Archive for June, 2016

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We are currently witnessing a rise in the use and application of Virtual Reality. It is amazing that our technology can take and transport us into a whole new world. That is one of the wonders of Virtual Reality, the ability to put on a set of glasses and lose yourself in a beautiful world that you can help to create. In the article Forward 150 (2014) it states, “People will spend a large amount of time in virtual-reality worlds in which they will compete, socialize, relax, be entertained and do business by the year 2020” (Forward 150, 2014 p. 12). The use of Virtual Reality Headsets placing people into different worlds has already starting to take place in 2016. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been released to the public if you have the funds to purchase them.

Looking at my tetrad of the Virtual Reality has helped me understand how technology becomes obsolete and emergent because you can see how it cycles and evolves. You can start to find trends and patterns in the advancement of technology. The tetrad explains the four parts of the Virtual Reality that are simultaneously happening.

Enhances:

The use of Virtual Reality would enhance the experience of watching movies and television. You will be able to see movies and television without being stuck in one spot to look at it. It can travel with you. Through the use of Google Cardboard, we have had a new experience using our phones. You can put your phone into a headset and start utilizing it like never before. Compatible apps and games are fun to use while having a headset on. It also enhances how we teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to our students. Learning Litoff Staff said, “VR can help students, even students much younger than college-aged, see the practical side of STEM. It might even plant seeds of curiosity that could one day lead to higher education and even a career in a STEM field.” (Learning Litoff, 2016 p.1) I agree that this is true. I have utilized it within my classroom, and it provides great exposure to what technology can come in the future and what we can do with the technology we already have. It also has a practical use in the video game industry. Sony is releasing the PlayStation VR in October 2016 with a long line of popular games that are being developed for their new system. It will be their first Virtual Reality Console that will enhance gaming experiences.

Obsolete:

There are a few things that the use of Virtual Reality will make obsolete. While using the Virtual Reality headsets, we will no longer need monitors and flat panel televisions; everything will be right in front of your eyes. Orland (2016) tells us in an interview with Palmer Luckey, he stated,

“I think there’s almost no way traditional displays will be around in a couple of decades,” Luckey told the site. “Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it were dirt cheap for that, it’s still going to cost a lot to ship it and make it from raw materials? A VR headset is going to be much better and much cheaper, and you can take it anywhere” (Orland 2016 p.1)

This is coming from the creator of the Oculus Rift. I agree that these technologies will fade away. You will not see the communal viewing of television anymore. Everyone will be watching his or her headset. It is also going to cause cheap computers that you can buy at local stores to become obsolete as well. You need a very special computer to run VR software, and they are not cheap. Best Buy has a bundle starting at $1800 and goes up to $3,200. Those are not even the top of the line computers that can pair with them. It is going to obsolete video game consoles as well, pushing them to all move towards having Virtual Reality as a part of their systems. I also feel it will obsolete certain parts of smart phones. You won’t need a phone when you have a headset that can do everything that the phone can do and more. By moving towards using virtual reality, there will not be a need for all of these technologies any more. The more advanced the technology becomes, the less we will need any of these features. One headset can replace a whole world of items.

Retrieves or Revives:

What it revived for me is the 3D movies and television viewing. I remember when I was young, you got this little pair of plastic glasses, and you would go to the movie theater and put them on. They had red and blue lenses and all of a sudden when the movie came on; it looked like it was right in front of you. When I used a Virtual Reality headset for the first time, this is what it brought me back too. I found it surprising how similar it felt watching a video through the headset and thinking back to watching my first 3D movie in a movie theater. It rekindled that feeling of nostalgia.

Reverse:

Although what the future holds is somewhat unknown, many companies are already working on a technology that will replace Virtual Reality. It will be the use of Augmentative Reality. Through Augmentative Reality, people will not have to separate themselves from the real world. An Augmentative Reality headset such as Google Glass and Microsoft Holo Lens will allow you to interact with the world around you. Where Virtual Reality you are in a whole new beautiful world, Augmentative reality will be interacting with your world in a different way. Also, with Virtual Reality you are stuck in one place, there will be a cord attached to your headset and a sensor in front of you, with Augmentative Reality you will be wire free. There will be a mini computer in the glasses you wear, and you will be good to go out into the world and explore. Once companies release AR products to non-developers, I think these devices will immediately start replacing virtual reality headsets.

 

References

Elon University/Pew Internet Project. (n.d.). Imagining the Internet: A history and forecast: Forward 150 timeline [Futuristic timeline]. Retrieved June 16, 2014, from http://www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/predictions/forward150years.pdf
Orland, Kyle (Apr 15, 2014). Will VR make flat panels obsolete? Oculus’ founder gives it 20 years. Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/will-vr-make-flat-panels-obsolete-oculus-founder-gives-it-20-years/
Learning Litoff Staff (February 8, 2016). How Virtual Reality Can Enhance STEM Education. Retrieved June 21, 2016, from http://www.learningliftoff.com/how-virtual-reality-can-enhance-stem-education/#.V2mNT64uoeM

 

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From floppy discs to online storage

As time moved forwards and technology advanced we now have a more efficient way to save our most important files. Whether it is family photos, legal documents or papers for school you can use various online storage websites and applications. This is a need that the average person has. They need to have an easy way to store their information and necessary files. Online storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive has made such a difference in my work. It has become an essential technology that has supported learning, increased productivity as well as saved time during collaborations. I am a technology liaison. We have monthly meetings, but something that I presented on was an item called LittleBits. Now the benefit of online storage is that it allows me to share my lessons, photographs, experiments, cue cards, instructional materials, and more through Google drive. Now, all of the technology liaisons and teachers in my network were able to log on and use my information to help teach their classes. I have had a lot of people pull my work and modify it for their students. Without the use of a shared Google Drive folder, it would make the process so much more difficult. I don’t have the time in the day to look at e-mails from teachers and fulfill their request. I would have to e-mail all of my lessons as an attachment over multiple e-mails because our e-mails storage for attachments is limited. I am also able to have my files automatically save off of my computer to my Google drive and then later choose what files to share. With my Dropbox, I keep that as a backup to everything. I love how simple Dropbox is to use. Again, like Google Drive, I can share a folder and collaboratively work on projects. I use both online storage systems interchangeably. They both also have apps so that I can save stuff on my smartphones and tablets as well. This is one of the greatest features of online storage is that I can save from multiple devices. Since I have seven different devices that I use I can work and switch seamlessly and still retain all of my information.

The pitfalls of this technology are that there is a problem with security. Which comes with the ability of others gaining access to your information. Unfortunately, many accounts do get hacked, and your information can get accessed. It does not happen on a regular basis, but it is an issue. Mr. Greene (2011) stated, “Files entrusted to cloud-storage provider Dropbox were susceptible to unauthorized access via three attacks devised by security researchers, but the provider has since closed the vulnerabilities” (Greene, 2011 p.1). If you have documents that are very secure, online storage is not a full proof way to keep your documents. I had an issue with my email and Dropbox account being hacked and attempting to erase a folder of my information, evidence in a legal case.

I feel to make online storage technology even better would be to increase the amount of storage available for users. There is now a limited amount of storage space. You can get a vast amount of storage, but then you must pay a subscription fee. Ms. Biafore explains,

If you decide to store all your data in Dropbox, including music, photos, and videos, you’ll probably need more space. You can upgrade to a 100GB, 200GB or 500GB plan. 100GB of storage costs $99 per year; 200GB costs $199 per year and 500GB is $499 per year (Biafore, 2012 p.8)

This is something that online storage needs to improve. It should not be this expensive. There should be options that everyone can afford. Another improvement would be the ability to save information while not connected to the Internet. I am not always connected to the Internet while traveling. Even with my mobile hotspots there are times that it does not work. I always like to back up my work and having a feature for offline uploading would be useful.

This technology is featured in the following articles:

 

 http://www.cioinsight.com/case-studies/contractor-uses-digital-framework-to-reduce-costs.html

 

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/27/dropbox-collaboration-office-online/
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/feature/2431930/the-technology-behind-dropbox-sync

 

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-06-29-dropbox-hops-to-school-with-new-education-team

 

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2014/10/why_schools_need_google_drive.html

 

http://plpnetwork.com/2013/09/09/give-students-frequent-feedback-google-drive/

 

http://www.edutopia.org/google-for-educators

 

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Resources
Biafore, B. (2012, 10). Dropbox collaboration. Better Investing, 62, 8-9. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1080971162?accountid=14872
Greene, T. (2011). Dropbox cloud was a haven for data thieves, researchers say. Network World (Online), Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/884522750?accountid=14872

Minecraft & Education

Posted: June 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

I have found that there are many children that love to play video games. One of the most popular games happens to be Minecraft. I found an article online that I wanted to share with everything. It explains how you can use Minecraft in the classroom to teach math. I will include the article link below. I hope you enjoy it!

 

https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=558&category=In-the-classroom&article=Use+Minecraft+to+teach+math

 

Educators also check out Minecraftedu. It is a great way to bring Minecraft to the classroom. It is a low-cost alternative for educators.

 

#minecraft #educators #teaching #learning

 

Hello…

Posted: June 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

I apologize that I have been on hiatus. A lot of stuff has been happening in my life that has made it a little difficult to update. I am hoping to start blogging and updating a bit more regularly. If I get the time I will start posting free apps of the day again for my tech friends… So, how is everyone doing?