Evolution of Technology in Schools

From computer labs to the mobile learning lab.

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Today’s students experience school in a very different way than their parents did. Moms and dads might remember using word processors to type assignments, but now their own children are coming home talking about how cool the math game was that they played on their tablet at school.  READ MORE…

The Future of Mobility

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Technology is a crafty game of predictions and the biggest question often is “what will be the next global trend?”

It’s tough to gauge what people will be carrying, tapping, talking to, or even driving in over the next couple of decades, and how those devices will impact our lives. To get the complete picture of the potential future of mobility, check out the full infographic above.

(Source: PC Mag)

NJ School Hosts Educational App Night for Parents 

JP Case Middle School in Flemington, N.J., held its first ever App Night for parents and students last week. Part of the school’s open house for incoming seventh and eighth-grade students, App Night was run by the school’s Technology Council to give parents a sneak peek into the cutting-edge technology used in the classroom. Parents learned how mobile technology is integrated into the school day and how they can support their children within the mobile world. 

The school is a pioneer in how it embraces technology. Students can view course refreshers via YouTube videos posted by their teachers, follow their teachers on Twitter to get class assignments and collaborate via the school’s use of Google Docs. Additionally, Google Voice is used in world language classes to help students with pronunciation. Parents and students can also sync their calendars with their teachers so that class projects, assignments and field trips are automatically added to their personal calendars.

The school’s first ever App Night delved into the use of technology in the classroom to help with organization and productivity; world languages; social media; and basic skills and enrichment. Recommended apps for learning covered everything from global literacy apps to curriculum review tools and collaboration tools.

National Small Business Week
The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.
From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.

National Small Business Week

The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.

To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.

From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.


Over Half of American Adults Own Smartphones

In the U.S., 56 percent of adults are now smartphone owners, according to a study published Wednesday by Pew. This is the first time since Pew began tracking the numbers that the majority of the population owns a smartphone.
 
People of all ages appear to be snapping up smartphones. While young adults are the highest adopters with around 80 percent owning a smartphone, people 65 and older are also increasingly choosing smart over feature phones. According to Pew, 18 percent of people ages 65 and older own a smartphone — compared with 13 percent a year ago.
 
If you own a feature phone and are ready for an update, click through to Verizon Wireless to find the best smartphone for your needs: here. 

Over Half of American Adults Own Smartphones

In the U.S., 56 percent of adults are now smartphone owners, according to a study published Wednesday by Pew. This is the first time since Pew began tracking the numbers that the majority of the population owns a smartphone.

 

People of all ages appear to be snapping up smartphones. While young adults are the highest adopters with around 80 percent owning a smartphone, people 65 and older are also increasingly choosing smart over feature phones. According to Pew, 18 percent of people ages 65 and older own a smartphone — compared with 13 percent a year ago.

 

If you own a feature phone and are ready for an update, click through to Verizon Wireless to find the best smartphone for your needs: here. 

Infographic: Growing Up Digital
 When it comes to technology, you don’t stand a chance against your kids. Born into a digitalworld, tweens have unprecedented access to devices and gadgets. Half of 10-13-year-olds have their own cell phone, while 28 percent of all tweens own a tablet, up from 5 percent just two years ago. Technology isn’t just for staying in touch. For kids, technology is providing a gateway to mimic adult behaviors, like visiting YouTube (53 percent), DVRing (38 percent) and multitasking while watching TV (70 percent).  

Infographic: Growing Up Digital

 When it comes to technology, you don’t stand a chance against your kids. Born into a digitalworld, tweens have unprecedented access to devices and gadgets. Half of 10-13-year-olds have their own cell phone, while 28 percent of all tweens own a tablet, up from 5 percent just two years ago. Technology isn’t just for staying in touch. For kids, technology is providing a gateway to mimic adult behaviors, like visiting YouTube (53 percent), DVRing (38 percent) and multitasking while watching TV (70 percent).  

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season
After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season

After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.

First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.

Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. 

Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.

Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.

Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Video: Lending a Hand with Wireless Devices

 On April 25, Verizon Wireless made a significant donation of wireless devices and technology to The People’s Pantry, a food pantry and resource center in Toms River, NJ that has become a Hurricane Sandy resource center for community members looking for a helping hand. 

The ceremony was attended by nearly 60 community members, including Toms River Township Mayor, Thomas F. Kelaher, and volunteers from AmeriCorps and The Corporation for National and Community Service. See more at the video below

For information on the People’s Pantry or to donate, emaildonations@trschools.com