Educational Technology Needs a Lesson Plan

I remember feeling very progressive when I purchased my daughter her first educational software, Reader Rabbit, in the early 1990s. Now a 22 year-old college graduate, she and many like her have never known a world without computers. Not only does she use an internet-enabled phone to constantly communicate, but her job as an emergency room nurse requires computer skills as well. So, needless to say, I am a strong proponent of using educational technology, both in the classroom and at home. Whether we like it or not – it’s a part of our daily lives now.

But that is only the first of a couple of reasons I support the use of technology with young children.

A second reason is that the use of educational technology in early education programs tends to level the educational playing field between those who have this access at home and those that do not. Being able to use computers and other technology at school can help all children develop the necessary life-skills needed in our technologically focused society.

Many experts recommend that all early childhood classrooms have an educational technology center that includes a computer, a printer, a digital camera, age-appropriate educational software, and access to the Internet. We would like to suggest that these centers also include a variety of educational DVDs and videos for those students who learn best with the added audio visual element that these mediums provide. Because children learn differently, at different rates, requiring different stimuli, when integrating technology into the lessons, it is important to plan to use all forms of technology – not just a few.

When creating such a technology center, here are some things to remember.

o Technology is not a replacement for the teacher. Technology elements, whether computers or educational DVDs and videos, are merely tools designed to help children learn. The teacher is still the guide.

o Consideration the applicable students’ age, developmental levels, and individual needs when selecting software, videos, and other technology.

o Don’t forget the parents. Collaborate with them and impart the importance of their involvement when their children are watching an educational television program or playing/working with computers.

o Monitor children’s use of all forms of technology that use earphones. Some research suggests that the volume at which children listen to the music can be extremely harmful.

In other words, what educational technology needs, to be properly integrated into the classroom is a good old-fashioned lesson plan.

Music Video Production Companies

Music video production companies are production companies that produce music videos. A music video is a video clip or a short film that gives a visual presentation of a song. Though music videos made specifically for television first appeared in the 1950s, the strong association between music and the video presentation of it started in the 1980s, with the launch of cable channels like MTV.

Apart from producing the video for music, music video production companies specialize in the writing of treatments for music videos, coverage of live shows, video editing, and developing video for the Internet. Music video production is a labor-intensive industry. As for any project, production of music videos begins with proper planning and design. Since there are many types of music videos, a decision has to be made regarding the type that suits the particular project. Based on the type of music video being developed, music video production companies decide on the film and video equipment that are needed for shooting the video.

The music video production association (MVPA) is the umbrella organization that brings together companies that are in the business of music video production. Together with providing a platform to share ideas and to educate its members on the latest happenings in the music video industry, MVPA tries to ensure that the member companies adhere to the highest professional production standards. The MVPA also facilitates discussion of matters of mutual concern among production companies, crews, suppliers, record companies, and any other party related to the music video industry. The MVPA Annual Awards are presented as a form of recognition to the technical and creative artists in the music video production industry.

Since 2000, the music video industry has been experiencing sinking levels of activity. With record labels experiencing declining profits, their investments into making music videos have also taken a hit. While a $500,000 music video for a band of average recognition was the norm earlier, currently such videos are budgeted at $200,000. This has adversely affected the music video production industry and the companies operating in this industry. Free online swapping of music and lax enforcement of intellectual property rights in developing countries have lately dulled the revenues for this industry.

Promotional USB Drives and Education – Did You Know There Are Multiple Streams to Explore?

As any student will tell you, promotional USB drives have become an essential part of a student’s supplies, right up there with a calculator, pens and paper.

And with good reason. They are inexpensive, highly portable and extremely powerful. They allow students and instructors to share a lot of information back and forth, reducing the need to put everything down on paper. This not only saves time, but natural resources.

They are also extremely versatile. For instance, colleges, universities and even private schools can use promotional USB drives for recruitment. They can hand them out or mail them to prospective students, pre-loading the school’s course catalog and enrollment forms onto it along with lavish video tours of the campus, classrooms and surrounding community.

Not only does the student receive a well conceived and superbly executed marketing pitch, but they can use the promotional USB drives to store their own files, music, videos and data, ensuring that they continue to see your branded promotional USB drives and messaging every time theyuse the devices you gave them.

Instructors love promotional USB drives, too. It makes it so easy to hand out lesson materials and upload and grade homework without even needing to waste a single piece of paper. School supplies are a big cost center, but promotional USB drives available for purchase through the school store can be used in every class. All the student’s homework and assignments are in a single place, ready to be completed and turned back to the instructor digitally.

Not only do they reduce the amount of paper required, but they can do something traditional paper-driven homework assignments can’t. Students can now hand in assignments that include video, slide shows, music, PowerPoint presentations and other interactive pieces. Try to do that with a piece of paper.

Of course, custom drives are also the perfect way to brand your educational institution. You can have your promotional USB drives produced in your school colors and add your school crest, logo or other marketing messages. Drive additional sales by creating promotional USB drives with the individual graduating classes on them, such as “Class of 2010″ or “Class of 2011″. You could even create promotional drives with different colors, one for each type of course – i.e., English, Science, Math, Art, etc. to increase sales. And, sincethe drives come in many sizes, you can sell drives at different price points, ensuring that every student can afford to have a drive. Add in the drives in custom shapes or with accessories such as key chain fobs and lanyards, and you have a real sales and branding machine all rolled into one.

Custom drives are the perfect school supply for students, faculty and administrators, allowing you to share information quickly, efficiently and affordably.