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The Missing Link in Today’s Technology Education
January 17, 2013 | 11:17 am

I posted an article earlier this week about the difficulty of finding ready-to-go technology stuff for kids, and I figured out why: The publishers aren't the only monolithic entity who is slow to innovate! It seems the Ministry of Education—in my Canadian province, anyway—is slow to innovate, too. Just for fun, I looked up Ontario's Science and Technology curriculum {PDF} (last updated back in the stone ages of 2007) and, to my surprise, found absolutely no reference in it to computer technology whatsoever. This wouldn't be such an issue if teachers were even remotely prepared to fill in the gaps themselves. But...

Raspberry Pi $25 PC intended to get kids back into programming
September 2, 2011 | 4:15 pm

rasppi_alpha_01Geek.com reports on a talk given by Eben Upton (video embedded below), director of the Raspberry Pi foundation that is producing a $25 PC for use in education (but that also runs Quake 3 pretty well) that will be released later this year. Upton goes into detail on the rationale behind the PC, including some interesting information on the thought process that went into developing it. For example, the $25 price point came about because that’s about what textbooks cost, and Upton wanted buying it to be a comparable decision for parents to buying a kid’s textbook. ...

Free programming ebooks
July 20, 2010 | 10:28 am

index.jpgCitizen428 has a listing of over 30 free, and legally available, programming ebooks. The languages include: Lisp/Scheme, Ruby, Javascript, Haskell, Erlang, Python, Smalltalk, and others. Here's a selection of the Javascript list: Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Eloquent Javascript jQuery Fundamentals...

Apple vs. Adobe slapfight over third-party development platforms
April 9, 2010 | 8:45 pm

slapfight I wasn’t sure whether to cover this story, given that it does not seem to have a great deal to do with e-books on the face of it. But on the other hand, it relates to the viability of developing for the iPhone and iPad as a whole, and e-book applications (both reader apps and stand-alone encapsulated appbooks) have to be developed just like anything else. Apple’s OS 4.0 SDK includes a new license agreement—new terms that developers must abide by. And one of these terms is a prohibition on “applications that link to Documented APIs through an...