Tue 22 October 2013

Follow and backchannel the Apple event today

I've set up an IRC bot to feed MacRumorsLive Twitter account into the #eduk8me IRC channel on Freenode. You can use the web client or any IRC client to connect to the #eduk8me channel on Freenode.

(I'm at the Ohio ITSCO Leadership Symposium, so I don't know how much time …

Sat 05 October 2013

Behind the iPhone unveiling

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’

It’s hard to overstate the gamble Jobs took when he decided to unveil the iPhone back in January 2007. Not only was he introducing a new kind of phone — something Apple had never made before — he was doing so with …

Sat 21 September 2013

Which iPhone should you buy?

TLDR; The 5S.

If you didn't know, two new iPhones were released on the 20th to join the 4S. Since Apple has three iPhones, you may be wondering what's the difference, which one should I get. Here's what I think of the three models.

The iPhone 4S

This phone isn't …

Wed 11 September 2013

Post Apple event 9-10-2013 notes

So the latest Apple event happened. I'm always a little disappointed in them. Maybe I put my expectations too high? Anyway, for schools, the big news is the inclusion of the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) and two iLife apps (iMovie and iPhoto) now available for free with new …

Tue 10 September 2013

iPhone 9-10-2013 Event Predictions

Today is the latest Apple iPhone event, a time when the Internet turns to all things Apple.

What will probably be announced

The next version of the iPhone will probably be announced, the iPhone 5S. Purported to be twice as fast as its predecessor the other redeeming feature will be …

Wed 07 August 2013

Pythonista, programming on your iPhone and iPad

Let me show you something that will make you feel young as when the world was new. -- Dr. Carol Marcus

I feel like a teenager again while playing around with Pythonista (Universal, $6.99), an app for iOS allows you to program in python directly on the device. It reminds …

Wed 12 September 2012

Has Apple lost it?

Apple announced the iPhone 5 today and updates to the iPod line. Most of the announcements were lackluster at best, but the event laid the groundwork for the rumored iPad mini event in October, which could be even more disastrous than the iPhone 5 event today.

The iPhone 5 is …

Tue 29 June 2010

Bought my 6 year old daughter an iPhone

My daughter is an avid reader and writer, so as she is preparing to go into 1st grade, I wanted to give her an outlet to publish online. What I did was set up a Tumblr blog for her at gracyl.ryancollins.org. I chose Tumblr because it allows her …

Fri 04 April 2008

Interactive response systems

[Esperando a Missa começar][]
[Creative Commons License][] photo credit: swperman
As we investigate ways to use mobile Internet devices in our classrooms, it hit me that they could be used as an interactive student response system (ISRS). Since current ISRSs are around \$100 per person, why not invest in a more useful device such as the iPod …