Online Technology Offers New Online Learning Opportunities

Online technology, especially with internet enhancement, enables the world to be connected. Border and geography are no more an issue in the online world because everyone from anywhere can meet together at a place called the internet. The enhancement of online technology shortens the distance between people all around the world and at the same time it creates new form of online learning opportunities.

It does not like the old day when people only learned at physical schools that had fixed schedules. With the enhancement of online technology, education can be done online. Online education has been introduced for decades. In the earlier stage of introduction, online education has faced a lot of technology limitation that slowed its growth, but following the enhancement of online technology for broadband internet connection, it has taken a big step to grow as one of the preferred education options for students to pursue their degrees.

Online technology also makes possible for learning and working to be done simultaneous, instead of asynchronously. In the old day, working individuals who were thinking of earning a career related degree had to quit their job or taking unpaid leave if they want to study full-time. Or, they need to scarify their family time to take the evening classes on a related degree program. Both options need you to scarify either your current job or your family time. But, online education enables you to perform both work and study at the same time. With a proper time management, you can keep your current job and carrying out family obligations while getting a degree online. Online technology has created a new learning opportunity for working individuals, encouraging more and more adult learners who have entered workplaces for years to go back to school and learning at virtual world from anywhere and at any time.

In the old day, you might have to go to library or bookstores to find references for knowledge when you need it. You have to go through page by page to find the required information that might take up a lot of your time. With online technology, new learning opportunity can be reached at a finger tip. The internet is full of knowledge and information that cover almost anything on the earth and out of planet. There are zillions of pages, but you can find the required information easily with the search features available with some simple mouse clicks.

New learning opportunities brought by online technology not only benefit students and working individuals, but also stay-at-home moms. With online technology, full-time moms now can learn new knowledge and improve themselves with the necessary knowledge to stay at the edge of the modern world. They can even learn how to earn an income online with home-based businesses and generate an income stream to support their family.

The Camera and the Influence of Digital Technology

In the study of the camera, digital technology influence comes from a variety of different sources to give rise to modern digital photographic capabilities. Some of these technologies are then advanced in special niches to create new advances in science. One of the best examples of this exchange of digital technology is the CCD or Charge-coupled device. This is the digital technology breakthrough that made the digital camera possible.

When light strikes the CCD surface, it frees electrons to move around and those electrons accumulate in capacitors. Those electrons are “counted” at regular intervals by a circuit which dumps the electrons from each point on the CCD surface. When all of these measurements are combined, a picture can be instantly reproduced as a “virtual mosaic” of the individual point measurements. This is the picture we see. The more points of measurement found on the CCD, the higher the “resolution” of the resulting picture.

When building a highly specialized camera, digital technology such as this opens new doors which are not possible with film based technology.

In dentistry, an X-ray machine can be converted to a digital camera with a CCD which is sensitive to the photons that make up the X-ray spectrum. Instead of imprinting an image of X-ray on film, developing the film and finally reviewing the tiny film image, modern X-ray cameras can instantly display an X-ray image on a computer screen as the CCD processes the array of photon measurements. This not only saves time, but also produces no waste in the form of exposed film and development chemicals. So with this frequently used, specialized camera, digital technology creates improvements in a dentist’s practice and protects the environment.

Another specialized camera that benefits from digital technology is the telescope. Traditional cameras, mounted to telescopes collect points of light and expose the film. This can provide more sensitivity than the human eye to faint points of light, but brighter points of light can also obscure fainter ones by “washing out” the image. With the application of digital technology the film camera is replaced by a digital camera using a CCD. The CCD can continue to receive and measure photons indefinitely. This means the process is a continuous measurement in contrast to the more simple exposure of a piece of film. Computers can then electronically filter out brighter sources of light making possible the detection of very faint points of light in the sky and even the study of celestial objects by the detection of the shadows they cast instead of the light they give off. By comparing the light collected over time, digital technology also allows this digital camera to detect distant objects by inferring their presence.

New Technology Lets You Track Your Children With Gps

We live in a new world, where children are in danger from Internet predators and parents harbor real concerns for their children’s welfare every time they let them go. We live in a time when Global Positioning systems are being used to help locate and track children and keep them safe. With the growing popularity of this new technology, parents can keep an eye on their children from afar via satellites originally deployed by the government for security uses. GPS systems are so good that they can literally find the exact location of a person carrying a locater chip. They can locate that person down to within a few feet.

Parents can now buy and outfit their children with GPS technology, which allows them to monitor movement and get their location should a parent become concerned. The safety advantages this offers are impressive, and with more and more predators on the news; parents are embracing this technology as an answer to their concerns for the well being of their children. The technology is, as a result, becoming more a part of the “mainstream”, and its availability and price decrease have become an inevitable fact of life.

There are a variety of systems offered, all of which hold some potential benefit for users. Simple wristwatch versions, for instance, are relatively unobtrusive and are convenient for a child to wear at any time. These wrist units, however, may be at a greater risk of being lost or simply forgotten, particularly by children not already accustomed to wearing a watch daily.

Cell phones are another GPS chip repository. These units are very popular with children and are less likely to be lost or forgotten at home. As a result, many parents are giving their children cell phones, which serve a dual purpose – allows the parent to call the child, and allows a child to be tracked.

At least one manufacturer offers GPS tracking systems via a chip housed in a plastic sleeve that fits around the cell phone. The cell phone solution is ideal for certain ages of children. For instance, in very young children, it would make no sense. In this instance, other options need to be explored.

As a result, one manufacturer has begun producing bags, backpacks, and book bags that have GPS technology. Children naturally carry these things, so there is no confusion or chance for the child to lose it. They are extremely well suited to younger children, while the cell phone makes more sense for the older child who may not need to carry a book bag everywhere.

Other tools include a simple necklace that features the GPS chip as something of a charm, and other options. Even more GPS child tracking tools are certain to be released in the near future, as the field will undoubtedly continue to experience rapid and significant growth. This growth in the availability of products is a boon to parents, as they will be able to seek out tools that truly meet the unique needs of their particular child or children.

Any type of GPS tool will be effective when tracking and locating a child. One of the more important considerations when choosing a GPS device is its reliability and effectiveness. Price is also a consideration; however, when it comes to locating a child, most parents are willing to spend a lot to alleviate anxiety and stress.

Good performance levels should be established for the product, and it is very necessary to choose a device that matches the child in question. You cannot track a child who will not wear or will lose the device. Therefore, you need to take into account the lifestyle of the child when choosing the tracking device.

Gen Y Forces Retailers to Keep Up With Technology, New Stuff

The next time you see a member of Generation Y, show some appreciation.

In Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail, Kit Yarrow and Jayne O’Donnell say today’s teens, tweens and twentysomethings “were the least likely to cut back spending after the onset of the 2008 recession.”

What’s more, Yarrow (a consumer researcher and chair of the Golden Gate University psychology department) and O’Donnell (USA TODAY’s retail reporter) say the 84 million Generation Yers born from 1978 through 2000 are so influential they’ve changed shopping for all consumers. They call Gen Y “the taste-makers, influencers, and most enthusiastic buyers of today,” who will become “the mature, high-income purchasers of the future.”

Because of Gen Y, we have:

• More creative, technically advanced websites (50% of retailers redesigned their sites last year).

• A wide availability of online customer reviews (Gen Y writes half of them).

• A faster stream of product introductions (Gen Y gets bored fast).

• Bigger, more comfortable dressing rooms (Gen Yers like to bring in friends to review outfits).

Generalizing about any group this size is risky. And making broad declarations about this generation is especially dicey, because they pride themselves on being unique. Some Gen Yers loathe brands that others in their cohort love. Some prefer thrift-store finds to name brands. But the authors have done their homework. They surveyed 2,000 Americans, conducted 11 focus groups, interviewed hundreds of Gen Yers, spoke with retail executives and spent lots of time in malls.

They found that Gen Y not only decides what they’ll wear but often what their parents and grandparents will wear. The authors cite a Denver high school senior who persuaded her 70-year-old grandmother to get Uggs and her 93-year-old great-grandmother to shop at Chico’s while teaching her 50-year-old mother to text pictures so they could “keep each other in the retail loop.”

Says General Motors’ sales and marketing chief Mark LaNeve, “Younger people teach us what’s cool.” One of the book’s most intriguing findings is the “gaplet” between Gen Yers over 20 and under 20, which makes it hard for retailers to aim messages at the entire group.

Many older Gen Y members grew up without iPods or computers in their bedrooms and shopped within limits as teenagers. By contrast, most of today’s teens have cellphones (what the authors call “their third hand”) and high-speed Internet connections. The word “recession” isn’t in their vocabulary.

“My younger sister is way more into stuff than I was,” says Regina, 25, of San Francisco. “She not only wants more, she’s so much more particular about what she wants. I see young kids with $300 jeans and Coach bags.”

Recent sales figures, however, suggest that even Gen Y is feeling the economic pinch. Sales for four of the five favorite tween girl brands (Abercrombie, American Eagle, Hollister and Target) fell in August vs. a year ago. Only Aeropostale saw sales rise. Analysts attribute that bump to the chain lowering prices. The authors say Aeropostale’s success is partly due to having dressing rooms in the center of stores, letting Gen Y customers be the center of attention. To paraphrase Freud, what does Gen Y want? The authors say:

• Websites with free overnight or second-day shipping.

• Brands that resonate with them, through hip celebrities or causes.