Apple has a roll in educational technology since the first computers were introduced in the classroom. The Apple II, HyperStudio projects, the colorful iMac, the countless iPad 1:1 programs. Apple always had some of the (if not the) best products available for education. They are slipping in the education market though. Where Apple has failed… Read more Apple’s Closed Garden is a Problem In Education.
1-1 programs for school districts is nothing new. The idea is to give every student their own device to use. Students are given a Chromebook, an iPad, a Laptop, or any mobile device to use as if it was their own. This gives every student equal access to technology. Along the same lines as 1-1… Read more Pick Your Own Device 1-1 Program
Windows Mobile might be coming to an end but Microsoft is not done with mobile. Mobile has become too important of a market for Microsoft to ignore. Windows Mobile was a disaster. Not from bad software and hardware but from poor management and development. Microsoft never seemed to get great developer support for the platform,… Read more Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy
The iPhone 8 and X are here and the response seems underwhelming. Enough so, that several long time iPhone users I know have switched to Android. More specifically to Samsung. They are not people working in the tech field. They are the average consumer. They are long time iPhone users that just aren’t impressed with the… Read more A Miss For Apple?
Or Google or Facebook or Amazon? All these companies collect a massive amount of information on it’s users. Everything from our buying habits, to our friends, our search history, our communications, even out health data, and location. Up until this point, these companies have been pretty good about keeping this information secure and private. But… Read more What Happens When Apple Runs Out of Money?
Google builds some great products, and they seem to have a free (or cheap) option for just about anything you could want to do with a computer. But what if I don’t want one company having so much control over my online world? The amount of data we keep online is pretty amazing. And with… Read more Google Knows Too Much
I have long been a user of open source software. Installing Linux (most recently Elementary OS) on all my computers, and trying to use open source alternatives whenever possible. Despite my personal preference to use open source software, I regularly find myself going back to the iPad as my daily driver. The iPad just works.… Read more The Frictionless Computer
I have been critical of the cloud for some time. I’m still don’t like the idea of putting my data on someone else’s computer. You don’t have the usual control over the data. However, I heard an argument recently, that changed my view a bit in favor of the cloud. You don’t do your own… Read more Security In The Cloud
The short story. Android is much better for traveling and in areas I was not familiar with. iOS was much better when used in my daily routine. Over the past couple months I have used two different phones, A Google Pixel and an iPhone SE. In this time I have been in my normal weekly… Read more Android vs. iOS
It’s a trend in education that is becoming more and more common. A school district will pick a single technology platform to build from. Are you a Google district? Apple? Microsoft? It’s easy to understand why districts choose a platform. It makes everything easier. It brings consistency across your schools, makes PD easier, makes managing… Read more Education Fragmentation