Happy Holidays! Still searching for the perfect gift for the app-obsessed, Kindle-carrying gadget nerd in your life? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Have fun shopping!
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CHANDLER H. MAYFIELD is the Director for Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He has over ten years of experience in medical education designing, developing, and supporting educational technology solutions with a particular interest in curriculum development and mobile learning.
He is also a primary author of the recent article, “Perceptions of a Mobile Technology on Learning Strategies in the Anatomy Laboratory.” The study examined the effect of using an iPad-based multimedia dissection manual during anatomy lab instruction, and its impact on learner perception and efficiency.
We spoke with Mayfield to find out what kind of impact iPads in the lab can have.
Planning to travel abroad this summer? Trying to decide whether to bring your smartphone along? With a little planning, your phone can be an indispensable travel companion.
Consider an International Data Plan
Depending on your destination, you might choose to disable roaming data on your phone and solely use wifi in local cafes, train stations, and hotels (tip: Google Maps still works if you’re offline; you just can’t calculate directions). But if you think you might need 3G access for on-the-go directions or internet searches, consider signing up for an international data plan — it could save you a lot of money. Call your phone carrier to discuss the options. Continue reading
Google Reader, a much-loved web-based and mobile-app RSS reader, will be shut down on July 1, 2013. Regardless of what you plan to do, use Google Takeout to export your Google Reader data so you have a copy of your feeds,comments, history, and starred/liked posts. If possible, import your Google Reader feed directly to any of these sites if you try them out; this will make the transition process much easier once you decide on a replacement.
Goodbye, old friend.
The following is a personal account and expresses my personal views.
A Passion for Personal Computers
As a software engineer and computer poweruser, my life revolves around the PC a bit more than most. It’s an interest I’ve had since I was 12, and I got my first chunky home computer with less power than a watch you can buy today at a fraction of the cost.
A passion for computers and what they can do drove my parents to distraction – newer faster better models came out each year, and I pestered them to take me to electronics stores, so I could try out some of the latest models. A series of desktops and laptops, used Macs and PC’s, installed and re-built computers with various linux flavors from SuSE to Debian to CentOS and Ubuntu followed over the course of the years.
Beyond the PC – The Chromebook and the Cloud
I got a chromebook last year – mainly for the fact that you can go from a cold start to working in about 12 seconds. No more waiting 10 minutes (yes, 10) for my laptop to boot up and get going because I wanted to…find out more about something I’d just seen on television. Continue reading
Do you have a presentation coming up and you’re weighing your presentation software options? Does PowerPoint seem too stuffy and Prezi seem too… risky for the easily motion sick? Allow me to introduce a third option: Haiku Deck.
Haiku Deck, an iPad app, focuses on the concept of visual storytelling and enables you to create easily shareable, aesthetically pleasing slides in a snap. Because the creation of the slides is centered on visual appeal, it helps the user avoid many of the common pitfalls involved in creating presentation slides and giving presentations; namely, loading the slides down with too much text and reading from the slides too much.