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Using digital technology effectively should also include the ability to use it for making, using, reading and sharing notes much more effective and efficient than taking notes by hand. There are two sides to this coin - having the hardware to do the note taking on and using the best software for the task.
The first part of this blog is for those of you who are lucky enough to have learners that come to school with tablets or mobile devices. In this section we take a quick look at ntwo of the best apps available for digital note taking.
Let's start off with Microsoft OneNote (NB: you need a (free) Microsoft Account to download the application - the app can also be downloaded from the Mac Appp store, the Google Play store, the iOS App store and Windows Marketplace).
Q: What is Onenote?
A: A free note taking app that allows you to mix text, pictures, drawings, handwriting and even clip web pages and organise them in a tabbed notebook format.
Q: What devices / OS does Onenote work on?
A: Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.
Q: Does OneNote sync?
A: Yes - it uses OneDrive for syncing across all devices. This means your notes are available all the time (even on the web).
Q: Can I share my notes?
A: Yes you can - so you can collaborate with your friends.
Q: What are OneNote's best features?
A: Check the bullet list below:
Here's a video you can show your learners about how to use the app:An alternative that I like is MyScript Nebo. Believe it or not, most people still like taking notes in handwriting rather than typing - and Nebo is the best tool available for doing anything you can imagine with handwriting!
Q: What is MyScript Nebo?
A: A R169.00 note taking app that has the best handwriting recognition / conversion features of any app out there.
Q: What devices / OS does MyScript Nebo work on?
A: Nebo it works on all devices with active pens, namely: iPad, Android devices with the S Pen (Samsung) or M Pen (Huawei), Windows 10 devices with an active pen, Chromebooks with an active pen.
Q: Does MyScript Nebo sync?
A: Yes - Nebo syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud.
Q: Can I share my notes?
A: Yes you can export your notes as a Word document, in HTML or as a PDF(iOS only) and send them to anyone you like.
Q: What are MyScript Nebo's best features?
A: By far its ability to work with handrwritten notes. Nebo allows you to
**News:** ***Robots*** * New York Times on the growing use of robots in agriculture in the USA. The article is useful as it illustrates how data collection can improve agricultural yields and crop production. * How about a robot that draws your blood? ***Social Implications*** * In this time of growing awareness of climate change and the importance of reducing our 'carbon footprint' it should matter to you to know that data centres generate as much carbon as all the airlines in the world! * The problem with License Plate Recognition Software * Artist creates fake traffic jams on Google Maps ***Business*** * YouTube made $15 billion from advertising last year. * Why web browsers are free: * Does anyone own Linux? ***Hardware*** * Hard drives are on their way out. Here's some tongue in cheek stats from the Register to back this up. * A rotary cellphone? Yep. It's possible. Take a look! ***Malware, Phishing, Scams*** * Israeli soldiers catfished by Hamas * Beware the Corona Virus safety measures phishing scam. For interest, here is a site that maps and graphs the virus. * Fake dating apps in SA * Mac malware growing? That's it for now. Happy teaching!
Last year France did exactly this. The UK is thinking of doing the same. There are schools in South Africa where this is policy. It's a global topic of debate and contention.
Here's what a whole lot of other people have to say on the matter.
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That's it for this week...
VR / AR
Hacking, Cyber Crime
Fake News / Video
I have been a fan of the Black Mirror series since its debut. I have wondered whether to post about it on this blog - its musings and insights into possible technologically dystopian futures are disturbing but thought and conversation provoking. I can see how watching an episode can be very useful in the classroom - for debate and follow up exercises around which current technologies will develop to make the depicted future possible. Seeing a review of Black Mirror in The Daily Maverick prompted me to include it in this post.
I would highly recommend that if you have not seen Black Mirror you take the time and effort to do so. Even if you don’t include it in your classroom it will arm you with ammunition to pull out when you need to talk about possible future trends and social implications of the technology that you are teaching...
Malware, hacks, Etc...
AR & VR
Social & privacy
That’s it for this week - really do try to watch Black Mirror (Netflix). Ciao
AWOL. Sorry. Been busy wrestling with a project that I will be very pleased to reveal later in the year. Time and other tasks blurred into the background. That's no excuse for the blog to suffer - after all, the news keeps coming... I come back today shamefaced and contrite and will attempt not to do it again. As the title says, this edition will be largely a catchup - lots of bullets and links for you to explore on your own; little or no commentary from yours truly (you probably prefer it this way). Anyway, enjoy.
Robots and robotics:
Cybercrime - hacks, cracks, scams, etc.
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