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Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school
September 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

technology in schoolI just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it's been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet Like many teachers, I use the internet heavily---be it Google Images clipart to illustrate a worksheet or Google Translate to double-check my grammar when I am writing notes or instructions in French. Two websites my school seems to be particularly relying on this year: Reading A-z.com, a scubscription...

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook
August 20, 2014 | 2:14 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab NookI wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to see what he has to say, pop over to his post. I'll start with the good. It's a nice looking device, and the screen is better than I expected. The pixel density is supposed to be lower than the Nood HD, but in a side-by-side comparison, I didn't notice a difference. The screen brightness is impressive. The store's Nook was set at less than...

Why people aren’t buying iPads anymore
July 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ipad mini vs ipad airHuffington Post has this little write-up on the iPad situation. In short: sales of iPads are flat, why can this be? They list the usual reasons---other brands are cheaper, Apple won't budge on price and so on---but also offer a new one that's true for me: people simply don't upgrade their tablets as often. Perhaps it's because they prioritize upgrading their phones, which they carry with them daily, so there is no money left for a frill like a tablet. Perhaps it's because there has not been as much innovation in the tablet sector recently---my iPad 2 is still going strong after...

Big phone or small tablet: the next tech shift?
July 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

big phone or small tabletIn the Weekend Links, I highlighted a GigaOM story which claims that sales of bigger phones are starting to cut into sales of smaller tablets. I believe it. When I got my iPad Mini, it was because I wanted a not-phone-sized device that didn't weigh a ton. I still use my Mini a lot (mostly in situations which call for two iPads, such as the Beloved being able to FaceTime at home on days I stay late at work, or a train ride we take semi-regularly involving a small child who won't share). But in my perfect tech world, I'd...

Gartner says welcome to the post-PC world
July 8, 2014 | 4:25 pm

gartner136.gifResearch firm Gartner Inc. has released a new digital device sales forecast which marks 2015 as the year when shipments of tablets will finally overtake PCs and the world will move into the post-PC era. In volume terms at least, the defining digital device in the home will no longer be the computer, whether in desktop or laptop form, but the tablet. Gartner forecasts sales of the devices it tracks  - PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones - to hit 2.4 billion units in 2014, "a 4.2 percent increase from 2013." And as of 2014, it calculates a total global sale...

Rotring meets the digital pen challenge?
July 5, 2014 | 12:21 pm

800pls_hoverAs a follow-up to my earlier TeleRead piece on why the premium pen manufacturers aren't meeting the onscreen writing challenge, it's good to report that at least one firm does seem to have stepped up to the plate: The German precision pen and drawing instrument manufacturer Rotring, whose stylographic pens have been a staple of drawing and engineering courses for decades. Founded in 1928, the company's rapidographs became the virtual standard for technical drawing. However, as its Wikipedia entry states, "the advent in the 1990s of computer-aided design (CAD) saw the partial demise of the technical drawing pen. To combat...

IDC reins in tablet sales forecast amid phablet explosion
May 30, 2014 | 4:24 pm

IDC_logoInternational Data Corporation (IDC) has reduced its forecast for 2014 worldwide sales of tablets plus similar 2-in-1 convertible devices - due largely to the surge in demand for phablets, which appear to be blurring the line between smartphones and tablet devices and snatching an ever greater market share. IDC's new forecast is for 245.4 million units in 2014, down from a previous forecast of 260.9 million units, and equaling a 12.1 percent y-o-y growth rate, down from e 51.8 percent growth in 2013. "Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially...

Back pain and the Hemingway approach to writing
May 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

Courtesy of a rash moment over the weekend when I lifted both my daughters into a house through a window, I've picked up a nasty lower back pain - and a whole new stance towards writing. Literally. Because now that sitting down to the keyboard risks further discomfort, I am learning to stand up to write, evoking that great archetype of the writer erect - Ernest Hemingway. Back pain ought to be a key concern for writers, no? After all, alongside alcoholism, nearsightedness, and visits from the secret police (or debt collectors), it's the nearest thing to an occupation hazard that...

The education world has gone tablet-crazy!
May 28, 2014 | 3:25 pm

tabletA report crossed my in-box the other day via the usually reliable Teachers with Apps blog. It promised to inform me on 'education trends I need to know about' and said it would highlight data from around the world. Sounds good, right? Well, I'll save you reading the whole thing and sun it up thusly: everybody loves tablets. Americans, Indians, Japanese, Swiss---everybody. They love tablets. They want tablets. Tablets are the future of education. I'm not sure what to make of it. I think there needs to be some maturation of the group management options before that happens. I am still...

Phablet use distinct from smartphones and tablets
May 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

0298_what_is_phablet_768x432_mainI saw this article on re/code about phablet use, and none of is seemed surprising to me. I also didn't agree with all of it. Check the page URL for the article: phablets aren't just eating tablets' lunch, they're changing behavior (which wasn't the same as the article headline--interesting). Do remember that this is the same site that published an article on how our love affair with tablets is over. Okay, let's step back a moment. The data on phablet use was interesting. Social networking was more than 50% of the usage, which didn't surprise me. My iPhone 4S is a bit...

Morning Roundup: Screen time for toddlers. Why do we abandon certain books?
May 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

screen time for toddlersLet's be Sensible About Screen Time with Toddlers (Teachers with Apps) iPads and screen time with kids younger than 2 may be just fine according to Dr. Dimitri Christakis from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. *** A Modest Proposal for Scaled-Up Open Access (The Scholarly Kitchen) The basic structure of Kennison and Norberg’s proposal is a three-way partnership between higher-education (HE) institutions (as funding bodies), libraries (as archives and distribution nodes) and scholarly societies (as gatherers, editors, and presenters of content). *** On World Press Media Day, a Look at New Media's Double-Edged Sword (Media Shift) This cycle of Internet...

Morning Roundup: Tablets take more older people online. Book club dropout?
April 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletsTablets Take More Older People Online, British Research Shows (GigaOM) Older people are increasingly going online, in part thanks to tablets, according to the U.K. telecommunications regulator. *** Amazon Stops Selling Kindle DX (GoodeReader) Amazon has just discontinued their 9.7 inch e-reader, the Kindle DX. *** I'm a Book Club Dropout (Huffington Post) Of course, if reading really is antisocial, it's unsurprising that a social club centered on that activity would be difficult to sustain. *** Hello! Books are Digitally Different (Brave New World) Whatever the route taken the stupid thing would be to continue to merely pour the same content into a digital container. This logic is flawed as...