Hurricane Survivors Turned to Technology in Florida and Texas
Monday, 25 September 2017 22:35
Written by David Jannetty
Tim Grollimund looks at the projected path of Hurricane Irma on his phone while staying in a shelter in Miami after evacuating his home in Key Largo along the Florida Keys, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Hurricane Survivors Turned to Technology in Florida and Texas
The recent hurricanes that passed through Texas and then Florida provided a stark reminder of how much we rely on technology and the many ways it can be leveraged to help us lead better lives, including keeping us safe when Mother Nature strikes. With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma providing a one-two punch in these States, many people relied on social media and smartphone apps to either report they were safe or seek emergency information and assistance. Full Story.
Unlayering Digital Equity: Empowering More Students with iPad webinar
Sunday, 02 July 2017 11:10
Written by donmcp
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Providing more students with equal access to technology tools — often referred to as digital equity — is a challenge for many schools around the country. Digital equity extends beyond the classroom walls and encompasses not only devices, but Internet access, available apps, and the quality of the education experience.
To help you obtain this level of education nirvana, Apple’s ecosystem and mobile device management enable adjustments to students’ learning experience on iPad that open the door for achieving equity initiatives, learning objectives and digital citizenship programs.
In our webinar, Unlayering Digital Equity: Empowering More Students with iPad, Dave Saltmarsh, Jamf’s global education evangelist, examines a path towards equal technology opportunities and explains how schools can go beyond simply offering minimal iPad access during classroom time.
How schools can provide students with the technology resources they need
Device management’s role in offering digital equity
Ways to enable IT, educational technologists and teachers to support the learning experience
Take the first step on your journey of digital equity at your school and a vision of technology for all.
Videos with Vibbidi
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:07
Written by Nicholas Izzi
by Nicholas Izzi
The Vibbidi app is a fun and new way of uploading videos with their own original flair. The purpose of this app is to create videos which can be as long as 27 seconds that show off a person’s creativity to the world. The app works by having the user record footage straight from their camera on their smartphone or tablet. Once they have the videos, they then arrange them into a sequence that will fill up and reveal a story for everyone to see. The videos don’t have to be about anything in particular, just whatever comes to the creator’s mind. For example, I saw one video of people stating on skateboards and on another video I saw a person painting a picture.
This app feels like a successor to the Vine app that has been in use for a few years now. Through Vine, people post 6 second videos and then upload them for everyone to see. Vibbidi has a very similar feel and is much more suited to people who wish to create or view more in-depth videos. It has a simple setup that will allow anyone to fully utilize the app and be able to easily create any video they desire. It also gives people access to upload their videos onto Twitter and Instagram which are very popular social media sites used by millions of people.
The app offers people different people options for how they want to arrange their videos and also allows them to incorporate a title for their video. Just be sure to scroll down when on the video editing portion because the option to upload clips is hidden off screen. I like that it allows people to access their libraries of music and select whichever song they would like in order to give their video an extra feeling of excitement. The app also allows people to comment on other peoples’ videos and share their thoughts.
Overall, I think that Vibbidi is a very creative app that offers a simple structure that welcomes all people to try their app. Anyone can let their imaginative ideas become expressed by making an original video that showcases their own visions. Then, when a person completes their video, they have the option to share it over a few different social media sites that everyone can witness. If you enjoy being creative, then you may want to test out the Vibbidi app when it launches at the end of October and see what creative videos you can come up with.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:56
Written by Nicholas Izzi
BY Nicholas Izzi
Nokia is a very well-known technology company, especially for their phones. Over the summer Nokia recently announced their plans to build OZO, which is a virtual reality camera that will be used to create brand new types of videos that appear more vibrant and livelier than ever. Currently, the amount of details on the camera is scarce but there is some information given that will certainly stir up a lot of attention for this complex device. The camera is in the shape of a sphere with a handle in the back which gives it the ability to contain a 360-degree field of vision that will be used to take footage and audio never before done by cameras.
The main goal of this new camera is to give professional video-makers the chance to create stories that can be shared with people worldwide. This means that it is not meant for everyday people since the camera will be very expensive. No price was officially stated yet, but it will most likely be a five-digit number. The virtual reality will be used to give the audience a new sense of excitement as it will give them the feeling that they have actually traveled to the places in the videos. Nokia titled it a “space machine” that will be used to transport people to new destinations even while at their homes. The use of a virtual reality camera will provide new opportunities for creators who wish to make original videos that can reach people in new ways like never before.
This OZO will be compatible with virtual reality headsets which are devices that a person wears around their head to immerse themselves in a virtual realistic world. These headsets were the first successful attempt of accessing virtual reality and now the OZO intends to try and improve on that. The camera will take stereoscopic 3D videos with the use of eight cameras and eight microphones to allow the user to take the most in-depth footage possible.
This camera sounds like an amazing piece of technology that will change the way we watch and make videos. Virtual reality has been attempted many times in the past, but was never close to being completed for people to actually enjoy. Recently attempts at virtual reality have become much more fruitful as a few devices are already being created to finally achieve that goal, such as headsets and this OZO camera. I am very curious to see what these new videos will look like and how effective they will be at actually immersing the audience and making them feel as if they were transported to a brand new place. This camera is planned to be released sometime this year and it will be exciting to see what content makers are able to create with this new camera.
This link will lead to a video that shows off the new camera. While limited on details, this video gives us an idea as to what the camera can be used for. It highlights various places in the camera’s lenses which are meant to spark ideas for possible uses for the camera. It certainly is interesting to think about what clever uses people will devise for this camera and how they will make it seem palpable to the viewer.
This link gives a brief video of the OZO and also contains a few “teaser videos” to make viewers excited about the release of the camera. It also contains a collection of different pictures that show the camera from a variety of angles. If you scroll down it also gives more of an in-depth look at the camera’s basic features that make it stand out from other cameras.
As you can see from the videos, the OZO will boast a unique design that distinguishes itself from other cameras. Unfortunately almost no footage has been released to the public aside from a select group of people who were given the opportunity to witness the footage the camera is capable of taking. People have no choice but to wait until further details have been disclosed. This camera will be different and a drastic change from what people are used to but if this camera becomes popular after its release, it could set the path for new cameras down the road.
Living La Vida Divida
Sunday, 01 March 2015 16:30
Written by Cheryl E. Braxton
Cheryl E. Braxton, Ed.D., Post UniversityE-learning; E-books; E-mail; E-Notebooks; E-meetings; E-nough!
Before I started writing this article, I was firmly convinced that there was a great divide between electronic devices that instructors use and need for teaching and the electronic devices that students expect to use during the course of their studies. The wake-up call came after I did some research (and some soul-searching). My research disclosed that instructors in post-secondary institutions are using just as many or even more, electronic devices than some college students.
A 2013 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by New noted that students multi-task on different types of devices while doing homework on i-Pads, lap-tops, reading e-books, or other portable devices. They are streaming music, movies while You-Tube videos may be planning in the background. J. Brice Bible, Chief Information Officer at Ohio University recently observed that “students now bring an arsenal of devices to connect to campus networks, often using multiple gadgets simultaneously.” (New, J. 2013).
The Pew Research Center conducted a study on young adults and their constant electronic connections. Data indicated that
. . . many of the young people are growing up hyperconnected to each
other and to the mobile Web and are counting on the internet as their
external brain will be nimble, quick nimble-action multi-taskers who
will do well in key respects. However, the impact of networked living
on today’s young will drive them to thirst for instant gratification,
settle for quick choices and lack patience. (Anderson & Rainie, 2012)
Is this “thirst” a symptom of information overload? The Pew Research further inferred that “Millennials’ brains are being rewired to adapt to the new information-processing skills they will need to survive in this (new electronically connected) environment”? Perhaps this helps explain why Millenials and the next generation are so adapt at multi-tasking with several electronic devices. They are being flooded with information.
Two years ago the University of Ohio experienced a ‘virtual flood’ when their bandwidth almost crashed because of all of the electronic devices eating up the capacity. It appears that while students are using lots of electronic devices, faculty members are also major E-culprits. J. Brice Bible, Chief Information Officer at Ohio University recently stated “professors often have more Internet-connected devices than the students do.” (New, J. 2013) College professors are using i-Pads and iPods, lap-tops, wireless printers, Wi-Fi for class lectures, E-books rather than hard-copy textbooks, sending and receiving E-mail, scheduling E-meetings on their electronic devices, and other portable devices to teach online and on-ground courses.
I recently asked some colleagues that teach on-ground courses how they felt about all of the electronic devices that are available to enhance their course content and teaching. These instructors are now required to “enhance” their on-ground courses with web-based content. The reactions were mixed. A couple of the seasoned instructors have decided to retire rather than try and keep up with the ever-changing technology needs and challenges. A handful of other seasoned instructors are enhancing their courses with the minimum required amount of multi-media enhancements. They are clearly not E-culprits – at least in the classroom. Multi-media have indeed invaded the virtual and the terra-firma classroom. Some of my colleagues reluctantly admitted that they do have a number of electronic devices including i-pads, E-readers, laptop computers, and cellphones. They are borderline E-culprits!
My soul-searching disclosed that I am one of those dastardly E-culprits! I reluctantly entered the electronic age about 25 years ago. My first work computer was a lovely piece of sculpture that sat in a corner of my office. I even had a dust cover to “protect it”. My current work computer is a Think Pad and I use a laptop at home. I teach online courses (E-learning); I have an E-reader; I have five E-mail accounts; I have attended E-meetings. Adding to my E-culprit status, my cell telephone is capable of handling all of these electronic formats. All I wanted was a telephone so that I would be reachable for emergencies and a gps application so that I would not get lost!
I have been teaching in higher education for many years and have been making the transition from white boards (and dry erase markers) to smart boards; from transparency overheads to Power Point slides; and from on-ground lectures to online discussion boards. All of these transitions have forced me to learn how to use more electronic devices. In retrospect, I am no longer certain that there is a great divide between devices that instructors have and use for teaching and what students bring to the classroom to enhance their learning. I do, however, have a problem with music or videos streaming in the background while I am trying to learn something new or facilitate a classroom discussion.
For me, there is a growing level of comfort with all of the electronic devices that are increasing invading my personal and professional life. Connecting electronically is becoming an extension of my daily activities and I am accepting the inevitable but I cannot call it “naturalizing” just yet. I can still get through a day (one day) without checking my personal email accounts more than once; I still prefer a conversation rather than a text message; and I still like receiving printed cards rather than E-Cards. While I may be an E-culprit, there will always be a part of me that appreciates hearing laughter in someone’s voice rather than an email with “LOL”; seeing a smile rather than a “smile icon”; and the tactile pleasure of reading a book printed on paper rather than reading an e-book. If these appreciations are connected with the digital divide, well then – Viva La Divide!