Created by Ben Weil


This help desk model course will give a background in technical support at Needham High School. Students will be introduced to common tech problems and develop solutions in the following areas: computer software, hardware, television production, audiovisual hardware and software, and web design. Technology Leaders will assist staff and students with troubleshooting and other supports as needed. When not assisting students and staff, tech leaders will work on their independent learning project of their choosing. They will also be actively contributing to a educational technology blog.  Because of the nature of the experience it will be limited to 2 students per period. This opportunity is available for the full year or a semester. Prior to course selection, a technology specialist must interview interested students.

Student Blog

  • What Does Netflix Know? What Does Netflix Know? Watching Netflix may often seem like what everyone does. If that’s the case you may wonder how much data Netflix could collect if all you do it is sit back and watch. But the truth is everyone watches Netflix differently. From the time of day you watch, the shows you watch, the shows people from your same account watch, and how long you watch, Netflix breaks down each viewer into many different categories.  Netflix is website that allows people to watch TV and movies limitless with just a monthly subscription fee. The company was founded in 1997, was a subscription for DVDs to be sent to people's homes. When you finished your DVD, you ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2019, 5:45 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • Folding phones Folding Phones The flip phone is making a comeback! With flexible displays, and intricate hinges, new touch screen folding phones are in the process of being made. Companies like Samsung, Apple, Motorola, LG, and Huawei are all racing to come out with the new foldable phone. And many say we can expect them coming out in 2019. Some are designed to be the size of a regular smartphone that can also open up and be a tablet; other designs more closely follow the shape of a typical flip phone that opens to be fully touch screen.     Samsung galaxy announced in a developer conference about a phone that can fold to a 4.6 in width and open up to a ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2019, 8:17 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • Project Loon To many of us access to the internet and WiFi is a given, from our homes, coffee shops, and schools, it seems we can always be connected. In the developing world, access to electronics is not so readily available. People may struggle to afford paying for private servers, or owning and updating the devices necessary.  The power of the internet has proven to benefit so many people's lives and bring awareness to the world around us. It has helped start businesses, advocate for those in need, and educate us on the world we live in but the power of the internet cannot reach full potential unless everyone can experience it.  Project Loon intends to do this.Project Loon is ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2019, 6:19 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • How Technology Can Help World Hunger World hunger plagues 10.7% of people in the world. 70% of the world’s food is produced in small isolated farm no larger than 2 acres. A major issue with world hunger is finding productive and sustainable ways to farm, so farmers can support themselves and harvest the maximum amount of crops to sell. As communication efficiency increases, it is vital that farmers have access to information that will help maximize their produce. Africa’s farms have a ⅕ the productivity that Asian farms or European farms have, due to a lack of communication between farmers and education on the most lucrative ways to farm. Philanthropist Bill Gates proposes that just a cell phone could prevent famine.   ‘"It's about ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2018, 6:21 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • Electric Cars  Cars release many different pollutants into the air. In urban areas around the U.S automobiles can be responsible for close to 80% of air pollution. Electric cars seem like a possible solution to end the huge amount of pollutants that cars produce.  But how exactly do they work?  Like plugging your phone in the wall to recharge, you can now do the same with your car. Battery electric vehicles (BEV)  are complex, and how they work is specific to each car. Just like all outlets in walls connected to grid electricity, energy flows out and collects in the car. Electricity is stored in the car battery.  The battery has multiple chambers, as the acceleration is hit the electricity powers ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2018, 10:51 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • How Alexa Responds Amazon released a new device called Echo on November 4, 2014. Now as we yell at things in our houses they may start responding, with the use of simple wake words like; Alexa, Echo, or computer. This Amazon device can play games, turn the lights on, give you real time updates on weather and traffic, along with many other uses. But cracking open one of these may surprise you. It is mostly speakers and microphone equipment, the secret to Echo’s smarts is ‘her’ connection to a cloud computing service called, Alexa voice services (AVS). This is Alexa’s ‘brains’. Asking this home speaker to tell you a story often results in getting to be apart of an interactive story ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2018, 6:32 AM by Sameena L Ghogawala ‎(2020)‎
  • Pros and Cons of Drones Alessia FucentesePros and Cons of Droneshttps://www.dronesetc.com/blogs/news/the-pros-and-cons-of-aerial-dronesThe ProsDrones Have a Chance to Create DevelopmentAerial drones have a chance to create development in areas such as “Weather forecasting, maritime monitoring, search and rescue operations, oil and gas exploration, agriculture, telecommunication, and other human endeavors stand to gain a lot with the incorporation of UAS” (Dronesetc). Drones can provide a great overhead view. This is great for rescue operations and weather prediction due to the fact that they can cover a lot of land, and help people see things they coulden’t normally.   Efficiency and Cost ManagementDrones have the potential to save money, because they ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2018, 2:17 PM by Alessia Fucentese ‎(2020)‎
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