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Uber, Airbnb, and GE Digital all serve as prime examples that the highly touted digital transformation is no longer a trend, it’s a growing reality for tech-based startups as well as traditional mainstream enterprises. Understandably, this evolution is completely changing how organizations operate – specifically how they collect and leverage data.

As vision shifts to reality, organizations need to focus on not only empowering the customer through data-laden environments – they also need to step up how they enable their entire workforce to make the most of today’s powerful mobile technologies.

This ongoing digital transformation is fueling the fire to rapidly evolve enterprise mobility management (EMM). EMM is no longer about the solution, service, or even the device. Instead, next-gen EMM is about providing users with a highly secure digital workspace that’s capable of truly empowering rather than restricting user productivity.

EMM enables IT teams to facilitate and secure the entire spectrum of devices, apps, data, as well as the browsing experience. This all starts with ensuring that users have the access they need to do their jobs. At the same time EMM should ease the burden on IT as it tries to manage mobile infrastructure at every level, whether that’s industry-specific compliance concerns or adhering to company policies.

In an increasingly complex mobile environment, simplicity remains an important goal to keep users happy and productive. For instance, VMware’s AirWatch utilizes a categorized app catalog that allows users to access recommended apps for their specific industry or use case. In addition, the AirWatch Content Locker app lets users securely access documents and files from corporate repositories and clouds but also enables full document editing capabilities on the go.

Looking forward, EMM will continue to increase in importance as organizations enter into the Internet of Things (IoT) realm. After all, IoT is ushering in an expansive array of new endpoints connected to the enterprise network. EMM will need to evolve to ensure that all of these new device types – some of which may not even exist today – are not only connecting but doing so securely.

The growing need to empower users in no way lets IT off the hook when it comes to security. There’s a constant need for balance; a properly deployed EMM platform must enable users with enough access to corporate resources to get their work done, while protecting corporate data and respecting end-user privacy.

The best EMM offerings include robust identity management tools with single sign-on capabilities to create the digital workspace where all the user’s apps all come together on a user’s smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device. When coupled with simplified onboarding, a few quick steps serve as a gateway to populate the device with everything the user expects and needs to be productive.

Galaxy s5  The upcoming Android Smartphone from Samsung. Most Samsung fanBoys are already looking Galaxy S5 Release Date & Specification including me, for enhancing new experience and Unique Identity  in the Smartphone world Samsung is working Hard .According to the rumors,this Smartphone will be released Q2 of 2014 . Often we could expect a lot of  new features in  Galaxy s5.  Google Released an Android Update Version 4.3 through their new 7 inch Nexus Tablet.  This is a very early stage to discuss about galaxy s5 . There are a lot of tech sites are posting their dreams about Galaxy s5 . In this post I am not going to predict any features from my dream , This post is about  a possible update we can expect in galaxy s5 from a normal user point of view .

Samsung Galaxy series is Extermily Popular now so we cannot expect a radical change . That means samsung will continue their design style and Skin features (TouchWiz UI) until their  popularity Graph goes down . We Know Samsung makes their first success with Hardware Specs Bump  when comparing to other similar Smartphones  .After that they added Many software features . Many people dislike samsung because of cheap design , so we can expect a metal body ?  Galaxy s4 is a Best phone but still there are  room for Improvements What are they ? What we can Expect ? From SAMSUNG in Next Galaxy Superphone “The GALAXY S5“.

Galaxy S5 Release Date & Specification New features !

 

Samsung Galaxy s 5  Design Improvements.

After using plastic as casing for so many of its devices, South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly planning to use metal for the next model of the Galaxy S5. The basis of the speculation is a Samsung patent filed in Seoul in 2011 and registered in the U.S. In 2012. According to Patent Bolt, the upcoming S5 would have a sharply angled metal case.

 

HTC ONE and other popular android phones have a better build Quality and Unibody Construction so we can expect a metal case  . But one of the important selling points of the Samsung is Removable Battery and Expandable storage . So I would expect this Two features  in All Future Galaxy Smartphones Until Battery and storage Get Virtually UNLIMITED .

Or Somthing Like This ?

 

Samsung Galaxy s 5 Processor

In Galaxy s5  We can Expect a new processor  Exynos 5 Octa (5420) With ARM Mali-T6xx GPU and a 4GB RAM. New Samsung Exynos 5 Octa  Will have 20% more CPU power, twice the graphic capabilities .

 

 

Galaxy S4 has been a future proof  Smartphone with more than enough resources . Android Applications currently on  Google Play Can Utilize this wonderful hardware ? That is a big Question All the time .

Samsung Galaxy s 5 Camera 

Galzxys4 camera is good enough but has poor low light performance so samsung will upgrade it to the Ultrapixel camera like HTC or a better camera with decent Low light performance . Also we can expect some GALAXY camera added  software features . Still Galaxy camera is an  in industry leader software features .

 

So we can expect a 16 Mega Pixel Updated camera .

Galaxy S5 Display (Green LED?)

Samsung is an industry leader in IPS panel and OLED technology , They already invented foldable screens and Ultra Low Power consuming Display with improved viewing angle and Brightness .

 

I think there is no Foldable screen , but an Improved Screen that consume low power will be there for Galaxy s5.

 

Other Improvements

In general we can expect 32GB as base model , Improved TouchWiz , More ” S ” software features , Better battery, Improved front facing camera , more gimmicky software and sensor features, Latest Android OS With Samsung Touch Wiz .

Dual SD-Card slots ? Probably Not there will be a 128 GB version with SD card slot .

The samsung galaxy s5 maybe the next overhyped tech of 2014 . Over expectations actually kill the product . Don’t forget to Like our Page on Facebook , Follow us on  Twitter and subscribe to our feeds .

Dear Preschool Teacher

It is not the easiest thing to send your little ones off to school be it preschool or school aged, but sending off your child who is learning to communicate, play and be a member of a school community can be even more difficult. This mom shares her heartfelt request for those who will care for and educate her daughter.  It is a great message not just for preschool teachers but for teachers of all students who may struggle with keeping up with their peers.

Everyone needs a voice

Not everyone has the ability to use spoken words to communicate with the world around them, which means it is important to find a way for them to communicate.  Dillian is an example of just that.  Dillan’s Voice and Dillan’s Path, share a glimpse of the journey a young man with autism takes to finding his words and voice to communicate with others.

 

 

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Turning your laptop screen into a touchscreen with AirBar

AirBar brings the capabilities of a touchscreen to your laptop. No tools or software are required, just a simple USB plugin provides you with the ability pinch, swipe, zoom, tap and draw using your finger, a stylus or even a paintbrush.  Presently AirBar works on computers with Windows 7, 8, or 10 or a Chromebook. Just plug it in and create an interactive screen.

 

Turn on the closed captioning to boost literacy skills

Closed captioning was initially created to provide access to video recordings and television programing for individuals with hearing impairments. However, turning on the closed captions has been found to support literacy skills for struggling readers. The use of closed captions has lead to improved foundational reading skills including, phonics, word recognition, vocabulary and fluency. The use of closed captions increases access to print and provides another way of presenting print. Listen to the research and turn on the captions to boost reading skills for all students to improve their speed and fluency. When using captions students are more engaged and increase retention of information because they are actively participating in the learning process.  Students are more focused on the information that they are recieving visually and auditorially especially when provided with high interest material.

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Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost – Education Week

Captioning to Support Literacy | Reading Rockets

Using song lyrics to improve fluency

 

Reading fluency is the ability to read text quickly and accurately with expression and comprehension.  Reading fluently involves a reader’s ability to use multiple skills simultaneously. As a reader reads a text it is important that he/she is able to decode and comprehend  individual words, complete phrases and sentences that he/she encounters. When the reader has to stop at each word and spend time trying to pronounce it or determine its meaning it impacts their overall understanding of what they are reading.

Using song lyrics can help build fluency skills through repeated reading of familiar text that has a rhythm to it. Using song lyrics can be a motivating activity for reluctant readers who are struggling with reading fluency. Incorporating familiar or popular song lyrics can also help provide a confidence boost as they are reading what their peers are reading.

Read on to see how some teachers are using song lyrics to help build fluency skills with their students.

Reading Sage: Songs and Lyrics for Intermediate Students

Use Popular Music to Improve Reading and Inspire Writing

Using Music to Improve Reading: Close Up and Fluent!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher: Fluency Through Music

 

 

 

Virtual Hope Box for relaxation and stress relief

With end of the school year quickly advancing schedules will be changing for many of our students. For some testing schedules interrupt the daily norm and summer vacation leads to a change in routines. For some a conversation to prime them of the changes or a change schedule card can help alleviate the stress and anxiety related to these changes while others may need something more. Virtual Hope Box, by National Center for Telehealth & Technology, is a smartphone App that contains simple tools that can be individualized to promote coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking. Virtual Hope Box stores a variety of multimedia content specific to meeting the supportive needs of an individual. Some examples of things that might be added are family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, music they find especially soothing, reminders of
previous successes, positive life experiences or other special interest materials. Virtual Hope Box provides options for positive activity planning, distraction tools, and interactive relaxation exercises, controlled breathing and muscle relaxation to help promote self-regulation. The App is free and can be used on an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

 

Plan it, do it, check it off

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When we think about Apps often the first thing that comes to mind is related to what games a person might have on their tablet or phone.  Apps however can be so much more than game based for individuals with disabilities. How often do you create a list before going to run an errand or write a to do list to insure you accomplish everything you need to get done in a day? For individuals with disabilities apps can provide access to technology to create supports to help them move towards being more independent. Plan it, do it, check it off is one such App.

Plan it, do it, check itoff  is an iPhone and iPad app that allows the user to build step-by-step photo and audio picture prompt sequences.

 

The individual using this app is provided with real photos to create a customized “To do”. The app contains a 26 page picture bank, with real picture images, that illustrate events but also allows the user to import their own photos and customize the text. As the individual completes an activity or task they tap the picture to place a check mark on the picture or play a prerecorded message to prompt  them. Another feature is the ability to create self-talk videos that can provide needed directions without having to be prompted by others. Plan it, do it, check it off is available for $4.99 in the iTunes App store.

 

Where can you use a QR code?

Using QR codes may seem like something of the past for some but it is an easy way to adapt activities.  QR codes are a wonderful tool that can be used across curriculum areas when preteaching concepts, providing opportunities to review material, build independence in accessing information and increasing student knowledge.  How might you use QR codes? How might QR codes work when setting up stations, creating scavenger hunts, making anchor charts, creating homework or assigning oral presentations?

Having access to a smart phone, tablet or iPad makes it easy to set up activities however you can also use your computer. If you have a computer with a webcam you can use a Google App such as ScanQR to allow your students to scan QR codes. Think about the possibilities of how you might use QR codes with your students.

Here are a few links to get you started:

QR Codes for the Whole Year http://teachjunkie.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Fun Ways to Use QR Codes for Teaching and Learning                                           http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/12/25-ways-to-use-qr-codes-for-teaching-learning/

 

Create an Interactive Art Show  http://msedtechie.blogspot.com/2013/04/interactive-art-show-w-qr-codes.html

 

 

 

 

Out of my Mind

Out of My Mind  by Sharon M. Draper, is an inspiring novel full of heartache and hope. Meet a girl whose voice you’ll never, ever forget. Eleven year old Melody, a brilliant young lady with a photographic memory, is considered by many to be mentally retarded because all her thoughts are trapped inside her own head. This impatient fifth-grader however refuses to let her cerebral palsy define her. Read how a someone who can’t talk, walk or write overcomes these challenges to prove that she is one of the smartest kids in the school. Follow her on her journey to find her voice with the help of those who believed in her. This engaging young adult novel includes guiding questions making it a great tool for starting con.

The app for the ride-share service ReachNow allows customers to summon cars or find them where they are parked on the street. CreditSasha Maslov for The New York Times

SEATTLE — On a recent overcast afternoon in this city’s Belltown neighborhood, a driver pulled up in a gleaming new BMW X1 sport utility vehicle just a few minutes after a few swipes of a smartphone app had summoned it.

This was not a car dispatched by Uber or Lyft, the two tech companies that are the Coke and Pepsi of ride-sharing services. Instead, the vehicle belonged to the company that made it, BMW Group, through a service it owns called ReachNow.

The ride-sharing service represents the latest effort by a car manufacturer to get a grip on the technological trends that could disrupt their businesses by making vehicle ownership — and eventually even drivers — unnecessary. BMW and Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, are two of the most aggressive carmakers building their own “mobility services” to prevent Silicon Valley’s upstarts from keeping all the spoils themselves.

For both, a major focus has been building short-term rental services; customers drive themselves. On Thursday, ReachNow branched out to ride-sharing (in which drivers pick up passengers) by expanding a small private test of the service in Seattle to all of the service’s members in the city.

Both Daimler and BMW said their current mobility services were helping them with know-how, including valuable data about customer patterns, to prepare them for a future when their cars drive themselves. When a customer can hail a fully autonomous vehicle through an app (which could take a decade or two), they say the distinction between the two mobility services will go away.

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“When you have autonomous driving, car-sharing and ride-sharing will become absolutely the same,” said Bernhard Blättel, vice president for BMW i Mobility Services, which includes its ReachNow service.

Daimler beat its luxury auto rival to the car-sharing market in 2008 with its Car2Go service in Germany. Now it has more than 2.4 million members in 26 cities across nine countries, with more than 800,000 members in North America. While it started with two-seater vehicles from Daimler’s Smart division, the service now lets customers rent the company’s more luxurious Mercedes GLA and CLA models.

Car2Go is a twist on traditional car-rental services: It allows members to hop into vehicles for a quick trip to a grocery store or a concert; they pay for use of the car by the minute (hourly and daily rates are available, too).

What’s more convenient is that customers can return the cars by parking them on the streets; a Car2Go smartphone app locates the cars for pickup. The company has parking arrangements with cities so customers don’t have to feed meters.

BMW began its first car-sharing service, DriveNow, in Europe in 2011 in a joint venture with the rental car company Sixt; it now has about 875,000 members for the service. Last year it established ReachNow, its North American car-sharing service, as a wholly owned subsidiary based in Seattle. Now about 50,000 members in that city; Portland, Ore.; and Brooklyn can rent various models from BMW’s Mini brand, along with other BMW models.

Last year, General Motors formed a car-sharing service called Maven after the company acquired the assets of the start-up Sidecar. Earlier this year, GM introduced a related service, Maven Gig, that lets drivers for Lyft, Uber and ride-sharing services rent Chevy Bolts.

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Steve Banfield is the chief executive of ReachNow, the car-sharing service owned by BMW.CreditSasha Maslov for The New York Times

Including Daimler, BMW and services from other companies, there were over 1.9 million car-sharing members in North America, more than double the number five years ago, according to estimates by Susan Shaheen and Adam Cohen, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last year, U.C. Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, which Ms. Shaheen co-directs, published results of a three-year study of nearly 10,000 Car2Go members in five North American cities. It found that the car-sharing service reduced private vehicle ownership and miles traveled in cars in those cities; this, in turn, reduced greenhouse gas emissions. From 2 to 5 percent of the Car2Go members sold a vehicle, and an additional 7 to 10 percent did not acquire one because of the service.

While their core businesses remain making and selling vehicles, car manufacturers are feverishly experimenting with new services that get people using their products in an age when car ownership is no longer as appealing as it once was.

“If they stay away from those trends and don’t insert themselves into this evolving ecosystem of mobility services, there’s a risk they get left behind,” Ms. Shaheen said.

While manufacturers are starting their car-sharing services long in advance of the availability of fully autonomous vehicles, much of what they are doing today is a prelude to such vehicles’ arrival. “We gain valuable experience and knowledge when it comes to aspects that will be relevant in a robotic vehicle scenario,” said Joerg Lamparter, head of Daimler Mobility Services.

That includes knowing how to operate a fleet of vehicles in a city, keeping them clean and running smoothly and ensuring that the cars are fueled or charged up. Data helps them understand how to rebalance the location of vehicles to meet anticipated demand from customers.

Today, the car-sharing services have to send an employee out to move vehicles to more optimal pickup locations. In the future, the cars will do that themselves. But a thicket of technological, safety and policy issues will have to be ironed out first.

BMW has announced it is working with Intel to start production of self-driving cars by 2021. Daimler has announced a partnership to bring self-driving cars to Uber’s service.

While ReachNow’s new ride-sharing service in Seattle may seem like a detour from its start in car-sharing, it’s just another way for BMW to get more use from the growing number of cars it is putting on roads in the city.

Since December, ReachNow has been privately testing its service, with about 2,000 members. It has about 80 drivers, who work for an independent company. For now, ReachNow will only pick up ride-sharing customers in the central areas of the city, though they will take customers to any neighborhood and the airport.

Steve Banfield, the chief executive of ReachNow, said in an interview at the company’s headquarters that the company was seeking to give people a variety of options for getting around a city. “Sometimes they want to be driven,” he said. “Sometimes they want to drive. Sometimes they want to take a car for several days, sometimes for 10 minutes.”

“By creating a set of services that blend these use cases, it enables us to learn how people want to move in and around a city,” Mr. Banfield said. “It really gets us a lot closer to the consumer in terms of their mobility needs going forward.”

It’s Not About “More” Anymore

For the majority of this project, we have been fixated on use rate. After all, it’s easy to track and is a very clear measurement of success: just how many people use this thing? With soft launch, we saw about 1% use rate and we automatically focused on the need to increase that. We felt that we were offering such a great experience, that all we had to do was figure out the right way to explain it to people and they would naturally want to use it. We’ve spent almost two years working on increasing that use rate. During that time, engagement via ASK has only improved. Our average number of exchanges between user and ASK team increased from 11.9 to 14. Our app store reviews continued to be stellar with users remarking on how helpful the team was (often citing the team member by name), how much their conversation opened their eyes or changed their experience in a personal way. This reaction only fueled our desire to get ASK in more people’s hands. Surely more people want to use it!

Five star app reviews fueled our increased use rate desire. With all these great reviews, surely more visitors would use the app.

Five star app reviews fueled our increased use rate desire. With all these great reviews, surely more visitors would use the app.

Turns out, not that many more people are using it. After a great deal of testingand improved marketing efforts with insights from an outside evaluator, we have managed to double our use rate from 1% to just over 2% pretty consistently. That’s with a lot of effort on our part: incentives and contestsstaff hired specifically to promote the app, and marketing materials including palm cards and object labels. When the stars align and our team is really on fire, we’ve seen over 3%, but that is likely the best we are going to get with what we’ve got. And you know what? Maybe that’s OK.

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching about this project, about what success should look like, and about the original goals for ASK. And to me, the raw numbers are becoming less important. We created ASK in order to facilitate engagement with art. Do I wish more people used it? Sure. But those that do get something really special out of it. That might just be enough. Interestingly, when you compare ASK to other engagement strategies we’ve offered in the past, it fits within a norm. For example, our audio guides (offered until 2012) and our In Conversation kiosks also netted about 2% use rate.

So where do we go from here?

It’s time to shift our focus away from “more” and towards one of the most unique aspects of ASK: the data. We have over 11,000 chats just waiting to be examined. We have metrics not only on app use, but also most-asked-about artworks, information related to where and how many places people ask us questions, and more. We can determine the kinds of questions people have about works of art, how they think about or look at artworks, how they experience the museum, and more. All of this data would be of interest to researchers of all kinds: educators, art historians, and technologists. It’s certainly of interest to us.

The ASK dashboard tracks certain metrics already, but we have yet to delve into the 11,000+ chats we’ve had with users.

That is where we are headed. ASK is no longer about “more,” but instead about identifying the unique insights we can gain about how visitors view and understand works of art. As Shelley stated in an early post about measuring success: “Three components help us determine the health of the ASK: engagement goals, use rates, and (eventually) institutional knowledge gained from the incoming data.” We’ve nailed the engagement goals. Use rate is the best we can get with the tools at our disposal. It’s time to shift to the final measurement: institutional knowledge.

The next step is to reach out to our colleagues across various departments—curatorial, education, visitor services—and determine what questions they have. We’ll then add those to our list of questions and begin to narrow down a research focus. As we delve into the data, we will be sharing insights along with way. I can’t wait to see what we learn.

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