Saturday, October 16, 2010

Does government spending create jobs?

Very thoughtful and sadly for the road we are on, this is dead on. Russ Roberts on
Does government spending create jobs?

Russ Roberst shares a few thoughts on the iPad

I haven't posted for a while. Part of this is I have been so busy and part is i hadn't found something that compels me to share while being so busy. Russ Roberts just made me consider wanting an iPad. How did he do that? Have a read. A few thoughts on the iPad

Saturday, June 05, 2010

WIPTE 2010 Version

The 2010 Workshop on the Impact of Pen-Based Technology on Education (WIPTE) will be held on October 25th and 26th, 2010 at Virginia Tech. The organizing committee invites submissions of full papers, posters and short presentation abstracts by June 15th. The committee also invites entries to the 2010 WIPTE Video Contest with a deadline of September 15th. The video contest carries a $3,000 first prize.

Submissions in each category should describe experiences using Tablet PCs or other pen-based technology in K-12, higher education, or other teaching and learning environments. Full paper submissions will be peer-reviewed, other submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Accepted submissions will appear in a Monograph to be published by Purdue University Press and authors will present their work at WIPTE 2010. For detailed calls and additional information see

Online conference registration will be available at by June 1st, 2010. The early bird registration fee is $100. After September 30th, 2010 the registration fee is $150. The registration includes a reception, a dinner, a copy of the conference proceedings, and the opportunity to win a variety of raffle prizes. Last year’s prizes included Tablet PCs and smart phones.


Zvi Ritz
WIPTE Organizing Committee Member

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Computing and Writing


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Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and more recently Square, lays out three keys to success at The 99 Percent. Top of his list? "1) Draw: get your idea out of your head and share it". Great advice, and it ties into something we've said again and again and can't say enough: tablets are ideal tools for getting ideas out of your head.

Ideas are wonderful, but you can't do anything with them while they're trapped in your noggin. They need to be set free.

Pen input lets you easily write out your thoughts, either freeform or tied together in a mindmap using software like one of our favorites, Mindjet MindManager. And of course, I must mention OneNote and Evernote as store-alls for your expressed thoughts. More importantly, pen input doesn't limit you to words. Dorsey advocates drawing your ideas, not writing them. Throw in some words as needed, but don't be constrained by the rigidity of text.

Even if you are tied to text, such as on touch-only tablets like the iPad or on a phone, there are plenty of mindmapping apps to help you throw out your ideas with words and icons. We've seen iPhone apps for Mindjet and MindMaker. James Kendrick wrote up a solid review of iThoughts for the iPad. Mindmaps let you rearrange your thoughts, visualize the connections, and organize the mess.

I personally prefer to let my ideas stew in the back of my mind for a while to let my subconscious work on them, but when it's time for action, that's when my pen goes to work. Not saying pen input is the only or best way to follow Dorsey's advice, but it sure makes it easy.

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