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Would You Purchase a Smart Watch?

Would You Purchase a Smart Watch? | Technology in the United States and Canada | Scoop.it
There seems to be a new hot product being touted.  The likes of Google, Apple and Samsung are all vying to be the first to hit the market with a ‘ (Would You Purchase a Smart Watch?
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Corin McKinstrey's comment, October 2, 2013 2:21 PM
I think that this invention would be really cool. I personally wouldn't buy one because I would prefer to have a phone. Watches can get in the way of things. I also don't understand how you to make and receive calls without having to hold up your wrist to your ear. Also you would only have one hand to text with. I think that it would be a cool invention and I definitely think that there is a market for it.
Iloria Phoenix's comment, October 2, 2013 10:19 PM
I think that this invention could really aid the working class were you can not always have a cell phone or computer at hand but need to send messages. even though it is cool and could be very useful, I don't think it would attract many students because it is in a way equilvelent to a cellphone except you can wear it on your wrist. Also it probably would not be allowed to wear in school. The watch from afar if a person was receiving a call might be awkward at first because it would look like someone is speaking to nothing. Over all I think it is a good technological advance and it could end up aiding our society.
Remington Schroder's comment, October 3, 2013 9:34 PM
No because its just another apple product to carry around and make you look fancy. You can pull out your iphone and check the time.
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It's Not How Much Screen Time Kids Have, But How They Use It - Huffington Post Canada

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It's Not How Much Screen Time Kids Have, But How They Use It
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Sure, the video games may have helped with some hand-eye coordination, but the technology was still nascent. ...
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Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:20 AM
This article was an interesting one. I would think that articles about kids and screen time that the article would talk about how much screen time they have but this article talked about how they use their screen time. The article talked some about video games and how these affected kids. Video games have a lot of violence and when they see that they could bring that into the real world. The article also talked about other technology is affecting kids today. The article talked about how technology can be educational and used for educational purposes which I think is good but at the same time technology can be bad.
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | Technology in the United States and Canada | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2014 2:49 AM

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:38 AM

I definitely see the need to "better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use."

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:46 PM

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Walt Mossberg’s 22-year mission to make computers easier to use

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"Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn't your fault," is how Walt Mossberg began his first column for the Wall Street Journal on October 17, 1991.
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Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:38 AM
This article was a very interesting one. It told you the story of Walt Mossberg and how he had a tech column in a newspaper and a website. It talked about how those things were ending but he was still going to go on a do some other things with his columns. This article was interesting because it started to talk about technology and how it has increased through the years, and how computing has become easier.
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How Today's Computers Weaken Our Brain - New Yorker (blog)

How Today's Computers Weaken Our Brain - New Yorker (blog) | Technology in the United States and Canada | Scoop.it

On the one hand, today’s computers feature programming and writing tools more powerful than anything available in the twentieth century. But, in a different way, each of these tasks would be much harder: on a modern machine, each man would face a more challenging battle with distraction. Kafka might start writing his book and then, like most lawyers, realize he’d better check e-mail; so much for “Das Urteil.” Kerouac might get caught in his Twitter feed, or start blogging about his road trip. Wozniak might have corrected an erroneous Wikipedia entry in the midst of working on Breakout, and wrecked the collaboration that later became Apple.


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Sarah Peterson's comment, September 27, 2013 9:52 AM
This was a different article that I have read from all the other ones. I read about what we could do about upgrading computers. It also talked about how to multitask correctly and problems with multitasking. It talked about how it is easy to become distracted and what happens when people get tired, etc. The article talked about how problems with people some including technology and how we can fix them. I think this is good because some people are really addicted to technology and some of these problems in the article and people need to learn how to stop doing these things.
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Study: 21 percent of Americans use cell phones to video chat - Daily Caller

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Study: 21 percent of Americans use cell phones to video chat
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A decent number of Americans are using their cell phones to make video calls, according to the results of a new study. 21 percent of U.S.
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Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:24 AM
This article surprised me. I know 21% isn't a huge number but I would never think that, that percent of Americans would be video chatting on their phones. I know that a lot of people use Skype on their computer and such but I wouldn't think that they would use it on their phones. I can see how technology is improving and more and more people have smartphones and only smartphones so I can see how that percent of Americans are video chatting on their phones.
Seth Meinders's comment, October 1, 2013 9:33 AM
21% is a big number . I don't quite understand why people would video chat on there phones. Today it seems like people are texting more than anything. A lot of kids/adults have smartphones or tablets today but not everyone has a computer.
Diana Romero's comment, October 3, 2013 9:40 PM
I enjoy this article. My brother lives in Germany and we mostly contact each other through video calling. I understand video chatting over phone is used further than a computer because you can take it with you anywhere and connect with anyone anytime.
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Apple's Patented Technology Would Make iPhone Virtually ...

Apple's Patented Technology Would Make iPhone Virtually ... | Technology in the United States and Canada | Scoop.it
Now that we know all about the latest generation of iPhone(s), it's time to start guessing what Apple's going to do next. This is a time when true fanboys dive into Apple's growing library of patents for clues.
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Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:31 AM
This article talked about how Apple is trying to create an unbreakable iPhone. I think this is a great idea because so many people break or crack their phones and it would such a relief knowing that you have a phone that won't break at all. Apple has made some very high tech things like introducing the new iPhone 5S with a home button that will know your fingerprint to unlock it but if they release something like this that would be a pretty cool idea.
Iloria Phoenix's comment, October 2, 2013 10:27 PM
I think that creating an unbreakable phone is very fascinating because so many new technologies in the past have a tendency to break and not last longer than a few years. This creation if it is good enough might allow us to keep our phones just as long as we keep cars. the only factor that might hold back this tne unbreakable cell phone might be the cost. Other than the cost to manufac\ture and buy the phone I thin it will bring much interest and sell well.
Remington Schroder's comment, October 3, 2013 9:35 PM
Apple is just going to be continusous because they are so popular.
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Obama administration calls on FCC to enforce free phone unlocking ...

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At the Obama administration's direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has petitioned the FCC with suggested rules to formalize not only the legality of...
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Sarah Peterson's comment, October 1, 2013 9:33 AM
I didn't enjoy this article that much, it had good information but I don't believe in what the article is talking about. The Obama Administration wants there to be free phone unlocking. This would allow you to go to a phone carrier and they would have to unlock the phone for free. I don't agree with this because someone could steal your phone and just go to the phone carrier and have them unlock it, then they could get all your information from your phone and steal it. This article was short and to the point but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other articles I have read.
Judith Steele's comment, October 1, 2013 8:47 PM
I agree -- we definitely do not need more monitoring
Diana Romero's comment, October 3, 2013 9:38 PM
I concur that it can isn't a good idea to be able unlock any phone. I conceive that there is probably a security code or question to answer before getting the phone unlocked, but if broken into, then it could be dangerous because most people don't sign out of their systems and could have banking or social medias up for someone to steal.