Friday, September 30, 2011

A Reflection to: Three Technologies to Watch By Tim Bajarin


As I read the Three Technologies to Watch, I was imagining the fun and excitement; inhaling the air of pleasure. The inventions amazed me, especially when I recall the history of computers. Bill Gates said that “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”... He helped me to understand more the essence of technology in a business, and media can be the den of every businessman together with our rapid technology development. Suddenly, something reminds me the Law of Motion that in every action, there is an equal opposite reaction, exhaling the air of nervousness. I think, there are inventions made out of discontentment, dissatisfaction not as a necessity. Then eventually we will forget the gap between what we need, and what we want. I think, I am not in the position to ask for no more development.

1. Kinect – describe by Tim like if you're playing a soccer game, instead of using a game controller or wand, you just use your foot to kick the ball. This technology uses special sensors to pick up all of the body's movements and links them to the motion response in the game. It degrades the enjoyment of outdoor sports, which is more effective than cyber sports. Do we really need to have this recreation than flying a kite, go picnic outside and jellyfishing?

2. Augmented Reality/ Mediated Reality - Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world. He describe it like pointing your iPad at the night sky, and using the iPad's navigation chip and gyroscope, it finds the actual stars and constellations in the sky above you. Why do I need such object to determine the constellation, I will missed the pleasure of pointing the stars, contemplating with princess of the night and poem writing with the moon. Besides, It keeps our memory in stain.

Apple Ipad/Mcbook Air -

• Pros Exquisitely thin. Lightest in its class. Full size keyboard. Sharp, vibrant 11.6-inch widescreen. SSD is durable and quick. Good graphics chip included.

• Cons No SD Card slot. No Ethernet. Sluggish compared with its peers.
Unimpressive battery life.

Ipad is for angry birds.

Computer Literacy for Elementary Students


Children should not be behind the development of technology. "The Master Plan for Basic Education (1996-2005) has the mandate of modernizing education. The programme is being pursued through the introduction of modern instructional materials––such as computers and Internet, videos, well equipped science laboratories and machine shops as well as libraries - DepEd”. Education is a fundamental human right; every child is entitled to it.
It is good to know that our government is not isolating our children to our technological development. Considering it was funded by our government, and supervised by DepEd, 74% of Filipino schoolchildren surveyed nationwide are computer literate with access to the internet (UNICEF-AIJC).

The government did their part, and it is beyond on their reach to monitor the attitude of student towards technology. Some are reported that this step draws an incredible exposure of our youngster to our valued technology, but on the other hand there are drawbacks when these children are overexposed to the said technology. Some are getting dependent into it; they consider it as if a part of their childhood. Instead of physical activity outdoor, they prefer to stay at home and sit to play online games or visiting their social networking sites.

These technologies can feed information; generate ideas to the extent of childhood development, but there are  factors to be considered that they must thought also the appropriate usage and function, Information technology ethics and the supervision of their parents/teachers. Elementary pupils aged 7-10 years old are still vulnerable or might exposed to pornography, gambling and addiction if not monitored.