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Although eLearning offers many advantages for full-time employees and companies alike, with the promise of technology also comes the lure of distraction. Taking online courses or completing training modules via computer requires us to remain focused and productive. The wide range of destinations on the internet, however, plays games with our ability to concentrate on one task at a time. For those who have trouble managing their productivity, I want to point out the following free tools to help you remain on task as you study:
Chrome Nanny / Stay Focusd / LeechBlock
Both of these extensions for the Google-created Chrome browser allow users to either schedule or restrict their internet browsing time. You can create a list of sites to allow, block off time slots during which other sites are inaccessible, or disable your internet access altogether. For those who don't use Chrome, Leech Block is an effective extension for Firefox. These programs would effectively allow your browser to block all sites except those related to your online learning sessions.
JDarkRoom is a program that temporarily turns your computer into a simple word processor. It blocks your access to all other applications and simplifies your screen so that all you see are the words you type. You can customize the program to display various colors, word-count goals, and a timer. You can also write in a 'No Delete' mode, which is useful for free-writing and brainstorming exercises. Once you've reached your goals, you can close the program and return to your standard desktop.
Klok / RescueTime
Time management applications like Klok and RescueTime allow you to track how long you work on various tasks throughout the day, and they can provide you with a report of your activity so that you can adjust your focus the next time you sit down to your coursework. While Klok requires that you input your tasks manually, RescueTime will automatically track the applications you open, what websites you've visited, and compare those to your goals.
These are simply a few of the many free programs available to help you regain control of your concentration and enhance your productivity. If you are happy with these tools, then I recommend searching for many more and experimenting with each one. Once you get used to how they work individually, you'll soon be able to combine them to create the ultimate productivity tool.
This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article provided by Guest Blog Contributor Amber Johnson.
In today’s technology age, man’s best friend has a QWERTY key pad instead of four legs. For the academic, an iPhone can be a foe just as easily, with its various interesting but distracting capabilities. In order to use the iPhone to its fullest potential, learners should use it for work as well as play, and thanks to these application creators, that task is not only possible, it is fun as well. From reading worldwide news to creating budgets, from learning foreign languages to appreciating the arts, these applications contain everything you need to feed your superior intellect.
Know the market like the back of your hand…or the face of your phone! Keep up with today’s business news here:
Don’t let anything go unnoticed when you leave town. To stay in-the-know, all you need is your phone and these applications.
The following apps range from learning about famous paintings by the masters to creating art through a variety of media.
Whether you are a medical professional or just want to expand your personal knowledge, these apps are sure to provide plenty of knowledge.
Don’t take life so seriously! Have a little fun with your phone here:
Keep these reference tools close so that you’re prepared to discuss constellations, the periodic table, or world facts.
Whether you are planning to travel or just love learning languages, these apps will help you learn to speak whatever language your heart desires.
Let your iPhone guide you in general searches, job hunts and more.
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This post is from Amber Johnson, who also writes for OnlineDegreePrograms.org, an accredited online college resource. Link to original article: http://onlinedegreeprograms.org/blog/2009/75-coolest-iphone-apps-for-lifelong-learners/
Are you an instructor or trainer looking for new ways to entertain and engage your students online? The Internet is loaded with free tools, blogs, and informational sites that are designed to aid and improve your courses. Here is a list of 20 free eLearning and training resources worth checking out:
This post is from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is with the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes for OnlineCollege.org, an accredited online college resource.
For those of us who are iPhone users, I asked Jimmy Atkinson at Edu-Tastic to share a list similar to the one I posted for you yesterday but for the iPhone. Here it is! (The link to the webpage is: http://toponlineuniversityreviews.com/2009/25-essential-free-iphone-apps-for-lifelong-learners/
by Miranda on July 14, 2009
iPhone applications are becoming increasingly useful, from providing ways for you to track your efforts to pay off debt, to allowing you to write emails and surf the Web. iPhone apps have gone way beyond making light saber noises and playing Sudoku. Do you have a passion for learning? If so, your iPhone can help you be better informed — by keeping vital information at your fingertips. Here are 25 iPhone apps that can help the lifelong learner explore the world:
If you are interested in learning more about literature, foreign languages and art, the iPhone can help you out.
You have the opportunity to learn more about the world around you when you take advantage of iPhone applications centered around math and science. You can even learn about the related subject of medicine.
If you want to know something — and you want to know it now — here are some great reference materials that you can access right from your iPhone.
by Miranda on July 20, 2009
Sure, the iPhone is pretty great. However, not everyone is into the iPhone. There are other smart phones. One of those is the Palm Pre. Applications have been developed for the Palm Pre, and there are fast becoming plenty of interesting ways to carry your personality around with you. You can even use the Palm Pre to help you learn better. Here are 25 free Palm Pre apps that can help you be a better e-learner.
Improve your command of the language — and even learn other languages — with the Palm Pre. You can also learn about other countries and customs, increasing your knowledge of the world. Language arts have been shown to be helpful in developing creativity and increasing one’s mental capacity. Plus, you’ll sound smarter.
Access to math and science right at your fingertips. Improve your skills, or just have handy information readily available. Science and math are often overlooked, but these are important components of a well-rounded education. Palm Pre makes it easy to study anytime, anywhere.
Get the information you need quickly with Palm Pre reference apps. Very helpful for when you are looking for just the right thing to say, or if you need to find the meaning of something that may not be entirely clear. Also, you can get quick and easy access to information that might help your personal spiritual study.
Get help with your learning ability. There are several Palm Pre apps that can help you become a better e-learner, enhancing your study skills and your ability to organize and retrieve information.