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Interactive Whiteboard: Future Of Classroom Learning

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Are Interactive Whiteboards really helpful in Classroom Education, Corporate Systems and Broadcasting Studios? A lot more questions are puzzling our minds. So, Let just try to find it out….

An interactive display which connects a computer to the projector is widely known as an interactive whiteboard (IWB). An interactive whiteboard is a combination of computer and projector where projector projects the desktop over the board’s surface where operator controls it by the help of pen, finger, or other device. This is just a kind of board which is required to be mounted over a wall or floor stand. It is widely used in classrooms for running software which is to be loaded onto the connected PC such as web browsers or proprietary software, capturing notes written on a graphic tablet connected to the whiteboard, OCR software to translate cursive writing on a graphics tablet into text, audience response system so that presenters can poll, conduct quizzes, capturing feedback onto the whiteboard.

According to market research by Futuresource Consultancy it was confirmed that interactive whiteboard industry was expected to reach sales of US$ 1 Billion worldwide by 2008 and By 2011, one of every seven classroom in world will feature interactive whiteboard.

This device is basically connected to a computer via USB or port cable or Bluetooth or even via 2.4 GHz wireless. Interactive whiteboard act as a Human Input Device (HID), like a mouse when it is to be attached to the computer. The video output is need to be connected to a digital projector so that images can appear over the whiteboard surface. Now the user can calibrates the whiteboard image via pointer and this is the device which is to be required for the activation of programs, buttons and menus from the whiteboard itself.

All over the Globe there are four common types of operations which used by the users. These are the operations which develops interaction between the user and the content projected on the whiteboard. These are an infrared scan technology, an electromagnetic pen, a resistive touch-based board, a portable ultrasonic pen, and wiimote.

Today, interactive whiteboards are replacing the traditional whiteboards or flipcharts or even media systems. The software supplied with the interactive whiteboard will usually allow the teacher to keep notes and annotations as an electronic file for later distribution either on paper or through a number of electronic formats. Many companies and projects now focus on creating supplemental instructional materials specifically designed for interactive whiteboards. Electrokite out of Boston, MA, for example, will have the first complete curriculum for schools and districts.

But, According to Larry Cuban, education professor emeritus at Stanford University, “There is hardly any research that will show clearly that any interactive whiteboards will improve academic achievement.

Today also interactive whiteboards are still a question mark. Undoubtedly, they are helpful but not everywhere and needs to be discussed some more.

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Is Java a Prerequisite for Learning Android

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Until recently, there was never a question that Java was a necessary prerequisite to learning Android. Java was, of course, the language that Android apps were written in; if you wanted to write any sort of meaningful app, Java was your only course of action. There wasn’t even an NDK!

Lately, however, that perception has been changing. With the release of Google’s App Inventor, some have been questioning whether or not Java is necessarily a prerequisite for learning Android.

That’s a horribly ill-conceived notion, but the short answer is: Yes, Java is still completely necessary for learning Android.

First off, let me say this: I do not, in any way, want to denigrate Google’s App Inventor. Bringing the power to create applications through a WYSIWYG editor online is a fantastic way to bring app development to people who don’t have the time or inclination to pick up a new programming language and framework, especially if they have never done any programming before. Google has reported that some very impressive apps have been created solely through the App Inventor, and it’s great that ordinary users without advanced technical knowledge have a tool to give their ideas life, bringing them to the Android community.

That said, however, it’s a fact that the App Inventor is limited. While powerful, it has limited access to web APIs, for example, meaning that any API you wish to use to communicate with data online must first be wrapped in an App Inventor-compliant API before you’ll be able to use it in App Inventor. Likewise, it has other limitations concerning the phone, data on the phone, and other systems and APIs that a regular Android application can handle with ease. The most irritating of all, of course, is its inability to be put on the Android market; though there exist several versions of workarounds to solve this, that simple fact may make the App Inventor’s use limited for a vast majority of the people looking to develop anything for Android.

Which brings us to our main point: You need to learn Java to do anything truly complex and meaningful on Android. While App Inventor may be a fun and useful tool, it’s simply not sufficient for the level of complexity and depth that enterprise developers need on their phones; you need to be able to program in Java to write professional, capable apps. Though Android is not Java, Java is the language that its apps are written in, and thus a language you’re going to need to learn.

Michael Dorf teaches a Java for Android course at LearnComputer! (learncomputer.com), which offers instructor-led local, online and onsite Android training for companies and public. Enroll in the Java for Android course today and get ready to start learning Android in just 2 days!

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Learning To Meditate – A Simple Yet Powerful Meditation Exercise

Life these days is very demanding and stressful. If you are like most people, you are working hard to survive and still you feel unhappy, like you don’t have enough time to get everything done, thus your life becomes stressful. Stress makes you tired and causes frustration and unhappiness. It can even affect your health. The solution comes from the spiritual world and is called meditation. A few minutes of meditation every day can drive stress away and boost your self-esteem. It can also give you a feeling of completion and fulfillment.

In this article I will give you a simple yet powerful meditation exercise in a step-by-step manner so as to understand it and apply it. Perform the exercise for 10-15 minutes a day and you will definitely find some inner peace and balance. You will also understand your own mind better. The exercise can be performed by any logical person who seeks the truth. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Stop Distractions.
You will need to be alone in a quiet, private place. It is important to stop all distractions and make your mind clearer and more lucid. To accomplish this sit in a comfortable position (try the classic cross-legged posture, it works wonders for most people). The key is to keep your back straight. Close your eyes for a while and start breathing. Breath naturally through your nostrils. Don’t attempt to control your breath, just try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as you inhale and exhale.

Step 2: Keep the feeling
Concentrate on this breathing sensation as much as you can. Try not to think of anything else. If you are inexperienced this will not be easy at first but the more you do it, the better you become at it! You will encounter dozens of different thoughts that aim to distract you. Don’t be tempted. Stay focused on the sensation of your breath. When you discover that your mind is following thoughts of distraction, immediately return it to the breath. Practice that as much as you can. Finally, the distracting thoughts will subside and you will encounter a feeling of peace and relaxation. Try to keep that feeling for as long as possible.

When you are done, feel refreshed and ready to face the challenges of life. Do this at least 10-15 minutes a day and notice your progress every time. Gradually, your mind will become more lucid and spacious. You will be able to reduce stress and solve your usual every day problems and issues. Other people will feel the change inside you and will start to interact better. This way your relationships will improve. This simple yet powerful meditation exercise can also do miracles in your love life especially if it is performed by both you and your soulmate.

Tips: If you want to add more magic to the meditation process you can use a candle and an incense stick. Carefully light the candle and the incense stick before you start the exercise and extinguish them when you are done. You can look at the flame of the candle while trying to send distractive thoughts away. The incense stick will fill your space with countless spirits and entities.

Bella Romero is a well known metaphysical practitioner with over 20 years of experience in divination, spiritual healing and self growth. Visit her website and learn about the Protection Shield. A powerful, ancient invention which was discovered only recently and it is believed to lead to riches, honor and fulfillment.

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Learning the Benefits of Meditation For Pregnancy and Childbirth

Meditation is great for overall well being but can also be specifically targeted to help with individual life circumstances. I will explain how meditation can help you get through childbirth and your first few months as a mom.

Using meditation during pregnancy can be an important part of your daily regimen because it helps to reduce the stress you go through. When you are pregnant, any stress that you are already dealing with seems to become magnified. Here is a meditation that can help you with this:

1. Sit down in a chair and put your feet up on an ottoman or a stack of pillows. Just about anything will work to put your feet on just be sure that you are very comfortable. Put your hands on your stomach, take deep breaths and relax. Each time you inhale imagine love flowing into your lungs, blood and baby. Each time you exhale imagine your baby’s love flowing back out to you.

2. Rub your hands over your stomach and each time you exhale, go mmm, be sure that it is both soft and has a vibration to it. The sound should vibrate throughout your body and be a sound of love that your baby can feel. obviously, your baby cannot understand language but it will be able to feel this expression of your love. Continue with this, inhaling love to your baby and exhaling your baby’s love into the air that surrounds you.

3. Perform this meditation daily.

Childbirth is a great time to introduce meditation because it will help you deal with the pain of labor. The single most important thing you must do while in labor is retain mindfulness. You have to remain totally aware through the entire experience so you can remember every single detail. That way you can tell your child all about it, someday! Make sure that you stay aware of every feeling, no matter how painful it is.

This will help to alleviate the pain whether or not you choose to use painkillers. Be sure that you are taking deep breaths and staying as relaxed as possible.

When you see the baby for the first time make sure that you are 100% awake and aware of every detail. If you are emotional there is a much bigger chance that you will remember everything and it will be a wonderful story to tell your kid all about!

Some studies show that stress will make a pregnancy more difficult, but the single biggest factor is attitude. Women who had to work during the latter part of their pregnancy are at a higher risk of having babies early and with low birth weight. This is likely due to the fact that they were dealing with the extra stress at work when they would rather be at home.

Dee Braun, a single mom of 6, is a Certified Aromatherapist and natural health practitioner. Click now to visit Remedies4.com at http://www.Remedies4.com/ – a large directory full of free natural health ebooks covering common ailments, illnesses, health conditions and natural healing techniques.

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