Category Archives: Comparisons

Comparisons between two or more topics or products.

Google Classroom vs Apple Classroom

The use of Google products and Apple products has grown significantly in the educational environment both in school and out of school. Whether it’s iPads or the Google Drive app, these devices have become common for learning due to the connections and education that they bring between the teachers and students. Although both companies have lots to offer, deciding which one to work with is mainly based on preference and choosing the one that will be most beneficial for you.

Both technological companies have created multiple apps and resources to better educate students and a familiar app that has been around for a while is Google Classroom which focuses on making it easier for teachers to assign work and help students stay organized in terms of submitting assignments as well as getting updates of new work. But recently Apple created their own app, also called Classroom, to assist teachers and students in their academics.

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A student’s point of view of an assignment

 

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The Google Classroom App

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a student completes the assignment, they can directly turn it in their work, such as a Google Doc, link or file and mark is as done. In a Classroom’s homepage, students are also offered a whole list of assignments  (done and not done) that are sorted by date to help them stay organized of what needs to be finished. And even students have more than one class that uses Google Classroom, the application helps them see all the work that needs to be done all at once. There is also a comment section under each assignment where students can ask questions they may have for the teacher.

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A student’s point of view of a classroom homepage

What teachers may enjoy about Google Classroom is the organized and easy system of assigning work and turning in work and also the fact that it is 100% paperless,  so they don’t have to worry about having large piles of work cluttering their desks. Teachers who are most likely to get the most out of Google Classroom are those teaching English or even Science since students can easily attach essays and research papers from Google Drive.

But while some may find Google Classroom to be more beneficial, others could prefer Classroom which is offered by Apple. The use of iPads in school have become more common throughout the world. So it seems logical that these iPads should include an app that can help “teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning,” which is the main goal of Classroom. Unlike Google Classroom, the Classroom app is focused on making a lesson more interacting between the teacher and student. First students are offered a Shared iPad they will use throughout the class when working on an assignment. And as they work, teachers are able to use an iPad to view what app each students are using at that moment as well the ones that were most recently used by that student. There is even a Screen View option where teachers can see the same screen that is opened on a students iPad (the student will be notified if their teacher is viewing their screen). This app can be very helpful for teachers to make sure that students aren’t getting sidetracked.

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Citation add-ons in Chrome: Paperpile and Easybib

Paperpile is a free, easy to use, add-on in Google Chrome (especially in Drive and Docs). Basically, it is a citation device that allows users to research topics in a side bar and then easily make customized citations and annotations. While Paperpile is a highly professional tool and used by researchers and university students alike, it is simple enough and useful enough for high school and possibly younger children to utilize. It could also be useful for teachers working toward degrees (such as a Master’s).

Paper Pile Academic User Stats
Paperpile Academic User Stats, released by Paperpile.

For instance, when Paperpile is added into Chrome, should you need help navigating and using it, it provides a simple guide to help you get started, as well as many other resources.

Paperpile Quick Start Guide
Paperpile Quick Start Guide and beginning instructions in the research bar, screenshot

The simplicity and availability of Paperpiles would be useful both for students prone to forgetting to record their citations until the end of the paper to quickly research and save their citations in just a couple of clicks, staying in the document the whole time. Usually, myself included, students must go through the time-consuming process of researching something (in a book, a website, etc.) and then going to an external website to cite sources. While websites like easybib.com or owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ make citing sources much easier, it is annoying to have to leave the document and spend valuable time inputting sources. This is why many students forgo this process while writing, only to have to laboriously re-research their sources at the end. Students and teachers can save time by using Paperpiles or even the easybib add-on. Here is what the Easybib add-on bar looks like to the right of a document:

Easybib bar, screenshot
Easybib bar, screenshot

In addition, multiple add-ons can be acquired without cluttering the document. For instance, the bar on the right can be closed when not in use, ready to be accessed with just one click.

Ready to use add-ons
Ready to use add-ons, screenshot

These in-document citation add-ons are user-friendly and efficient, and can be easily downloaded free of charge right into the document. 1,399,188 people are using the easybib add-on at the time of publication, and there are 13,572 users of Paperpile. Both teachers and students could benefit from these Google Chrome add-ons.

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Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer

What is your preference? Google Chrome? Or Internet Explorer? Read along and then decide which is your favorite!

Google Chrome was released into the browser world on September 2nd, 2008. It is used on both mobile web browser platforms and standard, web browsers. On the other hand, the Internet Explorer project was first started in the year of 1994 and made its first debut on the web in mid August of 1995. Internet Explorer(IE) is constantly being updated with bug fixes along with constant releases of newer versions. Google Chrome(GC) is also updated regularly although it only has one downloadable version.
Google Chrome offers a more friendly user interface with ease of access buttons. A very useful button is the bookmarking button. This button is located to the right 0f where you enter in a URL for a website. The button makes it easy to bookmark websites. You click it once and then you have the ability to rename it and create a shortcut for it. You then, simply press “Done” and it is stored with the rest of your bookmarks. To access these bookmarks you can either press the settings button which is to the right of the book marking button. You then can select “bookmarks”. Although GC offers easy bookmarking, it lacks the ability to organize the bookmarked webpages. In Internet Explorer you can arrange your bookmarks in any way that you want and you can also create folders for bookmarks. The downside to IE is that bookmarking tends to be a more complicated process than that of GC.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 1.28.04 PM  Also, another plus side to Google Chrome is that Chrome offers an “Incognito Window” option. This enables the user to browse the web without any cookies or browser history being logged. In other words, everything the user does will be invisible to the next user unless of course the user does not close out of the window. Internet Explorer does not offer a function like this.

Furthermore, Google Chrome offers the user the choice to create a google account. This account allows the user to sync all of their bookmarks and browsing history to any Google Chrome they sign in to, even if it is on a different device. This extends to mobile devices to desktops. The account syncs data ranging from google searches to even browsing history on youtube as well as recent youtube videos. Internet Explorer does not offer this function.

 

 

 

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Tumblr vs. WordPress

Bet you can’t guess who won.

WordPress is immediately impressive. It has a clean, organized look to it, and the posts resemble articles one might find in a professional news site. Its other features are also a plus. Multi tag searching is available, which makes it possible to easily find what you’re looking for. Additionally, there is a great deal of customization possible for those who want to decorate their blog to exact specifications. WordPress’ post creator offers an easy-to-use rich text editor and a bevy of possible tags. The fact that WordPress is mostly text posts is very convenient, because our posts will also be mainly text. Written posts are more common there than on Tumblr. They use pictures to give a bit of visual interest to the posts, but overall it is a collection of written articles. Continue reading

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