iPads in School

Came across an interesting article on the use if iPad in schools, has a video too. All produced by Apple I’m sure but still, you can see the possibilities. I haven’t seen imagination and acceptance of a product since the Wii came out (remember old folks homes with Wii, physiotherapy using Wii, Wii in schools even to help with learning??)

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The state of Georgia is reportedly considering a plan to get rid of conventional textbooks and shift middle school classrooms in the state to wireless iPads built by Apple, following positive iPad trials in place by schools around the US.

“Last week we met with Apple Computers,” Williams said, “and they have a really promising program where they come in and their [sic] recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal.”

The senator added, “we’re currently spending about $40 million a year on books. And they last about seven years. We have books that don’t even have 9/11. This is the way kids are learning, and we need to be willing to move in that direction.”

These people can see where textbooks are going. The iPad provides a solid state, long lasting instrument that can house almost an infinite number of text books in different formats. All that one person would ever need anyways.

All tablets could be used here, not just Apple. What Apple does is create a technology that just works, and doesn’t allow too much fiddling which is perfect for schools and kids that would otherwise mess them up, break things, wreck the configuration etc. With the closed OS of the iPad, its perfect for institutions to hand out for regular use. Lotsa great ideas here and I do indeed think this is the future of computing. Fun stuff to watch evolve


How to build a tank

I have a super cool idea for building a mini tank. See I need a snowblower. My plow just doesn’t cut it after a while when the snow piles up and there is no place to push it. Great idea but doesn’t work so well without a lot of weight on my tractor to push the snow around with and without a place to push the snow. Our driveway got smaller and smaller every time it snowed. So.. I broke down and decided maybe I need a blower. Never wanted a single use unit like that but it really is a better way to deal with a lot of snow.

But I can’t just get a regular snow blower right! So Lindseys grandpa had  (and has) a tracked snow blower and I thought that was neat but why would I want to walk behind something??

These units use the skid steer technique. ie, to turn, on track rotates and the other doesn’t. I figured, if I can find an older unit, I could weld a seat on top of it and use it like a little bobcat (skid steer), thereby created a ride-on snowblower and what would be basically like a little tank. Who doesn’t want a tank to drive around eh?

So thats my ‘how to build a tank’ blog. Stay tuned for this one! Maybe I’ll get something put together this summer!

Coffee Time

No, not the chain, its just time at which I drink coffee. Have a cup of french pressed java – with REAL cream no less! Sitting in Ajax, had a great sleep, looking forward to not worrying about anything, and relaxing.  We have relatives to visit, cemeteries to trample on and gasoline to burn.

btw, I think I’ve used this pic before but its funny so I’ll use it again.

I hear there is piles of snow in PEI, too bad we’re missing it. Our driveway will be well packed by the time we get back I’m sure, poor Josh has to find is way into the house somehow. We definitely appreciate Josh Singh! This is a ‘shout out’ as cooler people might say.

btw, you can see Joshs Wordpre… sigh.. Tumblr (micro blog) here: joshsingh.tumblr.com/

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And if this doesn’t make any sense, its because I didn’t say that Josh was looking after our cat and bird while we’re away. Anyways, we appreciate it! I can’t wait to get back home actually. I love living in PEI, stoking the fire, plowing the drive way, fixing up our old house.

One thing as most know is that I definitely enjoy my morning coffee and so on a snowy morning in Ontario to those in Ontario or PEI or wherever its snowing, coffee cheers to you!

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