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Repost: Students Are Using Mobile Even If You Aren’t
This week, we've featured one of our favorite articles from "Inside Higher Ed", which talks about how "smartphones and tablets are changing how teachers teach and students learn". 
By Mark Lieberman From Inside Higher Ed Magazine, Reposted Nov. 7, 2019
Research Study: Exploring the Use of Text and Instant Messaging in Higher Education Classrooms
This article examined how higher education students used text and instant messaging for academic purposes with their peers and faculty. 
Research By Sharon Lauricella and Robin Kay, Posted october 2, 2019
Guest Blog: Our Co-Founder's Top 5 Lessons of College
We've featured a personal post from our co-founder, Kavitta Ghai, where she highlights the five most important lessons she learned during her college experience at UCSB. 
By Kavitta Ghai, Published August 27, 2019
Getting Ahead of Digital Distractions
Do you think your classroom benefits from the availability of technology during lectures, or does it act more as a distraction for students? Understanding and utilizing the types of technology your students are currently using to communicate can make a huge influence on their method of learning.
By Jeremy Levine, August 20, 2019
How to Have "The Talk" With Your Professor
We have all had a teacher who clearly has areas they could improve in, but we rarely ever tell them. Why wait until teacher evaluations come out at the end of your term when you could have the chance to make a real difference in the quality of your education?
By Jeremy Levine, August 1, 2019
How Teachers Can Best Engage Students
It's not easy remembering a classroom full of new names and faces, but here are some ways to reel in and engage your students.
By Madison Kirkpatrick, June 12, 2019
Logging On: The Educational Chatroom
Imagine stepping foot into your classroom...by logging in. Welcome to Nectir.
By Melissa Mier, June 05, 2019
And the Student Becomes The Teacher
From behind the desk to behind the podium, here's how to ease your way into your new role as a Teaching Assitant.
By Madison Kirkpatrick, May 29, 2019
When Tech Gets Personal
It's been proven true time and time again -- getting your students online in the classroom can actually get them more involved in their work.
Melissa Mier, May 20, 2019
Use Your Brain
Let's analyze study habits and ask, is this learning or memorizing?
By Melissa Mier, May 9, 2019
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Thought staying up late would be the solution to getting more work done? Think again.
By Melissa Mier, may 2, 2019
An Update from the Nectir Team
A little over a year ago, we realized that there was a serious problem on campus regarding communication within our classes. Why were we paying thousands of dollars to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the world just to use outdated technology like Gauchospace forums that didn’t solve our problems anyways?
By jordan long & kavitta ghai, march 13, 2019
Wait…I paid $40,000 for this?
Do you remember what you were told college would be like? Not only from friends and family, but from social media, movies, and more. I remember everything, buying every idea that they sold to me.
by kavitta ghai, September 8, 2018
5 Things I Wish I Knew As A Freshman
Welcome to college. You’ve probably heard everyone say “This is going to be the greatest four years of your life!”, but I sincerely hope they are not. Instead, I hope that these are the most transformative four years that set you up for the greatest life you can possibly live.
by kavitta ghai, December 10, 2018
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