Netbooks may be losing ground to tablets, but Intel's newly announced Classmates are one segment that keeps the upper hand.
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Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
Serious failings in our educational system can't be fixed with technology. But they absolutely must be fixed.
Sometimes, technology gets thrown at struggling schools as a panacea for a variety of ills with predictably bad results. How should we be measuring those results, though, in the schools that are doing it right?
I love saddleback leather. Wrap it around an iPhone with storage for the essentials from your wallet and you have a great accessory for the hyperconnected student. And what student isn't hyperconnected these days?
I'm talking old school tablets here. Graphical tablets. And theyre way cool.
OS X Lion Server is brilliant in concept and seems to work like a champ when it comes pre-installed on a Mac Mini. Unfortunately, the same can't always be said when it's installed on a Mac from the App Store. Bummer.
Buh-bye, Touchpad...and buh-bye to the perennial back-to-school pallets of HP hardware. Time to look elsewhere for tech refreshes, no matter how cheap HPs might be (or might become).
Will the MacBook Air change the way schools are currently deploying iPads as the 1:1 platform of choice?
HP's new small form factor workstations raise the bar for what users can expect in performance and lower the bar on price, size, and energy consumption.
There are lots of online collaboration tools and document management systems. Wikis, however, remain a simple way of creating large, shared information repositories.
Front Rush software shows us how internships should be done.
Cross-posted on the Microsoft Office Blog, this parent's-eye view of hardware requirements for recent graduates should be a primer for families sending their kids off to school, hardware in hand this September.
Cengage Learning is beginning to offer the same level of integration with Moodle through a partnership with Moodlerooms that it announced today.
With budgets what they are these days, it's all too easy to look for ways to cut costs. As a rule of thumb, consumer-grade hardware shouldn't be on the list of money-savers.
Whose bright idea was it to hold BBWorld in Vegas? Oh yeah, and Blackboard has now partnered with every US textbook publisher
I’m down $40 ($20 on black? I don’t think so), it’s bloody hot, and Blackboard has now basically partnered with every US textbook manufacturer.