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Thoughts on the Google Nexus 7. I recently bought with my own money a Google Nexus 7 and have so far spent a week with it.

Thoughts on the Google Nexus 7

I'm trying my very hardest to be objective and ignore all my previous experiences with Android (which go back to the original Nexus phone). Before I received the Nexus 7, I had expected to like the hardware and hate the software. I thought it would be like test-driving a Citroën car: great design ideas - can't wait until the Germans or Japanese put them in their cars. The reality was a little more subtle.

10 of the best: Thinking about the SAMR Model. The most popular post I have ever written is about the SAMR model which I wrote in March 2010 following the Apple World Leadership Summit in Prague.

10 of the best: Thinking about the SAMR Model

As this post has been viewed thousands of times since then, I thought I'd repost it because some of the new readers to this blog may not have seen it. This post was originally based on a presentation called Strive for Transformation by Stephanie Hamilton of Apple. This post will form part of a series where I'm looking back at previous popular blog posts. Stephanie talked about the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) study from 1985-97, which looked at moving from instruction to construction of knowledge and measured teacher's comfort with technology. Now, however, the focus shouldn't be on the technology but on what you do with the technology - and what it can do for you. Are apps the key to revolutionising autism learning? 15 January 2012Last updated at 12:14 By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News Technology has completely and utterly changed Veronica's life.

Are apps the key to revolutionising autism learning?

"She has gone from being a little girl who had no way of showing us how much she knew, to a little girl who now has a portable device she can laugh, play and engage with," says her mother Sam Rospigliosi, from Edinburgh. "Who knows, she might even use it as her voice in the years ahead if she never learns how to speak again. " Veronica is six years old and severely affected by autism. She has significant learning difficulties and finds many social situations very difficult.

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Don't expect miracles. End QuoteRichard MillsResearch Autism and National Autistic Society. iPod Touch & iPad Resources. Fraser Speirs. How the iPad Wants to be Used. I've recently had the opportunity to email, Skype or visit with many schools interested in the iPad.

How the iPad Wants to be Used

One theme that keeps cropping up is a misunderstanding of how the iPad wants to be used. I don't say that with any malice or contempt whatsoever. It's just that the iPad is one specific set of design decisions wrapped up in a product and it takes some time to really understand the implication of those decisions. This is doubly true if you don't personally own and live with the iPad yourself but are responsible for "figuring it out" for your school or organisation. It may seem odd, offensive even, to veterans of the PC age to be told what your computing platform "wants".

Driving the Classroom with iTunes U. There was a time when iTunes U was just a section of the iTunes store where you could download audio and videos.

Driving the Classroom with iTunes U

Since Apple's recent education event, that's all changed. iTunes U is still a part of the iTunes Store but there's now a dedicated iTunes U app for iOS devices. The other major change to iTunes U was a policy change. iTunes U was previously only available to universities. At the January education event Eddy Cue stated that "starting today K-12 schools can sign up" to iTunes U. A Workable Model for sub-1:1 iPad Use. The iPad is designed to be owned and not shared.

A Workable Model for sub-1:1 iPad Use

It is a personal device. This isn't Apple screwing you over or ripping you off. It's just the way it was designed. If you want a multi-user operating system, Mac OS X will do a fantastic job for you. iPad for Education. iPads in Education. Teaching with Ipads. Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer. Mobile Computing | Spotlight Page 4 of 4 Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer In each of our schools, we have seen pedagogy shifting because of the iPad.

Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer

For example, we have seen the forums within the LMS empower student voice. In the past only the vocal student shared their opinions. Communication structures within the school are changing as well. Suggested Implementation Schedule Based on our experience, we would suggest schools consider the following launch schedule. Initially, schools should implement cloud-based solutions and LMS technology. Next, schools should provide iPad technology to teachers. Schools might also consider a pilot program with students; however, great caution and planning are necessary for the pilot to be successful. Finally, it is time to launch. About the Authors Dr. Mike Vonhof is the IT Director for Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, DE and is a founding member and IT Director for the Christian Coalition for Educational Innovation. iPads in Education.

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