Given where we live in Wisconsin, this looked like a great option for us, who don’t have a cell phone currently. Lower costs, good coverage and what appear to be good phones to select, it all seems to be a great fit.
According to this map from the Project Fi site, we have coverage. The green shaded area shows coverage.
Then proceeding to get signed up for the Project Fi service I get this screen.
My question becomes, which is it Google? I understand this is your service and you get to set the qualifications for said service. However, you show me that your service coverage is available in my area, and yet when I attempt so sign up, nope, no service for me.
Now we continue to seek a quality cell phone service.
Sure Happy It’s Thursday.
Where has the year gone? Yes it’s September and that means fall is in the air. Ok, not so much fall here as humid and foggy.
This morning’s breaking news is coming from the NFL about the reversal of the DeflateGate, and now Tom Brady gets to play at the start of the season. Thank goodness this has been resolved and the entire minutia matter can disappear.
The other news matter that continues to drone on is Hilary and the continuing saga of her email. I can only think that all news outlets are milking this for all its worth to have daily content. The bottom line of this issue is that Hillary Clinton is in direct violation of 18 USC 793, the Espionage Act. That being said, where is the Grand Jury and or the Department of Justice, to begin prosecution? How long will the American public continue to let this travesty go on?
Baseball season is nearly over and seeing as we’re in the northlands this seems much more like football and hockey country. It will be interesting to see what sort of hockey games we’ll get on the cable here.
Being in the central time zone also gets a different perspective on any sporting events. I’m sure we’ll get all of the Packer games and likely the Vikings as well as both cities are within four hours of us.
This day three of this and I’m working to push through some writers block. There are plenty of other thoughts and ideas roaming around in my head and they are not in any sort of alignment to be able to be put to keyboard and out in the blog. I guess I can continue with the stream of random thoughts and observations and then there are the commentary on current events and such. We shall see.
I’m looking into Google Analytics and how that can assist the blog and get things moving. This is a completely new area for me so bear with me as I try new things out. I’m posting sometimes to both the wordpress site and the mobile Winksite, and we’ll see what sort of overall response comes out of that.
Something interesting in the technology area: Canon printers have a known issue with not printing black ink after a period of time. There are years of posts in a google search regarding this issue and from what I can see, Canon hasn’t bothered to fix the issue. Rather they’ve and some others have posted a fix which involves replacing the print head for your particular machine. Now, were I so inclined and had the free time to embark on just such a task, sure no problem. Given the current state of the economy of printers from any of the big box electronic stores or on line, I’m better off finding a new printer. Also, I’m not sure just how old this printer in the office is, and I’m sure that I can find a fully functional feature rich one that will suite me and the office just fine.
I had a wonderful opportunity to once again have an hour of great conversation with my friend and political pundit Willie Lawson last night. While it’s always stimulating conversation, I did the entire hour from my phone while often walking around the community. Mobile connectivity is great.
Innovations in education have always been a little stagnant, ans while we see new inventions and developments in all other fields, educational innovations are very less. People have always stuck with the known, tried, tested and traditional methods in case of education. Recently, we’ve seen a boom in this field too. More and more people are now paying attention to the almost obsolete methods of teaching and striving to make some development in the educational system.
Google is known for innovations in almost every area they could get their hands onto, and it is soon to launch its flagship product ‘Google Glass’. And the tech-savvies say, it’s going to revolutionize the current educational trends. How? Let’s read.
Google Glass is touted as the next big thing in portable technology. Poised as an eyewear and doing a plethora of things which don’t require any taps or navigation, it responds instead to voice commands, taking pictures with a wink, taking commands for search, share content, video recording, detect objects in front of you and look up related information like directions or maps. Etc. The possibilities are endless though among all the possible consumers of Google Glass, the device has the potential to bring exciting new possibilities to teachers and students alike.
Admit it, Google’s Search is phenomenal. And the Glass will allow the student/teacher to stay connected to an interactive environment featuring online tools all the time. This could pave way to a leap into the future of educational system. Teachers as well as students can refer to topics related to their studies on the go. No fiddling through phones in the middle of the lecture; all you have to do is speak and voila…your search is done!
Students can record their lectures in real-time for future reference. The time saved on scribbling notes could be remarkable.
Google Glass could help students to create visually-rich projects and presentations. Students can shoot relevant videos and images with a wink. The same can be integrated onto their presentations via Google docs.
Learning new languages and speaking them could be done on the go with Glass coupled with Google’s own Google Translator. Google Glass would be able to present text based translations in real-time.
Teachers could use Google glass coupled with facial recognition to take attendance and could be used to generate Student Information System. Just by looking at the student you will get access to his/her student records with details of academic and non-academic performance, attendance etc… Creating students reports, schedules and class timings for students is only the tip of the iceberg.
Distance learning could be made a lot easier than before with Google Glass. Webinars and such can be streamed directly onto your Glass than your Smartphone or laptop so that its easy to be accessed anywhere, anytime.
The Glass could be used to set timetables for students along with information regarding the halls where classes will be held with details on professors to take the classes.
Google Glass in Education: The other side
While all this could be a boon in the education system, there are some cons of having Google Glasses at Schools/Colleges.
You must keep in mind that electronic devices are still prohibited for students in most schools; though, this is changing very fast. Students could misuse the Glass in a lecture in ways unimaginable. The distractions a Smartphone causes in a classroom are well known, students wearing Google Glass will bring about a whole new level of the same.
There are many restaurants and business concerns already banning the use of Google Glasses as well as apps like Instagram. This could also happen to Google Glass, being banned at all major concerns/colleges/universities.
Not to mention a certain invasion of privacy.
Like with any electronic device, prolonged usage of Google Glass can cause health issues mainly damaging eyesight.
Lastly, too much use of social media and on the go availability may harm your personal life.
Cheating in exams using Google Glass! Only time will tell how Google Glass will stand out from the tech-crowd. As previously mentioned, the possibilities are endless given the increasing number of third party developers working on Google Glass SDK, to make it a lot more than what it seems to be. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and just wait and see what marvels Google Glass holds for the future of education.
The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives. There has been much hand wringing and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the announcement by Google this past week over the death of Google Reader.
While I can’t vouch for any of the 10 Google Reader Alternatives, mentioned below, I can recommend one RSS News reader that I’ve been using since shortly after it began. NetNewsWire was introduced in July of 2002, and I’ve been using it ever since. The best thing I like about the application is it’s interface with another of the company products MarsEdit. In fact I’m using both application is the creation of this blog post. Being a longtime user I can highly recommend the application should you be seeking an alternative to Google Reader.
As a business resource, Slideshare stands pretty much head and shoulders above most other content platforms.
From presentations to educational content and more, you can find information and curated media on pretty much any topic you have an interest in.
As a research solution, Slideshare offers analysis from some of the smartest minds on the web across all verticals. These include standard presentations, videos, multimedia and more.
Which brings us to this week’s Sunday Share.
Every week, I’ll be sharing a presentation that catches my eye and where I feel you might be interested in the information inside. These will range from business to content to social media to marketing and more.