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Archive for January, 2010

An iPad for (My) Students?

Inside Higher Ed: “Will the iPad let me get away with not buying Mac laptops for my students?”

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Wired Campus: “A leading publisher in health-science textbooks is the latest to add interactive tools to online books and one of the first to offer e-textbooks without an expiration date.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “Today is the 3rd annual international Data Privacy Day and a whole bunch of companies are listed on the organization’s website as participants. Google, Microsoft, even Walmart. Facebook is not listed as a participant and has stirred up a lot of controversy with changes to its privacy policy lately.”

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CNET Crave: “If you’re among those wondering why Apple’s new iBooks e-reader app may have looked vaguely familiar, the answer is Apple may have ripped off the user interface from an existing iPhone app, according to Wired blogger Brian Chen.”

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CNET News: “Though it may have seemed like another of Apple’s perfectly timed third-party leaks (and I certainly mistook it for that), McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw’s remarks to CNBC earlier this week were nothing of the sort. The publisher tells me that it was not privy to iPad prelaunch details and that to conclude otherwise is a misinterpretation of McGraw’s comments.”

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Solving my LMS debacle (for now)

ZDNet Education: “Earlier this week, I wrote about my need for a speedy solution to my Learning Management System debacle. I received plenty of encouragement to jump on the Moodle train (and with good reason – I’ve seen a lot of really successful implementations embraced by teachers and students), but in the end, some talking with school principals and teachers led me in a different direction.”

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Ten Things Missing From the iPad

Wired: “The iPad was supposed to change the face of computing, to be a completely new form of digital experience. But what Steve Jobs showed us yesterday was in fact little more than a giant iPhone. A giant iPhone that doesn’t even make calls. Many were expecting cameras, kickstands and some crazy new form of text input. The iPad, though, is better defined by what isn’t there.”

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