Samsung Galaxy S – Films and Games and More, Oh My!

Samsung has unleashed all it has to challenge the iPhone with the Samsung Galaxy S, and after a hopeful update of Android to the 2.2 operating system, it is easily one of the smartest of smart phones. The new version of Android will give the phone a great bump in class with smother internet browsing and enhanced navigation. It will also provide the Galaxy S a better done pinch and zoom function, allowing even those with the worst of eyesight to read every word on the handset’s massive four inch screen.

The updated Google maps with location navigation will help in refreshing directions from exact locations, due to the internal GPS, and the new version of Flash will help those improved colours to look even more vivid. Not only will the internet and apps look good, but work shot on the HD camera will feel a little more HD when the playback feature is used. Speaking of films, Samsung is rolling out a movies and games package for new users of the Galaxy S that is sure to impress.

Samsung is giving away a bundle worth over £50 and offers at least six games and three movies through their Gameloft and Samsung Movies apps, which give access to thousands of hit movie and game titles. The offer is to run through March 31stand will need to be redeemed by the 30thof April by registering the phone with the original receipt for your pay monthly phone.

Beyond the new media package, there are still the same great features to the Samsung Galaxy S that has made it one of the pinnacle smart phones. The five megapixel camera provides incredible pictures from a mobile phone, coping greatly with poor lighting situations even without a built in flash. The music player provides great sound and new music just a finger tap away with 3G connectivity to download all of the classics. And the battery handles all of the multi-media-ing very well with a using time of up to 6.3 hours and a standby time of 24 hours.

Online Educational Toys – Make Learning Fun

Online Educational toys are a great way to entertain your child but they are also very valuable for learning things too. These toys are designed to help children to creatively explore around them. But how do you go about choosing an online educational toy. Well the obvious answer is to go online! But with hundreds of pages to choose from where is the best place to start?

Well you could start with one of the top companies- LeapFrog. LeapFrog is one of the leading designers of learning toys and games for kids of all ages. The company have designed an application called Leapster Explorer. This is a learning toy that contains over 40 learning games. Games that help little ones to learn the basics of reading, spelling and math. It also allows you the parent to download more learning applications onto the handheld controller.

The controller itself has a 3.2 inches touch screen display, and is capable of running flash, video and also run 3D graphics. It comes equipped with a 512MB memory and this can be expanded to take on more games and learning applications. Your little one can actually go online, play games and extend their knowledge. Your children can also create their own world including designing their own pet!

Another top company making online educational toys is Fisher-price. Fisher-Price is a company that has been creating children’s toys since the early part of the last century. They specialize in toys that are designed to stimulate your child’s imagination. The Fisher-Price IXL Learning System comes preloaded with six applications that encourage children from 4 years up to 7 to learn to read. and also build up their vocabulary. It also allows children to choose and install songs that they can listen to as they operate the other applications. More applications can be downloaded using a USB connected to your computer.

The makers of these learning toys take great care to design online learning toys that fit your child’s age and level of skill, So it is important that before buying any toy you read the manufactures recommendation. If you don’t do this you might end up with a toy that will cause your child frustration because it’s too advanced. Or it could cause boredom because it’s because it’s pitched below their skill. Which ever way it will be a waste of your money because your child will not learn anything.

The above are just two of the online educational toys available today. A big benefit to parents of these types of toy is that the makers can update the existing games and add new ones with out you the parent having to shell out more dollars. And unlike off-line games where a child soon loses interest with regular updates online educational games will stay on the top of their playlists.

Online Educational Games In The New Millennium

The future of higher education will involve:

A) The same traditional classroom structure we’ve had for hundreds of years;

B) It does not matter- dolphins will take over the earth;

C) Robots will teach us all; or

D) The use of interactive software in combination with distance learning to supplement current programs

Okay, so you probably don’t think that artificial intelligence will advance so rapidly that robots will become our primary teachers and you probably don’t even think dolphins will take over the earth! What you might be aware of is that the internet is changing the way that education is being administered. You may have taken a distance-ed course or you may have even taken a class that came with a nifty little software package that let you work with the material.

The problem, however, is that not all subjects can be administered through a computer. Sure, one could argue that programs such as accounting, history, or statistics could be completely learned from a distance. After all, these subjects do not necessarily require any face-to-face interaction, but what about programs that do? Clearly, learning a language without face-to-face interaction would be like training for a marathon by running on a treadmill. Marketing and communication programs require face-to-face interactions so that students can learn to make persuasive arguments and presentations. All of the science labs require the presence of students. After all, how many of you would want a doctor that had only practiced on a virtual human. So if the computer cannot solve all our educational needs, what is the answer?

The answer is an integrated approach. If you are anything like this author, you learn 100 times better when you are engaged in the material. Thus, a really well done CD or internet site with interactive games and quizzes will force the students to interact with the material. This distance learning approach must be used as a supplement to traditional classroom methods as it cannot be a substitute for team building, face-to-face questions and answers, or building oral communication skills. All that said, many things currently done in the classroom can be moved online. Group discussions and question sessions can be accomplished via forums and chat sessions, certain scientific concepts learned in lab can be learned through interactive video, and even certain grammar basics of languages can be learned through interactive voice recognition software.

In high school and even some college courses, I was bored out of my mind as long-winded, verbose (yes, that was redundant on purpose) lecturers would go on and on about historical battles or the biochemistry translation process. At the time, I just figured such subjects were inherently boring. After all, how excited could one get about the battle of 1812 or the process by which proteins are formulated? But as I grew older, I became interested in things that I thought I disliked! A movie or an interesting article might turn me on to a subject I previously thought was about as interesting as paint drying. What the heck was going on? I was more engaged in the subject matter, that’s what! And so my crystal ball tells me that even though professors may be going nowhere, fun, educational, interactive games- well, they’re coming!