Monthly Archives: December 2013

Remote Connection to Other Computers

Computers are a very useful piece of technology in every day life. They have become quite a dependency as well. Therefore, when complications become involved and errors start to arouse, people are going to need help.

A great feature to computers is their ability to link to one another. The interconnectivity in today’s world is incredibly useful to spread information across a wide margin very efficiently and in a timely manor.  Linking computers has actually advanced to the point where a user on a different computer system all together can remotely connect to and control another system.

The first thing to consider is the type of operating system you use. Most people use Mac and Windows and this informational tutorial will focus on these two. Now, what type of connection are you seeking?  Mac to Mac, Windows to Mac, Mac to Windows or Windows to Windows? All of these connections are possible and not difficult to do. Continue reading

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School Education Tools

The tool that will probably be the most used in the future will be Google Drive. Google Drive is a free-to-use file storage for almost any type of document you want and unlike microsoft word, which you have to pay to access, Google Drive is instantly saved on cloud. Not only you can access your files from anywhere you want, you can share with other people. Meaning if you’re a teacher, you can post assignments for all the students to see you can show grades to individual students.

It is also very beneficial for the student because for example if you are doing a project on a powerpoint with your partner, you guys can work on it at the same time. Since it instantly saves on cloud the minute you edit things will be saved so you and your partner can work on it side by side and be in different locations. Teachers can also take attendance of students or even make a checklist of anything you own that students want to borrow. Not only you can share files, you can also share videos to show the students/teachers. In conclusion, Google Drive is the best tool for sharing.

 

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StudyBlue Application Review for Education


StudyBlue (SB) is an application that has the ability to vastly aid someone in the realm of education. The StudyBlue application main use is to act as a dropbox for flashcards. Meaning, you can either log on to the web browser to access the application through an e-mail username or access the application via a mobile device through the same e-mail. This application is primarily used for studying vocabulary terms by using virtual flashcards.

Now, of course, there is a free version of this application and paid version of this application. The paid version costs a little more than the average application and unfortunately you can only buy an annual subscription or a monthly subscription, there is not one single payment. The annual cost is 80 dollars whereas the monthly fee is 10 dollars. The paid version of this application allows you to set an unlimited amount of reminders that tell you when to study whereas the free version limits you to only 30 reminders/notifications a month. I have only had access to the free version and I personally do not have an issue and can still use this application to satisfy my educational needs. With this being said, the free version is still a workable version. In other words, you can use the free version and still have an enjoyable experience without being pressured into buying the application. Continue reading

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A Revolutionary Resolution…..8K (approx. 1920x1080x8)

With a new year comes new technology and NHK is nothing short but has created the first broadcast camera with a resolution of 8K. What is 8K? Take your standard HD TV. The resolution is the amount of pixels times an amount of pixels. In other words, the X axis or length times the Y axis or height. So 1920 x 1080 is the resolution of your HD TV. By the way remember, 1920×1080 = 2,073,600 pixels. Now, lets multiply that by 8 to get 8K. 1920x1080x4 = 16,588,800. Why capture in 8K? When you take 8K video and down convert it to 1080P, everything becomes much sharper. The unfortunate truth is that 8K cannot really be used in broadcast. As of right now, everything is broadcasted in 720P and is up-converted to 1080P. All a 4K or 8K TV would do is replicate pixels to create a larger display scale. Eventually I will be able to talk more about the 8K camera but the actual specifications have not been released yet. What we do know is that it has HD-SDI out for external recorders.

The NHK 8K Compact Camera

Adam Halperin, Nerd Herd Agent

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TED

http://www.ted.com/

TED is a great website to learn the basics of a subject and it has a variety of subjects that are discussed with varying levels of details. TED-Ed is an educational oriented branch from the original TED site. TED-Ed allows teachers to create videos themselves which can be watched anywhere their students have access to the site. Also by allowing anyone to create videos teachers can use other teachers presentations which may be exactly the same lesson with a different perspective. TED is made for people in higher levels of education and TED-Ed seems to be for a younger audience. The variety of topics and the easy navigation on the site make TED an effective learning tool.

http://ed.ted.com/about

http://www.edudemic.com/25-ted-talks-perfect-for-classrooms/

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/24/ted-launches-new-ed-platform/

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/12/23/the-best-ted-talks-well-really-the-ones-i-use-with-my-classes/

 

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Khan Academy: The Future of Education

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Clad in pajamas, Salman Khan has changed the world of education with a laptop and a cheap microphone. He created a series of videos on a simple YouTube channel that evolved into thousands of captivating lessons on a dynamic website. Khan has established Khan Academy: an organization that has evolved into the future of schooling.

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