Harnessing the Power of Internet Technology in the Classroom

If you are an educator, it is essential that you consider harnessing the power of internet technology in the classroom. This is a special tool that has the potential to provide numerous benefits to both teachers and students alike. Like all tools, if it is used in an appropriate manner, it will prove to be a valuable asset. In a world where there is a constant wave of technological advancements flowing, it is vital that educators be able to harness the sheer power of these technologies. Teachers should be aware of the technologies that are available to them, the potential associated with each of them, and how the students that they teach utilize the technologies. The following has proven to be highly beneficial in educational settings:

  • Video Streaming
  • Social Media
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Instant Messenger Programs
  • Virtual World Games

If you have an interest in harnessing the power of internet technology in the classroom, it is crucial that you learn at least a few basic facts to each of the concepts listed above. By doing so, you will discover ways to utilize these different items in order to appeal to your students and their interests. While traditional teaching standards are still widely popular and productive, the world is moving at an alarming rate as far as technology is concerned. More than ever before, youngsters of all ages – from preschool to high school – are utilizing these concepts and programs to connect with others, learn about the world that they are part of and to engage in games and activities. By learning about the internet technology that is popular among your students, you have the ability to grasp their attention in ways that were only imagined in years’ past. By harnessing the power of internet technology in the classroom today, you are sure to discover higher levels of success among your students tomorrow.

Stay Ahead Of The Curve With Current Advances In Technology

It seems that many business owners are consumed with just keeping up with current technology like faster Internet connections, and handling everyday demands. Most don’t give a second thought to what tomorrow will bring technology wise anyway. Some don’t even understand that it changes constantly.

Businesses that expect to make smooth transitions from one moment to the next must first consider the services of an Ethernet specialist. Here are some things that should be included in any business analysis.

Covering the Bases

While it is pretty much impossible to what the future in technology holds, there are some things that can be done to prevent some of the most common mistakes. With the installation of a satellite Internet package or T1 Line, it is entirely possible to do just that, particularly when the service comes from the best providers in today’s industry. It is their goal to make sure that all the bases are covered before anything untoward can happen.

Technology On The Cutting Edge

Here is where the technology comes in. Cutting edge technology is often thought of as Ethernet over copper, and this is for good reason. However, technology that is truly advanced ensures that there is no reason to be concerned that there will be no compromised lines regardless of the time it is installed, with little regard to industry shifts.

Along with all of that, service providers that support technology must be able to adapt as needed. This means they promise to stay updated on new and innovative developments rather than allowing clients to fall behind the curve in business.

Simple Steps for Improving Your Network Cabling Business

If you have a network cabling business, it is important that you understand a few steps that will assist in improving your company and building your brand. For many, the concept of network cabling is understood to the point in which the user understands that the products assist in providing phone and computer services. However, apart from this basic knowledge, most people do not understand certain concepts and procedures associated with the business conducted by network cabling companies. In order to improve your business, you must be able to inform your clients of what you have to offer in a way that they are able to understand. In addition to this, there are several other steps that you may take in order to improve your network cabling business: 

  • It is imperative that you offer your clients the best network cabling products at the absolute best prices possible. Regardless of what products and/or services that a company offers, all customers want to know that they have the capability of acquiring the best products at the lowest prices possible. If you are able to do this, you will find that your customer base fills quickly.
  • You should ensure that you take the steps to properly build your brand. One of the best techniques for doing this is to provide a way for customers to provide reviews about your network cabling products and services.
  • The last step to improving your network cabling company is to make certain that you do everything possible to build trust with your current clients and establish trust with your potential clients. If you are trusted, the customers will come. People want to know what is in it for them and they want to ensure that you will deliver on your word. By taking the time to build trust, you are sure to build a large database of customers.

There are many simple steps for acquiring a solid reputation that will assist in improving your network cabling business. The steps outlined in this guide have been deemed as the most successful among business owners. By performing each and every single one of them, you will build brand, people will trust your company and you will find that your customers are loyal to your brand.

Using a VGA to DVI-D Converter to Connect an Old Computer to a Digital Monitor

VGA ports have been around since the late 1980s and they still remain present on laptops. While DVI and HDMI are two of the clear successors of the aging connector, having a VGA port on laptops is still useful especially if you are using the laptop for presentation purposes since many affordable projectors still rely on VGA. But if your laptop may not be able to connect to one of those new digital LCD or LED monitors if VGA and HDMI ports are missing. Fortunately, all you need is a VGA to DVI-D converter and you are all set. This converter can also be useful if you have an old computer and you don’t want to shell out extra money on a video card or motherboard with a DVI port.

VGA to DVI-D converters are fairly cheap but you should check out the pricier converter boxes as well because some of them let you connect both a VGA monitor as well as a DVI-D monitor to a computer. This means that an old computer can have 2 screens or a laptop can have 3 screens. This should boost your productivity significantly once you get used to things. Continue reading

How Technology is Improving Education

These changes have been more profound with the development of technology. Just like other sectors of the society, technology has impacted the education sector. The impact has majorly bordered on the positive. An example of technological impact in the education sector has reared itself in the case of Maths online. This is an Internet application that allows people to undertake mathematical exercises.

The case of Maths online is just but one of the numerous ways that technology is transforming the educational landscape. This digital phenomenon has widened its tentacles to all the other fields of the education sector in varied ways.

How technology is improving education

Many educational institutions have opened themselves to the idea of technology. Such schools have realised that technology is key in improving the delivery of education services. As such, technology has positively affected various strategies in the classroom. These include: Continue reading

Applying Technology in the Classroom

The recent advances in technology made possible by the internet have resulted in a rapidly changing world. In order to keep up with such advances, the presence of technology in the classroom has become of increasing importance.

Integrating Technology into Teaching is a great way for an educator to enhance the effectiveness of their lessons and connect with their students. After all, the current young generation has been immersed in technology like never before, and using instructional technology is a way to accommodate their educational needs in a way that is familiar and fitting for them.

So what are some of the meaningful ways to include technology in the classroom? Continue reading

Backing Up on CD

We think it’s a great idea to present very practical ideas in the classroom. You can talk about homework and data all day long but talk to a student about their music collection and they will listen. Make a practical and useful lesson out of something with their music and you have a winning combination. When you need to back up music on a CD, you are obviously going to be copying music onto that CD. For some folks, the territory of music copying is kind of iffy because they are unsure of what the law allows and what the law expressly forbids. Here are some tips on what to do and also what not to do when you back up any of your tunes on a compact disc. Continue reading

Technology in Education

Educational technology is becoming more and more common in schools and this is a great thing. School officials, parents, principles and teachers all know that educational technology helps a student to learn more, learn faster and become more organized students. The limits are endless what a student can learn by successfully integrating educational technology into their studies. If they are taught in school how to use the Internet and educational technology to better their education, then they will be very prosperous in school. It’s important for teachers to incorporate educational technology into classrooms not only because of the educational benefits that come from becoming very familiar with using technology as an educational tool, but because students respond well to technology.

Children now are run more by technology than ever, their wish lists went from bikes, baseballs and basketball hoops to Nintendo’s, cell phones and laptops. Children love technology and the unlimited opportunities of entertainment it gives them, so why not add it into schools to keep kids excited and wanting to learn? Technology helps a lot to organize students, whether it be on the computer, saving documents to different folders, creating organized and clearly written essays or utilizing any of Microsoft’s programs to enhance their document skills, educational technology helps children to become more organized. Since children love technology so much and use it so frequently a nonprofit group, Netday wanted to compose a survey to all school aged kids about technology and how it would influence them in their schooling. The survey was only supposed to last one day, it was called Speak Up Day, but because of the tremendous response they extended the survey to one week.

Officials were not surprised that children love technology and would like to see more of it, they already knew that when introducing technology into the classrooms in the past, it always caught the student’s attention and got them interested. These days it requires a lot ore to be able to get students to focus and be interested in a classroom setting because of the immense amount of technological distractions that could b taking place, whether it is them texting on their cell phone, playing games on their cell phone, using handheld video game devices, listening to an iPod, or even other students doing any of these things, it causes distractions in the classroom and they don’t get everything they should be out of the lesson that is being taught. By introducing the educational technology, students will put their handheld entertainment devices away and be interested to learn and see what the new technological devices can do.

In the survey what surprised school officials and the non-profit organization, Netday, who organized the survey, was that students not only wanted more educational technology, but also were coming up with ways to earn the money for the schools being able to equip their classrooms with more technology. This was surprising to the school officials because students not only wanted the technology but that wanted to help raise money by doing fundraisers to financially help equip their schools. This shows how important technology is to our students and children, we need to start giving them incentives to raise money for technology and help the schools to become more technologically equipped

The Current State of Technology in Education

Remember filmstrips, movie reels, overhead projectors and transparencies? These are the “tech tools” that I remember from my school days. Not an interactive anything anywhere. It was simple. Teachers and professors had to decide between blackboards or overheads, black, blue or maybe green ink and that was about it.

We’ve come a long way from those days, and in many cases new technologies have quickly replaced the old. There is however a wide variation on how advanced school districts are in terms of their education technology implementations. One thing is clear; no matter how limited resources are, all school districts have formed a set of goals around education technology. If we expect to reach any of these goals, we have to understand the underlying factors that can affect the character and complexity of a problem. These factors will in turn affect how we approach a particular problem and the solutions that are applied to reach our goals.

From a 30,000 foot perspective, there are commonly three key components to an education technology solution; Hardware, Software and Training (the often forgotten, but many times most important component).

In today’s education tech world, you will not get very far without the three vital components mentioned above. These are however, merely the tools that we will use in reaching our educational goals. If you were to place all of the best hardware, software and training materials in a room, they would not magically yield higher test scores, achievement and graduation rates all by themselves.

You might think that what I’ll be saying next will have to do with people and how they can be the difference makers. This of course is true, but the actual focus should be on what these all important people are doing (and unfortunately in many cases not doing) in order to achieve our collective educational goals.

Many of us have lost sight on the “education” in education technology. It’s right there in front of our eyes and we still manage forget that this is about properly educating students and enabling them to reach their fullest potential.

The following list contains some of the most common pitfalls that we see on a day-to-day basis as education technology integrators. These are the processes and activities that have proven to be inefficient, ineffective or counterproductive to education technology goals.

1. Having no goals to begin with – This situation is all too common. A school district is hard-set on implementing and/or upgrading their education technology resources, but nothing is tied back to curriculum goals. The purchase and installation of projectors, interactive whiteboards, response systems, classroom sound systems etc is not the implementation of a solution, it’s simply a purchase. Avoid asking yourself “now what?” once the smoke has cleared. Achieve this by creating a real implementation plan that is tied to long term educational goals and state standards. All of the best education technology hardware manufacturers have researched education requirements in detail and have designed their solutions accordingly in order to help schools reach these goals through the use of their products. Ask your technology provider questions related to your educational goals and only engage with those who understand your goals and can tell you how their products will help you reach them.

2. Cookie cutter approach – Let’s outfit every classroom and every teacher with the same exact technology tools. And let’s not stop there, let’s do it all at once so everyone is happy and nobody feels left out. Makes sense – right? Well not exactly. Administrators and Tech Directors don’t want to hear grumblings about inequities or create an environment of haves and have not’s even for a short period of time. This would be disaster – or would it?

One of the best examples I can think of is interactive whiteboards or IWB’s. These boards are incredible tools and can greatly enhance a learning environment when implemented properly, but the addition of this technology tool is not always a “no brainer” in all learning environments. Companies like SMART Technologies and Promethean may disagree, but in the end, if the educational goals of their customers are being met, it will be a win-win situation for all involved – especially the kids.

This is a trend that is difficult to break. It is fairly easy to understand how this has come about since politics can many times trump logic.

Learning activities can vary greatly from room to room and from subject to subject. The learning goals for math will likely vary greatly from the learning goals in science class versus foreign language classes. Science room environments may vary even further based on whether you are dealing with Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

The variances can run even deeper based on other district based requirements, room arrangement or teaching style of an individual teacher.

Taking a step back to do some real analysis and planning may help you and your schools get on a more accurate track in terms of matching technology tools to actual academic goals. To say that “we’ll figure that out later” adds to the risk that you will leave a critical requirement unaddressed.

3. Making all decisions from the Top Down – Not that you would do this, but too many Tech Directors or IT Managers make district wide decisions without gathering any input from the end users of technology. In this case it is of course teachers that would help drive accurate requirements from the bottom up that would complement the decisions being made from above. This will no doubt take more time and effort, but in the end it will likely uncover more detail and accuracy to your requirements that will help minimize risk and decrease the chances that you’ll miss a requirement or waste time and money spent re-working your initial solution with an unplanned “Phase 2″ of your implementation.

4. No Training or Professional Development (PD) Plan – You might be lucky enough to have a real go-getter on your staff that takes the ball and runs with it, creating your training program in the process. These self starters do exist, but you can’t count on training and PD taking care of itself. Full adoption and use of new technology tools requires planning AND management of the plan. If done correctly, your educational goals are met and everyone comes out looking and feeling like a champion.

5. No metrics – How do you show that your plan has been successful? Part of proper planning is establishing a pre-determined method of measuring success via a set of well chosen metrics. Not everyone loves numbers by nature, but I’m betting that everyone will love them when they definitively show that planning and implementation has led to success.

6. Buying solely on price – Hopefully you have not grown completely cynical when it comes to value. If you spend the time talking to your prospective sales people and service providers, you will see a wide range of offerings presented to you. If you want to do what’s best for your schools, you will spend some time calculating the true cost of a solution where the physical hardware is only one component. If you make your decision solely on the price of hardware, you might be doing a great disservice to yourself, your schools, your project team and your students. Some of the most important value differentiators will have to do with service, support, training and professional development. A quality solution provider will not only sell you the hardware, they will pro-actively support it. They will work with you consultatively and open an ongoing dialogue with you and your staff to assist in reaching your goals. Many providers have dedicated Education Consultants on staff that are familiar with state and federal education goals. This further enables you and your team to map education goals to the use of education technology tools in the classroom.

7. Thinking your planned solution is “good enough” – This might apply when buying a car or home appliance when added cost is usually associated with “bells and whistles”, but a classroom is not about getting to point A to point B or how white your shirts can be. True adoption of education technology in a classroom can be a tricky goal to meet and adoption must come with real results like increased test scores and graduation rates. If you are heavily constrained by budget, I recommend creating the best solution possible and starting with one room. If you don’t have the funds to complete an entire room, do it in well thought out phases with guidance from your education technology integrator (remember that thing about added value? – A perfect example). If you continue this process over time, you will end up with quality learning environments in every room vs. a watered down “solution” in each room that yields no actual results.

8. Thinking you are “done” – This relates directly to #7 above. It’s important to have a mindset of constant improvement. New and improved technology is constantly being developed. This can offer great opportunity, but it can also create confusion. In the ‘one room at a time’ scenario above, it would be of added benefit to re-evaluate your plan as time progresses. This will give you the ability to fine tune your solution over time. For this reason, it will be important to pay attention to feedback from end-users of technology enabled classrooms. There may be a new and improved technology available or you may have realized that you “over-bought” in a particular area and can then adjust your plan accordingly. Ideally, there will be no changes at all and simply a confirmation that your plans and system designs are sound. If you reach the end of an implementation and everything has gone according to plan, you are still far from being done. As with all technology, there are the elements of hardware maintenance, support and an ongoing training/professional development plan. If you have specific plans in place in all of these areas and actively manage to your goals, your chances for success will be greatly improved.

 

Technologies Role in Education

In the current age we live in, technology has become an important component. Every day there is some new gadget or software that makes lives easier and improves on the technology and software that already exists. Making lives easier is not, however, the only role technology plays in our lives.

Technology is playing an increasing role in education. As technology advances, it is used to benefit students of all ages in the learning process.

Technology used in the classroom helps students adsorb the material. For example, since some people are visual learners, projection screens linked to computers can allow students to see their notes instead of simply listening to a teacher deliver a lecture.

Software can be used to supplement class curriculum. The programs provide study questions, activities, and even tests and quizzes for a class that can help students continue learning outside the classroom. Continue reading