This page is a collection of cartoons, news articles, magazine articles, and/or videos that I have found about technology in the world today. Each entry will display how the technology of computers has impacted our culture and daily lives. Included in each post will be a short paragraph of my thoughts on the topic and a link to see the entire source.
January 24, 2011
Basketball's Built-In Sensor Tracks and Evaluates Players; Author: Brett Zarda; Published: January 21, 2011
Ever watch basketball and think wow they need to figure out what they are doing wrong because they can't make a shot? Or do you play basketball and think wow I've miss almost everything I've shot today? Well this new technology is a great way to assist you in figuring out where you are going wrong. InfoMotion Sports Technology and Univerisy of Michigan have came together to create a smart ball. This ball evaluates the different skills that were practiced with it and shows the player what they need to work on. Inside the ball is a circuit board that connects wirelessly to a computer to transmit the data about the shot taken. The circuit does not affect the flight of the ball or the bouncing of it. The computer will then analyze the performance and inform you of what you need to work on.
January 21, 2011
A Funny For Your Monday -- But Seriously ...; Author: Vanessa Cassie; Published: August 2, 2010
This is a cartoon and an article that talks about the increasing technology and how it can affect the education system. With schools buying more technology to increase their students' learning, they are also getting rid of money that could be used to pay their teachers. This does not only have to be happening in schools, it can be happening in the home, the workplace, or anywhere else. Think about how much money you spend on technology. Is that okay or does it need to change?
January 19, 2011
3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology; Author: Greg Ferenstein; Published: January 10, 2010
How often have you heard students getting in trouble for using their cell phones in class or being on facebook in the computer lab when they are suppose to be doing work? Well this article was writen about schools who have embraced all of this new technology and used it to help their students learn.One school is using Skype in their Spanish class. Each student webcams with a student in either Spain or South America and they teach each other the language. This encourages social interaction while learning is taking place. Another school has permitted the use of cell phones in the classroom. The cell phones can be used to ask questions to other students or even to the teacher through SMS. The students are allowed to use their cell phones to exchange notes or even take a picture of the board to study from later. Between classes, the cell phones are allowed to be used for more social networking like with friends instead of just for educational purposes. Lastly, there is a university in the UK that has decided to use micro-blogging technology to keep their students engaged in learning outside the classroom with other classmates. Integrating all of this technology into the classrooms can be a great move for the future but it also does not always have the outcome that teachers will want. Even though learning may be taking place with some students, others may be just using the technology for fun and not working to increase their learning.
January 14, 2011
Source: "High-Tech Help"
High-Tech Help; Author: Lisa Guernsey; Published: January 7, 2011
This article was written to inform readers about the new technology to assist those with special needs. These new ideas include technology that changes text to speech, technology that changes speech to text, and technology that can help with organization. The ideas behind these new inventions were created so that anyone who had special needs could benefit from them no matter how mild or server the disability is. I find these new inventions a great contribution to our culture because it can be helpful to anyone with special needs without specifications of how server the disability is.
January 12, 2011
Software Lets You Read Aloud to Far Away Children; Author: John Egan; Published: January 6, 2011
Storycorder was invented so that parents and grandparents could read stories to children who lived miles away from them. The goal of this was to keep families close to their relatives even if they lived far away. Storycorder is a software device instead of a voice recorder inside of a book. With this software, someone reads a book out loud and then burns the recording to a CD. With this then a CD and book package is sent to the child from the parent or grandparent. This is a great way to make reading to children personal when you cannot be there in person with them.
January 10, 2011
Source: "The Funny Times"
The Funny Times; Published: January 24, 2002.
This cartoon is an example of how technology is becoming so important in everyone's daily lives. It puts a funny spin on it by saying that even when we are sleeping we still can use technology to communicate to each other. I tend to agree with the point of view expressed in this cartoon because technology has become such a big part of our culture that it is now often seen as a necessity in daily living.
January 7, 2011
TechTalk Podcast: Facebook's Investors; Author: The New York Times; Published: January 5, 2011
Facebook has become one of the most popular sites visited on the World Wide Web in recent years. Because of this, many people have invested in the site. It has been found that small businesses use social networking to increase their business. Technology and socail networking sites have been a big contributer to small businesses and to the homes of many families.