Choosing Technology to Meet a Need

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Assignment #6: Choosing Technology to Meet a Need

This assignment is required but it’s worth double points (for example, if you earn 100%, I’ll add 100 extra credit points to the assignments category). This will be absolutely critical for anyone that missed an assignment.

Identify a need where technology can help (school, work, hobby, etc.).

Go shopping (online) – don’t buy anything, you’re just looking around!

Add hardware and software to the shopping cart that you feel will meet the need(s) you have identified.

Describe, in your own words, why you believe the hardware and software in your shopping cart will meet your need(s).

You should address why the processor, primary storage (RAM / Memory), secondary storage (e.g., hard drive, optical drive, flash memory, etc.) and video (or other output devices) will meet the identified need.

Describe why you selected the apps/application/software, along with any other deciding factor (e.g., input devices, size, weight, etc.).

In summary, your paper is to have three sections:

Section 1: A paragraph stating your need.

Section 2: A copy of your shopping cart (don’t worry about formatting, I should be able to decipher it).

Section 3: In your words, state why you believe the hardware and software you have chosen in section (2) will meet the need you identified in section (1). Be sure to include any additional factors you included as part of your decision (e.g., input devices, size, weight, etc.).

Formatting (and other important directions):

A minimum of 100 words for section (1)
A minimum of 250 words for section (3)
Note: titles, page numbers, your name, etc. do not count towards the minimum number of words requirement
Use MS Word
Use Times New Roman font, 12 pt. and 1″ inch margins (top, bottom, left and right)
Use single spacing
Insert a page break between sections
Submit via MoodleISU
Websites that can help in this assignment:

Dell and Apple provide discounts to faculty, students and staff. Here is a link to ISU’s Purchasing Computer Pricing page.

You may choose “personal purchases” from either Apple or Dell or choose any other vendor/manufacturer (from this site or any other of your choosing).

The following are some links that should be helpful when choosing a processor, memory, hard drive, video, and optical drives (regardless of manufacturer). Look for “help me choose” or similar link for each of the configurable items. You should be matching your choice on any configurable item to your needs. Be sure to look at the “recommendation” links on the following sites or on any “help me choose” link.



Hard Drive:

SSD Hard Drives (Crucial Technology):

SSD Hard Drives (Intel):



How much storage capacity do I need?

How many photos (from SanDisk)

How many videos (from SanDisk)

Also see the Dell’s hard drive page above.




Choosing Technology to Meet a Need

  1. Section 1

The classroom is one tough place for educators. Educators have to make sure that all students are engaged in the learning process. However, this generation of pupils is wild, with short concentration spans. Students living in the age of technology cannot concentrate on one thing for long especially if it does not involve technology. Furthermore, the management of student records, the issuing of assignments, and coordinating student based research work is cumbersome for educators. These problems can be solved easily with the use of technologies. The IPad, a product manufactured by Apple is a suitable device that will solve all these issues. It is an exciting piece of technology that will keep students excited and engaged in learning. Furthermore, teachers will have an easy time uploading assignments to the ICloud where all students will access it and submit completed assignments using the IPads. Besides, an internet enabled IPad will be a useful resource for research for both students and teachers. In this respect, I chose the IPad mini 2 Wi-Fi enabled with 1 GB of storage space.


  1. Section 2

Figure1: Illustrating my shopping cart


  1. Section 3

The IPad mini 2 Wi-Fi enabled with 1 GB of storage space is suitable for solving the classroom problems identified above. At a price of $259, the device is affordable for many schools and Individuals (Apple). The memory capacity of the device is sufficient. Notably, many of the documents uploaded for research and assignment purposes are not large. The materials will fit in the 16 GB device and leave additional space for other uses (Gilbert). The IPad Mini is portable. Its small size and light weight make it easy to fit in a little bag or be carried by hand comfortably. The portability of the device will allow teachers to move with ease in the classroom and make demonstrations (Apple). Additionally, students will use it anywhere, which will make it convenient for them to study and carry out research work. Apple provides cloud services the will make it easy for educators to manage records and coordinate class work (Apple). The cloud services also increase the available storage options for both teachers and students. The cloud is also secure and provides recovery options for students in case of mechanical damages to the IPads or theft (Apple). Therefore, educators will not worry about losing vitals documents.

The Apple Store provides many interactive applications that would aid teachers in the classroom. There are applications that can be used in presentations and making designs (Apple). Such tools increase interactivity and student engagement in the classroom, which improve