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Five tips to get more out of your iPhone or iPad in the new year

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Usually a New Year’s resolution happens when a person makes a promise to improve themselves. Despite our best …

Best iPad Apps of 2013

2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business …

Apps

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Way back in the 1980s, were you the one playing "When Doves Cry" over and over? Well, don't be surprised if your kids wind up doing the same thing.<p>Young adults have strong positive memories of the music their parents loved when they were the same age, a study finds. That flies in the face of the …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Flipboard for Educators

Inside Flipboard / August 29, 2013<p>As students and teachers head back to school all over the country, we wanted to share some ideas on how Flipboard …

Games And Apps Will Push Social Skills Back To The Center Of Schooling

“I’m downright cynical about the current education system,” said Susan Crown, chairman and founder of the Susan Crown Exchange. “It is a knotted up mess.”<p>She and I were talking about Graphite, a website that helps teachers choose and evaluate digital learning tools. Graphite is an exponential model …

With a Nexus 7 out there, why would anyone buy a Galaxy Tab?

I know: that’s a bait-y headline that begs for qualifiers, and we’ll get to those in just a second. Before that, though, I’d like to apologize to …

Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs

<i>Readers: This is a continuation of a piece I wrote over the weekend “Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market, But A Majority Of Educators Still Prefer IPads.” Here is what the Chromebook preferring minority have to say.</i><p>The global shift in education technology means that in the future the …

Simple Split Testing Techniques To Improve Your Website

Many small businesses that get leads through internet marketing efforts could improve their conversion rates by optimizing their landing pages. The most effective way to do so is to split test your landing pages and see how your traffic reacts to different elements on your page.<p>I have been doing a …