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Revolutionary Technologies of 2014-2015

February 27, 2015 in Alive Campus, Reviews, Tech

Every day we use technology to help us facilitate our daily tasks such as doing presentations, marketing, entertainment, and much more. We get the latest phones, computers, televisions, and tablets. Here are the latest technology devices that have been releases in the market from 2014 to 2015:

Revolutionary Technology!!

Revolutionary Technology!!

Google Glass: This device is a pair of glasses that lets you see the latest updates in the world, google maps, take photos and much more when you are on the go. This device, even though it is still in its early stage and haven not reach it’s full potential, it can be still considered a device that changed the way we experience the world. It will also change the future by changing the way we see things. What is better than taking the features of a smart phone and putting them in glasses that are easier to manage. Even though this is a great device for the future, it still has a downfall, people will get too distracted with these device that it will cause accidents just like the smartphones did when it started to get more popular. Let’s just see what and how this device will change the daily lives of millions of people in American and around the world. 

Logitech Type-S: This is a two in one device that has become popular in the last two years. Being able to have a table at one moment and after attaching the keyboard it becomes a laptop. It is a more convenient way to get both a table and a laptop when needed. The table is small, and so is the keyboard and it is not as heavy as a laptop, although some laptops are light weight. It makes people wonder, if devices like the logitech Type-S exist what will happen to laptops and table in the future? Will they still be as popular as they have been up until now?

Samsung Galaxy Gear: This device is a smart watch that came out in 2014 and has become extremely popular. Unlike the Google Glass, this device is more convenient because it is wore like a regular watch and it is not as distracting or noticeable as glasses. This device has features like a smart phone, like apps and updates, and it is another device that has the potential to change the world.

Google Driverless Car: This car, can change the way people in the world use cars. Having driverless cars is going to be revolutionary and will alter the lives of many people, especially those with physical disabilities. What is better than having the car drive itself? Nothing! If this car becomes the norm usage of transportation in the future, people would be totally control by technology and the reliance of technology will further increase.

There are many new technology devices that come out each year that are changing the lives of many people. Some devices are great, but others should make us question about how much we are relying on technology over the years and where do we cross the line of using technology as a tool to facilitate certain task and relying on them for our every daily tasks?

Websites for the College Student

December 26, 2014 in Alive Campus, Reviews

Websites for college students

Websites for college students

Now I’m not much of a technology wiz nor do I like being on the computer all that much. However, when I am on the computer these are the websites I like to visit on a daily basis.

My school e-mail: This is probably the website I am on the most. At my school it is a requirement to check your e-mail AT LEAST twice a day. Our e-mail is vital because we get important information in e-mails with regards to things going on at school. Also, e-mail is the way we communicate with our professors as well. This is the top website I visit because it is so important.

Facebook: This is probably the website I visit the most besides my e-mail. I check Facebook probably ten times a day or more. I like to see what my friends are up to and look at pictures. I also use Facebook messenger to talk to people a lot also. Facebook is a must for any college student because you can keep up with your friends and share anything you want with them.

Google: I absolutely love Google. I use Google all the time if ever I can’t think of something that I’m trying to remember. Google is a great resource for any college student because it allows you to have access to information with the simple press of a button. Use it wisely.

YouTube: Every college student loves YouTube. It’s the website we go to to waste time and watch cat videos and anything else funny. I use YouTube mostly to watch music videos because I’m not so much a fan of the cat videos. But YouTube is a great website for any college student to waste time on.

Pinterest: Pinterest is probably my YouTube, because I think I am on it more than I am on YouTube. This is also another website for college students to waste their time on (I know I have) but also find some really cool DIY projects. I love browsing this website and reading the quotes and looking at the pictures. You never know what you might find.

AliveCampus: And most importantly, AliveCampus. This website is a great place for information about college from college students around the U.S. It is chalked full of advice and stories from students who are actually experiencing it right now. I know I have read some great stories and had interesting conversations on the forum page as well. You never know what you might learn or if help someone.

Overall, these are the websites that I visit the most and even though there are not a lot, they are probably the most popular ones that college students use, and people in general for that matter. But despite the fact that I might not be up on pop culture like other students and have a long list of websites that I visit, nor spend a lot of time on the computer either, I know that these websites are great resources for college students and are all worth a visit (which I’m sure every college student already has).

Fun and Useful Websites

December 23, 2013 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Reviews

Websites are homes of the internet: mini-worlds form within a seemingly infinite space; people summarize a culture through a website others can visit to enjoy and learn a different aspect of life. Each website isn’t for everybody. These are a few recommendations that may suit you. There are a few websites I visit on a daily basis for play or work.

Bing is my go to search engine.  Bing is user friendly; a webpage ready to have multiple conversations by the images associating with the avenues to information about them. Binging provides so many different options for the Binger; news updates, rewards for searching, multiple topics of interest beyond their home page, and a chance for a user to receive various awards by exploring through Bing. Bing is my apple a day. If there is any doubt in my mind on a topic: I Bing it unless there’s a knowledgeable person around.

I own a PS3 but I haven’t been playing it since a few wires are at my friend’s house a good distance away from me. I like playing video games with others in the gaming community so I go on a website that has games functional with my laptop. Kongregate is gaming website with web browser games. They are not cheesy but above decent games by creative developers. I haven’t been through every game on the website but I do enjoy Tower Defense games like Incursion and Bloon Tower Defense. There is a community chat room for each game that is easily accessible if a player wants to have a dialogue with another player about anything.

Alive Campus is a great website for college students. It is constantly growing. The development is by the students and is an awesome work in progress. There is a lot of material to browse and is useful for the incoming college student. Every member is open to conversation and Radek Jankowski does well asking the right questions to provoke honest thought processes on subject matters relating to college life. Alive Campus is a great place to find college resources by way of the members and content.

WordPress.com receives a lot of visits from me because I use WordPress as my blogging platform. If I don’t make a few adjustments every so often to my writing then I will make no progress forward. I like to nitpick and find different ways to make a certain part of my writing better. WordPress provides so many tools to make a successful blog. They have various prices on their bundles but leave the individual the option to have a free website as well instead of a pricier plan.

I’m always taking a glance at my e-mail. I need to be sure my inbox is stable. I’m not sure who will be contacting me but I need to be sure it is not overfilling. I need to be able to go through the contents without clutter. Gmail.com is a frequent site I visit and even have e-mail notifications going to my phone.

These are a few of the websites I use frequently during the week. There are millions of websites on the internet. Which sites do you use?

-Kevin Dufresne

6 Ways College Students Use Technology

December 28, 2012 in Campus Life, Infographics, Tech

Technology use on American college campuses can be a great ally for education – but how big is its role in the learning process?

1. Preferred Learning Environment – Today’s generation of college students is super connected. Surprisingly, many students prefer a blended learning classroom environment rather than just a high tech program. 35% of students prefer seminars with some online component. 22% want classes that allow the student to the online components only as needed. Large lecture classes with some online components are favored by 16% of students. Seminars an other smaller classes with no online components are what 10% of students prefer. However, students agree that many improvements can still be made. Only 59% of students agree that technology is being used effectively in the classroom. 31% of students say instructors needs help to get the class technology functioning. 43% of students agree their institutions need more tech. 47% of students in college think technology makes their professors better at their job.

2. The Most Important Software & Applications – According to an Educase study, these are the most important tools that students claimed are “most valuable” for academic success. 76% of students use a word processor like MS Word. 66% claimed that email was very important. 47% said that presentation software like Powerpoint or Prezi was significantly important. 46% said a CMS helped in graduation rates. 45% of students said their library website was important to them. 38% of college students thought that MS Excel and related spreadsheet products were important. Ebooks were only 25% important even though students read lots of them. Web citation tools were 23% important. The use of wikipedia and related online encyclopedias clocked in at 22% relevance and online forums were online important to 16% of students as a learning tool. Devices that mattered most to students included the laptop, printer, USB thumb drive, desktop computer and smartphone. Most student own some or all of these devices.  Less used and less owned were eReaders, Tablets, iPads, media players and iPods.

3. How Often Technology is Used – Almost every student has access to technology on campus, but do most of them use it? Based on recent studies, over 70% of students use technology in some way, while only about 62% of faculty use technology. Students wish their instructors used technologies like email, CMS, ebooks, presentation software and online forums more often. Generally, students and professors who are involved in education use technology the most and college students and faculty involved in physical sciences appear to use technology the least.

4. Internet Access – Internet access has been called by many politicians as a basic human right in the 21st century, but not everyone uses it. 75% of college students say wi-fi access on their college campus helps them to get better grades. 90% of students believe wi-fi is essential to education as a classroom or computer. 60% of students said they wouldn’t attend a college that didn’t offer free wi-fi. Wi-fi should reach 99% of all college campuses by 2013.

5. Most Important Websites – The most important websites that students use are as follows: Google (36%), Wikipedia (11%), Blackboard (8%), Facebook (3%) and Yahoo (2%). Students claimed these websites were the ones they could not live without for the purpose of the survey.

6. Social Network Use for Education Purposes – When asked which software basics students felt were extremely valuable for academic success, some students said social networks. 86% of students use a social networking site. 12% use Facebook, 8% social studying sites, 4% Twitter, and 5% LinkedIn. 58% of students are comfortable communicating with other students about coursework over Facebook or other social networking sites, but they don’t think social networks are the most appropriate way to communicate with their instructors. Students prefer to contact their instructors via email. 15% of students wished their instructors would use Facebook more often.

How College Students Use Technology

How College Students Use Technology

College Search Trends

December 7, 2012 in Campus Life, Health, Infographics, Tech

Do you know what college students search for on Google? Search trends on Google reveal enlightening information about what students seek in their college experience. Partying is clearly a priority. Students care less about getting into college and mor about being able to party once they’re in. “Beer pong” is searched nearly 14 times more than “college admissions.” In fact, beer pong gets over 60,000 monthly searches while flip cup gets 5,400, keg stand also get 5,400 monthly searches and the phrase “we’re going streaking through the quad” even gets 140 monthly searches. The term “top party schools” receives 8,100 searches per month with Penn State, ASU and UCSB appearing as the top ranked party schools. The freshman fifteen is also a popular search term as students love to eat. “Campus food” gets 27,100 searches per month. “Dining hall” gets 1,900 monthly Google searches. “Campus delivery” gets only 480 and “chinese food college station” gets 210. The most googled college dining halls include, University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, University of California Los Angeles and Rutgers University. Search trends also reveal that students care less about how much college costs, but more about how they will be able to pay for it. “Student loans” has 246,000 monthly searches while “financial aid” has only 135,000 unique searches. “College scholarships” does particularly poorly with only 27,100 per month – about 1/10 of the traffic for student loans. “Academic probation” is also a term that is twice as likely to be searched for than “dean’s list.” Check out more about college search traffic in the infographic below:

College Search Trends

College Search Trends