Friday, June 27, 2008

Fear the snooze button

If you are like me, you rarely need the snooze button, being you were cursed with an internal clock that wakes you up at 5:17 am, 6:30 am, 8:15 am and sometimes 10:36 am.  However, I do use the alarm function on my clock from time to time.  There are people out there who absolutely rely on an alarm clock to wake them up.  For example; my roommate in college had the horrible trait of not waking up to his alarm...though I would.  I soon found out that if I turn off his alarm for him...he will sleep for days.  I chose to just wake him up, being the smell of his funk building up rivaled all the lack of sleep.

For such people comes the Tyrant Alarm Clock.  Tyrant hijacks your cell phone's contact list and makes random calls until you tell it to stop.  Wow!  Imagine oversleeping and your phone randomly calls your ex.  Your situation just got a lot worse very quickly.   I'm all for this technology...for other people.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A door closes as one opens

I talked about the Promethean Activboards in the past and how much I like the way they engage children in the classroom.  Well it seems Promethean isn't alone in the journey to alter the classroom.  Well June brings the end to most public school terms and this is when schools start to figure out budgets and the purchases of new equipment.  This is where the world of ICT plays a huge part.  Not only is there a great space for improvement when it comes to education technology, but everyone involved can actually feel good about what they are doing.  SMART Technologies is the producer of interactive whiteboards much like the ones brought to schools by Promethean.  Since competition breeds innovation I'm happy to report on this brand and their efforts.

Here is there classroom remote Senteo, that allows students to respond and vote from their seats and see the results.

Here is the SMARTboard in action