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Pi-Top review: A Raspberry Pi laptop for tinkering on the go. The Raspberry Pi 3 may fit in your pocket but in its simplest form it's not a computer you can use on the move. However, the Pi is nothing if not flexible and the Pi-Top kit gives you everything you need to turn the $35 computer into a laptop. At $299 - including the Pi 3 - the build-your-own-laptop kit obviously adds to the cost of board. However, beyond just turning the Pi a mobile computer, the Pi-Top is designed to ease the novice user into tinkering with software and hardware. This user-friendly ethos is evident throughout the Pi-Top, in both its customised OS and its simple to slot together components. Baking a Pi-Top The first step is building the laptop, which sounds far more daunting than it really is.

The manual walks you through the process step by step and clearly identifies which of the limited number of parts you need to use at each stage. All told it took me about three hours to build. Once completed the laptop is certainly striking. A new look The catch Pros Cons Specs. Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette. ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introduced new challenges into how users and non-users alike approach basic social norms and etiquette. People are sorting through new rules of civility in an environment where once-private conversations can easily be overheard in public places and where social gatherings can be disrupted by participants focusing on digital screens instead of their in-person companions.

This Pew Research Center report explores newly released survey findings about Americans’ views about the appropriateness of cellphone use in public places and in social gatherings and the way those views sometimes conflict with their own behaviors. For many Americans, cellphones are always present and rarely turned off — and this constant connectivity creates new social challenges.


All About Apps. iPads in Instruction. SmartPhones. What Happens When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days. Being without a phone can be an incapacitating feeling, possibly worse than leaving a wallet at home. Many adults can remember an analog era of living without a mobile phone. But for young digital natives, taking a break from the phone, where they live and socialize, can induce all kinds of emotions.

Recently, a line of teenage boys were frantically sending last-minute texts and posting to Facebook one final time before grabbing a manilla envelope and sealing their devices inside. These boys volunteered to abstain from using not just their phones but all digital devices for three days to better understand the role of technology in their lives. The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge was taken by boys and girls in grades 4 through 12 at Convent & Stuart Hall in San Francisco — along with some teachers and parents — as part of this private school’s attempt to implement its one-to-one iPad program.

“This is going to be really hard for me. Students react to the technology-free life. 10 school solutions for mobile device management. By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor Read more by Meris Stansbury August 28th, 2013 Bring Your Own Device initiatives just got a whole lot easier for schools Schools usually never do anything on a small scale, and that includes the recent boom in “bring your own device” (BYOD) initiatives. From smartphones to tablets and iPads, mobile device management (MDM) has never been more vital for a successful school BYOD program. However, choosing a mobile device management solution can be a daunting task, especially in light of already-strained school IT resources and limited administrator knowledge beyond what device to implement.

That’s why the editors of eSchool News have hand-picked 10 school solutions for mobile device management, based on scope of the solution, how well the vendor incorporates school-specific needs, and industry reputation. How does your school or district manage mobile devices? (Next page: Mobile device management solutions) When Sharing Goes Bad, Pithy Quote Fetish and Kids These Days. I left a comment on Wes’ blog after this rather unfortunate event happened. I decided to repost here with a few additional thoughts and modifications.

Photo: by Wes Fryer I think there are three issues that come to mind for me: 1. 2. 3. I’ve been sharing a series of staged photos with audiences that show my family all sitting around reading a book, then one of them on their devices and finally one of them looking at their devices together. Always interesting how a simple tweet can generate so much thought and controversy. Would something like this stop you from sharing or thinking about starting to share? Related Posts. Mobile Learning Insights - A Guide for Administrators. 2013 mobile technology survey shows surge in K12 adoptions. As anyone who attended this summer’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference can attest to, mobile technologies have exploded onto the education market. The 2013 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education – Business Edition, published by IESD, Inc. in collaboration with STEM Market Impact, LLC, offers business leaders keen insight into the significance of the mobile technologies industry as it impacts the education market.

Based on responses from more than 450 district technology and media leaders, the 100+ page report focuses on which types of apps educators see as most beneficial, the price educators are willing to pay for apps, challenges faced when implementing mobile technologies, and the current level of adoption of mobile devices, as well as predictions for the future. In addition, the report includes some responses specifically about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models. About IESD About STEM Market Impact, LLC. MakingProgress_Web%20-Final.pdf. Is a Laptop a Mobile Computer? And Why Is That Even an Important Question? Being Mobile | Blog Is a Laptop a Mobile Computer? And Why Is That Even an Important Question?

A Litmus Test for Mobility So, is a laptop computer a mobile computer? Transportable, portable, mobile, schmobile — what’s the big deal? The latter, absolutely. The country — nay, the world — is putting computers into classrooms at a fast and furious pace. But, with the pressure on schools to be prepared for online testing (e.g., Common Core) and supportive of online delivery of instruction (e.g., MOOCs, blended instruction, adaptive courseware), it is not clear what type of computers will be purchased. If a child is going to use a 15-inch screened computer as they learn, then that child is confined to a learning place, since the 15-inch computer needs a desk to support it and an electrical outlet to feed it. But, that is a very, very, VERY narrow definition of a learning place — since it is common-sense that learning is all-the-time, everywhere.

The App Wars Come To Wearables - Consumers Will Be The Winners. Ever since Apple launched its App Store in 2008, platforms have waged war on each other to attract the most app developers. In smartphones, iPhone and Android have pulled far ahead while competing platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry have lagged behind. On tablets, iPad beats any other competitor by hundreds of thousands of apps. But now, the app wars are battling on a new front: Wearables. Wearables were one of the hottest topics at last week’s D:11 conference — but as The Wall Street Journal noted in its coverage of the event, attendees’ enthusiasm for wearables’ potential seemed out of sync with the limited use of the devices today.

I agree with that assessment: Wearables do have enormous potential, but they are niche products today, mostly single-purpose devices focused on health and fitness. (See also Can A Fitness Tracker Really Change Your Life?) Wearables Have Potential, But Limited Penetration The market could be a lot bigger. Apps Are The Key To Wearables' Future. Think Mobile Is Big Now? Here's Proof That It's Just Getting Started. So, you think that the Mobile Revolution is complete and the battle between smartphones and PCs is all but won? Think again. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers analyst Mary Meeker’s infamous Internet Trends report dropped today at the AllThingsD D11 conference in Los Angeles. Guess what? Mobile traffic still only makes up 15% of all worldwide Internet traffic.

That is less than one-sixth of all time spent on the Internet. That means there is still plenty of work to be done and a lot of winners and losers to be determined. We are currently in Year 6 of the Mobile Revolution (if we date the start of mass smartphone acceptance to the release of the original iPhone in July 2007). The Early Stages Of Mobile Adoption If we start to break down the geographic demographics, some familiar trends emerge. Then the's the middle ground of countries that have begun adopting smartphones but have not quite reached critical mass. What's Next For Mobile? Advertisement — Continue reading below. Understanding Mobility and its Impact on Learning. Mobile Learning | Viewpoint Understanding Mobility and its Impact on Learning Online learning has been around long enough now for educators to understand its benefits and challenges in relation to traditional course delivery.

For several years there has been a growing academic discourse and professional culture around online learning as educators have become more aware of that form of instruction. Currently, however, there seems to be a change in how students perceive these delivery options and, by default, how instructors are developing as general practitioners, or teachers who can teach in any mode of delivery. That is, there is a fading of the lines between face-to-face and online as technology becomes more ubiquitous and the true effect of mobility is observed and experienced. Students' world of interaction, communication, and exploration is increasingly mobile and as that begins to pervade education, so the expectations of students are changing regarding their learning. Mobile Learning: Effective Anytime, Anywhere Education. Mobile learning is growing by leaps and bounds, and mobile learning devices are no longer restricted to the classroom.

Most students, including young students, own or have access to cell phones, iPods, tablets, or other handheld devices—and school administrators are quickly realizing that students can use those devices to access school websites, classroom assignments, and other educational resources from both school and home. But for mobile learning to break through barriers of time and space and enable true 24-7 learning to occur, school leaders need the right policies, support structures, and platforms in place to extend the learning environment from school to home and in between. With the generous support of Blackboard, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives, along with other relevant resources, to help you make sound decisions about how best to deploy mobile learning in your schools.

—The Editors eSchool News Articles Experts outline mobile learning tips. How Mobile Technology Is Creating Today's Active Learner. Expert Perspective | Feature How Mobile Technology Is Creating Today's Active Learner Today's students learn the way they live: in communities connected by mobile technology. By Sanjeev Ahuja04/10/13 The term "digital native" first came into use at the beginning of the millennium. A dozen years later, it's time to revisit the term and bring our thinking closer to the ever-evolving reality of children's mobile, digital, and social learning and lives. Active learners expect technology to enhance and extend teaching and learning, not just offer the same educational experience with a new look and feel.

Active learners are also 24/7 consumers of education who thrive on immediacy and continuity, requiring their school to keep up with them. How Active Learners Learn The way that active learners socialize, adapt, connect, and grow is now the way that they learn. To this end, St. - From the Principal's Office: Let’s End the Administrator War on Mobile Devices. 1 Comment March 9, 2013 By: J. Robinson Mar 9 Written by: 3/9/2013 3:52 PM ShareThis “Mobile phones enable anytime, anyplace, anywhere engagement.”

Scott McLeod & Chris Lehmann, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies We’ve all worked with them, educators who have made it their mission to rid the classrooms and schools of this world of those infernal, disruptive devices called “cell phones.” Those who embrace banning the devices believe the balance more in favor of nuisance and mischief rather than potential and possibility. Focus on the behavioral issues and how those might be addressed instead the devices. We can declare an end to the war on mobile devices in our schools and embrace them for their educational potential. iPad Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: In-depth tablet comparison.

For a while, tablet sizes seemed fixed into two categories: 10-ish inches and 7-ish inches with a short foray into 8.9-inches for some manufacturers. Now it looks like companies are getting wise to the 8-inch form factor, partially due to the iPad Mini. The Mini’s first direct and obvious competitor to hit shelves is the Galaxy Note 8.0 from Samsung. At $50 more than the iPad Mini, the Note has a bit to prove, and sets out to do so with the addition of the S Pen stylus plus apps to back it up. Compared side by side and feature by feature, which tablet comes out on top?

(For in-depth info on each of these tablets, see our full review of the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 .) Display: Galaxy Note 8.0 Technically, the Galaxy Note’s display is larger and has a higher resolution than the iPad Mini’s. The displays are bright and colorful with deep blacks and wide viewing angles. Design: iPad Mini One other difference in the displays is aspect ratio. Tablet Apps: iPad Mini. Education's Guide to Mobile Learning Devices.

Texas district streams video wirelessly on demand. Using SAFARI Montage and Motorola’s WLAN solution, Keller ISD gives students mobile access to visual learning tools By Maya T. Prabhu, Assistant Editor Read more by Maya Prabhu March 31st, 2010 Keller ISD installed a wireless video-on-demand solution to deliver rich digital content to students' mobile devices.

A Texas school system has set up a wireless network infrastructure that is capable of streaming high-quality video to students’ mobile devices—enabling true anytime, anywhere learning to occur with the help of visual media. The Keller Independent School District recently began using a wireless video streaming solution that supports its effort to put mobile devices in the hands of every student. Using the Video-on-Demand (VOD) and Digital Media Management solution from SAFARI Montage, Keller ISD can stream rich digital content to students throughout the school district wirelessly, which enhances their overall learning experience, said Chief Technology Officer Joe Griffin. Never Ending List of Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD - Tablet X-Ray - Tablet PC Reviews and Deals. Augmented Reality Is Going Mobile--and Coming to a Classroom Near You.