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New iPass

So apple sent out this press release yesterday.

My initial reaction was “What a giant waste of money!!” I mean you can buy 4 Chromebooks and give them out to students.

I realize that a Chromebook doesn’t have a touchscreen (yet) or a Retina screen, but they do have USB ports, a real keyboard and 320 GB of storage. Plus did I mention you can get 4 of them for the price of the new iPad.

I am writing this post on one of my son’s NOOK tablet, I just downloaded the WP app. So far I am impressed, it types posts well, has a block quote feature, and can import pics from the gallery. Too bad the NOOK doesn’t have a camera.

So thanks for the product update Apple, but iPass.


Technology, How do I love thee …

No tech day

Well to be honest I don’t always love tech.

I use it frequently to teach my class , train others to use it in their class, expect my student to use it for their assignments and exams, help others with their issues with it and even play with my kids with it.

I see and touch technology almost every working moment of my day.  But no I do not love technology. I would like to have a day when I see no blinking screens, don’t have to answer my cell phone, do not type a message or blog post, or edit and upload a video to my channel.

I know that I probably couldn’t do it, My kids freaked out when the lights flickered during Hurricane Sandy, wondering what they would do without cable, Wii, and Club penguin to keep them entertained. But sometimes I do wish for the good old days, the days before smartphones, and the Internet, when we took Walter Cronkite at his word when he told us every night “‘And that’s the way it is.” We believed him because we didn’t know what we didn’t know. For a Connectivist learner that is bad, but for nostalgia it is the perfect way to end an evening.

But technology is a necessary ever changing evil. It is evolving so rapidly that one can not possible keep up with all the old apps and gadgets, never mind the latest and greatest. It makes me wonder who do you follow?


ETMOOC Introduction Assignment

OK so I am Sanford Arbogast. I work at Middlesex Community College and have been training faculty to teach online since 1999.  I made this YouTube video telling you more about myself and what I do.

As for what I want to be when I grow up … that is best summarized by Nickelback.

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