Apple and Censoring Education

Yesterday, Dan Cohen’s tweet about the iPad and censorship, got me thinking about a drawback to the iPad for education argument. What Dan made me wonder/realize is that by using iPads for educational purposes schools, both higher ed and secondary/primary ed, would be opening themselves up to censorship by Apple. In other words as I …..

After Using the iPad . . .

So, I have been borrowing an iPad for the last couple of weeks. I realize given my critique of the device that it might seem a bit bizarre for me to be using one. But, I consider it research, a way to have an informed position, and since this is really one of our lab …..

Devon for Novel Writing

Steven Johnson, who I started reading because of his book Everything Bad is Good For You (a well thought out defense of digital games) has a post on boingboing documenting his novel writing process (he has a new book out). Although he says he has used various writing tools for his different books, his “one …..

iPhone Apps for Academic Types

So, I got this email the other day. You know the type, one from a not all together legitimate website, saying “Hey Link to My Post” your readers might want the information. The post purported to be a list of the top 50 iPhone applications for educators. The only problem is that some of the …..

Reader Question

A reader is looking for a software application to help her read digital documents, any suggestions on something which can do the following: A rather mundane question I have for you. . . have you encountered something that could help make the reading process easier for digital documents? Something akin to dragging a colored index …..

Another Online Slide Creation Tool

No, that is not a screen shot of Keynote, it is from an online slide creation tool called 280Slides. The interface though is so similar to Keynote that one might accuse them of just ripping off Keynote, stripping it down and turning it into a web application. Indeed in reading thru the few blog posts …..

LaTex-Another Word Processing Option

Occasionally when I write about word processors someone will ask about using LaTeX (that’s LaTeX, not latex . . . totally different things). LaTex is the hardcore version of Word Processing. I most often find it used by those in the sciences as it is much easier to type equations and formulas in LaTex. (Technically …..

Mellel Discount—Today Only

Quick note to say that for those who are Mac users and looking for a Word Processor that doesn’t suck (yes MS Word I am talking about you), Maczot is selling Mellel at a discounted price. Mellel is by far my favorite word processor, a program designed specifically for the ways academics write. Normally $35 …..

Some Useful, Some Not, Things for You

Here is a list of things I have been collecting as of late, which may or may not be of interest to those in academia . . . I frequently make the argument that blogs are one of the most useful “tech tools” in education. In fact I now run a class blog for each …..

Follow Up on Evernote-Getting Devon over the Web (iPhone)

While I was checking out Evernote (see post below) I got enamored with the idea of having my database accessible over the web (read iPhone). Evernote makes this really easy. But ultimately Evernote was no where near powerful enough to entice me into switching (in fact I have been ramping up my Devon use lately …..