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

  • 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)‎
  • Augmented Reality Augmented reality is a computer generated image that brings it into view in the real world. It can be a picture of a cell, a dinosaur, a vehicle, etc. Augmented reality add’s graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. Both video games and cell phones are driving the development of augmented reality. Everyone from tourists, to soldiers, to someone looking for the closest subway stop can now benefit from the ability to place computer-generated graphics in their field of vision. You can use an ar headset to look closer at an image to get the full details of what it is and what it looks like by walking closer to it. It ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2018, 5:40 AM by Cooper C O'Mara ‎(2020)‎
  • Fortnite Season 4 Fortnite season 4 has just come out today with new skins, emotes, items, the destruction of Dusty Depot, a new battle pass, and new places to explore. The game has just gotten even more exciting with the superhero season now out. Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite say that “Season 4 is starting off with a BANG. Shards of a massive comet have crashed into the map altering the landscape. Discover gravity-defying Hop Rocks and find new ways to play. Jump in and witness the aftermath of the impact while you level up your Battle Pass and earn all new loot.” Epic Games says that more emotes and skins will be coming out every couple of months. Fortnite comes ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2018, 5:31 AM by Cooper C O'Mara ‎(2020)‎
  • Xbox Game Pass Xbox Game Pass is a paid subscription where you can get games for free on your xbox. It can also give you a game that is on sale for which you can purchase for a lower price than how much it usually costs. You can play with your friends and share games if they don’t have it. You can also purchase games that have not been released for xbox one on the xbox 360 dashboard. New games will come out almost every month. At least 196 games have been released for xbox game pass. Game pass costs 10 dollars a month to get access to free games. But it is definitely a good choice if you want to get ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2018, 5:28 AM by Cooper C O'Mara ‎(2020)‎
  • Artificial Intelligence in Non Profit Organizations Alessia FucenteseArtificial Intelligence in Non Profit OrganizationsThere has been much controversy over artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML) over the years.  It is a relatively new thing and is already changing the world. Despite the many worries there are about it, it can be used for good as well.  Recently, people are finding ways to incorporate AI into non-profit organizations. Here are a few ways it can help:Finance  Fraud and other financial corruption are a huge problem for any organization, lucky there is now an AI program to fix this problem.  According to the the Brookings Institution “AI tools can help managers automatically detect actions that warrant additional investigation. Businesses long have used AI and ML ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2018, 8:16 AM by Alessia Fucentese ‎(2020)‎
  • How Does Face ID Work? Face ID is a newer technology being implemented into smartphones so users can unlock their device using their face. This technology was put into the recent iPhone X, which came out earlier this year. Apple’s hope is that it is good enough to replace the fingerprint scanner, since the home button was taken away in this years iPhone. According to Forbes, Customers don’t seem to mind the loss of the fingerprint scanner, judging by the skyrocketing sales of the iPhone X. Face ID uses a combination of light projectors and sensors to take several images of your facial features using the True Depth Camera System in the device. This advanced camera system allows the phone to recognize you ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2018, 7:15 AM by Devin E Srinivas ‎(2020)‎
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