Friday round-up: A week’s worth of interesting iPad-Related Reads

Have I mentioned my adorable little google alert for ipads in education? No? Shame on me.

Well,  I have set up a google alert to email me once a week articles with the keywords ipads and education. Although many of them are from small town community newspapers like this one from the Slidell Sentry News in St. Tammany Louisiana, and talk about how their local school have purchased ipads, some of them are of a more global and interesting nature. As I am usually zombie-like by the time Friday arrives I am going to use this day to highlight some of these articles. Sort of like my interesting stuff column in my New@thelibrary, but for ipads…

1. Solar-powered ipads to be used in Zimbabwe :
This is a very shot account of the collaboration between Apple and the Zimbabwe government.  Some questions come up though- what are they going to do for apps? If it was a problem that the computers were being stolen, how is it going to change with the ipad? How easy would it be to convert an ipad to solar power? Hmmm….

2. iPads to outpace computers in school  by 2016
A brief article from School Library Journal describing a survey of U.S. Educational IT Directors.

3. Social Media: Changing our world of Education
This is a scoop.it, site, which at first glance, looks like a curating site. What the heck does that mean? It means it takes tidbits from other sites all on the same subject and puts them together. I found a great tutorial for ipad beginners, 10 apps for education from emerginged, and more!re is also a scoop.it site called ipads in education – almost got stuck there. Check it out a lot of interesting stuff!

4. School department Explores Swapping Textbooks for iPads
Verrry interesting. Imagine if each student only had to bring their ipads to class- in it would be all their textbooks (hopefully enhanced to fit the potential of the format)? In addition to not needing a chiropractor for our children, how much easier it will be to organise them!

5. Interview with an iPad coach, Part 1
Brief but interesting that this position even exists. Makes me thnk of porr Ms. Wall, who’s iPads duties are just one of many IT responsibilities in the school. I bow to you, oh Mistress Wall, holder of all IT knowledge. I bow to you.

Oh. And there is also a great list of criteria the ipad coach lists to evaluate an app.

Okeydokily, my fellow Traf peeps. This is ipadyoupad, over and out.

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Proof of insanity in two examples: Installing the Eprint Bookmarklet for Safari and Evernote

“Insanity is defined as repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result.”- Einstein

Sometimes I get stuck on a tiny little detail. I can’t find the solution and all my grand plans grind to a halt as I hit the same buttons over and over again, hoping that it was just a fluke that it didn’t work the first ten times. Mr. Einstein would not approve.

So the first time I tried to install the Eprint bookmarklet I failed miserably. Why? Because, despite the totally arcane instructions (see below) I couldn’t figure out how to move my cursor in the URL field. So Kept on tapping the URL wanting to scroll and it wouldn’t. It finally took me accidentally holding my finger down long enough for the magnifying glass to show up, and then moving my finger in shock at its sudden appearance to realise this is how you move your cursor in Safari on the ipad.

Yes. I know. Duh.

This is how it looks like:

Here are the directions for the bookmarklet. If you go into Eprint, click on settings, then scroll to the bottom. You should find them there. I did have to write them down however as when you begin the process in Safari, it doesn’t allow you to switch screens for a moment to check them. Once I figured out how to move the cursor so that I could remove the Http:// in the URL it was very easy. And now I can easily print pages of the web! (this is helpful if you are using the SIS system on the web and want to print out a class list, or if you have accessed a google doc or a map or a recipe or….well, the possibilities are endless.

So first proof of insanity. Am I cured yet?

Second proof: installing Evernote on my desktop. I know, I know. This is an ipad blog. but one of the mysteries of Evernote, which everybody seems to speak highly of, and of which I find clunky and non-intuitive, is that you can’t actually tag anything on the ipad. You can VIEW stuff, but you can’t save it on Evernote. I find this ridiculous. They should really have an Evernote. bookmarklet.

Maybe they do and I haven’t looked hard enough?

But I digress. I wanted to tag some of the articles i have been receiving via my Google Alert for the keywords “Ipads in schools” and “Ipads in education” and share them with you (which I will still do, I promise.) But I couldn’t find the little Evernote elephant icon in my browser’s toolbar. So I downloaded it from the website, restarted Firefox and still no icon. So I did it again. And again. Until I was about to start lobbing things at my computer. I finally gave up and did something else. It wasn’t until I began this blog post did I finally spy the elephant. And no, it wasn’t on my browser’s toolbar but on my desktop toolbar!

I kind of hate Evernote more now.

If you are having better luck with this app, please let me know. So far, as you can probably read, I’m not loving it.