Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2 - (Page 42)
TECHNOLOGY AND ITS NEW ESSENTIAL ROLE IN EDUCATION
e are living in the Digital Revolution, also
sometimes called the Third Industrial
Revolution. Mobile devices and social networking have become the new standard
in digital communication. By 2015, tablet
computers and smart phones are expected
to exceed personal computers in Internet usage.1
The idea of using technology in the classroom isn’t a new one.
It’s become the new standard; however, and a majority of our
students have come to expect that it be ingrained in their education. BeautyLink asked its membership to share the latest on
what they’re doing to integrate technology into the classroom
and share some innovative ideas on how to engage students and
encourage learning in the new digital, fast-paced environment.
W recently invested in media centers for
all of our instructors to utilize. The media
centers are an amazing interactive system
where the instructors can log on and share
all kinds of videos, PowerPoints, pictures
and news media information. This not only
engages the students but allows less exper
rienced educators to stay on task and challenges more mature instructors to step out of their routines. The
media center system also allows us to keep the content delivery
consistent across 62 campuses. We use these to teach theory,
practical and state board topics. Technology is a great way to
reach every type of learner and provides a very effective visual aid!
Lindsay Gratehouse, Regional Education Manager
Marinello Schools of Beauty, San Diego, CA
Our instructors use technology often, both in the classroom and
on the clinic ﬂoor. Smart phones put the world at your ﬁ ngertips
and are such a huge part of our students’ culture, so why not
use them to learn? To prepare students to market themselves, I
have them use their smart phones to research salons, register for
state permits, set up business email addresses and Facebook or
other Web pages, create Pinterest accounts and research online
portfolio services. Here are some more ways to use technology
to get your students involved:
• Ask a question related to the day’s lecture and have the students ﬁ nd the answer online, then text it to a classmate who
shares the answer with the class. This can also be turned
into a trivia game where the students work in teams to ﬁ nd
answers to predetermined questions.
• Have each student ﬁ nd as many manufactures’ websites as he/
she can in ﬁve minutes.
• Have students use technology to research their favorite salon’s
service prices. As a class, average the prices and use those to
calculate potential gross earnings, percentage of taxes withheld and net pay and compare the ﬁ ndings.
• Have the students create digital look books and online client
consultation support tools.
• Take before and after pictures of mannequins and clients to
build portfolios and add to business Facebook pages.
Heather Wolf, Director of Cosmetology
Avenue Five Institute, Austin, TX
Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Awards
The program is presented by MODERN SALON Media with the support of AACS. Below are highlights of 2012’s top
honorees who were recognized for how they applied technology in their institution(s).
Top honoree: International Salon and Spa Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
Closed loop, integrated clicker technology and secure laptops that
connect to 60” TVs allow instructors to use software that overlays and enhances PowerPoint with interactive quizzes, tests and
educational games. Each student has a unique clicker registered
to their ﬁle, enabling them to respond to polling questions, participate in discussions and games, take tests and send messages.
Instructors are able to do pre- and post-tests on any subject at any
time and the technology provides students with instant grades.
| B E AU TYLINK | TH I N K ING OUTSIDE THE TOOL B OX | 2013
Top Honoree (multi-unit): Bellus Academy
The academy’s web-based S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting and Hair Coloring
System is part of the cosmetology program, and it provides professional video
support to educators in the classroom and to students. Best in Business is an integrated online training system that gives students a ﬁrm understanding of basic
business practices and online marketing techniques. Flat-screen televisions, HD
projectors and laptop computers are used in all classrooms and a POS system
tracks all client activity, incorporates an email/text messaging system and organizes a marketing program that provides monthly promotions.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA CO-Chairs
The workings of Washington
Unite to Build a Community
The Ultimate Software Review
A Student's Perspective
The Professional Nail Industry & Schools
Step by Step
Challenging the Status Quo
And then there’s compliance
Forward to the Future
Listserve Q & A
Beauty School Budgeting
Skin Care Council
The Digital Classroom
Outside the Beauty Box
Getting Outside the Box
Beauty changes lives
A Profound Impact
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Aid Servicers
New School Members
Upcoming 2013-14 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2