Author: Tyler Lamb

Week 14

I have been working away on a few tickets in help desk. I was also invited to Google for the 10th anniversary celebration. It was really fun. I had a great time and met some really interesting people. I also have been volunteering a lot at Computer Reach since we got a donation of a large number of computers and printers. I think that I have met the ISTE standards this week.

CES 2016 Has Begun!

On the 6th of January 2016, the International Consumer Electronics Show began. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. This year’s show has the largest exhibit floor in the show’s 49-year history, with 2.4 million net square feet of exhibit space and featuring more than 3,600 companies, including a record 500 startups.

Some of the products unveiled by companies are:

  • Bosch – In-Vehicle Audio/Video System with Personalized Haptic Touchscreen, including haptic control so drivers can feel the buttons on the screen and receive touch feedback
  • Casio – Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 powered by Android Wear, the first watch with a built-in microphone that is water resistance up to 50 meters and features a dual layer display structure that meets U.S. military standards
  • DISH – Hopper 3, powering up to seven home TVs at once, and comes with 16 tuners and a “Sports Bar Mode” that lets owners watch four regular HD channels at once on their Ultra HD TV
  • FitBit – FitBit Blaze, a new smart fitness watch designed to balance fitness and style
  • GoSun – The E-Grill fries, roasts and bakes, powered by an electric heater or a solar panel that captures solar energy to cook after the sun goes down
  • Hisense – 2016 line of TVs with ULED technology, which is three times brighter than OLED and has quantum dot technology
  • HS Innovation GmbH – RUN ROCKETS™ & DIGITAL SKI™, high-end precision sensors attached to skis or running shoes that measure the exact movements of the skis or user’s feet
  • Kia – The Drive Wise combines the current advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) with telematics, bringing faster and more accurate assistance for drivers
  • LG – LG Signature OLED TV, featuring picture-on-glass design, a 2.57 mm panel, Dolby Vision technology, and an integrated speaker system with a built-in woofer
  • Marathon Laundry – Smart laundry machine that customizes wash cycles and allows users to switch from washer to dryer without removing clothes
  • MobileHelp – Next-generation remote health medical alarm that pairs with smartphones
  • Monster – The Blaster boombox, which produces bi-directional sound with full and deep bass
  • Morpx Inc. – Mu smart toy, a sensor add-on that acts as a smart eye and brain for your existing remote controlled toys
  • Nobo – B60 health and fitness app, which monitors hydration in real-time during exercise
  • Panasonic – DX900 4K LED TV and UB900 UHD Blu-ray Player, as well as the Technics SL-1200 high-fi turntable
  • Qualcomm – Snapdragon 602A automotive processor, which will be used in 2017 Audi cars, allowing for high bandwidth in-vehicle Internet connectivity
  • Samsung – KS9500 SUHD TV, highlighting quantum dot technology, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 4K Ultra HD resolution capabilities with the world’s first bezel-less design
  • Sony – 4K HDR TV (X930D series) features new slim backlight drive technology, voice recognition in 40 languages, Sony’s exclusive Content Bar and ultra-thin design
  • StreamTV – Unveiled Ultra-D 4K Glasses-Free technology
  • TCL – QUHD TV with quantum dot, local dimming, IDP engine and HDR technology offering a wider color gamut
  • Valeo – Les Lunettes by Valeo are connected, technology-packed glasses that improve driver visibility day and night by reducing glare from different sources
  • ZTE – GrandX3, carried by Cricket, features 5.5” HD infinity edge display, Qualcomm 1.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, 16 GB Flash-based Storage (expandable to 64 GB) and LTE speeds

Check out CES at to see what is happening in the world of consumer tech!

Week 13

Week 13 saw an increase in tickets due to people coming back from winter break (it happens every year as I have been informed) so Help Desk was a little bit more crowded this week. Nothing that we couldn’t handle, and we are back down now to a normal level of tickets. Some issues dealt with include fixing the ever-present wifi and login issues for a few computers, working on printers and that sort of thing, and fixing little video playing problems.

Over winter break, I became my entire extended family’s computer and tech monkey. This was fun sometimes and others not! Also, I am going to a “field trip” of sorts with the WPLUG (Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group) to the Pittsburgh computing museum this Saturday. I also will be giving a presentation at Google’s Pittsburgh HQ about the uses for Google Classroom as a learning and student development tool this coming Wednesday.

Overall I would say that in this week following winter break, SMART Desk has been business as usual. I think that the ISTE standards apply for what I have done over winter break and after since I have had to do a lot of troubleshooting, problem solving, etc. I hope everyone had a great winter break and a good holiday.

Week 12

Wow, week 12 already… Time sure does go fast. Helpdesk has had a few more tickets in it this week, so that was a little bit of a change from weeks past. I worked on a few of those tickets along with doing final preparations on the new COM-A computer cart for the commons. Also, I have finished Observer 4.1 for administrators to utilize for an easier experience filling out the Form 7 for teacher observations. Observer 4.0 brought some big changes in terms of saving data and 4.1 continues to improve on the UX (user experience) by adding largely requested features such as editable reports and new, updated, and streamlined experiences for users. The code behind Observer has also been updated to the latest conventions (they seem like they change every day!) for a better functioning app on newer devices. Overall, I think that I have been able to meet the ISTE standards this week in everything that I have been working on. Hope your weekends go well.

Week 11 Blog

This week has been slow, just like most other weeks. Even though helpdesk has been slow, I have been working on and setting up a new laptop cart for the commons. Also, since we didn’t get a chance to have a meeting this week, not all of the group was informed of the date of the meeting in front of the school board regarding the new desk. I am hoping that someone brings this up during the meeting this week. I think that the ISTE standards apply to theorizing about the new desk and setting up the new laptop cart.

Week 10 Blog

This week has been slow with tickets, just like the last few weeks. Through the week’s time, though, I have worked on my AP computer science projects and have gotten a new laptop going for the SMART Desk that should be fully functional and ready to use next week. I have met the ISTE standards in many ways through both my projects and my work on the new laptop.

Week 10

Helpdesk this week was empty for the most part, but we still managed to get a lot done before the break. For example, the issues with logging into accounts were looked into and solved in the testing that we did over the last week. The ISTE standards apply to this work and other things that we have done over last week. Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving!

Week 8 Blog

This week has closely resembled last week in that tickets were pretty slow. Without many tickets to work on, I have been able to get a lot done with new software for the music department. Some other things I have been able to work on are: troubleshooting the login issues that some students have been having, changing up the way that folder aliases are made when students and staff log into their laptops, and deploying a fix for some of the wifi issues that we have been having. Overall, I think I have met the ISTE standards and hope that I can get just as much done this coming week.

Week 7 Blog

This week, tickets still have been slow to enter, but many ideas have come about during this week, including the app that allows the clubs of the school to interface with the students to allow easier access to clubs. I think that this app is a great idea, but there is a lot of back-end work to get this idea going. This wouldn’t be impossible, though, and I already have ideas about how to put the app into production. With that, I don’t know if the ideas would be practical to deploy.

With that said, this week has been great for myself and Computer Reach. The schools are giving many of the retired machines to Computer Reach. This will be great for Computer Reach and good for the district as well!