All posts by Jason B. Jones

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What Monsters Lurk In Your LMS? Audrey Watters on Education Technology

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Education technology is a term loaded up with venture-capital-funded hype men and a longer, more tangled history than those folks usually acknowledge. Over the past several years, few journalists have been as critically and historically minded in their coverage of ed tech’s complex story than Audrey Watters, the freelance journalist who writes Hack Education. Her blog is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the history of education and technology, or even just marvel at the f…

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Doxie Portable Scanners Get a Wifi Upgrade

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For a couple of years now, I’ve been fond of the Doxie line of portable scanners. Three years ago, I looked at the Doxie Go (as did Konrad!), and two years ago I reviewed the second version, the Doxie One. Last year’s model, the Doxie Flip, didn’t really fit into my life very well, but this year’s upgrades to the Doxie Go are pretty terrific.

The Doxie Go Plus mostly offers better battery life and better quality images, with 300 and 600dpi scans available. This scanner syncs to your computer vi…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Podcasts & Podcast Players?

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Every so often, we like to check in and see what podcasts people like to listen to. These might be for work, for self-improvement, or just for fun. Whatever the motivation might be, it’s always interesting to find out what other people are listening to.

I almost always listen to podcasts at two times: driving to/from work or the 11yo’s soccer practice, or while doing the dishes. On balance, that means I *subscribe* to fewer podcasts that are directly about work-type topics and more that are fun…

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Seeing Full URLs in Safari

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Last week saw the release of Apple’s newest version of OS X, Yosemite. It has a refreshed visual design, several cool new feature–including, at long last, the ability to share documents, photos, and links between iOS devices and OS X devices via AirDrop. And I’m sure we’ll cover many of these in due course.

Today I want to talk about one of the most aggravating features: In Safari, the combined address/search bar no longer displays the full URL of webpages. Instead, it just shows the domain nam…

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How Do You Work with Your Tablet?

10053155455_bcc06e19ba_kThis afternoon brings yet another set of Apple announcements–definitely new iPads, a specific release date for the new Mac operating system, and apparently retina displays for the iMac. And whenever Apple releases a product, other folks do also, with Google announcing the Nexus 9 that runs the new Android Lollipop OS..

The run of tablet announcements always makes me a bit curious: Are academics using them for work? In what ways? Obviously, we’ve covered tons of different ways people might use ta…

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Reforming Shared Governance?

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I won’t spend the whole week recapitulating Rice’s De Lange conference on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow” (see yesterday’s post on “Seeding Social Media”) but I did want to draw folks’ attention to one more thing: William Bowen’s talk on technology and changing American priorities related to higher education.

Bowen describes the financial and demographic challenged facing higher education, and argues for a more technologically coherent platform that would help colleges deliver course…

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Seeding Social Media

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This week, Rice has hosted a fascinating conference on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow,” which is trying to think about teaching, technology, and the changing higher ed landscape. You can find out more about the conference here or by viewing the conference’s active, boisterous hashtag, #delange9.

I wanted to post about it because of the conference’s design: most of the keynotes are by very elite presenters (system chancellors, college presidents, founders of startups), paired with ver…

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Better Living Through Advanced Tricycling

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Longtime readers (George, mom) will know that I have a giant internet crush on Merlin Mann, who most people outside of Tallahassee first heard about through his productivity-themed website 43folders, then through his Inbox Zero e-mail talk at Google, and most recently as a podcaster on shows such as Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, and You Look Nice Today: A Journal of Emotional Hygiene. (How big a crush? I invited him for a 3-talk visit bac…