Believe it or not, sometimes writing can lead to some procrastination. Even with a topic as lively as this. I just did a little procrastination. Just a little. Just a tiny bit, yet I somehow have Facebook open on my laptop, on my phone and there’s notifications coming in without me even doing anything.
This is how the Sliders idea will work. Technological blanket coverage.
It was outlined in the last blog post that this idea would work best if it was accessible through a range of devices and means, but today we are going to examining the actual technology that will be needed. We will also examine a way to get around internet outages.
In the last blog we put forward 3 ways that students would be able to access the technology; a phone/tablet app, an internet site and a computer software. This was proposed so that the technology was available for classes to make use of regardless of student device types and school technology supplies. This does mean that development of the idea would take longer as multiple instances of the technology would need to be created.
The first technology we’ll examine is the use of an internet site. This would be the easiest of the technologies to develop as it requires only the setup of an internet page and the tailoring of already used polling type devices already used on websites. This would be the first technology to be developed as it can be accessed on all devices that have access to the internet, negating problems with needing to have pre-installed software. It would be preferable to have other options though, as it would require more logging in and setting up time every lesson and would hinder the preferred speed of the idea.
The next piece of technology that would need to be developed is an ‘app,’ software that can be used on mobile phones and tablets. This technology would require more development than a website as to achieve the full spectrum of useability desired an app would need to be developed for apple devices, android devices and tablets. It would however mean that students, after downloading and signing into the program once to begin with, would have a quick way to enter their understanding. This technology is easy and quick to use, but would require with home brought devices or school supplied technology like tablets.
The final technology that should be developed is a computer software program. A program that can be pre-installed on school computers and devices that would allow students to have a little tab open on their screen at all times. They would need to log in once at the beginning of the lesson and from then they would have a small part of their screen dedicated to the sliders. This technology would again need to be applicable to both windows and apple, and would require some time to develop. It would also need to be pre-installed on school computers, but once installed it means that all students that have access to a computer would have access to the program, rather than needing to bring their own device.
The combination of these technologies should allow the greatest number of schools and students to have access to the idea, however all these ideas do rely on the internet. A proposal to counteract this may be the use of mobile devices as the preferred technology and making use of Bluetooth to register data rather than needing mobile service. This would alleviate issues with slow connections or internet drop outs.
The teacher end of the technology could echo the student end, with it being useable from a number of technologies depending on what is available in the room that they are in.
What do you think? Is making use of multiple technologies the way to go? Or should there be one option that is fine tuned to ensure the best performance?