Tuesday, October 28, 2008

- My emerging technology is the Samsung i780 triband 3G PDA. Found in Qatar. 
- Details: 
*Short for " Peresonal Digital Assistant".
*Handheld device that combine computing, fax, telephone and networking features. 
*PDA's are also called Palmtops and Pocket Computers. 
- Uses:
* The Samsung PDA has a calender, and a planner. The calender can keep deadlines, meetings and dates. The planner can keep projects, homework and many other stuff that students tend to forget once in a while.
* Has internet connections, can replace computers in a way.
* Can be used for sending emails, work.
* You can open documents, work on the PDA's and open them on a computer for printing.
* You can keep in touch with students 24/7. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Plan :)

This is my step by step plan from now to April:

*Step One:- I will sign up in Animoto to learn more about it, in order to see if it is suitable for my Emerging Technology. (Insert Picture HERE) 

*Step two:- I am going to learn more about Animoto, look at the options and applications it holds. ( Insert Picture Here ) 

*Step 3:- I will work on creating the artifacts of my emerging technology, remembering that i have to convince Mr. Hedger of entering PDA's to our classrooms. 

*Step 4:- I will begin to seperate the information into decent places where i want to present them in the video. 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

What tasks would it be used for? 

The Samsung PDA would be used for organizing your work for almost every lesson, talking about homework, essays, deadlines, anything that has to be done on time. It is also useful for sending emails using the school emails, and connecting to the Internet for school websites etc. Therefore, I know that the PDA is useful for every class and every grade in the school. 

Would all students need one ? 

I think that it would be better if all the students have one, from grade 6 to 12. They can learn the process of organizing their work and keeping responsibilities to keep the PDA's safe. If we cannot afford to get it for all the grades, then it can start from grade 10 and move up to grade 12. This can help the IB students make their studies easier and less complicating. It can organize their work in a way where it cannot be gone or lost. 

How could the use of technology add value or improve the lesson ? 

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Questions about my emerging technology:

What is my emerging technology?

My emerging technology is the PDA. It is short for 'personal digital assistant'. It is a handheld device that combine computing, fax, telephone, and networking features. PDA's are also called Palmtops and pocket computers.

Where will it be used and kept safely?

It can either be kept with the students to keep good care of it, or either in a store where the teachers can keep it safe. The Samsung PDA's have specific covers to prevent them from any scratches or damages [ Shown in picture below ] . 

Who will be able to use the technology?

Both students and teachers can use this technology during classes and also after for homework or any checking the teachers would like to do.

Who can they depend on keeping the PDA's safe?

They can either depend on teachers to keep them in store somewhere or with the students so they use them while doing school work at home. The chargers that come with them can be kept in a safe room at the school so the students dont tend to lose them. 

What can the PDA replace?

PDA's can replace computers since they have networking connection. They can be used in emails, homework, data keeping etc. They can also replace mobile phones, but i don't think that it would be a good thing to have PDA's with the telephone application. 

What is the purpose of having them for education ?

They can keep us organized with out work since it has a planner and calender to go with it. This can help the students with organizing their work and keeping their data saved in order to keep good track of deadlines or specific work.

How does it help the school and the people in it ?

It can help them learn from the networking connection ( Internet ) , and can organize the students work. PDA's are useful before,during and after school. What is the advantages and disadvantages of this technology?

Where can we find the technology?

You can find these PDA's in Qatar. It is found in any Samsung shop. You can also order them from out of the country, for example from the USA.

How much does it cost?

A Samsung i780 triband 3G PDA costs 2500 QR with 11 months on warranty. 

What are the benefits of this technology?

I think the students can benefit more by learning about technology. The PDA can also organize their activities, homework, assessments, attendances etc.

Why would it be suitable for the school ?

I think this is very suitable for the school, since if there is someone that needs some help in his/hers grades or organization skills, this can really make a change in them and help them alot.