Technology in Education

Technology has moved at a fast pace over the last decade. Would not you agree? As a result, many technologies have replaced the need for human resources in some fields, and it has also affected education drastically.

Before delving into the impacts of technology on education however, consider:

· How travel agents have been significantly replaced by online reservation systems.

· In 1901, Charles Holland Duel stated that "Everything that can be invented has been invented". This was over one century ago, where numerousventions had yet to be patented and trademarked.

· The number one focus on this list of technological impacts, is how computers and the Internet has affected lifestyles and education. Everything can be shared in an instant, and snail mail is no longer the main method of communication. In the past one had to wait a few days before receiving a message, without a phone or fax were used.

In the 21st century, educational institutions have moved with the times by integrating technology into learning. After all, our educational systems are a critical part of societal norms.

Here are some of the key ways that technology has broadened teaching horizons:

Traditional colleges have adopted online methods of learning, which is otherwise known as online colleges . No longer do students have to relocate from thousands of miles away to get a quality education. All that's needed is a computer and connection to the internet to plug into online learning.

This has opened up numerous doors for working adults who have previously been restricted by time and resources. The technology of online videos or recorded tutorials allows students to study on their own time, whether day or night.

A study by US News purports that nearly 6.1 million students were enrolled in online college course in 2011. This number is expected to grow as the stigma of online certification has somewhat been lifted due to its increasing popularity in the workplace.

Other ways that technology affects education include the student's ability to research faster than ever, compared to pouring over books in the library. As an example, a study by the Pew Research Center suggests that digital technologies have helped students to become more self-sufficient researchers.

Educators too have integrated technology into learning, with the distribution of course material and online video, voice, or written tutorials for student references.

Finally, there has also been a dynamic shift in the communication between students and teachers via online, social and digital mediums. …

Direct TV Offers Programming Packages For Every Taste And Any Budget

Satellite TV is the future of home entertainment and Direct TV is leading the way with the best programming packages, latest technology, and cutting edge customer service. It used to be that if you wanted satellite television you had to have a small fortune set aside for your entertainment budget and be willing to allow part of your yard to look like NASA mission control. Now Direct TV has program packages for every budget and will help you get and install the equipment you need to watch it. And thanks to smaller unobtrusive satellite dishes, you can even have your yard back.

Direct TV offers programming packages for every taste and any budget. The economical Family Choice package comes with over forty channels, including your local programming, kids channels and general family entertainment channels. The entry level Total Choice package comes with 155 channels which range the gambit from music videos, education, sports, news, and religion to home shopping and include XM satellite radio channels for digital quality music. The Total Choice Premier package offers a whopping 250 channels which include HBO, a plethora of Starz and Showtime Channels, cinemax, and multiple sports channels. High Definition Television (HDTV) channels, seasonal sports subscriptions, adult programming, and Spanish language programming can be added to any package. For the television connoisseur who has to have the best of everything there’s Direct TV Titanium which provides up to ten of the most technologically advanced receivers, every kind of programming you could possibly want including Pay Per View at no additional cost, a subscription to Direct TV’s magazine, and personalized concierge customer service.

The technology that Direct TV provides and the convenience that it brings are as impressive as the programming. Every Direct TV receiver is capable of displaying an on screen program guide which not only shows you what’s on every channel right now, but what will be on over the next few hours. It also allows you to bookmark future programs to make them easier to find and allows each family member to store profiles of the channels he or she is most interested in.

Another convenient technology that that Direct TV offers a as an upgrade is the Digital Video Recorder (or DVR for short). Digital Video Recording does all of the things that your old fashioned and now obsolete VCR used to do, only without the cassettes and unintuitive programming. A Digital Video Recorder can record a program while you watch a different one or record your favorite show when you’re not at home, but it can also be programmed to record an entire season of your favorite show. A DVR can hold up to 100 hours of programming, and best of all the fact that it’s fully integrated with the on screen program guide takes the guess work out of using it. Digital video recording revolutionizes the way you can watch television in real time too. The Directv DVR allows you to pause live programming so you won’t miss that …

Newer Mobile Phones May Eliminate Digital Cameras

Some of the most successful new gadgets are invariably the ones that combine the functions of other gadgets. The portable media player is a great example of this because it can be used to watch TV, listen to music, view digital photos, and in many cases even surf the Internet. Newer mobile phones have similar capabilities, and one of the things that mobile phones are getting better and better at doing is snapping digital photos. Historically, mobile phones with built in digital cameras have had photo sensors with less than one megapixel of resolution. That’s enough for a photo to look pretty good on the screen of a cell phone, but not nearly good enough to be worth printing out or emailing to someone who would be looking at it on any screen larger than that of another phone.

Now though, there are a lot of mobile phones on the market capable of taking pictures with resolutions of over three megapixels. Mobile phones that are capable of taking pictures in excess of three megapixels of resolution include the a990 made by Samsung, the N93i made by Nokia, Apple’s new iPhone, and the K90 Cybershot made by Sony Ericsson, to name just a few.

It used to be that three megapixels was a pretty impressive resolution for standalone cameras, and that’s one reason why the mobile phone is poised to replace standalone digital cameras. At least when it comes to taking snapshots to share with friends or even just to capture memories.

In fact, some digital photo enthusiasts believe that as mobile phones tat can take higher quality pictures become more mainstream, the digital camera as a separate device may go extinct. These experts point out the fact that many people who have mobile phones even now, don’t own wristwatches and think that we aren’t that far away from a world where younger people don’t even know what the word ‘camera’ means.

That seems a bit extreme though simply because it completely discounts that whole idea of SLR cameras. There are always going to be people out there who want more control over the pictures that they take than a simple point and shoot camera can give them, and that kind of control can’t be built into something as small as a mobile phone. On the other hand, ten years ago people probably would have said that it wasn’t possible to build the capabilities of a camera into a mobile phone at all!

Regardless of whether or not cameras have a future as standalone devices, it’s clear that they definitely have a future as part of mobile phones. Thats because there are a variety of services poised to capitalize on the trend. For example, one allows users to share photos with a set list of friends with just a few clicks of buttons on a phone. Another service will automatically upload photos to websites where they can be downloaded for up to twenty five cents a piece. One type of phone …

Nokia N80: A Wonderful Mini Gadget

Nokia mobile manufacturers have recently launched the most anticipated Nokia N-series phones in the mobile market. With multimedia applications coupled with latest technologies, the Nokia N-series handsets have got a huge response from the consumers side. All the phones in the series have their own design and different only on some specific features. The Nokia N80 is one of the N-series handsets that comes with high-end multimedia features and 3G technology. The Nokia N80 with productivity tools and multimedia entertainment features keeps harmony between your personal and professional life with ease. The handset is very compact and weighs only 134 grams. With 3G technology, the N80 is packed with music player, digital camera, mobile internet, WLAN, Bluetooth and more.

The Nokia N80 is just like a mini computer that enriches every mobile users life with its advanced features. With the unique yet advanced UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) technology, the handset can be used as a digital home network. Now with UPnP, you can connect your phone with a compatible PC or TV without using a wire. The images, and video clips can be viewed on the living room TV. Printing images are now easy with any compatible UPnP-enabled printer. The Nokia N80 is the first quad-band phone with 3G, WLAN, EDGE and GSM bands. These technologies enable broadband access from anywhere in the world. In addition to these technologies, the N80 is loaded with Web Browser, Mini Map, high quality QVGA display and PDA's.

The Nokia N80 comes with an integrated 3.0 mega-pixel camera with dedicated camera key, CIF video capture and built-in video stabilization. Capture still and motion pictures and share with your friends and loved ones. Moreover, the Nokia N80 also comes with an expandable miniSD card of up to 2GB that can store up to 1000 images. Supported with a wide range of music formats, the Nokia N80 comes with a digital music player, stereo FM and visual radio support – listen to your preferred music and with FM radio, you can enjoy all time hit music. What else, with visual radio support, listeners can interact with the radio station.

The Nokia N80 [http://www.mobilerainbow.org/nokia/Nokia-N80.html]has everything to please you. …

The Basics of Usenet Technology

Usenet technology can propagate anyone’s posting around the world in a very short amount of time, oftentimes within a day. This system is decentralized and relies on a network of servers that share information with one another at regular intervals. Everything that you post on the Usenet system is tagged with a unique ID number. This allows the servers to avoid copying the same information twice and, since the late 1970s, this system has proven itself as one of the most robust and adaptable of electronic communications designs.

Usenet involves a transaction between you and your news server at first. Normally, you would read a posting on a newsgroup and decide to respond to it. You do this from within your newsreader program. Once your post is finished and you’re ready to add it to the discussion, you send it to your server. Your server updates the appropriate newsgroup with your contribution and then, at regular intervals, sends its information to other servers. They, in turn, send their information to your server, which they have gotten from still other servers. Each server within the system represents a separate entity that has its own administrator. There is, however, no administrator for the system as a whole, nor is there one central server that could go down and stop the Usenet system.

Some servers are very large and act has hubs for the Usenet as a whole. If one of those servers crashed, however, the information would simply be passed along by different servers. Your ISP may provide you with access to a server or they may not. They’re not as commonly offered as a basic part of Internet service anymore and, for that reason, many people will have to use third-party access providers on the Internet to get service.

Newsreader programs are required to participate in Usenet newsgroups. These readers are sometimes included with free email programs. There are also paid versions of this software available that offer more features and other enhancements. Some readers also allow you to handle different types of files as the abilities of the Usenet have long ago become far more diverse than handling simple text posts. Usenet servers remain popular today with people in the scientific community, hobbyists and people who just like socializing with others online. It may be similar to Internet forums, but Usenet has a much different technology that drives it.…

End-User Programming Using Modeling and Semantic Web

Even if programming is made easier, only a proportion of people would actually be interested or capable of doing this. But, there's still an advantage to collections, people in the same team or department as an end user programmer, then all in the team have much closer access to someone who understands their, and the team's tasks, requirements, and projects. This closes the gap between those producing software systems, and those who require the software. This also makes it easier to iterate through solutions and solve problems more quickly and collaboratively.

Software tools to improve and combine UML and other modeling, spreadsheet, Web 2 / Semantic Web, and software solutions are required to allow this kind of end user participatory development and a sustained collaborative organization push towards achieving this. To achieve this, end users and teams need to be able to visualize their solutions both literally as diagrams, and metaphorically via problem solving collaboration. This would reflect the intentions that were expressed decades ago in the form of PC based computing and spreadsheets, but add better information and modeling organization, and collaboration capabilities.

To make the above practical, sustained research is needed in these areas. Such research would have many practical spin-offs. Professor Richard Vidgen (2009) describes research into "how technology is developed and used within organizations." So a way can be provided of applying this research and enabling more end user participation. This research is to test an approach of using digital technology, to make software and modeling development easier for computer literate end users. This would then enable them to solve problems to help their, and their teams' work to be more productive. The current problem is that the communication and translation steps required between users, and software developers, and help desk are too many, and too varied, these results in cost, uncertainty, delays, confusion, and confrontation. The solution is for software developers to develop more customisable software that can be customized by end-users.

An example of the need to apply such research is user's development of spreadsheets, this indicates user's willingness to use and develop software to meet their needs, but productivity in spreadsheet development can be poor, as they are difficult to track, and share. More advanced software tools are often not available to users, or take too long to learn. Semantic Web technologies can provide a solution to this by provision of free and customizable, shareable, and fully visualized applications for use in particular sections. Development of such applications, and their use in industry would be proof of this.

The essence of the problem is that organizations and individuals have many problems resulting from the lack of facilities to allow users to program. This causes many issues, which need to be urgently tackled by organizations in the short term. This creates an ironic dilemma, that the problems caused by lack of end user programming facilities cause there to be a need to tackle these problems via quick fixes because they are so urgent. This …

E-Learning in Today’s World

Today we live in a world where technology is an active player in our live, ensuring that we have within reach all the information we need to perform our daily tasks, no matter where we are located (home, office, school, train…etc.). In recent years, thanks to the development of new technologies and innovative products (such as: smartphones, netbooks, PDAs, e-readers…etc.) information has become more accessible than ever, and the stream of information available has suffered a noticeable increase.

Even more, the recent advancements in technology, especially in the communication area, have changed the way we work, the way we communicate with one another, and also the way we learn. Regarding the latter domain “learning and teaching”, a major difference in the way we learn and teach today, was brought about by E-learning.

E-learning is what we know today as “electronic learning and teaching”: electronic applications employed in the form of: “Web-based learning, computer-based training, virtual classrooms or digital collaboration”. By employing E-learning, the information reaches the user much faster, via the internet / intranet, CD-ROM…etc., and it has the advantage of being delivered in all sorts of formats: text, image, animation and also video or audio formats.

The advancements in technology and the decreasing costs, have allowed an increase in the number of users who attend on-line institutions. According to estimates, in 2006 more than 3.5 million students were attending on-line courses at institutions of higher education in the U.S.A. This number is expected to increase in the following years to such an extent, that by 2014, 81% of the students (from U.S.A.) enrolled in a post-secondary institution will be taking most part of their courses on-line.

Thanks to the numerous advantages offered by e-learning, this kind of education is becoming more and more popular, prevailing over traditional higher form of education. One such benefit is the (fast) accessibility to information no matter where we are located in the world. Another is flexibility: with a basic Internet connection and a PC, anyone can have access 24×7 to online courses. Last but not least, it helps learners to develop a set of digital competences and skills which will be useful in their day by day activities.

Other positive aspects of E-learning are: reduced learning times, smaller costs (even transportation costs are reduced), the possibility to keep track of the progress and to keep updated all the time no matter location, permanent access to the web content..etc.

E-learning is becoming an important part of the educational process, and day by day it conquers more ground and more followers in the detriment of traditional methodologies.…

More Value at Upstream Layer in Technology Pyramid

Technology is the leader of the enterprising world. And it leads using a constitution. Unlike the traditional political structure, this constitution is Algorithms written by engineers, scientists, etc and not congressmen and politicians.

The global competition is largely who has the best technical group to write the best one; in this case, Algorithms, that comprise of patents, technical processes, tools, and so on. As a nation develops, adopts, applies and diffuses appropriately the contents of this constitution, it elevates the lives of its citizens. The more innovation a nation pursues, the more it refines this constitution.

Economists have shown a correlation between Knowledge Economy Index (KEI), productivity and standard of living. The challenge for any nation is to improve its KEI number. Doing that involves good education, economic regime and other variables that help to improve technology capability.

The age of natural resources dominating global commerce and industry is gone. What matters now is creating knowledge and applying it. Some nations will create, others will merely consume. But wealth is concentrated at the creative stage and nations that focus on consuming, without creating technology will not prosper.

Even with abundance of natural resources, which in many instances, the consuming nations cannot independently process without the knowledge partners will not change this trajectory of limited national wealth without technology creation.

On this basis, I separate the two layers where nations use and compete with technology as upstream and downstream layers. It is like a two layer pyramid where the downstream is at the bottom with the upstream seated on top. What happens here is that some nations focus on the downstream layer while others combine both the downstream and upstream layers.

The most advanced nations combine the two layers as they seek international competitiveness. They provide technology roadmap that looks at the future and have plans to take advantages that technology brings. They create and develop things and in the 21st century are classed as knowledge driven economies. In those nations, there is planning for continuity and technology succession.

For the other nations, usually developing, they compete at the technology pyramid primarily at the downstream layer. They lack the know-how to create things and commercialize technology intellectual properties. The nations are not driven by technology, rather commodities. They are prone to trade shocks and are usually economically non-vibrant. They fail to create wealth using technology and participate in the pyramid as consumers or prosumers.

Let me illustrate using Nigeria where they speak the language of petroleum. In the petroleum industry, there are the downstream and upstream sectors. While the upstream focuses on exploration of crude oil, downstream does the distribution and marketing.

The money is in the upstream sector, a major reason we have the foreign partners concentrated therein. That is where the knowledge creation is done and utilized in the industry. I am cautious to say, without the knowledge partners in Nigeria, helping to explore this crude oil, Nigeria cannot mine this product. Verdict: the oil will be there and …

Consider the Future of Coal to Liquids Technology

With some natural resources dwindling quickly, such as petroleum, we are facing a fuel crisis in the near future if we do not make some changes. Using a resource that is abundant in our earth but underused, such as coal, could just be the change we need. The coal to liquids procedure is instrumental in turning solid coal found within our planet's shell into a usable clean fuel. Not only could this technology solve the dilemma of diminishing petroleum, but it would also make gasoline less expensive than it currently is.

The main process used when turning coal to liquids is the Fischer-Tropsch method. It is a system of indirect liquefaction, and it begins by getting rid of any impurities from the syngas created by underground coal gasification. Sulfur and mercury are just a few of the harmful substances that are taken out of the fuel at the end of the coal to liquids process. The gas is then further filtered so that the product is gasoline or diesel that is free of contaminants. Clearly this is a benefit to the environment.

If you have never heard of this process, you might wonder why. It is likely because many countries have experienced with the idea of ​​coal to liquids, testing out its effects on the ecosystem and their budget. However, only South Africa has put enough faith in coal to liquids technology to allow it to permeate the commercial sector, and the country has been using it in some form since 1955. Consumers use its product to fuel their cars, and it can even be used in commercial jets. Clearly, this technology suits South Africa, particularly because the area has an abundance of coal. The United States has its own reserves as well. In fact, the US has the largest reserves of coal in the world, which is why its residents should be especially interested in this technology.

The future of coal to liquids is bright. Aside of the interest in lower emissions from gasoline and decreasing the costs of fueling cars, there is also concern over the diminishing supply of the natural resources necessary in our current method of gasoline production. Coal has an advantage in this case, as there are about 200 years of coal left in the planet, most of which is in the United States, followed by the former Soviet Union and China. This amount of available coal will likely increase over the years as the technology for additional extraction is created. Until then, the amount of coal we currently have can at least offer the ability for us to lessen our reliance on oil over time.

Another reason for the likely future success of coal to liquids technology is that it has the support of both the military and many politicians, and rightly so. The adoption of this process would help create jobs in rural areas that house coal, and employees are less at risk than if they used traditional mining processes. This is because …

Network Marketing Tools – 3 Easy Steps to Start Your Blog

Network marketing tools that will build your business should perform these core functions: capture, manage, and follow-up with leads in some capacity. Creating your own blog is still one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to handle these tasks online.

What Do You Need To Get Started?

  • A self-hosted, WordPress blog.
  • An optin form.
  • One follow-up message.

Self-Hosted Blog

A self-hosted blog is one where you pay for the hosting fees.

This gives you complete control over your content and any leads that you get.

A major problem with replicated websites is the MLM company owns those leads. If you were to join and promote another company to those prospects, you could face legal action.

Even though you did all the work in finding and making a connection with these people, most mlm network marketing companies have strict policies stating their ownership.

WordPress

I highly recommend WordPress because it’s an easy to install platform-most hosting companies provide quick install options.

Plus there are numerous free plugins- software programs, along the lines of Iphone apps- to help you maximize the capabilities of your blog without you needing to learn programming.

Optin Form

What is an optin form? It’s a form that you can post to your webpages to capture information of people interested (aka leads) in what you have to offer.

Usually network marketers give away a free report as an incentive for visitors to subscribe to their list.

Autoreponder services, a service that processes email on your behalf, is the easiest way to create an optin form. They will provide you with the html code you need to post to your blog to create your form.

Autoresponders house the technology that put your follow-up on autopilot.

One Follow up message

Technically, to get going with building your list, you only need one follow up message.

This is the confirmation email.

Most autoresponder services will set this up for you once you create an account with them. All you’re required to do is fill in any personal details you would like to add to the message.

Once a visitor subscribes to your newsletter, a confirmation message will automatically be sent to them to verify their consent to continue receiving information from you.

At this point, you’re in business. They’re on your list. So even if you aren’t ready to send out a campaign, you have their contact information when you do get your offer together.

These are just the beginning steps to point you in the right direction of creating a lead-capturing blog-one of the best online marketing tools to build your business. Click the links below to find out how attract a year’s worth of leads in a month!…