The Current State of 21st Century Education Technology 2011-2012 – Paving a Road to Success

Remember filmstrips, movie reels, overhead projectors and transparencies? These are the “tech tools” that I remember from my school days. Not an interactive anything anywhere. It was simple. Teachers and professors had to decide between blackboards or overheads, black, blue or maybe green ink and that was about it.

We’ve come a long way from those days, and in many cases new technologies have quickly replaced the old. There is however a wide variation on how advanced school districts are in terms of their education technology implementations. One thing is clear; no matter how limited resources are, all school districts have formed a set of goals around education technology. If we expect to reach any of these goals, we have to understand the underlying factors that can affect the character and complexity of a problem. These factors will in turn affect how we approach a particular problem and the solutions that are applied to reach our goals.

From a 30,000 foot perspective, there are commonly three key components to an education technology solution; Hardware, Software and Training (the often forgotten, but many times most important component).

In today’s education tech world, you will not get very far without the three vital components mentioned above. These are however, merely the tools that we will use in reaching our educational goals. If you were to place all of the best hardware, software and training materials in a room, they would not magically yield higher test scores, achievement and graduation rates all by themselves.

You might think that what I’ll be saying next will have to do with people and how they can be the difference makers. This of course is true, but the actual focus should be on what these all important people are doing (and unfortunately in many cases not doing) in order to achieve our collective educational goals.

Many of us have lost sight on the “education” in education technology. It’s right there in front of our eyes and we still manage forget that this is about properly educating students and enabling them to reach their fullest potential.

The following list contains some of the most common pitfalls that we see on a day-to-day basis as education technology integrators. These are the processes and activities that have proven to be inefficient, ineffective or counterproductive to education technology goals.

1. Having no goals to begin with – This situation is all too common. A school district is hard-set on implementing and/or upgrading their education technology resources, but nothing is tied back to curriculum goals. The purchase and installation of projectors, interactive whiteboards, response systems, classroom sound systems etc is not the implementation of a solution, it’s simply a purchase. Avoid asking yourself “now what?” once the smoke has cleared. Achieve this by creating a real implementation plan that is tied to long term educational goals and state standards. All of the best education technology hardware manufacturers have researched education requirements in detail and have designed their solutions accordingly in order to help schools reach these goals through the use of their products. Ask your technology provider questions related to your educational goals and only engage with those who understand your goals and can tell you how their products will help you reach them.

2. Cookie cutter approach – Let’s outfit every classroom and every teacher with the same exact technology tools. And let’s not stop there, let’s do it all at once so everyone is happy and nobody feels left out. Makes sense – right? Well not exactly. Administrators and Tech Directors don’t want to hear grumblings about inequities or create an environment of haves and have not’s even for a short period of time. This would be disaster – or would it?

One of the best examples I can think of is interactive whiteboards or IWB’s. These boards are incredible tools and can greatly enhance a learning environment when implemented properly, but the addition of this technology tool is not always a “no brainer” in all learning environments. Companies like SMART Technologies and Promethean may disagree, but in the end, if the educational goals of their customers are being met, it will be a win-win situation for all involved – especially the kids.

This is a trend that is difficult to break. It is fairly easy to understand how this has come about since politics can many times trump logic.

Learning activities can vary greatly from room to room and from subject to subject. The learning goals for math will likely vary greatly from the learning goals in science class versus foreign language classes. Science room environments may vary even further based on whether you are dealing with Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

The variances can run even deeper based on other district based requirements, room arrangement or teaching style of an individual teacher.

Taking a step back to do some real analysis and planning may help you and your schools get on a more accurate track in terms of matching technology tools to actual academic goals. To say that “we’ll figure that out later” adds to the risk that you will leave a critical requirement unaddressed.

3. Making all decisions from the Top Down – Not that you would do this, but too many Tech Directors or IT Managers make district wide decisions without gathering any input from the end users of technology. In this case it is of course teachers that would help drive accurate requirements from the bottom up that would complement the decisions being made from above. This will no doubt take more time and effort, but in the end it will likely uncover more detail and accuracy to your requirements that will help minimize risk and decrease the chances that you’ll miss a requirement or waste time and money spent re-working your initial solution with an unplanned “Phase 2″ of your implementation.

4. No Training or Professional Development (PD) Plan – You might be lucky enough to have a real go-getter on your staff that takes the ball and runs with it, creating your training program in the process. These self starters do exist, but you can’t count on training and PD taking care of itself. Full adoption and use of new technology tools requires planning AND management of the plan. If done correctly, your educational goals are met and everyone comes out looking and feeling like a champion.

5. No metrics – How do you show that your plan has been successful? Part of proper planning is establishing a pre-determined method of measuring success via a set of well chosen metrics. Not everyone loves numbers by nature, but I’m betting that everyone will love them when they definitively show that planning and implementation has led to success.

6. Buying solely on price – Hopefully you have not grown completely cynical when it comes to value. If you spend the time talking to your prospective sales people and service providers, you will see a wide range of offerings presented to you. If you want to do what’s best for your schools, you will spend some time calculating the true cost of a solution where the physical hardware is only one component. If you make your decision solely on the price of hardware, you might be doing a great disservice to yourself, your schools, your project team and your students. Some of the most important value differentiators will have to do with service, support, training and professional development. A quality solution provider will not only sell you the hardware, they will pro-actively support it. They will work with you consultatively and open an ongoing dialogue with you and your staff to assist in reaching your goals. Many providers have dedicated Education Consultants on staff that are familiar with state and federal education goals. This further enables you and your team to map education goals to the use of education technology tools in the classroom.

7. Thinking your planned solution is “good enough” – This might apply when buying a car or home appliance when added cost is usually associated with “bells and whistles”, but a classroom is not about getting to point A to point B or how white your shirts can be. True adoption of education technology in a classroom can be a tricky goal to meet and adoption must come with real results like increased test scores and graduation rates. If you are heavily constrained by budget, I recommend creating the best solution possible and starting with one room. If you don’t have the funds to complete an entire room, do it in well thought out phases with guidance from your education technology integrator (remember that thing about added value? – A perfect example). If you continue this process over time, you will end up with quality learning environments in every room vs. a watered down “solution” in each room that yields no actual results.

8. Thinking you are “done” – This relates directly to #7 above. It’s important to have a mindset of constant improvement. New and improved technology is constantly being developed. This can offer great opportunity, but it can also create confusion. In the ‘one room at a time’ scenario above, it would be of added benefit to re-evaluate your plan as time progresses. This will give you the ability to fine tune your solution over time. For this reason, it will be important to pay attention to feedback from end-users of technology enabled classrooms. There may be a new and improved technology available or you may have realized that you “over-bought” in a particular area and can then adjust your plan accordingly. Ideally, there will be no changes at all and simply a confirmation that your plans and system designs are sound. If you reach the end of an implementation and everything has gone according to plan, you are still far from being done. As with all technology, there are the elements of hardware maintenance, support and an ongoing training/professional development plan. If you have specific plans in place in all of these areas and actively manage to your goals, your chances for success will be greatly improved.

Download Upload Speed

While testing site of internet broadband connection, most of testing websites shows results for the upload speed, download & ping rate. Usually upload speed is always less than the download speed of same internet connection. This is a technical configuration, set by the Internet service provider ” this configuration is not dependent on the speed of your internet connection.

Then what is the difference in Download upload speed !

Simply downloading speed is the data transfer speed/rate at which data is downloaded from the Internet to the user’s device or computer. The uploading speed is the transfer rate at which data is uploaded from the user’s computer/device to the Internet. ISP companies set the default setting so to make download faster than the upload speed. The reason is that most of internet users have more of a need to download information. It gives the user the fast download access to download movies, songs, and a large number of documents quickly.

Although there may be some of larger businesses, which need faster uploading speed, but their ratio is not too lower than the customers demanding higher upload speed. Typically, data uploaded is going to a specific site, not to the general Internet or to multiple sites. Even in these cases, it is usually a rare task to perform. The meaning of term symmetrical is that the download and upload speeds are the same. Both speeds are optimally tested when they are symmetrical, but again, this is a rare configuration.

When performing the download portion of a speed test, many sites use Flash to transport their data to the user’s computer. This is an added obstacle to collecting the correct information. Bandwidth Place does not use Flash and has opted to use HTML 5 instead, allowing for a faster, cleaner test rate. During the download process, the server sends packets of binary files to the computer. Some companies that use Flash will not count up to 30% of the slowest packets transferred, stating that it makes up for the amount of time no packets are delivered during the ramp-up process (getting Flash prepared to run). The upload process is similar, grabbing generic bits of data from the user’s computer and transferring it to the server. This data is broken and is not complete information, so the data retrieved is safe.
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The download speed is the maximum capacity of data transfer by which you can pull data from the server to your device. Most of broadband connections are designed to download much faster than they upload, since the majority of online activity, like loading web pages or streaming videos, consists of downloads. Download speed is measured in Mega bits per second (Mbps). The upload speed is how fast you send data from you to others. Uploading is necessary for sending big files via email, or in using video-chat to talk to someone else online (since you have to send your digital data to them). Upload speed is also measured in Mega bits per second (Mbps). When you save any kind of digital data / information from the internet to your computer / device, it is called downloading and the time taken or how fast it completes this task is called download speed. Usually, measured in Kbps (Kilo bits per second) or Mbps (Mega bits per second). Similarly, when you upload any kind of file on the internet or server e.g. – picture/video its called upload and the speed is upload speed. You can check the upload/download speed for your service provider at SpeedTest.net for free.

Easy Ways To Do Laptop Data Recovery In Perth

As electronic storage devices get cheaper, we are increasingly becoming dependent on them for data storage. If we hold on to our memory cards and flash drives for too long without transferring the files to a secondary storage device we might accidentally erase them or the devices might get corrupted. Also our laptop might start malfunctioning due to a logical damage to the operating system and the data in its hard disk becomes inaccessible to us. Don’t panic! Here we are going to discuss about easy ways to do laptop data recovery in Perth.

Data recovery is the process of retrieving impassable data from damaged or debased secondary storage devices and removable files that cannot accessed in a traditional way. There is USB flash drive data recovery, external or internal hard disk drive data recovery, CDs and DVDs data recovery etc. This scenario evolves when there is an operating system failure, malfunctioning of internal or external storage device and accidental damage or deletion of files. Data corruption occurs due to physical damage to the storage drive or logical damage in the file system which prevents access to the data. Mechanical or physical damage to the storage drive will cause at least some data loss and also logical failure in the drive. If it occurs then users will have to take help from professionals for data recovery.

Usually companies providing data recovery due to physical damage have class 100 dust free room so that it does not get settled on bare disk drives. Logical damage is a software level damage which occurs due to partition errors in the file system or if the data gets overwritten. Generally in case of physical damage, enterprises providing laptop data recovery in Perth, takes care of logical damage before hardware repair and recovery. Repairing physical damage to disk drives and also data recovery from it are costly but there are many companies providing better and cheap deals.

DIY laptop data recovery

For logical damage to storage drive, the data remains intact in the drive but becomes impassable which can be recovered following the steps given below

Step 1: Purchase a hard disk drive enclosure online. Make sure that you purchase an enclosure according to the specification of your corrupted laptop. The enclosure turns the corrupted hard disk drive into an external storage device connected using an USB cable.

Step 2: Use a working computer which will be compatible with the operating system of your old laptop. For e.g.: if your damaged laptop is windows, then use a computer having windows operating system. Though Linux can also read data from windows still it’s better to stick to similar operating system.

Step 3: Unscrew your old laptop and locate the hard drive which is of the size of a 3.5 inch floppy drive. You can also look for the location of hard drive of your laptop model online.

Step 4: Connect the disk enclosure’s connector plate with your hard drive connector interface. Insert the disk drive inside the connector and screw it shut for enclosing.

Step 5: The new drive will automatically open on the working computer when it will be connected with the USB cable. A notification will pop up for windows users or an icon appears for Mac users. If it is not recognized, eject it and plug it back to the computer. For non readable hard drives, you will need professional assistance.

Step 6: Once you can open your external drive on the working computer, explore it and restore the files on the working computer or use the computer as a transfer device to transfer the file into another external storage device.

Step 7: After recovery of files from the storage drive, close the window and eject the drive.

Expert Overview Of Selenium Testing Course?

Selenium is not quite recently single device but rather is set of hardware which are utilized as a part of different situations. Lets comprehend about them.
Rundown: The product improvement area generally considers computerized testing to spare the bills of manual testing. In this post, experts will discuss Selenium robotization testing device and its points of interest.
Since the cost of testing is a basic factor for any product advancement extend, organizations have begun offering inclination to open source test computerization instruments as opposed to putting resources into costly business testing apparatuses. Without permitting costs, open source computerization testing devices offer focused components.
These elements are utilized by designers for robotizing the testing of programming applications and online interfaces. Designers can have a whole scope of open source computerization testing apparatuses for a wide range of testing like practical, UAT, Web and execution. Selenium is a free mechanized testing suite and not a solitary instrument.
Each apparatus of the Selenium caters particular testing needs of an organization.
There are four segments in Selenium :
1. Selenium IDE : Selenium IDE is the least complex system in the suite of Selenium and is most straightforward one to learn. It goes about as a Firefox module that software engineers can undoubtedly introduce like another module. Since it is the most straightforward system, it is utilized as a prototyping device. In the event that software engineers need to make more propelled test cases, they can either utilize Selenium RC or Web Driver.
2. Selenium RC : Selenium Remote Control (RC) was the primary mechanized web testing apparatus that let clients apply a programming dialect of their decision. It underpins the accompanying programming dialects Java PHP Python Perl C# Ruby
3. Selenium Grid : Selenium Grid is a server that enables tests to utilize web program cases running on remote machines. With Selenium Grid, one server goes about as the center point. Tests contact the center point to acquire access to program cases. The center point has a rundown of servers that give access to program examples (WebDriver hubs), and gives tests a chance to utilize these occasions. Selenium Grid permits running tests in parallel on numerous machines, and to oversee distinctive program renditions and program setups midway (rather than in every individual test). The capacity to run tests on remote program occurrences is valuable to spread the heap of testing over a few machines, and to run tests in programs running on various stages or working frameworks. The last is especially helpful in situations where not all programs to be utilized for testing can keep running on a similar stage.
4. Web Driver: The Web Driver has demonstrated itself a superior decision than both Selenium IDE and Selenium RC in a few viewpoints. It includes more present day and stable approach in computerizing the program’s activity. It doesn’t rely upon JavaScript for mechanization. Actually, the Web Driver manages the program by specifically interfacing with it. It bolsters programming dialects that are upheld by Selenium RC.
Do you know the people who added to the Selenium Project? At first, Selenium was created by Jason Huggins in 2004. While functioning as a specialist on a web application, he understood the continuous testing necessity.
Since the manual testing was getting to be noticeably wasteful, he built up a JS program “JavaScriptTestRunner” that would consequently control the activities of the program. Discovering this thought supportive to computerize different applications, he made JavaScriptRunner Opensource which was later known as Selenium Core.
Who made significant Selenium apparatuses? Give us a chance to discover Selenium RC or Remote Control device Analyzers utilizing Selenium Core needed to introduce the whole application for testing because of the confinements committed by the inception strategy.
The approach disavows JavaScript Code from getting to components from a space that change from its propelled range. The approach just let randomScript.JS to get to pages inside google.com. It can’t get to pages from different destinations as they are gotten from various spaces.
This framework was at first named as Hosted QA by him and it could catch screenshots of the program in basic stages, and at the same time convey Selenium charges to unmistakable machines. Selenium IDE instrument Selenium IDE was produced by Shinya Kasatani as a Firefox augmentation, which is utilized for computerizing the program by means of an uncommon component of record-and-playback.
He got the possibility of Selenium IDE to upgrade the speed in making experiments. WebDriver device WebDriver was the main cross-stage testing system made by Simon Stewart to control the program from the OS level. Noteworthiness of Selenium Selenium Automation Testing is the best alternative for current days robotized testing. It is increasing more importance and the greater part of the analyzers and organizations incline toward it for mechanizing the

Find A Quality Laptop Repair In San Diego Service Provider By Best Deal Computers

Search for a laptop repair service? What things do you remember before taking your laptop to Notebook Repair Center? In this article, you will find the details that help you pick the best mobile computer repair company in the area and get quality
laptop repair in san diego service without facing much trouble or stress.

There could be cases once you drop your notebook or spill over it coffee accidentally then you will definitely seek for a help of some good services center to fix the damage caused to your laptop. You need to find the quality service center in quick time to avoid any serious damage to your current laptop. In this article, the questions like how good the services center will be and what will it expense and how much significantly I have to travel to get my notebook fixed also arise in mind while you are trying to find a quality laptop repair in San Diego service provider. Not only this, another important question of what will happen to our data stored inside notebook also puts you in stress.

Here is a help getting provided to you with all the below mentioned suggestions you may follow regarding reaching a quality notebook repair service without facing much trouble or stress, since
Where to Go for Repair?

The particular computer service san diego service center of the respected company is the best choice initially for your notebook repair needs. Because the service center is run by the well-known brands and their committed staffs perform their responsibility in the best manner. Though their fees are the bit more than others yet what they charge are for high-quality repair, replacement and improve services. Otherwise, if you still want to get your laptop repaired at some reasonably priced repair facilities, you can search on the internet for such service facilities.

How much time is the Repair going to take?

The amount of time is dependent upon the nature of the damage caused for the laptop. The brand of the notebook is also an aspect that delays or accelerates the repair process as if the brand of the laptop is less famous because particular region or perhaps country then it will take the time to arrange its broken parts from other locations that are clearly a moment consuming process.

What’ll happen to Data Stored Inside?

It also depends upon the nature of the damage as if it is hardware related like display or else then to become alarmed regarding worry as data will be safe on the laptop and will be back as it is after the laptop will be repaired but if the damage is drive or disk related then there could be a data loss problem. But still making use of software, lost data can be recovered and saved as being a backup for the safety from such instances in future, if any.