Is it what you want to spend $500 for? -- sharing experience in using iPad

Submitted by Zhou Zhou on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 1:21am.

So, I have been testing an EdLab iPad on some learning tasks as well as some natural tasks that I am interested in. Overall the experience is good, but not outstanding enough to persuade me to buy one for myself. I really like iPad's portability, excellent screen display, as well as the multitouch and accelerometer capabilities. Shopping (or windowshopping) at the app store is also a nice experience, except that the apps specifically designed for iPad still cannot meet my expectations in terms of availability and quality. However, I really hate the fact that Apple is having so much control over the iPad and user behaviors. Next I'd like to share my experiences and thoughts in some tasks I have tried.

Apps store

The App Store app is perhaps the most used app on a new iPad, as everyone would want to customize a comfortable and efficient working environment on a new computing device. I love the fact that there are a lot of free apps that I can install and try, and I indeed keep some apps that are cool and useful. For apps that cost money, most of their prices are reasonable (for example, $0.99 for GoodReader, an eBook reading app; $0.99 for Angry Birds, an addictive slingshot-pig game). Best of all, every app has descriptions, screenshots, user ratings and reviews to help me choose which apps to purchase. Also worth mentioning that iPhone apps can also run on iPads (although iPad apps can't run on iPhones), so even if I cannot find my desired iPad app, I may find an iPhone app as a temporary alternative.


Submitted by Jeannie Crowley on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 8:55pm.

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

As soon as Apple catches wind of this, proprietary Velcro will be available for $150.

Himrod explains the intricacies of PDFs and Willoby gets confused

Submitted by Skye MacLeod on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:51am.

Our favorite professors learn a bit more about Pocket Knowledge while meeting a Digital Depot Library Associate.

Trends in Ed, 6.4.10: From One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) to Tablets (OTPC?)

Submitted by Jessica Mezei on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:11am.

Nearly two million children worldwide already use the renowned XO laptop computer, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Now OLPC has teamed up with developer Marvell to design the next generation of durable, low-cost computers for students in global regions underserved by technology: The sub-$100 XO tablet.

The new tablet model is designed to be even more conducive to "constructionist" education, wherein students engage in a great deal of hands-on learning, undertaking projects that result in a "product," such as a book or video game, for public consumption. Such project-oriented learning generally requires collaboration among students, as well as educators, and regular sharing of ideas and content. To this end, Marvell is contributing its Moby tablet platform, which supports high-definition (HD) video, 3D graphics, Adobe Flash Player 10, and two-way teleconferencing.

These new tablets will be available next year for around $75. The original XO-3 design is still planned for 2012. The Moby is currently being piloted in at-risk schools in Washington DC, and Marvell is investing in a Mobylize campaign to improve tech adoption within US classrooms.

Weili Dai, Marvell’s co-founder, comments on the partnership:

“The Moby tablet platform – and our partnership with OLPC – represents our joint passion and commitment to give students the power to learn, create, connect and collaborate in entirely new ways. I am immensely proud of the capability of our Moby tablet and I am extremely honored to partner with the inventor of the netbook market for education, Dr. Nicholas Negroponte. I applaud his leadership, vision, passion and together we will make the world a better place.”

Nicolas Negroponte describes the prototype of the new tablets.

Trends in Ed: 6.3.2010: Search. Find. Learn.

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 9:36am.


Einztein is a new search engine for free and paid online courses. The courses contained within Einztein’s database have undergone a careful selection process by the company’s team of Ph.D.-holding employees, who vouch for the quality and relevance of the available courses.

Einztein’s true value though, I think, will be in its “knowledge network” in which learners can tap into each other’s “knowledge bases.” The site encourages users to “Exchange knowledge and information with other members whose academic interests match yours.” This service has not rolled out but its social knowledge network, BrainWave, will likely be implemented later this year.

If you’re interested in getting your learn on for free, you might want to consider enrolling in the private beta testing for the site, beginning later this year.

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The Growth of Online Charter Schools

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:06am.

Check out this story from the Bay Citizen titled, With Public Money, Online Charters Grow. It features some critical comments from Professor Luis Huerta, a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University. Some highlights (particular for the folks who like bullet points):

"Nationally, there are an estimated 200,000 full-time virtual charter school students..."

"There are no libraries, cafeterias, playgrounds, coaches, janitors, nurses, buses or bus drivers — but [virtual schools] can cost taxpayers per student as much as or more than traditional public schools."

"Twenty percent of California’s 872 charter schools now conduct some or all of their classes online. CAVA has 11,000 students in California; 900 are students at CAVA San Mateo, where enrollment is growing at a rate of 20 percent per year, according to K12."

"High school students can talk to their teachers in voluntary weekly online conferences — but not in person, since their teachers are scattered across the state. They communicate through e-mail and through K12’s Web sites, messaging and internal e-mail system."

New dual screen tablet specifically designed for education

Submitted by Faisal Anwar on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 9:42pm.

This device seems promising. Might be worth a look in terms of potential software that might be appropriate. The are already teaming with big name publishers, but I wonder if apps for education might be just as powerful on this platform as books.

Brooklyn Public Library = Startup incubator

Submitted by Faisal Anwar on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 4:25pm.

Here's an interesting story about how BPL has been active in supporting new startups and business ideas as part of their mission to enhance the economic and social development of their community:

Thought this was a very interesting role that libraries can take, especially as books and other traditional library resources become more digital.

Research Digest on Pressible!

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 3:24pm.

We have created a twin site for Research Digest on Pressible!

The Media Show at Media That Matters

Submitted by Jeff Frank on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 5:49am.

The Media Show captivated a packed audience last night at the Media that Matters premiere. As the screening began, I was overwhelmed that the work of the Lab would be screened for live audiences across the world, and that the online version of the festival would reach an extremely large audience. Congratulations Gus for this success (if I was more talented I would photoshop myself into a picture with you).

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