Friday, August 28, 2009

Installing Snow Leopard: Not an obvious decision

Snow Leopard, Apple's newest OS, is an interesting decision for educators. The school year is about ready to start and it's always easiest to do major upgrades during the vacation periods. Snow Leopard has a number of significant advantages that make it compelling to schools. The advantage I like the most is that the new OS is actually smaller than the current OS. If your drives are packed to the gills, then this move will be potentially quite interesting.

The problem is that not every application your school may be running will operate on Leopard -- or will at least take a re-install. If you are using older versions of software because you cannot afford the upgrade, you may locked out permanently. See Computer World's story on Adobe's statements about their software on Leopard. While Adobe's position is defensible on an economic basis, it's none too comforting to people stuck with old software.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Back of the Class is front row

There are many podcasts related to education but a new one, The Back of the Class, takes an refreshingly different approach to educational issues. Shows, such as the one on why the skills of a comedian are useful for teachers, addresses a common problem from what I assume must be the first association of comedic skills with instructional technique. And no, "the teacher must be joking" does not count. :-)


Thursday, August 06, 2009

Nine Ways Google Wave Can Alter the Course of Collaboration

Nine Ways Google Wave Can Alter the Course of Collaboration is a short slide show about the possible impact of Google Wave. While there are amazing up-sides to Google Wave, there are also possible downsides.