If you know someone who is aspiring to be an artist, consider furthering their dreams with a simple act of kindness. All you have to do is gather information, save it on a flash drive, and then present said information to that person. [Read more…] about Promote Art
Sometimes, all it takes to be successful is a little effort in advertising and promotional material. If you have a business, such as a pizza shop, that is run by your family, you know how difficult it is to go against big name competitors, like Domino’s and Pizza Hut. You can have a fighting chance and even surpass those competitors, though, but you’ll have to do some things first to achieve this. [Read more…] about Tricks for Pushing a Small Business Toward Success
You’re fingers fly over the keyword as you do your daily Google motivational searches:
How to Quit Smoking Cold Turkey
How to Quit Smoking
Smoking Decreases Chance in Corporate Jobs
Guides to Quit Smoking Fast
The list just goes on and on …
Looking to quit smoking? I think we have already established that point. [Read more…] about Stash that Ash with a Flash Drive…
That is the question that CFgear, the custom flash drive manufacturers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are asking as a part of their effort to give back to the community with their Custom Flash Drive Giveaway Contest. [Read more…] about What Could Your Classroom Do With 25 Free Flash Drives?
For many towns, celebrating its homecoming is an event of pride and a way to commemorate the past. As towns approach their 50th, 75th, 100th, and so on homecoming anniversaries, they look for ways to bring the community together. They are also searching for ways to highlight the past, present, and future of the town.
Some towns choose to create a “memory book.” This book can be filled with pictures of the town, along with descriptions and rich town history.
However, creating a print book does have its limitations. It can often be very expensive to print high quality photographs. You may have members of the community submit several hundred pictures. How will you choose which to include and which to omit? Perhaps a majority of the pictures are worthy of having a spot in the book. You may be looking at a couple hundred page book filled with only pictures. [Read more…] about Preserving Community Memories on Flash Drives
When one thinks of 19,200 pictures, 640,000 document pages,or 2,048 MP3 files, the numbers are so extreme that they are hard to grasp. However, take a moment and imagine what 640,000 pieces of paper would look like piled up on your desk. It is several feet high, disorganized, and slightly leaning over. If you were to look for just one piece of paper out of those 640,000 pieces, how much work, time, and effort would it take? Maybe that paper is right in the middle (say around piece 320,000?). After you sifted through that many pages, you most likely would forget what you were looking for in the first place and have to start over.
If you are a sentimental person and tend to take hundreds or thousands of family photos, than you can grasp what too many pictures look like. However, can you fully grasp what 19,200 pictures would look like? If a photo album holds 300 photos, than you would have accumulated 64 albums! It would take a lot of time to organize these photos by date, event, family members, etc. When it comes time to actually show someone the picture from last year’s family reunion, how likely is it that you will find it in your massive pile of photo albums? Probably not very likely. [Read more…] about 640,000 Pieces of Paper Piled on Your Desk
Opening up my laptop, I pop in my handy recipe flash drive (if you didn’t read that post already, better backtrack and digest that one first!) and choose the topic of my liking: Apple Crisp recipes (of course!). There’s even a video short preloaded on this USB drive, so I click play and watch good ol’ Betty demonstrate how adding cinnamon mixed with lemon juice to your peeled apples can turn a bland apple crisp dessert into a mouth so savory one. I’ve always been one to hate reading and reading through recipe books … now my dream has come true with high tech cookery (is that a word?) flash drives.
So, now it’s time to follow the directions. They’ve popped up on my computer screen in a preloaded powerpoint styled presentation with audio so I don’t even have to squint to make sure it said Tablespoon or Teaspoon. Mix together 1 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of flour. Blend together a cup of brown sugar. A pinch of nutmeg can be added (optional). Knife in a cup of butter by cutting it into very fine slivers and forking it all together. Don’t forget the big bowl of already peeled, cut, deseeded (I love making up words!) and cinnamon-lemon sprayed apples. Throw them all into a 9 x 9 sized baking pan, pile on top of that the oatmeal mixture. Preheat the oven to 450 and cook until done. Ouch! I hate it when it says cook until done. Oh, ok, too fast …. Betty just said it should take about 30 to 40 minutes.
And then I wait … and wait. While my apple crisp is cooking away, I take my cooking flash drive for even more of a spin. Starting at the main menu, there are multiple category options to choose from. Breads, breakfast items, meats, salads, beverages, and many more. Clicking on breads takes me into a list of subcategories. I decided to choose Auntie Lou’s yeast bread. I’m now looking at an attractive screen giving me the option to watch a video short of Betty (the baker dude) making it, the standard powerpoint ingredient list with audio, or (this is cool), a link to learn about add ons to make Auntie Lou’s yeast bread more personalized to taste. And possibly making her bread my own bread (then I can brag about using my own recipe!).
Finally, my apple crisp is done. And very hot. I spoon a huge, heaping spoonful onto my plate. Man! The apples are as hard as can be. Back into the oven for another ten minutes. And back to viewing the preloaded flash drive’s recipes. There is really everything on here. I’m so thrilled with my mental “invention,” I think I’m going to write to one of those patent companies that seems to always advertise in the back of one of the home magazines I have laying around the house. This will surely be a winner. I’ll duplicate the flash drives in bulk and offer them up for just $19.95 a pop. It might take a bundle of work to create them (especially persuading Betty the baker dude to do that much cooking while we video her), but once you’re done, you’re done … and it’s not too hard finding a good company (hint: CFgear.com) to take those files, load them onto an attractive flash drive imprinted with the cooking brand, and then mass produce them for the cooks of the US.
Enough dreaming … my apple crips is starting to burn. Out of the oven again … and the apples are still hard! A little Google searching later for Gala apples (the kind I made the apple crisp with), and I’ve discovered that they really aren’t the best kind of apple for trying to make a nice, soft, somewhat runny apple crisp with. I didn’t even think about that one. Next time I’ll have to use Macintosh apples. Good thing I wasn’t filming this one.
The new English teacher walks into his classroom, a smile on his face, a pile of books in his hands, every action portraying that he is more than ready to dispense his knowledge to a room full of students. He steps to the front of the room to begin his first lecture. He’s excited about communicating the great concepts of grammar and language to a group of less-than-excited freshman. But after a few days of lecturing, the glory of teaching fades into a grind. He realizes that no matter how much passion he shows for language, his students aren’t all that excited about what they’re learning. And teaching is a lot of work. In addition to organizing a lecture each day, he has assignments to plan, quizzes and tests to write, and papers to grade. He has to give each students the many requirements for assignments, and collect what they turn in.
Is there any way to make the burden easier for a new teacher? What about giving each student a USB flash drive that is preloaded with the course syllabus, requirements for assignments, and any other handy materials all in one convenient place. The student could use this drive to save assignments that he’s working on.
Once the teacher writes up and assembles all the information he wants to give his students, he can give it to a company like CF Gear that produces custom flash drives in large quantities with a wide array of options for customers. That way he can ensure that no student can say he didn’t get the information he was supposed to receive. It’s all on the flash drive, all guaranteed to be there, thanks to a carefully controlled, high-tech duplicating process.
And why not label the drive with the name of the class? CF Gear can engrave text or a logo with laser to clearly identify a USB drive. That way the student can’t say he just thought it was his own and forgot it had the class info on it. And everyone will want to take the class in which she can get a flash drive instead of just a plain old paper syllabus and stacks of paper assignments throughout the semester.
Or, you can add color—up to 4 colors to brighten up the surface of an otherwise fairly standard flash drive. But it doesn’t have to be “fairly standard.” You can browse a selection of all kinds of shapes and sizes and materials for drives on CF Gear’s website. Add some color to your students’ lives that doesn’t involve marking red ink all over their papers. A teacher doesn’t have to settle for what every other teacher does. He can make his classroom more exciting and ease his planning by adding custom USB flash drives to his teaching.
Schools are adapting to the rapid changes in technology, and if they’re not adapting, they are quickly realizing that they need to adapt. A generation of students is coming through for education who are used to going to Google before they would use an encyclopedia to find out information they need to know. They download music from iTunes to listen to on their iPods, type notes on laptops instead of writing with a pen in a notebook, and carry cell phones to be in touch with friends and family members 24/7.
To summarize, often, these students carry more data in electronic form on computers and iPods and cell phones than they do in written form on paper and books. So many schools are realizing they need to do more than handing students piles of paper assignment and making them go to the library and sort through shelves of dusty volumes to find the pile of books they need for research. Of course, it is important to teach students how to do traditional research and find quality information. But they must also be proficient in using the technology and techniques that will be available to them when they go into the work world.
Several schools (including grade schools, colleges, and universities) have taken advantage of flash drives to help integrate technology into education. CF Gear sells bulk flash drives that can be customized to the needs of each individual customer. For example, a teacher could place all the assignments for a class on custom flash drives and give those to students. They would be able to load their completed assignments onto the drives and give them back to the teacher to grade.
The teacher could reuse these memory drives from semester to semester, or, if within the school’s budget, give them to students to keep when they are done. They could then use the drives for other purposes, whatever they want. Flash drives are always useful for storing, backing up, and transporting data.
This idea could even be expanded to not just individual classes but entire school programs. A school could give each student a flash drive when he checks in for his semester. He could have access to information that might help him adjust to life in college: maps of the campus, hours of operation for campus buildings, links to important internet/intranet information, tips for class registration, etc.
CF Gear offers either color imprinting or laser engraving, so a school could use either of these techniques to put its logo on the drive. This helps the student feel a sense of identity as part of this school every time he uses this flash drive.
The opportunities are endless for education. If you’re involved in teaching at or administering a school, don’t miss out on the opportunities to integrate technology. Consider bulk flash drives.