The Aims & Objectives of ICT in Education

Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, computers, phones and tablets are networking sites that make up the term ICT. Information Communications and Technology (ICT) is a term that refers to all the hardware and software that people use to send and receive information. The ICT sector over the past few years  has grown substantially with a lot of new companies releasing new gadgets to improve how we communicate. Read more…

Posted by Taylor White - February 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Setting Up a Website for Your Company


Location is everything. Like real estate, positioning your company to be most visible is of utmost importance. Not only it is needed for sales and marketing, visibility is also integral in making your company known in the market as a trend-setter and leader in whatever industry you are in.

If you think it is important to rent office space at a prime location, preferably in an expensive building and a well-respected area, you must also consider investing in a website with your own domain name. Why is this so? For one, people now look for everything online. They either use search engines to look for anything – a company, service, or product; or any of the various forms of social media such as Facebook, Pinterest and so on and so forth. If you’re not online, and you are not found easily, chances are you will be losing clients to other companies who are for the simple reason that potential clients or partners found them first.

When these people look for a product to buy or a service to avail of, they use search phrases and type them into search engines. Sometimes they also ask questions online and expect the search engines like Google, Yahoo! or Bing to give them answer. To be competitive, you must learn to use technology and the Internet to your company’s advantage. The first and most important thing to do is to create a website that features your company, your credentials as well as your products and services. Think of it as a brochure with your company and profile and list of services and other credentials except that it is posted online. You can also create a Facebook fan page if you are a consumer product that would benefit from regular interaction from your audience.

When it comes to creating websites, you must commission a company or hire an expert to do it for you. There are a lot of factors to consider such as graphics, images, website copy and search engine optimization, to name a few. Choosing a domain name is also as important as choosing your office location. Make sure it is impressive and easy to remember.

Posted by John - September 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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Expanding Broadband Use and the Digital Divide

The digital divide is the difference between those who have fast internet connection and use the internet regularly, and the rest of the population who still have slow internet connection and also rarely go online. The good news is that there are companies which are now pushing to install gigabit connections to the whole neighborhoods. The bad news is that if you’re still using dial-up connections, it’s probable that you would still have a 52kbps connection next year.

Communities are going in different directions when it comes to connectivity. There have been projects where the town managers have installed wireless internet for the whole town. They used relay facilities connecting access points. This model has been used in mountainous communities, where laying underground cables is costly, and putting up electrical posts for the cables is not an option due to the climate and the terrain. However, if there’s a political will, and enough cash, there should be no hindrance to widespread broadband internet connection.

A case in point is South Korea, which has one of the highest penetration of broadband connectivity. South Korea is ranked first fastest average broadband connection. The nation’s leaders and ICT managers decided that widespread internet connection is needed for a country to grow its IT sector, as well as its allied industries.

Sometimes the problem with connectivity is the design infrastructure. It’s like putting up windows and doors in Oakville, the elements have to fit the existing house architecture and design. Broadband access has solved the final mile problem, of connecting a house to the exchange, and still retaining bandwidth. However, if the existing infrastructure does not fit the solution, either another solution has to be formulated, or the existing infrastructure has to be torn down and replaced.

Not all communities are in a hurry to have a broadband connection, much less a gigabit connection. However, there is no knowing beforehand which person would find the most use for it. Two decades ago, just when the internet was about to boom, the target market was the twenty-something and thirty-year old professionals. The educational segment was secondary. Nowadays, the education segment has grown and embraced the internet as a core component and an education media channel.

Posted by John - August 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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The Role of ICT in Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing has exploded into being one of the top used marketing methods in the world. Until now, most IT departments have not had to worry about this side of business; instead, they outsource the work to specialized agencies, such as this company who provides expert help in social media marketing in Toronto.

The Case for IT involvement in Social Media

With the rise of social media, there is now a very good case to be made for your ICT department to get involved and use their skills in management, data integration and governance to add some value to social media marketing.

Social media covers a very wide range of activities.  Many businesses use social networks as a way of raising their band awareness by advertising on the networks, by building business pages on Facebook or using Twitter to get their message across.

Using social media for business advertising also has another benefit – it allows you to listen and discover exactly what the market is looking for.

Many businesses, wrongly, believe that involving their ICT department in this aspect of the business will merely hold things up.  However, that is changing rapidly because the information that is required for social marketing is an asset, an asset that is best utilized and provides more value when combined with other sources of information.  This is an area that IT are best at – bringing together all forms of communication into one neat package.

Problems

The only real problem for the involvement of an IT department is the sheer volume and the scale of the date from social media sites.  While they are familiar with being able to flex a system to meet demand, some forms of social media cause more flex than others.

This is where using the cloud comes in. It is a far more flexible system and it allows for constant streaming of high volumes of data. And, it helps IT in their final contribution – bringing in a standard across the organization, which ultimately makes it easier for everyone to use and conform to.

You don’t have to use your IT department though – you can still outsource that work to an expert to carry out for you.

Posted by John - August 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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Choosing your Communications Technology Company: Comcast or Charter?

One of the most amazing things about today’s technology is how easy it is to talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Technology has truly made the world into a global village, where communication is as easy as dialing a number and getting connected to a person instantly.

In today’s hustle and bustle world, even communication has to evolve into something that can accommodate as many people as it can, as quickly as it can, and in the most clear and concise manner possible.
However, with all the variables to consider, which communications technology provider should you choose?

First, let’s take a close look at Comcast. There are a wide array of communications features the Comcast phone number website offers that will make your life a lot easier.

Here are 6 really nice features that Comcast phone number offers:

• 3-Way Calling
3-way calling is a very useful feature for people who need to conference call with more than one person so that they can talk simultaneously. No need to repeat your conversation with another person with whom you need to share the same talk; just patch them into your conversation, and you can do away with multiple calls.

• Anonymous Call Rejection
One of the most annoying things to get is an anonymous call, especially if it’s irritating like a cold call telemarketer, or worse, such as someone threatening you anonymously because they can. If you don’t have time for this nonsense, activate your anonymous call rejection so that you can only receive calls from people you know.

• Call Forwarding
If you’re too busy to answer calls, this feature can either forward call to another available number, or forward it to voice mail so that you can return to the call at a later time.

• Call Forwarding Selective
There are times when you’re too busy to answer certain people, so use this feature to sift through your calls, and take only those you really need.

• Call Return
A useful feature to call back those you need to contact. Your Comcast phone number returns calls that you have missed or dropped.

• Call Screening
Screen your calls, so that you can avoid callers with whom you have no desire to talk with.

Now, let’s take a look at 6 communications features that the Charter phone number website has to offer:

• Call Waiting
When you’re on the phone and a call comes through, you can adjust your phone number so that the other people can go to call waiting.

• Caller ID
Know who is calling you, with a simple glance to your screen.

• Caller ID Blocking Per Call/Line
If you have multiple calls or lines, and there are some you wish to keep private, use this feature to block your Caller ID.

• Caller ID with Call Waiting
No need to guess who is calling! Just use this feature to get the waiting person’s caller ID, so that you can call or talk to them at your preference.

• Repeat Dialing
If you really need to talk to a person but have no time or patience to keep dialing the same number, this handy feature will do it for you, no matter how many times the number has to be dialed.

• Speed Dial

Keep all your important contacts close at hand! Whether it’s your boss, your mother, or the number of the pizza place down the street, call them with a simple push of the button.

With all these handy features offered by both providers, you can be sure that your experience using either Comcast phone number or Charter will be an enjoyable one. Now that you’ve received the inside scoop on features, you can customize your phone service and choose the best communications technology provider according to your specific needs and preferences.

Posted by John - August 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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The Changing Apps of Social Media

The biggest development in social media in recent years was the acceptance of websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter among mainstream internet users. What has not been obvious is the growth of mobile-only social media. These have grown below the radar and have not only threatened the continued growth of traditional social media but it has also created a sub-culture all its own.

There is a new generation of social media and it is all aimed at the mobile apps market. These apps also have websites which are accessible on the desktop but as with view-only functionality. You can see what was posted when you visit the website, but you cannot post anything. The mobile apps is where the interaction takes place. This is where pictures are taken and shared, commenting, chat and other functions extend the mobile app beyond what a desktop can do.

In a way, this is the next step after Instagram. When Instagram was introduced, the pictures were immediately posted using the mobile app, and the website featured commenting. Instagram was also integrated with other social media like Facebook and Tumblr, but especially with Twitter. The new apps are not integrated with any other social media. Most of these apps have an insular approach of protecting their contributors and users. This makes it perfect for direct response marketing campaign.

The biggest development in social media in recent years was the acceptance of websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter among mainstream internet users. What has not been obvious is the growth of mobile-only social media. These have grown below the radar and have not only threatened the continued growth of traditional social media but it has also created a sub-culture all its own. Some apps share videos and pictures in innovative ways, like multi-camera video collaboration. Still other apps make extended use of the location information, not only filing the information with the posts, but these apps also try to find other users within a given area.

Social media marketing will have to find a way to get involved with these apps.

Posted by John - July 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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How Technology Has Changed the Auditing Industry

Modern businesses and government organizations rely on technology more today than ever before. In fact, most businesses could not run without the use of the technology that many of us take for granted. Technology has also changed the way that business transactions take place and many are made entirely electronically. These advances have changed the way that we do business, and the auditing industry has had to adapt to these changes. This means that electronic records have become the standard method and auditors must be able to access and utilize this technology to complete their jobs. Let’s take a look at just some of the ways that technology has changed the auditing profession.

Changes to record keeping laws
The first major change to the industry was the acceptance of electronic records and record keeping. Governments around the world have changed their laws to allow electronic records as an acceptable form of evidence. This was initially a slow process in many countries, but it is now an acceptable form in most parts of the world. Despite this, many of the same rules apply to electronic records and they must be stored securely and kept on record for a minimum number of years. And electronic record-keeping has been a positive step for businesses, but has created additional challenges for the auditing industry.

Changes to auditing
Auditors now require access to information technology systems and electronic records. This can make the job of auditing easier if the records are easy to access and make it easy to find all the information. However, some systems or information can be harder to find than the traditional forms of evidence used in an audit. This especially caused problems during the transition from paper records to electronic record keeping. Auditors also faced problems with the emergence of direct deposits, e-mails, electronic banking and electronic signatures. Today, auditors are trained in gathering electronic evidence and assessing the reliability of certain electronic documents.

Approved auditors and changed laws
Some countries have placed higher standards on auditors to ensure that modern auditing procedures remain competent and viable in the information age. Other countries have increased restrictions or changed auditing laws to better keep up with the modern times. For example, in Australia auditors for self managed super funds must be approved and registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can see the full requirements for a smsf audit here. Another potential issue in the industry is the dominance of the big four audit firms, which many believe is a threat to the industry. For more information please see the cpajournal.com.

Auditing will continue to evolve with the new technological developments for businesses. This will be a challenge for auditors and audit firms, but the industry has seen so many changes in the last three decades that it will be ready for the next step. As technology improves and develops it is hoped that auditing will become a more streamlined process and develop to the point where technology is no longer a limiting factor. If this occurs we will find that the industry develops a new set of standards to cope with the changing environment.

Posted by John - July 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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Using VoIP To Make Your Business Grow

It really doesn’t matter what size your business is, VoIP is the telephone standard that is becoming more and more accepted.  Using VoIP can help to increase your productivity, customer satisfaction and efficiency quite rapidly.  VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and, although it shares some features with the analog telephone system, it has the ability to distribute the information digitally.

The Small Business

Small businesses need more help than any other to get going and to maintain their standing.  Using VoIP can put you at the forefront of all your competitors in a cost effective way.  VoIP converts your broadband internet into a phone service that can be used with all devices ad costs no more than using a traditional analog system.

The Medium Business

Once your business begins to grow or if you already have a reasonable staff, VoIP is useful for organizing everything without the need for spending more of your capital.  It helps to place your employees in the correct place for their specializations. VoIP features will ensure that calls are forwarded to the right people at the right time and create a much more efficient business aura.

The Large Businesses

Used in a large business setting, VoIP can really stand out as the number one choice for a telephone system.  As well as being able to handle features such as call forwarding, making sure the right people get the right calls, VoIP is also highly mobile. If your staff are on the road, all they need is a broadband connection and they can use the service anywhere.

Features like Mobile Twinning and Voicemails ensure another call is never lost again due to inefficiency.  VoIP also offers the facility to record and monitor calls for training purposes.  Being able to listen in on customer/employee calls helps you to understand if there are any problems that need dealing with and where they are.

It really doesn’t matter what your business needs are, whether you have 1 staff or 100, VoIP is the only telephone solution you need.  It is highly customizable, allowing it to suit any business size or type and will promote efficiency and professionalism.

Finding the right VoIP system is easy with a little research. For those who want Orange County VoIP phone systems, we found this company to be very helpful and informative.

Posted by John - June 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Save Time, Money and Resources with VOIP

You may not know or care about anything regarding the internet or how voice calls are carried over the internet on messaging apps. You may even lament that more and more people are using mobile phones leading to the decrease in the number of fixed landline phones. But the truth of the matter is, landlines, once they reach the phone exchange are no longer voice calls.

This is not just a matter of available and better technology supplanting the old copper wire transmission. Back in the day, telephone cables can only carry one conversation at a time. In order to have multiple conversations, each call was carried by a pair of strands among hundreds of pairs of strands in big diameter cables. With the use of fiber-optic technology, and later on VOIP telephony, it is possible to send multiple landline calls over the same copper cables that used to carry only one dedicated phone call.

Voice Over Internet Protocol Telecommunications, or more commonly known as VOIP, has been harnessed to serve businessmen and business owners and has helped countless companies expand their business. VOIP service can help you save on costly phone bills, especially overseas calls. It uses any kind of internet connection to make and receive phone calls anywhere in the world. So instead of having to pass through an operator or paying for international call premiums, businesses can only pay a standard rate regardless of how many calls abroad are made. This is a huge advantage for companies with marketing departments or customer help desks.

Advantages of Using VOIP

VOIP service also allows a user to choose a different phone number than the one they have which is area-based. This way you are able to call Australia from an Australia number; from Canada, the UK, and so on and so forth. VOIP lines are also secure and safe to use for sensitive industries. You can check this site to know more about unified communications such as SIP trunking. There are other options available depending on the needs and specifications of your business or establishment.

Of course, there’s no stopping you from using VOIP to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones all over the world.

Posted by John - June 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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Using Tablets for Work

ICTs such as tablets connected to the internet can be utilized in business. Most people still think that tablets have no place in corporate culture, but the most forward-thinking companies have started using them to improve their business processes. Of course, this is not to say that big companies with complex processes are the only ones who can and should take advantage of tablets. The truth is that even the humble freelancer can use tablets to make their work a lot easier too. Some freelancers actually do most of their work on their tablets. In this post, I am going to talk about how so many binary options traders have been able to take advantage of such a technology for their trading. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll get my readers to also consider using tablets for work.

Before anything else, though, let us first discuss binary options trading. If you didn’t know, binary options trading is a form of trading where people buy options and then predict whether the values of the underlying assets they’re for are going to increase or decrease after a certain time. A correct prediction always leads to monetary rewards. Considering how binary options trades are so easy to execute and profit from, it’s easy to see why so many people from all over the world have made trading binary options their primary vocation.

Of course, when it comes to binary option trades, it’s important to be always ready to place a trade. Sure, binary options traders can make a trade at any time of the day through their trading platform, but there are certain situations when people have to trade binary options in the most inopportune of times if they want to make the most money. This used to be such a problem for binary options traders who didn’t have constant access to the internet. Luckily, this doesn’t have to necessarily be the case anymore, and it’s all thanks to tablets.

In today’s world, tablets can run even the most complex of computer programs. Considering this and the fact that people can now surf the internet in a very fast manner on their tablet devices, it’s easy to see why so many people now do binary options trading on their tablets. Sure, many binary options traders still just do it on their computers at home, but most traders actually want to have constant access to their trading platform, even when they’re on the go. The good news is that they are now able to have such constant access and not miss out on amazing trades. This is all thanks to tablets.

Of course, binary option traders aren’t the only professionals who have benefited from the use of tablets. Doctors, lawyers, business executives, artists, and virtually all other kinds of professionals have found very amazing uses for their tablets. It’s really just a matter of researching how to make one’s job easier through the use of such a device. Just by doing this, anyone can surely find out how.

 

Posted by John - May 29, 2014 at 2:15 am

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How to Use a Radio Controlled Helicopter for Aerial Photography

Remote controlled helicopters are fun – for a while. You soon get fed up just flying it around in a circle and crashing it every now and again. Well, now, here’s a way to breathe life back into what should be an enjoyable hobby.

Take Aerial Photographs

Aerial photography is a great hobby to get into in and, if you use your remote controlled helicopter, you can combine two hobbies into one.   Aerial photography gives you a brand new perspective on things.  You get to see views you would never otherwise be able to see and from a height you couldn’t reach without the use of a helicopter or plane.

Choose your helicopter

Helicopters come in a range of sizes with different features and the variety can be a little confusing.  I found a really useful website that has rc helicopter reviews on it to help you choose the best kind for your project.

You need to make sure that the rc helicopter you choose can lift and hold the camera.  It has to be stable with the extra weight on it. You also need to be certain that you can afford the expense of maintaining both the camera and the helicopter as well.

Bigger rc helicopters are more stable, you can see them a lot easier and they are easier to control, especially in windy conditions. Unfortunately, larger helicopters cost quite a bit more, especially if you crash it.  If you are new to the world of radio control, it’s probably best to start small and work your way up before you start attaching cameras.

Choose your Camera

A small helicopter will only carry a small camera so choose carefully. The type of camera you use also depends on what you want to do with it. Do you want it to take photos and you download them when it returns to earth? Or, do you want one that streams the images back to your laptop or computer as it flies?

If you really want to get deep into the realms of information technology, think about the second option. 

Look about for an inexpensive Wi-Fi camera, making sure your helicopter will actually lift and carry it.  Set it up on the same Wi-Fi connection that your laptop of computer is on and so that the images are streamed directly from the camera to the computer.

Having a Wi-Fi camera also means direct uploads straight to the internet, to email or social networking sites, cutting out a lot of messing around in the meantime.

You could also consider using your iPod or iPhone to control your helicopter and camera with. I found some great information  and quadricopter reviews that tells you all you need to know.

In Conclusion

If you are new to the world of radio control helicopters, consider joining a club.  It isn’t easy learning how to fly rc helicopters and, as well as being the pilot, you also need to learn how to be a mechanic as well.

Joining a club will not only help you in learning all you need to know, you can also meet a lot of new friends there, people that are experienced and can get you out of trouble when your helicopter is about to crash into the depths of the nearest lake!

 

Posted by John - May 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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