Monthly Archives: January 2014

Open Study

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Open Study is an educational site which allows students around the world to help each other in studying on various topics from Biology to English.

How to Start:

Setup is very simple and an email address is the only necessary tool. Once you create a username and password and insert an email address you are taken to a page where you can select a subject such as the picture below. Overall there are more than 20 subjects in which to ask a question. Once you have clicked a subject you are brought to a page where questions can be asked or answered and the person who gets the highest answer vote receives special points.

How it helps:

Open Study has a simple design in which students can ask question whether it be for homework, clarification or studying. In addition    to ensure safety and respect there are moderators who monitor all the questions and their responses and in special cases remove people and their responses.

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GOFUNDME : modern fundraising

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GoFundMe is a crowd funding and donation site where people can fund raise for all types of reasons.

HOW IT WORKS:

GoFundMe’s website is simple to use. First the user creates an account where his/her address and personal information is asked but no credit card or papal account is needed to set up an account. Next the user states the reason for his or her fundraiser and the site allows pictures and descriptions to be posted. Once created the site asks to connect Facebook friends or to other social networking sites.

The fundraiser’s success is directly proportionate to the amount of people who know of the fundraiser. For example a fundraiser for a smart board which requires 1000 dollars to be made  will be much more effective if advertised on sites similar to Twitter where many people would have access to the donation page.

The site’s revenue comes from the donations the user receive as 5% goes to the site.

POSSIBLE  USES IN CLASSROOM:

GoFundMe can be used for many fundraising purposes from funding class trips to funding new equipment.

For example  College of St. John Fisher and Thomas More’s annual tuition fee is 5000 dollars a year and to keep the price low the must receive funding . Through GoFundMe the college has raised 295,663 in seven days and is receiving more each day.

Overall GoFundMe can help facilitate fundraising and allow new equipment to be bought for the classroom.

 

 

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eBeam

eBeam is an interactive whiteboard tool which could revolutionize the school system.

eBeam is very simple to use as there are only three main parts. First the user must mount the receiver(as shown below) to the top corner of the whiteboard.Then the user must mount a device on top of the computer monitor which receives the signals from the receiver. Lastly the user must insert a marker into the pen tool and all pen strokes on the whiteboard will be shown on the computer screen in live time.

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How It Works:

eBeam uses ultrasound and infrared receivers to track the location of the marker(inside the special pen) or eraser(inside a special sleeve). As movement is made with the marker the receiver determines the distance and direction of the transmitter pen using differences in the speed of light and the speed of sound.

Types:

There are three main types of eBeam products.

  • eBeam Edge and Edge Wireless
    • Works with digital projectors and displays where users can uses and edit all the files in a computer with an interactive stylus.
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  • eBeam Engage
    • This product includes 18 W speakers, a built- in microphone, two port USB hubs and an eBeam keyboard and all the hardware found in the eBeam edge.
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  • eBeam Capture
    • This also contains all the hardware found in the eBeam Edge and Edge wireless and allows users to capture dry erase notes from any whiteboard and be able to upload them on to the computer and be able to edit and print the notes.

In the Classroom

eBeam will revolutionize the school system. eBeam will allow the teachers to record exact notes and be able to upload them on to the school site for further reference on the student’s part.  Also in situations when a student cannot make it to class for health reasons the student can log on to a live stream site and be able to view the class and notes being taught in live time and be able to participate in an emulated classroom environment causing them to not miss any class and have to sacrifice time when he/she can come back to school.

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Overall eBeam is a new and innovative tool which can be used to enhance classroom learning in students.

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Wolfram Alpha for Education

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Wolfram Alpha is a website that allows easy access to a large amount of information. It has facts, data, and can be used to solve mathematical equations. For example, I can ask Wolfram Alpha for the “population of the united states”. After this is interpreted, I receive a page full of data and statistics. This page may seem familiar if you have ever asked Siri on the iPhone for statistics, this is where Apple pulls that information from.

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Quizlet: An exciting way to learn

Quizlet is my hero. I have thrown away all my paper flash cards in exchange for this amazing studying tool. Whenever I have a test in any subject that requires memorization, I immediately turn to it. Honestly, I am not a firm believer in rote memorization as a form of education. But Quizlet is different and I always leave knowing my facts cold. The interface is clean and simple, the activities are engaging, and learning with Quizlet is, dare I say, fun!

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My favorite aspect of Quizlet is its versatility. Many falsely assume that flashcards are merely for english vocabulary words, but that is far from the truth. I use Quizlet for every class on my schedule. For an upcoming history test, I will make a set that asks me questions that require me to reply with facts and dates. For a chemistry exam, I will use pictures of bonds and ask myself to identify them. For a spanish quiz, I will use the Speller activity to say the spanish word aloud in the correct pronunciation before I spell it correctly. Quizlet ingrains everything and anything I want into my mind.

Entering in the words and definitions becomes my first form of studying, as it forces me to type out what I need to know. After data entry, I can pick between a wide variety of learning activities, from a fast-paced space-race or scatter game to a slower-paced (but no less engaging) test or Speller.

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Schoology

Although there are some ways in which schoology could be improved it is quite useful to students as it is a place where homework and assignments can be posted by teachers so that students can find them easily and each class has a separate link but there are due dates built in and discussions can be made available to students which may help people learn and give them a place to put their ideas. Schoology also gives a grade online which can be viewed by the student which can be helpful to know if the student is doing well or needs to wok on getting their grade up.

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2D in Unity3D – Basic Setup and Physics

With the recent update to 4.3, Unity3D has added built in support for 2D projects. It is worth noting that this does not replace the 3D features, but rather supplements them, and almost all of these features come included with the Indie Version.

To create a new project in 2D, be sure to select Set up defaults for: 2D to tell the editor to assume you are working in 2D. Don’t worry, you can mix 2D and 3D or work in one even if you didn’t select this option.

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A Look at Quizlet

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Quizlet is an online study tool run by a community. The website allows the users to make or use different “sets” that are similar to flash cards. What sets Quizlet apart is the usage of these sets in games and activities that makes studying terms easier.

When you first arrive at Quizlet.com, you are greeted by a map of the different people using Quizlet and the sets they are studying. At the top of the page, there is a search function to find a set for the user to study, as well as the option to create a set if you do not find what you are looking for.

Many sets have already been created, many following books or vocab sections that are commonly used in schools. For example: a quick search for Bien Viaje, a Spanish book used in the school system, results in many sets for almost all of the sections of the book. Continue reading

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