the future of education relies on an ongoing dialogue between educators and educational institutions, and professionals in the tech world.

The future of education relies on educators, institutions & tech professionals

For Technologists and Designers…

For tech professionals, this means a growing and ongoing need for development in the area that is able to scale as evolving devices and technology multiply avenues for information delivery. And that’s a tall order in a landscape where these elements are developing almost more quickly than they can be understood and applied to the field of education.

Not surprisingly, the current rate of EdTech development is leaving gaps. The recent Software & Information Industry Association’s 2014 K-20 vision survey revealed a“high desire for more technology integration–and need for more support–at all educational levels.”

The annual survey, which polls nearly 1,000 educators across every tier of K-20 education, was released in June during the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2014 expo and indicated that “the ideal level of technology integration is significantly higher than current levels.” EdTech Magazine highlighted several findings from the report, including the following pain points:

  • The majority of K-12 respondents do not feel “highly prepared” for online, summative assessments: 42 percent say they have adequate bandwidth, and 36 percent say they have enough devices and other hardware for students.

  • Three-quarters of K-12 respondents say technology integration is highly important, but their current levels and ideal levels of integration do not align: Only 22 percent say their schools are already highly integrated.

These findings signal a need for technological and professional development on every level of EdTech and the presence of unique career development opportunities.

For Career Seekers…

While a number of job-seekers wish to find work that is simultaneously fulfilling and profitable, the two don’t always seem to go hand in hand (just ask a teacher).

However, the dramatic increase in venture capital investment in Education Technology promises just that.

Forbes remarks, “Whereas teachers generally top out at around $80,000 (and only if they get masters/doctoral degrees), education entrepreneurs have shown that making money and doing well are not always misaligned.”

Whether you’re embarking on a new career or seeking career guidance, the promise of the growing educational technology field delivers enticing opportunities to apply your skills in an environment with true global impact.

For Everyone Else…

At the risk of over-evangelizing the importance of Education Technology, it can be said that the successful development of these tools will impact every aspect of our future. Accessible, effective solutions for superior education empower students and teachers to focus on the task of learning. They can do more with the resources they have, improving the quality of education available to young people around the globe, and better-equipping them for the future.

These are our imminent engineers, architects, and doctors–the leaders of social and political movements to come. Making sure they have the best means available in order to prepare them for these roles ensures a brighter future for all living creatures, and for the planet itself. The next generation faces no shortage of challenges–it’s our job to see that they face no shortage of support in order to overcome them.

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From the use of connected mobile devices to the proliferation of online learning programs, technology is bringing about a new era in education — one that challenges old assumptions about learning, such as that face-to-face is the best or only way to go, or that true learning takes a long time. To these and other such assumptions is coming evidence saying otherwise:

  • Learning through e-learning requires 40 to 60 per cent less time than learning that takes place in a “traditional” classroom. (Source: Brandon-Hall Group study)
  • E-learning retention rates are between 25 and 60 per cent, while face-to-face learning results in retention rates of only eight to 10 per cent. (Source: Research Institute of America)

One of the more rapidly growing trends at all levels of education is the use of tablets, laptops, and other mobile devices. And yet, until recently, mobile devices were being used almost exclusively as substitutes for books and handouts and pen and paper. However, these technologies are of late being used to transform how instruction and learning actually take place.

Through the use of mobile devices, teachers are swapping out old models of standardized learning-by-memory for dynamic, personalized, and self-directed learning experiences for students. Students today are not only comfortable around technology but in fact, respond very favourably to it. They are not confined to traditional learning environments, but are learning — or open to learning — any time, from anywhere, on any device.

Education should now cover this base and others, including increasing the potential for learning and teaching through collaboration with peers and experts, regardless of location; updating workspaces to increase productivity; and providing unlimited access to educational resources, regardless of location or device

On April 23rd, join ITWC CIO and Chief Digital Officer Jim Love and Cisco education advocate Dr Lance Ford for “Creating a New World of Learning and Collaboration,” which presents a reimagined educational experience through digital learning. Among the topics to be discussed in this one-hour webinar:

  • Better learning using any device, anywhere, at any time
  • Securely linking students, teachers, peers, parents and subject matter experts
  • Increasing student engagement and collaboration by individualizing and differentiating the instruction
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The world is changing, and education must change with it. Many schools are aware of this fact and are trying to rebuild their activities in accordance with the opportunities offered by new technologies. Some universities borrow ideas from the business world, referring to the experience of successful start-ups in order to launch some new processes for themselves. Gradually, a paper routine leaves the schools, giving way to electronic means of working with data.

1. School as a Service

School as a service begins with the commitment of the state to each student as a digital student. When states reduce historical barriers, the transition to personal digital learning will mean a school service: access to quality courses and teachers from several providers.

Education SaaS changes the basic assumptions – it does not need to associate time and place. This does not mean that everything will become virtual – in the foreseeable future, at least 90 percent of families will benefit from local schools, but this requires new thinking, new staffing models, new budgeting strategies and new ways of communicating with students and families.

2. Mobile Learning

Mobile learning, also known as m-learning, is an educational system. Using portable computing devices (such as iPads, laptops, tablets, PDAs, and smartphones), wireless networks provide mobility and mobile training, which allows to teach and learn to expand beyond the traditional audience. Within the class, mobile training provides instructors and students with increased flexibility and new possibilities for interaction.

3. Gamification in Education

Gamification in education is sometimes described using other terms: game thinking, the principles of the game for learning, the design of motivation, the design of interaction, etc. This differs from game-based learning in that it doesn`t imply that students themselves play commercial video games. It works on the assumption that the kind of interaction that players encounter with games can be transformed into an educational context in order to facilitate learning and influence on students’ behaviour. Because gamers voluntarily spend a lot of time for gaming, researchers and teachers are exploring ways to use the power of video games to motivate and apply it in the classroom.

4. Big Data

“Big Data” is a term that we are used to hearing in business, but it is also an important tool for education. Learning World explores this technological fashion word and talks with an expert on this topic: Kenneth Cuciere, co-author of “Learning with Big Data.”

Cukier sees “Big Data” as an opportunity to adapt learning to the individual needs of students and the learning process. Instead of avoiding this, teachers must accept changes that bring in large data, and use them to their advantage.

One example of the large data that occurs in education is the “Course Signals”, which allow professors to give feedback if there are early signs that students do not exercise or do not use class time.

5. Blended and Flipped Learning

Blended learning is a pedagogical method in which the learner learns, at least in part, by providing content and training through digital and online media using the student controls in time or place. This allows the student to create an individual and integrated approach to learning. Blended training is combined with a flipped class approach to learning.

The Flipped class is a pedagogical model in which the typical elements of the lecture and the homework of the course change to the opposite. Students watch short video lectures or other multimedia materials asynchronously before a class session. Then, class time is devoted to active learning, such as discussions, design or problem assignments, or laboratory exercises. This learning model allows teachers to guide the teaching of students by answering students’ questions and helping them apply the concepts of the course during classes.

6. Massive Online Open Courses

Nowadays MOOCs may not be so widespread as when they first attracted attention, and people no longer think that this is the answer to the problems of educational inequality. Nevertheless, MOOCs still deserve close attention, as it develops as an important part of education, and it offers its students many advantages if used well. Moreover, The New York Times called 2013 the “Year of the MOOC” because it attracted a lot of attention and money.

7. Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is a sort of adaptive learning that considers working with computers to make decisions, based on previous levels of learner understanding when interacting with a computer program. Learning analytics and artificial intelligence are the essences of individual learning because without them it would be impossible to easily adapt the instruction on the basis of immediate answers.

Personalized learning can seem like a dream in many schools, but it’s already happening more than we can imagine – and often behind the back of the teacher.

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Some notable improvement areas as a result of technology

Learning and technology have taken a new dimension due to major technology impacts in educational institutions. Now a medium is available for teachers to communicative effectively and shares ideas for making the teaching talents better. Teachers also have a pool of endless resources now which can be utilized for offering students the required assistance to boost their advance and ability. In several ways, the computer has improved education. Positive support from the teachers tries to instil their pupils.

Scope of education technology

Other improvement notable areas due to latest technology results

  • Information accessible readily on various subjects – It’s beneficial not only for teachers but also for the students too. Unlimited knowledge can be attained from the internet and more diverse materials will be available since it been presented by the people from various parts of the world. This could open up viewpoints of student’s and then allows to arise new and fresh ideas.
  • Availability of software tools- Many tools available can be used by students for creating far interesting more programs and presentations. Students can make use of the software on projects in which they have to express all their tasks very effectively in details.
  • Helping of the technology for doing away with time restrictions and the distance- Education online has now opened with many possibilities for teacher and students alike. Through the advance educational technology resources, we can now teach or school from anyplace around the world. Several schools are registered and accredited online with essential bodies of government. This actually means that most of the individual is interested to acquire higher educations and have the opportunities for doing so. Lots of people who are having jobs also have chances of pursuing their studies further without giving up their career. 

Technology to improve the scope of education

Online school introduction has made the education more achievable and enjoyable because this allows audio and the visual communicating mode in which everyone shares knowledge, ideas and also information to make others better. Through technology, a transformation has occurred in education so teaching and learning now have become very much interactive. It also has done the way with barriers as the knowledge could be shared now across the borders. Now various cultures can appreciate openly to one another as they could learn various methods of life. Education and technology are correlated and works together for developing each other. Undoubtedly technology can make a change in the scope of education.

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