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September 6, 2011 by

What if eighth-graders reinvented the classroom?

Tools at Schools, an award-winning design-education initiative, enlisted real-life kids to remake desks and other classroom furniture to better suit their needs. Their designs will soon be on view at at New York's Museum of Art and Design.

January 15, 2009 by

More details on the Classmate PC "ecosystem"

As details continue to emerge on the software stack and vendor ecosystem surrounding the Intel Classmates, I get more and more excited about the test unit that is apparently not terribly far from shipping to me (if the PR folks at Intel are reading this, don't hesitate to use FedEx).Sure, I can't wait to see what I can do with a rugged touch screen in a classroom, but almost more importantly, I want to get my hands on the software.

January 7, 2009 by

MWSF09 Best in Show: DJay

DJay ($50) is one of my favorite software titles here at Macworld Expo and I'm awarding it with an O'Grady's Best in Show award for it's slick interface and totally intuitive operation.If you're a novice you'll appreciate its simple operation, djay sees your iTunes library and double clicking a track in the right pan instantly adds it to an available turntable.

December 28, 2008 by

Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

I find my look back at 2007 post to be a good resource/index for my reviews and enjoyed checking out the poll results from you all. Thus, I am posting the same type of article for 2008. This Smartphones and Cell Phones blog just kicked off in September so many of the reviews listed below were posted on my Mobile Gadgeteer blog. More software reviews were added this year and I decided to list some of my favorite applications that I reviewed here too in this 2008 wrap-up. Some "award" titles were again assigned and then I am ending with a list of devices I look forward to checking out in 2009.

September 17, 2008 by

Multi-touch smart desks in the classroom

Multi-touch screens are very fashionable these days, but there are not many practical applications for them. Now, researchers at Durham University in the UK are using them to develop the world's first interactive classroom. The new learning environments are using 'interactive multi-touch desks that look and act like a large version of an Apple iPhone.' Their initiative, called SynergyNet, has several goals, including the development of learning by sharing. So far, the research team has linked up with manufacturers to design software and desks that recognize multiple touches on the desktop. But read more...

February 11, 2007 by

MicroMemo: record audio on your iPod nano

There are several scenarios where recording audio can come in handy: a business meeting, a software demo or training session, lectures, seminars, classroom training and even podcast recording. For whatever reason Apple has chosen not to include a recording function in their popular iPod.

February 21, 2006 by

Visiting IS456 Knowledge Management Systems

Last night, I had the pleasure of beinga guest speaker/lecturer at DePaul University.  My colleague HeatherMcClain, who works in IBM's academic initiative area, introduced me toProfessorAlan Burns last month.  Heteaches a class in KnowledgeManagement Systems, and askedme if I could visit the class and discuss knowledge technology from theIBM Lotus perspective.I've never spoken in an academic settingbefore.  This was an incredibly cool experience.  We spent twohours (about 45 minutes longer than I anticipated) looking at the historyof Notes in the marketplace, where things are going in terms of productivity,collaboration, and knowledge, blogs, wikis, and RSS, and some of the moreadvanced research projects going on in this area at IBM.  The studentswere very interactive and asked great questions.  The ability to discusssome of the trends over the years with a bit of hindsight and some funstories was really cool.We talked a lot about the way the natureof work has changed.  As I've mentioned previously here, about 30%of US IBM employees work from home or mobile offices.  Yesterday,for me, that was a combination of two different coffee shops, a Universityclassroom, and my home office.  It also was in time chunks -- withshifts often taking place between "personal" and "business"computing.  The idea of a 9-to-5 workday is completely extinguished-- the work is done when the work needs to get done.  We talked about differences in the wayscompanies employ technology.  How some companies try to legislatethings via policy -- like "no personal use of the web during businesshours" that are relatively impractical (is personalor business use?).  How sharing knowledge still requires a culturalchange at many companies.  How instant messaging changes cultures. How voicemail is dead for so many of us -- it's just too asynchronous.One of the great tangents that boththe evening classroom discussion, as well as my daytime panelon customer evangelism, is thattransparency is a critical market thought.  It's just simply no longerpossible to make bad products -- because of blogs, ebay feedback, or amazonrankings, google is one click away from exposing bad products or vendorsor whatever.  BenMcConnell was on the customerevangelism panel, and he's written extensively on this thought of transparencyin the market.  It's oneof the incredibly empowering aspects of social software,and it will beincredibly interesting to watch where this goes in the future.Thank you to Professor Burns and hisclass for such a great evening.  Hopefully, this won't be the lasttime I talk to a college IT was really a lot of fun.


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