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January 25, 2009, 3:19 pm

The iPod touch: Keeping new parents sane since 2009

With Harrison’s arrival on the 15th, I have had neither the time nor the raw material for blogging about math, education, or technology. Instead I’ve been mostly figuring out how to decrypt my new son’s little coded messages and trying to sleep when I can. But there is one tech item from my experience of the last week that I would like especially to highlight: the ongoing awesomeness of the iPod touch.

Originally I wanted an iPod touch to replace my aging third-generation Photo iPod. I figured the main purpose of an iPod is music playback, and having internet and video capability would be sort of nice too. But now I see that the iPod touch is a lot more than a music player: It’s a passport to new-parent sanity. Consider the following ways the iPod touch has been of use lately:

- I used the iPod touch to provide real-time updates of my wife’s delivery — well, at least right up to the …

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December 3, 2008, 9:39 pm


That hiatus over Thanksgiving has now turned into what looks like a hiatus for most of this week. Somehow I always underestimate the amount of work that goes into the week before finals week, which is what this is. I think after tomorrow it will calm down a little, and then I can post a few things that have come across the radar screen over the last week.

In the meantime, in these hiatus moments, you’re more apt to find me posting content on Twitter than you will find me doing that here. I’m RobertTalbert on Twitter and you can feel free to follow me. Twitter’s nice in that I can just throw out a quick, 140-character “post” with a link rather than arrange and edit and so forth, and it’s an ideal medium for micro-blogging when things get busy.

March 1, 2008, 8:54 pm

Twitter in the classroom

The Wired Campus is running a series of articles on using Twitter, the popular micro-blogging platform, as a classroom tool. Here’s the first article (interesting stuff in the comments there), and here’s a followup with a short video from a Twittering professor. And here’s a more lengthy article from Chronicle.com.

Twitter does appear to provide good backchannel discussion opportunities for those who are motivated to use it productively, and as a corollary there are some interesting out-of-classroom student interaction possibilities there. But my experience with any form of online communication is that students like it if they are pushing the information to people of their choosing (such as IM) but not if class stuff is being pushed to them (such as Twitter or even regular email). Control of information is a really big issue with students, and it profoundly creeps them out sometimes…

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