Why are grades going up?

The news is filled with articles claiming that students in the UK have seen a little drop in grades [1]. But why are grades getting better? Why did this not happen thirty years ago?

Technology boom

Most people today have access to electronic equipment, and most of these people have access to the internet. With this combination, people can easily find out information. People can share information too – including past papers! We can share our knowledge, expand our understanding and allow our brains to grow with technology. This wasn’t possible 30 years ago.

The blogging effect

As we search, we can find lots of websites, some good and not so good. But if we dig deeper, we could find a site that suits us, our learning styles and our lingo. Blogs are key to this type of development.

As a producer of a blog, you are enhancing all your skills without really realising it. Does blogging automatically make you better at English? From this angle, having a blog, no matter what content you write about, automatically forces you to think (working under pressure) and produce user specific content – we all have an audience.

Search and knowledge

Computers not only allow us to expand our understanding quickly, they also allow us to find out information at a little cost. There is no need to buy expensive dictionaries, or a series of books, to find out what interests you. So, searching sometimes helps our grades go up if we are at school / college, or allows us to expand our brains if we have left.

Technology makes things easier, faster and cheaper. Information seems to become accessible. Technology also helps us feed our brain. Blogging also helps us to share an interest with one another, in a controlled medium.

So does technology allow our grades to improve? Most likely, yes! What do you think?


  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19266381

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(20) The array of browsers we are using 2010 – 2011

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You are using one now, reading this post. But did you know the other browsers out there? Better still, have you looked at the statistics of August 2010, to August 2011?

Below is a quick overview of what has happened in a year:

August 2010,

  1. Firefox – 45.8%
  2. Internet Explorer – 30.7%
  3. Chrome – 17%
  4. Safari – 3.5%
  5. Opera – 2.3%

One year on … August 2011,

  1. Firefox – 40.6%
  2. Chrome – 30.3%
  3. Internet Explorer – 22.4%
  4. Safari – 3.8%
  5. Opera – 2.3%

As you can now see, Google is slowly creeping up the list. In twelve months, it went from being the third most used search engine to becoming second. Is it adverts from Google, or are we now using the word Google as a Verb?

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(17) Blog analysis (so far)

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Just out of curiousity, how did you find this actual Blog? I was just wondering to monitor real hits etc

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(15) How Google.com makes money?

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Recently a friend of mine asked “how does google.co.uk make money?” For someone who doesn’t study ICT, or have much interest in all the ‘goings on’ of technology, this is actually a really good question. After all, searching http://www.google.com don’t manufacture tangible products.

So if Google don’t make products, then what do they do? They provide services, i.e., www.google.com | Refined searches etc – these services are what makes Google money. Perhaps you haven’t noticed this yet, but next time you do a serach using Google, you’ll notice they offer Sponsored Links. These appear on Google’s search results page because companies give Google money for Marketing (a functional area of a business). If people don’t see a businesses name, or what they do (or offer) how will they generate money?

Google click: this works by buyers/businesses buying certain words, or clicks, related to their business. The more clicks (or hits) they get the more money Google makes. For example, a local (factitious) gym might consider bidding for the following key words; (1) Gym, (2) Cheap, (3) Membership, and (4) exercise. The price for the gym (in this example) will depend upon what other businesses are bidding for those same keywords. In essence, the more competition between businesses for keywords, the more one business will pay for one Click to their website.

The gap widens for more ‘obvious’ keywords. I.e, you’ll find less and less small businesses offering bids for saturated markets. E.g., Health, debt management etc whereas, local smaller markets like a local gym (see example above) might consider funding Google for single clicks!

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