Keeping up with my kids

Full size keyboard for smartphones

I can’t quite get up to the blindingly fast texting speed that my daughter has achieved, but this device might just help me.  http://www.gizmag.com/wow-keys-iphone-keyboard/18714/picture/134793/  This full sized keyboard will allow users to type regularly (for those of us with luddite thumbs) and perhaps keep up with our kids.  I don’t know if I will actually use a device like this.  It is not portable, and I can get by with my slow thumb speed.  If I had to use my smartphone to communicate frequently at work and I worked at a desk… maybe?  Maybe if I were using my smartphone to post something in an online course I was taking?? Maybe…

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Skype by Microsoft? No thanks…

One of my favorite communication avenues, Skype, is going to be bought by Microsoft. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/05/12/ballmer-details-skype-acquisition.aspx While I am not sure what changes will be made to Skype, I will encourage all the current Skype users I know to use ooVoo  http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx

I just started using 00V00, and the only limitation is that my contacts have not made the change yet, but let’s start a revolution!

Tablets iPad2 and Others

The main question for me is what do I need a tablet for?
1. Mobile Blackboard and other educational opportunities
2. Written correspondence (wireless)
3.  Information gathering
4.  Some entertainment but not much

The new iPad2 is supposed to connect to your HDTV for display.  iPad2 can now display in full 1080p on the iPad 2 with HDMI or VGA cable.  http://personalcomputerzone.com/ipad-2-news-big-screen-display-in-1080p-resolution/ This is very interesting as an educator.  I would be able to show my screen to students but what am I showing them?  Video?  There may be some good videos out there I could show them… oh wait but not the ones in FLASH… ugh.. OK how about apps.  Yes, there are some educational apps that I might use to show students.   iPad does have really good apps and the few educational apps that come down the pike are developed for iPhone and iPad first before the Android OS.  I would like to use the iPad as a communication tool, but don’t want to be limited to Facetime.  I really like Skype and would like to use it to take full advantage of iPad2’s front and rear facing cameras.  Unfortunately, Skype’s iPad2 app is not ready yet.  You can use the iPhone app which is smaller, but when enlarged, the video quality is poor. http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/262036/ten-apps-that-show-off-the-ipad-2-s-new-hardware

 So… onto other options:

http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/android-tablet-news/9702-honeycomb-android-tablets-versus-ipad-2-comparison-chart.html

More about this later…