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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How Cost Effective is the iPad Versus the Textbook?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"Looks like Apple is on the verge of capturing yet another lucrative market, and changing education as we know it... Or are they?"

I've always thought that using the iPad in place of a textbook would be awesome if I were back in school, and I still do, however the cost comparison they used does make me pause. Granted, they are making a few assumptions such as cost of the "book" on the iPad versus what a textbook will cost, as well as the true cost the school will pay for the iPad. I think the biggest mistake is that the market created will be high school. I'm sure some will adopt this, but I think the more appropriate place is for the college student. That is where the true value of using the iPad will be realized. All the textbooks will be on it, you can write your papers on it, and use it for entertainment in your down time. It is the perfect vehicle for the college student and I hope that is where they focus, at least initially. What are your thoughts?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Wisconsin Schools Say "Thanks for the iPads Microsoft"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"School districts in Madison, Wisconsin will be getting a total of 1,400 iPads this year, all of them paid for by Microsoft, reports the Wisconsin State Journal."

In a round about way, Microsoft is indeed paying for the iPads, since the money for the purchase comes from a settlement that Wisconsin was a part of with 18 other states in an overcharging issue with Microsoft. $3.4 million was the Wisconsin part of the settlement, so they will be using about $700,000 USD of that money to purchase the iPads, which after the education discount will cost the school district in Madison roughly $479.00 USD. Ironic but I'm glad some schools are getting on board with textbooks via iPad, hopefully more and more will do the same.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Education Event

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"The (now digital) ink has dried on Apple's education event, we've met the new apps, we've seen the new services, and we've gotten an idea of where Apple is heading when it comes to schools, textbooks, and learning."

As is the case after every Apple event, the number of news stories are overwhelming! To alleviate some of the head spinning, has done a nice job gathering up a few of the more informative stories for each part of the event, splitting them up under iBooks 2, iBooks Author, iTunes U and commentary.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple Education Event Today at 10am Eastern

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 07:00 AM

Today at 10am Eastern, from the Guggenheim Museum, Apple will begin their latest event.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Next Apple Event, One Week From Today in the Big Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 10:00 AM

"On Wednesday Apple sent invitations to the media (including The Loop) to attend an event in New York City next week. The festivities will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10:00 am ET at the Guggenheim Museum."

Obviously, from the invite, it is going to be about education. But just how far will they go? Software only? Hardware? I'm guessing that it will involve text books (yea, I know, not much of a guess since the theme is education) but I'm going to go with the next version of the iPad also, because you have to put the books on something right? Why not a new iPad? Well, as with any of these, lots of rumor and conjecture, but what are your thoughts on what might be announced?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sorry Educators, Apple Says "No More Boxes!"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple is telling its educational resellers not to expect any more packaged software in the future, ZDNet reports. This includes boxed copies of Mac OS X, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop and Aperture. Each of these programs has been available on the Mac App Store for months."

Not a big surprise, since Apple has done this for the regular consumer. Logic Express and Logic Studio will still be available but that is about it. It really makes sense though, distributing this stuff digitally. Saves money and that gets passed on to the consumer in lower prices. Or at least that is the theory.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

iPads Help 2nd Graders With Their Reading Lessons

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

"All second-graders at one northern Indiana school will be issued iPad tablet computers next year to help them with reading lessons."

Thanks to $200,000.00 USD grant from Classroom Innovations, the kids at Columbia Elementary School will get some iPads to help them with reading, as well as some parental instruction on how the iPads work and how to keep their kids safe online. The kids aren't the only ones getting some tools though, the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers will all get MacBook Pro laptops.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Newton North High's Mac Lab

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 03:00 AM

"When Newton North High School in Newton, MA was rebuilt recently as a new, state of the art facility, a primary goal was to teach students information literacy using current technology. With a generous budget and the opportunity to start fresh, the result is a school with five Mac-based computing labs, over 130 new iMacs, and a library that rivals one found at many colleges."

This is an impressive setup. The article goes on to describe how they did it, as well as the challenges involved with some of the mixing and matching of old and new (500 total machines), as well as making it a learning experience for the students.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Apple Offering Limited Number of Kids Workshops

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple will host holiday-themed workshops for kids ages six to 13-years-old this month. Topics will include photos, videos and presentations. That sounds just swell, but the bad news is that the workshops will take place at a very limited number of Apple Stores."

Unfortunately, they have just 12 stores that will be participating in these workshops. The list of these stores is located here, and the number of workshops for each store also varies.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Textbooks and the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"The most complicated form in print media is the textbook," Josh Koppel of ScrollMotion explained to me. 'You have a 1,000-page math text with 10,000 more pages of homework assignments. You've got the graphic side, the text side, notation, assessment, remediation. And we need to make this all live well digitally without being subtractive.'"

I've been pretty vocal in the past about loving the idea and cost savings of having text books available on a device, be it a laptop or tablet or iPad, so I'm pretty happy about this consortium of publishers that is getting together to produce products for the iPad. The consortium is using a company called ScrollMotion to get it done, and from the story line it appears due to the limitations of the device, they won't be coming anytime soon to the Kindle. Despite it being great for reading, it has too many limitations for it to be a viable solution for the consortium, namely the "pedagogic reading" that is required in higher learning institutions. This is basically the type of reading required when you are actually studying a topic and not reading for enjoyment. Interesting article and I hope they are a success, but I also hope that they don't think they can continue to charge the exorbitant prices for textbooks that they have charged in the past. That would truly be a travesty!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Education, Education and More Education

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple, ever tinkering with the app store, has just released a very interesting option for developers: bulk educational discounts. As a developer you can now offer a lower price to a school when it buys your app in quantity."

This is a great option for developers, and even better for the schools taking advantage of it. I'm sure you have all seen the various education-themed stories in recent weeks. Some schools are giving iPads to their students, such as Stanford University. While other schools, like George Fox College, are giving their students a choice between a MacBook and an iPad when they register for classes. On top of that comes the news that 47% of students intending to buy a laptop for college will purchase a Mac. I like that they are embracing the iPad, and my hope is that college texts, and perhaps even high school textbooks, will eventually all be available in eBook or PDF versions that you can read on either a laptop or iPad. Or whatever tablet PC a student chooses. And hopefully the costs will drop because of it. Yeah, I'm a dreamer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

MacTech Conference 2010, Early Bird Pricing Announced

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 12:00 PM

"Did you miss the Mac IT track at this year's WWDC, with its lively cross-pollination of Mac managers and developers? Good news, then -- there's a new conference in town, and it aims to raise everyone's game when it comes to learning about the Mac."

And if you register [link] early (it ends July 22nd), you can take $200.00 USD off the normally $899.00 USD registration fee. The conference will be held in Los Angeles November 3rd through the 5th and will have sessions for IT professionals as well as developers and programmers, for OS X as well as iOS 4. You can find out more about the conference here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Get Your Ten-Pack of iPads!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"There has been quite a lot of speculation around Apple's capacity to face demand for the iPad. The latest to date, their decision to limit iPad pre-orders to two units per customer, might however not be the presage we believed it was."

If you are an accredited educational institution it appears you can indeed get yourself a ten-pack of iPads, and a discount of about $20.00 USD per iPad.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

About Objects Offering iPad Programming Class

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"About Objects, Inc. will be offering a completely revamped version of its most popular iPhone development training course that will include coverage of Apple's new iPad tablet computer."

This will be a 5-day course titled, appropriately, "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development" and starts April 26th, 2010. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cupertino, California and they will also have one in May in Reston, VA. The tuition is $2,495.00 USD with the obligatory early registration discount as well as a group discount for groups of three or larger. You can find more information at the About Objects website.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Stanford Offering iPhone Development Courses Via iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"Like it did last year, Stanford University has posted the complete lecture and presentation slides for the Winter 2010 term's iPhone Application Development course. If you aren't in school or your local center for higher education hasn't jumped on the bandwagon and offered its own course, the Stanford course may be a good substitute."

I watched some of the lectures they produced in April of last year (they have since reissued the slides in iTunes) and they really are well done. This series just started and is available now in iTunes [link]. The course is taught by Paul Marcos and Alan Cannistraro, both Apple employees. This series includes APIs from the latest iPhone 3.1 SDK and also have closed captioning. But, unless you are actually enrolled in the course you can't get any help from the instructors via email so don't even try. With 4.4 million downloads from the last series, I think you can see why. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

iTunes U Hits 100 Million Downloads

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

""The education-specific channel of its iTunes Store, launched in 2007, has reached a new milestone, recording more than 100 million downloads, Apple told CNET on Friday."

iTunes U was launched in May of 2007, and has a wide variety of categories you can download content from like Law, Science, Psychology and Arts and Humanities. The content comes from over 175 higher-education organizations such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Oxford University.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ACU Makes iPhone/iPod Touch Part of the Educational Process

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"'An Apple iPhone or iPod touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices,' said Phil Schubert, ACU executive vice president."

ACU becomes the first university in the US to provide these types of devices to the incoming freshmen class. The students will use them to get homework alerts, check account balances and answer various quizzes as well as keep "connected" with the university mobile learning site. You can find out more about this at the "connected" section at the ACU website. Now if they would only do something about text books.

Monday, October 26, 2009

University of Warwick on iTunes U

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"If you ask a college student about the current favourites on their iPod, you might expect to hear of artists such as Lady Gaga, British Sea Power, or maybe even Michael Jackson for the newly nostalgic. Ask the same question on the campus of the Warwick Business School and you might be surprised when students remove their earphones to tell you that they are catching up on macroeconomics and analysis of the credit crisis, or that they are reviewing the latest thinking on creative management."

There is quite a list of participating educational institutions in iTunes U, and now University of Warwick has joined the mix. This is a great way to educate yourself on a number of topics, from business and finance to humanities and history. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Back to School With The iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"Not everything in Apple's iPhone App Store is fun and games: And now that it's back-to-school time, students should check out some of the handy educational tools and reference guides in the App Store."

I wish the iPhone was around when I was in school as they really have some good educationally oriented apps. In honor of back to school week here is a list of 10 of them, well actually 9 since they throw in a game for fun, and they range in price from free to $2.99 USD (5 of them are in fact free). Several of them my daughter is already using (MyHomework, AlgebraPrep, Convert and so she was well on her way, but she may add a couple more after reading this article. I myself have found Convert very useful, as well as, so there is something for just about everyone in this list, not just students.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MacBook Scholars Program at U of A

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

"The MacBook Scholars Program, in its first year, is providing 500 freshman students with new computers to assist them in succeeding academically at the UA."

They used a panel comprised of UA admissions staff and student leaders to pick the first 500 students from the group of freshman students attending the University of Arizona this year. They haven't really outlined specifics on how they were chosen, but a majority had to overcome obstacles in order to attend according to one spokesperson. Regardless of how they were chosen, it sounds like they picked a group that really appreciated the MacBook package. The package included a MacBook Pro 13-inch customized with the University's logo on the case and the glowing Apple in red, a printer, iWork '09 and a $229 rebate offer from the school book store. This is an introductory program but it sounds like they are planning on expanding it in the future. 

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