Google Glass May Help with Student Learning

By Jeramie L Bizzle

The latest project from Google arriving to stores in 2014 is set to cost $299 upon release.

The latest project from Google arriving to stores in 2014 is set to cost $299 upon release.

The latest project from Google arriving in stores in 2014 is set to cost $299 upon release.

With the anticipated gadget about to hit the market, there have been a number of places where the Google glasses have already been banned from, except the classroom.

The new tech specs that has been pushed to be released in 2014 has so far been banned from movie theaters, strip clubs and other private events, but the glasses with its ability to record and have images and notes appear right before the eyes may help students better learn new material. Students can record, share and stream things that they found useful during there lectures and make studying for test more easier as they do have to always bee buried in a book as they can read through the eye of the glass.

Dr. Quincy Martin III, who serves as the Associate Vice President of Triton College, said that although he doesn’t know much about the new eyewear, he thinks it can be useful in the class room. “I do believe that various technologies can be infused into the learning environment to enhance it. For instance, students or teachers could use Glass for assignments, projects, or activities that may entail conducting interviews.” Martin said.

“This way, the interview could be perceived as more natural while recording and seeking ways for improvement after review. Or, perhaps Glass could be used by students in a speech class to capture the reactions and nonverbal of their audience in order to strengthen public speaking skills. I am quite certain there are numerous benefits to Glass. The challenge is determining if Glass is the most effective option for desired results.”

Just as the banned places mentioned earlier, there too maybe bans in schools with all that the eyewear can do. Some places along a school setting may have banned signs for the glasses including locker rooms and pool and shower areas.

 

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Upcoming Student Life Events

Welcome Back Week August 26th – 29th

August 26th-Evolution of Gaming

Located in the student cafeteria, Play old school arcade games along with modern-day consoles from 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

August 27th –Meet the Dean

Located on the student center mounds, meet Dean Cory Williams and receive a free ice cream sundae from Noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

August 28th –Get in the Mix

Located on the student center mounds, come and get to know the different clubs and organizations available on campus and enjoy fun and great music. The fun starts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

August 29th –Commit to complete

Located on the student center mounds, students can come and get help with the essentials of being a college student including finding a job, opening a checking account and finding an apartment. Students can also borrow and IPad to help search for what you need in your academic journey. The event starts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

September 18 – Corn Roast

Take a break outside on the mounds! Enjoy roasted corn and beverages to music join a great game of Frisbee, meet administrators from your clubs and organizations, mingle with friends and make new ones!

In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved to the student center cafeteria. This event will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

Students Learn to Adapt to New Policies

By Jeramie L Bizzle

@jeramiebizzle87

The new student portal is getting mixed reviews as students attempt to register for fall semester classes.  The new policies that are in place this fall seem to be quite a departure from prior registration procedures.

The new MyTriton portal is the latest program that students can use to login-in to check information about classes, financial aid and registration. However, what was supposed to help students obtain information more easily is causing considerable confusion to many. In addition students expressed their frustration over the new payment policy that gives student only 48 hours to pay for their classes or set up a payment plan or otherwise they can be dropped from their classes due to non-payment.

“I’ve had immense difficulty accessing the Web Advisory consistently. I had to contact the IT department multiple times for assistance,” said Denise Gladden-Peters, a sophomore at Triton College.

“The 48 hour payment opportunity is absurd. Everyone doesn’t have the full payment within the 48 hour period. It’s an inconvenience, not an opportunity for students, like me, who rely on financial aid and student loans. I took the time to register early and those classes were deleted and I had to re-register. I could see if I was a freshman, maybe, however I’m a sophomore who has academic history with Triton and I’m committed to completing my education at Triton.”

Staff has been working along side the students to get them accustomed to the new portal, Student Life clerk, Jason Guevarra said that some students needed assistance setting it up and logging in. “It was difficult at first for some of them, but students eventually found the portal to be more efficient.” Guevarra said.

So far the transition from old programs, RALPH to the new MyTriton portal and WEB ADVISOR has been a bumpy road.  The old system was saying one thing and the new system is saying another. Some students have been prevented from registering online because they are said that they haven’t completed their prerequisites or they can’t access their information. Student Zach Center, is not too bothered by the changes, but does feel it needs some work.

Students and faculty predict that the fall semester will be a little different from the previous years due to these new changes and many worry that their financial aid or other methods of paying for school won’t happen in time to keep them from being dropped from their classes. Students are advised to make sure that their financial aid is complete prior to registering for classes to avoid the drops and to setup your new student portal if you have not done so already, visit the web advisor at dtweb.triton.edu/WebAdvisor/WebAdvisor.

The Truth about Epilepsy

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By Jeramie L Bizzle

@jeramiebizzle87

It is a normal day at Triton College, students gather to stand in line to meet with a counselor about registering for the next semesters. As a student it speaking to a person at the desk, he starts having a seizure in the middle of the hallway. Everyone panics as they look on as the person suffers.

“That kinda freaked me out and brought back bad memories of my dad.  As I looked away, he almost fell on top of me. I reached in my pocket to get my phone to call 911 but someone beat me to it.” said Tina Fajardo, Triton College Student.

According to the Epilepsy Foundations website “A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life.”

Eric Schiffert, 35, works in the P Building of the college said that his epilepsy occurred from an accident in which he hit his head on the door by the TCSA office by the student life area. He also explains how that accident changed is life.

“Unlike those who have it, mine occurs in all four quadrants of the brain, I can’t drive because it is too dangerous like what if I have a seizure while I am driving. When I have one, I black out, I was there at the welcome desk and when I came too, I am in the hospital.” Schiffert said.

Schiffert also said that he’s staying with his mother to help assist her and she does the same for him.

Those who have epilepsy or suffer from seizures exhibit general symptoms including, loss of breath, rhythmic movements with legs and arms, urination and confusion afterwards.

On May 14, The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and Triton College Health Services hosted a workshop on campus, to educate students about the signs and symptoms of epilepsy.  A Power Point presentation was provided regarding first aid for seizures. Literature was available for participants to take with them.

Natalie Yorty B.S.N., R.N. of Health Services said that any student who is interested in learning about epilepsy is more than welcome to stop by and get information.