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Norwich University – Master of Arts in History Online

Today’s students are profoundly different than those of twenty years ago. These students come to class equipped with powerful technology. As personal devices become increasingly accessible, they begin to impact students’ educational experiences and expectations. As a result, BYOD (“bring your own device”) policies have become common in the higher education classroom.

Top Hat is a mobile student engagement system that allows students to use their personal devices to interact with course material. Instructors are able to harnesses the multi-functional and robust features of mobile devices to enhance the learning experience for students of this generation. The lecture transforms from passive to active.

Top Hat can be used to conduct assessments, collect feedback, administer quizzes and more. Results are aggregated and displayed in realtime while synchronously updated in individual student gradebooks. Its design is simple and intuitive for students and professors. Beyond these fundamental student response features, Top Hat is the most versatile solution on the market — instructors can create 6 different question types, students can initiate questions, and either can launch long-form discussions that continue beyond the classroom. In addition, it has unique features, such as a “tournament” module that allows students to go head-to-head in a fun competition to demonstrate their knowledge.

Top Hat is a tool for 21st century educators and students. In addition, they have recently published a few ebooks on The Modern Student and The Modern Classroom. Browse their resources page to learn more about opportunities to learn more about their mission and their product here: www.tophat.com/modern-educator-resources.

The Next Billion Internet Users: What Will They Look Like?

I love  infographics in general.  I learned much from this one!

Attribution: InternetServiceProviders.org

The Next Billion Internet Users: What Will They Look Like?

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Samsung’s current move on the market is more aligned with producing devices that are well-designed to look fancy on any user’s hand. It usually comes with large and powerful screen as well as cameras that mimics the DSLR features. However, we were surprised when they finally introduced a phone that can withstand drops and water splashes – introducing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. It’s a rugged phone that can be submerged into deep water and can take drops and bumps that common smartphones cannot take. In June, we witnessed the launch of this device in the United States and rumors have it that it will be available to Verizon Wireless  sometime this year. Below, we’ll have a look at this one of a kind piece of gadget from the Korean mobile manufacturer.

IP certified

Sources claimed that the S4 Active is IP67 certified, which means that it passed the standards for Ingress Protection (IP) against dust and immersion between 15centimeter and 1meter.  However, it can only be submerged in freshwater for not more than 30 minutes.

Waterproof design

Not too large and not too small, this device fits perfectly in any user’s hand with a dimension of (5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 in) at weighs 153 grams. It’s heavier than the original variant by 23 grams due to the extra waterproof case on this handset. Samsung has included a rubber seal on the inner part of the back plate for added protection. The second seal is located at the bottom part of the case to cover the MicroUSB port slot. The 3.5mm headphone jack is sealed from the inside of the device.

Just like the original model, this phone also comes in two colors. But instead of the White Frost, the developers gave it an aquatic look with the splash of Dive Blue color.

Take underwater photos and videos using Aqua Mode

Since it can be submerged for up to 1meter deep, this is a perfect companion for underwater photographers, especially with the inclusion of the Aqua Mode. Before activating this mode, you have to remember to snap the cover in place by pressing the edges of the back plate and just below the camera and flash openings. This procedure ensures that your gizmo is ready for an underwater activity.

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When in Aqua Mode, your device’s buttons are not functional. In order for you to start taking photos or record a video, you need to use the volume keys. Now you can take clear underwater photographs and videos for 30 minutes. Make sure not to exceed the time limit, to ensure no damage is done on your device.

With a ruggedized features, the Galaxy S4 Active is truly one of a kind piece of device that Apple hasn’t tried to combat as of now. Will this handset give the Korean Manufacturer a full edge over the Cupertino Company? Are we going to see a rugged smartphone from Apple soon? Share us your thoughts about it and your own review of this rugged phone.

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Sookie Lioncourt is a freelancer interests including gadgets, wireless technology, latest mobiles and fashion and design. You can find her where the two intersect, at TechieDoodlers, or follow her on Twitter.

Accident forensicsGuest blogger Denise Hewitt wants to claim “forensics” all for psychology (we know its all applied anthropology) in the following post:

Face to face with our nation’s most reviled citizens, it’s not government officials or law enforcement diving into deep, murky, psychological waters of alleged criminals — it’s a relatively new breed of cognitive analysts. A recent slew of high-profile crimes has brought mental health to the forefront of our national conversation, and a growing number of specialized psychologists are leading the way. Dubbed “forensic psychology,” it’s likely to become a rapidly growing field. Criminal justice and psychology students alike may find themselves filling out a job application form to work in this new arena. The mental health experts in this field play key roles in the outcome of heart-wrenching trials, much to the chagrin of a vocal opposition.

What is It?

Dr. Christina Pietz, a forensic psychologist tasked with analyzing the gunman charged in killing six people and injuring U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., testified that the then-23-year-old was competent to stand trial, according to Azcentral.com. Her testimony followed six months of evaluation that weaved together psychological assessment with the legal process.

According to the American Board of Forensic Psychology, these professionals apply science and psychology to issues relating to law and the legal system. This broad description leaves room for many roles, including competency evaluator, personality assessor and criminal therapist, among many others.

As evidenced by the Tucson shooter’s trial, forensic psychology plays a significant role in the legal process without a precisely defined role. That doesn’t mean the field is immature, however. The American Board of Forensic Psychology released its fifth draft of specialty guidelines in 2010, which outlines methods and procedures, conflicts in practice, privacy mandates and commenting best practices, among other things.

How Does It Work?

Unlike more conventional psychological assessment in which a professional explores the psychology of a willing subject, forensic psychologists often assess subjects that have no intention to assist the process in any way. Criminal profiler and serial crime expert Deborah Schurman-Kauflin described her basic approach to profiling violent criminals on Psychologytoday.com. Schurman-Kauflin has three questions in mind as she evaluates a suspect: What evidence is present at the scene? What is the motive? Who is the suspect?

In high-profile cases, the media relentlessly report evidence and potential motives, but forensic psychologists have intimate, exclusive access to the accused, making their testimonies all the more intriguing.

After the shooting in 2011, Dr. Pietz diagnosed Jared Loughner with schizophrenia. She stood by her diagnosis during her August 2012 testimony, revealing that medication led him to feel remorse for what he had done, according to Azcentral.com. Pietz’s conclusion that Loughner was competent to stand trial was a significant step in advancing the case.

Significant Opposition

Predictably, this new justice system resource has considerable opposition. Psychologytoday.com explored a particularly strong opinion posted on its website, which described forensic psychology as “a whore subspecialty until otherwise proven, as it is doing what is financially convenient for the M.D…”. The comment implies that forensic psychology is susceptible to corruption and experts will say what they are paid to say. With the amount of influence these professionals have in the justice system, it’s certainly a fair concern.

Most forensic psychologists are American Board of Forensic Psychology certified, and board guidelines define clear processes to promote transparency. For example, the guidelines indicate the forensic psychologists should strive to have all data they considered when forming an opinion readily available for inspection. While the potential for corruption may always loom, forensic psychologists have the ability to offer undeniable astute opinions when assessing violent criminals.

The following story is good to read in that it illustrates our value outside of our field.

Ethnographic stories can help brands connect better with consumers By MG Parameswaran

Does a bank really know how the consumer will use its mobile banking solution? Can traditional research tell us the truth or will it just evoke ‘intended’ behavior? Or does a soap brand know which other products really co-habit in the consumer’s bathroom shelves? Will traditional research tell us the truth or will it just produce what the consumer wants us to believe to be the truth? Read on

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The new wave of technological innovation is coming to your home by way of automation. You will soon be able to control most aspects of your home, from locking doors to turning on lights to opening and closing the garage, with your smartphone.

Start With Lockitron

One of the newest and most fascinating technologies in the automation market is Lockitron, which allows people to control the locks on their doors through a device that’s installed over the interior deadbolt. Homeowners will be able to lock and unlock doors — and keep track of whether the door is locked or not from anywhere in the world, as long as you can access an Internet connection.

After being turned down by Kickstarter, Lockitron raised all of it’s seed money on its own and is now one of the hottest inventions out there, through home automation or otherwise.

Meanwhile, there are already features on many of the appliances and electronics with automation technology. Garage doors have been automated for years but now can be opened and closed from just about anywhere, working in a similar way as Lockitron. This is all especially helpful when you’re on vacation or away on a business trip as your smartphone becomes the control center for your home, and its security, showing you what you may have forgotten about or, soon, when someone is knocking on the door to your house. There are even pet-feeding systems that allow you to feed your pets through a device that connects via Wi-Fi through your smartphone so that you won’t even have to come home to feed your pet, which might make them a little lonely.

The Controversy

Of course, there are concerns about how secure this may be. All digital inventions can be hacked in some way, and when it comes to locking and unlocking doors in a home that’s supposed to protect people and valuables, you have to figure thieves will figure out how to override the system in some way. According to www.securitycompanies.com, homeowners should consider these risks when deciding between a DIY system and an established provider. While DIY systems save money over time and are easy to install, some residents may prefer the peace of mind that security professionals deliver. Remember, the security companies you hire to watch your house has people on standby 24/7 to respond if anything happens and will contact the authorities.

However, you have to figure these automated systems will have that option soon. As technology becomes more active in all of our lives, you have to figure it will only serve to bring places like our homes to life in our best interests.

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