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Kindle Fire Usability Findings #UoLTUG

Kindle Fire Usability Findings #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire offers a disappointingly poor user experience. Using the web with the Silk browser is clunky and error-prone. Reading downloaded magazines is not much better. Still, user testing with the Fire did help us understand what the new generation of 7-inch tablets is good for: Are they more like 10-inch tablets (e.g., the iPad) or more like 3.5-inch mobile phones? To give away the conclusion, the answer is: "a bit of both."

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The iPad's third coming #UoLTUG

The iPad's third coming #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

Other tablet makers have been reduced to offering individual products rather than integrated media platforms. They delude themselves if they think they can charge the same (as they have tried) as Apple for their various iPad wannabes—even if they deliver more bang for the buck technically. The only ones to understand this reality are the booksellers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Both provide stripped-down tablets masquerading as e-readers for half, or less, of what it costs to buy a basic iPad 2. So, unless you are looking for a cheap tablet that lacks a camera, cellular connection, gyroscope and other bells and whistles, but works brilliantly as an e-reader, buy an iPad 2.

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How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011 | AJCann | Scoop.it

Two Key Online Reading Trends in 2011:
1. Social networks are even more important now in finding news and articles to read.

2. Iterations in iPad and popular reading apps; along with increased competition in both tablet and reading app markets.

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iPad pilot project reveals limitations as an instructional tool #UoLTUG

iPad pilot project reveals limitations as an instructional tool #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

Fifty-two percent said that they used the iPad to present websites. Thirty-nine percent used the iPad in the classroom to share videos and presentations. And 30 percent stated that they used it for presenting Blackboard and PDFs.

When asked which apps were most helpful, those mentioned most frequently were: Safari, Mail, Keynote, iAnnotate, GoodReader, Evernote, Pages, Dropbox, Blackboard Mobile and YouTube.

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Can a "gadget guy" also be an "education guy"?

Can a "gadget guy" also be an "education guy"? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"I’ll be the first to admit that I love all things hardware. My gadget lust is, well, kind of sad. My wife would absolutely throw me under the bus in a heartbeat and agree with her. I wonder, though, if hardware and educational focuses can’t go hand in hand, though? After all, schools don’t spend very much, unfortunately, on pedagogy around the use of technology in education. Rather, they spend money on hardware which, in theory, should support the pedagogy."

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Flash’s Future Fades as Windows Close on Adobe

Flash’s Future Fades as Windows Close on Adobe | AJCann | Scoop.it

The future of Flash looks dimmer and dimmer as another major player in the mobile space shuns support of the platform. Microsoft’s brand new Windows 8 Metro user interface will not support Adobe Flash or other plug-ins, instead embracing the HTML5 set of web standards.

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Living on the EDGE

Living on the EDGE | AJCann | Scoop.it

MOBILE operators like to trumpet the speed of their fastest networks. Third-generation (3G) service is now old hat, and 4G networks—whether legitimately labeled as such or not—are the latest fad. Meanwhile, slow-and-steady 2G service quietly remains the most widely GSM cell technology worldwide. That is a problem, according to Karsten Nohl, a member of a research team that has cracked the encryption protocol used for most of the data sent and received around the globe.

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Low-tech alternatives to clickers

Low-tech alternatives to clickers | AJCann | Scoop.it
Great pedagogy is timeless and shouldn’t be tied to one particular technology. Its strength is proven when it can be implemented in multiple ways. How might these low-tech alternatives work for you and your classroom?
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Chromebook From Samsung Has Its Head in the Cloud

Chromebook From Samsung Has Its Head in the Cloud | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Maybe the Chromebook concept would fly if it cost $180 instead of $500. Maybe it makes more sense if you rent it (students and corporations can lease Chromebooks for $20 to $30 a month). Maybe it will fly once the USA gets free coast-to-coast 4G cellular Internet, which should be just after hell freezes over."
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Wi-fi from laptops 'may damage sperm' - or not

Wi-fi from laptops 'may damage sperm' - or not | AJCann | Scoop.it

When I scanned this item earlier in the week I didn't realize how badly the study had been conducted.

Sense at last from NHS Choices.

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Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins

Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins | AJCann | Scoop.it

It is commonplace that pornography is the avant-garde of all media. When new technologies arise, the pornographers are there first, too. Every time there has been a significant shift in marketplace rules, even if the technology is broadly unchanged, the pornographers are the first to figure it out. What is however far less frequently discussed is poetry. Poets and pornographers have nothing to lose. No commercial opportunity in the former case, no prestige in the latter. Conversely, they have very clear goals, too: prestige in the former case, money in the latter.

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Why the Kindle Fire is No iPad Killer

Why the Kindle Fire is No iPad Killer | AJCann | Scoop.it

"This is very much a media consumption device, rather than an all-purpose tablet for browsing, video-chatting, gaming and whatever else app developers can dream up. To be sure, customers will have access to Amazon's Appstore for Android, which houses a curated, yet wide selection of apps. But if the Kindle Fire was built for anything, it was built for consuming content."

Yup.

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The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice

The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice | AJCann | Scoop.it

Martin Weller has published his new book The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice in a variety of formats. You can buy hardcover or paperback versions from Amazon, or get the Kindle version if you prefer. But Martin has also arranged for a free, open access version of the book to be published online via Bloomsbury Academic. Since Martin was generous enough to give me an acknowledgement, I'd like to advise you to buy a copy, but either way, make sure you read it.

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Welcome to badge world

Welcome to badge world | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Badges won't make learning cheaper. We'll be spending more money on education than ever, and we won't get any better results because the motives for learning will still be all wrong."

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iPad Magazine App Zite Reportedly Selling For $20-$25 Million To CNN

iPad Magazine App Zite Reportedly Selling For $20-$25 Million To CNN | AJCann | Scoop.it
Zite, an app that creates a personalized magazine based on your interests, is about to be acquired by CNN for $20-$25 million.
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Asda launches sub-£100 8-inch Android tablet #UoLTUG

Asda launches sub-£100 8-inch Android tablet #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it
Asda is now stocking an 8-inch Arnova tablet running the Android operating system, priced at less than £100. The Arnova 8 offers an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 4GB internal memory that can be expanded by using a microSD card. Under the bonnet the device runs Android 2.1, also called Eclair. Competing devices, such as the Huawei MediaPad, run Android 3.2, which has been specifically designed for tablets.
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Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich

"Universal education through schooling is not feasible. It would be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the style of present schools. Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software (in classroom or bedroom), nor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue's responsibility until it engulfs his pupils' lifetimes will deliver universal education. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring. We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education--and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries.

Schools create jobs for schoolteachers, no matter what their pupils learn from them."
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