Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Apple hasn't quite delivered on the promise of the 'post-PC world' yet with the iPad."

A thoughtful examination of the iPad from ReadWrite Web: "Two Years With the iPad:  Was it Worth it?"

Did the early adopters get their money's worth? 

"Consume-Only":  This is the most worrisome thing in terms of adopting this in a 1:1 model for schools.  Why not just get inexpensive laptops?

From:   / March 15, 2012 
"Most of my iPad usage is read-only. That is, I use Reeder extensively to skim RSS/Atom feeds. I browse the Web anywhere in the house. I play games, read eBooks and watch movies. But for creating content? Not so much."
As RWW founder Richard MacManus wrote last year in his conclusion, the iPad "really is about consumption."
Another thing, if I were to buy one, I wouldn't consider getting it without the 3G connectivity.  My Kindle Fire is pretty worthless away from home.  I would expect that the same is true of the iPad without 3G/LTE functionality (which they are apparently overcharging for!).

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General Education
#Education – General Education
#edchat – General Education
#educhat – General Education
#ntchat – New Teachers
#curriculum – Curriculum
#k12 – K12 Education
#passiondriven – Passion Driven Educators

Subject Areas
#artsed – Art Education
#arted – Art Education
#engchat – English Education
#mathchat – Math Education
#musedchat – Music Education
#sschat – Social Studies Education
#socialstudies – Social Studies Education
#scichat – Science Education
#langchat – Foreign Language Education
#historyteacher – History Education
#physed – Physical Education

Specialty Areas
#edtech – Technology in Education
#edapp – iOS Apps in Education
#ipadchat - iPads in Education
#ellchat – ELL Education
#esl – ESL Education
#gtchat – Gifted and Talented Education
#spedchat – Special Education
#sped – Special Education
#isedchat – Independent Schools
 – Counselors
#elearning – E-Learning
#librarians – Librarians
#tlchat – Librarians
#library – Librarians
#stem – STEM Education
#flipclass – Flipped Classrooms
#cpchat – Connected Principals
#edadmin – School Administrators

Education Levels
#earlyed – Early Age Education
#preschool – Preschool
#kedu – Kindergarten Education
#kinderchat – Kindergarten Education
#elemchat – Elementary Grade Educators
#midleved – Middle Grades Education
#highered – Higher Education

#edreform – Education Reform
#ptchat – Parent Teacher Issues
#parenting – Parenting
#bullying – Bullying
#cybersafety – Cyber Safety
#dyslexia – Dyslexia
#adhd – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
#infolit – Information Literacy
#literacy – Literacy
#profdev - Professional Development

November Learning

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I am lurking at the SXSWedu Tweets

South by Southwest in Austin is a conference I have always been wanting to attend.  It is now one of the world's largest tech conferences.
So I decided to follow #sxswedu and check out what's happening.  My twitter people are there and I can only participate virtually, so I decided to embed some tweets I'm reading to show you how this conference connects to the world of education.

Notetaking sounds like the winner here. Kleon even has a notepad in his shower! Cause we all know the best ideas take shape in the shower. It's called Aquanotes, for those of you interested:

Awesome Poetry Project: Newspaper Blackout
Grab a marker; make some poetry

Much to learn; I will tune in again tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Apple's iPad Event 2012

Comparison from Cool Cat Teacher's Tweet: iPad2 and the New iPad: Engadget

The new iPad vs. iPad 2: what's changed?

iPad 2

New iPad
LED-backlit IPS LCD
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution1024 x 7682048 x 1536 "Retina Display"
CPU1GHz dual-core Apple A5dual-core Apple A5X
GraphicsPowerVR SGX 543MP2TBA (but "Quad-Core," our first guess a PowerVR SGX MP4+)
Memory512MB RAMTBA
Storage16GB / 32GB / 64GB16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front CameraVGA (640 x 480)VGA (640 x 480)
Rear Camera0.7-megapixel5-megapixel
CellularEDGE plus Quadband HSPA or CDMA EV-Do Rev.A (Verizon)"World-Ready" 3G, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth2.1 + EDR4.0
Thickness0.34-inch (8.8mm)0.37-inch (9.4mm)
Weight (WiFi)1.33 pounds (601 grams)1.44 pounds (652 grams)
Weight (3G / LTE)AT&T 1.35 pounds (613 grams)
Verizon 1.34 pounds (607 grams)
1.46 pounds (662 grams)
Battery Life25-watt-hour lithium polymer (rated 10 Hours)42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer
(rated 10 hours / 9 on 4G)
Ports30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone30-pin dock, 3.5mm headphone
Location (WiFi)WiFi, Digital CompassWiFi, Digital Compass
Location (3G / LTE)aGPS, 3G, Digital Compass, WiFiaGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi