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Mobile education

We all remember those earlier school years and their electronic device policies. Teachers in each classroom would tell students to keep their phones and iPods tucked away and powered down. The principal would hold assemblies talking about the various consequences of texting during class or a ringer going off during a standardized test.

As we have all gotten older, cellphone use is a more normal thing. Even kids in third grade are running around with their smart-phones. As cellphones have become a common household object, they’ve also become cheaper and easily attainable for just about anyone. Accessibility has also made it more and more necessary to have a cellular device.

texting in class
“Smartphones are often used as resources because of their Internet capabilities. They’re quick and easy to use when needing to accessing any sort of information.”

The argument to keep cellphones out of the classroom is a losing one. Not only has the issue become too hard to control, but the argument has also lost much of its validity. Smartphones are often used as resources because of their Internet capabilities. They’re quick and easy to use when accessing any sort of information.

Sometimes it can be very helpful to have students use their phones during class to help everyone learn. Although the concept may seem strange, if we look at smartphones as smaller computers, they have more value in a learning environment.

On the other hand, there’s a reason that cellphones are mostly banned from classroom activity. They can become a distraction to those that carry them into class. Social media like Tumblr, Facebook, and Snapchat, are easily accessed through smartphones. Texting is another huge distraction.

Having so much at your fingertips can completely take you away from learning and the students you are sending messages and emojis to. If they have their phones in calls and respond to you, they’re not fully engaged in class anymore. A phone going off during a test is an embarrassing mistake that more often than not gets you a zero on the exam and booted out of class. There’s a correct time and place for electronic devices.

Is technology helping us or hurting us?

In a world full of constantly updated technology, it’s easy to feel superior. Look at us — we’re at the top of the food chain and we rule the world. We’re even smart enough to invent machines to do all of the hard work for us.

Or are we not so smart in that aspect?

It’s easy to look at a brand new iPad or the newest Call of Duty installment and think, “Wow, things are just getting better!” But what about the long-term effects? Could these sleek little objects be hurting us more than helping us? Continue reading Is technology helping us or hurting us?

Nomophobia: A condition of the digital age

Nomophobia is described as the condition of being tense and/or anxious when not having access to a mobile phone. The condition is also known as no-mobile-phone-phobia. Recent research conducted by an Internet security firm has indicated that this condition of the digital age is growing at a rapid rate. Continue reading Nomophobia: A condition of the digital age

Reality can be improved

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Augmented reality is a term used for an interesting cross section of reality and the virtual world. Some companies have recently included it with toys, while others allow you to tag the world around you. Augmented reality is not something that is all that new, but it is gaining a great deal of ground as more and more app-ready phones come with cameras that are capable of capturing not only photos, but video as well.

While the use of augmented reality has started to make its way into the toy sector, that is not its main market. Augmented reality, for the most part, could be seen as a second window laid out over the world which you view through your phone or mobile device. In that window would be phrases, statements and even reviews about places, or maybe someone left a digital sign post for a friend in one massive game of hide and seek. If you have a bad experience at a restaurant, all it would take is a few key strokes and the world will know; well, a small section of the world will know.

There are a couple of methods for the creation of augmented reality, both of which have their issues. One is using GPS. This allows the app to communicate your position and what direction you are facing as you are holding your mobile device. Quickly, using the camera, it then overlays information, pictures and various other things for your viewing pleasure. It also allows you to tag things with information, inserting your own mark on the digital world.

Another method for augmented reality also uses GPS but it is not as refined as the other. What users do is take a snapshot of a place and tag their comments onto the snapshot. This is then transferred through the app to a server, which figures out where you are by comparing the image and GPS information before overlaying users comments onto the visual world as seen through augmented reality.

Augmented reality is nothing more than a gimmicky, fun little concept that a few places have managed to put into practical use at the moment. Even though the concept of augmented reality has been around for some time, it has been difficult for it to get a start. However, as people become more and more tethered to their mobile devices, and those devices continue to change and evolve, even the most standard become complex enough to run this technology. It is certain that in the future augmented reality very well may be the way we see the world all the time.

In a society that is becoming more and more focused on sharing, it may just become another extension to the social media phenomenon. It could, and probably will, change how we view the world around us and what we expect to know from just a glance. As we become more dependent on our cyber lives, it is only natural that it will begin to overlap fully with our real ones.