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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. 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. I'm going to try and evaluate the device on its own merits and, yes, I'm going to occasionally compare it to the iPad, the iPhone and the iOS ecosystem. Thoughts on the Google Nexus 7
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. 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. 10 of the best: Thinking about the SAMR Model 10 of the best: Thinking about the SAMR Model
15 January 2012Last updated at 12:14 By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News Technology has completely and utterly changed Veronica's life. "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. Are apps the key to revolutionising autism learning? Are apps the key to revolutionising autism learning?
Fraser is a well-known public speaker at events such as the Apple EU Leadership Summit, Abilene Christian University's 2011 Connected Summit and Macworld Mobile. He regularly works with schools around the world focusing on next-generation educational technology, teaching practice and curriculum. Cedars School of Excellence is known as the first school in the world to roll out the Apple iPad on a 1:1 basis. Fraser is the Head of Computing and IT at Cedars and was responsible for the planning and execution of that project. Home | Fraser Speirs Home | Fraser Speirs
I've recently had the opportunity to email, Skype or visit with many schools interested in the iPad. 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. How the iPad Wants to be Used How the iPad Wants to be Used
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. 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. Driving the Classroom with iTunes U
A Workable Model for sub-1:1 iPad Use The iPad is designed to be owned and not shared. It is a personal device. This isn't Apple screwing you over or ripping you off. A Workable Model for sub-1:1 iPad Use
iPad for Education

iPads in Education

Teaching with Ipads

Mobile Computing | Spotlight Page 4 of 4 Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer


iOSteacher As an ESL teacher, I obviously have to spend a good portion of my teaching time working with my students on their grammar. I want my students to be able to communicate effectively and incorrect grammar often gets in the way of that communication. It is obviously helpful when you are trying to help students improve their writing if you have a shared vocabulary. If they don't know what a adjective or an adverb is, it doesn't help to tell them "You used an adverb here instead of an adjective." Mainstream students need to know this vocabulary too - especially because it does turn up on standardized tests - "Which of the words in this sentence is a noun?"