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The battle between Mac and Windows users has been raging for decades with devoted fans standing firm on which operating system is number one. The Mac loyalists champion their simplistic approach to user interface and lack of virus issues, while Windows fans justify their argument with flexibility and customization advantages at a super friendly price point.
Welcome 2015! In a few months, Marty McFly and Doc Brown will arrive and might be surprised to find how we are not that behind in technology as compared to what Back to The Future II predicted. We have hands-free video games, Google Glass, watches that predict weather, flat screen TVs, oil-less fryers, and wireless presentation systems. Technology is in constant development to make life easier.
The question now is: are you riding the waves into the future, or are you still stuck in the past?
The wePresent WiPG allows up to 64 students to walk into a classroom, connect to it wirelessly and present information from their device to the room display. What makes this innovative is that users don't need to have a particular platform of device to do this. They can bring whatever they want. PC, Mac, iOS device (iphone or ipad) or an Android (phone or tablet). This is changing the way students and instructors collaborate and share information. Schools no longer have to choose a platform to standardize on. For instance, they don't have to purchase 1500 ipads to supply the students and teachers with a way to be uniform. Instead, what they can do (and ARE doing) is purchase one WiPG per classroom and allow the students and teachers to bring their own device and present information from it to the classroom display.
The classroom is ideally like a womb. A place of meticulous development. With all the old soft proof from a solid history of examples and practical testing within the realm of
psychology, and even the new hard proof from indisputable sciences such as brain imaging, we know the truth of the adage that says, "The best way to learn is to teach". Teachers, instructors and professors, from K through graduate levels, find one of their biggest challenges to be the engagement of students with the material they are trying to impart. This, perhaps, is the greatest challenge faced by educators.
The self-fulfilling prophecy of Moore's Law has delivered the power of big computing and the earth-shrinking effect of telecommunication into the palms of our hands. Apple and Google's Android are obviously the biggest players in this market. They compete with each other. Their competition polarizes the industry and creates solid differences between the two platforms. Based on market share, Android and Apple are in a close dance, oscillating around the 50% mark, only missing each other by a few percentage points either way. Predicated by the law of averages, it's safe to simplify by saying they each hold about half of the market. Some love Apple, some love Android. Businesses have had to put careful planning into which of the two competitors would gain their investment. Mac desktops and laptops, ipads and iphones; or PC's, Windows laptops and Android powered tablets and phones. The reason for having to choose has been an issue of cross-compatibility, or more appropriately, lack thereof...
To answer this, we should establish what they both do. As a first time user, you have to set up the device you will present from... Which means you need to download an app for mobile devices, or for a computer, a small piece of software. This only has to be done once per device and from that point on, you simply run the software or app to project. If, for some reason, it is forbidden to install new software on a presenting computer (company security, perhaps), a USB flash drive is provided with the device from which the software can be run. No installation necessary.