Traditional expert driven learning is soon to become a dinosaur in the 21st century. The speed of information technologies and the amount of information available with just a few clicks has made students into teachers and teachers into students. In 1989 the future was multi media. Ten years later the web was the future. Today smart mobile can take the classroom to almost anyplace in the world. No longer does the world have to go to the classroom. If in 20 years, technology has changed the way we learn and how we learn, this much, it is not hard to imagine a future where the traditional ivy covered walls become more of a social experience than that of a learning experience. Some might argue they already have. No matter what, its that time of the year again. Back to school. An opportunity for a new “life adventure”, renew friendships, network and advance your education. To that end, if the following directory of “toys” and “tools” might be near the top of your to do list, read on!
We checked out some pretty neat stuff to help you make it through the school year, all with an element of new technology, some that embrace the web. So pick up Daddy Warbucks and lets go shopping. If you don’t know who Daddy Warbucks is, your first assignment is to Wiki him and find out.
How about a nice new laptop with lots of bells and whistles to start your school year? This 13 inch high end/low price marvel gets rave reviews for its combination of solid performance and superior construction. $800
At a little over 11 inches screen size this notebook offers a lot of “bang for the buck” including iCore processors, good sound quality, high end graphics and long life battery. $1200
HTC Evo 4G
For a couple of hundred dollars you can pocket Sprint’s best smartphone. Feature laden with 4G capability, this Android phone is easy to use and offers good performance. A GPS keeps you from getting lost while you find your way around your new city. $199
Altec Lansing Mix iMT800
Dorm rooms are small but your music doesn’t have to be. Plug your iPod into this multimedia boombox and impress your friends as you party on. $220
Canon EOS Rebel (big camera)
The T2i is a DSLR that offers good performance and ease of use for less than $1,000. You can even shoot video and make home movies. When your cell phone camera “just wont do”, the Canon T2i is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family back home and build a photo and video album of your school days. $850
Canon PowerShot SD780IS (little camera)
This very good pocket sized, full featured point and shoot sells for $180.
Klipsch Image S4 earphones
When your roomie wants to study and you want to listen to tunes, these earphones sound a whole lot better than their price tag of $80 suggests.
This tablet device is a synthesis of laptop and smartphone allowing users to view media, play games, research information with iBooks and Kindle apps, even watch movies and a whole lot more. $500-$700
For the architect, art, design and visual image crowd this 27inch screen and fast processor also boasts a mini port gateway to entertainment as well as functionality. $1500+
Laptop, smartphone, music components, camera and iPad, wish list items to make your school year even more memorable as well as help you learn. Hard to believe that just a few years ago some of this technology didn’t even exist. Imagine what the near future will bring to the way we learn.
What follows is a list of top 3 no cost websites that offer helpful information, methodology and an easy to follow cyber road map for your educational journey.
For keeping in touch, photosharing has become another web based social communications tool. Check out-
Photobucket, Flicker and Webshots.
Like photo sharing, video sharing allows users to upload and store video for all the world to see.
YouTube, Metacafe and Break are the top 3 video sites.
Like millions of other people, hang out in your choice of cyber café be it
Facebook, MySpace or Linkedin.
Clean out your closet and earn extra cash with
eBay, (14 million auctions happening at any moment) UBid and Webidz
10 sites Of Interest
Increased access to all visual information and read any pasted text.
2. www.answers.com A Q&A information site
3. www.wordweb.com Word definitions and synonyms
4. Corp.credoreference.com An on line reference/research service
5. www.studenttools.info A compendium of useful information especially relevant for students beginning post secondary education.
6. Www.ed.gov/ “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competiveness”
7. www.bls.gov/ A government data base published by the Department of Labor. A good resource for labor related statistics and more.
8. www.sec.gov/ Financial planning, saving and investing information.
9. www.softpedia.com/ An encyclopedia of free software downloads with some terrific programs for Mac and PC students at any level.
10. mashable.com/ A facebook free for all of good information.
There are thousands more information sites stored in the library called www. These few are tabled here just to pique your curiosity. After all an inquisitive mind is one of the very best educational tools available.