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TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Notebook -
A small laptop computer.

Laptop

Cyberbullying -
Cyberbullying is a new and growing form of bullying that has emerged with the advent of technology. It involves the sending of offensive, humiliating, or threatening messages or images through a computer or cell phone.


Netbook -
Netbooks are small portable computing devices that are great for surfing the Web and checking e-mail. What differentiates a netbook from a notebook is its physical size and computing power.
Sexting -
Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos through mobile phones. It is illegal to send or even be in the possession of nude photos of minors. Teenagers have been prosecuted for sexting.


Tablet -
A small computer that has a touch screen as well as wireless capability.

Tablet

iPad -
A touch screen computer made by Apple. These can be purchased as Wifi or 3G capable. Music and apps can be purchased and loaded using iTunes.

iPad


Wifi -
Wifi is the technology that allows a computing device to wirelessly connect to the internet via a signal being given out by a router at a certain location.
iPod Touch -
In the simplest terms, an iPod Touch is an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls. The iTouch is a mini-computer equipped with wifi capabilities. Music and apps can be added using iTunes.

iPod Touch



3G and 4G -
These are short for 3rd and 4th Generation cellular standards. It refers to the transmission rate for both speech and data established by carriers through interconnecting cellular towers. 3G and 4G items can be cell phones or other computing devices.
iPod -
iPods are the iGeneration's walkman. Music can be loaded onto the iPod. It does not have other computer capabilities.


Apps -
Short for applications, apps are software that can be downloaded to any electronic device. The term is most often referring to apps that are purchased for cell phones, iPods or iPads.

Apps

eReader -
These allow for books to be loaded and read. Most brands can hold up to 500 books. Examples of products currently on the market are Kindle, Nook, and Sony.

eReader



Video Conferencing -
By using video conferencing equipment, students can take a field trip without ever leaving their classroom. Some examples of conferences that have taken place in Lake Orion are: Cranbrook's Bat House, NASA, a live autopsy, Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, and many other classroom to classroom experiences.
Moodle -
Moodle is an online environment set up by teachers where they can post assignments, have students take quizzes, participate in online discussions and much more.
Moodle


Interactive Whiteboard -
These are whiteboards that are also touch screens. They allow teachers to create lessons that are interactive so that students can actively participate in their own learning.

Interactive Whiteboard

Google Apps -
The education version that Lake Orion is utilizing allows students to save their documents, PowerPoints, and spreadsheets on the internet so that they can access them from anywhere at anytime. They can also collaborate with their peers and their teachers by sharing their work. This allows Lake Orion to become a more paperless educational environment.


Student Response Systems or "Clickers" -
These are hand-held devices that allow students to answer questions or participate in other classroom activities. "Clickers" provide teachers and students with immediate feedback which allows them to know how much learning has occurred. The teacher can then deliver his/her instruction accordingly.
RSS RSS Feeds -
Really Simple Syndication - This allows users who utilize a feed reader such as Google Reader or Bloglines to receive updates without having to return to the original blog website.

RESOURCES

Common Sense Media - Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and their families by providing trustworthy information and and education and an independent voice.

OnGuard Online - A resource published and maintained by the Federal Government. The main site has tips for adults on guarding against internet fraud and safeguarding your computer and personal information. Clicking on the Net Cetera link will give you information on how to talk to your children about being safe online.

eHow - Computers - These are videos to show you how to do a variety of tasks relating to the computer. Some examples of topics are: how to connect your Netbook to the Internet, how to create a calendar in Google Docs, and how to set parental controls on your child's iPhone or computer.

How-To Geek - This website includes tutorials and "How To" guides for Windows and Linux computers