Magazine article Technology and Children

Plug It in, Plug It In!

Magazine article Technology and Children

Plug It in, Plug It In!

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It's the season for video and photographs, and you might be thinking of purchasing a new digital video or still camera for home or school. Is there a problem you need to address?

In almost every elementary and middle school setting, you'll find a wide variety of computer, video, and audio equipment that won't necessarily work together without the proper wires and plugs. Today's new equipment, such as digital cameras, offer USB (Universal Serial Bus) and FireWire ports that won't interface with older model computers. It can be frustrating to the students and the teacher when you are trying to complete a project, and the equipment doesn't work for you.

How FireWire and USB Work

USB is the technology of choice for most computer mice, keyboards, and other input devices. Firewire is an interface with a higher bandwidth so the data transfer is even faster than for USB. It is very useful for applications involving digital video, digital still cameras, and other home entertainment devices.

Both USB and Firewire are plug-and-play technologies that, in most instances, are hot-swappable. …

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