Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year. For this year they are trying to get 100 million students to learn one hour of code. The way it works is that teachers and basically anyone else to host an event where students can participate in learning code. So far they have more than 50 million students ready to participate in those events, with more counting every second. The red dots in the picture on the right represents all the events are currently planned by the teachers, which there are a lot more than it appears (here is the full map of all the events planned). Students can sign up at any moment with teachers creating an event anytime they want. The countries that appear to have a massive amount of events are the United States and Italy. CS is an important subject for everyone to learn because it gives much potential to those who learn it and gives them an opportunity to be involved more in the modern world of technology. Having code can involve students into discovering a new field of study they haven’t looked into before, and maybe introducing them in something they want to do for a job in the future. CSEdWeek is a great way to get students involved in the knowledge of technology.
I have been researching tech that can be great for school, and the best thing that popped to my head was tablets. I looked around via internet for my solution and I found a great one, the Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro is a tablet that has the functionality of an actual computer and runs on windows 8. This is probably the most ideal tech pal you can use in school. While most schools have computer rooms and like Ashland, which are starting to have tablets as something to use for classes now and then. Having something from both worlds for each student which can take out all the fuss of reserving times for those rooms and having all your work on one device. So that means students don’t have go through the trouble of emailing themselves essays, or finding the application they used for science class. With a touch screen students can interact with programs such as adobe programs like illustrate or photoshop. They are able to use a stylus to draw and freely use the device in a natural way.
The benefits for AHS can include people who couldn’t go to the library during study so they can do research, but they can have a computer right in front of them. The Surface Pro is really, REALLY thin, so fitting in a backpack, locker, or even a binder wouldn’t be a problem. It has enough battery to last through a day of school and more after. It has a USB 3 port and a mini display port, along with a slot for a micro SD. The Surface Pro has more than memory for educational use and even personal use. All these reasons prove that the Surface Pro 3 is the best there is.
One product that is or can can be great for school is Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud service that provides storage for many things such as documents, photos, and videos. It can be used in many ways and accessed by anyone who you want to share it with. It is completely free and a 15GB storage across g-mail, google+, and drive. It is very efficient and is very flexible so things can be easily worked around to get what you want done and ready.
There are many ways Google Drive can be used. I mainly use drive to work on essays for my english class because whenever something is typed it is saved instantaneously, which is very helpful when teachers allow their students to work on it during class and I don’t have to waste about 5 minutes to send it to myself through e-mail. Not only It is good for writing essays and other assignments, but you can do presentations and so much more. Presentations/Projects being done one google drive is very efficient. If projects are put for people in groups working on the project on Google Drive can be worked on simultaneously, meaning you and your peers can write or edit at the same time at the comfort of their own homes. I have a friend named Eric who lives in Maryland and he goes to a private school. This year his school decided to go all technology, meaning all work in school, for both teachers and students, will be done through a tablet or a computer. Eric says that the students at the school use Google Drive to get their work done, and that it is recommended during the school year. So far according to him, the work there has become easier for the students and more efficient. With work being done you can share it with other people. Teachers can check the work of the students in one folder that they can all send to, so assignments can be neatly organized.
Those are the common uses of Google Drive, and there still are many more that haven’t been brought up. But if Google Drive was used as a main tool in education, it can enhance the way students work in school.
Ever since the iPads have arrived in our school I wondered how it can be useful to this class. I thought it would be a good idea if the iPads can be as a little assistant while doing tickets submitted by teachers. If we bring it with us we access schooldude and close the ticket right when it is fixed. Or if we still need help we ask the S.T.A.T. captain (Mr. McGowan) via iPad and see if he can be of help with our problem while we are down there. Such as iMessaging each other when in the process of working on a ticket. This gives us and the S.T.A.T. captain new ways to pursue and solve tickets while staying in communication on the spot. Having iPads is also helpful when it comes to choosingtickets.There can be days where the students can spend the whole period hunting down tickets. Instead of going back and forth from classrooms to help desks to report back, we would be wasting precious time in the number of tickets we can do. We can close the tickets in the iPad and go right to the next problem. And research with help from the S.T.A.T. captain in one device the efficiency of taking down problems can be quicker than ever.
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.
The new iPad that came out this year looks better than ever. The main points laid out by Apple are that it is thinner and lighter. It is only.05 mm thinner than the older iPad 2 with a difference in weight of .3 pounds (135 g) which also isn’t a big leap, regarding it being call an iPad air, but that is just a matter of opinion.
Since the iPad Air has retina display, it has a massive 2048-by-1536 resolution, doubling the iPad 2, which only has a 1024-by-768. Other than these details, all the specs and features are very similar, if not the same as the iPad Mini, which has an A7 chip, the iSight camera, 1080p resolution and more. The iPad Mini goes for $100 less on all versions compared to the iPad air, despite the smaller size. So in conclusion, it is a smarter choice to spend your money on the iPad Mini, unless you want bigger screen.