Helena Lazaro, Author at General Assembly Blog

What is EdTech and Why Should It Matter to You?


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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.”

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The 3 Best To-Do Apps for Gmail Users


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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student, or stay-at-home parent, increasing productivity is always a good thing. And with the variety of devices and software available to help us stay organized, it can be easier than ever.

Related Story: The Best Productivity Apps For Slackers

But no one needs or wants one more account to manage (password fatigue is a real thing, ok?). These three to-do list apps integrate with your existing Gmail account (a major plus for companies using Gmail as their email client), turbocharging the power of the platform to help you prioritize and track tasks without requiring the creation or maintenance of additional accounts. One less thing to do! You’re already making progress. Continue reading

How The Internet Empowers Introverts


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There has been a lot of buzz lately about introverts in the workplace. This isn’t terribly surprising, considering that up to one half of Americans are introverts. Although this flurry of attention (not always their favorite thing) has the potential to be a great tool to help dispel myths, it can also raise even more questions if not created and proliferated with care. After all, can there really be an agreed-upon set of personality traits that determines who you are? Introverts (all individuals, for that matter) are far more complicated than an online personality quiz can quantify.

Let’s agree that no two introverts humans are exactly alike. Some like to go to parties once in a while. Some don’t. Some have cats. Some have dogs. So what can we say with confidence about introverts? Continue reading

The Best Productivity Apps For Slackers


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The plight of the Slacker isn’t usually met with much sympathy.

Some of us just can’t seem to get motivated, pushing tasks off into the elusive space of a “someday” that never seems to arrive. Others fall prey to distractibility when working thanks to the web, where a simple search while fact-checking for your report can easily turn into an hour-long trip down the Wikipedia rabbit hole.

Fortunately, there seem to be no shortage of developers who understand that, for slackers, the struggle is real. Here are some of the cruel-to-be-kind solutions they’ve come up with. Continue reading

What does User Experience Design have to do with Architecture?


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The fierce might of Chichen Itza’s Mayan pyramid, iconic arches of the Golden Gate Bridge, and enduring grandeur of Notre Dame are all testaments to the lasting power of humanity’s best architecture. They were created with superior materials, an eye to the future, and attention to detail (also, depending on who you ask, a little help from E.T.). For these reasons, they’ve stood the test of time and continue to inspire us with their presence.

User experience design (UX Design) is essentially what it sounds like—the art of creating a particular experience for the user of your service or product. Although it can technically encompass any part of a user experience from start to finish (delivery methods, packaging, aftercare), we most often associate the discipline with the development of interfaces for websites and applications.

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Looking for a New Career? Here Are The 3 Most Promising Careers of 2020



Although bad news seems to be the order of the day, there is reason for optimism on many fronts–one of them being the future of employment in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that a projected 20.5 million new jobs will have been added between 2010 and 2020, a 14.3% growth in employment. And if you’re technologically inclined (like us!), there’s even more reason to rejoice. Read on to find out which careers are most promising. Continue reading

Learn From the Best: Most Inspiring CEOs To Follow on LinkedIn


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It’s Official: LinkedIn has emerged to claim its place as the better-dressed, networking-savvy big brother of all social media platforms. Although you may already appreciate the site for its infinite utility during a job search, there’s even more to be gleaned by following the influential and thought-provoking CEOs who come there to share their wisdom.

Although fewer than 1/3 of Top 500 CEOs use social media, according to Forbes, those that do are overwhelmingly active on LinkedIn. Even more telling, the site is actually more popular with CEOs than it is with the general public.

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6 Essential Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century



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With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reporting the creation of a projected 20.5 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020, there’s never been a better time to brush up your skillset, dust off your resume, and find the perfect career. But the unique needs of technology-driven commerce dictate that certain skills will naturally have greater value than others. If you focus your effort on the areas that promise the greatest dividends, you’ll likely be rewarded with a handsome payout.  Continue reading

A Product Manager By Any Other Name: 3 Titles For Product Managers


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Because product management encompasses a variety of elements, it can be found at multiple levels of development and production, under numerous titles. One survey found as many as 256 unique titles for the role among respondents. Whether you’re looking for work in the field, or wondering if you may already be operating in a related capacity, knowing what they are can be of benefit. Read on to learn a few.

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5 Signs You Just Might Be a Product Manager



Because of its breadth, product management is one of those roles that can be pretty nebulous. An IBM description for the role of Product Manager defines a PM as “responsible for managing the full product lifecycle; from strategic planning through product development, product launch and post-launch activities.”

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that you’re a product manager in disguise but aren’t quite sure, ask yourself some of the following questions.

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