Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

Old school mind mapping I’m in the process of planning next year’s STEAM Lab curriculum and I’m having a hell of a time organizing my thoughts and resources. Going back to organizing my Magnet school resources in the mid-1990s I … Continue reading Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

The Right Tool for the Right Job: iBooks Author & Other Book Writing Tools

Several months ago my coworkers and I were looking into how we might use iBooks Author with our students and after completing some training I started considering which of my writing projects might work well with the app. I was … Continue reading The Right Tool for the Right Job: iBooks Author & Other Book Writing Tools

iOS Note/White Board Apps: Note Suite, Note Taker HD Circus Ponies Notebook

2013-09-12-battlefield-doodleI love to doodle. Back in the analog days there wasn’t a book or piece of paper in my possession that didn’t fall victim to my need to think with my pen (as can be seen by this yearbook page from my junior high yearbook that I transformed from a boring black and white photo of our lunch quad area to a random battlefield). As an adult, when I started doing curriculum design I stepped up to using large poster sheets or whiteboard doodling. I even used this method to try to figure out how I was going to set up my home media network. So, it was with great sadness that I found myself limited to computer-screen typing-text based organizers when I put the giant whiteboards away and attempted to live in a digital-only world. Even with that limitation I was able to get a lot done using products like Circus Ponies Notebook app and in fact used Notebook (and Adobe Dreamweaver) over the past five-years to create and all of the numerous revisions of my course(s) at Full Sail University.

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Microsoft’s Courier Tablet – Raised From the Dead… Kind’a

Somehow this seems fitting at this time of year that a darling visionary product from the pre-iPad era, called the Courier Tablet, that Microsoft then killed after the iPad announcement, is back. Well, not the actual device, but two apps that mimic some of the proposed Couriers’ functionality: Paper by 53 Studios and Tapose. For those who may not remember, just before the announcement of what was to become the iPad, Microsoft released a video of a “booklet” type device with dual 7-inch screens that used a stylus and multi-touch gestures and several gadget blogs, particularly Gizmodo and engadget, wet themselves thinking that Microsoft was going to trump whatever it was that Apple was going to announce. Then just before the original iPad was set to ship, Microsoft killed the Courier and decided that Windows 8 (expected in 2013) would be its tablet strategy, thus giving Apple a three-year-plus lead to continue it’s iOS juggernaut.

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The Day After The Apple Education Event: How We Really Get Stuff Done on Our iPads

I need to read several journal articles today and begin writing my speakers’ notes for my macworld talk. Ack. So, I wanted to read my friend, Dr. Nancy Smith’s dissertation on the use of mobile devices in the university classroom … Continue reading The Day After The Apple Education Event: How We Really Get Stuff Done on Our iPads

Zotero & RefWorks: Damn Web-Based Apps that Work

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One of three monitors filled with data by jbb

I’ve been going at it all day, one tutorial after another, pausing to answer student queries online and then moving on to the next item in the EBSCO/ERIC search. I’ve been experimenting with Zotero and RefWorks and my mind has been continually amazed that I can so easily import library citations (with full articles) so easily. I go back to the days of cryptic notecards, piles and piles of books, several hundred dollars in photo-copied journals and articles and an f-ing typewriter. Screw this business of clueless high school students and undergrads copying and pasting right out of Wikipedia. From the comfort of my apartment with Steve Miller playing loudly on iTunes and enjoyng whatever beverage I might choose, I have access to the collected works, wisdom and musings of our entire species. Yeah, I know that was the original idea when DARPA began to put what would become the Internet together. I guess I’m a bit overwhelmed that the damn thing actually works almost as promised. How often does that happen with technology. Right. Never. I’m just wondering how these online tools might work with the writing/organizing tool that I’ve used most over the past years, Circus Ponies’ Notebook.

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