Meeting with Promevo

Yesterday, we had a wonderful chance to meet with some people who work with Promevo, one of the largest G Suite and Chromebook re sellers in North America. The names of the people that we talked to were Brandon, Nate, and Ashton. I went into this not knowing that much about Promevo, but came out knowing quite a bit for the time we had.

We learned about how a daily life there is, who Promevo works with, and that they were a mainly Java users. Now here, we learned Ruby, so I asked them what we could do if put in a group of Java users, and it turns out that we can use Ruby quite well there. This helped me put Promevo as one of the places I might want to go for a career, since I will probably continue to use Ruby as my main coding language.

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Nearing the Pod

Hello! I wish I could be at the meeting that this is going to be presented at, but I had an appointment that took higher precedence. Alright, so what we have here is a site that is controlled by the teacher when in use. Nearpod allows for teachers to share highly interactive lessons with the rest of the class. With this interactive site, the teacher collects real-time results from submissions by the students. When a lesson is getting ready to be started, there is a choice of “Live Lesson” and “Student-paced”. With live lesson, the teacher controls the time in which the lesson happens, but with student-paced, the students themselves control how fast the lesson goes by.

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Whenever you pick the format in which to start your lesson, a 5-letter code appears that you can share with your students through email, link, social media, and google classroom. Shared, students are then able to put in the password in order to join the lesson. Throughout different lessons, there are many ways in which to review or teach. Personally, in French with Madame McDonie, we have used this to draw different words. Now, there is just having texts and submitting, but that’s pretty boring isn’t it? When the answers are submitted, the teacher then has the ability to look at each answer to individually to assess the students’ capabilities, and also has the ability to share with the classroom the different answers. Not only is there lesson and review capabilities with Nearpod, but there are quizzes on Nearpod too. Honestly, I could say, with what experience I have with it, Nearpod is a great tool in class. If you wish to ask further questions, you can come down to the help desk during 3rd period or email me at anthony.fife@wilmington.k12.oh.us.

Our First 20% Of The Share

Alright! So if you notice in the category section of the home page, you will see a new category called ‘20% Time’. This time is one day a week that was supposed to be given to us to research what interests us in technology. However, no one did anything with it until now. All of the Tech Squad is now using it to research their own individual interests as well as our technology club. What I will be researching is called Raspberry Pi.

bn-gz379_sternj_h_20150217105159 NO! It is not to be confused with succulent pie. It really is a computer that is able to be fit inside of your hand. In the technology club, we have gone over a little bit of what this is, but I feel like diving further into it because it seems to hold a lot of potential in a variety of areas. The way that this will further me in my progress of a technological leader is because of the versatility of this computer and its programs.

One Tab To Rule Them All

Alright! So I know I haven’t posted in quite some time, but I’m here with an EdTech post. This post we’ll be going over OneTab. If you’ve even seen a teacher’s amount of tabs or wanted to be able to sort your tabs, it goes to show that there is a lot of tabs in need of reduction. With this app you will be able to go worry-free about that. This extension doesn’t improve learning directly, but it can lower the anxiety to make sure you have the tab, allows for quick access later, and helps those with OCD as well.

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Now the above image isn’t directly from my chromebook, but you see that it puts all of your tabs into one. When they are in the tab like this, you just have to click the tab to open it back to a regular tab. To maximize the sorting, open the tabs for each class one at a time and then click the extension. By doing this, your tabs will be put into different sections of the screen. Because I have always hated seeing so many tabs, I wanted to introduce this to all of you. If this helps you, leave a comment so that I know I’m doing well with my content.

 

The Weekend of No Technology

Going a weekend without technology would be a negative experience. Doing this would cut out my contact with others for that weekend since I live far away from others. I would be cut from social interaction other than my family.

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Now there are many reasons for how this would be a good experience for me, but I wouldn’t have the ability to talk with friends unless I was driven around by my parents. An example of this being positive would be the opportunity to go out and enjoy physical activity! But you, me, and other people know that even when there’s an opportunity, it’s not always taken.

First Semester Exam

My proposal is to gather enough Ipad Mini 2s to distribute more throughout the classrooms. The idea is to get 12 carts along with enough Ipads to fill each cart. Each cart is retailed at 499.88 US dollars to come at 5,998.56 US dollars. Each Ipad Mini 2 is retailed at 269 US dollars and to fill each cart, it costs 6,456 US dollars to come at 77,472 US dollars. The cost of all of this reduces the money available to 16,529.44 US dollars. In order to keep up with the available Wi-Fi, there will be a need to include more connection points as to not slow down the tablets when in use. Also, we will need to hire 2 more tech supports to distribute between the other 2 buildings. The availability of the carts will now be 4 in each building with 2 left over to be arranged by necessity. The remaining money shall be used in order to support the tech support, people hired to install the Wi-Fi connections, etc. (in order to maintain as well).

Ruby is Better than Sapphire

I happened to be out a lot when this happened, but I got caught up as much as I could when we learned Ruby. Ruby is probably the simplest coding I have seen or done. When you have to put in a lot of code for one simple command, you could have Ruby do it for half as much work because it does it for you. We learn ruby off of Treehouse, but you could learn it from different sources.

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Ruby is just the filler of an outline: Ruby on Rails. As of now, we haven’t dived into what this is or its purpose. Ruby is happening to have a great growth in programmers, happening to come as popular as C++, Java, Python, etc. We haven’t seen the possibility of this being able to develop games, so if that is what you’re looking for, I wouldn’t recommend this. Because of the simplicity of the programs, I would recommend this to starters. This program is more of strings and methods, so this is great practice for creating connections that can develop into other programming methods (such as Javascript).

Google Inbox Review

Google Inbox is a program directly related to Gmail. For some, Google Inbox is an improvement upon Gmail because of the reminders, snoozes, etc. A new function for Google Inbox is that the folders that are put in to sort the emails are directly put into the feed. Unlike Gmail, this program allows for you to set up reminders that can be sent to you at a time that you specify. A thing that I find frustrating about Google Inbox is that I can’t directly click an email without having to open the folder first. It’s not that big of a deal, but I want my email to be easily accessed, and without folders. Something that I do like about Google Inbox is the reminders that can be set up.

uegsdbtiabm4utxl566b               Personally, I wouldn’t recommend Google Inbox unless you would prefer the folders or the reminding feature. I myself prefer my emails in a straight file down the page with the ability to click a view and go back quickly. I would recommend this to teachers so that they could organize their emails according to what is more important, and what they actually want to see.

Weekly Reflection of 9/12-9/16

This will be my second blog post to inform you all about what’s happening in the Cane Tech Squad Help Desk. Last week we did Treehouse, which is a site that can teach you many things you should know about computers, coding, etc. For our assignment, we had to learn about the digital literacy path. In the digital literacy path, we learned computer basics; data/memory, binary, software, etc. Another thing we learned was how the internet/web works along with simple coding in HTML and CSS. If you all want to know more, you should click the link above and join the team!