With the introduction of Apple’s iPad in January, questions abounded regarding its potential impact on digital education. Could the iPad revolutionize how students learn? With textbook publishers jumping on board to develop iPad-compatible versions of their books even before the product was available for sale, the Apple product seemed to take the lead in next-generation educational technology. But what about Amazon.com’s popular book reader the Kindle, or the recent glut of affordable, stripped down laptop computers dubbed “netbooks”? Can any of them compete with good old-fashioned books? Here’s a rundown of what each has to offer. (more…)
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Gift Ideas for Students Taking Online Classes
Online education is designed to be more convenient than in-person classes, but it has its share of hassles that can be eased with a healthy dose of technology. And I think we all agree that the best type of technology is free technology! So consider giving these cutting-edge gadgets to that special online student in your life; they might prove to be a real life saver (as opposed to a light saber, which would be a pretty cool gadget too). (more…)
This video has been around for a while, but it’s still a powerful and engaging argument for the increased use of technology in classrooms. Although it’s aimed at teachers and school administrators, the potency of the message isn’t lost on the rest of us, and while not all of the suggestions might be feasible, it’s this sort of out-of-the-box thinking that will hopefully fuel education in the 21st century. Plus, it’s got purty music.
In the 21st century, there’s no excuse to not have at least a working knowledge of computer technology. With great websites like these offering free computer courses and tutorials at your fingertips (or pawtips), ANYONE can learn a thing or two. So devote a few minutes a day to learn something new about today’s technology…assuming you know enough about computers to find these sites.