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Android vs. iPad: What platform will be the long-term winner?

Android vs. iPad: What platform will be the long-term winner? | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Android tablets like the Nexus 10 boast better hardware specs than the iPad 4, but think twice: Apps and ecosystems are more important than hardware specs!
Anne Whaits's insight:

iPad vs Android vs PC Tablet? An interesting discussion emerging as evidenced in this post by @academiPad and the comment thread that follows. What factors does one consider? Hardware specs? Ecosystem? Apps? Battery Life? Support? Also read Bill Gate's views on this here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/07/bill-gates-ipad-android-pc-tablets

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Are Most Educational Literacy Apps Any Good?

Are Most Educational Literacy Apps Any Good? | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
"My EdTechTeacher colleagues Beth, Greg, and Tom have been pouring over educational apps. Lots and lots of apps. As practitioners, their instinct is that the vast majority of educational apps are terrible. Shovel-ware. Flashcards. Garbage. Tens of thousands of them.

So, we've developed a framework for thinking about teaching with tablets that focuses on using a handful of curation and media creation apps: one for annotation, one for curating, one for web browsing, one for audio creation, one for video creation, one for screencasting, and so forth."
Anne Whaits's insight:

With the proliferation of apps, it is really great to see that evaluation of their value for learning is now seriously emerging. The figure provided sure highlights that only a small % of literacy apps focus on the essential literacy skills of comprehension and story-telling. I like the framework suggested by @bjfr and colleagues and the selection of a few excellent curation and media creation apps to support higher order literacy skills.

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