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Connected Devices Supersede Textbooks So Wednesday’s blog post about iPads has created a bit of a conversation. Not only on the blog but on Twitter as well. I have even had schools asking me to review what they are doing and give my opinion. Now…let’s be clear, any program that puts devices in every hand of every student is a great program. My hope is we can get to a place by 2015 (or sooner) where this stops being a conversation because it just is. At the same time what a connected device does (any device connected to the Internet), is change the learning landscape. Lynn University tweeted me earilier this week: @victormylonas @jutecht That’s an old article—we bought all freshman iPads ourselves. So I went and read through the article they sent me. There are some good quotes in the article: You can read it for yourself and what I think the article is hinting at is that the iPad isn’t replacing textbooks, it allows students a whole new way to access information. Connected devices don’t replace textbooks…they destory them.

eBook Self-Publishing with Amazon, CreateSpace & iTunes Producer <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic.<div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> This past Saturday (September 21, 2013) I shared a breakout session at the “Write Well, Sell Well Conference” for authors in Oklahoma City titled, “eBook Self-Publishing with Amazon, CreateSpace & iTunes Producer.” I recorded the session and synchronized that audio to my slides on SlideShare to create a SlideCast of my presentation. This means you can play back the entire presentation, hearing my narration alongside each slide I showed during the conference.

Exactly Where Did the Selfie Stick Come From? Oxford Dictionaries made “selfie” the word of the year in 2013. U.S. consumers responded by making the selfie stick the gift of the year in 2014. Around the U.S. this holiday season, camera shops, department stores and pharmacies have been having a hard time keeping up with demand for the selfie stick, a retractable pole that people clamp onto their smartphones to take better pictures of themselves. Nordstrom Inc. “We basically couldn’t keep them in stock,” said Jirair Christianian, owner of Mike’s Camera, a 12-store chain based in Boulder, Colorado. The holiday craze adds to evidence that selfies -- photos taken of oneself and shared on social-media sites like Facebook Inc.’s Instagram -- have gone mainstream, even with a lingering stigma that the practice is best left to reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian. The Promaster Selfie Stick, by Promaster Products in Fairfield, Connecticut, was among the hot-selling holiday gifts this year. Close Open Source: Promaster Products via Bloomberg