Get Better Grades Using Cellphones

In 2010 the Pew Research Center published that 75% of 12-17 year olds own a cell phone. This number has increased from 45% in 2004 and is most likely more than three-quarters of all students today.

Get Better Grades Using Cellphones

It will not be long until every high school student in America brings their phone with them to school. Naturally, with so many students having access to cell phones, it makes sense that cell phones can be used to help students get better grades in school.

As we continue into the 21st century it is important that we take advantage of the technology available to increase student achievement. Just as computers at school have evolved from a novelty to a necessity, cell phones are proving that they can have a positive impact on student achievement. I encourage you (or your student for all the parents reading this article) to educate the teachers at your school as to why using a cell phone to keep track of assignments is better than the old fashion way of writing them down in a notebook. In a short amount of time I suspect that bringing your phone to school will be as accepted as bringing a pencil.

When students walk into a classroom, they can look up on white board for announcements. They can view their upcoming homework assignments in addition to the dates of any upcoming tests or projects. As part of daily classroom routine, the teachers bring attention to these assignments during the beginning of class and remind my students to write their homework assignments in a planner or notebook.

Each day students are asked to write down their assignments. The teachers walk around the class and ask students to show me that it is written down. A common problem is that many students frequently forget or loose where they wrote down their homework by that evening. Sometimes poor organizational skills cause students to misplace where their assignments were written. For others students, they have a separate notebook for each class and write their homework assignments down in multiple locations.

A simple solution to this dilemma is for students to write their daily homework assignments into their phone. For a high school student, a phone is an essential possession that goes with them virtually everywhere. While a student may leave a textbook or spiral notebook in a class and forget about it, chances are they will not leave their phone.

If the student owns a Smartphone (iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, or Palm) then the sky is the limit as to how their phone can help keep track of all of their assignments. While the specific apps available are unique for each phone, all of them have a “To-Do List” app that is either free or very inexpensive. Awesome Note, Cozi, Evernote, and Lister have all received positive reviews. The key is to find one that is available for your phone that works well for you. Each day I write my “To-Do List” with Lister on my Blackberry and categorize my entries as near term, this week, or priority. Then throughout the day I refer to my list every time I use my phone to call, text, email, or even check Facebook. It keeps me focused and I add to the list or check items off as needed.

In addition to a student always having their phone with them, they are constantly using it. The Pew Research Center discovered through their study that texting the primary method for cell phone communication among teens. 88% of teen cell phone users text as a form of communication and 54% text daily. The typical high school (14-17 years) age texter usually sends and receives 60 text messages a day.

The technology is available now for students to use a standard notepad feature on their phone and type into a continually building list what their nightly homework assignment is in every class. If their phone has a calendar option, upcoming tests and projects can be typed in as well. With most phone calendars there is an option to set reminders about upcoming events. This is so powerful for a student to receive a reminder at 6:30 pm as a cue that they need to study for tomorrow’s math test.

If you have an iPhone, I definitely recommend you check out the app called myHomework. It allows you to set your class schedule, enter in homework and assignments, view upcoming assignments on the calendar function, and even displays reminders when you open up your phone. With new apps being constantly developed it is just a matter of time before multiple apps are available that specialize in organizing school assignments for all phones.

iPhone Tips: Preventing Dings and Scratches

Your iPhone is an investment, and you certainly would not want to ruin it by not maintaining it, or letting it get covered with scratches. Protect your iPhone with these tips, and you will be able to enjoy it for much longer!

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  1. Get an [easyazon_link identifier=”B00N1X5IBO” locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″]iPhone case[/easyazon_link]. There is a plethora of types of cases available for you to use to protect your iPhone. Some of them include flip cases, slip pouches, gel skins, rigid cases, weather resistant cases, and leather cases. You can get sports cases for when you don’t have a pocket or a free hand. Sports cases are armbands with an attached pocket or sleeve for your iPhone. If you are fashion conscious, you can even get Gucci and other designer iPhone cases. You can get cases that look like purses. iPhone cases come in every color imaginable. Some cases fit so tightly around your phone, leaving the screen open for you, that they look like the phone itself. So whatever your preference in a case, you can find one that you like, and it can keep your iPhone looking like new.
  2. Keep your iPhone away from things that can scratch it. If you are going to put it in your pocket or purse, don’t put it in the same place you keep your keys or your change, as either one is likely to scratch it.
  3. Another option for protecting your iPhone from dirt and scratches is an [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NXAAYKU” locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″]Air Jacket kit[/easyazon_link]. The air jacket is a thin layer of protection only 1 millimeter thick. It’s almost invisible, yet it still protects your phone. The air jacket gives you no protection for if you should drop your phone, but it will keep away the dirt, smudges, and scratches which ruin your iPhone’s finish. The kit comes with the air jacket, a thin crystal film, and an anti-glare film for the LCD.
  4. To keep dirt and smudges off the screen, get some [easyazon_link identifier=”B01415QHYW” locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″]screen protectors[/easyazon_link]. These bits of film adhere to your screen, usually by static, without obscuring your view. You use your iPhone screen like normal, right through the screen protector.
  5. Part of maintaining and protecting your iPhone is cleaning it. To clean it, first turn off your iPhone for safety, and then use the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EZGFQIQ” locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″]cleaning cloth[/easyazon_link] that came with it. If that is not available, you can use any soft, lint-free cloth. Get it slightly damp, but not wet. Do not use any cleaning solvents, alcohol, household cleaners, window cleaners or abrasives. Be sure you don’t get any moisture in any of the openings.

There are also things you can do to maintain your iPhone’s battery, and extend its life.

  • Lock your phone when you are not using it, and keep power-draining activities, such as gaming, to a reasonable level. Doing these things will keep your battery operating at an optimum level.
  • Keep your iPhone away from heat. Don’t leave it in a hot car, or anywhere else in the sun. Heat is the worst thing for your iPhone’s battery, and will ruin it faster than just about anything else.
  • Also, you should go through one charge cycle per month to keep the battery maintained. To do this, charge it up to 100% and then let the charge drain completely down to 0%.

A clean, well maintained iPhone will look good, and make you look good. It will work better with more efficiency. And it will be there to bring you ease, convenience, and fun entertainment for a long time to come. Enjoy!

Future of Wearable Technology

Ever wondered that our mobile phones may turn into earrings which serve the purpose of a phone receiver and a neck piece used as a speaker? Technology; a highly dynamic field is changing as we read this.

Future of Wearable Technology

The recent trend in technology is seen in the in gadgets which can be worn by us, hence the name wearable technology.

Unlike PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) which are hand held gadgets like mobile phones and cameras; wearable gadgets are attached to clothing and can be used as accessories or adornments. Though the advancement in this technology is relatively new, the concept has existed since decades. One of the earliest inventions in this department was the transition of a traditional pocket watch to a wrist watch in 1904 by Louis Cartier.

Latest technology devices

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Why Wearable computers?

Wearable technology is a field allowing users to use technology while on the go without interfering with the normal tasks.

The main aim of the device is to make it convenient to be used and handled with freedom to any movements and habits of the person.

With technology developing at high intensity the consumers are getting more demanding in terms of innovations. Hence companies are looking to fulfill these demands and bank on the success of their products in the market.

The industry is still growing and there is a huge scope for future research and endless opportunities.

Applications in industries:

In Military- Sensors placed inside the military suit will help in detection of the soldier’s location and the health and damage faced.

Education-

Devices like Autographer, Keygloves and Google glass are instrumental in the education industry in the teaching and learning process.

Fashion-

Designers are keen on creating a rage for wearable technology in the fashion industry by developing apparel with LED technology, accessories like SmartWatches and glasses to keep this as a trending subject.

Medical technology-

Latest innovations include headsets which measure brainwaves and wearable sensing devices to monitor personal health.

Sports-

Sportswear is being redefined with the invention of ‘Alert Shirts’ which have been designed to let us in on what the players feel, by transmitting signals through Bluetooth smartphone app. The recently concluded FIFA too, saw this phenomenon, where the referees wore ‘Goal Control’ SmartWatches which helped them determine if the ball crossed the goal line, by the use of high speed goal cameras at each goal post.

Curse or Blessing : Mobile Gadgets

Trendy and stylish cell phones have become a part of fashion nowadays. It has now become a multi-utility device, and not just remain a communication device.

Curse or Blessing : Mobile Gadgets

This electronic device has multiple uses and functions. It has become an important part and parcel of our life. Without cell phones, we usually feel incomplete.

Cellphone Pros:

  • This wireless device makes you inform the parents when you get late, informs your boss that you will be late as you stuck in the traffic jam, and so on.
  • Mobiles with cameras are used to take photos and making videos. You can also freeze your memorable moments.
  • Your voice can also be recorded in your mobiles.
  • It can be used for capturing and storing important information.
  • It can function as a radio. You can listen to music while driving and traveling.
  • Mobiles can replace watches to check the time and alarm clocks that wake you up.
  • You can download your favorite songs, wallpapers, ring tones, and movies in your mobiles.
  • If you lost the way, you can use your mobile and call for help.
  • It is a portable device, and you can carry it with you where you will go, so you attend all your important calls.
  • Mobiles also have calendars to check days and dates.
  • Use mobile phones in place of paper and pen. This saves paper, which in turn saves trees.
  • It is a great source of entertainment also. You can play games, listen to music, talk to your friends, send messages, and so on when you get bored.
  • It can be used as a torch when the light goes.
  • Mobiles having Internet facility reduces the workload of the business and office work as it makes you work anywhere and anytime.
  • Mobile phones having the facility of calculator help to do mental calculations.
  • Mobile phones are the most convenient and fastest means of communication. You can call anyone from anywhere and anytime.
  • Business deals can be done on a single call.

Cellphone Cons:

  • Excessive heating up of its battery results in cell phones blast. Though it occurs quite rare, but very fatal if it happens.
  • Mobile phones users also experience blackout, drowsiness, poor concentration and increased fatigability.
  • Don’t use mobile while driving, as it increases the risk of getting into car accidents. If it is urgent, stop your car and then attend your call.
  • Keep your mobiles away from your body.
  • Use of mobile phones by criminals to carry out their criminal activities increases the crime rate.
  • Use of cell phones is quite disturbing in silent and calm places like libraries, museums, movie halls, hospitals, etc.
  • Cameras mobiles can be misused to take illegal pictures and then displayed on the Internet. It can also be used for blackmailing, which in turn, can also ruin the personal life of that person.
  • Improper use of mobile phones sometimes creates a disturbance.
  • Keep your phones on switch off mode while studying as it distracts your attention.
  • Use of cell phones during examinations as a means of cheating by the students creates problems for them and it does spoil their future.
  • The emission of radiations from mobiles may prove detrimental to your health as it may cause a headache, earache and blurring vision. These harmful radiations destroy the cells located in the head and ear region that causes damages to the brain and nephrons in the head region.
  • This electronic gadget will prove a great helping hand in times of emergency.
  • Buy phones of modern digital standards (GSM-1800 and 3-G) as it produces less impact on a person.
  • Don’t keep your mobile in the front pocket when it is on vibrant mode. It may cause severe damage to the heart.
  • Ring tones should not be loud as it causes damage to your eardrums.
  • German researchers found that conversation that lasted for more than 30 minutes lead to the increase of blood pressure of 5-10 mm on mercury column.
  • Use a hands- free set to reduce the amount of radiation. It reduces the electronic field effect to 92%.
  • Avoid using mobile phone whenever possible.
  • Try to switch off your mobiles when you are in public places, religious places, attending a conferences or meetings.
  • Prolonged use of mobiles can cause hearing defects in the individual.
  • Your conversation over mobile phones should be concise and to the point. Longer the conversation is, the more its impact on a human’s health.

Creation of mobile phones is a great achievement of man. Man creates this electronic device for making our life more convenient and comfortable. It makes our lives easier. But unfortunately, many people are using it for wrong purposes. It proves a boon for us if it is used with great care and efficiency.

A Strategic Business Driver : Android Application Development

Android app development has been on rise since its inception. At present the market for Android apps development is growing at a steady rate and the apps developed are getting big applause from users across the world.

A Strategic Business Driver : Android Application Development

The beauty of Android based applications is that they are easy to handle.

Android has a huge collection of libraries that can be used to extend the capabilities of an application. Android Software Development Kit enables developers to create unique and interactive apps that are sure to enhance the utility of your device. Android OS gives users the complete freedom to portray their imagination which often results into development of innovative apps.

Android, an open source framework, popularly used to develop mobile applications is dominating the mobile application development market. The platform of Android Apps Development has opened up new possibilities for Android application developers, businesses and marketers. From creating eye-catchy games that are really seductive, that sell like hot cakes, to making applications that customers love to get their hands on and share with their near and dear ones, the options offered are almost infinite.

For a distinctive presence, an application that is both scalable and robust is needed and there are several firms who specializes in offering comprehensive Android application development services. Such companies have highly skilled developers who have worked for several industry verticals and are well aware of the framework. Hiring an experienced Android app developer who is technically sound and possess the requisite skills ensures that application developed is in the best interest for your business.

Being a businessmen it must be your dream to expand your business frontier and take it to a whole new level. Now, with the help of Android development, you can make your dream come true. Android boast an array of features that brings tangible and intangible benefits to ones business. If you are looking for new and more simplified ways to supervise, track data and reports, a custom Android app can make it happen for you. Android applications not only simplify your business operations but also helps you effectively manage the various aspects of your business. They act as a lucrative and powerful means of advertising and promoting your business to attract new customers, at the same time help you create brand awareness. In short, Android application development can leverage your business to the next level, expand your customer base and let you earn a good fortune.

Material of Cell Phone Cover : Tips & Guide

One of the wide ranges of mobile phone accessories is cell phone cover. It is very useful tool to protect the phone from various harmful effects i.e. scratches, dirt and abrasion.

Material of Cell Phone Cover : Tips & Guide

Moreover, it helps to carry the cell conveniently. However, make sure while buying a cover for your cell that it is compatible with the model, you own.

Cell phone covers are made of many different materials such as leather, hydrocarbon polymer, synthetic leather, plastic, fiber, rubber and much more. Some are better protectors while others are more helpful to carry the portable phone with ease. You can choose from a wide variety, from simple to stylish and fancy cases.

Different materials of cellular phone cases

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Hydrocarbon Polymer material is also used to make phone covers. These phone covers are more popular in women. They add the beauty to the cell phone and save it from various harmful influences.

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Besides the above-mentioned materials, phone covers are made from carbon fiber, rubber, fiberglass and much more. Different mobile covers have their specific features, but mostly they are made to give protection to the cell phone from dirt, dust, abrasion, bumps and moist.