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Why aren’t more teachers using technology in education?
August 15, 2014 | 4:25 pm

technology in educationThe excellent blog Teachers with Apps has a thought-provoking write-up on the timeless and eternal question of why teachers don't use technology in education better. The reasons they list, pulled from an Education Week survey, are varied, and true to my own experience: lack of time, lack of training, lack of access and so on. But when all is aid and done, they boil down to one thing: Technology is not an instant fix. That's it. That is the simple truth right there. People see the new and shiny and they get seduced by the idea that it's the better way which...

Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late?
July 30, 2014 | 11:25 am

According to an announcement made on the London Book Fair website some months after the latter's closure, "The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time." The open question is whether this will have any actual influence on the development of e-publishing in Europe. TISP brings together "the two European representative bodies of the publishing and ICT industries,...

Does publishing have a coolness problem?
July 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

Over six months after the International Publishers Association concluded that publishing has an image problem, UK peers at the London Book Fair have been wondering "Is publishing cool anymore?" and bemoaning the tendency of the tech companies to steal all the brightest people. For the British publishing industry overall, with its somewhat fusty and cozy reputation as a bastion of the Old Rectory Syndrome, I'm surprised that this is even a discussion, but clearly some insiders feel differently. "Will the bright, imaginative, tech savvy, book reading (or content devouring) twentysomething choose Gollancz or Google, Faber or Facebook, Orion or O2?" asks...

Morning Roundup: Thinking while listening to audiobooks, More gadgets, less energy?
June 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThings I Think About While Listening to Audiobooks (Book Riot) I’m not the only one with audiobook questions, I can’t be, because so many of us listen to audiobooks, and some other people must have questions too? Do you share my questions? What are yours? *** Content was What was Holding Back Japanese eBook Market, Not Twice-Shy Customers (The Digital Reader) In a country  that invented the idea of cellphone novels, developed the first E-ink ereader, and has gadget-loving consumers who commute long distances everyday, it is a little odd that ebooks didn’t explode in Japan long before the Kindle launched in the US....

Education, Back to Basics Style?
June 12, 2014 | 2:28 pm

educationI've posted a lot of articles this year about technology in education---my own school has iPads, MacBooks, SMARTboards and other gadgets, all of which we have a mandate to use as often as possible and integrate into our lessons. I have written at length about the difficulties we have upgrading and maintaining these technologies, training teachers to use them effectively, and deploying them to maximum effect with such a large group of kids. So it's been a little surprising---and bemusing---to me to see a groundswell lately in favour of a more back-to-basics style. It seems that more and more teachers are...

Transhumanism and eReading technologies
May 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

transhumanismOkay, I'll admit I'd never heard the term transhumanism until today, but, as a fan of cyberpunk, I got it as soon as it was explained to me by Matt Hayler, a teaching fellow at Exeter University. (Seriously, follow the link and check out his Twitter icon. Way cool!) Okay, so what is transhumanism for those of you, who like me, had never heard the term? According to Hayler's blog, he subscribes to this definition: “a general term designating a set of approaches that hold an optimistic view of technology as having the potential to assist humans in building more equitable and...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

Morning Roundup: Everyone wants Netflix for books. Make time for tech in the classroom and more
March 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

Netflix for booksTips to Make Time for Tech in the Classroom (Teachers with Apps) Make time for TECH? How? I can barely get off the computer doing mundane chore after chore. Where is the time for meaningful planning and execution of lessons? *** Everybody Wants a Netflix for Books (The Scholarly Kitchen) I will enjoy Pandora while it lasts, but it does get at the point that record labels, movie studios, and publishers do not exist to make their users happy but to make their shareholders happy.  What may appear to be sluggishness or lack of vision on the part of publishers may in fact be...

A digital game plan for education is sorely needed
March 5, 2014 | 11:15 am

digital game plan for educationIn today's Morning Links, there was a wonderful article from The Digital Shift, which reported on a recent conference at which educators and school administrators explored technology. The comments from participants highlighted many of the issues I myself have written about on this blog before: the lack of forethought and planning in rolling out technology programs, the lack of teacher training and the need to prepare future educators before they hit the classroom. From the article: “It’s imperative that we rethink professional development,” says Linda Clark, superintendent for the Meridian Joint School District No. 2 in Idaho. “Many of us were...

The Advantage of the Walled Garden
February 4, 2014 | 12:00 pm

walled gardenThis article from GoodeReader, via today's Morning Links, highlights an important advantage to the walled garden approach: stability. The issue is that with the reliance on other products, company’s services can be eliminated or changed at the whim of product changes beyond your control. In this case, Adobe will be changing the way they handle DRM, and any device vendor who does not issue a firmware update once the change rolls out will leave their customers with crippled devices that can't read Adobe-encrypted books. Given that Amazon is the only major vendor that doesn't sell encrypted epub, that is potentially...

My Technology Wish List
January 20, 2014 | 2:35 pm

technology wish listAn article in today's Morning Links has GigaOM's Mark Crump explaining why 2014 will be the "year of the iPad" for him. It basically comes down to this: the iPad can't do every computing task he wants to do. But it can do all the ones he needs to do on the go. So he's getting a desktop for the tasks where he truly needs a full computer, and using the iPad as his portable machine. I'm almost there with him. I currently have an aging Macbook and two iPads, and I'd like to streamline that down to one machine and...

Is the ‘thrill of ebooks’ gone? A NYT letter writer weighs in
January 20, 2014 | 12:51 pm

thrill of ebooks Fred Fenton is a retired Episcopal priest who lives in Concord, California and follows technology news on a daily basis. In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times last December, he wrote that a Times article headlined "Booksellers Wary About Holiday Sales" had noted that ''e-book sales [were] down without citing what [was] perhaps the major reason for the decline." "Digital sales were attractive to readers like me when most new titles were available for $9.99 or less," Fenton told the Times in his letter (which did not appear in the print edition of the paper but...