2012-10-31 Weekly IT Update

This Week:


App Training – Flipboard vs. Pulse News

Google Nexus 10 Tablet – iPad Killer?

Tech Cautious? – Tips for You

Communication – Evolved

Apps Gone Free – What Went Free Today?


IPTV – If you haven’t already, I request that you please answer the 1-question poll about your IPTV use at: http://kwiqpoll.com/p/0pu1b4/  In case you haven’t noticed, the IPTV is having some issues at the moment. 4 of our 6 broadcasters have failed which means that instead of 12 channels available through the IPTV, now only 4 channels are available. We currently have an E-mail out to the company that supports the hardware but have not received any return contact. As the broadcasters are currently out of warranty we are at the whim of the manufacturers as to when they get back to us. While these are down, please feel free to use Michael Pollard’s CreekVision links to play them through your computer. We apologize for the inconvenience.

App Training – This week the App Training will be on Thursday at the regularly scheduled times. Come on by to get some insight into two fully customizable news programs, Flipboard and Pulse News. Flipboard is for device and tablets while Pulse News can be on devices and tablets AND accessible through the internet. Each allow you to pull news from multiple sources and are more ‘modern’ ways of finding multiple sources telling the same story. These may be good examples of how to compare different viewpoints on the same subject material and teach some media literacy.

Google Nexus 10 – So, another tablet has entered the fray and looks to be pretty impressive from the first viewing. Take a look at the Google Nexus 10 here: http://www.google.com/nexus/10/  It has a higher resolution screen than the iPad 3, works with the Google Drive for Cloud storage, has a more powerful processor, and, hey, it’s Google and syncs with all of your Google created material. Not only that but many of the Google Apps are free, free, free as opposed to the iPad which most Apps cost a couple of dollars. Am I swayed? Not sure yet as I will have to see it to test it, but my curiosity is certainly peaked! Will it be the iPad killer? Probably not, but it will certainly put up a fight! Take a look at the video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCN7Y3e6MIU

Tech Cautious? – Have you tried out new educational technologies only to be burned by changes in procedures or what hardware/software is ‘hip’ at that moment? Frustrated that you’ve put your heart and soul into one program only to find that standards have changed? If so, take a peek at this article which does a good job of showing some tips to get past the problems and make educational technology work for you in a way that best suits your needs. Take a look at: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/10/24/tln_crowley_tech.html?tkn=NNCC9K%2BuAqGZLUtSZlcshHI8AGXJ3WFciuw5&cmp=clp-sb-edtech

Communication – From quill and ink, to slate and chalk, to pencil and paper, to typewriter, to computer, to iPad…. each evolution of technology has allowed students to make their thinking visual, articulate their ideas, demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills, collaborate with their peers, and communicate in complex and modern ways.

Each advance has made it possible for those who master them to go a little further and to communicate a little more effectively. Historically, people who have taken the time to learn these technologies, or develop new ones, have reaped great rewards. Take a peek at the full article at: http://edudemic.com/2012/10/evolution-of-education/

Apps Gone Free – There are dozens of apps that provide long tedious lists of every single app that ever goes free or short lists of apps that paid a lot of money to be included.  But only AppsGoneFree gives you authored, handpicked recommendations from an AppAdvice.com app expert of apps that belong on your device.  Take a look at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apps-gone-free-best-daily/id470693788?mt=8


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